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Spotlight Series 2019

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 17, 2019    in




Each month, SHARE Charlotte refocuses it's Spotlight Series on a different cause or issue effecting our city and shines a light on our nonprofit partners who work within that sector to strengthen Charlotte. The first step to driving out darkness is to shine a light on it, and our Spotlight Series aims to do just that while also showcasing which of our nonprofit partners are doing the hard work that will lead to a more informed, compassionate, and welcoming city.
 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Hemophilia of North Carolina Needs Your Support

Written by Eden Estabrook    on February 25, 2019    in


Everyone needs support sometimes. No matter the challenge, banding together with other people who can encourage you through hard times is vital.

Medical struggles are no different. A community of people who understand and can provide support and advice is a key part of maintaining your sanity and morale through the ups and downs the medical roller coaster can send you on. This is especially true for people with bleeding disorders.

#SpotlightOnCLT: American Heart Association Talks Health Equity

Written by Grace Kennedy    on February 21, 2019    in


When it comes to health, your ZIP code makes a bigger difference than your genetic code — especially in Charlotte, where people have a harder time rising out of poverty than in most other U.S. cities.

The American Heart Association wants to change this. In addition to their renowned research and signature charity events, AHA is determined to empower people in underserved Queen City communities with access to heart healthcare and prevention.

#SpotlightOnCLT: HeartBright Foundation

Written by Grant Stimmel    on February 20, 2019    in


You probably know the stats by now.

70% of U.S. adults are overweight, and 40% of those are obese.

Staggering numbers, yes.

And they’re only getting worse.

That extra weight carries serious health consequences, too, as it’s linked directly to America’s number one killer, heart disease — a narrowing of blood vessels that drastically increases your chances of having a heart attack, chest pain, or full-fledged stroke.

Cancer is often unavoidable. Heart disease, though? It’s mostly preventable.

Which is where Charlotte’s HeartBright Foundation comes in.

SpotlightOnCLT: Give Blood and Save Lives with American Red Cross

Written by Eden Estabrook    on February 18, 2019    in



What immediately comes to mind when you think of human necessities?

Water? Definitely.
Food? Absolutely.
Hygiene products? Sure thing.

What about blood? Did that make the list? If it didn’t, it should have.

Especially as it relates to heart health, blood plays a vital role in our everyday life. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH), “Your heart is vital to your health and nearly everything that goes on in your body. Without the heart’s pumping action, blood can’t move throughout your body. Your blood carries the oxygen and nutrients that your organs need to work well. Blood also carries carbon dioxide (a waste product) to your lungs so that you can breathe it out.” 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Present Age Ministries

Written by Grace Kennedy    on February 5, 2019    in
Written by Grace Kennedy


Before I wrote this article, my understanding of human trafficking was limited to what I had seen in movies like Taken and Crash. Needless to say, I had a lot of learning to do.

Present Age Ministries opened my eyes to the reality of human trafficking. As a mother of a daughter and as a Charlottean, I was stunned to learn that it's prevalent, it's pervasive, and it's happening right in front of our eyes - to girls in every ZIP code in this community.

Charlotte is the number-one city for human trafficking in a state that ranks eighth in the country. Considering only two percent of worldwide human trafficking victims are rescued, it's clear that this city needs help.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Heart and Blood Health

Written by Nicole Copsis    on February 4, 2019    in



February is American Heart Month and heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. It is important to help spread the word about not only the risks, but also the solutions. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented and awareness is the first step! 

We will be not only be highlighting our nonprofit partners who work to promote healthy hearts this month, but also those who help to promote healthy blood pumping through them as well! This month there are hearts almost everywhere you look - heart shaped balloons, cards and chocolate boxes, but let's not forget about those that are with us all year long and the nonprofits who help keep them going! 


HeartBright Foundation

#SpotlightOnCLT: Human Trafficking, Victims in Plain Sight

Written by Nicole Copsis    on February 3, 2019    in
Written by Holly Blackman


My daughter ran down the hill to the ice cream truck with her piggy bank tucked under her arm like a football, me a few paces behind her. Once I arrived a bit out of breath. I smiled at the two female neighbors and the man they were with. I’d seen them before, but never all at the same time.

“I want an ice cream,” he said, and there was a silent hunger from the women with only their eyes. Silently they tugged at his sleeve, child-like. He brushed them off, and I offered the coins to the women and told them, “We have plenty of change if you want something.” “They don’t,” he tersely responded and the exchange became awkward as the women’s eyes lowered, ashamed puppy-like to the pavement.

This was the the silent exchange between these neighbors, but not the first.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Love146

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 25, 2019    in

Written by Grant Stimmel


Like animals in a zoo, but worse.

You wait for your number to be called. 

17. 34. 92. One by one the other girls leave…

Then it is just you. Number 146

Nameless, alone, you await your bidder. Then, finally, you are called. Escorted from the glass room, your dress hangs loose. You are 11-years-old, and only beginning the worst night of your life. Only this happened last night, too. And the night before that. Tomorrow, there will be more of the same.

You are a child sex slave. Not 1,000 years ago. Today.

You are who Love146 is trying to help.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Compassion to Act

Written by Eden Estabrook    on January 17, 2019    in
Written by Eden Estabrook
Photography by Nathan Villaume
 

Did you know that Charlotte is the #1 city in NC and #7 city in the nation for human trafficking activity? Stunned? Hold on. There’s more. A girl is bought and sold every 15 seconds for an average cost of $90. That means, by the time you finished reading that statistic, one girl has been forced into human trafficking. By the time you finish reading this article… well. You do the math. 

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