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#HelpIsOnTheWay: Cops & Barbers

Written by Nicole Copsis    on September 27, 2018    in


For the people in Shaun “Lucky” Corbett’s neighborhood, his barbershop is the pinnacle of the community. The cornerstone. The place where people go to catch up on life, spread news- both good and bad, and to come together.

Shaun has owned his shop since 2010 and his unique position in his community as a sounding board as well as a trusted source has allowed him to do incredible work to bridge the  gap between local law enforcement and the community that he loves.

Following the Michael Brown incident in 2014, Shaun knew he had to do something. 

#HelpIsOnTheWay: Bikin' Dads Adventures and CMPD

Written by Holly Blackman    on September 26, 2018    in


Mark Gordon’s grandfather and uncle were policemen and everyone else was in the military - a call to public service runs in their family veins. So, it was only natural as a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools graduate, Mark Gordon joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in 2000. He wasn’t prepared to see the statistics LIVE. He knew them, but the amount of fatherless homes and the crime everywhere, no matter what part of Charlotte you lived in, was alarming.

Mark describes his childhood, living in the Derita community (now Mallard Creek) as, “a little town within the City of Charlotte, kinda like the movie Sandlot - we rode our bikes everywhere, especially to the pool.”

#52Tuesdays: Festival in the Park

Written by Addie Rising    on September 25, 2018    in


Charlotte’s celebrated Festival in the Park at Freedom Park has been a staple in our community since 1964. 

Last weekend marked the 54th Annual Festival in the Park and Charlotteans of all ages enjoyed strolling by art exhibits, listening to live music, shopping unique arts and crafts booths and then there’s the elephant ears, a Festival in the Park tradition! 

Festival In the Park began in 1964 when John Belk, then President of the Chamber of Commerce suggested to Grant Whitney, an insurance executive with Belk Stores Services, to create an arts show in Freedom Park. The idea of a Spring art show had been tossed around the prior year by the Chamber but had not materialized.

#52Tuesdays: Sarah Taylor

Written by Nicole Copsis    on September 18, 2018    in


Giving back is personal. It means something different to everyone. Why? Because everyone has something different to give.

When you think about volunteering your time for a nonprofit organization, what comes to mind? Your first thought might not be to use your talents for GOOD, maybe it should be. Volunteering can be an outlet for you to use your individual skill set while also help a nonprofit who needs exactly what you’ve got!

Did you know that your writing abilities, social media expertise, photography skills, or even knowledge of legal processes could be useful to a local nonprofit? Volunteering can be about giving within your wheelhouse of talent- and with 450+ nonprofit partners SHARE Charlotte can tell you first hand that no matter your talent, there is a nonprofit that could benefit from you sharing it!

#HelpIsOnTheWay: The Passion to Heal

Written by Grace Kennedy    on September 12, 2018    in

 

"When you see someone so passionate about something that they're willing to protest on the streets, don't ball it up and put it in jail. Invest in that passion and watch what can happen." - Greg Jackson, Heal Charlotte Founder and Executive Director
 

Passion is central to the origin story of Heal Charlotte. It all started two years ago, when protesters hit the streets of the Queen City in response to the fatal shooting of resident Keith Lamont Scott by an officer from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).  

#52Tuesdays: Charlotte 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Written by Addie Rising    on September 11, 2018    in


No matter where you were on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, you most likely remember exactly where you were, who you were with and what you were doing. 

I remember passing through my living room as I was getting ready for work that morning, stopping in disbelief at the images coming through my television. Though I didn’t personally know anyone lost that day, I sat by coworkers struggling to reach family members who worked at the World Trade Center. I remember their frantic phone calls and ultimate sighs of relief.  But, I also remember -- and still remember -- the first responders, the brave individuals who risked everything to help those in need, not knowing what was taking place, and paying the ultimate sacrifice.

#52Tuesdays: Tim Newman and Adult Spectrum Transitions

Written by Nicole Copsis    on September 4, 2018    in

AST Offers Hope to Adults With Autism and Help to Local Employers

1 in 59 adults in America are now estimated to be on the autism spectrum.  Most want to work, live independently and pursue their dreams but to some, this can seem impossible due to serious gaps in the social services system after age 21.  That’s where Adult Spectrum Transitions comes in, offering life-changing opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum who may otherwise struggle to find employment, housing or transportation.

AST is fueled by the passion of co-founder Tim Newman, the father of twin adult sons, William and David, who were both diagnosed with autism at 4 years of age.