Two New Reasons to Volunteer

When most people think about volunteering, they think about how it helps improve lives in the community. However, two new research studies underscore the critical role volunteering plays in improving lives…of the volunteers themselves.

A recent study from the University of Iowa College of Public Health, found teenagers who participate in volunteer activities on their own may be less likely to commit crimes as adults. In fact, it showed that teenagers who volunteer had 31 percent fewer arrests and fewer convictions than those who do not volunteer, and the trend continues as they grew older.

Even those who are required to volunteer, rather than choosing to do so, have fewer arrests and convictions as adults than those who did not volunteer in their youth. Why is this?

The researchers suggest that as teens engage in self-empowering activities like volunteering, they develop a sense of moral and social responsibility that deters criminal activity.

Volunteers also gain the upper hand in the job market. According to research commissioned by Oxfam, which relies on volunteers to staff its shops, 80 percent of employers are more likely to hire an applicant with volunteer experience. It turns out bosses think volunteers have better social skills and work harder than other job applicants.

Such employability is part of the reason why effective organizations embrace a culture of philanthropy. Elliott Davis Decosimo fosters a work environment for employees to get involved in their community, whether through a financial donation or volunteer opportunity. Every office connects professional staff members to an organization they are passionate about and encourages them to hold a board seat or leadership role to build professional and community development.

“Our impact reached farther in 2016 than it ever has,” said Richard Battle (Office Managing Shareholder). “Our Charlotte and Raleigh offices volunteered nearly 5,000 hours in their communities as tutors, treasurers, financial coaches and board members. Supporting our communities through United Way’s influence has made a positive impact on our region and also to the important success and development of our people.”

The benefits described in these recent studies compliment earlier studies showing that volunteering is good for physical, mental and emotional health. Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) has found this to be especially true among physicians battling burnout.

As part of a newly developed wellness curriculum, the Internal Medicine (IM) residency program at Carolinas HealthCare System sought to promote physician well-being and prevent burnout by exploring ways to make community volunteer work more accessible to residents and their already busy schedules.

Shortly after the launch of the curriculum, the IM residency program partnered with United Way of Central Carolinas and Salvation Army’s Center of Hope to bring volunteer opportunities directly to work. During a noon conference lunch hour, CHS residents assembled dozens of “care packs” and “hygiene packages” to be donated to the Center of Hope. Included in these were hand written notes of inspiration directed to the recipients.

“Volunteerism provides an opportunity to impact our community,” said Todd Gandy, chief resident of Internal Medicine at Carolinas HealthCare, “and is also a powerful means to promote wellness and resiliency within our industry.”

Onsite volunteer projects have been adopted by many businesses throughout Charlotte. Hands On Charlotte, the volunteer arm of United Way of Central Carolinas, partners with companies to plan and implement volunteer projects based on their needs.

To help more TIAA employees get involved in supporting local schools, United Way of Central Carolinas recently hosted a Tiny Library build on the TIAA campus. The result: 125 employees were able to help build the libraries in multiple phases throughout the day, while hundreds of others – from various locations across the community – participated in a virtual book drive to fill the libraries with 1,300 new books for nearby CMS schools.

From establishing moral and social responsibility to maintaining a healthy work life balance, volunteerism encourages a positive impact on each individual volunteer.

Published in the Charlotte Business Journal: April 2017

https://uwcc.cld.bz/Corporate-Volunteerism-CBJ

Jacqualyn’s Story – Pet Visits, You Can See the Difference

It takes all kinds to volunteer, to take time from our schedules and give back to others and try to make the world just a little bit better than when we woke up in the morning. In my time with Hands On Charlotte I’ve met volunteers from all walks of life and of all shapes and sizes. However, furry and four legged was a first as I met Dixie the undisputed star of Pet Visits at White Oaks Manor. Dixie and her recently adopted Golden brother named Gabe are gorgeous Golden Retrievers owned by the straight talking Jacqualyn Levin, a Volunteer Leader for White Oaks since August 2015. She actually started volunteering for HOC in Feburary 2014. Jacqualyn is the mother of two very successful daughters and is an avid world traveler. Having visited a host of countries she’s an intelligent and well versed woman. Jacqualyn  explained the details of the White Oak Pet Visits: “It’s hard to get started for some people” she explained, “You go to White Oaks and it can be discouraging. The environment can be a bit depressing.” White Oaks is a skilled nursing facility for the elderly and adults with disabilities. Hands On Charlotte volunteers, along with their well behaved dogs, visit with the residents. It’s an often overlooked population and one in need of positive experiences. “You can see the difference it makes to them. They don’t get a lot of visitors so when we come with the dogs it means a lot.”

