Giving back
Saturday, Feb. 01, 2014

Giving back

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Shortage alert: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is experiencing a blood shortage. Please donate at a center or mobile drive as soon as possible. Visit to find a drive.

Pints for Pounds: The CBCC is holding its annual Pints for Pounds campaign through February. For every pint of blood donated during that time, CBCC will donate 7 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank. Schedule appointments at 704-972-4700 or To host a blood drive through a company, group or organization, email Kim Jones at or call 704-972-4727.

Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte

Free shredding: The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte will hold a free shredding event 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 8 in the parking lot of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road. Staples are okay, but remove paper clips. Details: 704-365-1995.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Volunteer orientation: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue will hold a volunteer orientation 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Rescue in Indian Trail. Volunteers will learn how to care for rescued waterfowl. Volunteers must be 18 or older. To register, email

Equine Rescue League

Bake sale: The U.S. Equine Rescue League Central Piedmont Region will hold a bake sale and information booth at Tractor Supply in Monroe from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 15. Volunteers are needed to help man the information booth, sell T-shirts, give information about the horse rescue and bring baked goods for the sale. Donations are down for all local rescue groups, and the USERL is caring for eight horses waiting to find homes. Details:

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Beach Bash fundraiser: Big Day at the Lake will host the third annual Beach Bash fundraiser 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at Harvey’s Bar and grill, 19707 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius. The event will start the campaign to raise $100,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. Cost is $10 at the door. Details:

Bowl for Kids: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte will hold their Bowl for Kids Sake from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 22 at 10 Park Lanes on Montford Drive. Last year’s event raised $120,000. Interested bowlers must field a team of four to six bowlers and raise at least $625. The funds will support the mentor relationships formed through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. To participate, visit

Bike to D.C.

Fundraiser: Residents are invited to a fundraising dinner 5-9 p.m. Feb. 8 at Big Guy’s Pizza, 6914 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Mint Hill to raise money for Mint Hill Police Sgt. Thomas McKenzie’s second  Bike to D.C.  The 500-mile ride will culminate with the annual candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Big Guy’s Pizza will donate a portion of all sales. McKenzie makes the ride to honor fallen officers. Details: 704-545-1085.

Matthews Free Medical Clinic

Art & Amore: The nonprofit Matthews Medical Clinic is partnering with The Tipsy Paintbrush to offer the Art & Amore fundraiser for the clinic. The event is 7-9 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Tipsy Paintbrush, 116B W. John St., Matthews. An instructor will give step-by-step instructions on how to paint a pre-selected painting that participants can take home. The event is $50 per person. Reservations are required; call Kara Lopp at 704-412-2398 or email To learn more about the clinic, visit

Shepherd’s Center SouthEast

Valentine tea: Shepherd’s Center SouthEast will host an authentic English Tea, 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 6800 Sardis Road. Cost is $25, and tables of six may be reserved. Reservations are required: 704-321-0325. Proceeds will benefit the medical transportation program and services provided by SCSE to seniors in Charlotte.

Meck Medical Alliance

Health luncheon: The Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment will hold the 2014 Community Health Luncheon, “Finding Your Way through a Safe Healthcare Journey,” 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road. Tickets may be purchased at for $30 per person. Speaker Patty Skolnik will speak as an advocate for patients and families. Details: 303-552-4677.

Arc of Mecklenburg County

Green Run: The Arc of Mecklenburg County in partnership with Capabilities Fitness will hold its first Green Run 5K to raise money for the Arc of Mecklenburg County. The run will be held 4 p.m. March 1 at Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road. Cost is $25 before Feb. 15 and $35 after. The fun run is $10, or $20 after Feb. 15. Individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities are $5. Register at To volunteer, contact Steve or Lauren at 704-332-4535.

Teen Health Connection

Stand Up and Get Down for Teens: Table sponsorships are available for the third annual Stand Up and Get Down for Teens on March 15 at the Fillmore, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. Details: Glenda Bernhardt at 704-381-8369 or email

OrthoCarolina Research Institute

Charity event: The OrthoCarolina Research Institute will host its second annual Injury Prevention Across Sports with Science Charity Event 6-10 p.m. March 29 at the Bank of America Statidum, 800 S. Mint St. The event is black-tie option and will feature Lee Corso, analyst on ESPN’s “College Game Day.” Tickets are $150. Proceeds support OCRI and other local charities supported by the NFL Former Players Association – Charlotte Chapter. Details:

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