Looking for creative ways to engage your people (employees, customers, clients, students, members, fans, viewers, residents, followers, etc) during this unprecedented time apart? We have one for you - and it includes a bonus dose of good.
Meals are often the choice between favorite recipes not how or if we can get the groceries to eat, but during this COVID-19 pandemic, grocery shopping, meal planning, and online pre-ordering is taking more forethought and planning. However, for 182,000 children and 45,000 seniors living in poverty in Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s service region, food always takes more forethought as they rely on food banks to eat and now more so than ever.
Friendship Trays has been delivering nutritious meals to elderly and infirm individuals in the Charlotte area for more than 40 years. Friendship Trays clients face isolation and concern over access to food each and every day. The irony of today’s situation is that so many of us are suddenly facing those very fears, perhaps for the first time ever.
According to Lucy Bush Carter, Executive Director of Friendship Trays, “a big part of what we do is providing nourishment for the body and soul of our clients. The food is important, but we are also providing human connection.”
We have adapted our digital newsletter, Sunday SHARE, to feature ten different local nonprofits and their most urgent needs each week. We will be adding to this growing list as ten more ways to help are published every Sunday.
Want this curated list of ways to take action and support local nonprofits delivered straight to your inbox every Sunday? Sign up for our Sunday SHARE newsletter, here.
To see the full list of our partners who have identified specific needs due to the impact of COVID-19, click here.
In just a matter of weeks, COVID-19 has turned our world upside down, shutting down any place where large groups of people would normally gather - including restaurants, concerts, performing arts, and fundraising events. For our local nonprofits, COVID-19 has forced dramatic change in order to continue serving the local community.
In a time of crisis, we are often reminded that as long as our basic human needs are being met, in the end, we will be OK.
But here is the issue - food, water, shelter and clothing are not always guarenteed. With the current crisis our world is facing, the resources that many of our most vulnerable neighbors rely on for access to food have been disrupted and compromised, making hunger a more urgent need than ever in our community.
In the fall, Foster Village Charlotte opened up a one-of-a kind home-like resource center in the Oakhurst Neighborhood thanks to the generosity of individual donors and the seed money they won being a part of SEED20 through Social Ventures Partners. But why a resource center? What's so important about a physical location?
Well, imagine you are a child that has been taken out of the only home and family you’ve ever known. Even though you are already experiencing toxic stress, being placed somewhere new adds additional levels of trauma. You find yourself without a familiar face, in an unknown setting, without a single belonging.
Elon Homes of North Carolina is a local nonprofit that has been serving North Carolina’s at-risk children for 105 years and has a rich and proud heritage in the field of child development and services. They care for young people from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of needs, strengths, opportunities and dreams and their foster care program specializes in keeping sibling groups together in the same home. Read Susan's story below to see the positive impact Elon Homes has on the lives of the youth they serve.
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SHARE Charlotte has been overwhelmed by the selflessness and generosity of our neighbors, community and corporate partners as we continue to manage a flood of inquiries about how people can do GOOD to support our nonprofit partners during this time of uncertainty.
We are fortunate to live in a world where technology enables us to come together despite being physically apart, and the need to come together in Charlotte to support our nonprofit community has potentially never been greater. If you have something to give, please consider doing so - the organizations serving Charlotte’s most vulnerable need your help.
What’s SHARE Charlotte’s role in this crisis? It’s to do what we do best - connect those who want to help Mecklenburg County's nonprofit community to all the ways they can.
Rarely does Thompson’s foster care team have a day that is uneventful. When your job entails children and their well-being-especially their long-term outcomes, day-to-day experiences are going to be challenging and have an effect at the end of the day.
Jen Stout, Director of Family Support Services (Foster Care) at Thompson, shared a recent experience that stopped me in my tracks. Her account of a biological mom who signed her rights away to her children immediately touched my heart when I read it. Jen expressed in her post that the mother reflected on the choices she made that resulted in her inability to care for her children. And the day had come when her kids would become part of a brand new family.
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!!