It Feels Good to Do Good!
Do Good Week is here and no matter what type of volunteer you are there are hundreds of ways to do good with your time. Meet some of our favorite Charlotteans...YOUR local Do GOODers!
We asked our local nonprofits to tell us their volunteer stories...stories of individuals that made an incredible impact to their organization and those they serve. Be it a volunteer, board member, or fundraiser, Charlotte nonprofits were quick to tell us the tales of these incredible Do GOODers.
Please give them a round of applause! 👏🏽 The folks below know that volunteering can reduce stress, make you happier at work, motivate you to do even more good, and promotes good mental health.
Want to feel good just like them? Visit sharecharlotte.org where you can find hundreds of opportunities to get that feel-good vibe.
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Meet Will Foster
Quote: “Every volunteer makes a difference” - Will Foster
Will is an incredibly passionate advocate for Hospitality House of Charlotte which helps provide patients and their families experiencing a medical crisis a temporary place to stay and a comforting community, He serves as the President of the Hospitality House Young Professionals (HHYP) and is also a Board member.
Meet Linda Hughes
Quote: “I wanted to help make a difference” - Linda Hughes
Linda is a huge supporter of the Philips Academy which is a independent middle and high school for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Her son is a high schooler there and Linda serves a variety volunteer functions leads many of their fundraising efforts. . Linda’s enthusiasm and engaging manner has helped the school grow and improve in every way over the last several years.
Meet Gillian Small
Quote: “It’s a privilege to help others” - Gillian Small
Gillian found Wayfinders through SHARE Charlotte and they are so thankful for her! Wayfinders provides enriching out-of-school experiences that positively affect their chances of success in school and in life. Gillian mentors two Wayfinders scholars who are sisters and has been in their lives for years seeing them grow and thrive. She is so committed to the Wayfinders' mission that she even joined their board.
Meet Charlotte Duggan
Quote: “It’s so rewarding to serve others” - Charlotte Duggan
Charlotte is a highschool junior who spends her spare time helping Caterpillar Ministries. They provide essential services for the 200+ families in Huntington Green which is a mobile home community in Huntersville. She spends countless hours tutoring elementary age, organizing shoe drives, delivering lunches or taking them to Davidson college basketball games. Throughout the year she seeks opportunities to create events and experiences where relationships can be fostered between other students and children in our underserved community.
Meet Judy Caswell
Quote: “I have so much, I want give back now” - Judy Caswell
Judy is an amazing cancer survivor who helps Running Works organize running races that they use to provide running/walking incentives to individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty achieve healthier lifestyles. She takes the time to talk to them and build a trust that has allowed her to make impact in the lives of so many individuals. Read more about Judy’s journey here.
Meet LaShana Daykhovsky
Quote: “I started volunteering to get to know people in my new city” - LaShana Daykhovsky
LaShana moved to Charlotte from Los Angeles and wanted to meet new people and give back so she googled “volunteering for galas” and found SHARE Charlotte. Through her search she found The American Cancer Society’s Gala becuase cancer causes are close to her heart. She also works full time, is a wife and mother to two kids and wants to instill the value of giving back to her children. Through the SHARE Charlotte site she has also found opportunities for her whole family to volunteer together.
Meet Peter Stipicevic
Quote: “Find something that you are truly passionate about” - Peter Stipicevic
Peter started volunteering at age 25 but felt he wanted to give more time to an organization that matched with his professional finance career. He found Common Wealth Charlotte who helps to provide Charlotte's economically-vulnerable population with an array of financial services and 0% interest loans. He helped to implement a database of 401K funds, the hope is that some people might have considerable funds that they can use for housing. Ground breaking initiative!
Thank you to our Do Good Week Presenting Partner: Duke Energy
Thank you to our Do Good Week Official Partners: Equitable Foundation and Novant Health