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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Pancakes for a Purpose

Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser: The fifth annual Pancakes for a Purpose to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation in fighting pancreatic cancer will be held 7-10 a.m. Feb. 28 at Applebee’s near Stonecrest, 5110 Piper Station Drive. Purchase an $8 pancake breakfast and all proceeds will go to the foundation to fight the cancer, which took the lives of local residents Dave Anstadt and John Bradley. Learn more, donate or purchase tickets at

Relay for Life

Dog Wash fundraiser: Teams from Relay for Life of Ballantyne are planning a dog wash 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Canine Café, 125 Remount Road to raise money to support the American Cancer Society. Cost is $15 per dog. Learn more about Relay for Life at

York County Animal Shelter

Volunteers needed: The York County Animal Shelter Adoption Center, 713 Justice Blvd., York, S.C., is seeking volunteers to help bathe, groom, exercise, socialize and train animals. They also need help with providing adoption information, publicity and marketing. Volunteers must be 18 or older and go through training. To learn more, call 803-818-6485 or download an application at

Agape Senior

Canine forward program: Agape Senior, which provides a variety of assistance to seniors in the Rock Hill and York areas, is seeking volunteers for its new Canine Forward program. This service offers regular free dog walking and playtime services for seniors living independently, but who are unable to exercise their animals. The program depends on volunteers and Canine Forward provides training. To learn more or volunteer, call 803-329-4544.

Animal Adoption League

Foster Homes needed: The Animal Adoption League, based in Rock Hill, S.C., is seeking foster homes for dogs and cats. Foster homes are asked to provide foster animals with love, food, water and shelter. AAL was founded in 1992 by a Charlotte-area group to provide veterinary care and temporary-to-permanent housing for homeless and rescued animals. To learn more, visit

Shoe Closet

Collection: Lake Wylie Realty, 1 Executive Ct., Lake Wylie, S.C., is accepting new and gently used shoe donations to be distributed by local charity organizations through the Shoe Closet project. Call 704-309-1549 for more information.


Volunteers needed: The Clover Area Assistance Center, 1130 S.C. 55 East, is seeking volunteers with skills in curriculum development/instruction; programs and services; information technology; financial assistance; and personal budgeting. Volunteers for pantry and computer intake are also needed. As the largest food panty in western York County, CAAC provides aid through food, financial assistance, education and medical care. To learn more, call 803-222-4837.

Brookstone Schools

Fundraiser: Brookstone Schools of Mecklenburg County will host its sixth annual Friend and Fundraiser to support its mission of equipping the lives of urban students academically, socially and spiritually for the future. The event will take place 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Hilton Center City. To learn more about sponsoring a table or buying a ticket, visit or call 704-392-6330.

Spay Neuter Charlotte

Food Pantry Open: Spay Neuter Charlotte has launched a community pet food pantry and is also offering a limited number of free surgeries for pet owners in need throughout the Charlotte region. The Pet Food Pantry will offer free pet food at both Spay Neuter Charlotte locations: 2017 N. Davidson Street and 10833 Pineville Road. Donations of dog or cat food are accepted at either location. The clinic also provides 70 free surgeries each month for pets that need to be fixed, but whose owners cannot afford the surgeries. To make an appointment call 704-375-2009.


Pints for Pounds: For each blood donation, CBCC will give seven pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank. Learn more or schedule your appointment by visiting or calling 704-972-4700. Make an even bigger impact by hosting a blood drive. Call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727 to learn more.

Walk MS

Registration open: The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society opened registration for all 2015 Walk MS events. The Charlotte walk will be held 9 a.m. May 2 at Symphony Park near Southpark Mall. To register and help raise funds for the National MS Society, visit or call 1-800-344-4867.

Union County Girl Scouts

Wesley Chapel Open Market: The Union County Girl Scouts from Troop 1279 and 2684 will host the second annual Wesley Chapel Open Market and Yard Sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28 at Siler Presbyterian Church, 6301 Weddington Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel. For local crafters, farmers, yard sellers, business owners and Scouts interested in participating as vendors, registration is now open. Space is available indoors and outdoors with a discount before Feb. 28 for indoor vendors. To learn more or sign up as a vendor, email Kim at

Harrison United Methodist

Consignment sale: Harrison United Methodist Church will hold a Children’s Consignment Sale to benefit church programs at 15008 Lancaster Hwy, Pineville. Consignment sale days are:

▪ March 5, 6-8 p.m.

▪ March 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

▪ March 7, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (Half-price sale).

To consign, volunteer or learn more, visit Cash and checks only. No strollers allowed inside the sale.

St. Nektarios Greek Church

Consigners needed: St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church is currently seeking consigners for its upcoming “Tots 2 Teens” consignment sale to be held 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 7 at the church, 5108 Kuykendall Road. Registration is now open for consigners with a $10 fee. To register, visit Thirty percent of all proceeds will go to local and international charities selected by the Ladies Philoptochos Society and Church Missions. Remaining proceeds will go back to the consigners.

Justice Ministries

Help needed: Justice Ministries works to combat sex trafficking and exploitation of women with a focus of rescue and housing. Monthly partners are needed to help support these efforts with a current goal of 100 partners at $30 per month. Donations are tax deductible. Visit to learn more.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Volunteers needed: Volunteers are always needed at CWR to work in a variety of roles. Intern positions are also available for high school and college students. For more information, email Learn more about both these opportunities at

Mooresville Area

Personal care collection: Personal care items are being collected for students in need. Featured items for February are: laundry detergent and bars of soap. Drop off items 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays at Mooresville Library, 304 S. Main Street, Mooresville. Items also may be dropped 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Food for Days, 224 Rolling Hill Road, Suite 1B, Mooresville.

Lupus Foundation

Walk: The Lupus Foundation of America, NC Chapter will hold its 14th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now 3 p.m. May 16 at CPCC Belk Plaza, 425 North Kings Drive. To register, visit