If you live in the Charlotte, NC area, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard of Project 658. It’s a holistic ministry that provides critical services to at-risk families in Charlotte, with a special emphasis on international and refugee communities. Last month, we were honored to visit a Project 658 community center and help paint a new mural.
White Knight employees split office duties for the day, with half volunteering in the morning and half in the afternoon. Every employee was able to participate, which thrilled WKEP CEO Scott Banks.
“It was a really nice opportunity for us all to get together in a setting outside of the office and just have fun while benefitting the community,” says Scott.
Project 658 provides a number of essential services to their clients, based around four principles: relief, reform, development, and service. Relief programs focus on meeting the critical needs of at-risk families. Their feeding project provides 20,000 free meals each year, while seasonal clothing drives provide winter essentials like blankets and coats. Project 658’s Smith Family Wellness Center offers free medical and mental health services. Additionally, the organization partners with local businesses to fulfill clients’ furniture needs.
In terms of development, Project 658 empowers clients to become self-sustainable. They offer everything from English-as-a-second-language (ESL) classes to culinary arts school to job training and resume workshops. All programs at Project 658 are rooted in the idea that every human being has innate value. Project 658 envisions a culture of service and opportunities, guided by the Christ-centered principle of loving one’s neighbor.
The mural was designed by a local artist and brought to life by WKEP employees using a paint by numbers-style outline. Scott credits Melinda Ebbs, Director of Human Resources, with organizing this and WKEP’s other volunteer programs.
“It was a really good team-building experience as well,” according to major accounts manager Jamie Lickert. “Volunteer days always are. We have a great team here, and to see our abilities applied for the community is something special.”
Supporting the local Charlotte community is central to WKEP’s brand values. Scott says they are always looking for causes to support, with Project 658 being a perfect example. “We like to contribute to the community as much as we can. We’re always looking for other opportunities to help out.”
Learn more about Project 658 and view a complete list of the services they provide at https://project658.com/. From volunteering to fun-packed fundraising nights, there are many ways to show your support for these ministries, which provide a lifeline for so many in the Charlotte community.
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