Gwendolyn Brown-Johnson has a passion for children, especially the children of the Parkview Community.
As a concerned and caring resident, she saw that neighborhood children and others lacking adequate parental supervision and protection from a hazardous social environment.
From a grassroots endeavor feeding children in her home who would come to play then moving into a vacant house to the current center that feeds up to 75 children during the summer. And 45—60 during the school year. Gwendolyn has served nutritious meals with side helping of compassion and love.
Gwendolyn is the recipient of many awards including:
1972-1978 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools PTA Council Presidents
1995 CMS Outstanding leadership Award
1996 Outstanding Commitment to Public Education
1999 Charlotte Pride Award
2000 Torchbearers of Excellence Ash-Shakeed Islamic Center
2001 Community-Based Club of the year for Right Moves For Youth
2002 Leadership Charlotte Unsung Hero Award
2002 Women Of a New Tribe Celebration Afro–American Cultural Center
2004 Computer Access of Neighborhood Unsung Hero Award (Charlotte Chamber / ITC Charlotte)
2009 First Runner-up WSOC Nine Who Care Award
2017 Woman of Impact Purple Wing Award
Parkview Community Foundation Programs
Kid’s Café We feed any child FREE! Monday - Friday Between 4 pm to 5 pm
Backpack Program A backpack full of nutritious, ready to eat and easy to prepare foods is sent home on weekends and holidays when school and Kids Café meals are not available.
Food Distribution In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and other area business, each week. We service approximately 75 needy neighborhood children during the summer. Meals are sometime prepared by volunteers and often using food donations from local retailers and restaurants.
Tutoring & Afterschool
Parkview offers a structured afternoon schedule that includes:
A pro-homework atmosphere and support.
Adult staff and volunteers that assist with tutoring, meals, activities, and discipline.
Computer-assisted learning in literacy and math using donated computers and software.
An effective program of discipline and reward that encourages good behavior.
We have a computer lab for those that do not own a computer with qualified volunteers on duty to answer questions.
Summer Day Camp
Parkview offers an eight-week summer camping program that provides three meals a day, a reading program, two field trips a week, and a variety of enriching activities. Thirty five children are enrolled each summer and we have a waiting list too.
Parkview Community Foundation's Mission
To help the children of the area reach their individual full potential and to be prepared for life and adulthood.
To provide the children and youth with a program that is neighborhood centered, places a high priority on the entire family’s economic and social well-being, and is based on a foundation of positive core values.
To provide an environment that is (1) safe (2) enriching (3) supportive of good health habits (4) nurturing and filled with hope and encouragement.
The Parkview Community
Parkview Community Foundation is located on the west side of Charlotte near Freedom Drive in the Parkview Neighborhood.
Many of children of Parkview and surrounding neighborhoods face high rates of addiction and incarceration among parents, and a significant number of children are being raised by grandparents. Many children are unsupervised after school and well into the night, and at other times when school is not in session. Unfortunately, neglect is common to the children of Parkview.
We are committed to improving and enriching the lives of our neighborhood children.
Parkview offers a structured environment that fosters respect for rules and other people. Thirty-five children come to the Parkview center every day from the time they get out of school-starting at 3:00 pm and they stay until 5:30 pm or later. They attend Bible Study on Wednesday night at Light of Christ United Methodist Church.
Many helping hands and linking arms help the families of Parkview...