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Giving back

Send news about your fundraising events to lbailey.charlotteobserver@gmail.com. Please send information at least two weeks before the event.

Teen Health Connection

GEMS go to Charleston: Girls Educated and Motivated for Success (GEMS) is a group formed by Delilah McDonald, a health educator at Teen Health Connection, to help prevent girls from engaging in high-risk behaviors. This weekend, eight GEMS and five mentors went to Charleston to further educate the GEMS participants about African-American culture, self-esteem and social skills. To learn more, visit www.teenhealthconnection.org.

Jacob's Ladder

Signature event: Jacob's Ladder Job Center needs volunteers for their fall fundraiser. The event will be 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at 1327 S. Mint St. Volunteer help is needed. Please contact Cay'me Jones at cayme@jacobsladdercharlotte.org or 704-714-4051 ext. 1001. You also can go online to www.jacobsladdercharlotte.org.

Community Labor Day: Jacob's Ladder is calling the faith-based community and public to join the organization for its inaugural Jacob's Ladder Community Labor Day 100 by 100 on Sept. 2-5. The organization hopes to have 100 Charlotte houses of faith to help spread the word about their services and donate at least $100 in support. For details about the Community Labor Day, contact Elizabeth Hyland at 704-332-5822 or email ehyland@windstream.net.

Blood drive

Pints for Pencils: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and Classroom Central are joining forces for a two month campaign called Pints for Pencils. For each blood donation in August and September, CBCC will donate $1 for school supplies to Classroom Central. Details: www.classroomcentral.org or www.cbcc.us.

The Brotherhood Ride

Fundraiser: The Brotherhood Ride consists of firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel from across the country who ride bicycles from Florida to their home town each year in honor of lost emergency responders. Two Charlotte firefighters are holding a fundraiser 4-8 p.m. Aug. 17 at Salsaritas in Cotswold Shopping Center, 304 South Sharon Amity Road. A portion of all purchases made will go to the Brotherhood Ride. www.brotherhoodride.com.

Operation Homefront

Freedom Run: Operation Homefront of N.C. will hold the second annual Freedom 5K Run/Walk at Freedom Park Sept. 3 to raise money for struggling military families. The organization provides emergency financial assistance to families of combat-deployed service members and returning wounded warriors. Volunteers and corporate sponsors are needed. For more details and to participate, visit www.Fredom5KNC.org.

N.C. Outward Bound

Race series: The N.C. Outward Bound School is wrapping up a series of races at the U.S. National White Water Center to raise scholarship money. The last race is Sept. 24. For details and to register, visit www.riverboundrace.com. All events are held at the Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.

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