In Charlotte's SouthEnd sits an 8,000-square-foot warehouse of pure GOOD! Charlotte Community ToolBank is perhaps one of the city's best-kept secrets ... and it's time to end the secrecy.
Charlotte Community ToolBank provides fellow not-for-profit organizations with access to an inventory of tools all year long eliminating the need for agencies to incur the expense of purchasing, repairing, and storing tools. This reduces the costs associated with service projects and allowing these agencies to focus more of their resources on their mission. The ToolBank provides over 200 different types of tools and has enough stock to supply over 1,000 volunteers for hands-on projects.
Now is the time to DO GOOD! SHARE Charlotte and Hands On Charlotte’s DO GOOD Week, powered by Duke Energy, is in full swing through Saturday, April 29. The week, also celebrated as National Volunteer Week (April 23-29) encourages Charlotteans to volunteer or sign up to volunteer for future opportunities with local nonprofits.
The campaign will culminate on April 29 with Hands On Charlotte Day, presented by Wells Fargo, which will offer more than 20 hands-on projects throughout the city for Charlotte volunteers. A community celebration will follow at NoDa Brewing from 1-3 p.m. Volunteers from HOC Day activities will receive a complimentary beer from the brewery; 10 nonprofits will be on site at the celebration with quick and easy ways to DO GOOD.
In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970.
We still celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and this year’s campaign is all about environmental and climate literacy.
Here are some events in the Charlotte area in celebration of Earth Day:
YWCA Central Carolinas was so excited to participate again this year for #GivingTuesdayCLT. Not only did the organization meet its goal for the campaign – they exceeded it!
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA supports more than 360 youth from fragile communities, as well as unaccompanied homeless women and families. In addition, it boasts an award-winning co-ed fitness center.
When it comes to volunteering, we all think we should do more. Yet many of us -- myself included -- can sit and come up with excuses, most of which are just bogus. Here are seven common excuses (read: myths) that I'm going to debunk for you right now:
You don’t have enough time … Not true. You know which demographic volunteers the most in Charlotte? Parents. As a mom of three, time is a very precious commodity, but I certainly have time to volunteer once or twice a month. What is sacrificed? Most likely the latest episode of the show du jour on my DVR.
You have to be young to volunteer … Nope, no and not even close. You know what age group volunteers the most in Charlotte? If you think it’s people in their 20s, think again. Over 36.5 percent of Charlotteans aged 55-64 volunteer. Those 35-44 are second with 35.9 percent. Only 25 percent of those in their 20s volunteer.
This year, Teen Health Connection is celebrating 25 years of service to teens and families in the Charlotte community. Over the last 25 years, the organization's work has stayed true to its mission: to improve the health of adolescents by providing physical and mental healthcare services, education, advocacy and research through connections with teens, parents and the community. Since 1992, Teen Health Connection has provided more than 171,000 comprehensive healthcare visits to teens and families with 9,063 comprehensive healthcare visits provided in 2016 alone.
Volunteering makes the world go round. It just does. By definition to volunteer is to freely offer to do something. That's it. Holding a door open for someone, helping a neighbor with a project, taking a meal to a family with a new baby all fit the bill and are all efforts greatly appreciated. But there are those who work -- for free -- right here in Charlotte to make our city better for those around them. These are our SHAREheroes and we'd like you to meet them.
Wing Haven participated in #GivingTuesdayCLT and will use funds to help maintain these historic gardens, which originated in 1927. Funds are also used to help run educational programs including a backyard gardening workshop for families and summer camps for rising 1st through rising 5th grade children. Your donations help purchase everything from bird seed to binoculars to seedlings and craft supplies.
This year's campaign was a huge success. Wing Haven raised financial and in-kind donations, enlisted new volunteers and new members, increased social media exposure and increased awareness to a wider more diverse audience. Highlights of Wing Haven's campaign include:
This spring we want to recognize volunteers in our community. Throughout the month of April, we'll be talking about our community's unsung heroes, the ones who willingly give their time to make a difference most likely in the lives of individuals they've never met and may never meet. These individuals are selfless and about as close to saints as we may see on earth. So how does that saying go? If you can't beat 'em. JOIN THEM!
For one week, April 23-29, we encourage you to think about how you can spend your time this year. Maybe you want to spend one day as a family. Maybe you want to find something you can do monthly or even weekly. We can help. Volunteer needs exist 365 days a year, but choose DO GOOD Week to make your mark.
When is the last time you observed high tea time? What about tee time? If it’s been a while since you had a formal tea or got to play an afternoon of golf, Lydia’s Legacy is providing the opportunity for you to participate in both tea and tee afternoons while supporting a great cause with their upcoming fundraising events in Charlotte.
We have so much great news to share from our nonprofit partners about their amazing work. But, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know if you have stories you'd like to tell and we'll make you a guest blogger!!