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Teach Them Well and Let Them Lead the Way

Written by Addie Rising    on November 27, 2017    in
The school bell rings at Garinger High School and several students make their way into Bethany Darnley’s science classroom. They laugh. They rib each other a little bit. They talk about their school days and their afterschool jobs.


Then Darnley calls these students to the “circle.” An arrangement of chairs in a circle in the center of the classroom. No front row. No back row. A circle. Everyone is equal. This is the Ultreia Society.

Darnley founded the Ultreia Society at Garinger High School in 2014 as a mentorship program in an effort to create sustainable opportunities for students to feel supported and empowered while discovering their passions and paths in life. The program began as a way to encourage and mentor freshman to improve student retention and student life at the high school. With the help of the school administration, the club turned into a leadership course known as Ultreia Society.

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Written by Addie Rising    on November 13, 2017    in
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. - George Bernard Shaw

#GivingTuesdayCLT is here.

And as we’ve discovered, the need in our community is real ... poverty, homelessness, hunger, lack of opportunity, lack of resources, illness, disabilities and addiction. The good news is Charlotte’s local nonprofits work every day to help alleviate these issues that potentially touch everyone in our community. 

While Charlotte is over 200 years old, we are a young city. 

Based on U.S. Census data from 2005 to 2015, Charlotte tops the 50 largest U.S. cities as the millennial hub. 

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Written by Addie Rising    on November 13, 2017    in
The need in our community is real ... poverty, homelessness, hunger, lack of opportunity, lack of resources, illness, disabilities and addiction. The good news is our local nonprofits work every day to help. Learn more about our community's struggles and how you can do your part to make Charlotte stronger. Know Charlotte.

At the end of 1946, the first year of the baby boom, there were approximately 2.4 million baby boomers … The population peaked in 1999, with 78.8 million baby boomers, including people who immigrated to the United States and were born between 1946 and 1964.

Today, that generation, as well as the ones before it, need support.

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Written by Addie Rising    on November 11, 2017    in
The need in our community is real ... poverty, homelessness, hunger, lack of opportunity, lack of resources, illness, disabilities and addiction. The good news is our local nonprofits work every day to help. Learn more about our community's struggles and how you can do your part to make Charlotte stronger. Know Charlotte.

Men and women enlist every day in branches of our country’s armed forces. They are trained, they often go to foreign lands and some see combat. 

But what happens when their time of service comes to an end? Many of them leave their service time with families to support. So, what is next?

In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported 46,800 veterans living in Mecklenburg County.

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Written by Addie Rising    on November 10, 2017    in

The need in our community is real ... poverty, homelessness, hunger, lack of opportunity, lack of resources, illness, disabilities and addiction. The good news is our local nonprofits work every day to help. Learn more about our community's struggles and how you can do your part to make Charlotte stronger. Know Charlotte.

Blood is needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. (American Red Cross)


Each week, The American Red Cross provides 385 blood products to hospitals located in Mecklenburg County.

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Written by Addie Rising    on November 9, 2017    in

The need in our community is real ... poverty, homelessness, hunger, lack of opportunity, lack of resources, illness, disabilities and addiction. The good news is our local nonprofits work every day to help. Learn more about our community's struggles and how you can do your part to make Charlotte stronger. Know Charlotte.

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Written by Addie Rising    on November 9, 2017    in

The need in our community is real ... poverty, homelessness, hunger, lack of opportunity, lack of resources, illness, disabilities and addiction. The good news is our local nonprofits work every day to help. Learn more about our community's struggles and how you can do your part to make Charlotte stronger. Know Charlotte.

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Written by Addie Rising    on November 8, 2017    in
The need in our community is real ... poverty, homelessness, hunger, lack of opportunity, lack of resources, illness, disabilities and addiction. The good news is our local nonprofits work every day to help. Learn more about our community's struggles and how you can do your part to make Charlotte stronger. Know Charlotte.

When the person you love — or think you love — hurts you, who can you trust? What can you do?

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. 

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Written by Addie Rising    on November 7, 2017    in
The need in our community is real ... poverty, homelessness, hunger, lack of opportunity, lack of resources, illness, disabilities and addiction. The good news is our local nonprofits work every day to help. Learn more about our community's struggles and how you can do your part to make Charlotte stronger. Know Charlotte.

Most everyone remembers the first time they met Ramona Quimby and her family in the pages of Beverly Cleary’s much beloved Ramona series. You probably met the Quimby family when you were in second or third grade. Or maybe it was Laura Ingalls Wilder or Roald Dahl that captured your interest.

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Written by Addie Rising    on November 6, 2017    in
The need in our community is real ... poverty, homelessness, hunger, lack of opportunity, lack of resources, illness, disabilities and addiction. The good news is our local nonprofits work every day to help. Learn more about our community's struggles and how you can do your part to make Charlotte stronger. Know Charlotte.

Don’t do drugs. Just say no. Unfortunately, the generation that grew up with the D.A.R.E. program is also in the midst of one of the largest drug epidemics our country has seen.

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