Pet Visits Star, Dixie

Jacqualyn explained that she also volunteers at Plantation Estates Assisted Living as well as the Food Bank but considers White Oaks her home project. “The relationship we have with the staff and residents is just great. They know us and we have developed a good relationship with them.” Dixie I’ve been told by numerous sources remains the belle of the ball at White Oaks. A friendly empathetic canine Dixie has learned what each particular resident wants most from a furry visitor.”She knows what to do” Jacqualyn tells me “One resident she just comes up real quick and puts her head and paws on her bed and gets a quick pet. With another it’s something else. Dixie has been doing this for over two years and is a natural.”

In terms of what motivates Jacqualyn to do this project it’s pretty simply explained “Dixie loves it. She gets excited when we turn the corner towards White Oaks. Of course I enjoy meeting all the volunteers and their dogs. I’m not stopping any time soon.” Dixie and Gabe are both rescues from Golden Retriever Rescue of Charlotte or GRRCC, which Jacqualyn is also active with. “GRRCC has a link to HOC on their facebook page in hopes that some Golden owners will see it and consider pet visits with HOC. What should be very appealing for dog owners is that the dogs do not need to be certified therapy dogs.  They just need to be friendly with other dogs and enjoy getting lots and lots of hugs and kisses.

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

Partner Agency Spotlight: Reaching for the Stars Tutoring Program

Dee Camm is the President and co-founder of The Sky Is the Limit Community Development Corporation. Both Camm and her co-founder, Emanju Zinnah, were working for the City of Charlotte when they created The Sky Is the Limit CDC. Since, furthering education is the goal of the corporation, Camm remarked, “We knew that we wanted to provide high quality tutoring services to the at-risk community free of charge.” The Sky Is the Limit CDC has created a mentoring program, a free tutoring program at two locations, as well as a North Carolina AAU divisional football and cheerleading league.

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Dee Camm

Camm explains the mission of The Sky Is the Limit below.

“The Next Generation Mentoring Program connects professional men and women with at risk boys and girls. The mentor provides guidance, career advice, support, and encouragement throughout the duration of the mentoring relationship. The children within this program come from neighborhoods that have a high concentration of violence, teen pregnancy, and high school dropouts.

The Reaching for the Stars Tutoring Program takes place at two free tutoring locations here in Charlotte, NC. The locations were strategically placed in neighborhoods that have a significant amount of at-risk youth. The free tutoring services are provided to grades K – 9 throughout the entire academic year.

For the 2016 academic school year, Reaching for the Stars received a laptop based literacy grant through Habitat for Humanity. The literacy software provides each child with a customizable learning experience based on their current literacy level and learning style.”

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HOC Volunteer with Reaching for the Stars student

In the early days of The Sky Is the Limit, Camm and her team had already gathered educational resources, such as a laptop-based literacy program and EOG prep curriculum, but what they really needed were volunteers. Thankfully, there was another nonprofit waiting to partner with and support Camm’s fledgling organization. Hands On Charlotte specializes in volunteer recruitment and management for other nonprofits. Camm remarked, “We were in desperate need of volunteers who not only had a desire to make a difference in the community but that also cared about the future of children. After meeting with Doug, the Director of Programs, we immediately knew that Hands On Charlotte was the missing piece to our Charlotte mission.”

Camm is pleased with the work her organization and HOC have accomplished together. “The Hands On Charlotte staff (Doug in particular) is very supportive of our goals, mission, and the overall success of the tutoring program. They have invited me to orientation sessions to allow me to directly recruit volunteers and they always keep the lines of communication open. The volunteers for Study Buddies at West Blvd Library are friendly, professional, and helpful.”

The Sky Is the Limit CDC aims to provide volunteers with the opportunity to make a difference in a community that is in desperate need of their assistance while also having fun. When asked what she wants volunteers to take away from the experience, Camm replied “I want the volunteers to walk away knowing that they made a difference in a child’s academic future. I want them to know that their hours of volunteer work have decreased the dropout rate of an at-risk youth.”

