I have always looked forward to this time of year. Spring is my favorite time of year! There are so many things I like about this season

 --- Blooming flowers, long walks in the park, visits from my niece Caroline & nephew Dylan, enjoying an afternoon on a sailboat and backyard barbeques with good friends.

At Speedway Children's Charities spring brings the opportunity to schedule site visits to several of our Grant Recipients. I really enjoy the visits because they show first hand how our grant money is being used in our community for various programs that help so many children who are in need.

Just last week I was able to visit Thompson Children Development Center with SCC corporate donor Autotrader.com for March Madness for Reading. We spent over an hour reading books to the children at the center. This week I was a guest at the Charity League, Inc. annual luncheon and next week I am off to Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, Inc. for my first ever visit.

At the beginning of March the 2009 Speedway Children's Charities - Charlotte Chapter Grant Application was posted on-line for non-profits in our giving area to apply for grant funding for this year. I look forward to receiving those applications. Please note that we have a new deadline for the application this year. The application must be received by the deadline of July 14, 2009.

Happy spring-

Amanda L. Hollingsworth
Director, Charlotte Chapter of SCC