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#SpotlightOnCLT: YWCA, Empowering Women since 1902

Written by Grant Stimmel    on March 25, 2019    in



Charlotte in 1902 was a very, very different place.

No skyscrapers, no light rail, no Panthers, no greenways.

A small town with big dreams — and one organization that’s been here the whole way.

YWCA Central Carolinas has been serving Greater Charlotte for 117 years, and in that time they’ve seen first hand the exceptional change experienced here and around the country.

Through Great Depressions and World Wars, YWCA embraced those who needed it most as they worked to, “eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.”

For decades, they’ve been a helping hand to the hopeful and crucial ray of light for the hopeless. Offering an opportunity for a better life to those struggling the most.

#SpotlightOnCLT: HeartBright Foundation

Written by Grant Stimmel    on February 20, 2019    in


You probably know the stats by now.

70% of U.S. adults are overweight, and 40% of those are obese.

Staggering numbers, yes.

And they’re only getting worse.

That extra weight carries serious health consequences, too, as it’s linked directly to America’s number one killer, heart disease — a narrowing of blood vessels that drastically increases your chances of having a heart attack, chest pain, or full-fledged stroke.

Cancer is often unavoidable. Heart disease, though? It’s mostly preventable.

Which is where Charlotte’s HeartBright Foundation comes in.

#RecoveringHope: Hope Haven

Written by Grant Stimmel    on October 18, 2018    in

 

“I used and abused drugs for more than thirty years... I lost everything – my home, my family, my job. I lost me.”

Those are the words of MP, a lifelong drug addict who came to Hope Haven with absolutely nothing.

He’s now one of their biggest success stories

And he’s not alone. Hope Haven has helped thousands of Charlotte families break the vicious cycle of drug addiction since 1976.

They house hundreds of local homeless families every year who have members dealing with addiction, and help them on the road to recovery through a variety of crucial services. But counseling is just the beginning. The Hope Haven difference lies in their unique ability to provide safe, reliable housing for struggling families.

#AccessGrantedCLT: Making Healthcare Possible for Families in Need

Written by Grant Stimmel    on August 9, 2018



$560,000.

That’s how much a liver transplant costs.

And if you’ve ever found yourself stuck in a hospital bed, you know all too well how quickly costs add up. 

It seems like so much as asking your nurse for a Snickers bar these days will set you back a thousand bucks. And sadly, that’s not much of an exaggeration.

Healthcare costs have quadrupled over the last 50 years, and 62% of bankruptcies in the U.S. are filed as a result of an unexpected medical expense. Even with insurance, it is more expensive to get medical care today than at any point in our history. This, as you can imagine, is a problem.

So what can you do? How can you help? How do we, together, fix this mess?

How a local nonprofit helps families cope

#SafeFromHarm: Taking a Brave Step

Written by Grant Stimmel    on June 20, 2018    in

Two words.

Five letters.

42 million survivors.

Simple, but powerful: 

Me too.

A short phrase that sparked a big movement one which was eye-opening for some, and long overdue for others. An acknowledgement, finally, that there are an untold number of people who’ve been deeply, deeply scarred in their past.

These survivors know now what they may not have before that they’re far from alone. That there are millions of others who’ve been sexually abused, assaulted, or harassed. And that while they’ve inevitably been changed by what’s happened to them, they live on, they fight, they keep pounding. 

#MindYourMentalHealth: Treating Mental Illness is a Whole New Ballgame

Written by Grant Stimmel    on May 16, 2018    in

Treating mental illness is a whole new ballgame

It’s a warm spring evening in Charlotte, and a perfect night for baseball.

10,197 fans make their way into BB&T Ballpark to watch the Knights play the Norfolk Tides. But there’s more going on in the stadium than baseball and dizzy bat races.

In the stands that night sit 713 adults battling major depression — a full 7% of the crowd.

They’re not sitting in special sections. Or wearing brightly colored shirts.

They look, and act, and seem like everyone else in the crowd that night. But for many, there’s an untold sadness behind their eyes. A pain, that for whatever reason, they’ve been unable to shake. 

Mental illness is invisible. That’s what makes it so challenging. You can see a broken leg, you know what needs to be done to fix it. But someone’s mental health? 

How to Solve 15 Billion Problems, One Tree At a Time

Written by Grant Stimmel    on April 5, 2018

“Mommy, what were forests like?”

1,426.

That’s how many trees were cut down in the time it took you to read that sentence. And here’s another number:

15 billion.

The number of trees we lose every single year.

TreesCharlotteScared yet? You should be. The world has lost more than half of its trees since the beginning of human civilization.

And like just about every other environmental effect we’ve had on this world, the problem isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse.

Are forests going to disappear in your lifetime? Probably not.

But in your grandkids’? It’s a real possibility.