Ways you can make a difference this season

The Observer's Giving Guide provides a list of what more than 300 nonprofits have told us they need, from volunteers to donated goods. It also is searchable online; go to

Here are some of the agencies in the Cabarrus County area.

Animal Services

Cabarrus CARES/Kitty City

30 Union Street South

Concord, NC 28025

Program: Cabarrus CARES (Coalition of Animal Rescue Efforts and Services) promotes cooperation, communication and education among animal advocates and pet owners. Kitty City is the pet rescue/adoption program of Cabarrus CARES.

Material wishes: Monetary, kitty litter, Purina Cat Chow/Kitten Chow/Puppy Chow, newspapers, paper towels, old towels, bleach, disinfectant, laundry detergent, stamps, office/pet supply store gift cards.

Volunteer needs: Cleaning, fundraising, special events, dog/puppy foster care, veterinary technicians, groomers, dog trainers, handyman, pet education speakers, newsletter writer and social networking.

Minimum volunteer time: None.

To help: Patsy Beeker, 704-795-5219

Humane Society of Concord & Greater Cabarrus County

P.O. Box 5347

Concord, NC 28027

Program: Animal rescue, rehabilitate and re-home facility that takes in abandon and abused animals and helps them find new homes.

Material wishes: Monetary, gift cards to Petco, PetSmart, Pets & Co., Wal-Mart, kitty litter, paper towels, copier paper, green cleaning supplies, pet carriers, leashes, collars.

Volunteer needs: Foster homes are needed for dogs and cats; volunteers are needed for both the main shelter and the cat adoption facility and for working off-site events

Minimum volunteer time: No limit.

To help: Judy Sims, executive director, 704-763-8550

Children & Families

1,2,3 JUMP

349-L Copperfield Blvd. #318

Concord, NC 28025

Program: 1,2,3 JUMP is committed to combating childhood obesity by providing custom jump rope programs, camps, and classes to children in grades four-eight. Our mission is to empower youth through promoting health and fitness, fostering education, connecting families, and motivating communities. We were founded as a non-profit corporation in 2006 and we are working to expand our mission and services.

Material wishes: "Financial contributions, program/camp/class materials, jump ropes, storage rack, office space, printing, training and program manuals, electronics, one laptop, one digital camera, one flip camera, one laser printer, one Mac, one portable PA system, accounting and legal services."

Volunteer needs: Special Projects: music development, video production, website and database management, social networking, marketing, administrative assistant volunteer, special events, exhibition team coach, Train the Trainer Program, Program coach, instructors.

Minimum volunteer time: One hour.

To help: Wilmenia Gripper, Founder, 704-960-4616

Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County

247 Spring Street NW

Concord, NC 28026

Program: The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We serve more than 2,000 people each year through our afterschool, summer, Keystone, and athletic programs.

Material wishes: School supplies, office supplies, athletic equipment, children's books, video games, board games, arts and crafts supplies, game room equipment (pool tables, air hockey, etc.), electronics.

Volunteer needs: Coaches for football, basketball, and cheerleading programs. Tutors to provide children with assistance on their homework.

Minimum volunteer time: One hour per day for homework help.

To help: Mike Blackwelder, 704-721-2582, ext. 107

Communities In Schools of Cabarrus County

P.O. Box 854

Concord, NC 28026


Program: Helping students stay in school and succeed in life.

Material wishes: Financial donations, school supplies, book bags, and new and gently used children's books.

Volunteer needs: Tutor/mentors, internship and job shadowing for high school students, help with school supply collection in August.

Minimum volunteer time: 30 minutes weekly

To help: Catherine Campbell, executive director, 704-788-1007

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Cabarrus County

163 Winecoff Avenue NW

Concord, NC 28025

Program: We are a Christ centered non-profit agency that helps with the material and spiritual needs of families in the community.

Material wishes: Diapers (sizes 3-6), gently used cribs, strollers, car seats, postage stamps, women's toiletry items, baby wash and shampoo and/or monetary donations.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers that would like to counsel or help sort clothes. Also, volunteers who can speak and teach Spanish.

