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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!

Nurturing a Passion for GOOD

Written by Addie Rising    on November 20, 2016    in

Sunday was a great volunteer shift at The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte with my son Connor, 11. He helped me give two big tours and bravely stepped up to speak directly to them about things I neglected to mention.  But, my favorite part was overhearing four young moms, all from different walks of life at first glance, chatting companionably in the dining area about what they were going through and sharing their difficulties and successes. Smiles, sad nods, laughter -- it was beautiful to watch.  I was off to the side, doodling quotes on the glass doors, and was inspired to pick these two: "We rise by lifting others," and "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

Building a Better Charlotte

Written by Addie Rising    on November 16, 2016    in
I thought I knew what made Charlotte tick.

When I moved here in 2005 with my husband and two small daughters, we were mesmerized by the tree-lined streets, the brick buildings, the greenways, the changes of season and everything in between. I quickly learned to navigate my way through all the landmarks: the huge-steepled churches, the malls, the grocery stores, other large retail chains, restaurants, gyms, dance studios, swimming pools. I thought Charlotte was amazing! Everything money could buy was so close! Charlotte's Uptown is stunning. The buildings are unique and shiny and stand out. The skyline at night is breathtaking.

Dine, Shop, Snack, Cheer-On and Work Out to Benefit #GivingTuesdayCLT!

Written by Addie Rising    on November 16, 2016    in
The following local businesses and organizations  have partnered with #GivingTuesdayCLT and participating nonprofits to help GIVE GOOD to Charlotte.  Please patron them during the dates outlined below to take part in this historic community celebration of local GOOD!

Note: The #GivingTuesdayCLT General Fund will be split evenly between all participating nonprofits

ENTIRE CAMPAIGN (Nov 15 - Nov 29):
  • 704 Shop:  Donating 100% of the proceeds from every Do Good t-shirt sold to #GivingTuesdayCLT
  • Athleta: Donating 10% of all sales to Girls on the Run
  • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza: Donating $3 per every “Rustica” pizza  sold in all locations to #GivingTuesdayCLT General Fund
  • Golden Cow Creamery: Donating % of sales for the entire month of November to #GivingTuesdayCLT General Fund

SHARE Charlotte Challenges Charlotte Community to Raise $8 Million for #GivingTuesdayCLT

Written by Addie Rising    on November 15, 2016    in
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – Today, local nonprofit SHARE Charlotte kicks off its 3rd annual #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign, presented by Google Fiber and Wells Fargo. The two-week campaign (Nov. 15 - Nov. 29)  engages the Charlotte community to support more than 170 local nonprofits and raise $8 million.

Giving Tuesday, globally known as the first day of the “giving season” was made hyperlocal in 2014 through SHARE Charlotte’s #GivingTuesdayCLT and presents a unique opportunity to get everyone involved in making Charlotte a better place.

“It’s not often we, as a city, get the chance to come together around something positive,” says Kelly Brooks, Founder of SHARE Charlotte. “After the unrest in September, Charlotte needs goodness and positivity more than ever to begin to heal. We can each bring something to the table; we can all do something GOOD for this city.”

Turn Your Turkey Day Gratitude Into a Great Gift

Written by Addie Rising    on November 15, 2016    in

I recently found out I will be hosting a large Thanksgiving gathering at my home this year.  What started off as just a few family members has blossomed into a both-sides-of-the-family event for which, of course, I am grateful.   I am grateful for a home to host in, for the ability to contribute to a meal and for a family who is willing to travel from both near and far to be together.  

Brand New Day

Written by Addie Rising    on November 9, 2016    in
The presidential election is over. Whether you're pleased with the results or devastated, it's time to turn eyes back to our home, the Queen City. What will unfold in Washington, D.C. over the next few weeks will have little impact on our community. But you know what will? #GivingTuesdayCLT which begins next week on Nov. 15.

Cast Your Vote for GOOD!

Written by Addie Rising    on November 8, 2016    in

If you didn’t participate in early voting, you’ll hopefully go cast your votes today. The act of completing the ballot and performing our civic duty evokes feelings of pride and hope, but at the end of the day we’re left reliant on all the other voters to make the same choice to earn our desired outcome. So it’s not exactly the warm, fuzzy “I’m making a difference” feeling that one might want.

But if this election season has demonstrated anything, it’s that kindness DOES matter and doing GOOD is more important that ever. And being kind and doing GOOD actually DO make a difference. Immediately. 

SHARE Charlotte Announces $250,000 Grant from Wells Fargo to Support #GivingTuesdayCLT

Written by Addie Rising    on November 3, 2016    in

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – Local nonprofit SHARE Charlotte has announced a $250,000 grant from Wells Fargo. The purpose of the Wells Fargo Give Good Fund is to support SHARE Charlotte’s goal of raising $8 million in their 3rd annual #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign, presented by Google Fiber and Wells Fargo. The two-week campaign will take place Nov. 15 - Nov. 29, and is designed to jumpstart the giving season and inspire Charlotteans to give money, time and/or much-needed items to benefit the 173 local nonprofits participating in the campaign.