#52tuesdays: Autism After 18

October 17, 2017    in

When your child is diagnosed with autism, there are services to assist parents and there are resources through the schools.

But what happens when your autistic child is about to graduate high school? That's when services and resources begin to dwindle and 35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received post-secondary education.

Autism After 18Margaret and Erik Neelsen cofounded  Autism After 18 in May 2016 to help young adults with autism progress toward independent lives. Their son Ryan was in high school and they begin to look at what his next steps would be.

#52tuesdays: Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation

September 26, 2017    in

In the height of his NASCAR racing career in 1999, Jeff Gordon established the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation which supports children battling cancer by funding programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure.

In addition, the Foundation provides support to the Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital in Concord, N.C., which serves children in the community by providing a high level of primary and specialty care, regardless of their ability to pay.

#52tuesdays: Levine Museum of the New South

September 19, 2017    in

Whether you are from Charlotte or not — and many residents these days are not — Levine Museum of the New South provides an excellent insight into our city’s past and how that past has shaped where we are today.

History helps us make sense of our community, invites us to explore our differences, and challenges us to think critically about today’s questions to inform the decisions we make for future generations. Levine Museum of the New South believes its mission – using history to build community – is not only useful, it is essential.

#52tuesdays: Allegro Foundation

September 12, 2017    in

Having a child with a special medical need can be very costly. There is a misconception that the government takes care of children living with disabilities, but that is simply not the case. 

Allegro FoundationOriginally founded in 1991 by Pat Farmer in Los Angeles, Allegro Foundation … a Champion for Children with Disabilities has been in operation for over 26 years teaching underserved children with disabilities, providing medical, social, emotional, and educational benefits.

Allegro relocated to Charlotte in 2000 and has taught thousands of North Carolina’s underserved children with disabilities and at risk, providing medical, social, emotional, and educational benefits. Allegro now operates in South Carolina as well.

#52tuesdays: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

September 5, 2017    in

Pancreatic cancer is the world's toughest cancer with a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent in the United States. It is also the third leading cause of cancer deaths.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is dedicated to fighting the world's toughest cancer by attacking pancreatic cancer on all fronts: research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy. 

PanCAN's Charlotte Affiliate is comprised of volunteers who are working hard to bring awareness to the Charlotte area and raise funds to support local initiatives.

Last year, PanCAN’s Charlotte Affiliate participated in #GivingTuesdayCLT.

#52tuesdays: GenerationNation

August 29, 2017    in

Each election that comes around -- whether it’s for new local officials or a new president -- brings with it a new crop of voters. One organization in Charlotte is not only working hard to educate the next generation of voters, but is also inspiring them to take an active role in civic leadership.

GenerationNation is the only organization providing this kind of programming in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. “In addition, our youth civic leadership programs provide the only opportunity for student leaders from every school and part of the community to come together to build leadership and solve civic challenges,” said GenerationNation Executive Director Amy Farrell. “GenerationNation is dedicated to helping each student have the opportunity to become a civic leader. Narrowing learning opportunity gaps is essential for student success at school and for social mobility into adulthood.” 

#52tuesdays: A Look at the Global Movement

August 22, 2017    in

As we prepare for the fourth #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign, the local campaign supporting the global #GivingTuesday movement it's important to look back at the history of the day and remember why it's so important for our community.

Launched by the 92nd Street Y in 2012 and housed in its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact, #GivingTuesday is a global movement that inspires people around the world to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and contribute in countless ways to the causes they believe in. The movement reaches millions of people with campaigns and activities in all 50 states and nearly 100 countries on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

On #GivingTuesday 2016, $180+ million was raised online in the United States alone to benefit a tremendously broad range of causes, and much more was given in volunteer hours, non-monetary donations, and acts of kindness.

#52tuesdays: Safe Alliance

August 8, 2017    in

Did you know that 1 in 3 women will be abused in her lifetime and 1 in 6 will be raped? 
 

Safe Alliance supports victims of domestic and sexual violence and helps people build safe, healthy relationships through a continuum of shelter, legal and advocacy services. Safe Alliance assists over 12,000 people annually throughout Mecklenburg County and Lake Norman and reaches thousands more through educational and
prevention programs as well as institutional advocacy efforts.

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