SHARE Charlotte Exposes Students to Effects Health, Nutrition and the Environment Have on Poverty
Apr 17, 2014




CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 17, 2014) – On Wednesday, SHARE Charlotte’s yearlong “Be the Change: Poverty in Charlotte” program exposed the freshman class at Providence Day School to the effects health, nutrition and the environment have on poverty in Mecklenburg County where 15.6 percent of residents live in poverty.

Leaders from Charlotte nonprofits educated, enlightened and engaged the 144 freshmen through a panel discussion and hands-on activities.

“The most compelling aspect of “Be the Change” is how the program really brings the effects of poverty to life for these students,” said Kelly Brooks, founder of SHARE Charlotte. “These students and many in the community don’t realize how widespread the problem in Charlotte is and how awareness is critical to making a lasting difference.”

By weaving together the needs of the community with tomorrow’s leaders, SHARE Charlotte empowered Providence Day School students to make a change. The SHARE effect:

Students were exposed to eight nonprofits which serve Mecklenburg County.
Health, nutrition and environment were the poverty-focused issues addressed by four
  community leaders.
A flash philanthropy allowed students to choose one nonprofit to a $1,000 donation to
   from SHARE and Providence Day School. The students chose Sow Much Good.
Rolled up their sleeves in the community at Friendship Gardens, Catawba Lands Conservancy,
  Sow Much Good, Charlotte Community Health Clinic and Care Ring.
Education and exposure leads to engagement in the students’ community, no matter where their lives take them.

“Be the Change: Poverty in Charlotte” was introduced in November 2013 as a three-part pilot program. Accompanying each event was a speaker series featuring community leaders and nonprofit organizations discussing Charlotte’s community challenges. Previous installments focused on homelessness, civics and legal issues, animal welfare, education, arts and culture, workforce and economic development.

For more information on SHARE, please visit 

About SHARE Charlotte:
SHARE Charlotte is dedicated to creating a more engaged community by connecting individuals with local nonprofit organizations and causes. Launched in December 2012, SHARE created an intuitive website which makes learning about and getting engaged with local nonprofits much easier. The website,, is a free, local and centralized collection of 225 nonprofits that serve Mecklenburg County.


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