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July 9, 2017

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: SummerSHARE LemonAID Stand for Good

By Addie Rising, SHARECharlotte.org, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.

OK Smarty Parents! We’ve got a contest where EVERYONE wins! Wait, what? Everyone? Yes, everyone! Iced LemonAID

For many neighbors in Charlotte, summer brings a time of great need. Groceries are hard to come by and many families in our community rely on resources from local organizations to make it through the summer months. Did you know that summer is when Charlotte’s food pantries become depleted? Need does not get a vacation. Read More →

May 7, 2017

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: Treat Mom Right and Give Back

By Addie Rising, SHARECharlotte.org, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.

I’ve finally hit the point in my life where I don’t need any more “stuff”. But stuff that’s meaningful? That’s a different story. If you’re struggling with the perfect idea for a gift for yourself or your mother or mother-in-law, consider these Mother’s Day gifts that give back … right here in Charlotte.ELawrenceGar Restored

Go on a stroll

Take the family on a stroll through Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. They have events all weekend like Mommy & Me Teas on Saturday. On Sunday all moms can stroll the garden for free! Read More →

April 16, 2017

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: DO GOOD as a Family

By Addie Rising, SHARECharlotte.org, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.

As moms, we volunteer a lot. In fact, 30 percent of parents volunteer in some capacity, according to data collected by the Corporation for National & Community Service. But most of my volunteer hours are spent at my children’s schools or at church, which I love.do_good_week_LOGO

But I’m always searching for ways my entire family can get out together and DO GOOD. Luckily there are many opportunities that are family-friendly.

Here are six volunteer activities you can do with your family:

Help with childcare at Project 658
Project 658 meets immediate needs of Charlotte’s international community by providing English classes for adults, a clothing store, child care, after school activities, medical services, counseling, culinary training and job development opportunities. Volunteers will assist room teachers in taking care of and instructing children ages 0-5 of ESL students. Activities include reading, playing outside, coloring, snack time, etc. Read More →

February 26, 2017

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: Did Someone Say Rapper’s Delight?

By Addie Rising, SHARECharlotte.org, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.

Last week I got a chance to spend an afternoon with some kids — OK … they were young adults — Uptown. They performed a talent show for me and few others It was pretty awesome.SHARE Charlotte Feb 26

A few rapped, one danced and another danced with her 3-year-old daughter. It was a wonderful way to spend a Friday afternoon and for a little while I think we all forgot where we were and why those young adults were congregated there in the first place.

You see, we were at The Relatives On Ramp Resource Center located Uptown just blocks from the hustle and bustle of the thriving banking world. This resource center provides on-site counseling and other programming for youth and young adults who may be experiencing homelessness and who need some assistance getting on their feet. Some of these kids (yes, they were kids) have aged out of foster care, some have been in jail, some have children of their own. But all are struggling to come up with the basics in life. Read More →

December 18, 2016

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: Peace on Earth, GOOD Will Toward Men

By Addie Rising, SHARECharlotte.org, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.

Can you believe it’s almost a wrap for 2016? And what a year it’s been! SHARE Charlotte’s #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign raised $7.2 million for 174 local nonprofits! We are SO grateful for all who gave to give a boost to Charlotte’s nonprofit community. It’s awesome to feel that true sense of community at a time when we all need it.

And now, we’re just ONE week away from Christmas and while there’ll be lots of feasting and present unwrapping and LOTS of family together time … there’ll be LOTS of family together time! Two weeks with the kiddos home from school and I know I’ll be searching for ways to avoid the “B” word … boredom!

But we’re going to try something different this year in my house and maybe you can too. Here are five ways to keep the giving spirit alive during winter break:

1. Make a plan for 2017! Plan to volunteer as a family once a month … that’s just 12 times. Over winter break, ask each family member to select something important to him or her and then visit sharecharlotte.org to search volunteer opportunities each month! Read More →

November 27, 2016

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: Oh Baby, What a Great Cause!

By Addie Rising, SHARECharlotte.org, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits. #GivingTuesdayCLT runs through Tuesday, Nov. 29. Visit GivingTuesdayCLT.org to learn how you can support 174 local nonprofits.

My youngest is 8 now, so it’s been awhile since I’ve had a baby in the house. But around the holidays I love looking at the sweet little onesies and outfits. As I chase my son through, well, anywhere, I glance at strollers and remember the days of baby immobility and how nice that was. And then I start to remember the costs of everything that goes with a baby. The diapers, the formula and the clothing to keep up with the nonstop, rapid growth.baby_bundles

It’s easy to cast judgement about planning for children and making sure one is financially stable first, etc. But sometimes even if these things are planned to the minute, an illness, job change or even a natural disaster can alter a situation very quickly. Thankfully, there are organizations working in Mecklenburg County who can assist those who cannot easily afford all the “stuff” that goes with having a baby.