Minimum volunteer time: One day/week (four hours).

To help: 704-782-2221

CVAN Battered Women's Program

P.O. Box 1749

Concord, NC 28026

Program: CVAN provides safety, shelter and support for battered women and their children.

Material wishes: Financial contributions, gift cards (discount and grocery stores), women's bath robes and slippers, art supplies, games for elementary students and teenagers, remote-control cars, action figures, alarm clocks, a new vacuum cleaner; turkeys and hams, non-perishable food and staples.

Volunteer needs: People to help with child care, special events, yard work, office work, and at resale store, CVAN's Cool Used Stuff.

Minimum volunteer time: None.

To help: 704-788-1108

Junior Charity League of Concord

One Buffalo Ave. NW, Suite 205

Concord, NC 28025

Program: The Junior Charity League of Concord in a non-profit organization that provides new school clothes to economically disadvantaged students in the Cabarrus County schools and Kannapolis schools. These students are in kindergarten-12th grade.

Material wishes: Monetary donations for the Mariam C. Schramm Clothing Room, toiletries (shampoo, mild soap, toothpaste/toothbrush), winter coats, athletic shoes.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers needed in the Clothing Room Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon to assist with clothing the children.

Minimum volunteer time: None.

To help: 704-652-0669

Community Service

American Legion Auxiliary-Harrisburg

P.O. Box 1432

Harrisburg, NC 28075

Program: Non-profit service organization serving active military, veterans and promoting Americanism and Patriotism. We are collecting personal care items for Christmas gift bags for hospitalized veterans.

Material wishes: Shampoo, deodorant, body wash, body lotion, sugar free candies, lap blankets, slippers.

To help: Carol Mathis, 704-455-8587 or Janice MacLeod, 980-253-0656

Esther's Heart for Transformation Ministry, Inc.

P.O. Box 6653

Concord, NC 28027

Program: Youth empowerment, lunch buddy program and backpacks of hope weekend nutrition.

Material wishes: Gift cards, monetary and food donations.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers include lunch buddies, helpers to fill backpacks on Thursday evenings and assistance with community workshops and classes.

Minimum volunteer time: One-two hours.

To help: "704 262-9294 (b) 704 408-7804 (c)"

Facing Forward

16022 Stonemont Road

Huntersville, NC 28078

Program: We help individuals with congenital or acquired facial and physical differences cope with staring and communicate with confidence. We offer educational seminars, a support group that meets the first Saturday of each month, referrals, resources and advocacy. As well, we offer programs to students that encourage them to look inside instead of making assumptions based solely on outward appearance.

Material wishes: We depend on financial donations from individuals, corporations, and grants. Gifts in any amount are welcome and deeply appreciated. We are seeking a major gift to expand services.

Volunteer needs: We need an experienced and successful grant writer to assist us in obtaining grants. We welcome volunteers with computer skills, marketing and fundraising experience. We need a variety of volunteers to help with silent auctions and other fundraising activities.

Minimum volunteer time: Three hours a week.

To help: Charlene Pell, 704-895-7634

Friends of the Harrisburg Library

P.O. Box 784

Harrisburg, NC 28075

Program: Friends of the Harrisburg Library is a membership group established to directly support the Harrisburg Library. Our modest annual membership is $5.00.

Material wishes: Monetary donations, membership and fundraising go towards materials such as books and programs not funded or cut from the county budget.

Volunteer needs: Friends of the Harrisburg Library coordinate adult volunteers throughout the week and teens for the summer reading program. Volunteers help shelve books, work on special projects and assist with some programs.

Minimum volunteer time: None.

Historic Cabarrus Association/The Concord Museum

P.O. Box 966

Concord, NC 28026

Program: Historic Cabarrus Association preserves historical materials and information and educates children and adults through our operation of the Concord Museum and through outreach programs such as the Walk Through Concord's History.

Material wishes: Financial donations are appreciated to sustain our museum location and operations costs for two part-time employees.

Volunteer needs: Museum docents are needed during hours of operation, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and for special events.

