A List of Our Favorite Charities and Why You Should LOVE Them Too!

Whether you choose to volunteer a chunk of your time or donate a sum of money, the satisfaction of giving back to the community is a feeling that’s truly hard to beat.

This is a philosophy we subscribe to wholeheartedly here at the Andy Bovender Team. We care deeply about our community in Charlotte, and we’re proud and honored to be in a position where we can give something back.

With this in mind, here’s a list of some of our favorite charities. We really love them; and we think you should love them too!

Read on.


We love the YMCA because it strives to truly makes a tangible difference in people’s lives. Active in the Charlotte community since 1874, it engages almost 300,000 men, women and children through sports, the arts, youth programs and countless social responsibility initiatives.

Of course, volunteers are vital to the YMCA’s work. If you can spare a few hours of your time and want to truly make a difference, head over here for more information.

Arts & Science Council

We think art and culture enhance our lives and strengthen our identity as a community, which is why the Arts & Science Council’s work is so important. Founded in the late fifties, the Council provides cultural planning and education programs as well as fundraising initiatives for Charlotte-Mecklenburg and other suburban towns in the metro area. Its programs include the Public Art Commission, which is responsible for public art in and around Charlotte, as well as workshops and educational initiatives.

Donating to the Arts & Science Council is an investment in a richer, better city experience. You can also help out by advocating for the arts. Here’s how you can do this.


One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, the Rotary is dedicated to fostering the highest ethical standards in business – a principle we old dear. Rotarians serve the community through myriad programs, including a scholarship fund for children of first responders in 9/11.

Because of its high standards, membership in the Rotary is by invitation only. Click here to find out how you can request to join.

Kickin’ It Challenge

The Kickin’ It Challenge is more than just a soccer tournament or a fundraising event. It really does save lives. To date, the money raised by the Kickin’ It Challenge has funded more than 1,000 mammograms, making a dent in the number of preventable deaths attributable to breast cancer.

Looking to join the fun, donate or even just sponsor the next event? Head over here to find out more.

United Way

We love United Way because they’re all about creating tangible, permanent change in the community. To date, their community programs have increased graduation rates, improved financial literacy and slashed teenage pregnancy rates in underprivileged and under-served communities all across the nation.

You can help extend their impact and good work by volunteering your time or even by making a small donation. Every little helps. Here’s how you can do it.

Children’s Attention Home

There’s nothing as heartbreaking as the tragedy of unrealized human potential, which is why the Children’s Attention Home’s mission is so close to our heart. Based in York County, South Carolina, this charity is dedicated to providing a safe, stable and nurturing environment for abused and neglected children statewide.

The Children’s Attention Home depends on the community’s generosity, even when it comes to daily essentials. Whether you can spare some time to volunteer or even contribute towards providing children with a hot meal, your help will be greatly appreciated.

Dravet Syndrome Foundation

Dravet Syndrome is a rare form of severe epilepsy. It begins in early childhood and, besides being extremely debilitating, it can have an extremely negative impact on a sufferer’s overall quality of life.

Since 2008, the Dravet Syndrome Foundation has raised more than $2.5million to fund research geared towards curing this terrible disease. Here are the many ways you can help it fight the good fight.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

No-one should ever go hungry. Especially children. Partnering with more than 650 agencies in 19 counties, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is committed to making child hunger and extreme poverty a thing of the past.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina holds several food and fund drives you can help out at or even host yourself. You can also help out by making a monetary contribution, however small.

The Salvation Army

A Christian church and international organization, the Salvation Army currently boasts more than 1.5 million worldwide members and a presence in 127 countries. In the Carolinas, the Salvation Army runs several sports, educational and community outreach programs, including help with disaster relief.

You can help by donating your unwanted goods, a sum of money or even volunteering some of your time to one of our several annual funding drives. You can find more information on the charity’s Carolina’s website.

Arts Council of York County

Another cultural charity, the Arts Council of York County seeks to enhance community spirit by supporting the arts and fostering an environment where they can truly thrive. Their work includes a year-round calendar of cultural events and rental of facilities for performances, exhibitions and other gatherings. They even have a restored historic courtroom!

