Shay Hunt burst into tears when she got the call that Raise a Child of the Carolinas, the nonprofit she founded just a year ago, had won a $5,000 grant through SHARE Charlotte from the Amy and Brian France Foundation. “Oh my gosh when they called me I started crying. I could not believe it, my voice was shaking,” Hunt said.
You Can't Pull Yourself Up by the Bootstraps if There Aren't Bootstraps to Pull
“Families in our program are the hardest working, most caring parents, not clients. We really get to know them,” Families Forward Founder, Carrie Christian explained to me. “We’re working primarily with the adults in the family for the parents to learn skills, through the workshops they attend and family support they receive, so that they can pass down to their children. They are incredible and our volunteers give so much of their time to others. It’s the hands-on relationship, and it takes time - the impact of what you’re doing - doing with and not for is key in our program.”
"What does generosity mean to you?" This is the question we asked 10 Charlotte artists as they set out to create an original piece of artwork in honor of #GivingTuesdayCLT and dedicated to a local nonprofit of their choice.
Check out the complete series featuring each of our 10 participating artist's creations below! To meet the artists themselves and learn what each of these nonprofits needs most this #GivingTuesdayCLT, head over to our Instagram account!
Generosity looks different for everyone. No matter what it looks like for you, show your generosity on December 1st, #GivingTuesdayCLT. Visit givingtuesdayclt.org and choose from hundreds of ways to do something good for a local nonprofit on this global day of giving.
#GivingTuesdayCLT would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We are honored to have Lowe’s on board as an Official Partner for the 3rd consecutive year and wanted to take this opportunity to shine a light on how they have stepped up through what has been an undeniably challenging year and have continued to support our local community.
Read this quick Q&A below to learn more about their commitment to our community this year and beyond in their own words.
As we reflect back on 2020, we have endured two major events as a society that have changed the way nonprofits do business forever- the COVID-19 pandemic and this year’s civil unrest and Black Lives Matter movement. What is Lowe's hope for the Charlotte Mecklenburg nonprofit community as we recover and continue through these times?
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.
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!!