As 40-somethings in the midst of our own parenting journeys, my husband and I are taking on a growing responsibility in caring for our own parents. My parents relocated to Charlotte several years ago and are thankfully healthy and active. My mother-in-law who requires extra care will also be moving to Charlotte this summer.
Our situation is not uncommon. In fact after touring several retirement communities in Charlotte this year, I’ve learned it’s becoming quite the norm. As the area continues to grow, seniors moving into the area to be near family are an increasing part of that trend.
In my 14 years of parenting, one aspect I have yet to master is the dreaded birthday party. There’s the cleaning — if you’re hosting. The entertainment — and subsequent cost. The food. And please, let’s not forget the treat bags. Kids who attend your party will have fun. With any luck, your child will remember the party and then you’ll spend the next 364 days trying to one-up yourself.
But what if your child’s fun helped someone else? What if birthday parties and celebrations benefitted more than just the birthday child and his or her friends? What a wonderful world it would be!
We all know the adage about leading horses to water. But Charlotte-area resident and longtime equine enthusiast Harry Swimmer had a different idea about horses and perhaps its the horses who lead us where we need to be.
In 1994 Swimmer began Misty Meadows Mitey Riders on his horse farm in Weddington to provide provide free, certified equine-assisted therapy to young people with a range of disabilities, including muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome and autism and over 700 children have benefitted from his organization.
It’s no secret that teenagers make mistakes. They forget to turn in homework assignments, stay out past curfew and sometimes they’ll get a free pass to detention.
In some cases, there are teens who find themselves in grown-up situations. For teenage girls, it can mean becoming a mom before getting their high school diploma. Whatever the cause of their situation, at the end of the day they’re still kids and we should treat them with love and compassion.
As the days become warmer and longer, people are spending more time outside. With all the extra sunshine and pollen, it comes as no surprise that tomorrow is Earth Day, a day we celebrate Mother Nature and wear tie-dye t-shirts.
When we think of Earth Day we think of trees, animals and picnics at the park. Instead of finding ways to celebrate the Earth, why don’t we find ways to make our (human) impact more positive?
The walls of the Hands on Charlotte offices are filled with handprints of many of the volunteers that the organization has placed on different projects around Charlotte. For 25 years Hands on Charlotte, part of the international Hands On network, has worked to provide nearly 100,000 volunteers a way to assist the community in which they live.
This Saturday, April 16 is this year’s Hands on Charlotte Day, a daylong fundraising and service event held as part of National Volunteer Week which has recognized our country’s volunteers since 1974.
In support, SHARE Charlotte would like to recognize Hands on Charlotte as our Nonprofit of the Week and we had the opportunity to meet with Executive Director Eric Law — a Charlotte native — whose enthusiasm and passion for Hands on Charlotte was contagious.
Spring and (for some) Spring Break has officially begun. Thanks to Queen Charlotte the Groundhog it has been wonderfully warm for quite some time making this week the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy all this season has to offer. While you’re at it, consider showing some love to these nonprofits who work to preserve our natural surroundings for everyone (human and wildlife alike) to enjoy.
Here at SHARE Charlotte, we love to read! We also know how important books are - how they can ignite imaginations, foster empathy and change the world. Yet, there are so many children who either don’t read very well or know how to read at all.
Here in Charlotte, we can change this. In honor of Read Across America Day, we’ve compiled a list of local nonprofits dedicated to strengthening literacy in our communities.
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