#52tuesdays: Spay Neuter Charlotte

February 12, 2018    in

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.

#52tuesdays: Small Act, Big Reward

January 30, 2018    in

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.

#52tuesdays: ACEing Autism

January 23, 2018    in

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. 

#52tuesdays: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation + Tech Talent South

January 16, 2018    in

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 awards Jessica Smith Robinson (center) with a scholarship for an 8-week code-immersion course.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.

#52tuesdays: David Gelbert

January 9, 2018    in

Photographers see things many of us do not see. They bring vision and perspectives often missed. They capture moments, memories and can elicit emotion out of us in one single image.

Charlotte native David Gelbert finds unique views of the city and its residents to share.

“Giving back and supporting my community are both extremely important to me because there is enough hate in the world already,” Gelbert said. “What better place to spread smiles and support than your own backyard.”

Last year, Gelbert supported SHARE Charlotte’s spotlight on homelessness by taking photographs at Urban Ministry Center

#52tuesdays: Purple Heart Homes

December 12, 2017    in

When a member of our military is injured, what are their next steps? Many times they are forced out of active duty and faced with life-changing injuries.

The founders of Purple Heart Homes, John Gallina and Dale Beatty, know first-hand what the challenges are. The two were wounded when a mine detonated through the floor of their Humvee in northern Iraq in 2004. Beatty lost both legs below the knees. Gallina suffered brain trauma.

Purple Heart Homes helps veterans like Benjamin Wardip (left) and his family with home repairs.Many injured veterans need new homes when they return. Others need improvements to their homes, especially as they age and can't do repairs themselves. But too often they get no aid.

#GivingTuesdayCLT Raises $7 Million for Charlotte Nonprofits

December 5, 2017    in

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2017

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – Today, local nonprofit SHARE Charlotte announced the total value of donations raised during its 4th annual #GivingTuesdayCLT giving campaign: $7 million! The event took place at Camp North End where Jamie McDonald from the national #GivingTuesday team, SHARE Founder and Executive Director Kelly Brooks and Meredith Dolhare of RunningWorks spoke of their unique perspectives on the campaign. Spoken word artist, Hannah Hasan, was also on hand to perform her “Charlotte Stronger” poem.

#52tuesdays: Google Fiber

November 21, 2017    in

Faster. Fairer. Kinder. That’s how we at Google Fiber describe our gigabit speed internet service, but it is also a vision we have for the world.

Faster. We want individuals to have the ability to quickly and easily make a positive impact on issues that matter most to them.

Fairer. We seek to create communities where everyone has a chance to succeed.

Kinder. We imagine a society where generosity and compassion are the norm.

#52tuesdays: Wells Fargo

November 13, 2017    in

#GivingTuesdayCLT enters its fourth year lifting up the community to kick off the giving season. For the second year, Wells Fargo, one of the area’s largest employers, has invested as presenting sponsor.

Wells Fargo may not be the largest company in the United States or even the largest bank, but they are consistently ranked as one of the country’s top corporate philanthropists by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Wells Fargo donates, on average, more than $250 million each year to nonprofits with a focus on investing in the future of the communities where their team members and customers live and work. And that means Charlotte.

#52tuesdays: Charlotte Ballet

November 7, 2017    in

It’s almost December which means Charlotte Ballet is busy gearing up for its annual Nutcracker performances.

But Charlotte Ballet provides artistically excellent programming to diverse audiences in Charlotte all year long and wants to expand its audience base.

Charlotte Ballet educational program“Our goal during #GivingTuesdayCLT is to raise funds to offset costs to send local school children to our educational theater performances,” said Megan Mitcham, Charlotte Ballet’s Annual Giving Manager. “We’ve had so many schools who have had trouble securing funding to bring their students to the ballet and we want to make sure they don’t miss the opportunity.”

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