On July 4th, America will celebrate it’s 242nd Independence Day, commemorating our country’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
While many will be celebrating the holiday by donning stars and stripes or watching fireworks in the night sky, it is important that we as a nation remember what we are celebrating- freedom. We are the land of the free, because of the brave.
Founded in 2002, our nonprofit partner Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) whose mission is to “Build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive-not simply struggle to get by- in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”
Many people want to make a change in their communities, they just don’t know how. SHARE Charlotte has hundreds of valuable community resources all in one centralized location. I look forward to sharing several of those resources monthly, in order to encourage you to put your good intent to action.
A nation-wide statistic shows that 90% of children are victimized by someone they know and trust. According to the Council for Children’s Rights, nearly 40% of children reported abused or neglected were under the age of six and nearly 63% of investigated reports include more than one child victim. In June, SHARE Charlotte is featuring organizations that keep members of our community #SafeFromHarm. Thompson Child and Family Focus and Pat’s Place are two hard working nonprofits that focus on child abuse prevention.
Where is it that you feel safest? While many people have the luxury of answering “at home”, others are constantly worried about what awaits them- for some, home is not where the heart is.
Thousands of children in North Carolina enter foster care each year because they are no longer safe in their homes and are in need of a foster family to care for them and, during this transitional and fragile time in a child’s life, Carolina Family Connections (CFC) is there.
CFC recruits, licenses, trains, and supervises family foster homes to provide out-of-home placements for children who have been abused and/or neglected. Their social work staff are dedicated to both the children and foster families and advocate for all possible resources necessary to meet their needs.
Charlotte can be a costly place to live, especially with the average rent climbing higher and higher, it’s becoming impossible for some people to live alone, even if that’s what they want. Public conversation often circles around solving the affordable housing shortage, but little is discussed about how the lack of affordable housing causes unsafe living situations, leaving some fellow Charlotteans tethered to unsafe home lives. Because of SHARE Charlotte’s network of nonprofit agencies working to help those in harm’s way. There are plenty of ways to help, if we know where to start.
A short phrase that sparked a big movement —one which waseye-opening for some, and long overdue for others. An acknowledgement, finally, that there are an untold number of people who’ve been deeply, deeply scarred in their past.
These survivors know now what they may not have before —that they’re far from alone. That there are millions of others who’ve been sexually abused, assaulted, or harassed. And that while they’ve inevitably been changed by what’s happened to them, they live on, they fight, they keep pounding.
Most charitable organizations are founded with a promise or a pledge and in one case, a pinky swear.
Since its 2003 beginnings in Minnesota, Pinky Swear Foundation has been helping kids with cancer and their families by providing more than $4.5 million in financial assistance and quality of life support to thousands of families whose children are bravely battling the ugliness of cancer.
And it all began with a pinky-swear promise. Before nine-year-old Mitch Chepokas died from bone cancer, his father Steve locked pinkies with his son and vowed to continue helping children with cancer and their families by providing immediate needs support and unique family programs.
Safe Alliance Provides Safety, Connection and Healing to Abuse and Assault Survivors
Written by Grace Kennedy
This month, SHARE Charlotte is talking all about their nonprofit partners that keep our neighbors and loved ones #SafeFromHarm. Charlotte-based nonprofit Safe Alliance does this and much more, serving more than 10,000 women, men, and children in our community each year. The organization’s mission is to provide hope and healing for people impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. How do they accomplish such a huge task? Through safety, connection and healing.
Sometimes life has a way of coming full circle. For Erika Carney, the last six years have done just that- taking her on a journey that all started when she was first introduced to SHARE Charlotte in 2012.
Carney first learned about SHARE Charlotte when it was just an idea.
She was working for Skookum, the local software development firm in charge of first creating the online platform that would become SHARE Charlotte. Founder of SHARE Charlotte and Share Good, Kelly Brooks, was one of her very first clients and Carney played a part in the creation of sharecharlotte.org by assisting with market research, conducting user interviews, crafting user personas and, of course, participating in user testing- making Carney one of the first official users of the SHARE Charlotte platform.
Last Friday and Saturday more than 1,000 Wells Fargo employees and family members provided the Charlotte area with a whole lot of GOOD.
Wells Fargo’s 8th Annual Day of Caring — its signature volunteer event in Charlotte — saw employees and family members fan out to assist with projects at 24 nonprofit sites, including YWCA of Central Carolinas, Promising Pages, Friendship Gardens and Beds for Kids. Wells Fargo also hosted volunteer events in four of the company’s buildings so team members could give back without leaving their workplace.
Each month, SHARE Charlotte refocuses it's Spotlight Series on a different cause or issue effecting our city and shines a light on our nonprofit partners who work within that sector to strengthen Charlotte. The first step to driving out darkness is to shine a light on it, and our Spotlight Series aims to do just that while also showcasing which of our nonprofit partners are doing the hard work that will lead to a more informed, compassionate, and welcoming city.
For many people, their pet is another member of the family. You love them, take care of them, and find comfort in being around them- you couldn’t imagine anything bad ever happening to them. You especially could never imagine doing anything to hurt them yourself.
As we explore the different forms of abuse and our nonprofit partners who are fighting to keep our community #SafeFromHarm this month, it is important that we open our eyes to the reality of animal abuse.
Abusers do not discriminate. In fact, data has shown that there is a large correlation between individuals who abuse their significant others or children and those who abuse animals. One survey found 71% of domestic violence victims reported that their abuser also targeted pets, and another revealed that pet abuse had occurred in 88% of families under investigation for child abuse.
Charlotte is a city filled with runners. You see them on the streets. You see them on the greenways. You see them when it’s 90 degrees outside and you see them when it’s 30 degrees. The Queen City has even been recognized as one of the top cities in the country for runners.
And all those runners you see around town? They each have a story of how running has changed their life. For some, running has simply increased their fitness. For others, running has improved their health. And for some, thanks to RunningWorks, running has provided a way out of homelessness.
Since 2012, RunningWorks has been dedicated to the cause of working to end homelessness and food-insecurity in the Carolinas, using running and education to empower individuals and families to break cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness one stride at a time.
This June, SHARE Charlotte’s Spotlight Series: #SafeFromHarm, presented by The Relocation Guide, will focus on our local nonprofit partners who raise awareness about abuse as well as offer services to victims of abuse in all of its forms. These organizations each offer a different approach to keeping individuals #SafeFromHarm, whether that means healing and supporting those who have faced abuse and are now coping with the aftermath, or going out into our community to rescue those who cannot necessarily save themselves from harm’s way.
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