Four organizations participating in #GivingTuesdayCLT work with Charlotte’s tiniest neighbors to provide essentials and medical care and need our support: Read More →

November 20, 2016

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: You’re Not Really Hungry

By Addie Rising, SHARECharlotte.org, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits. #GivingTuesdayCLT runs through Tuesday, Nov. 29. Visit GivingTuesdayCLT.org to learn how you can support 174 local nonprofits.

When my kids get home from school they burst through the door and immediately start raiding the fridge and kitchen cabinets. “I’m SO hungry!” they’ll say. Of course they might need a little something to eat, but they’ve had breakfast at home, lunch (mostly packed, sometimes bought) and at least one snack during the day. And, I know that they will have something for dinner. Despite their complaints, they are not really hungry.together-we-feed

The sad reality for many children right here in Charlotte is they don’t get breakfast at home. They rely on free breakfast and free or reduced lunches at CMS schools. Dinners are often a question mark and the weekends and summer months can be long and uncertain. In Charlotte, 1 in 4 children live in poverty and 33 percent of homes with children in Mecklenburg County are food-insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming fro. Read More →

November 13, 2016

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: It’s Time for Charlotte to Give GOOD

By Addie Rising, SHARECharlotte.org, a one-stop shop that makes it easy to learn about local nonprofits and find ways to do GOOD.

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Wow, Charlotte Smarty Moms! What a YEAR we’ve had and what a multitude of teaching moments we’ve been handed on a silver platter to share with our children. The Panthers taught us early this year how to win humbly and lose with dignity. HB2 and the Keith Lamont Scott shooting showed us that we still have a lot of work to do to bridge gaps and come together as a city. And this past week’s presidential election has shown us the same on a national scale. As humans, we’ve got a lot of work to do. And it’s not always easy to know where to begin. But a great place to start is here in Charlotte, right in our backyards, one kind act at a time.

On Tuesday, #GivingTuesdayCLT kicks off. For two full weeks Charlotte nonprofits, neighbors and more than 80 local businesses and community partners will come together for one reason: to give GOOD! Together our goal is to raise $8 million for 173 Charlotte-area nonprofits who work tirelessly investing in our community every single day, no matter who was recently elected as president. The organizations range from homeless shelters to food pantries to pediatric cancer research foundations to museums and theater groups. They help homeless pets and wild animals and work hard to preserve our environment for future generations. They are amazing, they are right here in Charlotte and our focus needs to turn to them during the next two weeks more than ever. You can see who they are right here. Read More →

October 23, 2016

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: More Treats, Less Tricks

By Addie Rising, SHARECharlotte.org, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.

“I believe that treating other people well is a lost art.” – Tim Gunn

Right on, Tim Gunn! I tell my kids all the time … “Be kind. Just, be kind.” At the end of day, while I want the best for my kids — success and happiness — what’s more important to me is that they learn to treat everyone with kindness and dignity. I believe by doing that, the rest will come.

So what better time of year to hit that point home? Thanksgiving? Of course. But how about a few weeks earlier? There’s a day of the year where children in neighborhoods across the country run door to door, elbowing friends in disguise to get the “good” candy. It’s a race to accumulate massive amounts of sugar. Then, sometimes, a race to eat as much as possible before they are caught. It’s a day of bragging about the amounts of candy collected and then stealing from sibling’s stashes. But oh, yeah, it’s FUN! *eyeroll*

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July 31, 2016

Sunday Smarty Share from SHARE Charlotte: the results of SummerSHARE

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By Addie Rising, SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.

Wow, wow, WOW, Smarty Moms! When SummerSHARE began last month, we at SHARE Charlotte dreamed of having Charlotte neighbors — including Smarty Moms like you — purchase 3,000 items for our nonprofit partners. Guess what? Our nonprofit partners received 4,280 items valued at $34,197!!!

“Charlotte is so awesome,” says SHARE Charlotte Founder and Executive Director, Kelly Brooks. “When we, as a community, rally around the common goal of doing good, we deliver every time. Thank you to everyone who gave need a vacation this summer!”

As you may know, the summer months can be tough for our nonprofit partners and the people and programs they serve. Pantry shelves get cleaned out, donations are traditionally at a low point for the year and folks — myself included — just aren’t thinking about giving back. But we are working hard to change that thought process and make summer a time to give back! Read More →


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