YEAR IN REVIEW!
After an incredibly busy, fulfilling, and life changing 2023, we at Hearts United for Good wanted to take a moment to reflect on a few of the countless efforts and initiatives we both created and employed throughout the last 12 months. HUG is a uniques organization in that we receive no Government, County, or City funding assistance… meaning the lack of bureaucracy and red tape allows the flexibility to pivot and, mobilize whenever we see unmet needs.
Steven, our Associate Director, likes to say that we have “ADD of the heart”, lol.
Because wherever love and support are needed - will be exactly where you can find us.
We took the time to crunch the numbers to better illustrate the differences made and the change enacted by our HUG board, staff, volunteers, sponsors, and donors on this amazing community. Our currently operational programming has continued to grow at a rapid rate; seeing more that a 200% increase in client numbers and critical community support. With the rolloffs of Covid benefits, and massive cuts in major assistance funding, the need has escalated beyond words - with no relief in sight.
So this year - more than ever before - we went to work.
We rescued dogs from euthanasia and rehomed them, provided over 8,000 full bags of groceries, offered free ESL classes, sponsored the Garinger Football Team with warm meals, supplied over 100 blankets and 200 pairs of sock to our homeless neighbors, welcomed over 25 non-profit organizations to use our community space, and completed numerous other efforts to support those in need in Charlotte - and all of Mecklenburg County,
We also onboarded so many incredible sponsors via grant award, financial donation, or in-kind support, such as:
Second Harvest Food Bank
the Carolina Panthers
For a full overview of our work and the impact HUG has had on our community in 2023, click here
"Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean" -
READ OUR STORIES
Recounts of our experiences, lives we've changed,
and the moments and people that have changed US.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Sometimes, all it takes to see the invisible is opening your heart instead of your eyes.
This is the story of being lost and found, and how our organization works to help those that no one else can,
FROM HOMELESS TO HOUSING
A story of strength, perseverance, and inspiration; One woman's journey from a
1-person tent to a 2 bedroom home.
She may have lost her way, but she never lost her hope...
A LITTLE LOVE GOES A LONG WAY
The amazing chronicles of Stormy - the frightened, timid pittie living her whole life outside on a 35lb chain... Until our group of volunteers worked to give her the life she always deserved...
FAITH IN HUMANITY RESTORED
When this brother and sister duo decided to use their Christmas list to provide for those in need instead of themselves, we couldn't help but have our faith in humanity restored...
THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS
The story of how a community came together to support a family in need...
And how they went from living on a bus - to riding one HOME.