Local Good Week: LIFESPAN, Inc.
What is LIFESPAN’s mission?
To empower children and adults with disabilities by providing education, employment, and enrichment opportunities to live, work, and play in their communities.
Tell us your nonprofit story—how did it get started and why?
LIFESPAN began in 1973 when five children were excluded from Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school education due to their significant developmental disabilities. A group of concerned citizens from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and the Arc of Mecklenburg County formed a group and created an educational day program in the basement of St Mark’s Lutheran Church. Since then, LIFESPAN has expanded to reach children and adults living in western and central North Carolina.
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Local Good Week: Bruce Irons Camp Fund
What is Bruce Irons Camp Fund’s mission?
The mission of the Bruce Irons Camp Fund is to provide residential summer camp experiences, year-round enrichment programs, and mentoring to Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school students who have limited financial resources and demonstrate strong academic effort, leadership potential, and good citizenship.
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Local Good Week: Autism Charlotte
What is Autism Charlotte’s mission?
Autism Charlotte's mission is to integrate children and young adults with autism into our community through our inclusive programs utilizing their unique gifts and talents while providing peers and volunteers a life-changing experience.
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Local Good Week: Project Scientist
What is Project Scientist’s mission?
Our promise is to educate, coach and advocate for girls and women with an aptitude, talent and passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We are working toward an inclusive and creative science and engineering workforce.
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