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#SpotlightOnCLT: Love146

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 25, 2019    in

Written by Grant Stimmel


Like animals in a zoo, but worse.

You wait for your number to be called. 

17. 34. 92. One by one the other girls leave…

Then it is just you. Number 146

Nameless, alone, you await your bidder. Then, finally, you are called. Escorted from the glass room, your dress hangs loose. You are 11-years-old, and only beginning the worst night of your life. Only this happened last night, too. And the night before that. Tomorrow, there will be more of the same.

You are a child sex slave. Not 1,000 years ago. Today.

You are who Love146 is trying to help.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Compassion to Act

Written by Eden Estabrook    on January 17, 2019    in
Written by Eden Estabrook
Photography by Nathan Villaume
 

Did you know that Charlotte is the #1 city in NC and #7 city in the nation for human trafficking activity? Stunned? Hold on. There’s more. A girl is bought and sold every 15 seconds for an average cost of $90. That means, by the time you finished reading that statistic, one girl has been forced into human trafficking. By the time you finish reading this article… well. You do the math. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Lily Pad Haven

Written by Holly Blackman    on January 10, 2019    in

 

Written by Holly Blackman
 

Human trafficking can sound like a humanitarian heartstring issue, pulling on the fringe of society, and before meeting a victim - a college student who was coerced into what was advertised as a modeling agency career photo shoot - I coldly dismissed sex trafficking as the modern-day term for prostitution. I quickly realized this is real life where people are preyed upon, often drugged and abused. 

Vulnerability creates desperation, and loneliness, low self-esteem, lack of familial structure or money trouble presents itself at a bus stop, a facade of a relationship, 

“But what can I DO?,” I often think.

#52Tuesdays: Anna Gaeckle and Playing for Others

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 8, 2019    in


Local nonprofit organization Playing for Others (PFO) believes that the two most important questions we can ask in our lifetime are “Who Am I?” and “How will I give of that?”

PFO not only poses these questions for teens and young adults, but also helps to answer them through programs focused on Personal Development, Service, and the Arts. One of PFO's signature programs is their Buddy Program, where teens partner with children with disabilities (“buddies”) to build genuine friendships - but don’t take it from me, take it from Anna Gaeckle.

January Spotlight Series: Spotlight On Human Trafficking

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 3, 2019    in


January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month and with North Carolina climbing the list of high risk states year after year (and Charlotte being the #1 region in North Carolina where human trafficking is most prevalent), it is an issue that our community cannot afford to ignore. Thankfully, there are local nonprofit organizations who work tirelessly to protect against this issue.  In order to help raise awareness this month, SHARE Charlotte’s January Spotlight Series will focus on our nonprofit partners who serve those at risk and/or those who have already been affected and are recovering from the horrors of human trafficking.

#AnimalsofCLT: So You Think You Can Bark?

Written by Nicole Copsis    on December 26, 2018    in

Written by: Grant Stimmel 

 


Quick, what are you doing on February 1st? 

Settling in for another night of Netflix? 

Wrong!

You’re going to have to watch House of Cards another night because February 1st plays host to the first ever So You Think You Can Bark. An outrageously fun night of pup-inspired entertainment benefiting Charlotte’s own Stand For Animals.

Stand For Animals is an organization committed to providing affordable veterinary care to tens of thousands of pet owners across Charlotte and beyond. They offer everything from spay/neuter services to full-blown veterinary care for pet owners who may otherwise be unable to regularly visit the vet.

#AnimalsofCLT: Five Ways You Can Help Charlotte’s Other Animals

Written by Addie Rising    on December 20, 2018    in

Five Ways You Can Help Charlotte’s Other Animals
by Addie Rising

"Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to." ― Alfred A. Montapert

Many of us have dogs or cats and we just love our furry friends. But these animals aren’t the only creatures in Charlotte who need help … or in some cases provide support for humans. Here are some ways you can help animals other than Fido and Fifi, right here in Charlotte.

#52Tuesdays: Change Someone's World This Holiday Season

Written by Eden Estabrook    on December 18, 2018    in

#52Tuesdays: Change Someone's World this Holiday Season 
Written by: Eden Estabrook


The holiday months of November and December invites people. Thanksgiving kicks off the season with an attitude of thankfulness and instills a desire to give back some of what we have (#GivingTuesdayCLT, anyone?). December helps bring it home with a season of gift-giving and time spent with loved ones that reignites the November giving-back mentality. 

With so much out there, it’s hard to know where to start. In a large city like Charlotte, it’s easy to feel like you’re barely scratching the surface with your efforts. Rest assured, every effort makes a difference. I’m sure of it. Here’s why: 

The insightful Dr. Seuss once wrote, “To the world you may be one person; but to one person, you may be the world.” 

Parachute Media Does GOOD for the #AnimalsofCLT

Written by Nicole Copsis    on December 13, 2018    in


Parachute Media is a full-service digital marketing agency who recently brought their services to the growing city of Charlotte. From social media and digital advertising to video and content creation, they are passionate about telling stories that align with your business and have a big impact on your target audience. 

Something else they’re passionate about? Animals...which is why they chose to sponsor this month’s #AnimalsofCLT series with SHARE Charlotte.

Why did Parachute Media decide to sponsor #AnimalsofCLT this year? 

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