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#SpotlightOnCLT: Women's Health and Wellness

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 4, 2019    in

Women’s Health & Wellness

 

In honor of Women's History Month, SHARE Charlotte will be celebrating nonprofit organizations who focus specifically on Women's Health and Wellness, keeping the women of Charlotte safe, healthy, cared for and connected.

With the celebration of women’s achievements both past and present happening on a national scale in March, we are here to contribute to the conversation by highlighting the local organizations that serve women all year long.

Listed below are many of SHARE Charlotte’s nonprofit partners who focus on Women’s Health and Wellness. Read how they serve our community as well as how you can get involved with these organizations. You can also click here to explore all of our nonprofit partners who are not featured on this list but who may also serve a similar sector of need.

MiraVia
Mira Via provides comprehensive support to pregnant women in need. They do this through two unique programs: a college based, maternity residential program and a maternity outreach center. The maternity residential program provides a place where pregnant college students can live and learn for up to two years while they pursue academic and personal goals. Mira Via’s  Outreach Program provides pregnant women and mothers with individual and group support to address issues causing stress and create plans for a successful future.

Be. You! Global Foundation
Be. You! Global Foundation seeks to promote educational, advocacy and transformative grassroots work for women and young girls dealing with nexus between mental health in relation to domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and trauma. They also collaborate with the others to eradicate such extricates in all communities. 

Florence Crittenton Services, Inc.
Florence Crittenton Services' mission is to promote health and hope for tomorrow's children by providing comprehensive health, educational and social services for single pregnant and non-pregnant adolescents, women and their families. Their services include: a safe place to live, counseling, medical and health care, parenting support, education services and vocational training, spiritual enrichment, nutrition education, early child development education, adoption support, maternity program for single pregnant adolescents and women, mother-infant residential foster care program, non-pregnant residential foster care program, aftercare services and alumnae events. Florence Crittenton Services’ main goal is to  break intergenerational cycles of abuse, neglect, low education and promote steps toward self-sufficiency. 

Mothering Across Continents
Mothering Across Continents mission is “Adopting Dreams. Raising Leaders.” Their work, led by women, is focused at the community level, often in places that feel the prolonged negative impact of conflict. Every project is inspired by the belief that the transformation of school-based learning experiences is a path to quality education, nutrition, health, and peace. Since 2009, Mothering Across Continents has connected with and served children and adults in 10 countries. 

Hadassah Charlotte
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel. They support medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity Hadassah empowers their members, supporters and youth globally. Hadassa Charlotte’s local support of Hadassah Medical Organization has led to life-saving research for Heart Disease, Melanomas, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Breast Cancer. 

Baby Bundles
Baby Bundles is dedicated to providing new and gently used baby clothing, blankets bibs, books and toys to underprivileged newborns in the Charlotte area. It is a sort of "baby shower" in a bag for those mothers and babies who are not able to purchase these items on their own. Baby Bundles partners with numerous community organizations, to identify mothers in financial need to whom a bundle is provided. Their bundles are intended as a demonstration of love and community support as well as the provision of practical and essential items to the families They serve. 

My Sister’s House
My Sister’s House is a transitional housing program for single homeless women that provides resources to improve mental health, physical health, financial health, spiritual health and legal health and equip the resident with tools to establish and sustain self sufficiency, maintain independently living and end homelessness. Women reside at My Sister’s House for 18-24 months and to date, they have housed over 300 women. 

YWCA Central Carolinas
YWCA Central Carolinas is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA supports more than 360 youth from fragile communities, as well as unaccompanied homeless women and families. In addition, it boasts an award-winning co-ed fitness center. 

Healing Vine Harbor
Healing Vine Harbor (HVH) is an independent living skills program for displaced (homeless, abandoned and struggling) young women (ages 18+) who are not prepared for adulthood. Because they have aged out of the foster care system/their homes or current housing situation, they are no longer safe or stable. They believe in transforming lives through providing free monthly workshops that include but are not limited to: self-esteem, financial literacy, employability skills, nutrition, healthy relationships, etiquette, shopping, cooking, etc. They also provide individual mentoring and cultural enrichment. 

GATE Pregnancy Resource Center
GATE Pregnancy Resource Center exists to help women who are pregnant until the child is one-year-old. They offer free options counseling and pregnancy tests and also encourage clients to participate in pregnancy, parenting, and life skill classes. GATE offers resources for mother and child as well as community agency and ministry referrals. 

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. For more than 47 years, Planned Parenthood has been serving the residents of Charlotte and the surrounding Mecklenburg County with compassionate, nonjudgmental care including preventive services like birth control, lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, and sexual health education. They provide essential reproductive health services ranging from basic gynecological and breast exams to family planning to testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

Lydia’s Legacy
Lydia’s Legacy’s mission is to raise awareness of gynecologic cancers through education and fund gynecologic cancer research through donation. They achieve this through a variety of educational programs serving women and medical students, support kits provided to women with gynecologic cancers, and their annual fundraising events.

Teal Diva
Teal Diva’s mission is to celebrate victories, honor memories, empower women, educate the community and fund diagnostic research for ovarian and gynecologic cancers. Their purpose is to encourage women to celebrate life, advocate for young women, and focus on life after cancer for survivors of any age. are committed to making a difference. Teal Diva’s mission and purpose are carried out through community fundraisers and awareness events where they speak at women's groups, churches, universities, sorority gatherings, and educational conferences.

Angel in Disguise
Angel in Disguise provides complimentary transportation for breast cancer patients to doctors appointments, receive medicine and run light errands. They also serve as an advocate for patients during doctors appointments, while providing support to the patient’s families. Additionally, Angel in Disguise provides comfort bags to newly diagnosed patients.