Josh’s Story

Very often as volunteers we can feel overwhelmed by all the projects and causes that need our attention, it’s easy to get discouraged. This happens with organizations such as Hands On Charlotte, we lose sight of what it is we’re doing and why. With that in mind I decided to start talking with some of the people who make Hands On Charlotte great and ask them why it is they do what they do. I’ve been with HOC for just under two years now and wanted to know others experiences out there doing a little bit of good at a time.

My first stop on this adventure was the University area of North Charlotte to meet a young man named Joshua Gatlin. It’s really easy to like Joshua; he’s a laid back and super friendly guy who works for the Sheriff’s Office. At 22 years old Joshua has been with Hands On Charlotte since last October and he’s made it very clear where his interests in volunteering lie: “I think it’s really important that kids now a days have a positive reinforcement in their lives, that they have someone helping them and encouraging them” he tells me as we order lunch. Joshua volunteers with HomeWork Hounds at Beatties Ford Road Library and helps kids understand the basics of reading and math. He also volunteers at CPCC tutoring adults trying for the GEDs. I could tell he’s passionate about helping others beat the odds “So long as you’re trying then I believe you should get the help you need to better yourself” he stated as we wondered where our waitress went.
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However the biggest question that we’re all asked is “Why?” Why is it we donate thousands of hours of our time every year to help absolute strangers? Joshua had a good answer for this one: “You feel better about yourself, you get to know that you’re making a difference and that you matter to someone at least. It’s a great feeling.” I can certainly agree with his sentiments there, volunteering gives us a means to show that we’ve made a small difference in the world and that’s a strong feeling. As a Criminal Justice major it’s obvious Joshua has a strong desire to give back to the world and to help those in need. “I’d like to work at the jail downtown and try to help some of the guys there get their lives together and make something positive, maybe change the direction that got them locked up” he tells me as we wait for the fries I ordered twenty minutes ago. Tutoring kids and adults working on a GED is one thing, but reaching out to criminals? Maybe a lofty goal but not one I see as being outside this young guys reach. He’s certainly got the drive and skills for it as evidenced by his work with Hands On Charlotte already.

One question I get asked a lot about Hands On Charlotte and that I posed to Joshua is who we are and what we’re all about. Joshua smiled as he thought about it before answering “What you have to do first is decide why you’re doing this. If you know the why then you know who you are.” He explained that Hands On Charlotte’s greatest strength came from the diversity of its volunteers, hundreds coming together with no other thing in common than a desire to help. Our reasons for volunteering, don’t matter, what makes Hands On Charlotte great is that we’re all here to do some good. I thought on that for a moment and realized he’s absolutely correct, as a volunteer leader myself I get to know my volunteers as best I can and I can’t attest to any single common denominator other than they showed up to help. I suppose Hands On Charlotte is a reminder that we’re not alone in the struggle to make this world we live in a better place. People from all walks of life are out there giving up what precious free time they have to make it all work. I’m very grateful I had this chat with Joshua, it helped remind me of why we do this, even if the waitress never did get our orders right.

  • Ben Burton is a Hands On Charlotte Volunteer Leader for The Relatives project.

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Our Playground Build has been selected as one of 30 finalists for a $10,000 grant from Fluor’s Global Community Project Fund. Winners will be selected by worldwide public voting, which began today at community-fund.fluor.com and will continue through June 17.

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BOB Awards Silent Auction RESULTS!

