March marks yet another historic month for Hands on Charlotte. This month, HOC has partnered with Belk in celebration of the company’s 125th anniversary. This is a notable milestone, not only for the Charlotte-based retailer, but also for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. In celebration of this milestone, Belk employees are participating in the single largest corporate partnership in HOC’s history.
Now you might be thinking to yourself… “How did this partnership originate?” Well that is a great question which I’m happy to answer. Hands On Charlotte is a charter member of the national HandsOn Network, which is operated by Points of Light (POL), the largest global organization focused on volunteer service. POL partners with thousands of nonprofits and corporations to facilitate community engagement.
Belk wanted to commemorate its anniversary by engaging its employees in not just a day of service, but a day for every year of business. To create this momentous event, Belk reached out to Points of Light for their expertise. The result of this partnership is Belk’s 125 Days of Service, which gives all of the retailer’s 23,000 associates the opportunity to improve conditions at more than 250 Title I schools in low-income communities across Belk’s 16-state footprint.
As the HandsOn Network affiliate in Belk’s home region, Hands On Charlotte is managing 125 Days of Service projects for Belk associates in area stores, and for those in the corporate office. The kickoff, held on March 11, featured CEO Tim Belk and over 130 of his colleagues completing improvement projects at two Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Belk employees will also volunteer with schools in several other North Carolina cities, including Gastonia, Concord and Raleigh.
Hands On Charlotte is a established nonprofit organization that continues to provide the key connection between corporations and the community. As a HOC volunteer, it is great to see such a notable corporation recognize HOC’s presence within the community. This partnership continues to validate my enthusiasm for supporting all of HOC’s efforts and initiatives to maintain Charlotte’s strong community connection.