Compiled by Lauren Bailey
HF Financial fundraiser success
Through its Hands & Feet Community Service Program, HF Financial raised $1,060 to support Patriots Path which is committed to helping veterans define career goals, job search, market themselves and create a network. HR Financial in Charlotte and Greensboro raised the money by hosting a “Red, White and Blue Chili Cook-Off” fundraiser where staff donated money to wear jeans and participate in a chili tasting cook-off. Learn more about HR Financial at www.hffcarolinas.com and Patriots Path at http://patriots-path.org/.
Lupus Foundation of America
30 for 30 Challenge Grant
The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter, has launched a 30 FOR 30 Challenge Grant to raise $30,000 for its 30th anniversary. A group of current and past leaders have pledged $15,000 to the LFANC’s 2016 annual fund campaign. Donations that the LFANC receives through Dec. 31 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000 for a grand total of $30,000. The organization is locally funded and funds raised support their national research program. Donate online at http://lupusnc.kintera.org/onlinedonationform or by phone at 877-849-8271.
Trips for Kids Charlotte
The Giordana Cycling Pop-Up Shop will host a used bike collection drive and fundraiser for Trips for Kids Charlotte (TFKC) through Jan. 9 at their store, 811 Providence Road. Bikes cannot be rusty. The store is open for drop-off Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. excluding holidays. Used bikes will be given to underprivileged kids. Learn more at www.tripsforkidscharlotte.org.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue
The nonprofit, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, has grown substantially over the last 10 years and now cares for nearly 500 birds at the rescue as well as treating and rehabilitating over 3,000 animals per year. The growth has necessitated hiring one full-time employee to help founder and director Jennifer Gordon. In order for this position to be filled and operating costs to be met on a regular basis, donations are needed from the local community. Visit www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com/donate to make a difference.
The Sewing Lounge
Sewing for charity
Firethorn Country Club and the Sewing Lounge are offering two days of sewing instructions to create gifts to give back to local charities in Charlotte. Sewing days will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23 at Firethorn Country Club, 1108 Firethorne Club Drive, Marvin, N.C.
Kids in first through 12th grade can participate with no sewing experience needed. Cost is $10 per person and $7 extra if you want lunch. Parents will have the opportunity to shop. Learn more at www.sewing-lounge.com or call Firethorne Country Club at 704-243-2433.
York County Library
Food for Fines
York County Libraries are collecting “Food for Fines” through Dec. 31 to encourage the return of overdue library materials while giving back to the community. The program will allow library users to pay off fines for overdue materials with nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. For each item donated, $1 will be credited to outstanding fines (excluding the cost of lost or damaged materials). Donated items will go to York County area food banks in the community. For more information or to find a location, visit www.yclibrary.org.
NAMI Piedmont Tri-County
Free educational program
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Piedmont Tri-County will hold a free 11-class course on information about mood disorders, panic disorders, personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and other mental illnesses. The class is intended for family members who serve as caregivers for people with these disorders. The class will begin Jan. 9 and will be held at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C. Pre-registration is required and the class is limited to 20 people. Call 803-610-8174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or learn more.