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Looking for a new approach to team building? Try a Challenge to Shop

Written by admin_1    on April 27, 2015
Team building with the Give Shop

It might be tough to get away from the office to volunteer as a team. But you can still rally around a cause, select a local nonprofit to support, and visit the Give Shop - all without leaving the office.

Here’s how it works.

- Go head to head with the department down the hall or challenge a friendly competitor to see who can do the best job getting needed items into the hands of local nonprofit organizations.

- Let your team decide which organization they’d like to support and agree on terms (will the winner be the most items? Or will the value of the items be the deciding factor?). 

- Then visit the Give Shop to see a list of much-needed goods from 17 local nonprofit organizations. Shopping and shipping couldn’t be easier. 

We’d love to hear who wins! Comment here or tell us about it on social.

 

Smarty SHARE: Junior Achievement

Written by admin_1    on April 22, 2015
Junior Achievement volunteer at work in the classroom.

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

  • “The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.” ― Elbert Hubbard

Twenty sets of eyes watched me walk up the center of the classroom, clutching my Junior Achievement materials and wondering what I’d gotten myself into. My first few moments as a JA volunteer were, I’ll admit, a little scary. Why? Because I’d never done it before.

My company had committed two employees to teach a JA course to a local fifth grade class. I remember signing up enthusiastically, marking the dates on my calendar, being impressed with the materials and lessons plans JA provided, and then sitting in my car in the school parking lot for a full five minutes when it hit me that I was about to stand in front of a classroom of kids and try to hold their attention for 60 minutes. Yikes.

You Can Help: Human Trafficking in Charlotte

Written by admin_1    on April 20, 2015

If you missed it, Charlotte Agenda recently had a fact-filled and frightening account of human trafficking statistics from right here in Charlotte. Written by Paula Broadwell and Grace Eberle, it includes startling info - like the fact that North Carolina is among the 10 states with the highest number of human trafficking violations.

Fortunately, there are local organizations working to fight this trend and advocate for victims. Read the article for an overview, then check out these SHARE nonprofits to learn more and see how you can get involved:

Smarty SHARE: Farmer Foodshare

Written by admin_1    on April 15, 2015
Volunteer with Farmer Foodshare at Atherton Market.

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

  • It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~Lewis Grizzard

I love hanging out at farmers markets, surrounded by fresh, locally grown produce and jostling elbows with people who no doubt are planning to turn the gorgeous greens in their baskets into something amazing for dinner. Although I’m fairly clueless about the art of cooking, I just feel healthier – and smarter – when I’m there.

That said, all that healthy goodness can be expensive. Too expensive, in fact, for many families to afford to include it in their weekly grocery trip.

Smarty SHARE: Love INC

Written by admin_1    on April 9, 2015
Volunteer to build wheelchair ramps with Love INC.

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

  • You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older. — Anouk Aimee

If you (or your kids) have a special place in your heart for serving senior citizens, you’ll probably want to hear about the programs at Love INC.

Serving Charlotte’s seniors (and others) since 1992, Love INC operates multiple programs that touch over 1,500 people each year. Clients come to them by referral from over 100 social service agencies. Getting all of that good work done means they rely on (are you ready for this?) over 8,000 volunteers each year!

You can get more great info about them on SHARE Charlotte. To get involved right now, check out these opportunities:

Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Go have some fun

Written by admin_1    on April 4, 2015

Volunteering can happen even when you’re crazy busy! If you're looking for an easy way to explore a new cause or organization, why not attend one of their fundraising or "friendraising" events?

We're not kidding. There's something for every schedule and wardrobe, from the BIG READ on a Tuesday morning with Bethlehem Center of Charlotte where you'll be reading to pre-school kids, to the Under The Big Top Gala with Care Ring where it's black-tie optional and you'll find a live auction and dancing on a Saturday night.

There are lots of ways to plug in for a few hours and have some "good" fun. Get started with the Nonprofit Events Calendar

Summer, sandals and school supplies

Written by admin_1    on March 26, 2015

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. It's time to think about summer camps, sandals and...school supplies? Definitely. In fact, this is the time when the folks at Classroom Central need supplies most, as supplies run low even though students are still in school and still in need.

Here's the current wish list. If you'd like to help, visit the Classroom Central profile to get connected! 

1. Pencils

2. Filler Paper

3. Glue Sticks

4. Binders (new, less than 2”)

5. Crayons

6. Pens

7. Composition Books

8. Backpacks

9. Markers

10. Rulers

How to find community service volunteer opportunities

Written by admin_1    on March 25, 2015
How to search for community service volunteer opportunities.

Looking for community service opportunities on SHARE? Here's how to find them quickly:

- Select "who" you would like to help. In the example above we've selected "Kids." (Tip: you can select multiple categories at the same time to search the entire Collection of Good for opportunities!)

- Select the type of community service you're looking for (either student or court-ordered).

- Click "Update"

That's it! A list of volunteer opportunities that our nonprofit partners have designated as eligible for community service hours will display. If you don't see what you need listed there, don't hesitate to contact a nonprofit directly (you can email them from their SHARE profile) to ask if they have anything available that they haven't had a chance to list yet. 

Start Volunteering in Four Easy Steps

Written by admin_1    on March 24, 2015

Volunteering doesn’t need to be overwhelming, scary or difficult. You just need to start. Answer these four questions and you'll be ready to go.

1. Who would you like to help?

There are hundreds of nonprofits in Charlotte helping a variety of people and causes. First, decide “who” you'd like to help. You can focus on kids, animals, the environment, seniors, the military, or any group or cause that’s meaningful to you. Pick the “who” first and that will help narrow your search.

2. How much time do you have?

Can you spare an hour a week, or an hour a year? Think about the time commitment you’d like to make, but remember you can start small and grow your commitment from there. 

3. Do you want to volunteer with a friend or on your own?

Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Alexander Youth Network

Written by admin_1    on March 20, 2015
Plan a birthday party at Alexander Youth Network!

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

Nonprofit: Alexander Youth Network's Birthday Brigade

When: Date and time are flexible, the commitment is 2 hours

Where: Thermal Road Campus, 6220 Thermal Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Who: Great for small or large groups

Why: Alexander Youth Network provides quality professional treatment to children with serious emotional and behavioral problems. They serve more than 7,000 children ages 5 to 18 each year through more than a dozen programs.

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