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

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. 

Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Samaritan House

Written by admin_1    on January 13, 2015

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

Nonprofit: Samaritan House

When: Flexible

Where: At Samaritan House, 611 Fortune St.,Charlotte, NC 28205

Who: Groups

Why: All of the things involved in a successful recuperation, like careful attention to medication and the rest needed to heal, become nearly impossible for the homeless when they are released from the hospital. Here in Charlotte, however, they can find a haven in Samaritan House.

Samaritan House provides recuperative care for homeless men and women in need of short term care following a hospital or emergency room stay. All guests enter the program through a referral system used by social workers and authorized medical personnel at area hospitals.

VOLUNTEERING FOR CRAZY BUSY PEOPLE: Humane Society of Charlotte

Written by admin_1    on January 11, 2015

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

Nonprofit: Humane Society of Charlotte's annual Pet Palooza Festival and 2K Dog Walk

When: Ongoing team with final event on April 18th

Where: Flexible. Limited meetings and most tasks can be done from home or work except the day of the event.

Who: Individual

Why: The Humane Society of Charlotte is a community resource committed to improving the lives of companion animals through adoption, spay/neuter and education. Their vision is for all companion animals to one day live in a community full of care and compassion without the threat of being unwanted. 

What you’ll do:

Your favorite post from December

Written by admin_1    on January 10, 2015
Rescue Ranch was your favorite post from December

We had fun with this post about Rescue Ranch, and it looks like you did too! Here's the reader's favorite from December:

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.  William Shakespeare

Has your child ever seen a fish swimming in a pond? What about a chicken clucking and pecking around a yard? The answer is probably yes. But there are kids in Charlotte who have not, and as a result they may have little connection to or awareness of the natural world.

2 years old and still having fun!

Written by admin_1    on January 8, 2015
It's about more than volunteering.

Time flies when you’re having fun!

We blinked and SHARE Charlotte turned 2 years old last month. In that time we have had the privilege of connecting people all over this city with hundreds of nonprofits. The depth and diversity of the nonprofit work being done here is mind-boggling. It has become obvious that there truly is a role for everyone to play to contribute to our beautiful city!

Each day, we remind ourselves of the Hindu proverb, “Help your brother’s boat across, and your own will reach the shore.” The stories we hear and the people we meet humble us and help fuel our energy to keep thinking about others around us and build upon our work.

Our number one goal is to keep making it easier for every Charlotte neighbor to play a role in making our community better. 

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