Are you making a New Year’s resolution about volunteering or getting more involved in the community? We love that! Here are three tech-friendly ways to keep track of them.
Lift - This app employs coaching, community, and data to help you be your best and it’s available on iPhone or Android.
MindBloom - This service aims to improve the quality of your life in many areas (health, finances, career, etc.) but you can use it to zero in on your lifestyle goals around volunteering and community involvement as well.
Google Calendar - Not really an app, but this is super easy if you’re already using Google Calendar for the rest of your life. Just set up a separate calendar specifically for your goals and resolutions, set reminders, and go.
Some people watch fashion trends or the stock market. We’re watching giving in Charlotte. As we kick off 2015, here’s what we’ve seen over the past few months that’s hot, and what’s not, in volunteering.
On December 2nd, folks here in Charlotte pledged over 9,000 volunteer hours for our community. If you were one of those community heroes, first of all we’d like to say “thanks”! We each have a critical role to play in making Charlotte the best it can be!
Second, have you figured out where you plan to use those hours? If not, we’re here for you! There are a lot of ways to think about how you want to give back. Here we've started with 9 common service categories, with an idea for each. Start with the suggestions below, and browse our Collection of Good if you need more ideas.
Animal Welfare and Conservation - Rescue Ranch is looking for Teaching Assistants who want to convey their love of animals to kids.
It's probably no surprise that the most popular post from November's Smarty SHARE blog was about holiday giving. The time for some of these ideas has passed, but there's still good info here for the last minute shopper (and don't forget that giving can happen at any time of the year)!
Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. – Dr. Seuss
Looking for a way to give back as a family this holiday season? Many families get involved through their local church or community center, but if you’re looking for something new or a little different, we’ve got some suggestions for you!
Volunteering can work even when you’re crazy busy! Check out this quick opportunity to do good:
December 15, 2014 from 2-4pm
Where: Packard Place
Who: Individuals (age 15 and up)
Why: Project Scientist educates, coaches and advocates for girls who have a passion, aptitude and talent for STEM. The packages you'll help put together provide more STEM opportunities for past students.
What you’ll do:
Package materials for experiment to be mailed to Project Scientist alumni.
Print address labels for packages.
Bring packages to post office with Project Scientist staff
It's time to revisit reader favorites from October! Last month the post loved the most was about...the Greater Western Carolinas Chapter of JDRF. Check it out - we hope you find an exciting way to get involved!
“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” – Martin Luther
I have a friend who rocks. She is a busy on-the-go mom with two kids in multiple sports. She volunteers at her children’s school, runs her own business and is incredibly involved in leadership positions in local nonprofit organizations. And oh, by the way, she has Type 1 diabetes. SHARE Diabete
I actually didn’t know this for a long time. I just knew her as a warm, open friend with a ready smile.
We have so much great news to share from our nonprofit partners about their amazing work. But, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know if you have stories you'd like to tell and we'll make you a guest blogger!!