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In 2005, Patrice Ognodo founded the Neighborhood Good Samaritan Center, a nonprofit that provides basic needs, education and vocational training to local refugees and immigrants. “I opened the Neighborhood Good Samaritan Center to support refugees, because I am one of them,” he said.

The 13th class of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol volunteer program graduated at the Charlotte Police and Fire Training Academy on May 27. Police retiree, teacher, student, pilot, former banking CEO and flight attendant are some of the current or former roles of those who pledged their time and dedication to support the CMPD.

Compiled by Erica Batten

One of the things that attracted professor Chance Lewis to Charlotte was the opportunity to have a platform to get connected to people who would benefit from the outreach, research and teaching mission he feels led to do.

Queens student Laura Moore died unexpectedly last May at age 51 due to complications from pancreatitis.

People from business, faith and civic groups attended the recent Children’s Home Society of North Carolina’s annual Place to Call Home fundraiser luncheon May15 in Charlotte at the Westin ballroom.

A new site has opened at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Dilworth where people can get free meals, and that means homeless people can find a free lunch somewhere in that area almost every day.

Hickory Grove Christian softball has won five straight state championships and reached the state tournament in each of the past 12 seasons.

The World Pediatric Project is a nonprofit organization that provides access to critical care for children in developing countries. One of these specialized pediatric teams, focusing on pediatric neurosurgery, is from Charlotte.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have announced the finalists for its 2014-15 Teacher of the Year award.

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