Interested in helping the Arts Council of York County out? Head over here to get involved or to make a donation.

Baxter Women in Business

Based in the Fort Mill area, Baxter Women in Business is dedicated to fostering a sense of community, supporting and promoting the advancement of women in business in the Charlotte metro area.

The organization includes an active Facebook group where you can participate in discussions and find out more about how help out at the organization’s various events throughout the year. Their events help raise funds for various women’s charities, including breast cancer awareness.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Based in Dallas, Texas, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research into breast cancer treatments. Founded in 1982, the charity has raised more than $899 million for research and paid more than $1.95 billion in medical bills and awareness and educational initiatives.

You can help Susan G. Komen for the Cure in its important work by donating or participating in one of its many fundraising events throughout the year. Head over to their website for more information.

Anne Springs Close Greenway

We truly care about the environment, which is why we love Anne Springs Close Greenway. Founded in 1995, it’s a nature preserve in Fort Mills spanning 2,100 acres. The Greenway is a natural buffer and welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, where you can relax and enjoy clean air and physical activities with the whole family.

You can become a friend of the Anne Springs Close Greenway by donating as little as $500 a year. You can also join in and help out with its many community programs.

Gridiron Club

We think sports is crucial to young people’s development; and not just for the health benefits. Sports teaches leadership, forms character and fosters team-spirit, all qualities which make for upstanding citizens. And this is why we love the Gridiron Club.

The Gridiron Club supplements the Fort Mill football program with both human and financial resources. In the past four years alone, it has raised over $100,000 to support Fort Mill’s football program. Sounds like a cause you can get behind? Here’s how you can help out.

The Citadel Foundation

Set up in 2000, the Citadel Foundation raises money for various programs including academic scholarships, funding for athletic facilities, and vital expenses not covered by tuition or fees. Helping the Citadel Foundation means you’re investing in the education and formation of the upstanding citizens of tomorrow.

You can help the foundation out by volunteering, making a one-off donation or even by leaving a legacy. Head over to their website for more information.

Affinity Health Center

Affinity Health Center provides top notch, affordable healthcare to the communities of Catawba county. The center provides primary and specialist care as well as nutritional education and extensive STD testing facilities.

You can get involved by donating, volunteering or more simply by helping us with our community education and outreach programmes. Click here for more information.

Baxter Trail Club

Getting sick with cancer is bad enough as an adult, let alone when you’re still a young child. The Baxter Trail Club is on a mission to help end childhood cancers once and for all by teaming up with CureSearch to fund research.

You can help out by joining the team, registering as an individual or even just making a donation. Here’s how you can do it.

Give Hope Global

Give Hope Global is dedicated to helping out underprivileged communities in southwestern Haiti – one of the poorest regions on the planet. Their initiatives include educational programs, basic health care and nurturing more than 270 children in different orphanages around the area.

There are many ways you can help. You can donate, volunteer on site or even sponsor a child for as little as $50 a month. Visit Give Hope Global’s website for more information.

The Oral Cancer Foundation

More than 48,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed with some form of oral cancer in 2016. We think this is incredibly sad, because the vast majority of oral cancers are entirely preventable through lifestyle changes.

The Oral Cancer Foundation is dedicated to disseminating information about this deadly yet avoidable disease and bringing hope to sufferers and their families by funding cutting-edge research. And you can help too. Here’s how to get involved.

Run Jen Run 5K

An annual event in Charlotte for the past five years, Run Jen Run 5K raises funds for the GoJenGo foundation, a charity committed to providing financial assistance and emotional support to the families of breast cancer sufferers in the Carolinas.

Whether you’d like to run, raise funds, donate or simply sponsor 2017’s event, here’s how to go about it.

But, first things first.

Before you start getting involved in the community, why not let us help you get settled in your new dream home?

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About the Author | Debbie Hooker

Owner/ Listing & Buyer Specialist/ Broker / Realtor® NC/SC

Debbie joined Allen Tate after relocating to Charlotte from Florida and experiencing the challenges a family move can bring. Her passion to help others and her incredible work-ethic are one-of-a-kind. Debbie partnered with Andy in 2002, forming a team and becoming a top producer for the company, and has helped grow the team to what it is today.
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