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#SpotlightOnCLT: Mind Body Baby NC

Written by Eden Estabrook    on April 21, 2021    in


“It takes a village to raise a child” - African Proverb

We’re all familiar with the saying. Even if you didn’t know its origins, you’ve likely heard it said. The proverb is based on the premise that the responsibility of caring for a child extends beyond parents to the community in which they live.  

It’s this mentality that Mind Body Baby NC takes to heart. Raising a child is hard enough as it is, not to mention navigating the complexities of pre-and-postpartum struggles like postpartum depression, anxiety and birth trauma.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Written by Eden Estabrook    on March 17, 2021    in


Did you know that more than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis (CF), and that approximately 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year? 

Maybe, we should take a step back…

Do you know what CF even is? A less common chronic condition with a lower patient count, CF is a progressive, genetic disease that can lead to persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Apparo

Written by Eden Estabrook    on February 25, 2021    in
Presented by AvidXchange Foundation

In the digital age, IT is the backbone of the modern organization. As critical as it is, it’s complex, and honestly, not everyone’s dominant skill set. Nobody knows that better than us writers. We can pull drafts of inspirational stories together in a matter of minutes fueled by nothing but a bottle of Dr. Pepper, but if our computers go down… oh boy. It’s not good (especially hyped up on all that Dr. Pepper). I remember once when I was in college I was desperate enough to hand-write an essay on a NOTEPAD, which I later transferred to a Microsoft Word doc. I felt like I was in the stone ages. But, I digress.  

#SpotlightOnCLT: Hope Vibes

Written by Eden Estabrook    on January 29, 2021    in


Did you know that approximately 552,830 people in the United States are homeless? As of 2018, NC alone had an estimated homeless population of 9,268. And those numbers are pre-pandemic, which has increased housing instability across the nation. 

Started in 2017, Hope Vibes was originally founded in response to the need of homeless women in the Charlotte area not having access to feminine hygiene products. They helped provide basic hygiene needs to the homeless population in the Charlotte metro area by collecting items from the local community to pass out on the streets and in shelters. All this in addition to raising awareness of the homeless crisis through public speaking opportunities at K-12 schools, universities, and other local platforms. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Written by Eden Estabrook    on September 15, 2020    in


Written by Eden Estabrook; Photo Credit: Lindsay Kappius

Pots banging. Knives chopping. The smell of baked goods wafting through the air. As I walked through Community Culinary School of Charlotte’s (CCSC) location at 9315-D Monroe Road, the kitchen was alive with the sights, smells, and sounds of students and teachers preparing for the opening of the School’s Cafe in a couple of hours. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: INTech

Written by Eden Estabrook    on August 13, 2020    in


Led by UX designer and computer scientist, Khalia Braswell, INTech has provided numerous opportunities for girls in her home base of Charlotte to get involved in technology and kickstart fruitful careers in computer science. One of their annual events is a summer camp designed to help young girls learn technology skills, meet women mentors in the technology industry, and visit high-profile technology companies across the Carolinas. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Christopher's House of Refuge

Written by Eden Estabrook    on July 20, 2020    in


Founded in 2013, Christopher’s House of Refuge works tirelessly to provide 24-hour affordable housing and health care to elderly and disabled individuals. 

Executive Director of Christopher's House of Refuge, Paula Dallas-Speight, shared an inspiring story with the SHARE Charlotte team about the impact the organization had on the lives of one family in particular. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Care Ring

Written by Eden Estabrook    on May 7, 2020    in


In these crazy times, $50 goes a long way. We did some math. $50 could buy you: 

  • A Standard Netflix subscription to binge-watch your favorite shows for 3.85 months (Stretch the dollar even further with a Disney+ subscription for 7.14 months) 

  • An Amazon Prime subscription to aid in retail therapy 

  • A take-out meal for two from a local Charlotte restaurant (don’t forget to tip!)

  • A sponsored visit for a patient in need at a Care Ring clinic.  

#SpotlightOnCLT: Empowering Hands for Life

Written by Eden Estabrook    on February 11, 2020    in

A special needs diagnosis is a life-changing moment that signals a long but rewarding road of challenges and victories alike. Brian Wulf knows this all too well. As the father of two sons who live with rare disorders and multiple disabilities, Brian has chosen to dedicate the rest of his life to sharing the deep things he has learned as a dad to special needs children, as well as encourage, empower and help others through life challenges that are often overwhelming and confusing. As the Executive Director of Empowering Hands for Life, he is able to do just that. 

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