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#SpotlightOnCLT: Yours, Mine and Everyones' Sister's House

Written by Holly Blackman    on March 28, 2019    in


Lately, I have noticed more homeless women in Charlotte standing on street medians - I don’t have the data, just noticed more faces I, unfortunately, try to avoid. However, as a new friend and writer, Melissa LaCross reminded me, “Acknowledging someone’s humanity leaves space

For dignity

For grace

For growth.”

And I’ve just come across a SHARE Charlotte partner who is doing just that. My Sister’s House Transitional Living Program, which operates under the leadership of Friendship Community Development Corporation, first began at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church as an overflow shelter for the Center for Hope.

#52Tuesdays: Charlotte is Creative and Brixx Pizza, A Partnership Easy As Pie

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 26, 2019    in



Brixx Pizza is GOOD. That is a fact.

Here’s another fact- Brixx Pizza does a whole lot of GOOD for the Charlotte community.

Have you ever noticed the feeling you get walking into a Brixx Pizza location? No, not hunger. The other one, the feeling that you are welcome.

That is not an accident- Brixx Pizza strives for each of their five Charlotte locations to be neighborhood restaurants that welcome everyone and that are involved in the community that surrounds them.

"We're locals who love to support local, and staying involved with our community helps our neighborhoods thrive,” said Managing Partner, Jeff Van Dyke. “Engaging with and giving back to our community has been our favorite way to thank our Charlotte neighbors for supporting us for more than 20 years.”

#SpotlightOnCLT: YWCA, Empowering Women since 1902

Written by Grant Stimmel    on March 25, 2019    in



Charlotte in 1902 was a very, very different place.

No skyscrapers, no light rail, no Panthers, no greenways.

A small town with big dreams — and one organization that’s been here the whole way.

YWCA Central Carolinas has been serving Greater Charlotte for 117 years, and in that time they’ve seen first hand the exceptional change experienced here and around the country.

Through Great Depressions and World Wars, YWCA embraced those who needed it most as they worked to, “eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.”

For decades, they’ve been a helping hand to the hopeful and crucial ray of light for the hopeless. Offering an opportunity for a better life to those struggling the most.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Teal Diva

Written by Grace Kennedy    on March 21, 2019    in


When Shannon Routh was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 32, she had trouble finding even one person who was going through the same experience. She also struggled to find joy-filled events for people going through ovarian cancer treatment. So she vowed to give other ovarian cancer survivors all the things she never had, and that's how Teal Diva came to be.

#52Tuesdays: Ohavia Phillips

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 19, 2019    in


If you do not know Ohavia Phillips, frankly, you are missing out.  

Ohavia is a local media personality, and not only is she great at was she does, but she uses her talent for GOOD. 

Ohavia is a perfect example of someone who knows that giving back is personal and looks different for everyone. While some people prefer hands-on volunteer opportunities such as helping to build houses and assemble sandwiches, others, such as Ohavia, choose to give back by using their personal skill set. The beauty of it? Both hands-on and skill based volunteer opportunities support our nonprofit community in a different, but equally important, way.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Angela Baker is an Angel in Disguise

Written by Eden Estabrook    on March 14, 2019    in


As a three-time breast cancer survivor, Angela Baker understands all too well the challenges faced when completing cancer treatments.

 First diagnosed in 2003, Angela has fought multiple bouts with metastatic breast cancer, while continuing to work full-time and as a single mom. Even with a leave of absence, Angela had a lot on her plate.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Healing Vine Harbor, Sharay's Story

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 13, 2019    in


The problem: Every day, hundreds of single women are forced into living on the streets. The reason is not the same for all- some are escaping domestic violence or human trafficking, while others are experiencing job loss and are feeling the effects of the affordable housing crisis in Charlotte.

The solution: A safe place for women to go to get back on their feet after a set back.

Enter, Healing Vine Harbor.

#52Tuesdays: Movement Day Charlotte

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 12, 2019    in
 

Nonprofits are often created when a void that exists in the landscape of a city is realized.

FORCLT was born out of a realization by founder, Rob Kelly, a pastor of 13 years at the time, that the Church in Charlotte was deeply divided. He saw a need for unity among church organizations and knew that only good things would come out of a united church community, one that would work together to fill the needs of the city. Since its inception in 2015, FORCLT’s primary purpose has been “to unite the Church to transform our city.”

#52Tuesdays: Foundation For Girls, Diamond's Story

Written by Addie Rising    on March 5, 2019    in

In 2017, Diamond Williams was a shy teen in crisis. She was young, pregnant and living in a home for teen moms. That’s when she met Foundation For Girls Founder Shreya Mantha and began a new path for her life.

Foundation For Girls began in 2014 to change the life trajectory of vulnerable girls. The organization consists of a community of passionate coaches and gives access to opportunities and the scaffolding for success through its four-pillar programming in Digital Literacy, Financial Wellness, Leadership, and Health & Well-Being.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Women's Health and Wellness

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 4, 2019    in

Women’s Health & Wellness

 

In honor of Women's History Month, SHARE Charlotte will be celebrating nonprofit organizations who focus specifically on Women's Health and Wellness, keeping the women of Charlotte safe, healthy, cared for and connected.

With the celebration of women’s achievements both past and present happening on a national scale in March, we are here to contribute to the conversation by highlighting the local organizations that serve women all year long.

Listed below are many of SHARE Charlotte’s nonprofit partners who focus on Women’s Health and Wellness. Read how they serve our community as well as how you can get involved with these organizations. You can also click here to explore all of our nonprofit partners who are not featured on this list but who may also serve a similar sector of need.

SHAREable: Spring Cleaning? Donate to GOOD

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 1, 2019    in

Get Your Marie Kondo On: Where to take items you would like to repurpose for GOOD!

 

With the recent success of Marie Kondo’s hit Netflix series Tidying Up and her “if it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it” mentality going viral, it is a perfect time to get inspired to do some organizing out of your own and start Spring cleaning early. But wait- haven’t you heard- one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Don’t throw away those items that could still be of GOOD use to others- donate them to one of the organizations below!

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
What You Can Donate: Men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and most household items.