Public, non-profit, and private organizations are working to raise funds to end chronic homelessness in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Using a Housing First approach, the funds would potentially end chronic homelessness in Charlotte. The Charlotte Observer posted an excellent story this week.
Angel Hjarding's Butterfly Highway project is gathering steam. Fresh off a presentation on citizen science in Sweden, she is continuing to organize in CHARP partner neighborhoods to create the Butterfly Highway. The Butterfly Highway is a community-conducted, citizen science effort to create "highways" for vital pollinators in Charlotte, NC. Green spaces and pollinator gardens will connect and thread through Charlotte to create the Highway.
Throughout the semester, CHARP, UNCC students, and Enderly Park residents have worked on the Greater Enderly Park Women's Safety Audit. The Women's Safety Audit is an organizing tool to bring residents together to make neighborhoods safer for women and children in neighborhoods. Residents walk their neighborhood and talk about safe and unsafe spaces in their neighborhood. In collaboration with CHARP, the residents then work towards fostering the safe spaces and changing the unsafe spaces. Students supported the efforts walking with the residents and recording their observations.
School is back in session and our partner neighborhoods are actively pursuing a number of initiatives.
Graham Heights continues to host a neighborhood walk on the third Saturday of every month.
Residents of Enderly Park are vigorously working on a Women's Safety Audit in their neighborhood.
Reid Park is finishing up the numerous grants they have received in the past year.
Washington Heights is working with professors from UNCC and air quality non-profits to explore possible grants to measure and improve air quality.
Students and residents came together this past weekend to rework and reopen the community garden located near the Nia Point Apartments. The event had music, games, and a lot of hard work to get the garden cleared, tilled, and replanted for the season. Those in attendance planted corn, carrots, collards, flowers, and squash.
Residents hope that this reopening will attract more gardeners and create new ones. A special thank you to the Tabernacle Baptist Church for their tables, chairs, and electricity and a thank you to Shantae Jenkins, the manager of Nia Point for her support.
Enderly Park residents and students worked together to put on an informative and fun day related to recycling, conservation, and taking better care of our planet. Booths at the Bette Rae Thomas Center focused on making art out of recyclable materials, identifying what can be recycled in Charlotte, composting, spoken word, and improving communication throughout Enderly Park.
Melissa Currie, Tara Bengle, and Joe Howarth presented research at the Urban Affairs Conference regarding work that stemmed from CHARP's partnership with Charlotte neighborhoods. Melissa Currie discussed her current dissertation research regarding the resiliency of starter home communities in Charlotte. Tara Bengle outlined the popular education model and how it is being employed for empowerment in Reid Park. Joe Howarth talked about the research conducted with Dr.
The people at University Advancement helped CHARP create a great promo starring our Program Director Dr. Janni Sorensen to spread the word about CHARP. The video link below explains our mission, our action research focus in how we work with neighborhoods, and our ability to offer opportunities for faculty and students to get involved in neighborhoods in Charlotte.
Tara Bengle and Melissa Currie were nominated for the PEO Scholar Award and were featured in the most recent issue of The Graduate Source. Congratulations to both of them.
CHARP's long-term relationship with Reid Park features on the most recent edition of Inside UNC Charlotte. The service learning started by Dr. Janni Sorensen and the community capacity-building of Tara Bengle, Liz Shockey Morrell, and Artie Pryer with Reid Park has culminated in a new park design created by Reid Park residents for their central park. Facilitated by Dylan McKnight who conducted his capstone project in urban design and community planning, Mecklenburg County has approved the plan and is moving forward with Reid Park residents to make it a reality.