South Charlotte

Giving back

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

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, Charlotte, Room 202. Learn about becoming involved with Relay for Life, to form and register fundraising teams and volunteer opportunities. This year’s goal is to raise at least $115,000 in the fight against cancer. Learn more at www.relayforlife.org/ballantynenc.

Common Heart

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

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 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 dollar-for-dollar donations to Crisis Assistance Ministry through April 16. To make a gift to the Challenge campaign, visit crisisassistance.org/matchx2. You can also mail a check to Crisis Assistance Ministry, 500A Spratt St., Charlotte, NC 28206.

CBCC

Pint for a Night: For each blood donation through the end of April, 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. Learn more or schedule an appointment at www.cbcc.us.

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. To contribute a car, contact the ministry by visiting www.justiceministries.org.

Hands On Charlotte

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

There will be service games this year, which is a team-based race in which the team doing the most number of projects and also navigating some physical obstacles in the shortest amount of time will earn a $1,000 American Airlines gift card for each member of the winning team.

Levine Cancer Institute

Rock to a Cure: Benefit will be held noon-8 p.m. on April 19 at Comet Grill, 2224 Park Road, Charlotte, to support ovarian cancer research at the Levine Cancer Institute. There will be live music, a silent auction and a raffle. To learn more, email Rick Zuber at razuber@uncc.edu.

Union West Rotary

Golf fundraiser: Union West Rotary will hold its annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser 11 a.m. April 20 at Stonebridge Golf Club, 2721 Swilcan Burn Drive, Monroe. Cost is $100 per player, with cash prizes for the top three teams. Proceeds will benefit Rotary projects and initiatives such as food drives, backpack programs and library programs. To register, contact Jim Betts at 704-301-7222 or jamesbetts@windstream.com. Learn more at www.rotaryclubofunionwest.org.

Friends of Feral Felines

Community Cat Program: The nonprofit Friends of Feral Felines will be at Morrison Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, 6-7:30 p.m. April 21. Attendees can learn more about the organization, sign up as a volunteer, donate cat food and purchase small items of cat memorabilia.

Christian Women’s Job Corps

Bake and plant sale: The Christian Women’s Job Corps will hold a plant and bake sale 1-6 p.m. April 24 and 8 a.m.-noon April 25 at Iron Horse Motorcycles, 1600 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. Proceeds will help women in need become equipped to deal with life, employment and more.

A Better World Charlotte

Charity golf: A Better World Charlotte will hold the 14th annual Charity Golf Tournament 9 a.m. April 27 at Cedarwood Country Club, 4100 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. Cost is $800 per team or $200 per person. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, which serves as an after-school program in the Ashley Park area. To register, visit www.abetterworldcharlotte.org or contact Vena Vaughn at vena.vaughn@abetterworldcharlotte.org or 704-398-3244 ext 26.

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 Trump 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 benefit Patriot Charities, a local nonprofit that supports wounded military and their families. Tickets are available at www.patriotcharities.org or by calling 704-496-2794.

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.

Levine Senior Center

Spring Tea: The Levine Senior Center will host is second annual Ladies Spring Tea 7-9 p.m. May 15 and 10 a.m.-noon May 16. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ladies 15 or younger. Tickets must be purchased by May 8 and are not available at the door. There will be sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, beverages and a raffle. Vintage decoration and live music will also be featured. To buy tickets, call 704-846-4654 or stop by 1050 DeVore Lane, Matthews between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Lupus Foundation

Walk: The Lupus Foundation of America, NC 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, Charlotte. To register, visit walktoendlupus.kintera.org/charlotte.

Volunteers needed: The Lupus Foundation needs 100 volunteers to help between noon and 9:30 p.m the day of the walk. Those interested in volunteering can sign up at www.lupusnc.org or email info@lupusnc.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 June 5 with the winning nonprofit receiving $1,500 and the runner up receiving $500. Information and applications are available at www.jajnonprofitresource.com/conference-2015. Applications are due April 24.

Common Cupboard

Golf classic: The nonprofit Common Heart will host its fifth annual Common Cupboard Golf Classic 10 a.m. June 8 at Firethorne Country Club, 1108 Firethorne Club Drive, Waxhaw. Cost is $100 per person if registered by May 15. There will be prizes, a silent auction, lunch and more. Proceeds will benefit Common Cupboard, which helps feed local impoverished families in need. Register to sign up as a sponsor at www.commoncupboardgolfclassic.com.

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