Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Chatham OutReach Alliance (CORA) is a place where the community comes together to help ensure that none of its neighbors go hungry. Thanks to the vision, generosity, and hard work of many individuals who put in thousands of volunteer hours annually and make financial donations, CORA is a thriving organization.

This spring, one group of neighbors really came together and had a huge impact on CORA and the families it serves. Carolina Meadows hosted its annual fundraising drive and raised more than $27,000 in support of the pantry. CORA worked with representatives from Carolina Meadows and provided in-depth information on how CORA serves those in need in Chatham County through a presentation, our newsletter, and even a tour of the Pantry. In addition to individual gifts, Carolina Meadows residents were also able to make donations from their monthly meal accounts. “Conscious of the needs of so many men, women and children in Chatham County, Carolina Meadows residents conduct a drive for CORA each year. We believe that we are all one family and that when some members experience need, the others should come to their aid,” said Bill Powers, one of Carolina Meadows volunteer organizers. In fact, throughout the entire year, Carolina Meadows residents have donated more than $41,000 to CORA.

CORA is a nonprofit food pantry that serves residents in need of food within Chatham County.  CORA’s ultimate goal is to end hunger in the community by soliciting, collecting, and purchasing food for distribution through their food pantry and a network of alliances, programs, and special events. “We are so blown away with the support we received from the Carolina Meadows community,” stated Rebecca Hankins, CORA’s Development Director, “they are a wonderful example how a group of people can come together and make a real difference.”

Carolina Meadows, founded in 1983 in Chatham County, is one of the nation’s foremost continuing-care retirement communities. As a not-for-profit organization their mission is to enrich and improve the lives of seniors.  For more information, please visit www.carolinameadows.org or contact Amy Gorely at amy@carolinameadows.net.