CLT ONE Stories — Julie Smith

CLT ONE Stories is a series of stories we collect from the people whose lives have been influenced by CLT ONE. We’re super thankful for the opportunity to be a place of connection for so many 20s & 30s in the greater Charlotte area. If you have a story you’d like to share please reach out and let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

When I first moved to Charlotte, I had just graduated from college and knew 2 people in the city. I was looking to get connected to people my age and find community, so I decided to go to a CLT ONE event alone, even though I was nervous. I am so glad that I did. I found a wonderful group of young professionals that shared common interests and goals with me. I immediately got plugged in and started helping with CLT ONE events so that I could get to know people better and many of those people are still my friend today, 7 years later. CLT ONE helped me to get to know the City, with events in different neighborhoods, and I had the opportunity to meet people that I might not have otherwise.

Now, I support CLT ONE financially since it made an impact in my life. I’m grateful for my experience with CLT ONE. I learned more about nonprofits in the City, I would highly recommend someone come check out an event, even if you’re alone. Charlotte is home to southern hospitality and there will be people there that want to get to know you and connect you in Charlotte.