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FINAL AUCTION RESULTS

Code Donor Item Value Open Increment Winning Bid Winning Bidder #
CTHEATRE Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Voucher for 4 complimentary tickets to a show during 2016-2017 season. $80.00 $30.00 $5.00 $40.00 1
CPANTHERS Carolina Panthers 2015 Carolina Panthers Divisional Championship Banner, Signed by 2015 NFL Coach of the Year Ron Rivera. $300.00 $120.00 $5.00 $150.00 2
F-GOODYEAR Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Sarah Goodyear Studios Print $30.00 $5.00 $5.00 $50.00 2
F-SHIBUI-2 Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Shibui Silks Woven scarf (1 of 3) $57.00 $20.00 $5.00 $20.00 2
F-ALEX-1 Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Photographic Images by Alex Pietersen “Picture? Pictured” (10/150) $55.00 $20.00 $5.00 $20.00 4
F-BASKET Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets Basket $75.00 $30.00 $5.00 $35.00 9
AIX Aix En Provence $150 gift certificate $150.00 $60.00 $5.00 $125.00 11
GWR Great Wagon Road Distilling Co. Tour of the distillery and tasting for 4 people. 1 bottle of the Rua, our barrel aged single malt whiskey. $120.00 $45.00 $5.00 $105.00 13
DIAMONDS Diamonds Direct 14K 0.21 Carat Total Weight White Gold Pendant Necklace $1,000.00 $400.00 $10.00 $460.00 27
F-WILD-3 Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Wildlife Photography by Rick Beldegreen Leopard Print $95.00 $35.00 $5.00 $50.00 29
FS-MAMA FS Food Group – Mama Ricotta’s Restaurant $100 gift card for Mama Ricotta’s $100.00 $40.00 $5.00 $70.00 29
MANDRAKE The Mandrake $100 gift certificate $100.00 $40.00 $5.00 $60.00 29
FS-PACO FS Food Group – Paco’s Tacos and Tequila $100 gift card for Paco’s Tacos and Tequila $100.00 $40.00 $5.00 $80.00 32
PRBOOKS Park Road Books $30 gift certificate $30.00 $5.00 $5.00 $20.00 32
LEGION Legion Brewing Deluxe Brewhouse Tour for 4 individuals. Includes raw ingredient tasting and 4-beer flight sample, concluding with a beer of each person’s choice in a Legion-etched souvenir Pint Glass. $100.00 $40.00 $5.00 $65.00 34
DUCKWORTH Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse $100 Gift Card – The Cellar at Duckworth’s $100.00 $40.00 $5.00 $85.00 39
FUNNY Funny Bus 2 spots on the Funny Bus $50.00 $15.00 $5.00 $40.00 39
F-MARTHA Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Martha McCarty Fine Art Acrylic abstract (jalapeno) $45.00 $15.00 $5.00 $15.00 40
RUNFYL Run For Your Life Gift certificate for $150 towards running shoes of your choice $150.00 $60.00 $5.00 $105.00 43
BEYOGA Be Yoga One month unlimited pass $129.00 $50.00 $5.00 $65.00 45
CAM Cam Newton Autographed football courtesy of Cam Newton Foundation $150.00 $60.00 $5.00 $400.00 47
J9INE Janean Benton Certificate redeemable for 8 Zumba Fitness classes at Fuzion Force Dance Studio. $40.00 $10.00 $5.00 $15.00 50
CPLASTIC Charlotte Plastic Surgery $100 gift certificate for coolsculpting, botox, filler products, facial treatments, chemical peels, laser $100.00 $40.00 $5.00 $50.00 51
F-GOODNESS-2 Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Part of the Goodness Turtle Season (2012) $30.00 $5.00 $5.00 $20.00 51
LEMERIDIEN Le Meridien / Evoke An overnight stay at Le Meridien with dinner for 2 in Evoke up to $175. Total value for the overnight and the gift certificate would be $400. $400.00 $160.00 $5.00 $240.00 51
DISCOVERY Discovery Place 4 tickets to Discovery Place ($17 each), + 4 IMAX tickets ($10 each) to see the new acclaimed film National Parks Adventure. $108.00 $45.00 $5.00 $60.00 54
TOTALWINE Total Wine Certificate for Private Wine Class for up to 20 people. $500.00 $200.00 $5.00 $225.00 57
UPSTREAM Upstream Restaurant $100 gift card $100.00 $40.00 $5.00 $95.00 57
F-CAMPUS Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Campus Scenes “Panther Country” hand colored drawing made in pen and ink using pointillism / stippliing. $40.00 $10.00 $5.00 $25.00 60
FS-MWS FS Food Group – Midwood Smokehouse $100 gift card for Midwood Smokehouse $100.00 $40.00 $5.00 $75.00 61
FILLMORE The Filmore Charlotte Certificate for two general admission tickets to a show at The Fillmore Charlotte $60.00 $25.00 $5.00 $60.00 61
F-COLLINS Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Collins Lane Art 14 x 14 Tree of Life Platter $48.00 $15.00 $5.00 $50.00 62
F-MOSS-2 Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Moss Pottery Owl by Missy Moss $45.00 $15.00 $5.00 $30.00 62
F-RUSTY Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Rustyclay Creations Fish oil lamp $50.00 $15.00 $5.00 $15.00 62
F-PIP Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Sophia Pip Copper earrings $45.00 $15.00 $5.00 $25.00 62
TASTE Taste of Charlotte 2 Large Cups of Taste of Charlotte Festival Coins (use at event June 10-12 in uptown!) plus Bottle of Wine, Wine tote, Water Bottle, a T-shirt and some chocolate coins! $85.00 $35.00 $5.00 $45.00 65
F-BEADS Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Beads by Elaine Crochet necklace $30.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 66
F-HEART Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – HeartMoss Pottery set of handmade coasters $20.00 $5.00 $5.00 $20.00 66
F-MCK Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – MCK Design (Renee Calder) Small “T” Pot (Ceramic with Metal Top) $40.00 $10.00 $5.00 $30.00 67
F-MOSS-1 Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Moss Pottery Teapot by Elizabeth Moss $50.00 $15.00 $5.00 $40.00 67
F-WILD-1 Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Wildlife Photography by Rick Beldegreen Hummingbird Canvas (1 of 2) $55.00 $20.00 $5.00 $40.00 68
F-WILD-2 Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Wildlife Photography by Rick Beldegreen Hummingbird Canvas (1 of 2) $55.00 $20.00 $5.00 $30.00 68
F-ARIAS Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Arias Jewelry Design Silver pendant $35.00 $5.00 $5.00 $20.00 69
F-BOOTH Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Tracy Booth 8 x 10 oil painting of tiny house $50.00 $15.00 $5.00 $25.00 72
F-ILAR Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Art Studio ILAR Print of oil painting $30.00 $5.00 $5.00 $15.00 81
F-BRONZE Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Bronze Jewelers Copper sunburst hanging ornament $40.00 $10.00 $5.00 $15.00 81
F-ALEX-2 Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Photographic Images by Alex Pietersen “Unresolved” (7/250) $55.00 $20.00 $5.00 $30.00 81
F-GOODNESS-1 Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Part of the Goodness Tree Medicine (2009) $30.00 $5.00 $5.00 $20.00 86
SUAREZ Suarez Bakery $30 gift certificate $30.00 $5.00 $5.00 $20.00 101
GANTT-2 Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture Membership package (1 of 2): 1 year Family membership, 2 admission guest passes, 4 exhibition catalogues $200.00 $25.00 $5.00 $50.00 106
F-HOPE Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Designing For Hope Necklace made from fluorite (a semi-precious stone) & freshwater pearls on a stainless steel chain $55.00 $20.00 $5.00 $35.00 108
F-SHIBUI-1 Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Shibui Silks Woven scarf (1 of 3) $57.00 $20.00 $5.00 $20.00 108
ICLONDON I.C. London $100 gift certificate $100.00 $40.00 $5.00 $50.00 132
COMMON Common Market South End – Chuck Barger Hopslam mini keg snack package $72.97 $30.00 $5.00 $55.00 135