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Reaching for the Stars student with HOC tutor

Camm thinks the best part of her job is making a difference in someone’s life daily, such as hearing reports from parents about their child’s increase in academic and behavioral performance. “Helping people is my calling in life. It’s what I was placed on this earth to accomplish. There is no greater feeling than knowing that you are operating from a higher calling. Attending a graduation, watching a child go from failing to honor roll, putting a smile on the face of those in need…there is no greater feeling than that.”

  • Breannon Wills is an aspiring author and creative enthusiast who hopes to one day start a creative children’s non-profit organization.

How to Have Fun and Help Others at the Same Time

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Yesterday evening, I went to a volunteer opportunity with Hands On Charlotte called Thursday Night Fun, and the title did not deceive. It took place at Florence Crittenton Services, a facility that provides a home, prenatal care, and life training to pregnant and at risk young women. Our job as volunteers was simple, to play games and have fun with the ladies who lived there. After much debate over which game to play, we ended up playing several hilarious rounds of Taboo. It was nice to see so much laughter and happiness in that activity room because I know many of those girls are going through hard times and have uncertain futures. In fact, I think some of the residents were more joyful at first than the volunteers. I can only hope we managed to brighten their day as much as they brightened ours.

Ryan’s Story – Sometimes you wear a Superman costume with a TuTu for fun

I had a chance to sit down recently with a Volunteer Leader named Ryan Sullivan and I have to say I was impressed. The Connecticut native leads one of the two Crisis Assistance Ministry projects, which for many of us is our first volunteer opportunity with Hands On Charlotte. A fun and energizing opportunity, Crisis Assistance Ministry provides clothing to Charlotte families free of charge, as well as financial assistance to those in urgent need. It’s also next door to Second Harvest Food Bank, another favorite of HOC volunteers. Ryan, a tall glass of water by any measure, began his tenure with Hands On Charlotte in 2006 and has been a Volunteer Leader since 2009. Aside from his work with Crisis Assistance Ministry, Ryan has also led events for our annual Hands On Charlotte Day and has for years been the Fundraising Chair for the Relay for Life of Ballantyne. There, he dressed as Superman and led another great group of HOC volunteers. (Why the tutu in the picture? Cancer doesn’t discriminate by gender.) In addition to this, the multi-talented man is part of the funny local improv comedy troupe Now Are the Foxes (check your old Saturday Night Live tapes if you’re missing the name reference there, sports fans).

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Crisis Assistance Ministry is, as Ryan states, “A great volunteer project in that it lets participants immediately see the amount of work they’ve done. They can tell the impact they’re having then and there, and take something positive away from it.” I’m inclined to agree. The sorting and organizing of clothes, while not the most glamorous work, is still very fulfilling and—given the fun group of folks who show up for this event—you can have a great time working with a group towards a goal together. I strongly recommend it for beginning volunteers who want to see if the call to service is something they truly want to invest in. It’s also a good time for veterans who have some time to give to a very worthwhile cause.

An early life-changing injury to his brother gave Ryan his perspective on the world and the troubles that plague it. “You can’t solve every issue, but you should at least try to help address the ones you can,” he explains when I ask him why he volunteers so much of his time helping others. “I feel when you’ve been given blessings in life, it’s only right that you give back,” he mentions, as we begin talking about his life and motivations for volunteering. Engaged to a beautiful woman and employed by a financial planning software company that’s also very charitably inclined, Ryan certainly has a lot going for him. Having studied abroad and traveled the country extensively, he has a good view of the world. He also has, I can attest, a very healthy appetite for excellent BBQ and perhaps the best taste in music I’ve encountered among any volunteer I’ve met so far. We’ve been trading songs back and forth since meeting and giving each other new ideas on some genres.

Ryan and I found we had an unusual amount in common over the course of destroying our plates of BBQ, ribs, and pulled pork….ok, maybe the most obvious is we have large appetites and can put away the food. In addition, though, we’ve both kept busy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While I sit on a scholarship committee, my good friend Ryan volunteers leading public speaking workshops for the Center for Leadership Development. When asked, Ryan stated, “It’s important to help set the volunteers and leaders of tomorrow off on the right foot today. The early college years are some of our most developmental and learning to find one’s voice early is truly a gift.” I couldn’t agree more. Very often we focus on younger children when it comes to instilling the importance of service, and while that’s clearly important we should not overlook the value of guiding our young adults along a positive path as well. Our last common trait is that, while we’re both very busy—and who isn’t these days—we find time to volunteer through HOC on a regular basis. Ryan and I both encourage people to use HOC’s easy online calendar to sign up at least once a month and to make volunteering a habit.

