In Charlotte, 29 percent of adults aged 65 and over live alone and nearly 21 percent of Charlotte residents 60 and over receive food stamps. (U.S. Census, 2010)
How can we help this generation? Body & Soul Senior Fitness has implemented a great idea by working to keep Charlotte’s seniors active and social.
Body & Soul Senior Fitness works within local churches to provide a place for senior adults to grow physically stronger, meet new friends and find joy in daily living.
“As they age, family is very, very busy and friends start to pass away … life changes,” Body & Soul Executive Director Kathy Joy said. “Being able to come to the churches and just engage with others and become physically stronger makes them more confident.”
Do you have the urge to DO GOOD in Charlotte, but aren't sure where to start? Spend a few minutes and take our quiz to help identify what you may care about. This quiz is simple, FUN and a great place to begin doing GOOD in Charlotte!
In the fall of 2016, Black Wednesday Owner and SHARE Charlotte PR & Media Consultant Corri Smith started to hear this terrible howl outside her house. It was coming from a golden brown pup that was tied up behind her neighbor's house.
"It was incessant and this dog was clearly in distress," Corri said. "I went out there to find that her collar was about three sizes too small and she had no water. I asked my neighbors, who were squatting in the home, what their plan was and if they had food and water for her."
Their response: "It's not our dog."
Apparently, they had a friend who was newly displaced and had nowhere to put her so they tied her up overnight without a thought.
Get involved. Support your community. Make a difference. Give back.
If you have access to the internet, you’ve heard all that before. At SHARE Charlotte, we believe that as Charlotte residents we should all get involved to support our community, make a difference and give back! But, we hope to make it easy and FUN for you.
Whether you’ve lived in Charlotte for a long time or are one of our area’s new residents, we know that understanding the city’s nonprofit community can be daunting. In fact, that’s why SHARE Charlotte exists. In 2012, founder Kelly Brooks saw a need for an easy way to connect the community to nonprofits. Today, sharecharlotte.org connects to more than 400 nonprofits all serving Mecklenburg County.
We seldom seek out life-altering events. They often find us instead.
And sometimes, doing something as simple as serving a glass of fruit punch to someone who could use a cup of cheer can not only have an impact on their life but yours too.
Last week, my 15-year-old daughter went to Urban Ministry Center with her youth pastor for a “drink service” shift. They were instructed to bring 350 cups and drink mix, which they did with smiles. They were prepared, but then again, not really. My daughter wasn’t totally sure what Urban Ministry was. “I thought it was part of a church,” she told me after her shift.
Each year, the SHARE Charlotte Goodie Awards are given to our nonprofit partners who we feel are most deserving. The awards are fun, unique each year and meant to provide encouragement to all SHARE Charlotte partners. On Thursday, Jan. 25, FOX46's Good Day Charlotte host Page Fehling and her husband Jake Fehling presented the awards at our first-ever SHARE Charlotte Nonprofit Summit.
Best Use of Give Shop: Kindermourn
In September 2017, Kindermourn held a Helping The Hurt Supply Drive and sent supporters to Give Shop to purchase supplies off their wish list!
Brooks To Lead New Software Venture; Jacobs Promoted to Executive Director of SHARE Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC – SHARE Charlotte Founder Kelly Brooks announced today, at the first-ever SHARE Charlotte Summit, that the nonprofit’s success in the Queen City will begin to expand to other cities through Share Good, a software company she created. With this evolution, while Brooks will remain involved in SHARE Charlotte, she will now serve as CEO of Share Good and Amy Jacobs, who has led campaigns and programs for SHARE since 2015, will become Executive Director, effective February 1.
“SHARE Charlotte has raised the bar for how communities can engage and serves as a model for other cities to follow,” said Brooks. “As I take on this new national focus with Share Good, I am confident that Amy is the perfect person to lead SHARE Charlotte into the future.”
If you’re a craft beer drinker in Charlotte, you have undoubtedly heard of the Queen City Brewers Festival which returns for the 7th year on Feb. 3 at The Fillmore. And if you’ve heard of or attended the Queen City Brewers Festival the last couple of years, you’ve heard of ACEing Autism.
Queen City Brewers Festival is ACEing Autism-Charlotte’s annual winter fundraiser and spotlights Charlotte-area breweries and brewpubs along with select restaurants to support ACEing Autism’s mission to serve more families in the Charlotte community affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
ACEing Autism-Charlotte launched with a successful pilot program in the fall of 2013 and had its most-attended sessions this past fall and spring. More than 90 children and 150 volunteers have participated in ACEing Autism-Charlotte tennis clinics over the past four years.
In January, SHARE Charlotte’s Spotlight Series focuses on local organizations providing job training, job placement and mentoring to support workforce development in Charlotte. See who they are and find ways to help. #WorkItCLT
If you've ever been out of work, you know how hard it can be. Looking for work becomes your full-time job. You search online job listings for openings, you craft your resume, fill out applications, send many emails, talk to friends and keep doing it until it all comes together and you get hired.
Now, what if you were trying to accomplish all of the above without a computer, or cell phone, or even a home address? Some of Charlotte's unemployed neighbors need jobs but lack the proper resources and skills to find them.
For many, hard work and determination can change the course of your life. For one Charlotte resident, one course may change her entire career path.
Jessica Smith Robinson currently works as a receptionist at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, but she has always been good with computers and has a passion for coding. She wants to become a web developer, and she has taken several free courses at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library.
Tech Talent South aims to teach adults and children the basics of coding and web development through in-person classes, in a condensed time period.
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!!