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#52tuesdays: Girls Rock Charlotte

Written by Addie Rising    on March 13, 2018    in
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.

#52tuesdays: Kevin Poirier

Written by Addie Rising    on March 6, 2018    in
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. 

#52tuesdays: Bottle Cap Group

February 27, 2018    in
During #GivingTuesdayCLT many local businesses joined in to support Charlotte’s nonprofits.

Bottle Cap Group, which owns nine local restaurants, stepped up in a big way last fall, each donating 10 percent of sales on Tuesday, Nov. 28 to a designated nonprofit. All American Pub (pictured) chose the Steve Smith Family Foundation as its recipient.

“Our management teams at each restaurant selected a nonprofit that was near and dear to them,” said Bottle Cap Group’s Morgan Conroy. “They were able to select a local nonprofit that fits best with their values and share this with their customers and staff.” 

Businesses like Bottle Cap Group make #GivingTuesdayCLT a success in our community.

#52tuesdays: Body & Soul Senior Fitness

February 20, 2018    in
In Charlotte, 29 percent of adults aged 65 and over live alone and nearly 21 percent of Charlotte residents 60 and over receive food stamps. (U.S. Census, 2010)

How can we help this generation? Body & Soul Senior Fitness has implemented a great idea by working to keep Charlotte’s seniors active and social.

Body & Soul Senior Fitness works within local churches to provide a place for senior adults to grow physically stronger, meet new friends and find joy in daily living. 

“As they age, family is very, very busy and friends start to pass away … life changes,” Body & Soul Executive Director Kathy Joy said. “Being able to come to the churches and just engage with others and become physically stronger makes them more confident.” 

#52tuesdays: Spay Neuter Charlotte

Written by Addie Rising    on 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

Written by Addie Rising    on 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

Written by Addie Rising    on 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

Written by Addie Rising    on 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

Written by Addie Rising    on 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

Written by Addie Rising    on 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.

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