As the region's economy continues to worsen, Charlotte's charities are experiencing record requests for help from the jobless, the homeless, people with disabilities, and families losing ground against rising inflation and medical costs.
Following are some of the dozens of local nonprofit agencies that are seeking donations to meet increased need for social, medical, educational and employment services.
These charities are part of the Giving Guide, the Observer's annual list of charities. The list will be published in its entirety Nov. 30.
Each week, we will run an abbreviated version of the Giving Guide in the Local & State section.