Charlotte BOB Awards Silent Auction benefiting HOC TONIGHT (Saturday 5/21)!

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CHARLOTTE BOB AWARDS SILENT AUCTION
BENEFITING HANDS ON CHARLOTTE!

Hands On Charlotte is proud to partner with Charlotte magazine again this year on the BOB Awards Silent Auction!

Since 1997, Charlotte magazine has dedicated its May issue to the BEST OF THE BEST. They call it The BOBs, and recognize the city’s finest in food and drink, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, mind and body, and more–hundreds of winners in all. And then they throw a huge PARTY!

The auction will be held during the BOB Awards party TONIGHT (Saturday, May 21) at The Fillmore Charlotte in the AvidXchange Music Factory. Please visit www.charlottebobawards.com for more information and to get your tickets today!

Bid on the best in Charlotte; all items are donated by 2016 BOB Award winners! Auction proceeds will support Hands On Charlotte as we celebrate 25 years of creating and managing flexible volunteer opportunities that enable individuals and corporate groups to strengthen our community through service.

Please download the uBack mobile app before the party! uBack makes it easy to donate to Hands On Charlotte and your other favorite nonprofits anytime, anywhere. We’re encouraging everyone at the BOB Awards party to use uBack to speed up the auction checkout process. Please visit www.uBackforgood.com for more information!

