Charlotte’s celebrated Festival in the Park at Freedom Park has been a staple in our community since 1964.
Last weekend marked the 54th Annual Festival in the Park and Charlotteans of all ages enjoyed strolling by art exhibits, listening to live music, shopping unique arts and crafts booths and then there’s the elephant ears, a Festival in the Park tradition!
Festival In the Park began in 1964 when John Belk, then President of the Chamber of Commerce suggested to Grant Whitney, an insurance executive with Belk Stores Services, to create an arts show in Freedom Park. The idea of a Spring art show had been tossed around the prior year by the Chamber but had not materialized.
Giving back is personal. It means something different to everyone. Why? Because everyone has something different to give.
When you think about volunteering your time for a nonprofit organization, what comes to mind? Your first thought might not be to use your talents for GOOD, maybe it should be. Volunteering can be an outlet for you to use your individual skill set while also help a nonprofit who needs exactly what you’ve got!
Did you know that your writing abilities, social media expertise, photography skills, or even knowledge of legal processes could be useful to a local nonprofit? Volunteering can be about giving within your wheelhouse of talent- and with 450+ nonprofit partners SHARE Charlotte can tell you first hand that no matter your talent, there is a nonprofit that could benefit from you sharing it!
No matter where you were on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, you most likely remember exactly where you were, who you were with and what you were doing.
I remember passing through my living room as I was getting ready for work that morning, stopping in disbelief at the images coming through my television. Though I didn’t personally know anyone lost that day, I sat by coworkers struggling to reach family members who worked at the World Trade Center. I remember their frantic phone calls and ultimate sighs of relief. But, I also remember -- and still remember -- the first responders, the brave individuals who risked everything to help those in need, not knowing what was taking place, and paying the ultimate sacrifice.
AST Offers Hope to Adults With Autism and Help to Local Employers
1 in 59 adults in America are now estimated to be on the autism spectrum. Most want to work, live independently and pursue their dreams but to some, this can seem impossible due to serious gaps in the social services system after age 21. That’s where Adult Spectrum Transitions comes in, offering life-changing opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum who may otherwise struggle to find employment, housing or transportation.
AST is fueled by the passion of co-founder Tim Newman, the father of twin adult sons, William and David, who were both diagnosed with autism at 4 years of age.
“Dance is the timeless interpretation of life.” ― Shah Asad Rizvi
These days we all crave a little freedom from the confines of our daily routines. We have this need to get away from predictability and seek out the unexpected. We just need to look up from whatever it is we’re doing and fix our gaze elsewhere. Like the side of a building, perhaps.
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.”
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