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CCM Is Transforming Lives in Cabarrus County

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Contributor: Jamie Richardson

 

Volunteer with The Chamber’s 2023 Nonprofit of the Year!


📍Cooperative Christian Ministry, 246 Country Club Dr NE, Concord NC 28025
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Established in 1981, Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) serves as a vital resource for individuals and families facing crisis in Cabarrus County, providing immediate assistance to those who are struggling in the areas of food, housing, or finances.

  • Through its unwavering commitment, CCM not only provides immediate assistance but also empowers individuals to overcome their challenges and thrive beyond adversity.

Their efforts were recently recognized by the Cabarrus Chamber, awarding them the Nonprofit of the Year distinction.

CCM won Nonprofit of the Year (2023)

Photo credit: Cabarrus Chamber

CCM’s journey began over four decades ago when seven Cabarrus County churches came together with a shared vision of establishing a crisis assistance ministry. Since then, CCM has grown exponentially, thanks to the dedication of volunteers and the unwavering support of the community.

  • Today, over 800 volunteers are involved in delivering essential services to those in need, embodying the spirit of compassion and solidarity.

Volunteering at CCM is a rewarding experience that offers various opportunities to make a difference. Whether you’re an individual looking to lend a helping hand or a group seeking a meaningful way to give back, there’s a role for everyone.

From assisting at the food pantry to participating in maintenance and beautification projects, volunteers play a crucial role in fulfilling CCM’s mission. Tasks range from one-time projects to regular commitments, ensuring flexibility for volunteers with different schedules and preferences.

CCM volunteers working on a construction project

CCM volunteers bagging food

CCM volunteers working on a beautification project

CCM relies on the generosity of donors and volunteers to fulfill its mission. Individuals can contribute by hosting food drives, making financial donations, or purchasing items from the pantry’s critical needs list.

  • Currently, items such as canned meats, pasta sauce, canned vegetables, and diapers are in high demand. By supporting these initiatives, individuals can make a tangible impact on the lives of those facing food insecurity and financial crisis.

The statistics paint a powerful picture of the lives touched by CCM’s programs and services. In the past year, over 15,000 households received groceries from CCM’s food programs, impacting nearly 50,000 individuals, including thousands of children and older adults.

Financial assistance totaling over a million dollars was distributed, helping families avoid evictions and utility cut-offs. Furthermore, CCM’s efforts have provided housing to dozens of families, offering them stability and support during challenging times.

As CCM looks to the future, the new Rebuilders Campus at Brown Mill aims to expand housing capacity, address food insecurity, and provide financial assistance along with education and support services. By investing in this project, CCM continues to strengthen its commitment to empowering individuals and families to rebuild their lives and thrive.

Rebuilders Campus at Brown Mill

Rebuilders Campus at Brown Mill children's playground area

If you’re interested in making a difference in the lives of others and being part of a community-driven organization, consider volunteering at CCM. Your support can help transform lives and build a brighter future for Cabarrus County. See volunteer opportunities on the CCM website or email Lorie Williams for more information. Together, Cabarrus County can create positive change and uplift those in need.

 

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