Consuella Harge isn't just beating the odds - she's beating all the odds.
The single mother of Corvair, 11 and Grace, 4 is a Senior pursuing a degree in mathematics with a concentration in actuarial science from UNC Charlotte. And she hasn't let a medical disability stop her from achieving her goals and showing her children that education is a top priority.
We are incredibly grateful to have AFP Charlotte (The Association of Fundraising Professionals) on board as a sponsor for this year's #GivingTuesdayCLT! The work that AFP does in Charlotte to foster development and growth of fundraising professionals and promote high ethical standards in the fundraising profession is incredibly important and plays a large role in strengthening our community. If you are not familiar with AFP Charlotte, allow us to introduce you! Check out this quick Q&A:
Why did AFP decide to move the date of National Philanthropy Day to Nov. 27th this year?
Right off N Trade St in downtown Matthews, a thrift boutique sits offering the passing cars the illusion of your average clothing store. In reality, ZABS Place is anything but average. If you actually parked the car and walked inside, you'll see a distinctive selection of donated goods at great values. With items for sale ranging from basic household products to designer clothing, ZABS Place is already proving to be more than meets the eye. Now, look closer. That's it.
In additional well-known brands, ZABS Place also sells items such as hand-crafted jewelry and unique knick-knacks created by extraordinary people. Who, you ask? The answer is right in front of you. Take your eyes off the items and see the people.
Ubuntu is not commonly included in orientation at most schools, nor is it part of every day conversation in most English-speaking circles, but at (Knowledge is Power Program (aka KIPP: Academy Charlotte), this is their mantra. Ubuntu is an African word meaning, “I am who I am because of who WE all are.” There’s no denying we are intertwined. SHARE Charlotte is honored to be a partner with KIPP: Academy Charlotte, a free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public school serving almost more than 800 students in Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 4th-8th grades. KIPP: Academy Charlotte serves communities traditionally underserved and marginalized in education.
Children born into poverty in Charlotte have the lowest odds in the country of rising above that poverty. Homelessness in the Queen City is up 13 percent over last year. Eviction filings are up too - to more than 29,000. Nearly 40,000 families in Mecklenburg County spend more than half of their income on rent.
If you read these stats and think, "Charlotte can do better," then you really need to meet Sonja Chisholm.
"I always knew I wanted to help the homeless, and I would say, 'When I win the lottery, then I'll open up a women's shelter,'" says Sonja, a native Charlottean. "Well, one day God spoke to me and he said, 'When I gave you the vision, that was you winning the lottery."
#GivingTuesdayCLT would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors! Lowe's does a whole of GOOD for the Charlotte community that you may not know about, read below to hear about it in their own words with a quick Q&A!
*Want to see some of this generosity in action? Join SHARE Charlotte and Lowe's at the "Build It Forward" station at the #GivingTuesdayCLT World Headquarters (aka Wells Fargo Atrium) on November 27th and you could help SHARE Charlotte gift $25,000 in Lowe's gift cards to local nonprofits (while supplies last)!
A few GOOD questions for Lowe's...
Why did Lowe’s decide to sponsor #GivingTuesdayCLT this year?
Lowe’s is committed to supporting the communities where we live, work and play, and Charlotte is our hometown!
Wings of Eagles Ranch is celebrating 20 years of encouraging hope, instilling confidence, and building self esteem by offering nearly 400 children and adults with special needs each year the chance to do things they never thought possible.
I originally set out to write a feature that would highlight the impact Wings of Eagles Ranch has had on the children and adults with special needs that have visited the Ranch, but my second-hand description could never replace a first hand experience. I want you to hear about it first-hand, from Ross.
#GivingTuesdayCLT is a big deal, and this year the goal is to inspire 1,076,837 acts of good - one act for every estimated resident of Mecklenburg County!
#GivingTuesdayCLT, Charlotte’s local response to the global #GivingTuesday movement, begins today! In just four years this celebration of CLT philanthropy has influenced nearly $20M in gifts to Charlotte nonprofits and inspired more than 11,000 new donors. #GivingTuesdayCLT was the largest global community-wide campaign in 2016, and we are ready to lead the charge again this year - with your help.
#GivingTuesdayCLT would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Wells Fargo returns for the third consecutive year in a row as #GivingTuesdayCLT's presenting sponsor, and while the global #GivingTuesday movement kicks off the giving season, Wells Fargo does GOOD for the Charlotte community all year long. We asked Wells Fargo how and why giving back to the Charlotte community is such a priority for their company.
A few GOOD questions for Wells Fargo...
Why did Wells Fargo decide to sponsor #GivingTuesdayCLT again this year?
#GivingTuesdayCLT Celebrates Five Years of Inspiring Good in Charlotte
This year, SHARE Charlotte challenges the Queen City to complete 1 Million Acts of Good
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2018
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – #GivingTuesdayCLT, Charlotte’s annual celebration of the global #GivingTuesday movement, begins today! Presented for the third consecutive year by Wells Fargo, #GivingTuesdayCLT encourages the Charlotte community to be part of the global movement by supporting local nonprofits today through Tuesday, Nov. 27.
We have so much great news to share from our nonprofit partners about their amazing work. But, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know if you have stories you'd like to tell and we'll make you a guest blogger!!