As a three-time breast cancer survivor, Angela Baker understands all too well the challenges faced when completing cancer treatments.
First diagnosed in 2003, Angela has fought multiple bouts with metastatic breast cancer, while continuing to work full-time and as a single mom. Even with a leave of absence, Angela had a lot on her plate.
The problem: Every day, hundreds of single women are forced into living on the streets. The reason is not the same for all- some are escaping domestic violence or human trafficking, while others are experiencing job loss and are feeling the effects of the affordable housing crisis in Charlotte.
The solution: A safe place for women to go to get back on their feet after a set back.
Nonprofits are often created when a void that exists in the landscape of a city is realized.
FORCLT was born out of a realization by founder, Rob Kelly, a pastor of 13 years at the time, that the Church in Charlotte was deeply divided. He saw a need for unity among church organizations and knew that only good things would come out of a united church community, one that would work together to fill the needs of the city. Since its inception in 2015, FORCLT’s primary purpose has been “to unite the Church to transform our city.”
In 2017, Diamond Williams was a shy teen in crisis. She was young, pregnant and living in a home for teen moms. That’s when she met Foundation For Girls Founder Shreya Mantha and began a new path for her life.
Foundation For Girls began in 2014 to change the life trajectory of vulnerable girls. The organization consists of a community of passionate coaches and gives access to opportunities and the scaffolding for success through its four-pillar programming in Digital Literacy, Financial Wellness, Leadership, and Health & Well-Being.
In honor of Women's History Month, SHARE Charlotte will be celebrating nonprofit organizations who focus specifically on Women's Health and Wellness, keeping the women of Charlotte safe, healthy, cared for and connected.
With the celebration of women’s achievements both past and present happening on a national scale in March, we are here to contribute to the conversation by highlighting the local organizations that serve women all year long.
Listed below are many of SHARE Charlotte’s nonprofit partners who focus on Women’s Health and Wellness. Read how they serve our community as well as how you can get involved with these organizations. You can also click here to explore all of our nonprofit partners who are not featured on this list but who may also serve a similar sector of need.
Get Your Marie Kondo On: Where to take items you would like to repurpose for GOOD!
With the recent success of Marie Kondo’s hit Netflix series Tidying Up and her “if it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it” mentality going viral, it is a perfect time to get inspired to do some organizing out of your own and start Spring cleaning early. But wait- haven’t you heard- one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Don’t throw away those items that could still be of GOOD use to others- donate them to one of the organizations below!
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
What You Can Donate: Men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and most household items.
Joe, my best friend’s father-in-law, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011 during her engagement and was already gone by her first wedding anniversary in 2013. Joe dedicated a decade of his life serving on foundations supporting leukemia research without any personal tie to the cancer until his diagnosis. After her new father’s death, my best friend and her husband took part in Team in Training (TNT) in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). TNT is the largest charity endurance-training program in the world and in the last 30 years, through the efforts of 650,000 athletes, has raised over $1 billion for LLS.
“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a back bone, and a funny bone.”
Those words were spoken by Reba McEntire, but represent Three Bone Theatre’s business philosophy. Founded in 2012, the Charlotte-based arts organization produces four shows each year with the understanding that great theatre can be a catalyst for conversation and change in our community.
“The show is only half of it,” said Three Bone Theatre Executive Director Becky Schultz. “It needs to be fantastic, but it’s a means to the end of getting our community to think differently about topics that are important … The shows educate you about a particular topic and you leave being motivated to be engaged in that topic and we’ll tell you about a community partner focused on that area,”
Everyone needs support sometimes. No matter the challenge, banding together with other people who can encourage you through hard times is vital.
Medical struggles are no different. A community of people who understand and can provide support and advice is a key part of maintaining your sanity and morale through the ups and downs the medical roller coaster can send you on. This is especially true for people with bleeding disorders.
When it comes to health, your ZIP code makes a bigger difference than your genetic code — especially in Charlotte, where people have a harder time rising out of poverty than in most other U.S. cities.
The American Heart Association wants to change this. In addition to their renowned research and signature charity events, AHA is determined to empower people in underserved Queen City communities with access to heart healthcare and prevention.
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!!