By Leah Schmalz
The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon last Thursday with a “Celebrate Civic” theme. Guest speakers from several local non-profit organizations provided brief summaries of their contributions to the community and how to get involved as a volunteer. Habitat for Humanity, the Lions Club, Kiwanis, Mint Hill Arts and Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care were present at the event. Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance explained the organization’s purpose as a location for seniors who don’t want to enter a nursing home. With a hair salon, computers, meals, and medical care, the center allows adults to remain independent while still receiving care and connecting with others. Terrell Blackmon spoke for Habitat for Humanity in Matthews. He said the organization has a “25 in 5” plan, aiming to help 25 families in five years. Even if volunteers aren’t interested in construction, they can help at the Restore or as board members. Michael Hutchinson of Mint Hill Arts encouraged attendees to support the art community by coming to shows and connecting with artists. Presidents of the Kiwanis and Lions Club also outlined their organizations and how they contribute to the area through scholarships and youth support. The Chamber also announced their second annual golf classic on Thursday, September 11. It will include a challenge between the fire, police and town staff. They are currently seeking volunteers and sponsors, so contact with any interest. Cutline: Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care said the organization aims to provide seniors with a place during the day where they can socialize and receive any necessary medical care.