Jessica Norman is a mom, graphic artist, web designer, business owner, community volunteer and a SHARE Neighbor. She also has an adorable little five year old daughter who goes everywhere with her - learning how to be a giving member of her community right from the start!
We recently caught up with this very talented, very busy professional to find out why she works volunteering into her life.
You juggle a lot of priorities, between being a mom and a business owner. Why do you make time to volunteer?
One of our recent "Where's SHARE?" adventures led us to this organization. Most folks know about their fabulous fitness center, but they do so much more, from transitional housing to after-school programs with an emphasis on fun and learning. Watch this video to discover - Where's SHARE?
It's time to revisit reader favorites from August! Last month it was our co-written post with the folks at Charlotte Smarty Pants about education-focused nonprofits. Check it out below - we hope you find an exciting way to get involved!
Education helps define the next generation’s outcomes. - Rebecca Wofford, Executive Director of The Lunch Project, and mom of two
Education is one of the best tools our children have in creating a happy and healthy life, but some kids and families in our community need a little extra help getting that strong start – whether it be tutoring, school supplies, or just a mentor.
We’ve listed some local organizations that are doing amazing work for today’s youth – both here in Charlotte and in places around the world. Some just need financial donations; some need volunteers; and, some need a little of each. Take a look and think about how you can make a difference.
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ― Henry Adams
Without a strong foundation in math, success in higher levels of learning is difficult. Here in Charlotte, 70% of economically disadvantaged students scored below grade level in 3rd – 8th grade math in 2012/13. Wait – did you read that sentence too quickly? In case you missed it, that number is 70%.
“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” ― Jacques Cousteau
For an ocean lover, being land-locked in Charlotte can be tough. Fortunately, this local organization has got you covered. Surfrider Foundation – Charlotte Chapter brings the ocean to you through education, awareness, and local volunteer opportunities.
As an ambassador for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation, Surfrider hosts monthly cleanups at nature preserves that border our local lakes and waterways. Each month, volunteers collect over 100 pounds of garbage that otherwise would have ended up in the ocean.
“Being friends with Tracey has made me a more understanding and compassionate person. She has an unconditional devotion to her friends and inspires me to be a better person with all of my relationships,” said Ashley who became a Compeer volunteer in 2007. Tracey shared, “Ashley is a great friend, she’s understanding and listens well. We get excited when we share good news with each other and we hear each other’s problems. She also inspires me to get creative.”
Teens have unique health care and wellness needs. This local organization works to meet them through a wide range of services for kids and young adults ages 11 through 22. Watch the video to discover - Where's SHARE?
So much more than a summer school, this organization provides a "summer opportunity" that's about literacy skills, character building, and much more! Watch the video to discover and then visit ourNon-Profit of the Week!
Kathleen and her daughter Delaney spent an afternoon at Saturday Serve with Ronald McDonald House. Here’s how it went:
“When we arrived, we all got a tour – kids and parents alike – of the main part of the house. What a great space for families with children undergoing medical treatment! It’s welcoming and designed with them in mind. Next, the kids went to the basement to work on a craft. They created a small bouquet of flowers for each room, with a handwritten note of encouragement for the families. I can imagine coming ‘home’ to something cheerful like that would be a welcome sight for the RMH families after a long, difficult day.
Our most popular blog post featured on Charlotte Smarty Pants last month was about Soul 139. Here it is one more time in case you missed it!
“If you haven’t confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started." - Marcus Garvey
If you’re like us, you’ll do just about anything to fit in an appointment with your stylist. We’ve braved snow, rearranged schedules, and gone on “wait lists” all because we know what it’s like to really need that haircut. We walk into the salon in a baseball cap and walk out with a new look, along with a boost in self-esteem.
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!!