Charlotte, NC: What’s All the Fuss About?

Charlotte, NC: What’s All the Fuss About?

As a retiree looking for a place to settle in your golden years, you’ve probably heard or read about the increasing population in North Carolina’s cities such as Cary, Raleigh and especially Charlotte, the ‘Queen City’. For both young families and the older...

Reasons to settle in Charlotte, NC

Reasons to settle in Charlotte, NC

The Queen City of the state has experienced a new phenomenon in recent years: not only retirees, but now young families have found a jewel nestled in the Piedmont region, conveniently located between the Appalachian mountains and the beautiful white sands of the North...

North Carolina Facts: Get to Know the City

North Carolina Facts: Get to Know the City

If you clicked this article, maybe you’re thinking about moving to North Carolina. This beautiful state has something for everyone, and in the last decade has seen a significant increase in its population due to its high quality and serene living, perfect for...

Interested in Lake Living? Here’s what you need to know

Interested in Lake Living? Here’s what you need to know

Picture yourself waking up to the glistening reflection of the sun on the lake surface. The crisp morning air fills your lungs as you step out of bed and the chirping of the birds and the soft waves of the lake escort your steps as you drink the first sip of hot...

How to stay happy and active during the winter months

How to stay happy and active during the winter months

For many retirees, these are the months of the year when the magic happens: loved ones come from all over the country to visit and the house is filled with warm smiles and laughter and the smells of freshly-cooked food and spices.  However, the activities of a retiree...

national volunteer week 2021

National Volunteer Week at Corbinton Living

Happy Volunteer Week! In honor of this week dedicated to giving back, we wanted to share with you how are employees gave back this year!

Blue Heel Development and our employees are committed to celebrating and contributing to local organizations who make a positive impact on our community. With the challenges times many are facing this year, our employees each chose a charity to pay forward the generosity that we’ve received to benefit others.

StepUp Ministry

“My family continues to support StepUp Ministry in Raleigh, a non-profit organization that teaches adults and children employment and life skills to develop stable careers and improve their lives. In such a challenging time for so many, StepUp and similar training organizations are ever more important to the people of our local communities.” – Whitt

StepUp inspires adults and children at economic risk to take responsibility for every aspect of their lives through holistic programs, meaningful relationships, and compassionate accountability.

The majority of StepUp financial support is from local individuals in Wake County. StepUp is an interfaith, ecumenical ministry that invite individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs to join our mission of adults and children transforming their lives through employment and life skills training.

Interfaith Food Shuttle

“As longtime volunteers with the Interfaith Food Shuttle, our family chose to support their mission of helping our neighbors who are facing food insecurity.  The organization provides hunger relief, community health education, urban learning gardens and agricultural education to our local community. “-  Bryna

The Food Shuttle recovers and distributes nearly 6 million pounds of food per year, and teaches skills for self-sufficiency including culinary job skills, shopping, and cooking healthy on a budget, and how to grow food. Approximately 36% of what they distribute is fresh produce. This food comes from retail food donations, the Food Shuttle Farm, and volunteer food drives.

They feed people through programs such as BackPack Buddies, Mobile Markets, Grocery Bags for Seniors, School Pantries, our Mobile Tastiness Machine, and by partnering with over 100 local agencies in neighborhoods throughout their service area to reach people at their point of need.

Haven House

“We are grateful that as a family our children have a safe home and are supported and encouraged to reach their full potential.  Unfortunately, that’s not true for many youth in Raleigh.  It’s difficult to comprehend the helpless feeling of being a child stuck in a terrible home circumstance without anywhere to turn to for help.  This is why our family chose Haven House, which provides a place of refuge for young people in difficult circumstances. “  – Kyle

Haven House Services is the place where youth who need help find it. Founded in 1973, Haven House operates 11 programs that help more than 1,200 youth in need each year overcome their challenges and find a path to success. Whether they are experiencing homelessness, a crisis at home or school, gang involvement, or problems involving the juvenile justice system, they help youth identify their goals, connect with needed resources, and build skills needed for long-term success.

YMCA

“We chose the YMCA because their mission is to empower young people and inspire action throughout communities. They work locally to provide resources to help children and adults build relationships and provide a better future for themselves and their families. The YMCA’s focus is in helping the community. We think the feeling of community is so important, especially now. We would like to help them in continuing their mission to give kids the opportunities we have and support them in making a better future for themselves” – Julie

Every day, the Y supports kids, adults, seniors, and families with programs that protect, teach, connect, heal, nourish and encourage. They are committed to help everyone reach their potential through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.