In March, 2015, Assist ME (formerly the Charlotte chapter of F.R.E.E. Foundation) won the coaches’ award in the 2015 SEED20 competition.  Created by Social Venture Partners (SVP), the annual SEED20 program identifies, highlights and connects the community to our region’s most innovative ideas for tackling pressing social challenges. These innovations can be developed by:

  •  An individual or start up with a well-formed idea

  •   An emerging nonprofit

  • A well-established nonprofit with a new program   

Each year, over the course of two months, a class of twenty nonprofit participants receives training, coaching, feedback, and mentoring on how to succinctly and powerfully tell their story – who they are and why they matter. These efforts culminate in SEED20 OnStage, a high-energy event where ten members of the class compete to win cash awards by making three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and a community audience. SEED20 OnStage includes a celebration before and after the pitches where the audience can interact and connect with all twenty nonprofits to learn more about their mission and opportunities for support and engagement.


"I am so thankful for the fully electric hospital bed. I really needed that bed.  I am so glad to get it. It helps me to get up in the morning with less pain. Before on rainy days, I wouldn't get out of the bed because it was so painful (to stand up from lower bed). It just hurt too badly. Now I can lay down whenever I want to (instead of staying up all day because it was too painful and required too much effort to transfer to the lower surface bed.) I LOVE IT"