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#52tuesdays: Small Act, Big Reward

Written by Addie Rising    on January 30, 2018    in
We seldom seek out life-altering events. They often find us instead.

And sometimes, doing something as simple as serving a glass of fruit punch to someone who could use a cup of cheer can not only have an impact on their life but yours too.

Last week, my 15-year-old daughter went to Urban Ministry Center with her youth pastor for a “drink service” shift. They were instructed to bring 350 cups and drink mix, which they did with smiles. They were prepared, but then again, not really. My daughter wasn’t totally sure what Urban Ministry was. “I thought it was part of a church,” she told me after her shift.

2018 Goodie Awards

Written by Addie Rising    on January 26, 2018

Each year, the SHARE Charlotte Goodie Awards are given to our nonprofit partners who we feel are most deserving. The awards are fun, unique each year and meant to provide encouragement to all SHARE Charlotte partners. On Thursday, Jan. 25, FOX46's Good Day Charlotte host Page Fehling and her husband Jake Fehling presented the awards at our first-ever SHARE Charlotte Nonprofit Summit.

Best Use of Give Shop: Kindermourn
In September 2017, Kindermourn held a Helping The Hurt Supply Drive and sent supporters to Give Shop to purchase supplies off their wish list!

Best Newcomer to Instagram: Body & Soul Senior Fitness

Successful SHARE Charlotte Model Expanding to Other Cities

Written by Addie Rising    on January 25, 2018    in
Brooks To Lead New Software Venture; Jacobs Promoted to Executive Director of SHARE Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC – SHARE Charlotte Founder Kelly Brooks announced today, at the first-ever SHARE Charlotte Summit, that the nonprofit’s success in the Queen City will begin to expand to other cities through Share Good, a software company she created.  With this evolution, while Brooks will remain involved in SHARE Charlotte, she will now serve as CEO of Share Good and Amy Jacobs, who has led campaigns and programs for SHARE since 2015, will become Executive Director, effective February 1.
“SHARE Charlotte has raised the bar for how communities can engage and serves as a model for other cities to follow,” said Brooks.  “As I take on this new national focus with Share Good, I am confident that Amy is the perfect person to lead SHARE Charlotte into the future.”

#52tuesdays: ACEing Autism

Written by Addie Rising    on January 23, 2018    in
If you’re a craft beer drinker in Charlotte, you have undoubtedly heard of the Queen City Brewers Festival which returns for the 7th year on Feb. 3 at The Fillmore. And if you’ve heard of or attended the Queen City Brewers Festival the last couple of years, you’ve heard of ACEing Autism.

Queen City Brewers Festival is ACEing Autism-Charlotte’s annual winter fundraiser and spotlights Charlotte-area breweries and brewpubs along with select restaurants to support ACEing Autism’s mission to serve more families in the Charlotte community affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

ACEing Autism-Charlotte launched with a successful pilot program in the fall of 2013 and had its most-attended sessions this past fall and spring. More than 90 children and 150 volunteers have participated in ACEing Autism-Charlotte tennis clinics over the past four years. 

Working to Help Others Find Work

Written by Addie Rising    on January 21, 2018    in
In January, SHARE Charlotte’s Spotlight Series focuses on local organizations providing job training, job placement and mentoring to support workforce development in Charlotte. See who they are and find ways to help. #WorkItCLT

If you've ever been out of work, you know how hard it can be. Looking for work becomes your full-time job. You search online job listings for openings, you craft your resume, fill out applications, send many emails, talk to friends and keep doing it until it all comes together and you get hired. 

Now, what if you were trying to accomplish all of the above without a computer, or cell phone, or even a home address? Some of Charlotte's unemployed neighbors need jobs but lack the proper resources and skills to find them. 

#52tuesdays: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation + Tech Talent South

Written by Addie Rising    on January 16, 2018    in
For many, hard work and determination can change the course of your life. For one Charlotte resident, one course may change her entire career path.

Jessica Smith Robinson currently works as a receptionist at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, but she has always been good with computers and has a passion for coding. She wants to become a web developer, and she has taken several free courses at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library.

Tech Talent South awards Jessica Smith Robinson (center) with a scholarship for an 8-week code-immersion course.Tech Talent South aims to teach adults and children the basics of coding and web development through in-person classes, in a condensed time period.

#52tuesdays: David Gelbert

Written by Addie Rising    on January 9, 2018    in
Photographers see things many of us do not see. They bring vision and perspectives often missed. They capture moments, memories and can elicit emotion out of us in one single image.

Charlotte native David Gelbert finds unique views of the city and its residents to share.

“Giving back and supporting my community are both extremely important to me because there is enough hate in the world already,” Gelbert said. “What better place to spread smiles and support than your own backyard.”

Last year, Gelbert supported SHARE Charlotte’s spotlight on homelessness by taking photographs at Urban Ministry Center