Get your kids to give back and get involved with SummerSHARE

Looking for a way to engage your kids’ minds, support local non-profits, and help your children learn about opportunities to give back to our community? Look no further than SHARE Charlotte’s 2nd annual SummerSHARE campaign, running now through Friday, July 22. This unique opportunity gives your family the ability to support 77 local nonprofits in the heat of the summer when donations are traditionally at an all-time low for many organizations.

SummerSHARE makes it super easy to give these charities the exact items they need at the click of a button. Here’s how your child can learn, engage and help:

1 - Allocate a target amount of money your child can donate. Be creative! Give them an uneven amount, like $21.47, rather than $20.

2 - Visit and click Shop Now!

3 - Task your child with researching what they can buy with their target donation, who they can give it, and what it will do to help others in our community. Nonprofits are listed in alphabetical order and include information about what they do and how they help, in addition to the items they need and the price they cost. There are items in a variety of price ranges, starting at under $2.

As with everything in our household, this turned into a contest - who could buy the most items, who could find the least expensive item, the most expensive item, the most useful (in their minds) item, and the most unique item. It started a discussion of exactly what they thought each purchase would do to help the organization, and ultimately, the community as a whole.

Last summer’s efforts yielded over 1,000 items for 49 of Charlotte’s nonprofit organizations. This year SHARE hopes Charlotte neighbors and businesses will donate over 3,000 items to help its 77 nonprofit participants..

To get involved, visit and get started or engage with SHARE through the following campaign channels:

● Follow the #summershareCLT hashtag

● Like the SHARE Charlotte page on Facebook

● Follow SHARE and nine local nonprofits on an 11-day @weloveclt Instagram takeover