South Charlotte

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Relay for Life

Cupcake Fundraiser: SAS Cupcakes will sell special Relay for Life cupcakes March 27-29 at its Blakeney store, 9941 Rea Road. One dollar from each cupcake sold will go to support Relay for Life of Ballantyne.

Crisis Assistance Ministry

Matching donations: Community leaders Carol and Peter Budko, Tom and Heather Finke, Ken and Malinda Gill, and Brent and Claire Trexler have each pledged $50,000 in matching donations, creating a challenge pool of $200,000 to match donations to Crisis Assistance Ministry through April 16. To make a gift to the campaign, visit http://crisisassistance.org/matchx2. You can also mail a check to Crisis Assistance Ministry, 500A Spratt St., Charlotte, NC 28206.

Air Force JROTC

Yard and bake sale: The NC-955 AF JROTC at Piedmont and Porter Ridge high schools will hold a fundraising yard sale/bake sale 8 a.m.-noon March 28 at the Unionville Community Center, 1004 E. Unionville Indian Trail Road, Monroe.

Slow Food Charlotte

Whole Foods gives back: Whole Foods Market Charlotte will host its quarterly 5 percent Day March 31 at its store, 6610 Fairview Road. Five percent of the store’s net sales will be donated to Slow Food Charlotte in support of its commitment to promoting biodiversity, food cultures, and local food that’s good, clean and fair. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. www.wfm.com/stores/charlotte

Feline Urgent Rescue and Rehab

Jewelry sale: The Feline Urgent Rescue and Rehab will hold a jewelry sale to benefit rescued cats 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 28 at the Matthews Masonic Lodge, 184 S. Trade St., Matthews. Learn more at www.catfurr.org or by calling 864-483-2444.

CBCC

Pint for a Night: Donate blood through the end of April with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and CBCC will make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House, which provides an affordable and homey place to stay for families of sick children. www.cbcc.us

Lois’ Lodge

Golf fundraiser: Lois’ Lodge, a Christian ministry dedicated to serving young women dealing with unexpected pregnancy, will hold a golf tournament fundraiser 1 p.m. April 6 at Cedarwood Country Club, 4100 Pineville Matthews Road. Learn more or register at www.loislodge.org. Cost is $100 per person or $400 per team and includes green fees, cart, box lunch and prizes.

Common Heart

Free tax service: The Indian Trail nonprofit Common Heart will offer free tax services for individuals and families with incomes less than $52,000 annually. The free service is available by appointment only Tuesdays 3-8 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through April 15. To make an appointment, call 704-684-9007.

Hands On Charlotte

Service event: On April 18 Hands on Charlotte will hold its annual Hands On Charlotte Day by offering service opportunities throughout the city for residents to participate in giving back. Registration is open at www.handsoncharlotte.org/hocday2015. After serving, everyone is invited to Sugar Creek Brewery for food, raffles and celebration.

Airport Chaplaincy

Chaplains needed: The airport chaplaincy team at Charlotte Douglas Airport needs to expand its daily presence. This nonprofit 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.

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 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.

Justice Ministries

Donations needed: Justice Ministries works to combat sex trafficking and exploitation of women with a focus of rescue and housing. Personal items are needed for these women including: new socks, underwear, bras and feminine hygiene items. All sizes are needed and can be mailed to Justice Ministries, PO Box 11154, Charlotte, NC 28220. Reliable used cars are also needed to allow staff to drive thousands of miles per month in rescue efforts. If you or someone you know could contribute a car, contact the ministry by visiting www.justiceministries.org.

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 open. To learn more or sign up as a vendor, email Kim at kdibiasio@hotmail.com.

JAJ Nonprofit Resource

Nonprofit competition: JAJ Nonprofit Resource and South Piedmont Community College will hold a Nonprofit Empowerment Conference June 5-6. Five nonprofit finalists will be interviewed on stage during the event on June 5 with the winning nonprofit receiving $1,500. Information and applications are available at www.jajnonprofitresource.com/conference-2015. Applications are due April 24.

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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