5 ways you can volunteer while sitting at home in your pajamas

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Want to give back in Charlotte but not sure where to start? We’re here to help. CharlotteFive has teamed up with SHARE Charlotte to help you DO GOOD in your community. 

Each month will have a theme, and we’ll share stories about that theme. Also, each month we’ll have an opportunity for you to join the C5 team in giving back. This month’s theme is volunteering, so Saturday, April 29 — Hands on Charlotte Day — the C5 team will be at Second Harvest Food Bank from 9 a.m.-noon. Want to join us? Sign up here. There are only a few spots available so sign up now! 

If you can’t make it, consider one of the other opportunities to help in this post, and we’ll be sharing more ways you can give back in the C5 newsletter this month.

Volunteering and giving back to can take many forms. Did you know that you can make a difference in your pajamas? Here are some ways you can DO GOOD in the comfort of your own home.

(1) Grab people’s attention.

If you’re good with CSS and HTML and graphics you could help organizations stand out even more in our community by creating and building their websites. And bonus? You can take your shoes off, crank up Spotify and make an impact.

Foundation for Girls​ provides education and mentoring for underprivileged girls in the Charlotte area, including girls who are homeless, refugees and survivors of human trafficking. They need someone to design and build their website.

Did you know?​ Foundation for Girls is run by a junior at Providence Day School.

Autism After 18​, an organization that provides support to young adults living with autism, needs website help.

Did you know?​ 35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school.

(2) Show them the money.

All nonprofit organizations need funding to survive, but sometimes it’s tough to find time to research and apply for available grants. Do you like research? Feel like giving a voice to those who need it? Grant writing is something you can do on your deck with a cup of coffee this spring.

Brave Step​ strengthens men and women impacted by sexual abuse through inspiration, education and personalized care. Great work, right? Help get them funded.

Did you know? ​One in four women and one in six men are reported survivors of sexual abuse.

Learning Help Centers of Charlotte​ empowers underserved families and their children through programs with a goal of breaking generational poverty and helping at-risk children succeed in school and in life. Did you read about the Opportunity Task Force’s findings? This organization can help.

Did you know?​ LHHC provides homework and literacy support for predominantly refugee and immigrant children ages 5 to 16.

Child Proof Advice​ wants Charlotte homes, offices and daycare facilities safer for children. Who doesn’t? With funding they can make that happen.

Did you know?​ The very best time to childproof is before the baby arrives.

(3) Write letters.

While you settle in with a glass of wine and Brendan Reichs’ new book, you can pen a quick letter of encouragement to early readers. Promising Pages​ provides books to thousands of Charlotte students where books are a luxury. But they also provide support and encouragement to continue reading. These Bookworm Letters will be read dozens of times and who knows … in several years you might be reading a book written by one of these students.

Did you know?​ Promising Pages has donated more than 300,000 books since January 2012.

(4) Plan events.

OK, so you might have to take off the pajamas for the actual event, but a lot of the legwork can be done in yoga pants. Care Ring​ provides preventive health services for the uninsured, underinsured or those lacking access to affordable, high-quality preventive health care. They hold many events throughout the year and need help on the front end.

Who doesn’t love throwing a party?

Did you know?​ Care Ring’s Low-Cost Clinic provides 2,600 uninsured and underinsured patients each year.

(5) Put on your marketing hat.

While many of Charlotte’s organizations are busy helping clients in need, they don’t always have the staff or the time to tell their stories. Compassion to Act​ supports victims of human trafficking and exploitation through awareness, liberation, restoration and sustainability.

Did you know? ​Compassion to Act has given out over 3,000 “Compassion Bags” since 2013. Amazing, right? Consider helping them with marketing and social media.

DO GOOD Week, April 23-29, is powered by Duke Energy and is a collaboration between SHARE Charlotte and Hands On Charlotte (now part of United Way of Central Carolinas). The weeklong celebration of Charlotte’s volunteers will culminate on Saturday, April 29 with Hands On Charlotte Day. Visit sharecharlotte.org to learn more about DO GOOD Week and find ways to volunteer.

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