The eyes of the world are on police interactions with communities across the United States. So what’s Mecklenburg County doing about it? Since 2008, the County has been a part of the Crisis Intervention Team program, or CIT. The program better prepares officers to respond to people in crisis with a serious mental illness.Continue Reading
Written with contributions from the Public Information Department
I know what you’re thinking. “I’ve avoided travel for a year and I’m ready to GO!” Me too, reader. Me too. BUT if we’re going to be here, let’s make the most of it. I’ll give you a money back guarantee right here, right now if you’ve done everything on this list.*Continue Reading
Mecklenburg County is a human services organization. That means our number one goal is to serve the people who live in our area, especially when they need it most. We’ll walk you through just a few of the County’s many services you need to know about.Continue Reading
Last year, I merrily wrote a blog with things to do in 2020 for under $20. Five of the 10 things on the list were significantly different or impossible for most of the year. Half. Lol, 2020. You got us! 😕 BUT! We did manage to complete the census with greater participation than in 2010. 🎉
Without making any grand plans for 2021, here’s a new, pandemic-proof 🤞🏾 list of budget-friendly activities this year. (I do not intend to jinx us but also apologize in advance if I accidentally do.)Continue Reading
One of the more common questions we’ve heard throughout the pandemic is, “How are you protecting our homeless population?” That’s a great question. When COVID-19 hit Mecklenburg County, we already had a team in place. They’re our Homeless Services division in the Community Support Services (CSS) department and it’s been around for years. Employees help connect people who are homeless, or about to become homeless, to community resources and services that fit their needs. They immediately started working with community partners on a plan to make sure our neighbors in need could find support.Continue Reading
Want to time travel with us? We’re looking into the future at what Mecklenburg County Park & Rec can and should look like 10-15 years from now! In our office it’s called the comprehensive master plan, but you’ll see us calling it “Meck Playbook” in the community because it’s essentially our playbook for the next several years. The best part? YOU get to be a part of it.Continue Reading
Every 10 years, the government counts everyone who lives in the United States — everyone. It was written into the Constitution and we’ve been doing it ever since. It’s called the census.
The 2020 Census is special because it’s the first time you can respond online. By now, you should have received something in the mail. But if you haven’t or you lost it, don’t worry you can go here to take it.Continue Reading
There are so many different issues you might have. And some of them, we can help you with. 😊 Get involved… problem solved! Well maybe it’s not quite that simple but you definitely don’t have to suffer in silence. We can’t do anything about getting your trash picked up (you have to contact your city or town for that). We also don’t manage the court system or the sheriff’s office. But with 21 County departments, there is a LOT we can help you with!Continue Reading
Spend a little time learning more about the County and some of the resources in our 21 departments without leaving your home. If you’ve never been on a digital scavenger hunt, here’s how it goes. Follow the clues to track down info about some of the best of what Mecklenburg County has to offer. How many can you figure out without looking at the key? No peeking!Continue Reading
By now you’ve probably heard the news: we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. That means physical health is taking the spotlight, but it’s important to pay attention to our mental health too. As routines and lives shift, it’s natural to experience stress and anxiety.
How you manage that stress depends on many personal and situational factors. But there are common signs that stress and anxiety may be getting the best of you.Continue Reading