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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!

GivingTuesdayCLT Slam Dunk

Written by admin_1    on November 13, 2014    in

Looking for a fun way to think about Giving Tuesday? Check out the Hands N Feet Foundation! For every assist the Hornets make through December 2, Hands N Feet Foundation will donate a pair of socks to Crisis Assistance Ministry. So if you’re a Hornets fan (and who isn’t, really?) tune in on Twitter and keep track!

To learn more about Hands N Feet and the work they do, visit their SHARE profile. To find out more about Giving Tuesday CLT, the local movement that’s all about giving back, check out GivingTuesdayCLT.org.

THE GIFT OF HOPE NOTES

Written by admin_1    on November 11, 2014    in

We're seeing some fun ways that local nonprofits are using the purple Gifting Boxes that have popped up all over town in celebration of #GivingTuesdayCLT. 

Here's one example from InnerVision. Since they don't have an active presence on social media, they're using the box in the lobby of their organization as a source of hope and inspiration. Anyone who wants to leave a note of encouragement can grab a blank notecard, jot it down and leave it in the box. If a visitor needs a "hope note" - they simply reach in and take one.

We LOVE this creative, inspiring approach to #GivingTuesdayCLT! The day is about lifting up and encouraging our nonprofit community and, in the end, each other. Thanks InnerVision for making our day!

You're almost home

Written by admin_1    on October 23, 2014

We have so many new Neighbors and friends (thank you!) that we decided to share this post from July 2013. It's still so very true!

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When I was a kid we moved from one side of town to another. Not a long distance, but close enough to a city bus stop so that my mom's commute to work would be much easier. Still, it seemed like a major move to a 7 year old. To help us get used to the idea, every time our travels  took us past our soon-to-be new neighborhood, Mom would say "See? If we lived there we would already be home."

The same thing applies to joining us at SHARE Charlotte. If the words "join" or "sign up" sound like a process or a chore...trust me, it's not. The distance between you and full access to SHARE's growing Collection of Good is literally a few keystrokes. 

your favorite post: september

Written by admin_1    on October 9, 2014
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is in September

It's time to revisit reader favorites from September! Last month was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, which became our focus in the Charlotte Smarty Pants post below. Check it out - we hope you find an exciting way to get involved!

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“The soul is healed by being with children.” – English Proverb

Cancer and kids: it’s hard to read those two words in the same sentence.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, although for many parents and kids no specially designated month is necessary—they deal with this terrible disease every day. In fact, cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children in the U.S.

This frightening statistic is why there are organizations working hard to eradicate cancer from kids’ lives. Here in Charlotte, a lot of good work is being done to help families, fund research and raise awareness. Here are a few. We hope you’ll take a minute to check them out and get involved.

Where's share?

Written by admin_1    on September 17, 2014
International House

It took 13 years, but with determination and the help of this Charlotte organization, this family was finally able to be together.

Where's SHARE these days? At International House, where they promote international understanding and help immigrants integrate fully into our community.

International House has some unique opportunities to get volunteer - in ways that could open new doors for you and your family! Watch this short video to learn more.

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
Click here to watch the video.

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%.

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