Give to the Nest

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”– John Bunyan

Mouths to feed


Minds to educate


Reasons to give

The Nest Academy is celebrating its 12 year anniversary,  a milestone of 12 first generation graduates and 12 years of ‘Why’,  responding to one of Charlotte’s greatest needs.  The Nest continues to honor  its ‘why’- to offer hope through educating, empowering and enriching the lives of refugee, immigrant and some of Charlotte’s most vulnerable and marginalized children with the gift of education, changing the trajectories of its students’ lives for legacies to come.

 Thank you for your generosity and for helping us continue the great work of The Nest.

Your support is crucial to our efforts to help our students become working and contributing adults in our community.  

 If you’re able, please make a donation to help us achieve our mission. Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

Here are the ways you can make a donation:

Make a donation online, send a check to:

The Nest at The Simmons YMCA

 6824 Democracy Drive

Charlotte, NC 28212

or Text to Give (833) 983-5396.

“The Nest Academy is a place where character, love and service are promoted while genuine learning and growth takes place in our students.” from The Nest Academy Honor Code.

 The Nest Academy was started by MC Hildreth in 2009 with 5-girls in a small donated space in uptown Charlotte. The Academy now has it’s own custom built school building and 36 students are enrolled in the school. Our students are from Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, Uganda, Tanzania, Guatemala,  The Congo, Ethiopia, Mexico, Iraq, Malaysia, Argentina, El Salvador and the United States. We currently have 5 full time staff members and dozens of wonderful volunteers who are giving our students a low teacher/student ratio prompting accelerated learning. We are challenging our students to achieve the highest academic standards possible, so they can go on to be a positive influence in our community.