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One Teen's View: Why it's worth it

Written by Admin    on October 25, 2015

This special guest post is by Delaney Caldwell, a Charlotte teen with a big heart and a gift for sharing it. We asked for her thoughts about her recent volunteering experience with Joy Prom. Thanks Delaney!

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Joy Prom is an annual prom with dancing, desserts, a red carpet and more, all for people with special needs. This event happens on an April weekend once a year. It came to be when Carmel Baptist Church’s student ministry asked, “if we ceased to exist, would anyone in Charlotte notice?”

Behailu Academy: Not the art class you remember

Written by Admin    on August 16, 2015

My favorite memories from high school are from my art class. It was the part of my day that allowed me to be creative and expressive, or quiet and thoughtful. Yet as much as I treasured that time, and my all-time favorite art teacher Mrs. Little, I suspect the students at Behailuh Academy benefit a lot more from the programs they attend today.

Behailu Academy offers free visual and performance arts-based out of school time programming for middle and high school students at some of Charlotte’s Title I schools. This isn’t just Mrs. Little handing out some colored pencils and acrylics and cheerfully telling us we were going to “design our way out of a paper bag.” Behailu Academy’s students take creative risks in a wide variety of classes like dance, music jam, guitar, acrylic and oil painting, 2-D animation, comedy improv, spoken word poetry, photography, music and video production, mixed media and up-cycled art. 

It's time to #summerSHARE

Written by Admin    on July 12, 2015    in

Summer is a tough time for many nonprofits. While the needs of their clients and programs may rise, giving is often down. #summershareCLT - which is the first campaign of its kind in Charlotte - will give everyone a chance to send need on a vacation!

We hope you'll join us, along with 49 local nonprofits who are working to make our community even more amazing!

Here are three easy ways to find out what #summershareCLT is all about:

Smarty SHARE: Thread Trail

Written by Admin    on June 17, 2015
Volunteer with the Carolina Thread Trail.

In case you missed it, here's one of our popular Smarty Sunday SHARE posts from May:

  • The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown

The weather is warm, summer is almost here, and it’s time to hit the trail – the Carolina Thread Trail, that is. This regional network is much more than a lonely hiking trail or bike path. It’s a local gem that reaches 15 counties and 2.3 million people.

Launched in 2007 as a project focused on preserving natural corridors and connecting people to nature through a network of connected trails, the Thread Trail is led by Catawba Lands Conservancy. It’s now made up of over 220 trail miles and 13 miles of river being enjoyed by the public.

Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Pop-Up Book Sale

Written by Admin    on June 15, 2015
Volunteer with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation

Volunteering can happen even when you’re crazy busy! Check out this quick opportunity to do good:

Nonprofit: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation

When: June 27th

Where: Mountain Island Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way, 28214

Who: Great for individuals or small groups (age 18 and up)

Why: The Library Foundation exists to help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library create a community where reading, learning, and imagination thrive.

What you’ll do: 

- Around 9:30 a.m. meet at the sale site to help council members set up tables, unload books, and display the books in their proper categories. 

- At the end of the sale, around 2:00 p.m., break down the tables and load the unsold books back into boxes.

What login? Now everyone can access SHARE

Written by Admin    on June 5, 2015

SHARE Charlotte is here to help you do good in Charlotte - in any way that works for you.

However, your feedback to us was that we were making that difficult by asking you to sign up or log in every time you came to SHARECharlotte.com.

Now you don't have to! SHARE is completely open. No login required. Everyone has full access to all content.

That means you no longer need to maintain a profile. It also means we can't maintain a list of your "favorite" organizations. We found that most of our users weren't using that feature, so we hope that you'll find the benefits of the change outweigh any inconvenience.

If you love SHARE Charlotte and what we're trying to do for Charlotte PLEASE tell everyone around you to get in on the fun - and make a difference in our community. We would love for them to join our email list, which is easy to do from every page on our site.

Smarty SHARE: Hospice

Written by Admin    on June 5, 2015
Volunteer with Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte

In case you missed it, here's one of our popular Smarty Sunday SHARE posts from May:

What do Play-Doh and Hospice have in common? Not much, at first glance. But as I paged through the Give Shop this week I saw that Hospice uses Play-Doh to help entertain children who come to visit loved ones staying at in-patient facilities.

That stopped me short. I love the mission of Hospice. They do the work of the angels, in my opinion. Now I’d found a way that I could give back in a way that worked for my schedule, and my heart. Click. Play-Doh shipped.

Smarty SHARE: Community School of the Arts

Written by Admin    on May 28, 2015
Volunteer with Community School of the Arts.

In case you missed it, here's one of our popular Smarty Sunday SHARE posts from April:

  • “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artistwhen you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

Art threads its way through our lives in unexpected ways. Think back – has there been a time when the arts made a difference for you? Did painting or drawing help you deal with a particularly rough time in your life? Did a musical performance touch you? Maybe the ability to pick up a guitar and strum a basic tune delighted your kid and make you the hero (even briefly) of your 10 year old’s social circle.

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