You feel the cadence of her words throughout your body, like a heartbeat. Her voice commands your ear. But it’s the words she speaks that touch your soul, provoke thought and with any luck, spark action.
In an society consumed with handheld devices and keyboards and wireless connections, the art of spoken word builds real, human connection. Poetry has been around, and will be around forever and is an artform that makes people feel something. It makes them feel connected. Spoken word is an extension of that.
Hasan, a spoken word artist in Charlotte, has been using her gift of speech to inspire since her first open mic appearance in 2002.
How did you spend your free time when you were in high school? Raising awareness and spreading the word about human trafficking and dedicating time to helping a nonprofit to further their mission of saving those in harm’s way?
No? Well, you are no Meredith Shank.
At just 17, Meredith has taken on the role of Social Media Advisor and Graphics Designer for Compassion to Act- a local nonprofit with a goal of liberating and restoring victims of human trafficking and exploitation through awareness, liberation, restoration and sustainability.
Wanting to put her social media and graphic design skills to work in the real world, Meredith began searching for opportunities that would allow her to use her talents for GOOD.
If you're a mom, back to school time probably means shopping for lunch boxes, scouring the school supply aisles for glue sticks, and helping your kids find the perfect outfit for the first day of school. But for a select group of moms in our area, going back to school means much more than that.
These moms are the ANSWER Scholarship recipients, and they are determined to complete their college degree not when the timing is perfect, not when their kids get older and life calms down, but right now, in the busiest, most demanding season of their lives.
To build a successful nonprofit organization you need a mission, a lot of heart, a lot of time and sometimes … a little space.
Many nonprofit organizations are founded by an individual with a passion for helping others and few resources. That often means long hours toiling away from home or local coffee shops or libraries or anywhere with access to wifi that does not take funds away from the organization’s mission.
Industry Coworking, located at the AvidXchange Music Factory opened in 2009 as a shared office environment designed for creatives, technology professionals, freelancers, small businesses and other independent workers. Industry offers both private offices as well as flexible workspaces for people to get out of their home office or the coffee shop, and plug into a dynamic community of people.
Late in July for a 24 hour stretch, you’ll see thousands of people camping out along Charlotte’s “booty loop” in Myers Park watching thousands more ride and ride and ride some more. There’s cheering, bonding, camaraderie, excitement and even cowbells.
You see avid cyclists, novice cyclists, junior cyclists and even some walkers. Some ride for a few miles. Some ride hundreds of miles.
For Ryan Weiers, riding in the middle of the night is the most fun. “It’s a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones, and take some time for yourself to reflect on what you’re doing and why,” he said. “Riding after midnight is very personal. It is peaceful.”
On July 4th, America will celebrate it’s 242nd Independence Day, commemorating our country’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
While many will be celebrating the holiday by donning stars and stripes or watching fireworks in the night sky, it is important that we as a nation remember what we are celebrating- freedom. We are the land of the free, because of the brave.
Founded in 2002, our nonprofit partner Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) whose mission is to “Build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive-not simply struggle to get by- in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”
Where is it that you feel safest? While many people have the luxury of answering “at home”, others are constantly worried about what awaits them- for some, home is not where the heart is.
Thousands of children in North Carolina enter foster care each year because they are no longer safe in their homes and are in need of a foster family to care for them and, during this transitional and fragile time in a child’s life, Carolina Family Connections (CFC) is there.
CFC recruits, licenses, trains, and supervises family foster homes to provide out-of-home placements for children who have been abused and/or neglected. Their social work staff are dedicated to both the children and foster families and advocate for all possible resources necessary to meet their needs.
Most charitable organizations are founded with a promise or a pledge and in one case, a pinky swear.
Since its 2003 beginnings in Minnesota, Pinky Swear Foundation has been helping kids with cancer and their families by providing more than $4.5 million in financial assistance and quality of life support to thousands of families whose children are bravely battling the ugliness of cancer.
And it all began with a pinky-swear promise. Before nine-year-old Mitch Chepokas died from bone cancer, his father Steve locked pinkies with his son and vowed to continue helping children with cancer and their families by providing immediate needs support and unique family programs.
Sometimes life has a way of coming full circle. For Erika Carney, the last six years have done just that- taking her on a journey that all started when she was first introduced to SHARE Charlotte in 2012.
Carney first learned about SHARE Charlotte when it was just an idea.
She was working for Skookum, the local software development firm in charge of first creating the online platform that would become SHARE Charlotte. Founder of SHARE Charlotte and Share Good, Kelly Brooks, was one of her very first clients and Carney played a part in the creation of sharecharlotte.org by assisting with market research, conducting user interviews, crafting user personas and, of course, participating in user testing- making Carney one of the first official users of the SHARE Charlotte platform.
Charlotte is a city filled with runners. You see them on the streets. You see them on the greenways. You see them when it’s 90 degrees outside and you see them when it’s 30 degrees. The Queen City has even been recognized as one of the top cities in the country for runners.
And all those runners you see around town? They each have a story of how running has changed their life. For some, running has simply increased their fitness. For others, running has improved their health. And for some, thanks to RunningWorks, running has provided a way out of homelessness.
Since 2012, RunningWorks has been dedicated to the cause of working to end homelessness and food-insecurity in the Carolinas, using running and education to empower individuals and families to break cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness one stride at a time.
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