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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.

#52tuesdays: Google Fiber

November 21, 2017    in

Faster. Fairer. Kinder. That’s how we at Google Fiber describe our gigabit speed internet service, but it is also a vision we have for the world.

Faster. We want individuals to have the ability to quickly and easily make a positive impact on issues that matter most to them.

Fairer. We seek to create communities where everyone has a chance to succeed.

Kinder. We imagine a society where generosity and compassion are the norm.

Charlotte Motor Speedway Supports #GivingTuesdayCLT

Written by Addie Rising    on November 18, 2017    in
Charlotte Motor SpeedwayFor more than 50 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the standard for motorsports entertainment and evolved into "The Greatest Place to See the Race." Nestled in the heart of NASCAR country, the Mecca of Motorsports is the only race vacation destination where fans can immerse themselves in the sport by taking in an event at the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway and visit race team shops and the NASCAR Hall of Fame in the same weekend.

#GivingTuesdayCLT Kicks Off Today and Asks Charlotteans to Do Their Part

Written by Addie Rising    on November 14, 2017    in
SHARE Charlotte’s 4th annual giving campaign supports 235 nonprofits serving Mecklenburg County


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – SHARE Charlotte is proud to announce the launch of its 4th annual #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign, presented by Wells Fargo. #GivingTuesdayCLT encourages the Charlotte community to support 235 local nonprofits through GivingTuesdayCLT.org today through Tuesday, Nov. 28.

GivingTuesday, globally known as the first day of the “giving season”, was made hyperlocal in 2014 through SHARE Charlotte’s #GivingTuesdayCLT and presents a unique opportunity to get everyone involved in making Charlotte stronger and therefore better for everyone.

#52tuesdays: Wells Fargo

Written by Addie Rising    on November 13, 2017    in

#GivingTuesdayCLT enters its fourth year lifting up the community to kick off the giving season. For the second year, Wells Fargo, one of the area’s largest employers, has invested as presenting sponsor.

Wells Fargo may not be the largest company in the United States or even the largest bank, but they are consistently ranked as one of the country’s top corporate philanthropists by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Wells Fargo donates, on average, more than $250 million each year to nonprofits with a focus on investing in the future of the communities where their team members and customers live and work. And that means Charlotte.

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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.

Meet Our #GivingTuesdayCLT Crowdfunders!

Written by Addie Rising    on November 12, 2017    in
By Corri Smith


SHARE Charlotte began as an idea by Kelly Brooks, and for five years she has been reliant on word of mouth and organic reach. The only reason SHARE has sustained the test of time is because of the support from the community. SHARE has been able to rally Charlotte toward a common goal of supporting the nonprofits and GOOD work happening to make our city a stronger place.

So, how do you maintain your current following while also growing your community? This has been a crucial topic on deck for all small and medium-sized organizations, especially those that use social media to engage with their supporters. This super economical tool is great, but many platforms now require brands to pay in order to get in front of even their own fans. So, the question is, how do you engage your current community and expand beyond it?

Shop, Dine & Sweat for GOOD During #GivingTuesdayCLT

Written by Addie Rising    on November 12, 2017    in

Over 100 local businesses and community partners have jumped in to support Charlotte's nonprofits in this year's #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign. And many more support our city's nonprofits every day of the year. 


Looking to do something during #GivingTuesdayCLT but need some ideas? Visit one of these restaurants, breweries or other businesses during the dates outlined below to take part in this historic community celebration of local GOOD!

Check back regularly as this list is expanded!

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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.

#52tuesdays: Charlotte Ballet

Written by Addie Rising    on November 7, 2017    in
It’s almost December which means Charlotte Ballet is busy gearing up for its annual Nutcracker performances.

But Charlotte Ballet provides artistically excellent programming to diverse audiences in Charlotte all year long and wants to expand its audience base.

Charlotte Ballet educational program“Our goal during #GivingTuesdayCLT is to raise funds to offset costs to send local school children to our educational theater performances,” said Megan Mitcham, Charlotte Ballet’s Annual Giving Manager. “We’ve had so many schools who have had trouble securing funding to bring their students to the ballet and we want to make sure they don’t miss the opportunity.”

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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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Written by Addie Rising    on November 5, 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 you think of No. 1 and Charlotte, you might think of Cam Newton. Or NASCAR. Or anything, but what we're about to say. 

Did you know that cancer is the No. 1 leading cause of death in Mecklenburg County? (Mecklenburg County Health Report, 2016)

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Written by Addie Rising    on November 3, 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.


Last year in Mecklenburg County, 10 percent of adults reported bad mental health for at least 8 of the past 30 days (Mecklenburg County Health Report, 2016).

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Written by Addie Rising    on November 2, 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. 

What does it mean to live in poverty?