Minimum volunteer time: Two hours minimum/Four hours maximum (and preferred) per docent commitment.

To help: Michael Eury, Executive Director, 704-782-3688

Old Courthouse Theatre

49 Spring St. NW

Concord, NC 28025

Program: Cabarrus County's only community theater in its 35th season. Theater works with other nonprofit groups to promote the community and help raise funds for other organizations. This is done by donating performance tickets or special show performances where the non-profit organization sells tickets as a fundraiser.

Material wishes: OCT is in need of house cleaning equipment and supplies, gardening supplies, sound equipment, light equipment, office supplies and other needs. For a wish list please visit our website at

Volunteer needs: Volunteers needed for all committees. Please see our website.

Minimum volunteer time: 4 hours

To help: Mitzi Furr Ballard, 704-788-2405

Rural Hill

4431 Neck Road

Huntersville, NC 28078

Program: We are a non-profit historical site open to the public and for field trips and a working farm that also hosts a number of special events throughout the year including the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games, The Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze, and The Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials.

Material wishes: We accept farm equipment and supplies as well as monetary donations.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers used for a wide variety of projects.

Minimum volunteer time: None.

To help: 704-875-3113


Adult Life Programs

P.O. Box 807

Hickory, NC 28603

Program: We provide adult day services for elderly and disabled individuals who need some supervision during the day due to medical, social and/or mental health needs. Participants come during the day and return each day to the home of their loved ones.

Material wishes: We provide therapeutic and fun activities each day. Donations of games, prizes, recreational equipment, craft supplies and gently used magazines are appreciated. Monetary donations formedical supplies are also appreciated.

Volunteer needs: We welcome volunteers of all ages and with different gifts. Volunteers are needed to present educational, musical and cultural presentations. People who just enjoy visiting are always welcome and much appreciated.

Minimum volunteer time: None.

To help: Jane Rollins 828-326-9120

Catawba County Council on Aging

400 17th Street SW (P.O. Box 835)

Hickory, NC 28602

Program: We provide a focal point for aging resources as well as opportunities designed to extend independent living and enrich the quality of life for older adults in Catawba County.

Material wishes: Monetary

To help: 828-328-2269

Health concerns

Community Free Clinic

528-A Lake Concord Road

Concord, NC 28025

Program: The Community Free Clinic provides healthcare and pharmacy services to uninsured adults who lack the resources to pay for their healthcare. We help them with a combination of volunteer and paid medical professionals.

Material wishes: Ziploc bags (sandwich and snack sizes), dinner for Tuesday night volunteers (20 people), pill boxes for patients, copier paper and monetary donations.

Volunteer needs: Doctors and lab technicians. Also need volunteers for our Board of Directors, Finance Committee and Special Events Committee.

Minimum volunteer time: Once per month. Doctors are asked to volunteer at least two nights a year.

To help: Venetia Skahen, Director, 704-782-0650 ext. 226

Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina

1920 W. First Street, Suite 5541-A

Winston Salem, NC 27104

Program: To provide services to those with epilepsy to their families and caregivers. Educational materials and services, support groups, emergency medication fund, advocacy and counseling,education programs and training for professionals.

Material wishes: Funding for services and emergency seizure medication assistance.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers to help with fundraising events and advocacy programs.

Minimum volunteer time: Two-five hours.

To help: Patricia Gibson, 800-451-0694

Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County

5003 Hospice Lane

Kannapolis, NC 28081

Program: HPCCC serves children, teens & adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families. We believe that all we serve are entitled to a self-defined quality of life.

Material wishes: Mainstay fleece blankets (twin size, Acorn color at Wal-Mart) Graco Simple Sound Analog Baby Monitor, aloe baby wipes (unscented), individually packed sweet/salty snack food, acrylic yarn for lap quilts (any color), pocket-sized Kleenex, disposable cameras, unscented laundry detergent, Fruit of the Loom Value pack of ladies/men's white socks (large, 10 pair per pack), new white hand towels, bath towels, wash clothes, one quarter or one half of satin ribbon, eight ounce or smaller bottled water, cotton fabric for lap quilts, rolls of batting for lap quilts, moist towelettes for bathing.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers are needed to sit with patients, make friendly visits, help with light house cleaning, participate in the Interlude Music program or the Comforting Paws program (dog visits), help with office duties and special events. Volunteers are needed for Light Up A Life to sit at the trees at Carolina Mall and CMC-NE. Please call Ask First to secure a time at 704-403-3081.

