Communities in Schools - Charlotte-Mecklenburg
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President-CEO Message
Social Capital:  Charlotte's New "Buzz Phrase"
Social Capital is Charlotte's new buzz phrase. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force named social capital the "secret sauce" for improving economic mobility, and many organizations are talking about how to build it. So what is Social Capital? It's the idea that relationships and networks have value, and when those networks are shared, they will expose people to new possibility and open doors to opportunity. Think about the people in your   Read More

Meet CIS Site Coordinator Lisa Carter
Site Coordinator Lisa Carter_Sept 2018
We are excited to share a new video featuring Lisa Carter, our CIS Site Coordinator at Shamrock Gardens Elementary. In June, Lisa was the keynote speaker at our Safe Journey (teen moms) graduation celebration, where she shared her personal story of teen pregnancy, living in foster care, and perseverance to overcome her difficult childhood. Lisa is an amazing person, wife, mother, and Site Coordinator and a tremendous resource and advocate for her students. We are proud to share her story - we hope others will share it, too!

Suzanne Morrison
Welcome New CIS Board Members
We are pleased to announce that Suzanne Morrison is the new President of the CIS Board of Directors. Suzanne is an executive vice president with Wells Fargo and the division manager for the Carolinas Division and manages the Middle Market Banking teams. Suzanne initially joined the CIS Board in 2013, and has served on the Board's Executive, Governance, and Development/Major Gifts committees.
Please also welcome the following new members to the Board, whose terms began July 1. Visit  to see a complete list of Board members. We are grateful to all of our board members for their dedication and service to CIS and our students!
Niles Brown
Grant Thornton
Karen Morgan
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
David Ryan
Albemarle Corporation
Veronica R. Calderon
Aldersgate CCRC
Federico Rios
City of Charlotte
Rad von Werssowetz
Berkeley Capital Advisors
Betsy Fleming
Civic Leader

Volunteer Spotlight
Ellen Grier Harris - Montclaire Elementary School
Ellen Harris began volunteering at Montclaire Elementary 10 years ago, through her church, Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian, which has had a longtime partnership with the school. Harris, a former teacher who "retired" to care for her small children at home, has volunteered in a variety of ways at Montclaire. Then two years ago, when the CIS Site Coordinator at Montclaire was looking for someone to  Read More

Next "Success Coach" Training is Nov. 14
Join Communities In Schools on November 14 from 5:30-8:30 pm for our next "Success Coach" training! You'll learn to help elementary and middle school students build aspirations and develop skills in goal-setting and decision making. This fun, interactive training ensures volunteers feel confident and equipped as they build relationships with students.  Click here for more info and to register by Nov. 12! 

Giving Tuesday CLT:  November 20-27, 2018
Let's get geared up for #GivingTuesdayCLT!  CIS-Charlotte is proud to be one of 250+ local nonprofits participating in this global day of giving, which falls on  Tuesday, November 27 this year. We are grateful to  SHARE Charlotte for their leadership and enthusiasm to unite all Charlotteans behind this effort to lift up the many nonprofits in the Charlotte area doing amazing work for those in need. There are lots of events and multiple ways to GIVE GOOD Nov. 20-27 - more info to come or visit  !

Lowcountry Party Pics!
We were #AllinforKids at The Fillmore on Sept. 29 for our annual Lowcountry party! Check out the photo gallery on our Facebook page ~ If you missed the fun, we hope you'll join us next year!

Mark Your Calendar!
Nov. 14
CIS Success Coach Training, 5:30-8:30 pm, Children & Family Services Center
Nov. 15-18
Charlotte International Auto Show - Ticket sales benefit CIS-Charlotte
Nov. 27
THE Day!  Giving Tuesday CLT
Dec. 14
CIS Holiday Cards - Order Deadline 

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