#52tuesdays: Project Scientist

March 14, 2017    in

Project Scientist is creating the next generation of superheroes right here in Charlotte.

Founded in Charlotte, Project Scientist educates, coaches and advocates for girls and women who have a passion, aptitude and talent for STEM. Its core programs include Project Scientist Academy, a six-week summer science intensive for 4-12 year olds held on a university campus and Project Scientist Expeditions, year-round full-day STEM Expeditions for girls when school is closed. Based on existing research of what inspires, motivates, and builds confidence for girls in STEM, Project Scientist programs and endeavors allow them to engage and empower girls.

#52tuesdays: Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council

March 7, 2017    in

Did someone say Thin Mints?

While the Girl Scouts might be known everywhere for their amazing cookie sale that occurs precisely one month after everyone begins the new year by committing to gyms, crossfit and numerous 5Ks. But it’s what they do with the funds raised from the cookie sales, and other fundraising efforts like #GivingTuesdayCLT, that’s so impressive.
Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council
Locally, the Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council serves 17,000 girls in eight counties in North and South Carolina. The Charlotte chapter was founded in 1935 with one mission, to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

#52tuesdays: Men's Shelter of Charlotte

February 28, 2017    in

While a main function of Men’s Shelter of Charlotte is as an emergency shelter for men, the organization also works to end homelessness for each man by providing services needed to make that happen.

Over the last three years, the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte has helped more than 1,200 men move home.

Last weekend, Michael and Ronnie were able to move into their new home with the help of Crisis Assistance Ministry. These two friends met at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and decided to work together to better their lives. “I told [the staff at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte] that I wanted to be a success story,” Ronnie said. 

#52tuesdays: Charlotte Rescue Mission

February 21, 2017    in

Charlotte Rescue Mission's Rebound campus for men just on the outskirts of Uptown bustles with a hopeful energy for its residents, one-time homeless men struggling with addiction to alcohol or drugs. A screen with the week's schedule is filled from wake-up at 5:45 a.m. until lights out at 10:30 p.m. with meetings, devotions, activities and chores to keep the 150 residents invested in their treatment. 

#52tuesdays: Teaching Fellows Institute

February 14, 2017    in

Teaching Fellows Institute (TFI) recognizes and honors the Charlotte area’s outstanding teachers and provides opportunities that further develop their leadership and professional expertise in order to retain outstanding educators in the profession. Teachers will share best practices, explore the art and science of teaching, and be encouraged to become educational advocates and community leaders.

Teaching Fellows InstituteDuring #GivingTuesdayCLT, TFI raised enough funds to train teachers in how to code the Raspberry Pi 3, a goal three years in the making!

#52tuesdays: Remember November

February 7, 2017    in

Every Tuesday we're looking at our nonprofit partners and what they've been up to since #GivingTuesdayCLT. But this week, we thought we'd revisit the 2016 campaign with this video produced by Wheelhouse Media / Wheelhouse Foundation:
 

2017 #GivingTuesdayCLT Recap from SHARE Charlotte on Vimeo.


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#52tuesdays: America's ToothFairy

January 31, 2017    in

February is National Children's Dental Health Month and America's ToothFairy is using #GivingTuesdayCLT funds to make a huge impact in Charlotte.

The generosity of the Charlotte community for #GivingTuesdayCLT made it possible for America’s ToothFairy to launch Smile Drive Charlotte, a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of children’s dental health and collect 50,000 toothbrushes for youth in need in Mecklenburg County.

#52tuesdays: Mama Hope

January 24, 2017    in

Mama Hope began in 2006 and has partnered with communities around the globe to support them in generating local sustainable sources of income so they no longer have to be dependent on the aid community for their livelihood. 

In 2016, Mama Hope launched a new program.

Seeing great success in developing countries, the organization piloted a United States-based initiative right here in Charlotte in the Grier Heights neighborhood. Led by Mama Hope Global Advocate Jania Massey and Crossroads Corp., this new program helps high-school girls develop a youth entrepreneurship platform that could lead to a business that could generate income to support local youth.

#52tuesdays: Redeeming Joy

January 17, 2017    in

Redeeming Joy was founded by Lanie George to provide a safe place of healing that offered integrated services for women over the age of 18 who have survived human trafficking.

George, a victim of trafficking herself, knows first hand what services are needed. Redeeming Joy was part of #GivingTuesdayCLT in 2016 for the very first time.  The organization had just acquired a restoration house for its clients and used the campaign to create awareness for sex trafficking, but  also to raise funds to furnish and decorate the house to make it a home. 

"[Through the campaign] we gained more awareness in the community and got our restoration house furnished and decorated," George said. 

The house was furnished and decorated in December. The photos below (click to enlarge) show Redeeming Joy was able to accomplish through #GivingTuesdayCLT.
 

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