No one should have to choose between eating dinner or going to the doctor. That's the philosophy driving these Charlotte-area nonprofits, all of which provide free or low-cost healthcare services to low-income families.
Their services cover a broad spectrum of physical and emotional healthcare needs, but at the core they are all committed to empowering people to take care of their health without worrying about going into debt or not being able to feed their children.
How did you spend your free time when you were in high school? Raising awareness and spreading the word about human trafficking and dedicating time to helping a nonprofit to further their mission of saving those in harm’s way?
No? Well, you are no Meredith Shank.
At just 17, Meredith has taken on the role of Social Media Advisor and Graphics Designer for Compassion to Act- a local nonprofit with a goal of liberating and restoring victims of human trafficking and exploitation through awareness, liberation, restoration and sustainability.
Wanting to put her social media and graphic design skills to work in the real world, Meredith began searching for opportunities that would allow her to use her talents for GOOD.
And if you’ve ever found yourself stuck in a hospital bed, you know all too well how quickly costs add up.
It seems like so much as asking your nurse for a Snickers bar these days will set you back a thousand bucks. And sadly, that’s not much of an exaggeration.
Healthcare costs have quadrupled over the last 50 years, and 62% of bankruptcies in the U.S. are filed as a result of an unexpected medical expense. Even with insurance, it is more expensive to get medical care today than at any point in our history. This, as you can imagine, is a problem.
So what can you do? How can you help? How do we, together, fix this mess?
If you're a mom, back to school time probably means shopping for lunch boxes, scouring the school supply aisles for glue sticks, and helping your kids find the perfect outfit for the first day of school. But for a select group of moms in our area, going back to school means much more than that.
These moms are the ANSWER Scholarship recipients, and they are determined to complete their college degree not when the timing is perfect, not when their kids get older and life calms down, but right now, in the busiest, most demanding season of their lives.
This August, SHARE Charlotte’s Spotlight Series: #AccessGrantedCLT, presented by CliniSpan Health, will focus in on our local nonprofit partners who in some way make healthcare accessible to those who may otherwise not be able to receive the help they need. These nonprofit organizations grant accessibility to healthcare in a variety of ways such as by providing financial assistance, medical supplies and equipment, transportation, and free or low cost health clinics.
What do those numbers say to you? During SummerSHARE, the spike of online orders being shipped to Charlotte nonprofits from one of Give Shop®’s retailers, Walgreens, prompted them to ask our friends at The Exceptional Foundation “What is going on in Charlotte?” Funny you should ask, Walgreens… a whole lot of GOOD was going on!
Those are exciting numbers- but what about the WHO, WHAT, WHERE and WHY of it all?
SHARE Charlotte’s SummerSHARE Results in $65K Impact for Local Organizations
In seven days, Charlotte purchased 4,581 items for local nonprofits
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2018
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.): Earlier this month, Charlotte came together to shop online for the tangible goods local nonprofits need most this summer as part of SHARE Charlotte’s fourth annual SummerSHARE. In just seven days, SummerSHARE inspired the purchase of 4,581 items for 86 local nonprofit organizations. Along with several cash donations, this resulted in a $65K impact! Visit summershare.org to view the results.
To build a successful nonprofit organization you need a mission, a lot of heart, a lot of time and sometimes … a little space.
Many nonprofit organizations are founded by an individual with a passion for helping others and few resources. That often means long hours toiling away from home or local coffee shops or libraries or anywhere with access to wifi that does not take funds away from the organization’s mission.
Industry Coworking, located at the AvidXchange Music Factory opened in 2009 as a shared office environment designed for creatives, technology professionals, freelancers, small businesses and other independent workers. Industry offers both private offices as well as flexible workspaces for people to get out of their home office or the coffee shop, and plug into a dynamic community of people.
Late in July for a 24 hour stretch, you’ll see thousands of people camping out along Charlotte’s “booty loop” in Myers Park watching thousands more ride and ride and ride some more. There’s cheering, bonding, camaraderie, excitement and even cowbells.
You see avid cyclists, novice cyclists, junior cyclists and even some walkers. Some ride for a few miles. Some ride hundreds of miles.
For Ryan Weiers, riding in the middle of the night is the most fun. “It’s a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones, and take some time for yourself to reflect on what you’re doing and why,” he said. “Riding after midnight is very personal. It is peaceful.”
For me, summer digs up memories of barefoot ballet leaps over sprinklers in a sopping wet backyard, moms’ bottomless, waterproof pool bags with one billion pockets, late night cookouts where it seemed parents almost forgot bedtime ---- almost! Fireflies and boat rides at dusk on the lake. I think of watermelons being sliced, potato salad getting dished out, and hamburgers grilling. Never once did I have to question whether I was getting a meal.
Unfortunately, this is not what summer feels like to thousands of children in Charlotte. Some kids are waiting - waiting for parents to come home from long days at work, waiting to see their aunt or guardian, waiting for someone to get to the bus stop to haul groceries back home, waiting to be taken anywhere.
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!!