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STEM Girls Change the World — and You Can Help

Written by Grace Kennedy    on November 8, 2020    in


November 8 is National STEM Day, and a nonprofit that started right here in Charlotte is celebrating in a big way. Project Scientist kicked off a campaign on International Day of the Girl (October 11) to raise enough funds to provide high-quality STEM education programs to 60 under-resourced girls. The nonprofit, which was founded in Charlotte in 2011, hopes to reach their goal by National STEM Day. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept millions of school-aged children at home, and it's made the digital divide and educational opportunity gaps even worse than they already were. Children from under-resourced communities are being hit hardest and are losing opportunities to experience hands-on teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

October 2, 2020    in


Written by Ken Garfield

 Anxiety. Depression. Fear. Loneliness.

 Such are the challenges of COVID-19, mental health advocate Kathy Rogers doesn’t hesitate when asked which of these emotions are casting a shadow over many lives. “All of the above.”

 The reality is stark: The U.S. Census reports that more than one-third of Americans have shown clinical signs of anxiety, depression or both since the pandemic started. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly three times as many Americans considered suicide in June compared to the same period two years ago.

Life Connections of the Carolinas

Written by Grace Kennedy    on September 29, 2020    in


Glenn Smith heard the same thing over and over in the life skills classes he led at the Mecklenburg County Jail: If I had learned this stuff when I was younger, I probably wouldn't be here. 

After hearing this refrain for six years, Glenn proposed a youth prevention program to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, the group that decides which organizations get money from the crime prevention funds the NC Department of Public Safety gives the county each year. Glenn ended up getting his program funded, and he set to work, inspired by those words from the inmates at the county jail: If I had learned this stuff when I was younger, I probably wouldn't be here. 

U.S. Bank: Committed to Charlotte

Written by Nicole Copsis    on September 18, 2020    in


Since arriving here nearly 15 years ago, U.S. Bank has put down deep roots in the Charlotte community. 

The bank has more than 850 employees in the area working in a variety of businesses, and just last fall launched a retail banking expansion that features an innovative new branch on Tryon Street. Later this fall, the bank willl open a second branch serving Pineville and the greater South Charlotte market.

In Charlotte, like in all the cities where it operates, U.S. Bank is committed to supporting local nonprofit organizations. Its employees also donate thousands of volunteer hours to the charitable causes that mean the most to them.

Back to School: Community Needs and GOOD Ways to Give

August 30, 2020    in


Going back to school looks different this year in Mecklenburg County, but the GOOD news is that there are many ways the community can help support our students and educators as we all navigate this new normal, together. Here are our local nonprofit partners who have Back-to-School needs who you can support in a variety of way, right now. 

 

Urgent Community Needs:

  • 16K CMS students are in need of  hotspots in order to engage in  virtual learning. The CMS Foundation is fundraising to secure more devices for students The cost for the device as well as 12 months of service is $260. Donations can be made to the CMS Foundation, here.

SHARE Your Voice- NC Voter Resources

August 18, 2020    in

 SHARE Your Voice

North Carolina Voter Resources

For a SHAREable PDF version of this resource list, go here!


Every vote matters, that's why we want to be sure our community knows how to SHARE their voice and get their vote in for this year's election. We have created this list of key dates, registration information, and things to keep in mind! Please share this information with your own audiences. 

Four Black Women on Leading Nonprofits in Charlotte

August 17, 2020    in


Written by Crystal Marie

For many, the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Oluwatoyin Salau and others, and the disproportionate impact of the global pandemic on people of color, have been an abrupt reminder that there is work to do to make our American ideals true. In the wake of a movement to address a bevy of social ills based in racial discrimination, many are looking for organizations that support their fellow Black citizens.

While these problems may feel new for society at large, Black women leaders have been addressing the issues facing Charlotteans for quite some time. I set out to speak with four Black women leading in areas that support Charlotte’s Black youth, creators, and historically underserved residents.

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Principles of Generosity Threaded Across Generations

August 13, 2020    in

Principles of Generosity Threaded Across Generations

Black philanthropists share their perspectives on giving for social change

 
Written by Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs
 

Black philanthropy comprises a rich and varied tapestry -- as divergent as its people, the origins of its inspiration, and its manifestations in giving. Frequently rooted in bonds of family and community, expressions of giving encompass the full spectrum of time, talent, and treasures. However, one common, intergenerational thread is the practice of simultaneously looking back while paying forward, a perspective that inspires the philosophies of giving among many Black philanthropists.

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