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News from the Ada Jenkins Center

by | Jan 27, 2022

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Tickets and registration are now open for the Ada Jenkins Center’s spring fundraising events!

The Ada Jenkins Center has been receiving nearly 150 inquiries per month as their client families — 95% of whom live below the Federal Poverty Level ($26,500 for family of four) — struggle to make ends meet within the COVID economy.

“These families were vulnerable prior to COVID, which has only made their situations more challenging,” says Harold Rice, Chief Executive Officer of the Ada Jenkins Center.  “We’re even more concerned about how they’ll manage, now that the American Rescue Plan’s 2021 Child Tax Credits have ended.”

The Center is holding two outdoor fundraisers:

  • Music for Good, an outdoor live-music event at BoatYard Lake Norman on Tuesday, April 26 – presented by Hyde Park Storage Suites, with additional sponsorship from Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery.
  • Golfing for Good, an 18-hole tournament at the River Run Country Club on Monday, May 16 – thanks to early sponsors Novant Health, Trane Technologies, and Davidson Wealth Management of Wells Fargo Advisors.

Sponsorships for both events are still available. For more information, contact Mardee Woodward at [email protected]; or 704-896-0471, ext. 146.

Please mark your calendars for these important fundraisers!

Since the Ada Jenkins Center’s program year started on July 1:Staff have responded to 869 e-mails, calls, or texts seeking information about financial assistance or other family needs

  • 482 people have obtained groceries through the Loaves and Fishes food pantry
  • 75 families have received emergency financial assistance totaling more than $72,500
  • 105 new clients have entered our Economic Mobility program, receiving tenancy education, connections with area housing, budget assistance, employment and training resources, and more
  • 59 people experiencing homelessness have been connected with critical services
  • 26 students participated in Camp LEARN Works, a two-week summer program of learning and fun
  • 46 students enrolled in the LEARN Works afterschool academic program for the current school year, and received backpacks full of donated school supplies


The Ada Jenkins Center has stood in Davidson for more than 80 years as a hub for education and community services in northern Mecklenburg County. With services including social work case management; housing, employment and financial resources; youth and adult education; and food pantry, we help thousands of people in our community create lasting solutions for economic stability. To learn more: and follow on social media:  FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.


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