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#MindYourMentalHealth: Treating Mental Illness is a Whole New Ballgame

Written by Grant Stimmel    on May 16, 2018    in

Treating mental illness is a whole new ballgame

It’s a warm spring evening in Charlotte, and a perfect night for baseball.

10,197 fans make their way into BB&T Ballpark to watch the Knights play the Norfolk Tides. But there’s more going on in the stadium than baseball and dizzy bat races.

In the stands that night sit 713 adults battling major depression — a full 7% of the crowd.

They’re not sitting in special sections. Or wearing brightly colored shirts.

They look, and act, and seem like everyone else in the crowd that night. But for many, there’s an untold sadness behind their eyes. A pain, that for whatever reason, they’ve been unable to shake. 

Mental illness is invisible. That’s what makes it so challenging. You can see a broken leg, you know what needs to be done to fix it. But someone’s mental health? 

#52Tuesdays: Freedom School Partners

Written by Addie Rising    on May 15, 2018    in

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
—Dr. Seuss

Summer vacation is right around the corner. If you ask any student in Charlotte, they will tell you exactly how many days are left before the season of camps, sleeping in and swimming pools begins. 

But something else happens during the summer months … the summer slide -- the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer school breaks. The loss in learning happens to all students, but varies across grade level, subject matter, and family income. Low-income students generally lose about two months of reading achievement.

Charlotte’s Freedom School Partners is making a difference. 

DO GOOD Week is Over, the Impact is Not

Written by Nicole Copsis    on May 10, 2018    in

National Volunteer Week, known locally as DO GOOD Week is a time to focus on the ways in which we can give GOOD to our community through the gift of donated time. Check out the infographic to see how Charlotte volunteers activated during this year’s DO GOOD Week (April 15-21). It doesn’t matter how you give your time or when, just that you do.

DO GOOD Week concluded on Saturday,  April 21st with SHARE Charlotte’s signature VolunBEERing event at NoDa Brewing Co. Watch the video below for a recap of all the GOOD that happened at VolunBEERing:

Triumph over Mental Illness: A Success Story

May 9, 2018    in

Triumph over Mental Illness:
A Success Story

contributed by Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

A life filled with hope and integrity—it’s the goal of many. For Katherine Todd, these words have new meaning because of the partnership, encouragement and resources she has with her Cardinal Innovations Care Coordinator and Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT). 

Challenged by mental illness from a very young age, Katherine has faced the difficulties of managing chronic conditions and navigating complicated systems for health and human services. Years of fragmented care processes had left her with little hope. 

“I knew there were resources, but the system can be overwhelming,” Katherine said. “I didn’t know where to start, where to go or who to call.” 

#52Tuesdays: Turning One Good Deed into Twenty

Written by Nicole Copsis    on May 8, 2018    in

Gina McGourty took an already GOOD deed and turned it into a GREAT one. 

As a part of DO GOOD Week, our sponsor Duke Energy generously gave away a night in their Luxury Suite at BB&T Ballpark to one lucky winner. To be entered to win the contest, you had to sign up for a volunteer opportunity on that given day of DO GOOD Week and at the end of the evening a winner was chosen at random from the list of volunteers who gave their time to GOOD.

The contest winner, Gina McGourty, signed up for two volunteer opportunities that day, already exceeding the requirements of the contest, volunteering to give her time to both ACEing Austism and Classroom Central. When we contacted Gina to let her know the good news, we were shocked by her response. 

Spotlight Series: #MindYourMentalHealth

Written by Nicole Copsis    on May 2, 2018    in

In May, SHARE Charlotte’s Spotlight Series: #MindYourMentalHealth, sponsored by Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, will focus on local nonprofit organizations who provide mental health services. These organizations each offer a different approach to healing individuals with mental health issues in our community be it through counseling groups, services dogs, or educational programs that allow people to better understand their own way of thinking. 

#52Tuesdays: Everette Oxrider and Foundation for Girls

Written by Nicole Copsis    on May 1, 2018    in

“Nurturing the leader in every girl” is the powerful promise of Foundation for Girls (FFG), a local, youth-led social venture that aims to change the life trajectory for at-risk and vulnerable youth.

Dedicated volunteer Everette Oxrider leads by example.

What started as a Service Learning Project quickly turned into a one of a kind experience for Everette who is now a Youth Ambassador and Visual Meditation and Yoga instructor for FFG. Everette is a perfect example of how volunteering can not only enrich the lives of those touched by an organization, but also the volunteers themselves.

#52Tuesdays: Tosco Music and Olivia Martin

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 24, 2018    in

The story goes that Amazon, Apple, and Disney all started in a garage and turned into the most influential online retailer, technology company, and media conglomerate in the world, respectively. And if that was not enough proof that great things can come from humble beginnings, take Tosco Music for example. Tosco Music, a local 501c3 nonprofit organization, began as intimate jam sessions in founder John Tosco’s living room and has grown into an organization that not only puts on community concerts where nationally recognized acts and undiscovered artists share the stage, but also provides music scholarships and conducts community outreach programs. 

Myers & Chapman Supports DO GOOD Week

April 19, 2018    in
Volunteers help build our community through the work they do for Charlotte’s nonprofit organizations.

Myers & Chapman, a 65-year-old, Charlotte-based, full-service construction company may literally build our community through its business, but it’s the company’s culture toward volunteering that sets it apart.

As a locally owned business, Myers & Chapman has a vested interest in the health and well-being of our community and has partnered with SHARE Charlotte as an official sponsor of DO GOOD Week.

DO GOOD Week an Extension of TIAA’s Caring Culture

April 18, 2018    in
Shenique CarmichaelBy Shenique Carmichael, VP, Director, Banking Change Management ,TIAA

At times in my life, I experienced hunger, thirst, lack of clothing and being shunned for not having. I went to school many days without shoes on my feet. When I got home from school, I didn’t know if I would have food to eat. I grew up with oil lamps and candles to allow me to do my homework. We didn’t have electricity or running water or a bed to sleep in, but I was able to rise above it all.