Rally Charlotte emerged from conversations with people around Charlotte in support of our city’s Opportunity Task Force – a group of leaders who were charged with examining why Charlotte is ranked 50th (of the 50 largest US cities) in terms of economic mobility. In particular, Rally Charlotte has focused on the parts of the OTF’s report that identified social capital as a key ingredient for creating greater economic mobility and social equity.
We seek to rally Charlotte to share their social capital for a more promising, optimistic future for the next generation. Your social capital comes from your network of friends, peers, mentors, colleagues, and classmates. It can determine your ability to find a job, a home, and a better life. Through the shared experiences of youth sports and recreation, mentoring, education, health and wellness, and cultural programs, we can build bridges and relationships between people who may not otherwise interact. We believe our community is stronger and healthier when all people have better opportunities to experience success.
Rally Charlotte has spent the past year meeting with local foundations and community leaders to listen and learn. Thanks to the generous support of our partners Novant Health, Movement Foundation and Choate Construction, we are excited to move forward in our plans to establish the Ophelia Garmon-Brown Community Center as a centerpiece of a health, education, and wellness corridor in west Charlotte. We believe that the OGB Community Center will become a gathering place for neighbors from across our city, as well as, an incubator for enabling social capital in effective, sustainable, and life-transforming ways.