Volunteers help build our community through the work they do for Charlotte’s nonprofit organizations.
Myers & Chapman, a 65-year-old, Charlotte-based, full-service construction company may literally build our community through its business, but it’s the company’s culture toward volunteering that sets it apart.
As a locally owned business, Myers & Chapman has a vested interest in the health and well-being of our community and has partnered with SHARE Charlotte as an official sponsor of DO GOOD Week.
By Shenique Carmichael, VP, Director, Banking Change Management ,TIAA
At times in my life, I experienced hunger, thirst, lack of clothing and being shunned for not having. I went to school many days without shoes on my feet. When I got home from school, I didn’t know if I would have food to eat. I grew up with oil lamps and candles to allow me to do my homework. We didn’t have electricity or running water or a bed to sleep in, but I was able to rise above it all.
"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another." ~Erma Bombeck
SHARE Charlotte partners with more than 400 nonprofits that all serve Mecklenburg County. While they all serve different people and causes in our community, they all have one thing in common: slim operating budgets necessitating a need for volunteers to help.
During #GivingTuesdayCLT 2017, Charlotteans rallied and pledged to serve or served 81,000 hours to 174 nonprofits, a value of $1.9 million to these organizations.
Ever wonder what it would be like to work for a Charlotte-area nonprofit? There is no better way to gain valuable hands-on experience and gain and understanding into the mission of an organization than by serving as an intern.
Opportunities to build a resume through interning are available all year long with many organizations, not just in the summer months, making these internships a great fit for Charlotte-area college and high-school students or recent graduates.
Who said volunteering was all work, no play? Galas, 5Ks, and auctions are all key events for some of our local area nonprofits, and if you are good at throwing a party, then you just may be the detail-oriented and creative minded volunteer that an organization needs!
If you are the type of person who loves to help an event come to life by assisting in the planning process, or wants to be sure an event runs smoothly by being present on the day-of an event, there are volunteer opportunities for you in the Charlotte area.
If you love being outdoors, getting your hands dirty, or serving others, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for you! Grab your tools and get out in your community, there is never a lack of need for hands-on people like you.
Volunteering looks different to everyone and every organization, but if you like to get physical with your volunteering efforts, bring your talents out to do GOOD for the nonprofits in your area that need a little muscle power. There are plenty of opportunities working in gardens, helping with repairs, serving meals and more.
Volunteering is not all serving meals and building homes (though those are very generous activities that we will never advise against) but with technology forever evolving, all aspects of our community are following suit which means that nonprofit organizations are finding a need to keep up just as much as any other business.
If you are someone who truly believes you can make an impact on someone’s life simply by lending a little guidance, you may want to consider becoming a mentor.
There will always be a need for mentors in the community, whether it is for a child who needs tutoring, or an adult who needs support. If you desire to help others directly, mentoring someone in need is a valuable use of your time.
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!!