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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Open-house success: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue held its first open house last month, welcoming more than 300 people to the rescue and raising more than $1,500 to help buy food and medical supplies for rescued waterfowl.

Wildlife rescue class: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue will hold an interactive workshop 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 11 in the community room at the Matthews Community Center.

Learn how to tell when animals need help and what you can do. Lunch included. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit the rescue. Details:

Cooperative Christian Ministry

Food drive: Many children go without enough food in summer when they are not in school. To offset the lack of food items available at the Cooperative Christian Ministry pantries in the summer – including nine satellite pantries and the Crisis Center pantry – CCM is hosting its third annual Summer Food Drive.

Nonperishable food items, including canned and boxed goods, can be brought to any of the CCM pantries or drop-off locations throughout the community. Find locations at Details: 704-786-4709.


Free T-shirts in June: All blood donors who give with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas in June will receive a free summer-inspired T-shirt. Donations with CBCC save local lives in 27 hospitals throughout the Carolinas. Learn more or schedule an appointment by calling 704-972-4700 or visiting

Common Heart

Firecracker Run: Registration is now open for the third annual July 4 Firecracker Run to benefit local nonprofit Common Heart.

The event features a 1K, 5K and 10K as well as a Kids Dash, and will be held at Union County’s Village of Lake Park. Prizes will be given for race winners as well as all children participating in the dash. A “festive-dress” prize also will be given. Participants who bring 2 or more nonperishable items for the nonprofit’s Common Cupboard food pantry will receive a free raffle ticket. Details:

24 Hours of Booty

Volunteer registration open: Volunteer registration is open for the 14th annual 24 Hours of Booty, presented by the Levine Cancer Institute.

This year’s charity cycling event is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 24 to 7 p.m. July 25, when participants will ride to raise funds to help fight cancer. Approximately 300 volunteers are needed to support the event. Register at Details: 704-365-4417.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Family Education Program: National Alliance on Mental Illness Piedmont Tri-County will hold a free 11-class educational series for caregivers of patients with mental illness. The information will give caregivers a basic education on brain disorders as well as ways to improve the lives of families with loved ones suffering mental illness.

The course will begin 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 22 at Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road in Fort Mill, S.C. Registration is required, with a 20-person class limit. Register with Judy at or 803-610-8174.

Lupus Foundation

Golf tournament: The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter, will be the beneficiary of the 15th annual Links for Lupus Golf Tournament 11 a.m. Aug. 31 at Cedarwood Country Club, 4100 Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte. To learn more or sign up, visit

Friends of York County Animal Shelter

Volunteers needed: The Friends of York County Animal Shelter needs more volunteers to work with dogs and cats at the facility.

Volunteers may help in exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information, publicity and marketing, public education or other duties. Volunteers must be 18 or older and go through training and orientation. Details: 803-818-6485, or visit the shelter at 713 Justice Blvd. in York, S.C.