The CARes Project, Inc.
Begun as an initiative of the United Way of Davie County in 2016, the Cares Project is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation. Operations began in 2017 with individual financial counseling and group home budgeting classes offered in Davie County. The first vehicle loans were made at the beginning of 2018. With expansion into Forsyth and Davidson counties, the Cares Project, Inc. is now a certified Community Financial Development Institution (CDFI) funded in part by the US Treasury, to address the financial service needs of low and moderate income residents of these North Carolina counties.
Our mission is to help people become financially secure through car ownership, by making community-funded vehicle loans and by building skills though financial and credit coaching.
On August 2, 2019 The CARes Project became a Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the US Treasury.
Scott McLaughlin, D.Min., is the Chief Executive Officer of The Cares Project, Inc. With over two decades of leadership experience in educational, faith-based, and community nonprofit organizations, his mission is to build the organizational and fiscal foundation of the Cares Project, integrate the agency into the region's collaborative community development efforts, and lead the Project's growth into other counties in North Carolina. Scott also enjoys working with applicants to help them become skilled in money management and takes pride in every person who graduates from the car ownership program.
Rick Menendez is the Senior Financial Coach of The Cares Project, Inc. With training and significant experience in both banking and social work, Rick brings a unique blend of skills and knowledge to his work with applicants. Patient and kind in working with the Cares Project's participants, he also invests the determination, honesty, and high standards required to provoke needed changes in the lives of those with whom he coaches. His mission is to be the conduit by which low-income families can begin successfully to climb the ladder of financial success, no matter where they start.
Audrey McLaughlin, BSW, is our Car Ownership Program Administrator. With three years of experience in working with community nonprofits and case management, Audrey brings an energetic, compassionate and innovative quality to The Cares Project. She provides quality assistance to every new and potential Cares customer. Audrey drives to see our community become successful in securing financial stability.
List of Current Board of Directors
Andrew LaRowe, Board President
Marketing Committee Chair
President of EduCon Energy
Ann Roberts, Board Vice President
Adult Services Director
Forsyth County Department of Social Services
Garry Lowery, Board Secretary
Woodforest National Bank
Michelle Younts, Board Treasurer
Governance Committee Chair
Melinda C. Beauchamp
Program Committee Chair
Chief Executive Officer
The United Way of Davie County
Director of Programs and Operations
Experiment in Self-Reliance
Neal P. Cheek
Independent Business Owner
Tamara K. Taylor
Habitat for Humanity of Davie County