MOORESVILLE – The volunteer-based Lake Norman Community Development Council, in partnership with the Ada Jenkins Center and Davidson College, is forming a safety net planning council to connect the human services nonprofits of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville.

Executive Director Rory Crawford wants the new council to act as a nonprofit, employing full-time staffers. It’ll leverage the resources of the area’s more than 40 housing, domestic violence, tutoring and healthcare agencies.

Crawford received the support of Mooresville commissioners June 12 to proceed with development plans, and he’ll be visiting other town boards soon.

Goals for the council include locating sponsors and building a citizen-led board of directors encompassing those with experience in the business, health, education, religious and government sectors.

“Our mission is to build up the people’s quality of life through community-wide planning focused on addressing human needs,” he said.

Crawford stressed the group wouldn’t be a new United Way or an “uber manager of agencies or a director of agency activities.”

The Bonner Scholars Program at Davidson College, which provides four-year scholarships for students passionate about community service, has already pledged to become involved with the safety net council this upcoming school year.

For ways you can get involved, contact Crawford at 704-663-1992, ex. 201 or email roryc@healthreachclinic.org.