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Summer, sandals and school supplies

Written by admin_1    on March 26, 2015

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. It's time to think about summer camps, sandals and...school supplies? Definitely. In fact, this is the time when the folks at Classroom Central need supplies most, as supplies run low even though students are still in school and still in need.

Here's the current wish list. If you'd like to help, visit the Classroom Central profile to get connected! 

1. Pencils

2. Filler Paper

3. Glue Sticks

4. Binders (new, less than 2”)

5. Crayons

6. Pens

7. Composition Books

8. Backpacks

9. Markers

10. Rulers

How to find community service volunteer opportunities

Written by admin_1    on March 25, 2015
How to search for community service volunteer opportunities.

Looking for community service opportunities on SHARE? Here's how to find them quickly:

- Select "who" you would like to help. In the example above we've selected "Kids." (Tip: you can select multiple categories at the same time to search the entire Collection of Good for opportunities!)

- Select the type of community service you're looking for (either student or court-ordered).

- Click "Update"

That's it! A list of volunteer opportunities that our nonprofit partners have designated as eligible for community service hours will display. If you don't see what you need listed there, don't hesitate to contact a nonprofit directly (you can email them from their SHARE profile) to ask if they have anything available that they haven't had a chance to list yet. 

Start Volunteering in Four Easy Steps

Written by admin_1    on March 24, 2015

Volunteering doesn’t need to be overwhelming, scary or difficult. You just need to start. Answer these four questions and you'll be ready to go.

1. Who would you like to help?

There are hundreds of nonprofits in Charlotte helping a variety of people and causes. First, decide “who” you'd like to help. You can focus on kids, animals, the environment, seniors, the military, or any group or cause that’s meaningful to you. Pick the “who” first and that will help narrow your search.

2. How much time do you have?

Can you spare an hour a week, or an hour a year? Think about the time commitment you’d like to make, but remember you can start small and grow your commitment from there. 

3. Do you want to volunteer with a friend or on your own?

Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Alexander Youth Network

Written by admin_1    on March 20, 2015
Plan a birthday party at Alexander Youth Network!

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

Nonprofit: Alexander Youth Network's Birthday Brigade

When: Date and time are flexible, the commitment is 2 hours

Where: Thermal Road Campus, 6220 Thermal Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Who: Great for small or large groups

Why: Alexander Youth Network provides quality professional treatment to children with serious emotional and behavioral problems. They serve more than 7,000 children ages 5 to 18 each year through more than a dozen programs.

Your Favorite Post from February

Written by admin_1    on March 9, 2015
Volunteer as a Let Me Run Coach this spring!

We had fun with this post about Let Me Run, and it looks like you did too! Here's the Readers' Favorite from February:

“For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

If you’re the parent of a boy, or there’s a boy in your life you absolutely adore, then Ashley Armistead’s words will ring true. Let Me Run

“How many times have you heard, ‘Boys will be boys,’ or ‘Too much testosterone in the room? I was always shocked by these comments, as I know that my boys far surpass me in their caring actions, integrity, and self-control.” After becoming a mom of two boys, “I became more aware of societal expectations of boys and of men.”

You can help: Seniors face pressing issues

Written by admin_1    on March 5, 2015
Seniors at Shepherd's Center of Charlotte

Senior citizens in Mecklenburg County face a number of challenges, including access to transportation and caregiving support. An assessment recently completed by UNC Charlotte Urban Institute for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council on Aging recommended a county-wide aging plan and more collaboration as ways to improve services to the elderly.

You can read more about the assessment here, and then - why not make your own plan? The organizations below are working with seniors every day. If you'd like to be part of the solution, here are 3 ways to step in now to help.

You Can Change It: Urban Poverty

Written by admin_1    on March 4, 2015
Volunteers at The Salvation Army


“Urban Poverty’s Depth,” a recent op-ed piece by Gene Nichol in The Charlotte Observer takes a close look at the levels of poverty in our home town. What you discover might surprise you: over the last dozen years Charlotte has experienced the nation’s sixth steepest increase in concentrated poverty. Spend a little time learning about the issues here. If you’d like to be a part of the solution, here are 5 ways to step in now to help.

Farmer Foodshare - work a donation station shift at the Atherton Market

Salvation Army - volunteer as a mentor with the Boys & Girls Club

Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Samaritan House

Written by admin_1    on March 2, 2015
Samaritan House volunteers

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

Nonprofit: Samaritan House (opportunity coordinated by J. Divine Group)

When: March 28th, 12-2pm

Where: Samaritan House, 611 Fortune Street Charlotte, NC 28205

Who: Great for groups or individuals

Why: Samaritan House provides short term recuperative care for the homeless recently discharged from local hospitals. J. Divine Group is a nonprofit that works with other organizations on events and fundraising. They are coordinating this volunteer opportunity. 

What you’ll do: Prepare and serve lunch for the residents

Get started here.