Giving back

The Carolina Cyclists Time Trial Association

Race event: held six racing events in 2010 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in which bicyclists raced seven laps on the track. The events, which are run by volunteers, attracted more than 300 participants. Entry fees enabled the association to contribute more than $75,000 to local charities over the past five years.

The Speedway Childrens Charities, which supports child and families causes for Cabarrus and Mecklenburg residents, has been a major recipient of the donations. This year, the club donated to additional organizations including Hospice of Kannapolis, Trips for Kids, Victory Junction and the Cooperative Christian Ministry in Cabarrus County.

"The money couldn't have come at a better time" said Mike Wojciechowski of the Cooperative Christian Ministry. "There is a great deal of need out there."

S&D Coffee

Luncheon: S&D Coffee recently held their annual holiday luncheon for all Concord-based employees at the Embassy Suites in Concord. The luncheon is in conjunction with the company's Holiday Food and Toy drive. This season, employees collected more than 4,200 canned and dry goods, which were distributed to the local Salvation Army and the Cooperative Christian Ministry. Employees also donated more than 300 toys to the Department of Social Services Foster Care Christmas party and to Jimmy Murphy's Annual Christmas Toy Drive in Concord. "The growth we enjoy can be attributed to the energy and dedication of our wonderful S&D team," said Ron Hinson, President and CEO, of S&D Coffee. "We are humble about our success, especially given the hardships many are feeling during these economic times. In the tradition of the season, I am pleased that the people of S&D are so generous to those in need."

Privately owned by the Davis Family since its founding in 1927, S&D has grown to one of the largest beverage manufacturers in the United States. The company provides coffee, teas and juice to more than 70,000 commercial customers. Details:

The Mint Museum

Volunteers needed: The Mint Museum is seeking volunteers to serve as docents, with training beginning this month at the uptown location, 500 S. Tryon St. Docents are volunteer members of the Education Department and provide tours of the museum's collections and special exhibitions to visiting groups. For information contact Allison Taylor, 704-337-2032 or

Community Blood Center

Pint for Pounds: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has kicked off its third annual Pint for Pounds. For each blood donation in January and February, CBCC will donate six pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. To find a blood drive near you, visit or call 704-972-4700. You may also donate blood at the CBCC at 4447 South Blvd. in Charlotte, 1212 Spruce St. in Belmont or 600 Hospital Drive in Monroe.

Ameriprise Financial

Collection drive: Ameriprise is holding a cell phone collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers.

The business is at Ameriprise Financial, Ballantyne One, 15720 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 300.

Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial is working with Cell Phones for Soldiers to collect unused cell phones for troops to stay in touch with their families. Bring phones to the above location. Details about the organization: Ameriprise office: 704-926-7552.

Please send submissions at least two weeks in advance to