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Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Samaritan House

Written by admin_1    on March 2, 2015
Samaritan House volunteers

Volunteering can happen even when you’re crazy busy! Check out this quick opportunity to do good:

Nonprofit: Samaritan House (opportunity coordinated by J. Divine Group)

When: March 28th, 12-2pm

Where: Samaritan House, 611 Fortune Street Charlotte, NC 28205

Who: Great for groups or individuals

Why: Samaritan House provides short term recuperative care for the homeless recently discharged from local hospitals. J. Divine Group is a nonprofit that works with other organizations on events and fundraising. They are coordinating this volunteer opportunity. 

What you’ll do: Prepare and serve lunch for the residents

Get started here.

Your favorite post from January

Written by admin_1    on February 23, 2015

We had fun with this post about BRAKES, and it looks like you did too! Here's our Readers' Favorite from January:

Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts. ~Tommy Lasorda

As my son approaches his teens, I’ve started worrying about the prospect of him behind a steering wheel. I have a few years before that becomes a reality, but I can’t help but think about the fact that every year more than 5,000 teens lose their lives in traffic accidents.

3 Great Reasons to Volunteer for a 5K

Written by admin_1    on February 20, 2015

The ice outside may not show it, but the calendar says warmer weather is on its way. That means 5K races are in the works. Here are 3 good reasons to lace up to participate - as a volunteer.

 

- It gives you something to look forward to. Put a big "X" on your calendar to remind yourself that spring really will be here soon.

- You can support a friend or family member who is running by being there and helping out with the event. 

- It won't happen without you. Fundraising races rely heavily on volunteers to run (get the pun?) smoothly. One short shift of handing out water or pinning on numbers makes a much bigger difference than you realize.

 

Ready to get started? We've got some fun options for you below. Don't forget to keep an eye on our Collection of Good as more events are added.

Nonprofit Resources

Written by admin_1    on February 16, 2015

For our nonprofit partners - have you heard about these upcoming events & opportunities?

 

Nonprofit Residency at Hygge Sponsored by Next Stage Consulting

To celebrate Next Stage’s second anniversary, the firm is launching a six-month nonprofit residency at Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga), the coworking space near Charlotte’s uptown. The deadline for applying is Friday, January 8 at noon.  Get details here

 

- Nonprofit fundraising opportunities with Levy Restaurants at Time Warner Cable Arena 

Why be a Neighbor? Better question: Why Not?

Written by admin_1    on February 14, 2015

Getting started as a Neighbor on SHARE is seriously easy. We'll show you how in two easy steps below.

But why sign up in the first place? Because as a SHARE Neighbor you will:

- get 5 new ways to volunteer in Charlotte delivered to your in-box every week.

- discover over 290 local nonprofit organizations serving Mecklenburg County.

- find hundreds of opportunities that match your interests and schedule - for groups, individuals and kids.

- be one click away from sharing your time and talents to make Charlotte an even better place.

Actually, we can't think of a reason NOT to be a SHARE Neighbor. Here's how:

- Click on the big yellow Sign Up Today! button.

- Enter your first name, email address and zip code.

That's it. We told you it was easy. Now go SHARE.

 

Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Sow Much Good

Written by admin_1    on February 14, 2015

Volunteering can happen even when you’re crazy busy! Check out this quick opportunity to do good:

Nonprofit: Sow Much Good

When: Tuesday or Wednesday mornings, 9-12AM (spend all 3 hours, or just what you can spare)

Where: Sunset Road Urbam Farm or Hubbard Road Production Farm

Who: Great for individuals, kids 10 and up welcome when accompanied by an adult

Why: Sow Much Good is committed to growing healthy communities in underserved neighborhoods. They grow chemical free foods at 2 farm sites and provide access via a satellite farmer's markets, cooking demos, canning classes, and growing classes for low income residents.

New to Charlotte? Get to know your city through volunteering

Written by admin_1    on January 30, 2015

If you’ve just moved to the Queen City and you’re looking to make some new connections, we’ve got some great ideas for you. These three volunteer opportunities will connect you with like-minded folks who love to do good, just like you! 

Pet Visits with Hands On Charlotte - Hey, your furry friend would probably love to meet some new people too! Take your pet along to a scheduled visit at a local retirement community. The pets don't need to have any special training or certification. They just have to be friendly and prepared to receive a lot of attention and praise. 

Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Charlotte Community Toolbank

Written by admin_1    on January 27, 2015
Volunteer with Charlotte Community Toolbank

Volunteering can happen even when you’re crazy busy! Check out this quick opportunity to do good:

Nonprofit: Charlotte Community Toolbank

When: February 17th, 10am-2pm

Where: Charlotte Community ToolBank, 2513 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28203

Who: Great for groups

Why: This is a nonprofit tool lending program that provides nonprofit organizations with year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and for facility and grounds maintenance. Access to ToolBank tools eliminates the need for agencies to incur the expense of purchasing, repairing, and storing tools, reducing the costs associated with service projects. It allows agencies to focus more of their resources on their mission.

A Chance to Weave Volunteering into your life

Written by admin_1    on January 20, 2015
Volunteering with Hands On Charlotte and Promising Pages

If you follow our "Crazy Busy" posts, you know it’s possible to do good even if you don’t have a ton of time to spare.

This weekend, thanks to the uber-coordinating efforts of Hands On Charlotte, my family and I volunteered at East Meck High School to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Along with scores of other volunteers we made bookmarks, tied reading “snuggle” blankets, wrote letters to first graders and made heart-shaped valentines for nursing home residents. It was a well-spent Saturday morning.

Of course, not every opportunity to help is quite so easy to weave into your daily life. But the short term, “crazy busy” opportunities are often a great way to try out a lot of different organizations to see where your heart fits. You can find them throughout this blog, or just search our Collection of Good for something that works really well for you and your schedule. 

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