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See below or click here for a detailed listing of auction items!
AUCTION ITEMS
Donor Award Website Item Value
Aix En Provence Global Eats (French) www.aixenprovenceclt.com $150 gift certificate $150.00
Be Yoga Voters’ Choice: Yoga Studio beyogaclt.com One month unlimited pass $129.00
Cam Newton Athlete cam1newton.com Autographed football courtesy of Cam Newton Foundation $150.00
Carolina Panthers Twitter Feed
Voters’ Choice: Twitter Feed
www.panthers.com 2015 Carolina Panthers Divisional Championship Banner, Signed by 2015 NFL Coach of the Year Ron Rivera. $300.00
Charlotte Center City Partners Voters’ Choice: New Year’s Eve Event (CLT New Years Eve) www.charlottecentercity.org FOUR VIP TICKETS to the 2016 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade $3,000.00
Charlotte Plastic Surgery Voters’ Choice: Plastic Surgeon charlotteplasticsurgery.com $100 gift certificate for coolsculpting, botox, filler products, facial treatments, chemical peels, laser $100.00
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Voters’ Choice: Theatre Company ctcharlotte.org Voucher for 4 complimentary tickets to a show during 2016-2017 season. $80.00
Common Market South End – Chuck Barger Connector of People commonmarketisgood.com Hopslam mini keg snack package $72.97
Diamonds Direct Voters’ Choice: Fine Jewelry diamondsdirect.com/charlotte 14K 0.21 Carat Total Weight White Gold Pendant Necklace $1,000.00
Discovery Place Event to Act Like a Child (Science on the Rocks)
Voters’ Choice: Indoor Fun
www.discoveryplace.org 4 tickets to Discovery Place ($17 each), + 4 IMAX tickets ($10 each) to see the new acclaimed film National Parks Adventure. $108.00
Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse Beer Selection duckworths.com/ $100 Gift Card – The Cellar at Duckworth’s $100.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Arias Jewelry Design Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org Silver pendant $35.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Art Studio ILAR Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.araikart.com
Print of oil painting $30.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Beads by Elaine Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.facebook.com/beadsbyelaine
Crochet necklace $30.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Bronze Jewelers Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.etsy.com/shop/thebronzejewelers
Copper sunburst hanging ornament $40.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Campus Scenes Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.facebook.com/Campus-Scenes-166154576743802
“Panther Country” hand colored drawing made in pen and ink using pointillism / stippliing. $40.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org Basket $75.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Collins Lane Art Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.collinslaneart.com
14 x 14 Tree of Life Platter $48.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Designing For Hope Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.d4hope.com
Necklace made from fluorite (a semi-precious stone) & freshwater pearls on a stainless steel chain $55.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – HeartMoss Pottery Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
heartmossfarm.com/pottery/
set of handmade coasters $20.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Martha McCarty Fine Art Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
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Acrylic abstract (jalapeno) $45.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – MCK Design (Renee Calder) Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.mckdesign.org/
Small “T” Pot (Ceramic with Metal Top) $40.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Moss Pottery Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.facebook.com/Moss-Pottery-772682852809183/
Owl by Missy Moss $45.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Moss Pottery Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.facebook.com/Moss-Pottery-772682852809183/
Teapot by Elizabeth Moss $50.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Part of the Goodness Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.partofthegoodness.com
Tree Medicine (2009) $30.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Part of the Goodness Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.partofthegoodness.com
Turtle Season (2012) $30.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Photo by Ken Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org “Christmas Bridge” apron $25.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Photographic Images by Alex Pietersen Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
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“Picture? Pictured” (10/150) $55.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Photographic Images by Alex Pietersen Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
alexpietersen.com
“Unresolved” (7/250) $55.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Refined Creations Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.refinedcreations.com
