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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Backyard Birds fundraiser: Backyard Birds in Matthews will host a fundraiser 9 a.m.-noon July 25 at its 1819 Matthews Township Parkway location.

The store will donate 10 percent of all sales to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. CWR also will be onsite with some of its feathered friends. The store will offer special discounts that day.

To learn more about Backyard Birds, visit To learn more about the rescue, visit

Community School of the Arts

Fundraiser: Community School of the Arts has been making arts accessible in the Charlotte area since it was founded in 1969, by offering music and visual arts lessons as well as outreach programs.

To continue these efforts, the school has launched “Share Your Part of the CSA Story,” which will contribute up to $5,000 to the school’s financial aid program. On behalf of each former student, faculty, staff or board member who completes an alumni survey or interview, anonymous donors will contribute $5 to financial aid for future students.

If you were involved with CSA in any of these ways, complete the survey at or contact Alumni Research Coordinator Gensie Baker.

Details: 704-887-0297.

Make an Impact Foundation

Donations needed: Make An Impact Foundation of Cornelius funds projects that affect the lives of children who are under-privileged, marginalized, abused, neglected or distressed. These needs are met by identifying worthwhile projects and finding donor partners to help meet each need.

MAIF is in need of financial, corporate or property donations.

Details:; 704-409-1875.

Companion Parrots Re-homed

Fundraising celebration: Companion Parrots Re-homed – which seeks adoptive homes for abandoned, neglected or otherwise in-need parrots –will hold a fundraising birthday party for its blue and gold macaw at the annual Bosley’s Birthday Bash, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 25 at Parrot University, 321 S. Polk St. in Pineville.

This event will feature refreshments, store sales, raffle prizes and a birthday cake at 1 p.m. All raffle proceeds and donations will benefit the nonprofit Companion Parrots Re-homed.

Details:, 704-889-2325.

Cooperative Christian Ministry

Food drive: Many children go without enough food during summer break.

To offset the low numbers 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, as well as drop-off locations throughout the community. Find locations at

Details: 704-786-4709.

24 Hours of Booty

Volunteer registration 0pen: There are still a few volunteer positions open for the 14th annual 24 Hours of Booty presented by Levine Cancer Institute.

This year’s charity cycling event is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 24 to 7 p.m. July 25. Approximately 300 volunteers are needed to support this 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 with mental illness. The first session will be 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 22 at Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road in Fort Mill.

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.


Friends of York County Animal Shelter

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

Volunteers help with exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information, publicity and marketing, public education and other duties. Volunteers must be 18 or older and must go through training and orientation.

Details: 803-818-6485 or visit the shelter at 713 Justice Blvd. in York.