I’m Joe Carbon, co-founder of H.O.H.T. (H.elping O.thers H.elp T.hemselves).
H.O.H.T. ceased operations in August of 2017 because the economy was back on track and people were back to work again. We as board members chose to individually discover other ways in which to give back and/or pay it forward.
Over the course of 2019, my new commitments included Richard’s Coffee Shop & Military Museum, The GearUp Bike Shop, and Pancreatic Cancer mentor to others with that type of cancer through the Imerman Angels program. Below are some highlights of my involvement.
Richard’s Coffee Shop and Military Museum: One of my favorite places to be is Richard’s every Thursday morning. It gives me the opportunity to lend my support and admiration for all of our local retired military. I also talk to others that are battling their own forms of cancer, as I had to do with my own.
My mission is to be there for them as they have been there protecting all of us and our freedoms!
Oh, did I mention, they have a great full breakfast grill? Open to the public.
The GearUp Bike Shop: “The GearUp Bike Shop” has a great program that is open to any students ages 10-17 who want to learn mechanical skills to earn a bicycle for themselves or a family member. The focus of the Bike Shop is to teach kids that God has a plan for their life, they have value and life works best when you work hard, pursue knowledge and respect others as well as yourself.
My wife, Terri, and I accompanied the shop and kids on several field trips in 2019 that were “bicycle themed”. They included a trip to the BMX Nationals held in Rock Hill, SC in April, a mountain bike and pump track riding trip to Colonel Francis Beatty Park in Matthews, NC in June, and a mountain bike and pump track riding trip to North Mecklenburg Park in October. My hope for 2020 is to motivate some of the kids to race BMX at Hornet’s Nest Park.
The GearUp Bike Shop is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to noon. The CARE Center is located at 19711 Smith Circle, Cornelius, NC 28031.
For more information, contact Manny Rosado, Executive Director at 704-255-5500.