While educators have long lamented the summer learning loss that occurs every year after summer break, they now have a new wrinkle to deal with: the “COVID slide.” One recent report by NWEA found that school interruptions due to COVID-19 and summer break may cause students to lose over half of what they learned in math in the 2019-20 school year.
It's a challenge Heart Math Tutoring is meeting head on, even if their program looks a little different this year. “It’s incredible what our program staff, our volunteers, and our families have been able to do,” says Mary Gamble, donor relations coordinator for Heart Tutoring. “It’s encouraging to know our program works virtually as well as in person.”
This has been an unusual and challenging year for everyone, including the corporate world. In the face of crisis, we are beyond thankful for individuals and businesses alike that have adapted efforts and gotten creative with the way they support our local nonprofit community. Especially at a time when it would have been easier to do nothing at all.
Save a place in your heart this season for the millions of Americans whose lives have been made more desperate by COVID-19, including the dozens who lined up at the Loaves & Fishes mobile pantry Tuesday for a taste of Thanksgiving.
The billboard on I-77 South recently caught my eye - “6 ft shouldn’t sound like 60 feet apart,” it read. Hearing loss exacerbated is yet another effect of COVID. People with hearing impairments can sometimes get by with lip-reading, but masks have made that almost impossible.
Therefore, Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center (CSHC)’s Giving Tuesday’s goal is to raise awareness of and funds for their mission- to provide the gift of speech and hearing to all those in need in the Charlotte community, regardless of income or other barriers.
Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for the blessings in our lives, but a local nonprofit organization doesn't wait until November to say thank you. They do it 365 days a year, and their gratitude is targeted toward the first responders in our community — the police officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel who show up for us in crisis situations.
November 8 is National STEM Day, and a nonprofit that started right here in Charlotte is celebrating in a big way. Project Scientist kicked off a campaign on International Day of the Girl (October 11) to raise enough funds to provide high-quality STEM education programs to 60 under-resourced girls. The nonprofit, which was founded in Charlotte in 2011, hopes to reach their goal by National STEM Day.
The COVID-19 pandemic has kept millions of school-aged children at home, and it's made the digital divide and educational opportunity gaps even worse than they already were. Children from under-resourced communities are being hit hardest and are losing opportunities to experience hands-on teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math.
While Holly Wade was in the pediatric oncology wing battling stage four Gliosarcoma, she noticed something. There were a lot of rooms where children were fighting similar diseases but were alone most of the day. She and her parents set out to understand why and what they uncovered was astounding. Many families were facing multiple overwhelming battles. There was the obvious medical and emotional one and the underlying one to stay afloat financially. Parents weren’t with their children during the day because they couldn’t risk losing their jobs and insurance - and that was the driving force behind the creation of Hands for Holly Memorial Fund.
When newcomers arrive to Charlotte, one of the first things many notice are the trees. Just a stroll down Queens Road West will have you looking up for multiple miles. We are a city with plenty of green, boasting a tree canopy – or the area shaded by trees – of 45 percent. But that number is shrinking much faster than TreesCharlotte would like.
If you live in the Charlotte region you’ve heard plenty about our area’s rapid growth. With new homes, apartment complexes and businesses springing up every week, the region’s natural places are disappearing quickly. That is where your local land trust, Catawba Lands Conservancy, comes in.
The Conservancy is a community-based, nonprofit organization that permanently protects or preserves and manages land for public benefit in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina. Its mission is to save land and connect lives to nature.
In an era when things feel more divided than ever, it's a relief to know the Carolina Thread Trail is weaving us together. The "ribbon of green" encompasses 300 miles across 15 counties, two states, and 2.9 million people.
We have so much great news to share from our nonprofit partners about their amazing work. But, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know if you have stories you'd like to tell and we'll make you a guest blogger!!