Handcrafted silver earrings $60.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Rustyclay Creations Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
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Fish oil lamp $50.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Sarah Goodyear Studios Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
SarahGoodyearStudios.com
Print $30.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Shibui Silks Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.facebook.com/ShibuiSilks
Woven scarf (1 of 3) $57.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Shibui Silks Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.facebook.com/ShibuiSilks
Woven scarf (1 of 3) $57.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Shibui Silks Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.facebook.com/ShibuiSilks
Woven scarf (1 of 3) $57.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Sophia Pip Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
sophiapip.etsy.com
Copper earrings $45.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Tracy Booth Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
tracybooth.com
8 x 10 oil painting of tiny house $50.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Wildlife Photography by Rick Beldegreen Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.wildimage.photography/
Hummingbird Canvas (1 of 2) $55.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Wildlife Photography by Rick Beldegreen Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.wildimage.photography/
Hummingbird Canvas (1 of 2) $55.00
Festival in the Park / Kings Drive Art Walk – Wildlife Photography by Rick Beldegreen Voters’ Choice: Community-Wide Festival/Event www.festivalinthepark.org
www.wildimage.photography/
Leopard Print $95.00
FS Food Group – Mama Ricotta’s Restaurant Voters’ Choice: Italian Cuisine
Voters’ Choice: Pasta
www.mamaricottasrestaurant.com $100 gift card for Mama Ricotta’s $100.00
FS Food Group – Midwood Smokehouse Voters’ Choice: Barbecue midwoodsmokehouse.com/ $100 gift card for Midwood Smokehouse $100.00
FS Food Group – Paco’s Tacos and Tequila Voters’ Choice: Tacos www.pacostacosandtequila.com/ $100 gift card for Paco’s Tacos and Tequila $100.00
Funny Bus Tour to take Visiting Friends on funnybus.net/ 2 spots on the Funny Bus $50.00
Great Wagon Road Distilling Co. BOB Awards Party Sponsor gwrdistilling.com/ Tour of the distillery and tasting for 4 people. 1 bottle of the Rua, our barrel aged single malt whiskey. $120.00
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture Place for Community Conversations www.ganttcenter.org/ Membership package (1 of 2): 1 year Family membership, 2 admission guest passes, 4 exhibition catalogues $200.00
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture Place for Community Conversations www.ganttcenter.org/ Membership package (1 of 2): 1 year Family membership, 2 admission guest passes, 4 exhibition catalogues $200.00
I.C. London Lingerie
Voters’ Choice: Lingerie
iclondon.com/ $100 gift certificate $100.00
Janean Benton Fitness Instructor j9ine.com Certificate redeemable for 8 Zumba Fitness classes at Fuzion Force Dance Studio. $40.00
Lazar Center of Learning and Achievement Voters’ Choice: Tutor/Tutoring Company www.lazarcenter.com/ Gift certificate: Summer Tutoring Package- up to 12 session hours. Includes consultation and registration fee. $800.00
Le Meridien / Evoke Unlikely Cultural Hub (Le Meridien)
Steak House (Evoke)
www.lemeridiencharlotte.com
www.evokerestaurant.com/
An overnight stay at Le Meridien with dinner for 2 in Evoke up to $175. Total value for the overnight and the gift certificate would be $400. $400.00
Legion Brewing New Neighborhood Brewery legionbrewing.com/ Deluxe Brewhouse Tour for 4 individuals. Includes raw ingredient tasting and 4-beer flight sample, concluding with a beer of each person’s choice in a Legion-etched souvenir Pint Glass. $100.00
Park Road Books Voters’ Choice: Books www.parkroadbooks.com/ $30 gift certificate $30.00
Poprock Photography Voters’ Choice: Photographer/Photography Company www.poprockphotography.com One Hour Photography Session Event, Headshot or Family Portrait $300.00
Run For Your Life Running Shoes
Voters’ Choice: Running Shoes
runforyourlife.com Gift certificate for $150 towards running shoes of your choice $150.00
Suarez Bakery Voters’ Choice: Place to buy a Birthday Cake www.suarezbakery.com/ $30 gift certificate $30.00
Taste of Charlotte Voters’ Choice: Food Event tasteofcharlotte.com 2 Large Cups of Taste of Charlotte Festival Coins (use at event June 10-12 in uptown!) plus Bottle of Wine, Wine tote, Water Bottle, a T-shirt and some chocolate coins! $85.00
The Filmore Charlotte Voters’ Choice: Live Music Venue www.fillmorecharlottenc.com/ Certificate for two general admission tickets to a show at The Fillmore Charlotte $60.00
The Mandrake Voters’ Choice: Restaurant
Voters’ Choice: New Restaurant
Voters’ Choice: Lunch Menu
Voters’ Choice: Chef
www.themandrakeclt.com/ $100 gift certificate $100.00
Total Wine Voters’ Choice: Wine www.totalwine.com Certificate for Private Wine Class for up to 20 people. $500.00
Upstream Restaurant Voters’ Choice: Seafood www.harpersgroup.com/upstream.asp $100 gift card $100.00

