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#SpotlightOnCLT: GATE Pregnancy Resource Center

Written by Grace Kennedy    on September 12, 2019    in


GATE Pregnancy Resource Center is a safe place for pregnant women and their partners to learn about their options, find supplies for their first year as parents, and gain the skills and knowledge to be confident moms and dads. 

GATE stands for Giving, Assisting, Teaching and Empowering. Let's break down the four components of the services offered by GATE Pregnancy Resource Center.
 

GIVING love, compassion and resources

#52Tuesdays: The Learning Collaborative Helps Young Minds Bloom

Written by Grace Kennedy    on September 10, 2019    in


Picture a preschooler. Big grin, backpack twice their size, eyes wide open to the exciting world. When you're three and four years old, the future is limitless. 

The wide-eyed preschoolers from the first graduating class of The Learning Collaborative are now in their mid-30s. Many of them have preschoolers of their own. That's how long TLC has been offering a high-quality early childhood education to underserved families in Charlotte. 

#52Tuesdays: Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region

Written by Grace Kennedy    on September 4, 2019    in


Ginger and Malcolm Combs were high school sweethearts in High Point. According to the Combs family, Ginger saw Malcolm bagging groceries after school one day, and the rest is history. The couple raised two children and enjoyed traveling and spending time with their seven grandchildren. They retired to Lancaster County, South Carolina to be close to family. 

A team from Hospice & Palliative Care Palmetto Region (part of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region) was called in to help the family when cancer struck Ginger, who had been Malcolm's caregiver as he faced a chronic illness himself. The team provided medical care, helped with family needs, and a chaplain provided spiritual support and grief counseling. 

#52Tuesdays: Beds for Kids Furnishes the Futures of Families in Need

Written by Grace Kennedy    on August 27, 2019    in

 

"Now I feel normal."

There's no better way to show the impact of Beds for Kids than these four words from a nine-year-old boy after his family's home was furnished by the Charlotte-based nonprofit.

We don't often think about the power of furniture, but the team at Beds for Kids knows that getting a bed, a couch, or a table is life changing. They know because they've seen it. 

#52Tuesdays: Epic Capital Sets the Bar High on Doing GOOD

Written by Grace Kennedy    on July 30, 2019    in

"We wanted to make the day stand for something."

That's Edward Doughty, CFP®, owner and managing director of Epic Capital Wealth Management, on the story behind his company's #GivingTuesdayCLT contribution. As a company with strong ties to local nonprofits, Epic Capital was aware of the #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign, and the team was happy to step up financially. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Blessings in a Backpack

Written by Grace Kennedy    on July 18, 2019    in


Who will feed me this weekend?

It's a question no child should have to ask. But for kids who rely on free and reduced meals at school for daily nutrition, it's a question they could face every Friday afternoon. Sixty-five hours of weekend with an empty belly is a long time, especially for a child trying to grow and learn.

Blessings in a Backpack is tackling child hunger by giving backpacks full of food to elementary age students every weekend for the entire school year. The national organization feeds more than 87,300 children in nearly 1,092 schools in 45 states. 

#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. 

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