And if you’ve ever found yourself stuck in a hospital bed, you know all too well how quickly costs add up.
It seems like so much as asking your nurse for a Snickers bar these days will set you back a thousand bucks. And sadly, that’s not much of an exaggeration.
Healthcare costs have quadrupled over the last 50 years, and 62% of bankruptcies in the U.S. are filed as a result of an unexpected medical expense. Even with insurance, it is more expensive to get medical care today than at any point in our history. This, as you can imagine, is a problem.
So what can you do? How can you help? How do we, together, fix this mess?
If you're a mom, back to school time probably means shopping for lunch boxes, scouring the school supply aisles for glue sticks, and helping your kids find the perfect outfit for the first day of school. But for a select group of moms in our area, going back to school means much more than that.
These moms are the ANSWER Scholarship recipients, and they are determined to complete their college degree not when the timing is perfect, not when their kids get older and life calms down, but right now, in the busiest, most demanding season of their lives.
This August, SHARE Charlotte’s Spotlight Series: #AccessGrantedCLT, presented by CliniSpan Health, will focus in on our local nonprofit partners who in some way make healthcare accessible to those who may otherwise not be able to receive the help they need. These nonprofit organizations grant accessibility to healthcare in a variety of ways such as by providing financial assistance, medical supplies and equipment, transportation, and free or low cost health clinics.
What do those numbers say to you? During SummerSHARE, the spike of online orders being shipped to Charlotte nonprofits from one of Give Shop®’s retailers, Walgreens, prompted them to ask our friends at The Exceptional Foundation “What is going on in Charlotte?” Funny you should ask, Walgreens… a whole lot of GOOD was going on!
Those are exciting numbers- but what about the WHO, WHAT, WHERE and WHY of it all?
SHARE Charlotte’s SummerSHARE Results in $65K Impact for Local Organizations
In seven days, Charlotte purchased 4,581 items for local nonprofits
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2018
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.): Earlier this month, Charlotte came together to shop online for the tangible goods local nonprofits need most this summer as part of SHARE Charlotte’s fourth annual SummerSHARE. In just seven days, SummerSHARE inspired the purchase of 4,581 items for 86 local nonprofit organizations. Along with several cash donations, this resulted in a $65K impact! Visit summershare.org to view the results.
To build a successful nonprofit organization you need a mission, a lot of heart, a lot of time and sometimes … a little space.
Many nonprofit organizations are founded by an individual with a passion for helping others and few resources. That often means long hours toiling away from home or local coffee shops or libraries or anywhere with access to wifi that does not take funds away from the organization’s mission.
Industry Coworking, located at the AvidXchange Music Factory opened in 2009 as a shared office environment designed for creatives, technology professionals, freelancers, small businesses and other independent workers. Industry offers both private offices as well as flexible workspaces for people to get out of their home office or the coffee shop, and plug into a dynamic community of people.
Late in July for a 24 hour stretch, you’ll see thousands of people camping out along Charlotte’s “booty loop” in Myers Park watching thousands more ride and ride and ride some more. There’s cheering, bonding, camaraderie, excitement and even cowbells.
You see avid cyclists, novice cyclists, junior cyclists and even some walkers. Some ride for a few miles. Some ride hundreds of miles.
For Ryan Weiers, riding in the middle of the night is the most fun. “It’s a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones, and take some time for yourself to reflect on what you’re doing and why,” he said. “Riding after midnight is very personal. It is peaceful.”
For me, summer digs up memories of barefoot ballet leaps over sprinklers in a sopping wet backyard, moms’ bottomless, waterproof pool bags with one billion pockets, late night cookouts where it seemed parents almost forgot bedtime ---- almost! Fireflies and boat rides at dusk on the lake. I think of watermelons being sliced, potato salad getting dished out, and hamburgers grilling. Never once did I have to question whether I was getting a meal.
Unfortunately, this is not what summer feels like to thousands of children in Charlotte. Some kids are waiting - waiting for parents to come home from long days at work, waiting to see their aunt or guardian, waiting for someone to get to the bus stop to haul groceries back home, waiting to be taken anywhere.
We are so proud to call Cottingham Chalk an official sponsor of SummerSHARE this year, and appreciate their generosity, not only in supporting our community wide giving campaign, but in every way that they have given back to Charlotte for the past 35 years.
Cottingham Chalk is a Charlotte real estate company that people have trusted since 1983 and, this summer, they celebrate their 35th year of business with a brand refresh. Cottingham Chalk has always believed in the importance of collaboration and building relationships and their recent brand refresh did not change that. While their look, signs, logo and name have been refreshed, updated and modernized, their core values have not. Cottingham Chalk’s focus has always been, and continues to be, on being an authentic, committed, and a relationship driven company.
Mecklenburg County is proud to support SummerSHARE as on official sponsor for the second year in a row. The County has a history partnering with local nonprofits to deliver critical services, so we know that when people get together and coordinate giving at a larger scale, lasting GOOD can be done for the community.
Just last year, more than 10,000 individual donors and 117 local businesses and community organizations came together to give more than $7 million in value to 235 local nonprofits through the SummerSHARE campaign. We were so grateful to be a part of that campaign and share the opportunity to give with county employees and customers.
SummerSHARE encourages the purchase of tangible items off of Give Shop that nonprofits need the most and gives us the opportunity to give back in a big way.
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!!