CHARLOTTE, NC – A Child’s Place (ACP) has received $100,000 in grant funds from The Leon Levine Foundation to help fulfil its mission of erasing the impact of homelessness on children and their education.

In June, The Foundation awarded ACP $75,000 for general operating funds and matched 1:2 a $50,000 ACP Board of Director’s fundraising challenge. For every $2 in new or increased funding generated by ACP Board members, the Foundation gave ACP $1, up to a maximum of $25,000. Combined, the funding equals $100,000 from the Foundation. The funds will be used to help more of the growing number of homeless children attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

“Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has reported an astounding 4,922 identified homeless students this school year, a 4.5 percent increase from last school year,” said ACP Executive Director Annabelle Suddreth. “Sadly, this means that homelessness is on the rise. Thanks to The Leon Levine Foundation, we will be able to reach more homeless children and their families that need our services.”

Founded in 1980 by Leon Levine, founder and chairman emeritus of Family Dollar Stores, the Foundation is an independent private foundation dedicated to improving the human condition in the areas of education, healthcare, Jewish religion and human services.  The Foundation has granted more than $75 million to agencies.

About A Child’s Place
Homelessness for children isn’t just about where they lay their heads at night; it’s about where their heads are during the day at school, too.  Founded in 1989, A Child’s Place of Charlotte is working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education, reaching 2,228 children during the 2011-12 school year.  In June 2012, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported 4,922 homeless students enrolled in the county’s public schools.  To learn more about A Child’s Place or to make a donation, call 704-343-3790 or visit www.achildsplace.org.

Contact:
Sarah Melton | Development Associate
A Child’s Place | 601 E. Fifth St., Suite 230, Charlotte, NC 28202
T: 704.343.3790 x9550 or 704-943-9550 (direct) | E: smelton@achildsplace.org

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