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#52Tuesdays: Ohavia Phillips

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 19, 2019    in


If you do not know Ohavia Phillips, frankly, you are missing out.  

Ohavia is a local media personality, and not only is she great at was she does, but she uses her talent for GOOD. 

Ohavia is a perfect example of someone who knows that giving back is personal and looks different for everyone. While some people prefer hands-on volunteer opportunities such as helping to build houses and assemble sandwiches, others, such as Ohavia, choose to give back by using their personal skill set. The beauty of it? Both hands-on and skill based volunteer opportunities support our nonprofit community in a different, but equally important, way.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Healing Vine Harbor, Sharay's Story

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 13, 2019    in


The problem: Every day, hundreds of single women are forced into living on the streets. The reason is not the same for all- some are escaping domestic violence or human trafficking, while others are experiencing job loss and are feeling the effects of the affordable housing crisis in Charlotte.

The solution: A safe place for women to go to get back on their feet after a set back.

Enter, Healing Vine Harbor.

#52Tuesdays: Movement Day Charlotte

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 12, 2019    in
 

Nonprofits are often created when a void that exists in the landscape of a city is realized.

FORCLT was born out of a realization by founder, Rob Kelly, a pastor of 13 years at the time, that the Church in Charlotte was deeply divided. He saw a need for unity among church organizations and knew that only good things would come out of a united church community, one that would work together to fill the needs of the city. Since its inception in 2015, FORCLT’s primary purpose has been “to unite the Church to transform our city.”

#SpotlightOnCLT: Women's Health and Wellness

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 4, 2019    in

Women’s Health & Wellness

 

In honor of Women's History Month, SHARE Charlotte will be celebrating nonprofit organizations who focus specifically on Women's Health and Wellness, keeping the women of Charlotte safe, healthy, cared for and connected.

With the celebration of women’s achievements both past and present happening on a national scale in March, we are here to contribute to the conversation by highlighting the local organizations that serve women all year long.

Listed below are many of SHARE Charlotte’s nonprofit partners who focus on Women’s Health and Wellness. Read how they serve our community as well as how you can get involved with these organizations. You can also click here to explore all of our nonprofit partners who are not featured on this list but who may also serve a similar sector of need.

SHAREable: Spring Cleaning? Donate to GOOD

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 1, 2019    in

Get Your Marie Kondo On: Where to take items you would like to repurpose for GOOD!

 

With the recent success of Marie Kondo’s hit Netflix series Tidying Up and her “if it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it” mentality going viral, it is a perfect time to get inspired to do some organizing out of your own and start Spring cleaning early. But wait- haven’t you heard- one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Don’t throw away those items that could still be of GOOD use to others- donate them to one of the organizations below!

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
What You Can Donate: Men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and most household items.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Heart and Blood Health

Written by Nicole Copsis    on February 4, 2019    in



February is American Heart Month and heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. It is important to help spread the word about not only the risks, but also the solutions. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented and awareness is the first step! 

We will be not only be highlighting our nonprofit partners who work to promote healthy hearts this month, but also those who help to promote healthy blood pumping through them as well! This month there are hearts almost everywhere you look - heart shaped balloons, cards and chocolate boxes, but let's not forget about those that are with us all year long and the nonprofits who help keep them going! 


HeartBright Foundation

#SpotlightOnCLT: Human Trafficking, Victims in Plain Sight

Written by Nicole Copsis    on February 3, 2019    in
Written by Holly Blackman


My daughter ran down the hill to the ice cream truck with her piggy bank tucked under her arm like a football, me a few paces behind her. Once I arrived a bit out of breath. I smiled at the two female neighbors and the man they were with. I’d seen them before, but never all at the same time.

“I want an ice cream,” he said, and there was a silent hunger from the women with only their eyes. Silently they tugged at his sleeve, child-like. He brushed them off, and I offered the coins to the women and told them, “We have plenty of change if you want something.” “They don’t,” he tersely responded and the exchange became awkward as the women’s eyes lowered, ashamed puppy-like to the pavement.

This was the the silent exchange between these neighbors, but not the first.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Love146

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 25, 2019    in

Written by Grant Stimmel


Like animals in a zoo, but worse.

You wait for your number to be called. 

17. 34. 92. One by one the other girls leave…

Then it is just you. Number 146

Nameless, alone, you await your bidder. Then, finally, you are called. Escorted from the glass room, your dress hangs loose. You are 11-years-old, and only beginning the worst night of your life. Only this happened last night, too. And the night before that. Tomorrow, there will be more of the same.

You are a child sex slave. Not 1,000 years ago. Today.

You are who Love146 is trying to help.

#52Tuesdays: Anna Gaeckle and Playing for Others

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 8, 2019    in


Local nonprofit organization Playing for Others (PFO) believes that the two most important questions we can ask in our lifetime are “Who Am I?” and “How will I give of that?”

PFO not only poses these questions for teens and young adults, but also helps to answer them through programs focused on Personal Development, Service, and the Arts. One of PFO's signature programs is their Buddy Program, where teens partner with children with disabilities (“buddies”) to build genuine friendships - but don’t take it from me, take it from Anna Gaeckle.

January Spotlight Series: Spotlight On Human Trafficking

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 3, 2019    in


January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month and with North Carolina climbing the list of high risk states year after year (and Charlotte being the #1 region in North Carolina where human trafficking is most prevalent), it is an issue that our community cannot afford to ignore. Thankfully, there are local nonprofit organizations who work tirelessly to protect against this issue.  In order to help raise awareness this month, SHARE Charlotte’s January Spotlight Series will focus on our nonprofit partners who serve those at risk and/or those who have already been affected and are recovering from the horrors of human trafficking.

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