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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

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 www.yorkcountygov.com/AnimalControl.

Agape Senior

Canine Forward Program: Agape Senior, which provides 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, 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 www.mynextpet.com.

Shoe Closet

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

CAAC

Volunteers needed: The Clover Area Assistance Center, 1130 S.C. 55 East, Clover, S.C., 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.

CBCC

Critical shortage: Due to the winter weather, the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, which provides the blood for 27 hospitals in the region, is facing a critical blood shortage. Donors are asked to come to a center or mobile drive as soon as possible. Drive hosts are also needed. Visit www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700.

Pint for a night: Donate blood now through the end of April with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, and you will be saving local lives as well as helping provide a room for a family in need at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. For each blood donation, CBCC will make a monetary donation toward the Ronald McDonald House which provides an affordable and homey place to stay for families of sick children.

Airport Chaplaincy

Chaplains needed: The airport chaplaincy team at Charlotte Douglas Airport needs to expand its daily presence at the airport. This organization consists of volunteering ministers from several faiths. A commitment of four hours per week during the same day and time each week is asked. All volunteer chaplains have the opportunity to participate in Critical Instant Management courses (tuition is paid for) and become a member of the International Association of Civil Airport Chaplains. Parking is provided. Send an email outlining your interest and ministerial experience to gszalony@msn.com.

Lake Norman Kiwanis

Pancake Breakfast: Lake Norman Kiwanis will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m.-noon March 7 at Harvey’s, 19707 Liverpool Parkway, Cornelius. Tickets for the breakfast which features pancakes and sausage are $8 for adults, $5 for children 3-12. Proceeds will benefit the Ada Jenkins Center and other local children’s charities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte

Beach Bash: A Beach Bash will kick off the 11th year of Big Day at the Lake, an outing for at-risk youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte to enjoy a day of boating and water fun on Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake. The Beach Bash will be held 5:30-10 p.m. March 6 at Harvey’s, 19707 Liverpool Parkway, Cornelius. Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. There will be a DJ, auction, food, drinks and more. To learn more or donate, visit www.bigdayatthelake.com or call 704-560-7534.

Concord Civic Garden Council

Annual Symposium: The Concord Civic Garden Council’s 15th annual Symposium will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 10 at The Gardens of Taylor Glen, 3700 Taylor Glen Lane, Concord. A talk about perennials will be given by Paula Gross, interim director at UNCC Botanical Gardens. The cost is $30 and includes lunch, program and silent auction. Reservations are required by March 4 by calling Sara Newberry at 704-782-0609 or snowberry@windstream.net. Proceeds will benefit gardening programs at local schools and nonprofit organizations.

Relay for Life

Drop-in session: There will be an informational drop-in session for Relay for Life of Ballantyne 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 10 at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church, 8601 Bryant Farms Road, Room 202. Learn about becoming a team member for the overnight event to take place May 29-30 which raises money for the fight against cancer. Visit relayforlife.org/ballantynenc or facebook.com/ballantynerelay 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 www.walkms.org or call 1-800-344-4867.

Harrison United Methodist

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

▪  6-8 p.m. March 5

▪  9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 6

▪  8 a.m.-noon March 7 (Half-price sale)

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

St. Nektarios Greek Church

Consignment sale canceled: St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church has canceled its consignment sale that was to be held on March 7 at the church. It has not been re-scheduled.

Justice Ministries

Outreach training: There will be volunteer training through Justice Ministries, which helps battle local sex trafficking, 9 a.m.-noon March 21 at Sharon United Methodist Church, 4411 Sharon Road. This training prepares people to go into local strip clubs and share a message of hope with the girls there. To learn more or register, visit www.JusticeMinistries.org and complete the volunteer training registration form under Rise Up. Cost for training is $15.

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 goal of 100 partners at $30 per month. Donations are tax deductible. Visit www.justiceministries.org to learn more.

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 sales, 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 kdibiasio@hotmail.com.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Volunteers needed: Volunteers are needed at CWR to work in a variety of roles. Intern positions are also available for high school and college students. For information, email volunteer@cwrescue.org. Learn about both opportunities at www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com.

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 N. Kings Drive. To register, visit http://walktoendlupus.kintera.org/charlotte.

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