Most people have heard of the Special Olympics, but do you know about the Special Olympics World Games? They just took place this past March 14-21 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities is no small gig- check out these numbers:
170+ Countries Represented
3,000 Honored Guests
….making this the largest international sporting and humanitarian event of the year!
In 2012, RunningWorks began as a way to use running to reach out to the homeless community and encourage them to rediscover the value of hard work, determination and self-respect.
While running remains central to the organization, RunningWorks has expanded its scope to include the ultimate goal of finding permanent housing for its participants.
“At our core it’s still about the health and wellness component,” said RunningWorks Chief Operating Officer Matt Sharp. “Running and physical fitness, motion and just getting out and building relationships during that time allows us to understand what the needs of these individuals are. Sometimes it’s mental wellness, or finding jobs, or transportation, or even housing.”
DO GOOD Week 2019 may be over, but the need for volunteers is constant.
Eight brave SHARE Charlotte nonprofit partners took a spin in the DO GOOD Truck with FOX46's Jason Harper to share what they do and how you can give your time to help them. Check out the short clips for a quick taste, and the full length videos for a GOOD laugh.
Passport and Project Scientist Connect for STEM Education in Charlotte
Charlotte-based mobility management company Passport hosted its first-ever "Connect for Charity" Connect Four tournament Sunday, April 7 at Triple C Brewing Company. The fundraiser netted $45,000 for SHARE Charlotte partner Project Scientist, a nonprofit committed to exposing a diverse population of young girls to a high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) academy.
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.
Volunteering Remotely Is A Real Thing. Here’s How. Written by Amy Andrews
Do you want to make a difference but don’t see how you can fit it volunteering? Maybe you haven’t pursued opportunities because you travel for work or only have free moments late at night after your kids are in bed. Well, here’s a little known gem - you can volunteer from home. Yes, you read that correctly - make an impact in your community from home.
With just a quick search of the “Work From Anywhere” filter on dogoodweekclt.org, you can see a whole slew of options that you can do from the comfort of your couch!
Here are just a few of the organizations you could help now without ever having to leave your living room:
SHAREable: 9 Unique Ways for Teens to Give Their Time
Let’s face it- service hours can sometimes feel like that thing you “have to do” with your free time, instead of that thing you are looking forward to doing in your spare time. But, what if you used your service hours as a time to explore your own interests and strengthen your skill set while doing GOOD? Sounds like a win-win to us.
Check out these local nonprofits below that offer unique and creative ways for teens to fulfill service hours! Like what you see? Please SHARE these opportunities with others!
Don’t see an opportunity that is perfect for you? Fear not- there are hundreds more to choose from at dogoodweekclt.org.
DO GOOD Week would not be possible without the generosity of our official partners! While the YMCA of Greater Charlotte is a 501c3 themselves, they are one organization that knows the importance of the nonprofit community coming together to support each other in their efforts to make Charlotte stronger.
Hear about it in their own words with this quick Q&A with the YMCA:
DO GOOD Week would not be possible without the generosity of our official partners! Thompson Child and Family Focus is the longest standing nonprofit in Charlotte and while they themselves are a 501c3, the Thompson staff are encouraged and supported in their efforts to contribute to causes outside of Thompson’s own mission- they are even given Volunteer Time Off (VTO). Now THAT is an organization that knows a rising tide lifts all boats.
Read more about Thompson Child and Family Focus in their own words with this quick Q&A!
Why is volunteerism important to nonprofit organizations and why does it matter that Charlotte celebrates National Volunteer Week?
My grandmother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) when I was a child. Prior to her diagnosis, she was a gifted musician and was always playing her piano at home or the organ at her church. Until she couldn’t.
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive brain disease resulting from the malfunction and death of vital cells in the brain, known as neurons. The neurons are in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra. Some of these dying neurons produce dopamine, which is the chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. The disease affects each patient differently and the symptoms can change from day to day.
For my grandmother, her symptoms included tremors that affected her ability to play a keyboard.
Volunteering is a Win-Win, Reap the Benefits Written by Amy Andrews
For many of us, finding time in a busy schedule to volunteer can feel like a luxury. We may want to do good and help others but it feels just beyond our grasp. “I’ll volunteer when this big project at work is over.” Or, “I’ll volunteer when my kids are older.” It is easy to come up with reasons to just shelve it and move on with an ever-growing to-do list.
DO GOOD Week would not be possible without the generosity of our partners! Duke Energy is not only powering DO GOOD Week as our presenting partner, but they also do a whole of GOOD for the Charlotte community that you may not even know about! Read below to hear about it in their own words with a quick Q&A
A few GOOD questions with Duke Energy's Sarah Degnan and Dominique Johnson:
Why did Duke Energy decide to sponsor DO GOOD Week this year?
National Volunteer Week. DO GOOD Week. United Way Volunteer Week.
It doesn’t matter what you call it, it matters that you get involved.
DO GOOD Week, powered by Duke Energy, and United Way Volunteer Week, presented to the community Wells Fargo, are both shining a spotlight on local volunteer needs in CLT during National Volunteer Week. April 5-13th both of our organizations will be celebrating service and rallying the Charlotte community to take action through the contribution of time and talent.
Both DO GOOD Week and United Way Volunteer Week offer multiple opportunities for community members of all ages to get involved with local nonprofits- check out the dates below to see all of the ways you can plug in and donate your time.
2019 is Charlotte's 250th anniversary (CLT250) and an opportunity for Charlotte to recognize our past, understand our present and imagine our future, together. For SHARE Charlotte, imaging our future means supporting our local nonprofits, who play a significant role in strengthening our city. So we invited our nonprofit partners to tell us how our community - local businesses, corporations, foundations, groups and individuals, can support their vision for CLT250.
“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” – Leo Buscaglia
Having one true friend can make all the difference in the world for many of us, but a single friendship can be life-changing for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In 2018, there were 41,193 North Carolina students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) enrolled in public schools. Eighty-three percent of adolescents (ages 12-21) with IDD have experienced bullying, which puts them at risk for crushing loneliness and depression.
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We have so much great news to share from our nonprofit partners about their amazing work. But, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know if you have stories you'd like to tell and we'll make you a guest blogger!!