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#52Tuesdays: Charlotte Yard Cards Brings the Joy and the GOOD

Written by Grace Kennedy    on July 16, 2019    in

Kerri Wallace is passionate about supporting Charlotte nonprofits. So when November rolled around, she decided to use her business to spread the word about #GivingTuesdayCLT in an ALL CAPS way. Literally. 

Charlotte Yard Cards is a local, family-run business that brings joy to others by surprising people of all ages with customized messages on their front lawns. Imagine waking up on your tenth birthday to spot "HAPPY DOUBLE DIGITS" in giant letters in front of your house. Or coming home from a military deployment to find a unique welcome message waiting for you. 

#52Tuesdays: Digi-Bridge Meets a Match

Written by Grace Kennedy    on July 2, 2019    in

"Giving is better with friends."

That's how Alexis Gordon explains why she made a simple yet powerful choice for Digi-Bridge on #GivingTuesdayCLT. 

Alexis has always been big on supporting nonprofits, but she's especially drawn to the mission of Digi-Bridge because of her own experiences with tech education. Digi-Bridge aims to equip 21st century learners with opportunities to succeed in the digital age—something that Alexis believes is essential for the next generation.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Project 658

Written by Grace Kennedy    on June 24, 2019    in

 

Numbers are powerful.

27: That's the number of people who traveled together to Uganda ten years ago to serve communities displaced by war. 

658: That's the number of bricks the group made in one day for one of their construction projects. It was a record for the most bricks made in one day. It was also a number that stuck with those 27 people as they returned to the U.S., where they pledged to continue serving communities in need. 

#52Tuesdays: Fueling Kids' Potential with Communities In Schools

Written by Grace Kennedy    on June 11, 2019    in


Tuesdays are kind of a big deal for Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. As a #GivingTuesdayCLT participant since year one, CIS has added valuable volunteers to its Success Coach and Social Capital Bridging programs, among others. The organization has also gained community awareness by using the #GivingTuesdayCLT toolkit that SHARE Charlotte offers to all participating nonprofits.

On this particular Tuesday, June 11, CIS joins the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community in celebrating hundreds of high school graduates, who will don caps, gowns and grins as CMS graduation week kicks into high gear.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Passport and Project Scientist Connect for STEM Education in Charlotte

Written by Grace Kennedy    on April 18, 2019    in


Passport and Project Scientist Connect for STEM Education in Charlotte


Charlotte-based mobility management company Passport hosted its first-ever "Connect for Charity" Connect Four tournament Sunday, April 7 at Triple C Brewing Company. The fundraiser netted $45,000 for SHARE Charlotte partner Project Scientist, a nonprofit committed to exposing a diverse population of young girls to a high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) academy.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Teal Diva

Written by Grace Kennedy    on March 21, 2019    in


When Shannon Routh was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 32, she had trouble finding even one person who was going through the same experience. She also struggled to find joy-filled events for people going through ovarian cancer treatment. So she vowed to give other ovarian cancer survivors all the things she never had, and that's how Teal Diva came to be.

#SpotlightOnCLT: American Heart Association Talks Health Equity

Written by Grace Kennedy    on February 21, 2019    in


When it comes to health, your ZIP code makes a bigger difference than your genetic code — especially in Charlotte, where people have a harder time rising out of poverty than in most other U.S. cities.

The American Heart Association wants to change this. In addition to their renowned research and signature charity events, AHA is determined to empower people in underserved Queen City communities with access to heart healthcare and prevention.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Present Age Ministries

Written by Grace Kennedy    on February 5, 2019    in
Written by Grace Kennedy


Before I wrote this article, my understanding of human trafficking was limited to what I had seen in movies like Taken and Crash. Needless to say, I had a lot of learning to do.

Present Age Ministries opened my eyes to the reality of human trafficking. As a mother of a daughter and as a Charlottean, I was stunned to learn that it's prevalent, it's pervasive, and it's happening right in front of our eyes - to girls in every ZIP code in this community.

Charlotte is the number-one city for human trafficking in a state that ranks eighth in the country. Considering only two percent of worldwide human trafficking victims are rescued, it's clear that this city needs help.

#AnimalsofCLT: Animal Adoption League

Written by Grace Kennedy    on December 6, 2018    in

#AnimalsofCLT: Animal Adoption League

By Grace Kennedy

"Until there are none, rescue one." Animal Adoption League's motto gets straight to the heart of their approach as a foster-based rescue organization: they won't give up until they have found loving homes for every animal that comes to them in need.

When a small group of women in York County, South Carolina became concerned over the growing number of homeless animals being destroyed at their local animal shelter in the early 90s, they decided to take action - and the Animal Adoption League was born. 

Since becoming a nonprofit in 1992, AAL has paired more than 5,500 animals with loving adoptive families in several Southeastern states. 

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