#52tuesdays: Charlotte Community ToolBank

April 25, 2017    in

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. 

#52tuesdays: YWCA Central Carolinas

April 18, 2017    in

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.

#52tuesdays: Teen Health Connection

April 11, 2017    in

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.

#52tuesdays: Wing Haven Gardens

April 4, 2017    in

Nestled on four acres just a couple of miles from Uptown sits the Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary, a lovely retreat from the the hustle and bustle of city life. 

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:

#52tuesdays: Charlotte Bilingual Preschool

March 28, 2017    in

Did you know that Latino children comprise 18.5 percent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg School’s (CMS) total student enrollment, but only 65 percent of them are graduating from high school. Nearly 1 of 4 babies born in Mecklenburg County is Latin American, many of whom are born to immigrant parents with high hopes for their children but few financial resources.

Charlotte Bilingual PreschoolCharlotte Bilingual Preschool is a 5-star licensed dual-language preschool that prepares our Spanish-speaking students to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

In addition to getting these young learners ready for kindergarten, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool also spends time working with the parents of these children.

#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. 

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