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DO GOOD Week: Five Benefits of Volunteering

April 8, 2019    in


Volunteering is a Win-Win, Reap the Benefits
Written by Amy Andrews

For many of us, finding time in a busy schedule to volunteer can feel like a luxury. We may want to do good and help others but it feels just beyond our grasp. “I’ll volunteer when this big project at work is over.” Or, “I’ll volunteer when my kids are older.” It is easy to come up with reasons to just shelve it and move on with an ever-growing to-do list.

Duke Energy Powers CLT's Local Celebration of National Volunteer Week

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 8, 2019    in


DO GOOD Week would not be possible without the generosity of our partners! Duke Energy is not only powering DO GOOD Week as our presenting partner, but they also do a whole of GOOD for the Charlotte community that you may not even know about! Read below to hear about it in their own words with a quick Q&A

A few GOOD questions with Duke Energy's Sarah Degnan and Dominique Johnson:

Why did Duke Energy decide to sponsor DO GOOD Week this year?

CLT Celebrates National Volunteer Week Locally, in a BIG Way!

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 5, 2019    in
 


National Volunteer Week. DO GOOD Week. United Way Volunteer Week.

It doesn’t matter what you call it, it matters that you get involved.

DO GOOD Week, powered by Duke Energy, and United Way Volunteer Week, presented to the community Wells Fargo, are both shining a spotlight on local volunteer needs in CLT during National Volunteer Week. April 5-13th both of our organizations will be celebrating service and rallying the Charlotte community to take action through the contribution of time and talent.

Both DO GOOD Week and United Way Volunteer Week offer multiple opportunities for community members of all ages to get involved with local nonprofits- check out the dates below to see all of the ways you can plug in and donate your time.

How YOU Can Be Part of Charlotte's Legacy

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 2, 2019


2019 is Charlotte's 250th anniversary (CLT250) and an opportunity for Charlotte to recognize our past, understand our present and imagine our future, together.  For SHARE Charlotte, imaging our future means supporting our local nonprofits, who play a significant role in strengthening our city.  So we invited our nonprofit partners to tell us how our community - local businesses, corporations, foundations, groups and individuals, can support their vision for CLT250.  

#52Tuesdays: Best Buddies North Carolina

Written by Addie Rising    on April 2, 2019    in


“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” – Leo Buscaglia

Having one true friend can make all the difference in the world for many of us, but a single friendship can be life-changing for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In 2018, there were 41,193 North Carolina students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) enrolled in public schools. Eighty-three percent of adolescents (ages 12-21) with IDD have experienced bullying, which puts them at risk for crushing loneliness and depression.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Yours, Mine and Everyones' Sister's House

Written by Holly Blackman    on March 28, 2019    in


Lately, I have noticed more homeless women in Charlotte standing on street medians - I don’t have the data, just noticed more faces I, unfortunately, try to avoid. However, as a new friend and writer, Melissa LaCross reminded me, “Acknowledging someone’s humanity leaves space

For dignity

For grace

For growth.”

And I’ve just come across a SHARE Charlotte partner who is doing just that. My Sister’s House Transitional Living Program, which operates under the leadership of Friendship Community Development Corporation, first began at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church as an overflow shelter for the Center for Hope.

#52Tuesdays: Charlotte is Creative and Brixx Pizza, A Partnership Easy As Pie

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 26, 2019    in



Brixx Pizza is GOOD. That is a fact.

Here’s another fact- Brixx Pizza does a whole lot of GOOD for the Charlotte community.

Have you ever noticed the feeling you get walking into a Brixx Pizza location? No, not hunger. The other one, the feeling that you are welcome.

That is not an accident- Brixx Pizza strives for each of their five Charlotte locations to be neighborhood restaurants that welcome everyone and that are involved in the community that surrounds them.

"We're locals who love to support local, and staying involved with our community helps our neighborhoods thrive,” said Managing Partner, Jeff Van Dyke. “Engaging with and giving back to our community has been our favorite way to thank our Charlotte neighbors for supporting us for more than 20 years.”

#SpotlightOnCLT: YWCA, Empowering Women since 1902

Written by Grant Stimmel    on March 25, 2019    in



Charlotte in 1902 was a very, very different place.

No skyscrapers, no light rail, no Panthers, no greenways.

A small town with big dreams — and one organization that’s been here the whole way.

YWCA Central Carolinas has been serving Greater Charlotte for 117 years, and in that time they’ve seen first hand the exceptional change experienced here and around the country.

Through Great Depressions and World Wars, YWCA embraced those who needed it most as they worked to, “eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.”

For decades, they’ve been a helping hand to the hopeful and crucial ray of light for the hopeless. Offering an opportunity for a better life to those struggling the most.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Teal Diva

Written by Grace Kennedy    on March 21, 2019    in


When Shannon Routh was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 32, she had trouble finding even one person who was going through the same experience. She also struggled to find joy-filled events for people going through ovarian cancer treatment. So she vowed to give other ovarian cancer survivors all the things she never had, and that's how Teal Diva came to be.

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