We're excited to introduce our intern, Arika Zimmerman! She's joining us from Queens University, where she's a senior working on a double major, playing lacrosse, AND helping us out for a few months with marketing projects. We think she's interesting, talented, and fun. We got her to slow down enough to answer a few questions so you could get to know her too!
What's your major?
Communications and Spanish double major!
Any childhood nicknames you'd like to share?
My family called my 'chubs' until I was about 8 because I had the chubbiest face when I was a baby.
You don't have to be an actor to volunteer with Theatre Charlotte! Over the next two weeks we'll be featuring a guest post from Chris Timmons, Associate Artistic Director, highlighting some of the cool stuff you can do without ever getting on the stage!
Our Non-Profit partners rock when it comes to thanking volunteers. They know it's not just the right thing to do, it's important that volunteers and supporters understand how key they are to the overall mission.
But it's always good to have a little science to back you up! This article featured in Stanford Business School's Center for Social Innovation reports that "gratitude motivates prosocial behavior." Meaning if our volunteers feel thanked, they are more inclined to volunteer with us again.
So next time you're thanking volunteers, you'll know it's both an art and a science. And while we're at it - to our Neighbors and Non-Profit partners: thank you!
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.
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!!