Charlotte Agents in the Community – DUMC Guatemala

Clean air to breathe and water to drink, excellent medical & dental care, a good education, these are just a few of the things we take for granted living in America, but in countries like Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere life isn’t easy for most of the population.

A Home in Guatemala

For 6 years Ivester Jackson agent Melinda Meade-White has answered the call to help the people of Guatemala gain access to these items and more by traveling to their country with Davidson United Methodist Church.

Melinda says “It’s such a wonderful week we get to spend with the people of Guatemala, building special relationships while offering much-needed assistance.” Many times Melinda’s group travels into very remote villages in the highlands where they build stoves that vent to the outside. Traditional stoves in the homes are non-vented trapping smoke inside leading to respiratory problems.

Melinda helping build a new stove
Salud y Paz School

The team works on many other projects as well, including building churches, teaching children Vacation Bible School, medical exams, and seeds and nutrition training. Education is important for economic development and in this area, missionaries offer scholarships, basic computer training, and Micro-finance loans. They also help provide clean water by supplying water filters to families which help clean the dirty water that they get from community wells.

Melinda says “we work with locals as our interpreters since we have to translate from English to Spanish to local dialect Chi-Chi.”

The group’s mission is to work with the people, not for them so the community will be involved and benefit while working together for greater goals.

To learn more about DUMC Guatemala visit their website.


Helping Charlotte’s Homeless Children – Agents in the Community

Next month local community members will tee up at The Peninsula Club along the shores of Lake Norman to help homeless children around Charlotte.

A Child’s Place is helping spread the word about the need for helping homeless children in our local schools, according to their website “in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, more than 4,000 children are homeless. Imagine trying to complete homework in a noisy and crowded shelter, or sleeping in your car the night before a big test. For more than 4,000 children in our community, that is a reality. A Child’s Place intervenes at the family’s point of crisis, helping stabilize the family and addressing needs to help the children succeed in the classroom.”

Photo Courtesy: A Child’s Place

Ivester Jackson agent Julie Lopez supports the cause and says “every day in our work we see the importance of homes in children’s lives and I think it is important to help those who are not so lucky to have a home. ”

This year the tournament will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius, NC, so you still have time to sign up.

Photo Courtesy: Swing Fore A Child’s Place

All funds raised from this year’s Swing Fore A Child’s Place Golf Tournament will go directly to A Child’s Place to support their crucial work with homeless children in Charlotte area schools.

Staff from the organization work in the highest-need CMS schools every day, they help ease the impact of being homeless on a child’s education.

They hope to meet the goal reached last year of $200,000 raised by the generous support of players and sponsors.

To sign up as a team, individual or to donate click the link below.

2018 Swing Fore a Child’s Place

Click on the video below to learn more.

Click Here to Learn More About A Child’s Place

Eat, Drink, & Be Giving

By: Lee Steinour – Digital Marketing Manager

Ivester Jackson / Christie’s International Real Estate is excited to be a sponsor again this year at The Peninsula Community Foundation’s annual fundraising event, “Eat, Drink, and Be Giving” which will be held this weekend at The Peninsula Club at Lake Norman.

It will be a fun night filled with bourbon samplings and wine pairings, along with dancing, silent and live auctions, plus a Golden Ticket drawing.

Photo Courtesy: The Peninsula Community Foundation

Founded in 2001, The PCF slogan is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” it’s an all-volunteer organization serving North Mecklenburg County. “PCF brings people, capital, and ideas together to help local Lake Norman charities and the communities they serve.”This annual fundraising gala will help raise money to support local organizations, improving the lives of those in need in our community.

pcf logo

Projects include; contributing money to help build Habitat homes, funding for The Ada Jenkins Center, improving the Hope House in Huntersville, and providing need-based college scholarships to students from North Mecklenburg public high schools.

This just touches on the work of PCF, to learn more visit the PCF website.

Event Details:

November 18th, 2017 • 6:00 pm
The Peninsula Club
19101 Peninsula Club

Our agents are very involved in supporting our communities, you can find out more here.