As Charlotte grows, it continues to give to the residents by becoming a better place to live, work, and raise a family. There are always opportunities to give funds to local organizations in need, but simply giving money can often leave you feeling disconnected from the cause you are funding. Whether it's a community service project for a high school club, a graduation project, a Girl Scout or Boy Scout project, of you're simply looking for a chance to do some good in the community, here are some places to volunteer in Charlotte, and some ways to actively give back.
Almost all of these organizations are nonprofit, and your help would be greatly appreciated. Some of these groups could use help on a day to day basis, while some only use public help for special events.
Shining Hope Farms
Shining Hope Farms is a nonprofit that combines therapeutic horseback riding, family and caregiver support, and social and recreational activities for children and adults. Shining Hope Farms (located in Mt. Holly) was founded to provide therapeutic services in an enriching farm environment.
Shining Hope needs volunteers often. According to the organization, "You can be an active part of our lesson or hippotherapy program and be ‘hands on’ with our courageous students as a side walker or horse leader. You can help us care for our hard working horses and our facility as a stable volunteer. If special events are your forte, you can help us in the planning, preparation, and execution of our fundraising events held throughout the year."
Charlotte Rescue Mission
This homeless shelter focuses on the connection between homelessness and substance abuse. One of their programs assists men by giving treatment for substance abuse, housing them and providing counseling services. They rely heavily on volunteers to prepare and serve meals. They are also seeking out volunteers to become an Ambassador, a volunteer that advocates for and informs the community about Charlotte Rescue Mission.
Hospitality House of Charlotte
Hospitality House of Charlotte serves out-of-town families with shelter while their loved ones are receiving treatment in local hospitals. They serve as a support system to those who are watching their family member go through a critical or terminal illness; it allows them to focus on one less thing during this stressful time in their lives. As a volunteer, you can meet administrative needs, pick up food for the families or serve on the grounds/maintenance crew.
Alexander Youth Network
Alexander Youth Network provides healthcare for children with serious emotional and behavioral difficulties. While providing outpatient services and treatment at their main campus, they serve a unique audience that desperately needs their assistance. They are currently seeking tutors and lunch buddies to work with their children.
Florence Crittenton Services of North Carolina
This home for pregnant adolescents and at-risk women promotes health, education and social services through their programs. They house young mothers and their newborns while helping prepare them for self-sufficiency with parenting classes and career services. In addition to helping young mothers, they help young women between the ages of 16-21 who are in custody of the Department of Social Services to prepare for adult living and preventing negative behavior. Becoming a tutor, mentor or activity coordinator are just a few of the ways you can volunteer your time to this organization.