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Smarty SHARE: American Heart Association

Written by Admin    on May 3, 2015
Volunteer for American Heart Association

In case you missed it, here's one of our popular Smarty Sunday SHARE posts from March:

  • The greatest wealth is health. – Virgil

Hey Mom – are you taking care of yourself? Between carpool, groceries, work deadlines, the school play, paying bills and folding the laundry, are you watching your sodium intake, getting enough exercise and keeping your stress level down? Yeah, I thought so. Me neither.

Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Changed Choices

Written by Admin    on April 30, 2015
Volunteer to write letters to Changed Choices clients.

Volunteering can happen even when you’re crazy busy! Check out this quick opportunity to do good:

Nonprofit: Changed Choices

When: Date and time are flexible

Where: At your location

Who: Great for individuals or small groups

Why: Women in prison/reentry often feel forgotten, you can provide hope and encouragement that will make a difference!

What you’ll do

- Receive a monthly email, including the names and addresses of approximately 12 women

- Write an encouraging card/note to each woman on the list

- Mail the cards/notes using return address that will be provided to you

- Be mindful of restrictions on mail sent to jail/prison; details will be provided

your favorite posts

Written by Admin    on August 4, 2014
Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Foundation

It's time to revisit "reader favorites" from our Sunday posts on the Charlotte Smarty Pants blog. Your favorite post from June 2014 was about Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Chapter. Enjoy!

“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” ― Jacques Cousteau

For an ocean lover, being land-locked in Charlotte can be tough. Fortunately, this local organization has got you covered. Surfrider Foundation – Charlotte Chapter  brings the ocean to you through education, awareness, and local volunteer opportunities.

As an ambassador for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation, Surfrider hosts monthly cleanups at nature preserves that border our local lakes and waterways. Each month, volunteers collect over 100 pounds of garbage that otherwise would have ended up in the ocean.

What’s it like to volunteer at “The House”?

Written by Admin    on June 16, 2014

Kathleen and her daughter Delaney spent an afternoon at Saturday Serve with Ronald McDonald House. Here’s how it went:

“When we arrived, we all got a tour – kids and parents alike – of the main part of the house. What a great space for families with children undergoing medical treatment! It’s welcoming and designed with them in mind. Next, the kids went to the basement to work on a craft. They created a small bouquet of flowers for each room, with a handwritten note of encouragement for the families. I can imagine coming ‘home’ to something cheerful like that would be a welcome sight for the RMH families after a long, difficult day. 

May's Favorite - Charlotte Smarty Pants

Written by Admin    on June 3, 2014

Our most popular blog post featured on Charlotte Smarty Pants last month was about Soul 139. Here it is one more time in case you missed it!

“If you haven’t confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started." - Marcus Garvey 

If you’re like us, you’ll do just about anything to fit in an appointment with your stylist. We’ve braved snow, rearranged schedules, and gone on “wait lists” all because we know what it’s like to really need that haircut. We walk into the salon in a baseball cap and walk out with a new look, along with a boost in self-esteem.

April's Favorite - Charlotte Smarty Pants

Written by Admin    on May 22, 2014

Our most popular blog post featured on Charlotte Smarty Pants last month was about Charlotte Family Housing. Here it is one more time just in case you missed it!

“Sometimes success is determined not so much by what you do, as how you do it.”

Charlotte Family Housing is a place that can’t simply be defined by what they do (they provide a shelter-to-housing program for homeless families). What makes them unique is how they go about it. They have an unwavering focus on empowerment for those they help. That means they will not do anything for a family that the family can do for themselves