Did you know that supporting a nonprofit can be as easy as eating at a restaurant?
It’s true! Last November during #GivingTuesdayCLT, The Abandon Project set up several fundraisers throughout Charlotte to raise funds for their year-round, community empowerment vision in the Wallace Woods neighborhood. Chipotle, City BBQ, and even Kendra Scott Jewelry store, all donated portions of their sales to The Abandon Project leading up the eagerly-anticipated #GivingTuesdayCLT celebration. With the funds raised, The Abandon Project was able to continue pouring into the lives of the kids they serve and building relationships with the community.
Just over a month ago, the city of Charlotte united for a celebration of the arts called Charlotte SHOUT!– a festival showcasing the power art has to bring people together. Art provides a method of communication through which people of all cultures and backgrounds can express themselves. At OurBridge for Kids, they take this phenomenon and use it to nurture the children of the refugee and immigrant community in our city.
As the largest refugee resettlement city in North Carolina, Charlotte welcomes over 600 individuals in just one year’s time. What some struggle to recognize is that refugee and immigrant children wrestle with uniquely complex struggles such as family separation, life in refugee camps, cultural shock and language barriers, while at the same time, trying to understand a new culture and new social expectations.
It makes sense if you think about it: If someone is to live a healthy life, they need a healthy environment. If they’re in a healthy environment, they’ll be able to work, go to school, and live an active life.
But, maintaining a healthy environment isn’t always feasible. Anyone who’s owned a house knows that home ownership comes with great financial responsibility. On top of that, the condition of our home has major impacts on the wellbeing of individuals and our community, yet some can’t afford the financial strain that home upkeep requires due to limited incomes.
That’s where Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte steps in.
As a three-time breast cancer survivor, Angela Baker understands all too well the challenges faced when completing cancer treatments.
First diagnosed in 2003, Angela has fought multiple bouts with metastatic breast cancer, while continuing to work full-time and as a single mom. Even with a leave of absence, Angela had a lot on her plate.
Everyone needs support sometimes. No matter the challenge, banding together with other people who can encourage you through hard times is vital.
Medical struggles are no different. A community of people who understand and can provide support and advice is a key part of maintaining your sanity and morale through the ups and downs the medical roller coaster can send you on. This is especially true for people with bleeding disorders.
What about blood? Did that make the list? If it didn’t, it should have.
Especially as it relates to heart health, blood plays a vital role in our everyday life. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH), “Your heart is vital to your health and nearly everything that goes on in your body. Without the heart’s pumping action, blood can’t move throughout your body. Your blood carries the oxygen and nutrients that your organs need to work well. Blood also carries carbon dioxide (a waste product) to your lungs so that you can breathe it out.”
Written by Eden Estabrook
Photography by Nathan Villaume
Did you know that Charlotte is the #1 city in NC and #7 city in the nation for human trafficking activity? Stunned? Hold on. There’s more. A girl is bought and sold every 15 seconds for an average cost of $90. That means, by the time you finished reading that statistic, one girl has been forced into human trafficking. By the time you finish reading this article… well. You do the math.
#52Tuesdays: Change Someone's World this Holiday Season
Written by: Eden Estabrook
The holiday months of November and December invites people. Thanksgiving kicks off the season with an attitude of thankfulness and instills a desire to give back some of what we have (#GivingTuesdayCLT, anyone?). December helps bring it home with a season of gift-giving and time spent with loved ones that reignites the November giving-back mentality.
With so much out there, it’s hard to know where to start. In a large city like Charlotte, it’s easy to feel like you’re barely scratching the surface with your efforts. Rest assured, every effort makes a difference. I’m sure of it. Here’s why:
The insightful Dr. Seuss once wrote, “To the world you may be one person; but to one person, you may be the world.”
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