Yes, it’s possible to support Charlotte organizations making a difference, right from your desktop or phone, in less time than it takes to order yet another thing you probably don’t need for yourself.
For many Charlotte-area organizations, summer is the biggest time of need because people aren’t donating like they do around the holidays. SHARE Charlotte is working to remedy this and “give need a vacation” with their SummerSHARE campaign, presented by Bank of America.
They’re making it super easy to donate; just head to their online Give Shop and purchase things on the nonprofits’ wish lists — the products will be shipped directly to them. Give Shop has products nonprofits need for as little as $1 and it’s very simple to use. Plus, you can feel great about your purchase knowing exactly where your contribution is going.
Here are six of the 116 participating nonprofits, and the unexpected items you can find on their wish lists.
Mission: Providing educational arts programs to young patients with serious illnesses and disabilities in children’s hospitals across North Carolina.
On their wish list: Watercolor paints
Why: “Watercolor painting is one of our most popular art activities! They love exploring this medium and creating masterpieces to hang up in their hospital rooms. We go through a LOT of watercolor paint and can never have too much!”
Mission: Providing a safe, affordable and caring “home-away-from-home” for the families of children receiving treatment in Charlotte-area medical facilities.
On their wish list: Latex gloves
Why: “Since many children we serve have compromised immune systems, our volunteers constantly work to keep the House clean and germ free.”
Mission: Providing innovative housing, employment and community services to support people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities and their families.
On their wish list: Uber gift cards
Why: “Safe transportation for work, worship and community events is critical for our folks.”
The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte
Mission: Provide a facility and programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to meet regularly and experience social and recreational activities.
On their wish list: Bocce Ball Game Set
Why: “Many of our participants have played bocce ball for Special Olympics and would love a chance to play while they are at the clubhouse for the day.”
Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center
Mission: Provide a child-friendly setting where a skilled team of professionals work together under one roof to evaluate child sexual abuse allegations by offering forensic interviews, medical exams, multidisciplinary team consultation and family support.
On their wish list: Moleskine Volant Journal
Why: “Older children love receiving journals as their take away from their visit – they also make for great additions to the therapy programs offered at Pat’s Place!”
Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte
Mission: Preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities by providing free home modifications and repairs to make homes safer, more accessible, and more energy efficient for elderly, low-income, disabled and veterans.
On their wish list: LED light bulbs
Why: “We often replace light fixtures during critical home repairs and want to leave the home owner with the most energy efficient lighting possible to lower their bills and be environmental stewards.”
VIA CHARLOTTE AGENDA