Ryan personifies exactly what Hands On Charlotte looks for in a Volunteer Leader. Well organized and possessing a passion to give back, Ryan has been a real asset to our organization for a decade. We can only hope his love for giving back and the time he dedicates to helping others survives as he prepares to engage in one of the greatest challenges to free time known to man: Marriage. Congratulations, buddy – you two are going to be great!

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

Kelsey’s Story – playing in the dirt and connecting to the city

Kelsey Willis, 28, is an employee for Compass Group. Compass Group provides services in areas such as food, hospitality and support services. There, Kelsey works with the benefits department. Previously she worked at Habitat for Humanity in Knoxville, Tennessee. She moved to Charlotte in May 2015.

When Kelsey came to Charlotte, she was looking to meet new people and get involved in the community. While Googling volunteering, she came across Hands on Charlotte and decided to sign up for volunteer orientation. From the introductory presentation, Kelsey believed HOC to be very thorough. She liked the fact that she could try out different projects and then choose to return to the ones that appealed to her.kelsey-1-crop

When I interviewed Kelsey, I could tell that she is a natural leader because she is willing to lend a hand and is honest about her thoughts. She explained to me that the projects she leads benefit Friendship Gardens, a huge network of gardens in Charlotte. The Urban Farming at Garinger project helps to supply food for Friendship Trays, Charlotte’s meals on wheels program. About her commitment, Kelsey says “I used to do a lot of other projects, and I still go to others when I can, but I focus on this one now.”

When I asked Kelsey why this project fits her personality she said “I like to focus and complete things and be tangible when I do things.” With her willingness to work hard and wait on the beauty to appear, Kelsey has the right attitude for working in a garden. She says her projects are great for “anyone who wants to play in the dirt for a little bit, get out in the sun, and come back in a couple of weeks to see the sprout of what they planted.” I also learned that Kelsey likes to be outdoors and appreciates that the food grown in the gardens feeds people in need.

Kelsey knows when her projects will be held a month in advance so she is able to make sure they fit into her schedule. She feels that HOC is a great place to meet new people and get out into the city. She says that through volunteering you can break out of your comfort zone and meet people you wouldn’t normally meet. “When I volunteer I feel like I did something to help out. I feel a part of the community and connected to the city.”

kelsey-2-cropKelsey still doesn’t know too many people in Charlotte but she champions HOC to as many people as she can, hoping that they’ll volunteer. “My volunteer leader shirt is a very bright fluorescent orange and people ask me about it, it’s a great conversation starter,” said Kelsey. She desires for people to come out to her projects and enjoy themselves just like she does.

  • Breannon Wills is an aspiring author and creative enthusiast who hopes to one day start a creative children’s non-profit organization.

Emily’s Story – Uplifting Children, Youth Tutoring returns Sept. 12!

Twenty-five year old Emily McGrane, an Email Marketing Specialist at Direct Digital volunteers with Hands On Charlotte because she has always been interested in helping others. She found HOC through a Google search.

Emily has been volunteering for the Homework Hounds project for over the past three years tutoring elementary and middle school students. The project takes place at Beatties Ford Road Library. She has volunteered over 86.5 hours with Homework Hounds and is now a Volunteer Leader for the project.  When I asked her why she choose the project she responded “I love kids and that is the first project I went to after orientation. I loved it so much I just stuck with it.”

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“I love the kids who come to this project in particular because they’re all so sweet and have a genuine curiosity about everything and a desire to learn” Emily replied when asked why she enjoyed volunteering with children. Emily wants to brighten a child’s life and make that child’s self-esteem grow. She is dedicated to this project and enjoys being a part of it. She thinks HOC has done a good job making this project is available at various libraries throughout Charlotte which is convenient for volunteers.

In Emily’s own passionate words about why people should volunteer “The kids at this project are the sweetest kids ever. They genuinely WANT to learn but they have many roadblocks. Some of the children have parents who don’t speak English. Other kids can’t afford school supplies or have dropped out of school and are looking to come back. You definitely see a little bit of everything at this project. Something that I really enjoy is that the majority of kids during the 2015-2016 school year came every week so you really got to build a personal relationship. There’s a girl who has been coming to the project every week for the past three years. This year, she made the honor roll for the first time and her dad was teary he was so proud. The parents who bring their kids to tutoring are really good, involved parents so it’s also a pleasure getting to know them as well.” 

