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VolunBEERing Offers One-Stop Shop for Community Engagement
13 nonprofits wrapping up Share Charlotte's DO GOOD Week

By Ryan Pitkin

April 9, 2019

Share Charlotte’s annual DO GOOD Week, during which the organization connects community members with volunteer opportunities with more than 400 nonprofits around the Charlotte area, is already in full swing, and if you haven’t jumped in to help, get on that. 

Of course, we at Queen City Nerve tend to be procrastinators (you know, journalists and deadlines), but we’ll be on hand at Saturday’s wrap-up party, the third annual VolunBEERing event at NoDa Brewing. VolunBEERing gives people a chance to connect with 13 different local nonprofits that will be onsite and offering opportunities to participate in hands-on pop-up volunteer activities. 

We’ve got love for each of the amazing organizations that we’ll be joining on Saturday, so we want to take this chance to tell you about them. We hope we see you this weekend, but the important part to remember is that none of these organizations stop operating once DO GOOD Week is over. Each of them could use your help — whether it be hands-on, financial or what  have you — throughout the year. Come by Saturday and talk with them about future volunteer opportunities while sipping on beers from one of the city’s O.G. breweries, or use this list as a resource to connect with the ones you feel strongly about if you’re all booked on Saturday. 

Good Soles

Launched by Jeremy Coffey in November 2016, Good Soles is a Charlotte-based organization that provides steel-toed boots to men transitioning out of homelessness, helping them prepare to find jobs and get back on their feet — literally and figuratively. 

KIPP Charlotte

KIPP Charlotte is a member of the Knowledge if Power Program, a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools that aim to prepare students in underserved communities for success in college and life. Locally, KIPP academies serve more than 800 students in K-2nd and 4th-8th grades.

(Photo courtesy of KIPP Charlotte)

Compassion to Act

Compassion to Act is a faith-based ministry that confronts sex trafficking by fighting on the front lines, going to the streets, the clubs, the hotels and other locations where women are being forced into sex work. CTA commands rescue operations, runs safe houses for rescued victims and implements outreach in the spaces where women are being exploited. 

Playing for Others

For 13 years, Playing for Others has offered personal development programs for teens to help them answer questions like “Who am I?” PFO looks to cultivate the next generation of community leaders and philanthropists through personal development, service and the arts. 

Classroom Central

Classroom Central provides students-in-need with the supplies necessary to learn effectively. During the last school year alone, the organization distributed $4.8 million worth of school supplies to nearly 200 schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston County, Iredell-Statesville, Union County, Kannapolis City and Lancaster County schools.

Answer Scholarship

This scholarship financially supports mothers of school-age children in the Carolinas who want to pursue a college degree, while creating the desire, expectation and priority of a college education for their children to follow in their footsteps.

The Answer Scholarship table at last year’s VolunBEERing event. (Photo courtesy of Share Charlotte)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas

One of the most recognizable mentorship programs in the country, this regional chapter serves more than 1,500 children through a multitude of programs.  

Profound Gentlemen

Only 2% of teachers in public schools are men of color, while only two states in the country see graduation rates exceeding 80% for boys of color. Profound Gentlemen aims to build a community of male educators of color who can provide a significant impact on young male students. 

Present Age

Similar to Compassion to Act, Present Age is a faith-based ministry that is committed to combating the sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking of teen girls through awareness, prevention, direct services and outreach. 

Digi-Bridge

With 1,600 scholarships provided and 3,027 scholars served, Digi-Bridge has been working since 2014 to close the technology gaps and provide all 21st century learners with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed in the digital age.

(Photo courtesy of Digi-Bridge)

Bright Blessings, U.S.A.

BBU is on pace to help more than 13,000 homeless and impoverished children in the greater Charlotte. Last year, the organization distributed 9,459 care kits, provided 7,783 books and threw 2,193 birthday parties for children and infants most in need of joy, care and hope. 

YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Between the silly song and the fact that so many privileged folks just think of it as a gym or a place to swim, it’s easy to forget that YMCA of Greater Charlotte has been doing work in local communities for 140 years and have the ability to deliver on social change. 

Justice Initiatives

For 15 years, this organization has developed programming to address the deficits in the public’s understanding and appreciation for the rule of law and the role of courts in our government.

VolunBEERing takes place on Saturday, April 13 at NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St. from noon to 3 p.m.

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