Giving Back

Established in 2008, Helping Hands is Addison Whitney’s philanthropic group, and we do a little bit of everything.

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We understand that our responsibility extends beyond the work we do within our office walls. Our passion for giving back is part of our culture, and our employees take an active role in helping build a community that nurtures everyone in it. We’ve worked with local and national organizations such as Charlotte’s Salvation Army Center of Hope, Urban Ministry Center of Charlotte, The Get In Touch Foundation and Autism Speaks. We love being out in our community, and we look forward to the differences we can make.

What we’ve been up to:

Over the holiday season, members of the Addison Whitney Charlotte office volunteered their time with Operation Christmas Child, helping sort, inspect, pack and ship thousands of shoe boxes filled with toys and gifts for children in need around the world.Addison Whitney operation christmas child

Their efforts helped Operation Christmas Child move closer to their goal of sending out 2.4 million shoe boxes from just the Charlotte center alone, and made a dent in the 11.2 million shoe boxes that will be shipped from around the world, with processing centers across the United States and Canada, in addition to locations in Europe and Australia. The boxes packed by the AW teams were then sent to children in Ghana, the Bahamas and Haiti.

Prior to volunteering at the processing center, AW team members collected donations and put together full boxes of their own to contribute to the efforts of Operation Christmas Child. These boxes were delivered and have been shipped to their destinations in some of the 150 nations served by the organization.

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In April, Cathleen (design manager; pictured on the right) and Kaitlin (senior project manager) helped organize the Get In Touch Foundation’s inaugural fundraising event at the Duke Mansion. The Pretty in Pink Spring Soirée honored Wilsie Moss Hartman, a 24-year breast cancer survivor, along with her daughter, Molly Grantham (pictured on the left), a WBTV-CBS news anchor, as the 2013 Charlotte Women of Strength. The event also featured a silent auction to raise money for the organization.k 

Cathleen said: “I’m overwhelmed by the support and generosity that surrounded the Pretty In Pink Spring Soirée. Our AW Helping Hands team did an amazing job at the event, and several team members went above and beyond soliciting donations from local businesses. All of their hard work paid off with a spectacular success!”Addison Whitney was a gold sponsor, and a Helping Hands team was on-site to help with the event.

The Get In Touch Foundation is a global nonprofit organization providing free breast health education to girls in grades 5-12. The Girl’s Program is being implemented in 50 states, Washington, DC, and in 21 countries, and is on target to reach one million girls by the end of 2014. For more information, go to, or @GetInTouch on Twitter.