To help: Becky Bahn, 704-935-9452

Cabarrus Cooperative Christian Ministry

P.O. Box 1717

Concord, NC 28026

Program: Cooperative Christian Ministry provides immediate assistance to members of our community who are experiencing crisis in the areas of food, shelter, or finances while providing them access to resources that will empower them to move beyond crisis. CCM supports eight food pantries, a mobile food pantry,meal programs, financial assistance for rent and utilities, a backpack program, an overnight shelter and soup kitchen, a mother's and children's house, transitional housing and a day resource center with case management and employment assistance.

Material wishes: Food donations: Canned corn, soup, canned mixed or single vegetables, spaghetti, rice, pasta, plastic grocery bags. Hosts for food/donation drives and financial donations to assist with rent and utilities for those in crisis. Also in need of furniture and some household appliances and donations or auction/prize gifts for special events.

Volunteer needs: Crisis Center Volunteers: Receptionists, interviewers, office assistance, food pantry, warehouse helpers and drivers. Also, volunteers for Mother's & Children's house, Night Shelter meals, Soup Kitchen, Opportunity House (administrative/computer related); Administrative support at the Day Center in Kannapolis on weekday afternoons and weekends. Training provided. Drivers Needed to drive a 15-passenger van for church-based services to homeless families from a day center in Kannapolis to host congregations in a safe, reliable and punctual manner (a.m. and p.m. shifts, seven days per week; valid N.C. required). Special event volunteers to help at food drives, annual golf tournament, Crop Walk, Festival of the Arts and Mobile Food Pantry.

Minimum volunteer time: Various. Shifts: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-4 p.m. Please see website for details or contact Joyce Berry-Biles, CCM's volunteer coordinator at 704-786-4709 ext. 813.

To help: Lynn Swisshelm, 704-786-4709

Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County

Eight Church Street SE

Concord, NC 28025

Program: Guided by God, Habitat Cabarrus transforms lives and our community by uniting all of Cabarrus County around the cause of decent, affordable housing for everyone.

Material wishes: Building materials, sponsorships, financial support, in-kind labor.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers needed on the build site, in the affiliate office, at special events, in our Youth United program, and on committees.

Minimum volunteer time: None.

To help: Chelsea Cote, Associate Development Director, 704-786-4001

Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County ReStore

2902 South Cannon Blvd.

Kannapolis, NC 28081

Program: The Habitat Cabarrus ReStore accepts donations of new and gently used furniture, building materials, appliances, and other household items from individuals and businesses in the community. The ReStore then sells those items to the public at a reduced cost. All proceeds go toward building Habitat homes in Cabarrus County.

Material wishes: Building materials, furniture, appliances, household items, books, doors, holiday decorations, kitchen items, bathroom fixtures, cabinets, wood furniture, bedroom sets, entertainment centers, sofas, chairs, tables.

Volunteer needs: Weekday and weekend volunteers, process donations, customer service, cash-wrap.

Minimum volunteer time: None.

To help: Dale Irvin, 704-786-4001

People with disabilities

Piedmont Residential Development Center, Inc.

P.O. Box 909

Concord, NC 28026-0909

Program: Piedmont Residential Development Center, Inc. (PRDC) is a non-profit that provides 24-hour care to wheelchair-bound children and adults with severe to profound mental and physical disabilities.

Material wishes: Monetary donations are most useful to our organization. Our residents require expensive durable equipment such as custom wheelchairs, feeding pumps, hospital beds and handicapped accessible vans so all donations would go to providing this equipment.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers are needed to read to our residents, assist them with crafts, or assist on resident outings.

Minimum volunteer time: Various.

To help: Bennice Tipton, Development Coordinator, 704 788-2304 or