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#52tuesdays: Trips for Kids Charlotte

Written by Addie Rising    on July 25, 2017    in
Each Saturday you'll find a group of kids on mountain bikes at Colonel Francis Beatty Park in Matthews. On Tuesday nights you'll find a group of kids working on bikes at Charlotte Re-Cyclery in NoDa. 

These youth are part of something special. They’re with Trips for Kids Charlotte.

Trips for Kids Charlotte takes the simple childhood activity of bike riding and bicycle maintenance as tools to help underserved youth learn life lessons, focusing on respect, honesty, teamwork, overcoming obstacles, healthy and safe lifestyles and service. TFKC also introduces 10-15 year olds to the healthy, lifelong activity of mountain biking.

And Now ... We Give Thanks

Written by Addie Rising    on July 24, 2017    in
This summer, SHARE Charlotte has been fortunate to have several interns and volunteers assist us with SummerSHARE and we are grateful!

Cara Anderson, Caroline Couch, Melissa Hovey, Si Ratchford and Jerrika Swartz provided much-needed office and event support throughout our summer campaign and made it possible for us to be in all the places we were.  THANK YOU, Cara, Caroline, Melissa, Si and Jerrika for your valuable time, skills and enthusiasm for helping Charlotte's nonprofits!

Bank of America Helps Give Need a Vacation this July

Written by Addie Rising    on July 19, 2017    in
 What does a backpack, a dutch oven, a jump rope and cat food have in common? 
They are all items needed by Charlotte nonprofits during this year’s SummerSHARE.
SummerSHARE lifts up local nonprofits by engaging the community to purchase much-needed items for these organizations at a time when need is high and supplies are low. Local nonprofits serve every aspect of our community and need a variety of products to do so.

#52tuesdays: Crisis Assistance Ministry

Written by Addie Rising    on July 17, 2017    in
On any given day, nearly 200 families visit Crisis Assistance Ministry in search of help to keep a roof over their heads, their utilities on, and their basic needs met.

Funds raised from #GivingTuesdayCLT are essential to helping those families with emergency rent or utility payments, clothing, household goods, furniture, beds, or appliances.

Here’s just one story that was changed with the help of neighbors like #GivingTuesdayCLT donors:

For Parrish and her family, life took a dramatic turn when her mother suffered a sudden stroke.  Two incomes became one, then less as Parrish cut back on her hairdressing clients to care for her mother.

SummerSHARE is here!

Written by Addie Rising    on July 10, 2017    in
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – SHARE Charlotte’s 3rd annual SummerSHARE campaign, presented by Bank of America, begins today (through Fri, July 21) and supports 116 local nonprofits. In the heat of the summer when donations are traditionally at an all-time low for many organizations, SummerSHARE drives donors to a newly designed online experience, called Give Shop, where needed items can be purchased and sent directly to the nonprofit of choice.

“The timing of SummerSHARE is critical for many nonprofits,” SHARE Charlotte’s Executive Director, Kelly Brooks said. “Donations sharply decline while there is an increase in the needs of struggling families.”

Some of the items needed most this summer include:
  • Canned fruit to restock pantry shelves at Loaves & Fishes
  • Body wash to provide basic hygiene for children checking in at Thompson

SummerSHARE's Crowdfunders: See Who They Are and Join Them!

Written by Addie Rising    on July 9, 2017    in

Updated Thursday, July 27

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 better place.

So, how do you maintain your current following and grow 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 also expand beyond it?

#52tuesdays: USO of North Carolina

Written by Addie Rising    on July 4, 2017    in
The USO of North Carolina Charlotte Center delivers countless acts of caring, comfort, connection and support to more than 135,000 active duty, National Guard, and reserve military and family members annually. Funds raised from #GivingTuesdayCLT are so important to the USO of NC because the organization relies on the generosity of neighbors as they are not funded by the national USO organization. The USO of NC's programs and services provide critical support to Charlotte-area military and families and they could not be continued without this type of community support.

LemonAID Stand for Good

Written by Addie Rising    on July 3, 2017    in

LemonAID Stand for GoodYour family can aid Charlotte nonprofits this summer AND win tickets to a Charlotte Knights game! Follow these easy steps to host your own LemonAID Stand for GOOD, and help "give need a vacation": 

1. Pick a day during SummerSHARE (July 10-21) to host a LemonAID Stand for GOOD in your neighborhood.
TIP: Talk with your family about why it’s important to give back.