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#SpotlightOnCLT: The FACTS Initiative

April 19, 2021    in


Written by Amy Andrews

Founded by clinicians Gwen Harris and Aisha Yesher-el, The FACTS Initiative provides mental health treatment to children and families in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

The FACTS Initiative is focused on providing access to quality care for all patients, many of whom are dealing with trauma, yet a great deal of their time was being spent navigating the medical billing process.  

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S experience mental illness each year. Many of their struggles can be traced to traumas suffered in childhood or adolescence. The FACTS Initiative offers interventions, tools, and techniques to get children and families on the path to wellness. 

Spotlight On Our Sponsor: Allstate

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 16, 2021    in


Who do you want in your corner when faced with a crisis? We want people who step up, not step away. Our friends at Allstate, an official sponsor of this year's DO GOOD Week celebration, have been keeping clients in good hands, especially through crises, for 90 years. 

But it's’ not just their clients who Allstate and the Allstate Foundation care for, they are committed to supporting our entire community. 

“Volunteerism is core to our culture at Allstate. It’s at the heart of everything we do,” says Paula Stang, Associate Manager of Community Leadership for the Allstate Foundation.

DO GOOD Week 2021 (April 18-24)

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 14, 2021    in


DO GOOD Week | April 18-24, 2021

We all know time is a valuable thing, but do you know just how valuable yours could be to a local nonprofit? Simply put, the support of volunteers is critical and can determine the success of an organization. 

Now in its fifth year, DO GOOD Week,  a local celebration of National Volunteer Week,  is an annual opportunity for our community to intentionally come together and give time and talent to support our local nonprofits.

No matter what cause you care about, or how you want to give your time, there is a nonprofit that needs you. Visit dogood.sharecharlotte.org to DO GOOD today.

Let Us Match You! 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Make an Impact Foundation

Written by Holly Blackman    on March 25, 2021    in


In 2010, Dale Gillmore, had a for-profit business but wasn’t seeing the community impact where he was donating and desired to be more vested in social programs helping children. Corporations often have entire departments for social responsibility initiatives, but Gillmore experienced little tangible tie to the projects in which his small business was investing. Thus, he started Make an Impact Foundation (MAIF) as a grant program to promote the education and well-being of children, so he could directly invest in the lives of children in the Charlotte region. MAIF identifies children in severe need (homeless, impoverished, etc.) as well as those with learning or emotional needs, disabilities, diseases or chronic illness and creates opportunities to produce change in their lives. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: HeartBright Foundation

March 25, 2021    in


Written by Amy Andrews

Each year, cardiovascular disease kills more citizens in North Carolina than cancer, AIDS, accidents, violence and alcohol abuse combined, and it accounts for one out of every four deaths in our area. 

The HeartBright Foundation was created to address this issue and help those, particularly in under-served and at-risk populations, who are dealing with heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. 

HeartBright’s free programming includes an expansive community outreach program that focuses on education, nutrition and fitness as well as a free clinic that provides treatment, access and support for patients. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Alzheimer’s Association - Western Carolina Chapter

Written by Grace Kennedy    on March 22, 2021    in


Alzheimer’s is a disease that not only impacts the individual who is diagnosed, but those who care for them as well. Caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s disease may end up feeling isolated or overwhelmed by the challenges they face. With North Carolinians providing an estimated 517 million hours of unpaid care to people living with Alzheimer’s—a contribution valued at $7.3 billion—caregivers feelings this way are most definitely not alone. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Hadassah Charlotte

March 19, 2021    in


Written by Amy Andrews

Hadassah is an international women’s organization whose mission is to heal our world. Through programs, research and advocacy, Hadassah works every day to bring healing where it is needed most in the US, Israel and around the world. Everything that the Charlotte Hadassah chapter does is in support of this mission. 

At the heart of Hadassah is a focus on health and wellness. Hadassah has two hospitals in Israel that are global leaders in care, treatments and research whose work serves over a million women, men and children, regardless of religion, race or nationality. 

Locally, Hadassah champions a host of medical causes, most notably breast cancer, infertility and heart health. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Written by Eden Estabrook    on March 17, 2021    in


Did you know that more than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis (CF), and that approximately 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year? 

Maybe, we should take a step back…

Do you know what CF even is? A less common chronic condition with a lower patient count, CF is a progressive, genetic disease that can lead to persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. 

It's Never Too Early to Start Giving Back, Enter: Kidz That Care

March 8, 2021    in


Written by Amy Andrews

Maia Campbell is one inspirational 14-year old. She saw her parents helping out and giving back to the community and became curious about how she and her siblings could get involved too. She and her parents quickly realized that many non-profits have age limits and require volunteers to be at least 16. 

So, what did she do? She founded Kidz That Care, an organization to identify ways that kids can help and volunteer. “We decided on a name and before you knew it, we had an organization and slowly, but surely started getting some attention,” said Maia.  

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