Thanks for making our HOC Day and National Volunteer Week a big success!

What a National Volunteer Week!

On Monday, April 11, we were recognized by our good friends at SHARE Charlotte as their Nonprofit of the Week.

On Tuesday, April 12, we partnered with United Way of Central Carolinas, SHARE Charlotte and the Charlotte Knights to recognize the 10 extraordinary winners of this year’s Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. We’re honored that one of the recipients was our own Geoff Scantlebury, who contributes hundreds of volunteer service hours through Hands On Charlotte to Central Piedmont Community College and other partner agencies.

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That same day, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the filing of HOC’s Articles of Incorporation. To commemorate this milestone, Wells Fargo’s Duke Energy Center Lights were lit in HOC colors that morning and night:

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Finally, on Saturday, April 16, we held our annual Hands On Charlotte Day, featuring volunteer opportunities across the Charlotte region. More than 200 volunteers (including faculty, staff and students from East Mecklenburg High School and the Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis) completed projects benefiting a variety of causes, including education, hunger and homelessness, and animal welfare.

We are so grateful to our event sponsors and partners for making such a successful week possible:

Let’s do it again next year. Thanks!

Happy National Volunteer Week!

2016_NVW_logo_horiz_colorNational Volunteer Week, brought to you by Points of Light since 1974, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.

As the local affiliate of Points of Light and the HandsOn Network, Hands On Charlotte commemorates this special week by:

  • Offering a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you! Each year, HOC volunteers contribute approximately 30,000 hours of service, helping our partner agencies address our community’s most pressing needs.
  • Celebrating 25 years of service! This week also marks the 25th anniversary of HOC’s founding. Our Articles of Incorporation were filed with the state on April 12, 1991:

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To mark this milestone, Wells Fargo’s Duke Energy Center Lights will glow in HOC colors early Tuesday morning and Tuesday night. Be on the lookout for it!

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We’ll have a variety of family-friendly service projects in the morning, followed by lunch and a post-project Celebration of Service at VFW Post 9488.

Please visit www.handsoncharlotte.org/HOCDay for more information, and to register by Friday’s deadline.

Thanks again for all that you do to strengthen our community throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Hands On Charlotte Day – Saturday, April 16

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Our annual Hands On Charlotte Day is less than a month away!

This year’s HOC Day will be held on Saturday, April 16th as part of our observation of National Volunteer Week.

Hands On Charlotte Day has been the signature community service and fundraising event of Hands On Charlotte since our 1991 founding.  Each year, hundreds of volunteers spend the day serving at several diverse projects across the city, ranging from sorting donated clothing and landscaping Charlotte schools to repairing nature trails.

HOC DAY IS A FUNDRAISER!
Hands On Charlotte creates and manages thousands of service opportunities every year, and doing so requires money. That’s why Hands On Charlotte Day volunteers are required to pay a fee in order to join in the event.

Please visit www.HandsOnCharlotte.org/HOCDay for more information, and to take advantage of our low Early Bird registration fees, which expire March 31!

New AmeriCorps members at HOC

Ready Corps members Tanner LaLonde and Lasharae Austin

Ready Corps members Tanner LaLonde and Lasharae Austin

Hands On Charlotte is excited to welcome Lasharae Austin and Tanner LaLonde to our team as AmeriCorps Ready Corps members. In its third year, Ready Corps is an AmeriCorps program implemented by Points of Light and HandsOn Network to create disaster resilient communities by increasing preparedness of individuals and families, through volunteer engagement. Lasharae and Tanner will be working both with HOC and with our local Red Cross chapter for 10 months.

Lasharae is a 2014 graduate of North Carolina Central, with a degree in World Studies and Music. She has experience as a Red Cross volunteer in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. “As a Ready Corps member,” Lasharae says, “I hope to inspire others with my enthusiasm and impart to them the knowledge I have gained through both experience and training.”

Tanner recently earned his bachelor’s degree in Art Studies with a minor in Business Administration from North Carolina State. He points to communication as his strong point. Tanner says, “I have a passion for helping others and love having the opportunity with AmeriCorps to help those in need in Charlotte while making a difference in the community.”