Above Clockwise: CIS Site Coordinator Jerry Garcia and CMS staff at McClintock Middle School helping with food distribution; Site Coordinator Jay Watkins (right) at Albemarle Road Middle School; Site Coordinator Stacey Weinstein on a home visit.
Back To School with CIS
It's not news that we are all experiencing a "back to school" year like no other - students, parents, teachers, and our Communities In Schools team members. "Uncertainty" and "pivot" are two of the most common words in our vernacular today. But when it comes to our staff and how they are responding to these challenging times, a few other words come to mind as well: Committed. Creative. Encouraging. Caring.
While our staff have always exhibited these traits, this pandemic has brought them to the forefront like never before. They are committed to determining the needs and finding the solutions and resources to ensure that every child in CIS has what he or she needs not only for learning, but for their physical and emotional well-being during this difficult situation. In case you missed it, please take a few minutes to read our full Back To School message and watch this short video of Chris Capel, our VP of Program Quality and Design, as he shares his first-hand perspective of how CIS is rising to the challenge and ensuring that our students are not left behind or overlooked this school year.
Chris Capel,
VP of Program Quality & Design
Natalie Alston to Lead CIS-Charlotte Board

CIS is pleased to announce Natalie Alston as the incoming Chair of the CIS-Charlotte Board of Directors. She will serve in this role from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Natalie joined the Board in 2015. She has served on the Program Evaluation and Governance Committees. Natalie's family moved to Charlotte when she was in elementary school. She attended CMS schools and is a proud graduate of Independence High School; then attended N.C. State University and Harvard Law School. A former practicing attorney, Natalie now owns an interior design business and is a busy mom to Naomi and Willie (pictured above along with Natalie's husband, Will). Read More

Welcome to Our New Board Members for 2020-21

We welcome the following new members to the CIS-Charlotte Board of Directors. A complete list of current Board members can be found at this link. CIS-Charlotte is grateful to all of our Board members for their time, expertise, and commitment to the organization.

Titi Cole, Wells Fargo
Jordan Collier, Bristol Myers Squibb
Shivani Mehta, Atrium Health
Laura Vinroot Poole, Founder and Owner, Capitol and Tabor
Nate Salley, Founder and Owner, Audible Coaching and Consulting
Diamond Staton-Williams, Atrium Health and City Council for Harrisburg, NC
Daniel Valdez, The Hispanic Federation
NEW DATE for All In For Kids! Thursday, November 12
We've changed the date of All In For Kids to Thursday, November 12! You will receive an E-vite soon with all the details, but please mark your calendar and plan to join us for this virtual celebration and opportunity to support CIS!

November 12
7-8 pm
Partner Highlight: St. John's Episcopal Women's Group

"Merry Oaks is so fortunate to have a partnership with the wonderful ladies in the St. John's Episcopal Women's Group," says Carol Chadwick-Nixon, the CIS Site Coordinator at the school. "Not only are they providing many of the essentials that our students and teachers need, but also the little 'extras' that make you feel special and cared for." Read More
Statement from CIS National against White House canceling Anti-Racism Trainings

The national office of Communities In Schools issued a statement speaking out against the recent directive by the White House Office of Management and Budget to federal agencies to cancel trainings related to "white privilege" or "critical race theory." Rey Saldaña, President & CEO of CIS National (pictured above), issued the following statement on September 9, 2020:

Statement from Communities In Schools, National Office:
"The majority of students served by Communities In Schools are students of color. We aim to break down social, economic, and cultural barriers to their success and ensure they have access to equal opportunities in school and life. To accomplish that, we have included in our strategies, ingrained in our culture, and reflected in our behaviors, principles and practices of diversity, equity and inclusion."

Last Call for 2020 Census!

By completing the Census you can help shape the future of Mecklenburg County! The U.S. Government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds each year based on Census data. In 2016, North Carolina received nearly $24 billion dollars through federal programs guided by Census data. Per capita, this is more than $2,000 per N.C. resident per year – that’s a BIG impact! So many resources are dependent on the Census. An accurate count is critical to receiving resources for our community such as funding for education, healthcare and transportation.

Please visit and complete your Census today! It takes just 5-10 minutes. Encourage your friends and family to complete it, too!