When Reagan Watson was making rockets out of bendy straws at her kindergarten classmate’s house, she had no idea her love for science and engineering would lead to being a contestant on a national network television show.
As it turns out, her classmates’s mom who was hosting the rocket-making activity is Sandy Marshall, founder of Project Scientist.
And Project Scientist has been a key ingredient in Reagan’s incredible journey.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Summer vacation is right around the corner. If you ask any student in Charlotte, they will tell you exactly how many days are left before the season of camps, sleeping in and swimming pools begins.
But something else happens during the summer months … the summer slide -- the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer school breaks. The loss in learning happens to all students, but varies across grade level, subject matter, and family income. Low-income students generally lose about two months of reading achievement.
Gina McGourty took an already GOOD deed and turned it into a GREAT one.
As a part of DO GOOD Week, our sponsor Duke Energy generously gave away a night in their Luxury Suite at BB&T Ballpark to one lucky winner. To be entered to win the contest, you had to sign up for a volunteer opportunity on that given day of DO GOOD Week and at the end of the evening a winner was chosen at random from the list of volunteers who gave their time to GOOD.
The contest winner, Gina McGourty, signed up for two volunteer opportunities that day, already exceeding the requirements of the contest, volunteering to give her time to both ACEing Austism and Classroom Central. When we contacted Gina to let her know the good news, we were shocked by her response.
The story goes that Amazon, Apple, and Disney all started in a garage and turned into the most influential online retailer, technology company, and media conglomerate in the world, respectively. And if that was not enough proof that great things can come from humble beginnings, take Tosco Music for example. Tosco Music, a local 501c3 nonprofit organization, began as intimate jam sessions in founder John Tosco’s living room and has grown into an organization that not only puts on community concerts where nationally recognized acts and undiscovered artists share the stage, but also provides music scholarships and conducts community outreach programs.
"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another." ~Erma Bombeck
SHARE Charlotte partners with more than 400 nonprofits that all serve Mecklenburg County. While they all serve different people and causes in our community, they all have one thing in common: slim operating budgets necessitating a need for volunteers to help.
During #GivingTuesdayCLT 2017, Charlotteans rallied and pledged to serve or served 81,000 hours to 174 nonprofits, a value of $1.9 million to these organizations.
BB&T Ballpark will be opening its gates back up for the first game of the 2018 season on Thursday, April 12. But that doesn’t mean the Charlotte Knights organization has been idle in the offseason. In fact, they have been up to a whole lot of GOOD.
Often outshined by the excitement of the sport, the Charlotte Knights are much more than a baseball team. They are an organization of hard-workers who give back to their community in so many more ways than you may think. The Charlotte Knights even have a charitable arm solely dedicated to enriching their namesake city.
Charlotte’s nonprofit organizations have stories to tell. Stories of our community. Stories of working together. Stories of hope.
What better way to capture these stories than through compelling video. Wheelhouse Foundation was created to support not-for-profit entities who do not have the budget, tools, and/or staffing resources to adequately market themselves in an increasingly content-driven media world.
Wheelhouse Foundation’s mission is to provide expertise in digital content creation to other charitable organizations through scripting, developing, producing, editing and distributing visual content for not-for-profits, foundations, charitable events and other cause marketers.
Wheelhouse Foundation’s assistance allows organizations like SHARE Charlotte to more fully share its story, thereby elevating awareness and enhancing its ability to achieve strategic objectives.
Urban League of Central Carolinas (ULCC) empowers the community to attain financial stability and social justice in a global economy through education, training and placement.
Organized in 1978, ULCC’s offers a range of programs to benefit anyone in need of education, skills training, career development, employment services, and youth programs. ULCC also serves persons from all economic levels - from area professionals to those living within designated “fragile” and “at-risk” neighborhoods.
The Runaways, The Go-Go’s, The Bangles, Vixen and even Josie and the Pussycats. Girl rockers are cool. But those who encourage girls to rock? The coolest.
Meet Girls Rock Charlotte. Through its summer camps for girls ages 8-18 and rock retreats for women, Girls Rock Charlotte amplifies the confidence of ALL girls and women through the power of music. The camps are designed to build each camper's confidence in a space that encourages creativity, communication, collaboration and inclusivity.
In my house, an internet outage might as well be a power outage. Everything grinds to a halt. My teenagers can’t stream Netflix. I can’t surf Facebook. My son can’t do his homework.
Wait. What? Homework? Yes.
Now imagine that you are without internet entirely. You don’t have a home computer. And even if you did, you wouldn’t know what do with it. Scary as that may sound, it’s the reality for many in Charlotte.
A digital divide exists right here in our community. Students and families are without necessary tools that will help them succeed in and out of the classroom.
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!!