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Neighbors Who C.A.R.E
There's no question that 2020 has dealt the world a blow, and the Town of Cornelius is no exception. From local lockdowns to mandatory masks, it's been a challenging year for all.

And yet, amid the uncertainty of this crisis, our community continues to come together to show they 'care.'
Meet Manny Rosado.

Manny works with the Neighborhood C.A.R.E. Center, a faith-based organization founded by Grace Covenant Church and located on Smith Circle off of Catawba Avenue.

The center's objective is captured in its name. Their goal is to:

Connect people in need to community resources and volunteers to community partners;

Advance people with life skills and recovery programs;

Reduce pressures of single parents and families in distress; and

Equip the next generation for success.

When Manny joined the center in 2018, his first order of business was to engage and empower the community.
Within a year, he corralled local business owners and faith leaders and connected them with the communities in which they reside. The result?

Together, they've sponsored events, mission trips, and educational opportunities for those in need, with a special focus on the youth.

And when COVID-19 hit, threatening jobs in our community, the group sprung into action again!

Between March 17 and July 31, the Neighborhood C.A.R.E. Center worked with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to deliver meals to over 170 families in Cornelius.

Manny and team also established a 'Manna for Life' program to continuously distribute meals to over 50 local families throughout the global pandemic. And it doesn't stop there.
LoveGIVING this Thanksgiving

This year, Thanksgiving will look different across the nation. For some, though, it's more than just the absence of extended family and friends. Many may also miss a meal.

To help our community during this difficult time, the Neighborhood C.A.R.E. Center is organizing "LoveGIVING" in Cornelius. In partnership with local churches and businesses, Manny and team plan to provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal - complete with all the trimmings - to more than 180 families in our community. The sponsored families will have a meal delivered right to their doorstep, just in time for the holiday!

We tip our hats with gratitude to community members, like Manny Rosado and the people that work with him. Thank you for living The Cornelius Way!
Want to get involved?

If you'd like to support the Neighborhood C.A.R.E. Center, visit their website: Neighborhoodcc.org, or call the Center at 704-255-5500.
Share your thoughts on the FY22 budget
If you live in Cornelius, you likely use valuable Town services every day - all of which are made possible through our Town budget.

Our annual budget process establishes our spending and priorities for each fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30.

During this process, Town leaders and elected officials discuss proposed expenditures and requests during a series of workshops with the goal of creating a balanced budget that benefits our community.

Critical to this process is input from you - the individuals who live in our Town. We want your feedback as we decide what programs, services, and priorities to focus on, like public transportation and public safety, for example.

As we begin preparations for this process, we want to hear from you.

Please complete this short survey; it should take no more than five minutes of your time. Paper copies of the survey are also available at Town Hall.

Thank you in advance for your feedback!
Friday, November 27 – Sunday, November 29
It's that time of year again! It's time to light up Cornelius with our annual tree lighting event!

This year, though, we're extending the event over the weekend of November 27 - 29, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

We'll light the Christmas tree at Town Hall all three nights, and the event will also feature holiday music, food and beverages, a make-your-own-smores station, as well as the much-anticipated (albeit socially distant) visit from Santa!

Space is limited due to state restrictions and mass gathering limitations, so pre-registration is required. Additional modifications to our annual event will be in place to help keep our community safe.

For more information and registration details, visit Cornelius.org/parc.
If you're looking for other fun activities for the family this month,

Save the link and print out a copy for easy reference!
Join our next virtual coffee chat on Monday, December 7
Save the date for our final coffee chat of the year!
Join us Monday, December 7, at 8:30 a.m.

In addition to our normal County and Town updates, you'll also have the pleasure of meeting the North Mecklenburg Mayors.

Mayor John Aneralla from Huntersville and Mayor Rusty Knox from Davidson will join Mayor Washam to discuss the three towns and the North Meck region.

Bring your coffee and your questions, and let's chat!

   Meeting ID: 819 4933 1387
(No password required)
Submit questions here:
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