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Special Olympics: #SpotlightOnCLT Autism Awareness

Written by Erin Morris    on May 24, 2022    in

Today's highlight for #SpotlightOnCLT Autism Awareness is all about Special Olympics North Carolina.  Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members, and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympic-type competitions in 19 sports on local and state levels.

The Special Olympics NC-Mecklenburg County includes over 3,000 athletes and 1,500 volunteers!  We spoke with Kate McGhee from SONC about their connection to our community.

ZABS Place: #SpotlightOnCLT Autism Awareness

Written by Erin Morris    on May 24, 2022    in

Today's highlight for #SpotlightOnCLT Autism Awareness is all about ZABS Place,  a "thrift boutique where potential is found". ZABS Place employs young adults with special needs or, as ZABS likes to say, special talents.  We spoke with Bentzion Groner, Executive Director about the store, and why she thought to find talent where no one else thought to look.

Camp Blue Skies: #SpotlightOnCLT Autism Awareness

Written by Erin Morris    on May 19, 2022    in

Today's highlight for #SpotlightOnCLT Autism Awareness is all about Camp Blue Skies.   This camp specializes in programs for adults with disabilities.  Programs like this can be life changing not only for the adult in the program, but for the caregivers who give so much, and for the volunteers who have the honor of participating at Camp Blue Skies.  
What would you like for the community to know about the challenges your organization is trying to solve?
Adults with developmental disabilities often face challenges and a lack of resources when it comes to recreation, life skills education, and socialization. Camp Blue Skies provides opportunities for all three at our camps in the Carolinas and Georgia.    

What is your organization's role in the community?

The John Crosland School: #SpotlightOnCLT Autism Awareness

Written by Erin Morris    on May 19, 2022    in

Today's highlight for #SpotlightOnCLT Autism Awareness is all about the The John Crosland School.  We spoke with Head of School, Hallie Rojeski, about how this school makes such a big impact here in Charlotte.

What would you like for the community to know about the challenges your organization is trying to solve?
Our students are underserved in the community due to their complex disabilities. Many families never consider private school due to tuition, but with NC grants, all families have options.     

What is your organization's role in the community?
When you join us at Crosland, your child with learning differences experiences belonging to build confidence and grows academically and socially, so each child can have more opportunities.  

Spotlight on our Sponsor: U.S. Bank

Written by melissa_8897    on May 10, 2022    in
#YPMixerCLT 2022 Presented by U.S. Bank

Back in person this year after a two-year hiatus, the 9th Annual #YPMixerCLT provides an annual opportunity for hundreds of Young Professionals to network and meet local nonprofits and Charlotte's most influential Young Professional Boards.

We are so excited to partner with U.S. Bank to host this event and to hear directly from them on why this partnership and giving back to the community is so important to their organization.

Whether it’s serving on a nonprofit’s board or helping with a Rail Trail cleanup, U.S. Bank employees believe it’s part of their job to make their city a better place to live, work and play. That’s why on May 18 U.S. Bank is so proud to sponsor the SHARE Charlotte #YPMixerCLT for a third consecutive year, helping to support the city’s next generation of philanthropists.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Autism Awareness

Written by Erin Morris    on May 9, 2022    in

We're highlighting Autism Awareness for the month of May in our #SpotlightOnCLT series!

1 in 44 children in Charlotte and across the nation will be diagnosed with Autism during their lifetime.  When we sit and think about that statistic, it can mean that someone, somewhere in your circle of family, friends, or colleagues might be diagnosed with Autism.  And yet, the diagnosis can be confusing and complex, can go "unseen" or undiagnosed for years, and even though we have such high rates of need for support, there is not a wealth of resources at our disposal to help support these individuals, caregivers, families and friends.

During this month, we'll be showcasing local nonprofits who do great work in this field, from birth to adulthood, supporting and surrounding individuals and families with wrap-around healthcare, social opportunities, education events, and workforce integration.

Teacher Appreciation Week in Charlotte

Written by Erin Morris    on May 4, 2022    in

Teacher Appreciation Week in Charlotte

May 2nd - 6th is Teacher Appreciation Week across the nation. It is a time to reflect on a teacher who has made a difference in your life or in the life of your child, and to send them expressions of gratitude and recognition.  

We know that teachers, caregivers and schools love getting appreciation gifts like gift cards, homemade treats, and maybe even treasures like some of the teacher's favorite classroom items (everyone loves a flair pen!).  These gifts can show that you care, that you are taking the time to give to others, and that you are intentional in showing gratitude.

While no one would "look this gift horse in the mouth", there are things you can do to share appreciation for a teacher that can have an incredible impact, above and beyond a purchased item.  Things that can last beyond this week of appreciation.

#WomenGiveCLT Event Recap

Written by melissa_8897    on April 23, 2022    in


On April 7, 2022  SHARE Charlotte, the Women’s Impact Fund and the Junior League of Charlotte hosted the first ever #WomenGiveCLT at the Mint Musum in Uptown. This was amazing evening with almost 400 women in attendance!

This first of it’s kind event was created to bring together women’s collective giving organizaitons as as any philanthropically minded women’s in Charlotte to meet 50 local nonprofits to:

  • Learn about innovative, new nonprofits who are addressing Mecklenburg County communities' most pressing needs

Earth Day Volunteer Opportunities

Written by melissa_8897    on April 19, 2022    in

Earth Day Volunteer Opportunities and Environmental Nonprofits

Our planet is an amazing place and we need to help it thrive. Each year on April 22nd, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day to take action to help protect our planet from pollution, plant trees or clean up rivers.

Here locally there are many nonprofits who are working tirelessly to help protect our community and create a sustainable future for Charlotte.

Here is a list of Earth Day events you can participate in:

Spotlight on our Sponsor: Spiracle Media

Written by melissa_8897    on April 18, 2022    in

SHARE Charlotte’s sixth annual Do Good Week (April 18-23) is Charlotte’s local celebration of National Volunteer Week which rallies our community to Do Good locally through volunteerism, supporting hundreds of local causes and organizations.

We are so grateful to Spiracle Media for their support of Do Good Week and raising the level of awareness of the needs that local nonprofits have for volunteers. Plus, through volunteering not only does the nonprofit benefit but so does the volunteer because “It Feels Good to Do Good”!

We asked our friends at Spiracle what motivates them to dedicate their team’s time and give so generously with their volunteer hours.