DO GOOD Week would not be possible without the generosity of our official partners! Thompson Child and Family Focus is the longest standing nonprofit in Charlotte and while they themselves are a 501c3, the Thompson staff are encouraged and supported in their efforts to contribute to causes outside of Thompson’s own mission- they are even given Volunteer Time Off (VTO). Now THAT is an organization that knows a rising tide lifts all boats.
Read more about Thompson Child and Family Focus in their own words with this quick Q&A!
Why is volunteerism important to nonprofit organizations and why does it matter that Charlotte celebrates National Volunteer Week?
My grandmother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) when I was a child. Prior to her diagnosis, she was a gifted musician and was always playing her piano at home or the organ at her church. Until she couldn’t.
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive brain disease resulting from the malfunction and death of vital cells in the brain, known as neurons. The neurons are in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra. Some of these dying neurons produce dopamine, which is the chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. The disease affects each patient differently and the symptoms can change from day to day.
For my grandmother, her symptoms included tremors that affected her ability to play a keyboard.
Volunteering is a Win-Win, Reap the Benefits Written by Amy Andrews
For many of us, finding time in a busy schedule to volunteer can feel like a luxury. We may want to do good and help others but it feels just beyond our grasp. “I’ll volunteer when this big project at work is over.” Or, “I’ll volunteer when my kids are older.” It is easy to come up with reasons to just shelve it and move on with an ever-growing to-do list.
DO GOOD Week would not be possible without the generosity of our partners! Duke Energy is not only powering DO GOOD Week as our presenting partner, but they also do a whole of GOOD for the Charlotte community that you may not even know about! Read below to hear about it in their own words with a quick Q&A
A few GOOD questions with Duke Energy's Sarah Degnan and Dominique Johnson:
Why did Duke Energy decide to sponsor DO GOOD Week this year?
National Volunteer Week. DO GOOD Week. United Way Volunteer Week.
It doesn’t matter what you call it, it matters that you get involved.
DO GOOD Week, powered by Duke Energy, and United Way Volunteer Week, presented to the community Wells Fargo, are both shining a spotlight on local volunteer needs in CLT during National Volunteer Week. April 5-13th both of our organizations will be celebrating service and rallying the Charlotte community to take action through the contribution of time and talent.
Both DO GOOD Week and United Way Volunteer Week offer multiple opportunities for community members of all ages to get involved with local nonprofits- check out the dates below to see all of the ways you can plug in and donate your time.
2019 is Charlotte's 250th anniversary (CLT250) and an opportunity for Charlotte to recognize our past, understand our present and imagine our future, together. For SHARE Charlotte, imaging our future means supporting our local nonprofits, who play a significant role in strengthening our city. So we invited our nonprofit partners to tell us how our community - local businesses, corporations, foundations, groups and individuals, can support their vision for CLT250.
“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” – Leo Buscaglia
Having one true friend can make all the difference in the world for many of us, but a single friendship can be life-changing for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In 2018, there were 41,193 North Carolina students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) enrolled in public schools. Eighty-three percent of adolescents (ages 12-21) with IDD have experienced bullying, which puts them at risk for crushing loneliness and depression.
Lately, I have noticed more homeless women in Charlotte standing on street medians - I don’t have the data, just noticed more faces I, unfortunately, try to avoid. However, as a new friend and writer, Melissa LaCross reminded me, “Acknowledging someone’s humanity leaves space
And I’ve just come across a SHARE Charlotte partner who is doing just that. My Sister’s House Transitional Living Program, which operates under the leadership of Friendship Community Development Corporation, first began at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church as an overflow shelter for the Center for Hope.
Here’s another fact- Brixx Pizza does a whole lot of GOOD for the Charlotte community.
Have you ever noticed the feeling you get walking into a Brixx Pizza location? No, not hunger. The other one, the feeling that you are welcome.
That is not an accident- Brixx Pizza strives for each of their five Charlotte locations to be neighborhood restaurants that welcome everyone and that are involved in the community that surrounds them.
"We're locals who love to support local, and staying involved with our community helps our neighborhoods thrive,” said Managing Partner, Jeff Van Dyke. “Engaging with and giving back to our community has been our favorite way to thank our Charlotte neighbors for supporting us for more than 20 years.”
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!!