Strengthening Children…One Playground at a Time

There are many valid reasons to build a playground especially in today’s times.  Let us give you just two reasons:   1) to give children of all races, creeds, and colors a safe place to play together and 2) to build community through education and inclusion instead of tearing them down with barriers and restrictions.  This playground could become a place of healing and remembrance. A safe place to play is pretty self-explanatory but facts and studies show children (pre-COVID) spent 7 hours plus per day in front of a screen.  But only 5% of children age 6-17 got 60 minutes of play a day, which is the federally recommended amount of exercise per day a child should get.  Add to that doctors and psychologists alike, say children need free play to strengthen their physical, mental, and emotional capacities.  A playground provides a solution to these problems, giving children somewhere to [...]

2021-04-21T14:46:27+00:00April 21st, 2021|

The Importance of Summer Camps

Did you know that MAIF offers Summer Camps for underprivileged children in our community? Inspired through the Task Force recommendations and our Upward Mobility project we created projects allowing equal opportunity and ability for kids to grow up freely unencumbered by barriers to growth dreams and imagination. According to Parent Guide News “At camp, children gain valuable life skills. In fact, an organization called The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (comprising a group of businesses, education leaders, and policymakers) has found there is a large gap between the knowledge students learn in school and the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century. After extensive research, the organization determined that some of the skills necessary to become successful adults are communication, collaboration, creativity, leadership, socialization, and problem solving. All of these areas are fostered in the camp environment.” Help us change lives by making an impact today! Click [...]

2021-04-13T17:32:15+00:00April 16th, 2021|

Camp EDvantage Press Release 08/13/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LAKE NORMAN RESIDENT AND BUSINESSES PARTNER TO HELP CHILDREN IN NEED What does a local resident, bank, church, American Legion Post and nonprofit have in common?  They are all coming together to help children in the Lake Norman area who need a safe place to do their required remote/virtual learning. DAVIDSON, NC (August 12, 2020)- COVID-19 has brought many changes to the lives of families in the local community Project Champion Bonnie Little and the Make An Impact Foundation (MAIF) are trying to make that change a little more positive with Camp EDvantage. Camp EDvantage is a free camp for kids who do not have the required technology or a safe environment to participate in the virtual learning required by the local schools.  Camp EDvantage has five confirmed locations throughout the Cornelius, Huntersville and Mooresville areas and hope to serve over 200 families.  Starting August 17, this [...]

2020-08-13T22:27:47+00:00August 13th, 2020|

Lake Norman Business Podcast with Dale Gillmore

Check out the latest episode of the Lake Norman Business Podcast with our very own founder and chairman Dale Gillmore sharing about MAIF and Quest M&A as well as giving great practical business advice. Give it a listen! You'll get a brief overview of our 'WHY' and learn about past and active projects. We hope it inspires you to become a part of our work and make an impact with us by donating, serving or becoming a project or donor champion for the Lake Norman community? Dale, thank you for all you do! We're grateful for you and the impact you continue to make.  

2020-04-13T17:42:30+00:00April 13th, 2020|

URGENT community need! COVID-19 Virus Help Opportunities

The Make an Impact Foundation’s mission is helping underprivileged children. During these times of pandemic status due to the COVID-19 our children might not be susceptible to the virus, but they are suffering from other issues due to this virus.  After discussions with other local nonprofits and school systems we’ve determined a good number of local children normally receive meals at school and with all NC public school systems closed, these children aren’t receiving those meals or snacks.  That said, we are working to provide those children with food and hygiene kits.  If you are able and interested in helping local children in need, please see below on the two ways we are continuing our mission and working to help local children.  Please remember if you do provide assistance take precautions to protect yourselves and those you are donating to.  You can use online shopping with delivery to our offices, [...]

2020-03-18T12:40:12+00:00March 17th, 2020|
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