2022 Guide to giving

Giving

November 28, 2022



by Michelle Boudin

Local nonprofits are busier than ever, thanks to the one-two punch of the pandemic and rising inflation. Lucky for us, the Charlotte community has always been a generous one, filled with hundreds of organizations helping with everything from youth programs to food insecurity to supporting local artists. So as the giving season kicks into high gear, we’re highlighting just a few of the incredible nonprofits giving back in the Queen City.

Braveworks, Welcome Home founder Amarra Ghani, Digi-Bridge

Arts +
Arts + provides workshops, camps and private lessons to guarantee students of all ages and skill levels have access to an arts education. Offering instruction on everything from comic-book writing to choir, there is something for everyone, and scholarships ensure money is not a barrier. artsplus.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters 
The local chapter just celebrated 50 years of one-on-one mentoring in the Charlotte region. Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs “bigs” with “littles” to help build meaningful, long-term relationships with kids ages 7-14. bbbscentralcarolinas.org

BraveWorks 
Recently rebranded from Fashion & Compassion, this organization is celebrating a decade of training women who have faced difficult circumstances to become artisans. The women are paid for their work, and the handcrafted products they make are sold at BraveWorks’ Dilworth boutique. braveworks.org

The Bulb
The Bulb collects leftover fresh produce from area farms and restaurants and gives it away at strategically placed farmers markets across Charlotte. thebulbgallery.org

Charlotte is Creative 
Charlotte is Creative is all about elevating creatives by connecting them to one another and to business opportunities. Known for its monthly Creative Mornings gatherings, Charlotte is Creative offers unique programs designed to infuse more creativity into the business community and the city at large. charlotteiscreative.com

Claire’s Army
Claire’s Army helps families fighting childhood cancer with daily responsibilities and stresses so parents can focus on their child’s well-being. That includes a meal-delivery service, help paying bills and providing hospital “Claire Packages” with essentials such as a bath mat, dishwashing soap, a journal and more. clairesarmy.org

Digi-Bridge 
Digi-Bridge provides students access to opportunities and technology in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning fields with both school and community programs. digi-bridge.org

Feeding Charlotte
Feeding Charlotte connects restaurants and chefs with surplus nutritious food to neighbors who don’t have enough to eat, simultaneously reducing food waste and feeding the hungry. feedingcharlotte.org

Foster Village
Foster Village Charlotte builds a support system for children and families in the foster-care system by providing educational and emotional support, connecting caregivers to resources while continually advocating for children. fostervillagecharlotte.org

Freedom Communities 
Based on Charlotte’s west side along the Freedom Drive corridor, Freedom Communities works with families with the goal of transforming the larger community. Programs focus on improving housing, education, health and wellness. freedomcommunities.com 

Furnish For Good 
A small group of south Charlotte moms founded Furnish For Good in 2019 to help people who were formerly homeless furnish their new homes. The need and the donations have grown so much, Furnish For Good just moved into a larger office and warehouse space to accommodate more volunteers and allow for easy donation drop off. furnishforgood.org

Isabella Santos Foundation 
Celebrating 15 years and more than $6 million raised to fight rare pediatric cancers, the Isabella Santos Foundation has helped put Levine Children’s Hospital on the map as a destination for treating childhood cancers through cutting-edge and experimental treatments. isabellasantosfoundation.org

Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays
Friendship Trays is the Meals on Wheels of Mecklenburg County. The group recently merged with Loaves & Fishes (they provide groceries) to deliver nutritious meals to people who are homebound. friendshiptrays.org

Lotus Campaign
The Lotus Campaign connects nonprofits that work with people experiencing homelessness, connecting them with landlords with available housing. The Lotus Campaign works to make participation more appealing to landlords by paying them and mitigating any potential financial risk. lotuscampaign.org 

Move for Jenn 
When Jenn Andrews lost her foot to cancer, she learned insurance companies don’t pay for activewear prosthetics for amputees. The south Charlotte mom founded Move For Jenn to fill the gap, giving away 33 in the four years since she started the nonprofit. moveforjenn.org

Project 2 Heal 
Project 2 Heal breeds and trains Labrador retriever puppies to donate as service dogs to people in need. The dogs become companions for everyone from combat veterans to kids with diabetes. project2heal.org

The Relatives
The Relatives is the only shelter in Mecklenburg County that serves young people, starting at age 7 through young adulthood. The group offers more than just housing for homeless and youth runaways: The Relatives also help young adults find stable housing, jobs and more. therelatives.org 

Roof Above 
The Urban Ministry Center and the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte merged to become Roof Above. The organization now serves 1,200 people a day by providing emergency shelter, as well as transitional housing, job-skills training, substance-abuse programs and more. roofabove.org

TreesCharlotte
Charlotte is known as the “City of Trees,” and TreesCharlotte works to preserve that reputation by educating residents on the importance of the tree canopy and how to care for it. The group also provides free or low-cost trees to plant at your home or in your neighborhood. treescharlotte.org

Welcome Home
Welcome Home Charlotte does just what the name says: The group welcomes refugees as they arrive in the Queen City, helping them to get resettled through its three key programs. Services include English language instruction, a food bank and drivers to help get families to important appointments. welcomehomeclt.org

BONUS: 

Tutor Charlotte
Have time to give and want to work with students in need of a little help? Tutor Charlotte is a community initiative that helps connect volunteers with tutoring organizations. The effort encompasses a number of different nonprofits all working together to help pair volunteer tutors with students. tutorcharlotte.org

CLICK HERE to learn about additional nonprofit organizations that have recently been featured in SouthPark. 

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