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A safer home for 100+ families

Last year, Novant Health and other Charlotte organizations joined together to help our communities recover from protests and demonstrations that brought Charlotte into the national spotlight. The initiative, ONE Charlotte, is committed to building a stronger, healthier city. Since November, ONE Charlotte’s mission has inspired support from many others.  

Recently, our veterans business resource group (BRG) participated in an event motivated by ONE Charlotte’s mission. On a Saturday in May, our team members, including those from the veterans BRG, partnered with several other local organizations to install smoke detectors in two at-risk Charlotte neighborhoods. Throughout the day, our team members also met many Charlotte community members, taught them about fire safety and answered questions about healthcare services and access. 

The American Red Cross, one of the event partners, had a goal to install at least 150 smoke alarms, with a ‘stretch goal’ of 250. The teams soared beyond both, and installed 265 smoke alarms in 109 homes by the end of the day! 

One family was particularly grateful for the teams’ work. Not only did volunteers install smoke detectors in their home, but they also helped a single mother create an evacuation plan for her and her four children. A Spanish-speaking team member helped translate the conversation for the family. Many house fire injuries occur when the family does not have a meeting space, so setting this plan is very important for all families. 

Similar to ONE Charlotte’s mission, the goal of this event was to build trust, strengthen bonds and have a positive impact on the city, all while making our communities healthier. Thank you to our veterans BRG for your support! 

This event was in partnership with the American Red Cross, Carolinas HealthCare System, Duke Energy, Bank of America, Team Rubicon, Charlotte Bridge Home and more. Special thanks to all involved!
Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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