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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!

What's Your Reason?

Written by admin_1    on September 15, 2014
Jess Norman, a SHARE Neighbor & community volunteer
 

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?

Where's share?

Written by admin_1    on September 11, 2014
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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?

Your favorite post: August

Written by admin_1    on September 7, 2014

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!

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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.

your favorite post from july

Written by admin_1    on August 15, 2014
HEART Tutoring volunteer. Visit SHARE Charlotte to get started.

It's time to revisit "reader favorites" from our Sunday posts on the Charlotte Smarty Pants blog. Your favorite post from July 2014 was about HEART Tutoring. Enjoy!

“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%.

your favorite posts

Written by Admin    on August 4, 2014
Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Foundation

It's time to revisit "reader favorites" from our Sunday posts on the Charlotte Smarty Pants blog. Your favorite post from June 2014 was about Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Chapter. Enjoy!

“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.

what's it like to be a compeer?

Written by admin_1    on July 22, 2014

We're happy to bring a guest post to you from our friends at Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas. Their evidence based Compeer Program brings benefits for everyone involved. Here's one story! Get more information about the program here

“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.”

What’s it like to volunteer at “The House”?

Written by Admin    on June 16, 2014

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. 

May's Favorite - Charlotte Smarty Pants

Written by Admin    on June 3, 2014

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.

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