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#52Tuesdays: MeckEd Creates Pathways to Successful Careers for All Students

Written by Addie Rising    on May 7, 2019    in


Not all students in Charlotte have the same opportunities for successful careers.

Founded in 1991, MeckEd is a Local Education Fund, which assists and supports public schools while holding them accountable for providing and ensuring excellence and equity for all of the children and families they serve.

MeckEd’s Career Pathways program serves low-income 16-21 year olds at Vance, Independence, Garinger and Harding High Schools who face barriers to the workforce and bridges the disconnect between students, business and industry, and post-secondary education. The Career Pathways program fosters a better-prepared workforce and creates a pipeline to ensure young people see the relevance of staying in school and that they embrace an attainable path following graduation.

#SpotlightOnCLT: The Housing Partnership

Written by Grant Stimmel    on May 6, 2019    in


They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Guess the Counting Crows were onto something.

From the Carolinas to California — and every big city in between — explosive growth has caused transformational change to the places we all call home. In Charlotte, we’ve seen skyscrapers smother single-family homes and big business take over once charming neighborhoods.

Of course this growth has brought fantastic opportunities to our city. More jobs, more dining, more stuff to do. These are good things, yes. But there’s a balance.

Where are we supposed to live?

#SpotlightOnCLT: Affordable Housing Crisis

Written by Nicole Copsis    on May 2, 2019    in


With an estimated 60 people moving to Charlotte every single day, it is no secret that the Queen City has been growing rapidly in recent years. But with more residents comes a bigger demand for affordable housing, one that Charlotte has not been able to supply, causing a crisis. Before we dive into this month's focus, we have to first understand what we are talking about when we talk about affordable housing. The definition of affordable housing is "housing for which the occupant(s) is/are paying no more than 30 percent of his or her income for gross housing costs, including utilities."

#52Tuesdays: A Journey to the Special Olympics World Games, Erykah’s Story

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 30, 2019    in
 

Most people have heard of the Special Olympics, but do you know about the Special Olympics World Games? They just took place this past March 14-21 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This  multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities is no small gig- check out these numbers:

  • 7,000+ Athletes

  • 170+ Countries Represented

  • 2,500 Coaches

  • 20,000 Volunteers

  • 3,000 Honored Guests

  • 500,000+ Spectators

….making this the largest international sporting and humanitarian event of the year!

DO GOOD Week 2019 Recap

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 30, 2019    in



DO GOOD Week may be over, but the impact is not! 

8,955
Volunteer Hours Served During DO GOOD Week

2,397 Individuals Activated During Do GOOD Week

1,000+ New Volunteers Connected with a Local Nonprofit

 

For the full infographic, click here.

Those are exciting numbers- but what about the WHO, WHAT,  WHERE and WHY of it all?


 


WHO: Who helped encourage Charlotte to DO GOOD?

#52Tuesdays: RunningWorks is Off to the Races With a New Set of Wheels

Written by Addie Rising    on April 23, 2019    in


In 2012, RunningWorks began as a way to use running to reach out to the homeless community and encourage them to rediscover the value of hard work, determination and self-respect.

While running remains central to the organization, RunningWorks has expanded its scope to include the ultimate goal of finding permanent housing for its participants.

“At our core it’s still about the health and wellness component,” said RunningWorks Chief Operating Officer Matt Sharp. “Running and physical fitness, motion and just getting out and building relationships during that time allows us to understand what the needs of these individuals are. Sometimes it’s mental wellness, or finding jobs, or transportation, or even housing.”

Jason Harper Takes Nonprofits for a Ride in the DO GOOD Karaoke Truck

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 23, 2019    in

DO GOOD Week 2019 may be over, but the need for volunteers is constant. 

Eight brave SHARE Charlotte nonprofit partners took a spin in the DO GOOD Truck with FOX46's Jason Harper to share what they do and how you can give your time to help them. Check out the short clips for a quick taste, and the full length videos for a GOOD laugh. 

First up was SHARE Charlotte's very own Marketing Ninja, Caroline Miller!
(For the full length version of this video, click here!)



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