FreeMoreWest Winter Drop-In!

Don't forget to mark your calendars for for our free Winter Drop-In at the Grinnell Water Works lobby, Thursday February 21, 2013!

Hear more about a Quik Trip proposed for our area while enjoying yummy food and drinks from Savor. Good company and good food equals a great night in FreeMoreWest!

FreeMoreWest 5k Run!

The FreeMoreWest 5K on the Greenway is starting to take shape! We are proud to announce the addition of Roaming Fork, voted Best Foodtruck 2012 by QC Exclusive and Best Fries by CBS Radio Charlotte, Roots Farm Food, listed as the only food truck in Charlotte Magazine's 2012 Best of the Best: Dining Awards and Triple C Brewing Charlotte's newest Brewery to our post race festival.

A big thank you to Harris Teeter for donating Fruit and Water for our participants!

Registration is now open. The early bird rate expires 2-28, so don't miss out! Visit for more information - invite your friends!

FreeMoreWest Member Profile

Michael Elder, President & CEO of Goodwill industries of the Southern Piedmont, has been involved with the FreeMoreWest Association for almost 15 years. A resident of Charlotte since 1976, his longstanding passion for strengthening communities through advocacy and social enterprise creation has helped shape the area to become what it is today . During his 37-year career as President & CEO of Goodwill, he has grown the agency from its roots as a small job training program featuring one retail store into a robust social enterprise and workforce development leader that operates more than 20 retail stores and provides career development services to more than 15,000 individuals annually.

A dedicated community leader, Michael has served on many boards and advisory committees. Locally, he is a past Chair of the United Way of Central Carolinas Council of Agency Executives and he currently serves on the Charlotte Works Board and is an active member of the Charlotte Rotary Club. In his almost four decades of service he has received many accolades including the Charlotte Business Journal's Diversity in Business Award.

Michael enjoys reading, music, hiking and riding his motorcycle. He has one daughter, Sarah, and is a graduate of Wesley College, Western Maryland College and Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

We thank Michael for his willingness to serve our area with a smile!


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