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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!

Smarty SHARE: Community School of the Arts

Written by Admin    on May 28, 2015
Volunteer with Community School of the Arts.

In case you missed it, here's one of our popular Smarty Sunday SHARE posts from April:

  • “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artistwhen you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

Art threads its way through our lives in unexpected ways. Think back – has there been a time when the arts made a difference for you? Did painting or drawing help you deal with a particularly rough time in your life? Did a musical performance touch you? Maybe the ability to pick up a guitar and strum a basic tune delighted your kid and make you the hero (even briefly) of your 10 year old’s social circle.

Smarty SHARE: Rohr Rockstars

Written by Admin    on May 23, 2015
Volunteer with Rohr Rockstars.

In case you missed it, here's one of our popular (in fact, it was the most popular!) Smarty Sunday SHARE posts from April:

 

  • I need my children to know that life is beautiful in the face of adversity and, no matter what, we get up. – Trish Rohr

The story of Rohr Rockstars and its founder Trish Rohr are inexorably linked. Trish is a teacher by profession, with a unique and personal understanding of the impact that a frightening medical diagnosis can have on a family (you can read her story here).a Rohr Rockstars

Behind the Scenes: Heart Math Tutoring (part 2)

Written by Admin    on May 22, 2015
HEART Math Tutoring volunteer. Visit SHARE Charlotte to get started.

A note from SHARE: This is Part 2 of a 2-part guest post from our friends at Heart Math Tutoring. Part 1 gave the full scoop on the critical needs their volunteers address (check it out here). This final post will give you the low-down on exactly what it’s like to be a tutoring volunteer.

Why math tutoring? Isn’t literacy more important?

Literacy is certainly very important! Math is important, too. Lack of math proficiency can quickly become a barrier to a student’s academic self-confidence at an early age. Algebra is a graduation requirement, and studies show that students who fail algebra on the first try have very little chance of recovering.

Smarty SHARE: Child Care Resources

Written by Admin    on May 21, 2015
Child Care Resources helps Charlotte families.

In case you missed it, here's one of our popular Smarty Sunday SHARE posts from April:

 

  • Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of all knowledge. – Abraham Joshua Heschel

I’m thinking about “little wonders” as I write this post. My youngest niece just turned four. Each day I see her make connections, learn and yes – wonder.

It’s fun to watch her wonder about things and discover her own answers – like where rain comes from (it’s the clouds crying), why the dog and cat can’t get along (they must not be listening to her lectures) and how flowers grow (because they drink water from their petals, not their roots Aunt Kimberly. Drinking from roots would just be silly).

But while she’s playing, she’s also learning about the world – and this reasoning process is critical to preparing her for tomorrow’s challenges.

Smarty SHARE: American Heart Association

Written by Admin    on May 3, 2015
Volunteer for American Heart Association

In case you missed it, here's one of our popular Smarty Sunday SHARE posts from March:

  • The greatest wealth is health. – Virgil

Hey Mom – are you taking care of yourself? Between carpool, groceries, work deadlines, the school play, paying bills and folding the laundry, are you watching your sodium intake, getting enough exercise and keeping your stress level down? Yeah, I thought so. Me neither.

Volunteering for Crazy Busy People: Changed Choices

Written by Admin    on April 30, 2015
Volunteer to write letters to Changed Choices clients.

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

Nonprofit: Changed Choices

When: Date and time are flexible

Where: At your location

Who: Great for individuals or small groups

Why: Women in prison/reentry often feel forgotten, you can provide hope and encouragement that will make a difference!

What you’ll do

- Receive a monthly email, including the names and addresses of approximately 12 women

- Write an encouraging card/note to each woman on the list

- Mail the cards/notes using return address that will be provided to you

- Be mindful of restrictions on mail sent to jail/prison; details will be provided

Looking for a new approach to team building? Try a Challenge to Shop

Written by admin_1    on April 27, 2015
Team building with the Give Shop

It might be tough to get away from the office to volunteer as a team. But you can still rally around a cause, select a local nonprofit to support, and visit the Give Shop - all without leaving the office.

Here’s how it works.

- Go head to head with the department down the hall or challenge a friendly competitor to see who can do the best job getting needed items into the hands of local nonprofit organizations.

- Let your team decide which organization they’d like to support and agree on terms (will the winner be the most items? Or will the value of the items be the deciding factor?). 

- Then visit the Give Shop to see a list of much-needed goods from 17 local nonprofit organizations. Shopping and shipping couldn’t be easier. 

We’d love to hear who wins! Comment here or tell us about it on social.

 

Smarty SHARE: Junior Achievement

Written by admin_1    on April 22, 2015
Junior Achievement volunteer at work in the classroom.

In case you missed it, here's one of our popular Smarty Sunday SHARE posts from March:

  • “The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.” ― Elbert Hubbard

Twenty sets of eyes watched me walk up the center of the classroom, clutching my Junior Achievement materials and wondering what I’d gotten myself into. My first few moments as a JA volunteer were, I’ll admit, a little scary. Why? Because I’d never done it before.

My company had committed two employees to teach a JA course to a local fifth grade class. I remember signing up enthusiastically, marking the dates on my calendar, being impressed with the materials and lessons plans JA provided, and then sitting in my car in the school parking lot for a full five minutes when it hit me that I was about to stand in front of a classroom of kids and try to hold their attention for 60 minutes. Yikes.

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