Emily wants the kids that come to her project to learn and grow as individuals. She wants them to take away a sense of comfort from Homework Hounds. She feels good about helping but also feels sad when she thinks about how much more there still is to do. She wants more people to volunteer in order to make a positive difference in the lives of children. Children are the future and by her compassionate volunteer work she is helping the whole community. She would recommend HOC because it has been a great way for her to volunteer. “Doug does a great job training everyone and making sure that everyone feels comfortable. I’ve also met some great friends along the way,” Emily explained. Emily is another example of how volunteering can impact our lives positively. She uplifts the children by helping them learn but in return is uplifted.

  • Breannon Wills an Aspiring Author and Creative Enthusiast, who hopes to one day start a creative children’s non-profit organization

 

 

Angie’s Story – McGill Rose Garden

Traveling down to Southpark I met the volunteer leader for the McGill Rose Garden project: Angie Simpson. A native of Peoria Illinois, Angie has been leading this very popular project for nearly a decade now with absolutely no sign of slowing down at all. Angie found Hands On Charlotte after getting laid off from her previous job and looking to keep herself occupied while she looked for a new career. A construction lead for Habitat for Humanity as well as volunteer leader for Hands On Charlotte Angie keeps very busy. “Idle” is not a word to describe this remarkably lady and I’m very glad I got a chance to learn more about her.

After agreeing to meet me at a local Pandera Bread Angie explained her role as project leader “I tell them they won’t like me the next day because my project involves lots of hard work. Stacking rocks, pulling weeds and packing down the soil; all makes you very sore the next day.” So is she a sort of gardening drill sergeant? Hardly. The McGill Rose Garden is the last city owned garden in Charlotte and it’s preservation rests solely in the hands of volunteers. “I think it brings something special to the people living there, especially the kids” Angie explained to me. “I get everyone involved and doing what needs to be done. I make sure everyone has a job and the work gets done, it’s a lot of fun once you get into it.” As to the appeal of her project Angie explained further “You can see immediate results. You look back at the work you’ve done and it’s obvious that you’ve made a clear impact. That’s the benefit of physical labor, you see you’ve done real work and you feel it the next day too.”

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McGill Rose Garden

Angie’s passion is certainly contagious, she hadn’t even finished the cookie she’d ordered before she had me wanting to pick up a pair of hedge clippers and shuffle off to make nature beautiful. Now as volunteers we’re all passionate, it’s a given that nobody goes to do actual work for free without a good reason. With Angie however I think it goes deeper, to find a cause that you truly believe in is a real blessing. So I asked Angie why she did it and got a very exact answer “All the other gardens Charlotte owned became Starbucks or Walmarts. If McGill Rose Garden goes away then it’s gone for good. Whatever goes up in its place will be tacky and add nothing to the community. Hands On Charlotte goes in and does the hard work that’s required to maintain the garden and keeping it going for the future.” Angie further explained “My project allows children to participate provided their parents monitor them. It lets families come out and do something together on a Saturday morning. We get a lot of kids doing service requirements from school and they’re so energetic and ready to go.” As project leader for a project that works with children I can most certainly appreciate the need to get kids engaged and doing positive activities and I have to commend Angie for this.

The role of Hands On Charlotte in our community both in engaging young people as well as making a lasting difference in our area is also clear to Angie. I always love hearing views on our organization and Angie leaves no room for doubt at all on hers “The need for volunteers in Charlotte is obvious. There’s plenty to be done, and lots of eager people out there wanting to do some good. Hands On Charlotte’s job is to facilitate the supply getting to the demand.” I agree with her the demand is out there, there’s a thousand things Charlotte needs and recruiting the people to fill the need is a massive task. Eventually all volunteers call it a day and step back from their projects. I asked Angie if she ever saw herself backing away from the rose garden and got a frank response: “I’ll stop when it’s no longer fun, I’m having a ball now though so it’s not happening anytime soon.” I can relate to that sentiment and respect the woman who’s been making a difference in our community for so long. It’s clear to me that the McGill Rose Garden is in great hands with Angie at the helm.

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

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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
redchalkportraits.squarespace.com/
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
alexpietersen.com
“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
rustyclay.net/
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