If you've been watching the news, you've probably seen or read about our #BetheChangeCLT day at Providence Day School. And what you probably heard about was the poverty simulation we did under the guidance of Crisis Assistance Ministry.
But what you didn't see, after the cameras flickered off and the journalists went on to their next assignments, is what the students did next.
Bus-loads of kids headed out across Charlotte to engage with six projects hosted by local non-profit organizations. My job was to tag along to one of them - Spay Neuter Charlotte.
And this was for the kids, you understand. Not for me. My plan was to listen and observe, and probably nod sagely from the sidelines now and then.
This guest post from one of our partner non-profit organizations, Different Roads Home, gives you a look into their mission and how you can get involved. Check out the special promotion for SHARE Neighbors at the end.
At Different Roads Home, we strongly believe in the work SHARE is doing in Charlotte. The idea of connecting neighbors to local causes as a means to create a more engaged community seems so simple in theory, yet as SHARE founder Kelly Brooks attests, the Queen City’s nonprofit world has not always been one that is easily navigated.
This organization is in business to help families make lasting memories together. We at SHARE consider this group to be one of Charlotte's many gems! Watch the video and then click through to find out who our "Non-Profit of the Week" is.
As parents, we're excited about the findings in the Women Give 2013 report "New Research on Charitable Giving by Girls and Boys" that show that talking to our kids about charitable giving can make a BIG difference in their behavior. It seems common sense to us, but it's always good to have a study to back up what feels right.
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.
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!!