South Charlotte

Opportunities to help others

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

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

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.

Relay for Life

Informational drop-in: Relay for Life of Ballantyne will continue its series of “informational drop-ins” 6:30 p.m. April 14 at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church, 8601 Bryant Farms Road, Room 202. Stop by to learn about becoming involved with Relay for Life, to form and register fundraising teams, and to learn about volunteer opportunities. This year’s goal is to raise at least $115,000 in the fight against cancer. Learn more at http://www.relayforlife.org/ballantynenc.

Common Heart

Free Tax Service: The Indian Trail nonprofit Common Heart is offering 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.

Crisis Assistance Ministry

Matching donations: Community leaders Carol and Peter Budko, Tom an d Heather Finke, Ken and Malinda Gill, and Brent and Claire Trexler have come together to support Crisis Assistance Ministry in helping those stuck in poverty and facing homelessness. These couples 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 Challenge campaign, visit http://crisisassistance.org/matchx2. You can also mail a check to Crisis Assistance Ministry, 500A Spratt St., Charlotte, NC 28206.

CBCC

Pint for a Night: Donate blood now through the end of April with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. For each blood donation, CBCC will make a monetary donation toward the Ronald McDonald House which provides an affordable place to stay for families of sick children. Learn more or schedule an appointment at www.cbcc.us.

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 area citizens 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 at the Airport. 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. Please 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 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.

Justice Ministries

Donations needed: Justice Ministries works to combat sex trafficking and exploitation of women with a focus of rescue and housing. Currently, 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, P.O. Box 11154, Charlotte, N.C. 28220. Reliable used cars are also desperately needed to allow staff to drive thousands of miles per month in rescue efforts. If you or someone you know could contribute a car, please contact the ministry by visiting www.justiceministries.org.

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 and the runner up receiving $1,500. Information and applications are available at www.jajnonprofitresource.com/conference-2015. Applications are due April 24.

The Patriot Charities

Bag Lady Luncheon: The Bag Lady Luncheon, presented by Trump International Realty, will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 28 at Trump National Golf Club, 120 Meeting House Square, Mooresville. In addition to a special lunch menu, there will be a silent auction featuring new and gently used designer handbags, fashion accessories, jewelry and other items. Keynote speaker will be Miki Racine Berardelli. Tickets are $175 each and include an open bar and valet service. Proceeds will benefit Patriot Charities, a local nonprofit that supports wounded military and their families. Tickets are available online at www.patriotcharities.org or by calling 704-496-2794.

Lupus Foundation

Walk: The Lupus Foundation of America’s North Carolina Chapter will hold its 14th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now at 3 p.m. May 16 at CPCC Belk Plaza, 425 North Kings Drive. To register, visit http://walktoendlupus.kintera.org/charlotte.

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