Last week I shared with our MomsCharlotte.com readers ways that you and your family can help our village by contributing your time to help those less fortunate. In addition to the questions about volunteer opportunities that Ive fielded from readers, Ive also received requests to share the needs of other non-profits with specific needs this holiday season.
I hope that you will take the time to talk with your children about going back, but as they say Actions speak louder than words. Engage with your children, show them that you care enough to help others, and when appropriate include them in family outreach activities. Truly show your children that, It Takes a Village.
Be sure to review the volunteer opportunities in the previous post, and I hope you will consider these non-profits.
Crisis Assistance Ministry
Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds support projects and programs that help prevent homelessness and preserve dignity for our neighbors in need. Volunteer on an individual basis or as a group. In particular, volunteers are needed to sort donations, stock the Free Store, and assist shoppers. The Free Store is open for volunteers, Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Tuesday evenings until 9 p.m. Children as young as five are invited to volunteer. The mission is to serve as Mecklenburg Countys main portal of assistance for rent and utilities, free clothing and free furniture. Crisis Assistance Ministry provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency. More information.
Mens Shelter of Charlotte
An average of 511 men a night seek the Shelters help, and they serve over 1,000 meals a day. Volunteers under the age of 18 may volunteer if accompanied by an adult. Opportunities range from meal service, game days, sorting the clothing closet and holding a donation drive for toiletries. The Mens Shelter of Charlotte is the only shelter for unaccompanied men in Charlotte-Mecklenburg county, providing safe emergency shelter while working to end homelessness for each man that we serve. More information.
The Arc of Meclenburg County
Looking for a festive opportunity for a good cause? Join the Arc of Mecklenburg County for their 4th Annual Festival of Trees. The trees will be on display from November 26- November 30 at the Levine Museum of the New South. The Prevue Party will be on Friday, November 30, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and will include Santa Claus, live music, hors doeuvres, a cash bar, and silent auction. Tickets to attend the Prevue Party are as $5 for self-advocates and children 5 and older, $10 for Arc members, and $15 for the public. All proceeds of this event will go to support The Arc of Mecklenburg County. The mission is to create opportunities within the community for people with cognitive impairments and their families to experience more meaningful and satisfying lives. We work to educate, empower, and advocate for people with developmental disabilities. More information.