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#SpotlightOnCLT: Southminster

July 23, 2020    in

Written by Amy Andrews

For over thirty years, Southminster has been a leader in the field of aging, providing innovative living solutions and care at their home campus on Park Road. Two years ago, Tracy McGinnis, Southminster’s Director of Philanthropy, saw an opportunity for Southminster to help in developing and expanding programming to seniors living at The Retreat at Renaissance West.

“We have a long history of engaging within our community, but several years ago we made a concerted effort to focus on work outside of the walls of the organization,” said McGinnis. “We are committed to replicating our good work and expanding out into the Charlotte community.”

#SpotlightOnCLT: Christopher's House of Refuge

Written by Eden Estabrook    on July 20, 2020    in


Founded in 2013, Christopher’s House of Refuge works tirelessly to provide 24-hour affordable housing and health care to elderly and disabled individuals. 

Executive Director of Christopher's House of Refuge, Paula Dallas-Speight, shared an inspiring story with the SHARE Charlotte team about the impact the organization had on the lives of one family in particular. 

SHARE Charlotte Kicks Off Annual Promotion Encouraging Community to Shop for GOOD

Written by Nicole Copsis    on July 13, 2020    in

SHARE Charlotte Kicks Off Annual Promotion Encouraging Community to Shop for GOOD
Shop for GOOD runs Sunday, July 12- Sunday, July 19

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2020

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – Shop for GOOD, presented by Bank of America, encourages the community to shop for the tangible items local nonprofits need most to run their programs and businesses which can be found in SHARE Charlotte’s Give Shop®- an online marketplace that consolidates hundreds of local nonprofits’ Amazon wish lists. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Green Box Solutions

Written by Grace Kennedy    on July 10, 2020    in


When Erin Welborn was a child, her mother always told her, "If anything ever happens to me, everything you need is in the green box." Erin was too young to know about the importance of insurance policies and birth certificates. She just knew to give the green box to an adult if anything should happen. "Mama said it, so it must be true," laughs Erin when she recounts this story. 

As an adult, Erin recognizes the kindness her mother showed by making sure her children wouldn't have the burden of finding important documents in an emergency. It's a kindness Erin inherited, and it keeps her motivated to give families in Charlotte their own "green boxes" for security and peace of mind. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Senior Care

Written by Nicole Copsis    on June 30, 2020    in


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the global population in drastic ways and, in many countries, senior citizens are facing the most threats and challenges as a result.

While no demographic is exempt and all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older people face significantly greater risk of developing severe illness if they do contract the virus (WHO). Further, due to the stay-at-home order and social distancing requirements, seniors have been among the most isolated populations amid the crisis. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Time Out Youth

June 25, 2020    in


Written by Amy Andrews
 

Time Out Youth is the oldest and largest LGBTQ nonprofit serving the Carolinas. They primarily cater to youth ages 11-20, providing social and emotional support for over 1,000 individuals. Time Out Youth has an extremely long history of serving the great Charlotte community and will be celebrating their 30th anniversary next year.

Executive Director Rodney Tucker shared that they have a variety of therapeutic support groups that meet regularly, as well as fun groups that include dance parties and movie nights. In more normal times, most of those events are held at their headquarters on Monroe Road, along with satellite groups held in North Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Iredell counties. Due to the current COVID-19 environment, Time Out Youth’s robust programming has transitioned to being online for the time being.

#SpotlightOnCLT: PFLAG Charlotte

Written by Grace Kennedy    on June 18, 2020    in


"What a life gift."

That's PFLAG Charlotte President Karen Graci summing up the first time she attended a support group offered by the nonprofit that supports families, allies and people who are LGBTQ. Karen had worked in the Diversity and Inclusion field for 10 years, and when her daughter came out as transgender she and her husband were "supportive but petrified." Karen says even parents who want to support their loved ones don't know what they don't know in the beginning. "When your child first comes out there are so many emotions. We felt a myriad of conflicting things. We loved our child unconditionally and of course we would support her. At the same time we felt lonely and we wondered how we didn't see the pain she was in for so many years.  We didn't know anyone else who was openly transgender, and we didn't think there would be any support locally." 

As Nonprofits Carefully Plan to Return to Normalcy, Their GOOD Work Continues

June 17, 2020    in

Written by Ken Garfield

With caution and compassion, nonprofits are looking to volunteers to help carry the load even as COVID-19 forces them to do it remotely. These three Charlotte-based nonprofits are among the many organizations carefully planning a return to normalcy for staff and volunteers. Until then, the good work goes on…

When COVID-19 kept Lisa Kohler from sitting at the bedside of her Hospice patient, she did the next best thing: Lisa helped throw a 91st birthday party from outside Gloria’s window in assisted living, singing her trademark song, Oh what a beautiful mornin’…

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