MMAE is an organization with a community impact as well as a center for friendships that can last a lifetime: at a membership meeting telling us about Pat’s Place, an agency healing abused children which we support; serving as a hostess at Holiday House, our major fund raiser; stuffing envelopes to send to prospective members; serving on the Program committee to set the calendar of membership programs; planning the logistics of our annual Community Health Luncheon to open a major health topic to the wider community; serving on the Grants and Disbursements committee to evaluate applications for awarding funds to programs. There are many other volunteer opportunities- a place for everyone’s time and talent!
The heart of our organization is the awarding of funds to health related programs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Annually, agencies are invited to apply to the MMAE Grants and Disbursements Committee for specific health related programs. The list of more than 60 projects MMAE has supported in the past 33 years points to our impact in caring for the elderly, the young, the homeless, the abused, Habitat houses, safety for children, defibrillators to literally give the gift of life, drug education, adolescent health. Our Community Health Luncheons have educated attendees to learn about such areas as stopping the stigma of mental illness, the dangers of deep vein thrombosis, the importance of exercise to brain health, developing childhood empathy for adult health.