Tuesday, November 28th marks the fifth year of Giving Day, also known as Giving Tuesday. The purpose behind Giving Day/Giving Tuesday is to inspire personal philanthropy and to encourgage some form of charitable giving: be it time or money or both during the holiday season.
Charlotte is observing its fourth year of Giving Tuesday participation. Last year $7.2 million was raised in the Charlotte, North Carolina area on Giving Tuesday. How wonderful would it be if Charlotte raised even more money in 2017?
Great Ways You Can "Give" In The Charlotte Metro Area:
Assistance League of Charlotte: sponsors philanthropic programs which feed, cloth, mentor, educate children and families in Mecklenburg County. Financial donations are very much appreciated, however the Assistance League would also be delighted for donations to its AL Thrift Shop of clothing, shoes, household items, electronics, linenes, furniture, books, toys. And you can also volunteer to help out in the AL Thrift Shop.
Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency: provides help to refugees who've escaped religious and political persecution. Since 1996 more than 3,000 refugees from over 40 countries have been helped by this agency. This agency helps refugees with housing, schooling, jobs, and more. On the Agency's wish list: financial donations, beds, mattresses, linens, furniture, dishes, flatware, pots and pans, car seats, disposable diapers, toiletries, cleaning supplies, winter coats. Volunteers to drive people to medical and social services appointments are needed; as are volunteers to help set up apartments. Check out the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency Facebook page.
Council For Children's Rights: the largest child advocacy organization in the Southeast with some 30 attorneys on staff. The Council needs volunteer attorneys and custody advocates to assist with custody cases. Financial donations are what the Council, as well. Check out the Council For Children's Right's Facebook page.
Dress For Success: (one of my personal favorites as a former corporate executive)--helps more than 900 Charlotte area women each year to find jobs, sponsors career preparation and retention programs, as well as provides appropriate clothing for the work world. Their needs require clothing appropriate for interviews and office work, office supplies, and of course financial contributions. They'll take any and all volunteer help you can provide in their programs. Check out the Facebook Page for Dress For Success.
Ronald McDonald House Of Charlotte: provides housing for the families of children who are being treated in Charlotte area medical facilities. Ronald McDonald House needs monetary contributions, gift card to local grocery stores, canned meals, toiletries, paper towels. Or you can help out at the House with evening meals. The Ronald McDonald house also has a wonderful "Adopt A Room" program worth checking out.
And don't forget about the Red Cross Blood Drives at the various YMCA's around the Charlotte area? Did you know there is typically a huge decline in blood donations during the holiday season? The goal is to collect 500 pints of blood at #GivingTuesdayCLT Blood Drives, potentially saving the lives of up to 1,500 people.
This is a very short list of the local, Charlotte organizations looking for help on Giving Tuesday and throughout the 2017 holiday season. There are more than 230 Charlotte area non-profit organizations looking for your assistance, including The Humane Socierty of Charlotte, Gift of Adoption/Carolinas, Operation HomeFront, and so many more. Whether your interests lie in helping children, our military/veterans, animals, educational institutions, health services, cultural organizations, there's something for everyone. Click here to give on Giving Tuesday in Charlotte.
As we like to say in Charlotte:
No Matter How You Choose To Give... It's All GOOD!
This information about Charlotte's 2017 Giving Day/Giving Tuesday is provided courtesy of Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker, your Charlotte metro area real estate experts.
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