Runners showed up in support of the CAPTRUST Community Foundation!

Runners showed up on a warm Saturday fall morning, September 16 to run the Bond Brothers 5k. The event supported the CAPTRUST Community Foundation, supporting children in need across our communities. Each step taken was one step closer to a child who receives support, mentorship, and the essentials for the skills and development to thrive!

Big thanks to Bond Brothers Brewery and Cary Magazine for their support. And to all the volunteers, we couldn’t have pulled it off without you!

Check out this video of the big day!

Book Drive Collection for Read and Feed at CAPTRUST

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Read and Feed Book Drive

- Donate a book!

Donate a children's book and support children in reading and development.

Read and Feed supports children in Wake County with reading skills while providing an evening meal. Children who build reading skills also increase confidence, social skills, and early childhood development. 

For information on how to donate, visit

Please read the specific book donation guidelines.

Remember your favorite Scholastic childhood story? These book series are in current demand: 

  • National Geographic Kids!

  • Scholastic Levels (K-5) Readers

  • 'Step Into Reading' Levels (K-5)

  • 'I Can Read' Levels (K-5)

  • Magic Treehouse (K-5)

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Family Day at the NC Eastern Food Bank

Did you know that more than 636,920 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life? Even in Wake County, there are food deserts, where children and adults do not have access to nutritious fruits and vegetables?

CAPCommunity Foundation Family Day at the NC Food Bank brought families together to sort and pack meals to families who would not otherwise have healthy food. 

CAPCommunity Foundation Volunteer Coordinator Trae Cole comments, "Kids got to learn about what the food bank did, how the food is distributed to eastern NC, and how important it is for healthy food to be donated from farms. It was a bit messy, but in the end we packed over 5,000 meals worth of food this past Saturday."

For 2016-2017, the NC Food Bank has several goals:

  • Obtain and distribute between 63-64 million pounds of vital food and non-food essentials in our 34 county service area to over 800 emergency and non-emergency non-profits. Ensure compliance of Feeding America regulatory audit.
  • Expand Agency capacity best practice initiatives
  • Introduce the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Commodity Supplemental Food Program 
  • Fight hunger and promote healthy eating habits by increasing our focus on nutrition.
  • Raise $9.6 million dollars in annual revenue which will enable us to maintain and expand our services. 

For more information on the NC Food Bank, visit  

Check out these fun pictures below!!

Spring into Step: Community Volunteerism

Spring is the perfect time of year to kick off giving back to others in the community.
Some fun ideas include:

Volunteering at a community or urban garden
Digging in the dirt is a fun way to start out a Saturday morning! Community gardens educate children on how to grow and eat healthy food, the importance of the environment, in addition to benefiting the local community by offering fresh fruits and vegetables in areas that may be considered a food desert. 

Join in a 5K Run or Walk
With so many local fun runs and walks supporting an array of needs happening nearly every weekend in the spring and summer, find something that you can get behind and join in the fun. Many events are family or pet-friendly for all types of athletic abilities.

Coach a Team
It’s the season for outside sports. Many after-school and community programs needs coaches. Sports is a great way to bond with a child, can enhance self-confidence, and build team work skills. Pick up a ball!

Organize an Event
Whether it’s a car wash, candy/cookie sale, or community yard sale, organizing an event can raise funds for many worthy causes.

Stop by to Say Hi
If you know of a member in your community who lives alone or needs extra assistance, this is a great time to stop by, offer to take them out for an afternoon, mow their lawn, or enjoy dinner out on the porch.

These are only a few activities you can do in the springtime to get to know others in your community, benefits children and adults in need, and just makes you feel good on a bright sunny day!

CAPCommunity Foundation Supports Youth Leadership

Who were your mentors when you were young? Youth need leadership and life skills. Organizations like HOBY are bringing motivation to youth across the country.

Nearly 10,000 students participate in HOBY programs including: Community Leadership Workshop, State Leadership Seminar, World Leadership Congress, Advanced Leadership Academy, and International Tours Program. 

Their vision is to, "motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society, through understanding and action, based on effective and compassionate leadership."

CAPCommunity Foundation supports HOBY through the small grants program. 

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Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities Receives Small Grant

Congratulations to the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities who was awarded a small grant presented by the CAPCommunity Foundation team members in March 2017. They were also a finalist for the 2017 Charity of Choice.

Founded in 1969, Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities empowers families and enriches the lives of children and adults through education, community and support services. They provide early intervention, education services, respite care, residential services, and therapy services.

In 2016, CAPCommunity Foundation volunteers painted ceiling tiles for several classrooms and continues to support Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities in a number of ways. 

CAPCommunity Foundation Announces 2017 Charity of Choice

The CAPCommunity Foundation is excited to announce the 2017 Charity of Choice: Read and Feed.

When children can’t read, they sit at their desks disengaged with classwork and have a low self-esteem, which impacts their social and scholastic development. If a child can’t read, they may become embarrassed easily and act out in anger or defiance.

The numbers are staggering: seventy-four percent of children who are not reading on grade level at the end of third grade will never catch up to graduate with their class. 

The domino effect impacts the entire community: high school failure costs taxpayers between $320 and $350 billion a year in lost wages, taxable income, health care, welfare and incarceration costs, among others.

Check out this article by Jim Goodnight focusing on the need for reading programs in North Carolina.

Read and Feed is changing this paradigm, one book at a time. Their concept is to combine a mobile classroom, a child friendly atmosphere, books, a warm meal, and volunteers who tutor children.

“We work with at-risk, low-income children who are identified through our partner schools,” explained Kati Mullan, Read and Feed’s executive director. Many children are more than one reading level behind their peers. Offering an afterschool literacy program in a fleet of three mobile locations, many volunteers support children not only by reading, but through mentorship, as they catch up or maintain their reading level.

Kati adds, “We begin every session with a meal, which is a time for socializing and unity. Children come together and share about their day, and this cultivates a relationship with their mentor. For children who come from families that are experiencing economic hardships, this may be the only meal they have that day.”

Read and Feed’s impact: an 88% increase in improved reading attitude or confidence.

The CAPCommunity Foundation is excited to be partnering with Read and Feed throughout the year. We will be hosting volunteer opportunities, ways to increase much-needed funding, and feature a community event this fall.