Stories | SHARE Charlotte

Some call it stories. Others call it a blog. But here you'll find nuggets of goodness to use and -- you guessed it -- SHARE!

Start Volunteering in Four Easy Steps

Written by admin_1    on March 24, 2015

Volunteering doesn’t need to be overwhelming, scary or difficult. You just need to start. Answer these four questions and you'll be ready to go.

1. Who would you like to help?

There are hundreds of nonprofits in Charlotte helping a variety of people and causes. First, decide “who” you'd like to help. You can focus on kids, animals, the environment, seniors, the military, or any group or cause that’s meaningful to you. Pick the “who” first and that will help narrow your search.

2. How much time do you have?

Can you spare an hour a week, or an hour a year? Think about the time commitment you’d like to make, but remember you can start small and grow your commitment from there. 

3. Do you want to volunteer with a friend or on your own?

Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Alexander Youth Network

Written by admin_1    on March 20, 2015
Plan a birthday party at Alexander Youth Network!

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

Nonprofit: Alexander Youth Network's Birthday Brigade

When: Date and time are flexible, the commitment is 2 hours

Where: Thermal Road Campus, 6220 Thermal Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Who: Great for small or large groups

Why: Alexander Youth Network provides quality professional treatment to children with serious emotional and behavioral problems. They serve more than 7,000 children ages 5 to 18 each year through more than a dozen programs.

Your Favorite Post from February

Written by admin_1    on March 9, 2015
Volunteer as a Let Me Run Coach this spring!

We had fun with this post about Let Me Run, and it looks like you did too! Here's the Readers' Favorite from February:

“For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

If you’re the parent of a boy, or there’s a boy in your life you absolutely adore, then Ashley Armistead’s words will ring true. Let Me Run

“How many times have you heard, ‘Boys will be boys,’ or ‘Too much testosterone in the room? I was always shocked by these comments, as I know that my boys far surpass me in their caring actions, integrity, and self-control.” After becoming a mom of two boys, “I became more aware of societal expectations of boys and of men.”

You can help: Seniors face pressing issues

Written by admin_1    on March 5, 2015
Seniors at Shepherd's Center of Charlotte

Senior citizens in Mecklenburg County face a number of challenges, including access to transportation and caregiving support. An assessment recently completed by UNC Charlotte Urban Institute for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council on Aging recommended a county-wide aging plan and more collaboration as ways to improve services to the elderly.

You can read more about the assessment here, and then - why not make your own plan? The organizations below are working with seniors every day. If you'd like to be part of the solution, here are 3 ways to step in now to help.

You Can Change It: Urban Poverty

Written by admin_1    on March 4, 2015
Volunteers at The Salvation Army


“Urban Poverty’s Depth,” a recent op-ed piece by Gene Nichol in The Charlotte Observer takes a close look at the levels of poverty in our home town. What you discover might surprise you: over the last dozen years Charlotte has experienced the nation’s sixth steepest increase in concentrated poverty. Spend a little time learning about the issues here. If you’d like to be a part of the solution, here are 5 ways to step in now to help.

Farmer Foodshare - work a donation station shift at the Atherton Market

Salvation Army - volunteer as a mentor with the Boys & Girls Club

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.