The Travis Powell Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide less fortunate children in Cleveland County, North Carolina with aid to improve their quality of life throughout the year. Founded in 2014, based on the vision of the foundation’s CEO Travis Powell, it’s goal was to bring joy and support to children in his hometown of Shelby, NC by providing toys, clothing and food during the holiday season. In addition to its annual Christmas party The Travis Powell Foundation has recently expanded its support to include a back-to-school project. It is in faith that the local community will be inspired by and contribute to the continued growth of the foundations’ outreach.
The Travis Powell Foundation (TTPF) extends its support to the Children’s Homes of Cleveland County, a nationally accredited nonprofit who has provided services to local children and their families for over 25 years. Included in those services is a residential program that encompasses four homes which provide 24-hour care for children of all ages in Cleveland County, North Carolina who have been separated from their parents. On average, TTPF serves 30 less fortunate children per year by improving their quality of life and providing the items and experiences they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play.
More specifically, TTPF hosts an annual Christmas party at which games, activities and presents are provided for each of the children. Each year, an average of 15 volunteers work together to decorate the party location and hand select and wrap presents. In addition, these volunteers work to guarantee the safety of the children in attendance and ensure that they are able to successfully participate in games and activities while building positive and encouraging relationships. Catering is provided annually by our local Hwy 55 restaurant (located at 3044 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC) owned by Jay and Kim Thomas.
TTPF has also established a Back to School Project which provides those same children with a new outfit and pair of shoes to wear on their first day of school. Since clothing has been proven to affect an individual's mood and emotions, TTPF also aimed to provide the children with intangible benefits such as confidence and pride in their appearance on a day that might normally be considered intimidating. To further enhance this experience, TTPF intends to work with the four children’s homes in coordinating shopping trips so that the children may play a more active role in exercising financial responsibility and decision making. Similar to the annual Christmas party, TTPF hosts an annual back-to-school cookout that promotes a sense of community amongst the children.