You won't believe the amount of work this organization does for our entire community...inside and out! Watch the video and see who our Non-Profit of the Week is. Check out their fun Volunteer Opportunities while you're at it!
Jane Miles is all energy. Her bright blue eyes dance as she talks about her long volunteer career with Blumenthal Performing Arts. The former Associate Director at UNC Urban Institute describes her volunteer experience by comparing it with Maslow's Hierachy of Needs. "Just a few levels up from the most basic needs you'll see the need for socialization," she explains. "That's what volunteering initially gave me."
Close your eyes and think about this: what does a volunteer do? Answer phones? Serve meals? Build a house?
You're right. Volunteering your time can involve all of those things. But it can also be a completely different experience. In fact, there's really no end to the variety of volunteer roles available in our community.
Help, hope and healing. This organization provides support for grieving children and parents here in Charlotte. Where's SHARE? Watch the video above, then visit our Non-Profit of the Week to learn more.
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.
GUEST POST: Need some inspiration? Our friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte shared this post with us about their "Big of the Year" Keith Anderson. If you're interested in making a difference like Keith has, BBBSGC is always looking for more volunteers. It only takes a few hours a week to make a difference in the life of a child!
Volunteering in Charlotte? Here are three steps to make sure it's a perfect fit:
1. Find your passion. You've heard it before - but it's true. You're going to invest time into this gig, so it needs to be something you really believe in.
2. Consider the time you have available. Once you know "who" you want to help (kids, animals, etc.), decide how much time you have to give. No matter if it's a lot or a little, there's an organization out there that will be thrilled to have you on board.
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!!