Support for Hope

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.

Tis the Season… December 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Claire Morton @ 4:15 pm

With the holidays approaching its hard to find time to volunteer your time, much less your money, in this economy. But remembering the spirit behind Christmas will fill you up much more than that cashmere scarf or big screen TV you’ve been eyeing. Plan something on your social calendar to give back to your community. There is a large need for material and financial donations but donating your time is free and can be as easy as spending one weekend out of the month volunteering. Here is a list of organizations in Charlotte that are always doing something helpful year-round but need extra help around the holidays. 



Alexander Youth Network
6220 Thermal Road
PO Box 220632
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: 704-336-8712
Volunteer Services: 704-362-6760 or
Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:
Clothing and shoes, recreational needs (sports equipment, arts & crafts supplies, videos, games, etc.), hygiene items (shampoo, brushes, soap, etc.), school supplies (books, flash cards, etc.).

Alzheimer’s Association
Western Carolina Chapter
3800 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215
Phone: 704-532-5421
Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:
Conference room table and chairs, small office table with chairs, artwork, TV/VCR, desktop PC, laptop PC (both Windows 2000 compatible), flatbed scanner, monetary donations and volunteers always welcomed.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters
2424 N. Davidson Street
Suite 110
Charlotte, NC 28205
Phone: 704-377-3963
Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:
Wish list includes: silverware, b/w and color printer, office supplies (file folders, copy paper, etc), cubicle dividers, paper items (towels, tissue, etc.), VCR/DVD player. Also, currently recruiting “bigs,” especially volunteer big brothers, as most of the waiting list are boys. There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer in either the school-based or community-based programs.

Council for Children
601 East 5th Street
Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-372-7961
The Council for Children’s mission is to protect, promote, and passionately represent children, their needs, and their issues by advocating for them at local and state levels.
Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:
Financial Contributions

Crisis Assistance Ministry
500-A Spratt Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
Phone: 704-371-3001
For volunteer info, contact: 704-371-3001 x114 or
Crisis Assistance does incredible work throughout the year, helping low-income families who are facing a financial emergency by offering them resources and programs to help them move toward self-sufficiency.
Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:
Needs list includes financial donations, blankets, x-large men’s and women’s clothing, towels, sheets, pots/pans, dishes/glasses, pillows, cooking utensils, furniture (especially beds, mattresses, kitchen tables/chairs), major appliances (stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers), office supplies (pens, paper, folders, etc.), printer cartridges and toner, phones. Volunteers are needed in various ways including conducting interviews with clients, picking up donated items, assisting with client pick-ups, and helping the agency in clerical ways as well as public relations opportunities.

Elon Homes for Children
1717 Sharon Road West
Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: 704-699-2939
Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:
Elon Homes needs volunteers to be homework buddies and mentors. Volunteers also sponsor special events and bring gifts during the holiday season. Wish list includes construction paper, glue, markers, poster board, new/used magazines, clothes hampers/baskets, pillows, board games, movies (PG13), dictionaries, book bags, novels, plants (real or fake), ziploc bags (gallon sized), toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant, pens, pencils, combs (no pointed ends), small plastic cups (not disposable). Note: Please call before visiting or sending anything to the school.

Hands On Charlotte
1616 Central Avenue
Suite 200
Charlotte, NC
Phone: 704-333-7471
Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:
Always in need of volunteers for various projects. Wish list includes: large boxes or barrels for Coat Drive Collections, raffle items for Funky Coat Party, construction paper, masking tape, paint and paint brushes (for children’s activities), glue/glue sticks, educational games/toys for pre-K through 5th grade, digital camera, flip-chart easel, any kinds of gift certificates, especially to Home Depot (or call the office for a tax deductible donation to go a specific store), stock, new office supplies.

Hope Haven, Inc.
3815 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
Phone: 704-372-8809
Hope Haven, Inc. is dedicated to helping people in recovery from substance abuse rebuild their lives by providing them with the support services and life skills needed to achieve long term recovery and self-sufficiency.
Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:
More than anything, Hope Haven can use financial contributions.


Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot” 8k December 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Claire Morton @ 3:46 pm

Come Support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with Charlotte’s 21st annual Turkey Trot. There are a varitey of options to pick from depending on your level of ability and experience. The event is held on Thanksgiving morning and what better way to give Thanks than to donate some time and exercise to a wonderful organization (Team-in-Training). I know first hand, that TIT helps many people with Leukemia and their staff members are not in their roles for the money-they truly care about their cause. Check out the website for times and the various walk/runs that you can be apart of. Grab a family member and do something to make you feel good and help others on Thanksgiving!


One Can Make A Difference

Filed under: Uncategorized — Claire Morton @ 3:45 pm

Came across a great book that has original stories by The Dalai Lama, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Russell Simmons, Martina Navratilova, Stella McCartney and more….

The book tells simple stories from individuals who made simple actions help change the world.

“Inspirational essays about goodness and about helping others.” -Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu


2009 Charlotte Memory Walk

Filed under: Uncategorized — Claire Morton @ 3:43 pm

The annual Charlotte Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk will be taking place at Freedom Park on Saturday, November 14 for any who are interested. Support a friend, family member or stranger by registering and walking for a good cause. The walk is 1 mile and handicap accessible. Check in is at 9:00am and the walk begins @ 10!
Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $260 million for the cause.


At the very least…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Claire Morton @ 3:41 pm

You can shop for a good cause! :p

Get 30% off during our friends & family event. We’re calling it Give & Get because for every purchase you make, we give 5% of the amount you spend to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; and in thanks, you get a 30% discount on your total purchase.


Getting the Bare Necessities

Filed under: Uncategorized — Claire Morton @ 3:38 pm

Another BIG project that will most likely be talked about a lot on this blog is the Living Waters operation that I am involved in. Water, It is at the heart of a daily crisis faced by a billion of the world’s most vulnerable people, a crisis that threatens life and destroys livelihoods on a devastating scale. Living Waters’ trains, equips, and consults nationals to ensure that the energy and resources contributed by volunteers and donors result in sustainable, participatory water systems that meet the long-term needs of communities. Check out the website so that you can get involved in helping a community have what most of us take for granted on a daily basis, clean water.


The Wall

Filed under: Uncategorized — Claire Morton @ 3:32 pm

 I don’t think I could kick it off the holiday season any better than with a recap of a successful volunteer event in my own city of Charlotte. I am a member of Newell Presbyterian Church and with their help I was fortunate enough to feed around 100 hungry residents of Charlotte on 11/4/09. On the outskirts of downtown Charlotte there is a known area termed “The Wall” where every Wednesday and Sunday nights, hungry community members line up to be fed by a kind organization that has chosen to volunteer. This past week, Newell stepped up to the plate and brought buckets of KFC along with sides and leftover dinner items from their “Newell Time” which takes place at the church every Wednesday night. I did not expect the outcome and felt conflicted at the emotions that arose from the few hours I spent handing out dinner. I was happy that I could be apart of something that felt so great but I was also saddened to see so many people within my own city that were going hungry. It just goes to show you that you don’t need a ticket to a far off land to do good. You can simply walk the streets in your own neighborhood.