In 2017, Diamond Williams was a shy teen in crisis. She was young, pregnant and living in a home for teen moms. That’s when she met Foundation For Girls Founder Shreya Mantha and began a new path for her life.
Foundation For Girls began in 2014 to change the life trajectory of vulnerable girls. The organization consists of a community of passionate coaches and gives access to opportunities and the scaffolding for success through its four-pillar programming in Digital Literacy, Financial Wellness, Leadership, and Health & Well-Being.
“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a back bone, and a funny bone.”
Those words were spoken by Reba McEntire, but represent Three Bone Theatre’s business philosophy. Founded in 2012, the Charlotte-based arts organization produces four shows each year with the understanding that great theatre can be a catalyst for conversation and change in our community.
“The show is only half of it,” said Three Bone Theatre Executive Director Becky Schultz. “It needs to be fantastic, but it’s a means to the end of getting our community to think differently about topics that are important … The shows educate you about a particular topic and you leave being motivated to be engaged in that topic and we’ll tell you about a community partner focused on that area,”
Have you ever had a bad day and the first thing you wanted to do was take a nice, hot bath or shower? In addition to providing the basic human necessity of cleanliness, showers serve as a reset button. They erase a workout, a bad day or they begin a new day.
Now imagine not having a home in which to consistently take that shower.
In June 2014, Lava Mae launched in San Francisco with a goal to deliver access to critical services and restore dignity for 30,000 Californians experiencing homelessness and to enable one million new showers around the globe by the end of 2018.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Or sometimes, it’s just one word.
Thousands of children ages birth to eighteen are placed into foster homes each year in North Carolina. Since 2006, Charlotte-based Carolina Family Connections has helped to provide family foster care for children in need of out-of-home placement. Carolina Family Connections is committed to recruiting, training, and supervising family foster care homes providing the best care possible for children who need out-of-home care.
During #GivingTuesdayCLT, Carolina Family Connections raised $1850 and gained three new foster families. But during that time they were connected to a volunteer who would make a lasting impact on the organization and the families it helps.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
Simply put, music brings life. And the Charlotte Chorale has brought heart to the Queen City for more than 15 years.
Founded in 2003, the Charlotte Chorale is a premier choir in Charlotte comprised of auditioned singers who wish to enrich local communities by sharing the joy of song. You may have seen one of their many shows performed throughout the year or you’ve seen them perform the National Anthem for the USO, Carowinds Opening Day, Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Checkers.
Due to economic issues and the nation’s opioid crisis, North Carolina has its highest rate of foster care children since 2008.
Almost 12,000 children under age 18 in North Carolina are a part of the state’s foster care system. To be a part of the system, a child, aged 1 day to 18 years, must be certified by a Juvenile Court Judge as being “abandoned, abused or neglected” and be part of a family that is 150 percent below the state’s poverty level.
In North Carolina, approximately 650 youth exit foster care annually, resulting in a population of 2,600 young people who may need assistance at any given time.
Until 2010, foster care funding in the United States ended when a child reached age 18.
Five Ways You Can Help Charlotte’s Other Animals
by Addie Rising
"Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to." ― Alfred A. Montapert
Many of us have dogs or cats and we just love our furry friends. But these animals aren’t the only creatures in Charlotte who need help … or in some cases provide support for humans. Here are some ways you can help animals other than Fido and Fifi, right here in Charlotte.
I love dogs. I do. I grew up with dogs as pets. My parents got our first family dog around the time I was born and for my first 12 years of life, Chester was always by my side. When Chester passed, we had another dog. And now as an adult, I have two very loving -- and slightly spoiled -- rescue dogs. I can’t imagine not having a dog.
We also happened to live down the street from what is now the Guide Dogs of America training facility. Back in the 1980s, the organization primarily trained German Shepherds to be used as seeing-eye dogs for those with visual impairments. It was the first time I realized dogs were more than just pets to some people.
While my dogs serve no other purpose than companionship to me and my family, many dogs are being trained to provide Charlotteans with some very special services.
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney
When St. Gabriel Catholic School parent Allison Walsh met Promising Pages Executive Director Kristina Cruise, something magical happened.
St. Gabriel Catholic School is a co-ed, K - 5th grade open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. Promising Pages is a Charlotte-based nonprofit mission is to provide ownership of books to underserved children and cultivate a lifelong love of reading through innovative literacy programs and partnerships.
“After meeting Kristina at an event, I loved the idea of having a place to donate the dozens of books that my children had outgrown,” Walsh said. “As we talked further it came to me that our school might be interested doing this as one of our service projects.”
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