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#52Tuesdays: A Journey to the Special Olympics World Games, Erykah’s Story

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 30, 2019    in
 

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:

  • 7,000+ Athletes

  • 170+ Countries Represented

  • 2,500 Coaches

  • 20,000 Volunteers

  • 3,000 Honored Guests

  • 500,000+ Spectators

….making this the largest international sporting and humanitarian event of the year!

DO GOOD Week 2019 Recap

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 30, 2019    in



DO GOOD Week may be over, but the impact is not! 

8,955
Volunteer Hours Served During DO GOOD Week

2,397 Individuals Activated During Do GOOD Week

1,000+ New Volunteers Connected with a Local Nonprofit

 

For the full infographic, click here.

Those are exciting numbers- but what about the WHO, WHAT,  WHERE and WHY of it all?


 


WHO: Who helped encourage Charlotte to DO GOOD?

#52Tuesdays: RunningWorks is Off to the Races With a New Set of Wheels

Written by Addie Rising    on April 23, 2019    in


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.”

Jason Harper Takes Nonprofits for a Ride in the DO GOOD Karaoke Truck

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 23, 2019    in

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. 

First up was SHARE Charlotte's very own Marketing Ninja, Caroline Miller!
(For the full length version of this video, click here!)



#SpotlightOnCLT: Passport and Project Scientist Connect for STEM Education in Charlotte

Written by Grace Kennedy    on April 18, 2019    in


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.

Spotlight Series 2019

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 17, 2019    in




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.
 

#52Tuesdays: Beatties Ford Road Vocational Trade Center

Written by Addie Rising    on April 16, 2019    in


Frances Hall left her hometown of Miami when she was just 21. Widowed, the young mom of four moved to Charlotte for a new start for her family and the desire to care for those around her.

“When I first came to Charlotte you saw the trees and the churches and it’s changed so much,” Hall said. “I understand progress but you don’t have to stop caring about your brothers and sisters.”

Caring is something Hall has done for her community for many years now.

Volunteering Remotely Is A Real Thing. Here’s How.

April 11, 2019    in


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

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 10, 2019    in


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.

A Few GOOD Questions with YMCA

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 10, 2019    in


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:

A Few GOOD Questions with Thompson

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 9, 2019    in


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?

#52Tuesdays: Parkinson Association of the Carolinas

Written by Addie Rising    on April 9, 2019    in


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.

DO GOOD Week: Five Benefits of Volunteering

April 8, 2019    in


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.

Duke Energy Powers CLT's Local Celebration of National Volunteer Week

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 8, 2019    in


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?

CLT Celebrates National Volunteer Week Locally, in a BIG Way!

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 5, 2019    in
 


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.

How YOU Can Be Part of Charlotte's Legacy

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 2, 2019


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.  

#52Tuesdays: Best Buddies North Carolina

Written by Addie Rising    on April 2, 2019    in


“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.