Biz Roundup: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Foundation awards grants from Salisbury to Jerusalem


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Foundation has donated more than $ 110,000 to local and international nonprofits.

Spring 2021 grant recipients include organizations that are new partners of the foundation, with grants awarded in eight countries and to seven local non-profit organizations.

A particularly large number of applications were received in this cycle for the Global Mission Fund. One of the largest scholarship recipients is the Diocese of Jerusalem, a first-time applicant for the foundation. His grant will support the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center, which provides comprehensive rehabilitation for children with disabilities. Family members receive on-the-job training at the center, take part in therapy sessions with their children, and are trained in home care by therapists. The grant will support its virtual care model, which will enable the center to improve and maintain its online therapy sessions required by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local grant recipients include Families First, Inc. for its programs with the Rowan County Court Child Care Center. The $ 4,269 grant will help provide much-needed care in the district court for young children with family members involved in legal proceedings.

Other fellows include the Rowan County Literacy Council for its adult and youth programs, Rowan Helping Ministries for its Food For Thought program, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan for its sacrificial services, The Bread Riot for its program that brings locally grown food to the community, Power Cross for his Boyz2Men Retreat and Pathways group at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for his multicultural book donation to Koontz Elementary School.

For more information about St. Luke’s Foundation, including information on how to support its efforts, the application process, and upcoming deadlines, please visit or the organization’s Facebook page.

Home sales in Charlotte are rising as new listings pick up in May

As North Carolina residents continue to prepare for the reopening and return to normal activities, residential property sales in the Charlotte area continue to heat up.

Home sales rose 26.4%, with 4,784 homes sold, compared to 3,785 homes sold last May, according to data from the Canopy Realtor Association. Last May, sales were affected by the pandemic and prevented many buyers and sellers from entering the market. This led to a decrease in sales of 30.4% compared to the previous year.

As sales have increased, the inventory and monthly supply of homes for sale has decreased. with the stock of houses for sale decreasing by 62% compared to last May and the monthly supply of apartments decreasing by 68.4% compared to last May. There were 3,104 homes for sale that May, compared to 8,177 homes last May.

The median and average sales price have also increased, the median price increased by 21.8% and the average price increased by 27.4%. The median price was $ 265,245 last May and is up to $ 323,000 this May. The average price was $ 309,877 last May and rose to $ 394,924 this May. The average list price of houses is also up 8% compared to last May. The average list price rose from $ 374,022 last May to $ 403,871 this May.

Homes are selling faster compared to last May, with the days in the market to sell this May reduced to 16 days, compared to 36 days last May.

Egg dishes from local restaurants could win a cash prize

To encourage North Carolina consumers to support local restaurants that serve eggs and enjoy simple, fun, egg-inspired recipes during the summer, the North Carolina Egg Association (NCEA) is running a competition where consumers can vote for their favorite restaurant, the eggs in. serves the Piedmont, mountains and coastal regions of the state. One restaurant in each region will win a $ 1,000 award to help rebuild, update, or support staff after a difficult year.

“We’re thrilled to be promoting the revisiting experience of popular North Carolina neighborhood restaurants and encouraging residents to meet up with friends and family again,” said Lisa Prince, executive director of the North Carolina Egg Association. “Times have been tough for many restaurants, and egg farmers in North Carolina are eager to help our restaurants reopen and continue to thrive.”

Through August 8, North Carolina residents are invited to nominate an independent restaurant to win the $ 1,000 prize. Using an online form at, North Carolinians can submit their preferred local restaurant that serves eggs and share a favorite dish that the location serves. By entering, entrants will automatically be entered into weekly raffles for $ 25 gift certificates for local restaurants.

“We are honored to support locally owned restaurants in the North Carolina communities where we live, work and play,” said Trey Braswell, chairman of the North Carolina Egg Association and fourth generation egg maker for Braswell Family Farms in Nashville . “Our state’s egg farmers pride themselves on providing restaurants with safe, nutritious eggs that will become the delicious dishes diners enjoy every day.”

The bank aims to expand tech career opportunities for color students

Bank of America announced a partnership between NPower and Urban Alliance, backed by a $ 4.2 million grant between the two organizations.

According to Bank of America’s website, the collaboration between Urban Alliance and NPower will combine students, mostly from colored communities, with technical skills and jobs, and is in line with Bank of America’s commitment to promoting racial equality and economic opportunity. The aim of these efforts is to enable high school students with future-proof skills to become economically independent after graduation and to find entry-level jobs in technology or in technology-related areas, while employers are supported in the development of diverse talent pipelines for newcomers.

“We recognize that early employment is critical to helping young people build the skills, networks and experiences they need to break out of cycles of poverty and achieve long-term success,” said Kerry Sullivan, president the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “Bringing the collective expertise of Urban Alliance and NPower together demonstrates our ability to be a catalyst for jobs in the communities where we operate by preparing young people with color for emerging jobs in engineering and related professions.”

NPower is a national not-for-profit organization committed to promoting racial and gender equality in the technology industry through training, hands-on experience, support, and mentoring. It will provide technical training to all Urban Alliance students over the next three years and complement the Urban Alliance’s intensive soft skills curriculum. The aim of these efforts is to provide more than 1,500 students with digital skills training and deeper technical certification for a self-selected subgroup. Technical skills open the door for students entering college as well as those transitioning from high school to full-time employment.

Applications for the NPower courses can be found at

Our State Magazine is looking for entries for the Made in NC Awards 2021

For more than 88 years, Our State has put the spotlight on the best creators, makers, designers, and chefs in the state. This summer, Our State is hosting the sixth annual Made in NC Awards to continue the tradition of honoring North Carolina artisans.

The Made in NC Awards are aimed at manufacturers, bakers, artisans and creatives from North Carolina. Whether you’re running a small microbrewery, selling handmade soaps, or making incredible bespoke clothing, you take pride in making your product right here in North Carolina – and Our State magazine is here to help you get it featured across the state.

Products must be made in North Carolina and fall into one of the following categories: Crafts, Beverages, Food, Home and Garden, or Style. Submitted items must also be able to be reproduced for sale or be part of a similar line of products that are offered for sale. The submissions will be judged on quality, uniqueness and authenticity. The jury also takes into account how well each product represents North Carolina and whether the materials are locally sourced.

There will be one winner and two honorable mentions from each of the five categories. The overall winner will receive $ 500. The category winners each receive one sixth page ad and the overall winner one third page ad in the December issue of Our State magazine. Both the category winners and the overall winner will receive email and social media advertising, an article and video on, and inclusion in the Made in NC Awards section of the February issue of Our State magazine. Honorable mentions are posted on Winners and Honorable Mentions are invited to appear as a seller at the Marketplace at the Best of Our State at Pinehurst Resort January 7-8, 2022. All contestants may be considered for merchandising opportunities through the Our State Store.

The competition entry period is now open and entries will be accepted until August 16, 2021. To submit your entry or find answers to your questions about the Made in NC Awards, visit

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