Giving back
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

Giving back

Send news about your fundraising events to

Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Arc of Mecklenburg County

Operation Santa Claus: The Arc of Mecklenburg County, which helps children and adults with disabilities, is looking for volunteers and donations for their Operation Santa Claus program.

This supplies children and adults who do not typically receive gifts during the holidays with items they really want. A $50 donation will sponsor one child or adult. You can also “adopt” one of the recipients and shop specifically for that person’s wish list. Shoppers are also needed to buy the items with the donation money. To get involved, contact Lauren at or call 704-332-4535 ext. 102.


Scholarship Winners: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas recently awarded five $1,000 scholarships to the high school and college students who held the most successful student blood drives this summer. Since 2009, CBCC has awarded over $128,500 in scholarships and grants in the local community.

Charleston Trip: Donate blood twice, or platelets at least four times, between now and January at one of the Community Blood Center’s four center locations and be entered to win a trip for two to Charleston. Each donation counts as an entry. Learn more at or call 704-972-4700.

Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte

Computer Help Class: Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte will be offering a computer help class 1-4 p.m. Oct. 30 to help seniors with their computer questions. Come to the session and bring your questions. A computer expert will be on hand to help. Cost is $10 for booster members and $15 for nonmembers. Call 704-365-1995 to register. Visit for other classes offered for seniors.

American Legion Post #27

Turkey Shoot: American Legion Post #27 will hold a turkey shoot in Union County 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 2 & 9. Show up at your leisure. The site is on U.S. 601 North, four miles from U.S. 75, look for Turkey Shoot signs on the right. Prizes include turkeys, Boston Butts, hams, steaks, cash prizes. Cost varies $3-$5 per shoot based on the prize. Proceeds will go back to the community to assist in various charitable events. For more information, call 704-634-7429 or email

Lupus Foundation

Fundraiser: The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter, will be the beneficiary of Cauble Creek Vineyard’s 2013 Vineyard Artist Invitational Opening Reception Nov. 1 at the winery, 700 Cauble Creek Farm Road, Salisbury. The reception is free and open to the public, featuring 16 artists. For more information about the Lupus Foundation, visit To learn about the vineyard, visit

First Baptist Church of Monroe

Fall Bazaar: First Baptist Church in Monroe will hold its annual Fall Bazaar 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 2 at the church, 109 Morrow Ave. There will be home-baked foods, casseroles and desserts, crafts of all types, home and holiday decorations, jewelry, flower arrangements. All proceeds benefit Union County’s Crisis Assistance Ministry. Call the church for more information at 704-283-8534.

Rise UP Ministries

Barn Project: Rise Up Ministries, which helps rescue women from local sex trafficking, has recently begun a horse therapy project to help rebuild the women’s trust. In order to keep the program, help is needed to reconstruct the barn, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 9. If you are able to help, please email

Other Needs: Rise Up Ministries is always in need of financial and material donation support. To learn more about their vision and to donate, visit

JAJ Nonprofit Resource

Shopping from the Heart: The Matthews-based business, JAJ Nonprofit Resource, is partnering with the nonprofit Levine Senior Center to help area nonprofits. Shopping from the heart will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Lane, Matthews. Thirty-six nonprofits will be in the center’s main ballroom and present visitors with a wish list of their needs. Participants will “shop” from the booths by making donations in honor or memory of loved ones.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Work Day: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, which rescues thousands of birds annually, has a work day and new volunteer orientation 10 a.m. Nov. 16. The work day goes until 2 p.m. and the orientation is one hour. Trainees are welcome to join the volunteers after their orientation. RSVP to Learn more at

Teen Health Connection

Scholarship opportunity: Teen Health Connection is accepting applications for the 2014 Johnston Ziegler Youth Leadership Scholarship. The deadline is 4 p.m. Nov. 29. This award is a merit-based scholarship that recognizes a local teen who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, advocacy, or service for adolescents. The selected youth will receive a $1,000 educational scholarship to the college or university of his or her choice. Learn more at

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more