Giving back to the community is a beautiful thing. The Catawba Two Kings Casino Share Change program has raised a total of $7,000 for two organizations: the Mental Health Association of Cleveland County and Children’s Homes of Cleveland County.

Share Change, the Catawba Nation’s charitable initiative through the casino, enables patrons to donate the remaining change on slot vouchers by dropping them in wishing wells and large ticket barrels located on the casino floor. Each organization received $3,500, with the funds being raised from January through March 31, 2022.

According to a recent press release, “The Share Change program is an important initiative to help the Catawba Nation and Catawba Two Kings Casino make a positive change in the community,” Catawba Assistant Chief Jason Harris said. “We are thankful for our generous casino patrons and are happy to support these worthy organizations.” Since its founding in 1962, the Mental Health Association of Cleveland County has advocated for the needs of adults and children with psychiatric and emotional difficulties in Cleveland County.

About The Mission

The mission of the organization is to promote mental health in the community through education, advocacy, and support. It strives to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and create an informed community of citizens. They help to promote mental health and defend and support the rights of those persons impacted by mental illness.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous contribution from the Catawba Two Kings Casino,” said Melodie McSwain, executive director for the Mental Health Association of Cleveland County. “As a small organization, this donation will go a long way toward helping us accomplish our mission of helping individuals and families facing mental health challenges in Cleveland County.”

Children’s Homes of Cleveland County is a human services agency that began in 1969 as a shelter home serving homeless youth. It has evolved to include two group homes, an outpatient therapy clinic, adoption services, parenting and co-parenting classes, supervised family and sibling visitation, and independent living readiness. It also offers residential options for youth aging out of the foster care system.

“We are so grateful for the support of Catawba Two Kings Casino and their patrons,” said Peter Bagley, executive director of Children’s Homes of Cleveland County. “The generosity is helping to meet the daily needs of abused and neglected children, in addition to supporting and restoring families, helping kids find new forever homes, to helping people of all ages with their mental health needs. It will help young people successfully transition from foster care to full independence and is the kind of collaboration that makes Cleveland County such a great place to be.”

The casino launched the Share Change program several weeks after its July opening, and new charitable recipients are designated every three months. The program has now raised $27,000 for local organizations.

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