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Teaming up to Help: Jacob's Ladder Job Center has formed a partnership with The Harvest Center of Charlotte to provide a job-readiness preview for those participating in the homeless ministry organization. Starting this month, Jacob's Ladder staff will facilitate a monthly four-session program at The Harvest Center that will focus on time management, business ethics, "tell me about yourself" and dress/etiquette. The purpose is to identify Harvest Center guests who might be ready for a structured learning environment around job readiness, with the intent of joining the next month's class at Jacob's Ladder. Details: http:// the harvest center .org or www. jacobs ladder charlotte .org .
Polar Barefoot Run: There will be a 5K fun run/walk 10 a.m. Jan. 14 at Freedom Park to raise money for children in Haiti who do not have shoes. The goal is to get 300 participants to each raise $300, providing 10,000 pairs of shoes for barefoot children. For every $100 you raise, your name will be entered into a drawing to attend the Shoes of Hope Mission Trip to deliver the shoes to Haiti in March. Anyone may participate. Registration is $30 for runners wearing shoes and $20 for barefoot participants. Details: 704-341-1630 or www. samaritans feet .org .
Armed Forces Museum
Donations needed: The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas is seeking donations to fund the museum, scheduled to break ground in 2013. The museum will honor all five branches of the U.S. military. A donation of $25 will purchase a founding membership. Each founding member will receive an enamel pin. Patrons may purchase engraved granite pavers that will honor a loved one on the museum walkway. Details: www. Visit AFMAC .org or call 704-661-6162.
24 Hours of Booty
Registration kickoff: Registration is open for the 2012 cancer charity cycling events, including the 11th annual 24 Hours of Booty. Participants must register at www. 24hours of booty .org . The annual charity, noncompetitive cycling event for all ages and abilities is scheduled to roll on the "Booty Loop" in Myers Park from 7 p.m. July 27 to 7 p.m. July 28. To safely accommodate riders on the three-mile closed course, event registration will be capped at the first 1,200 registrants. Each rider is required to pay a $65 registration fee and raise a minimum of $400 prior to the ride.
Registration for Trail Run: Registration is open for the 2012 NC Outward Bound School's River Bound Race Series. The series consists of four trail races, on March 10, May 19, July 21 and Sept. 22, all at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Registration and sponsorship proceeds fund scholarships for Charlotte youths, veterans and educators to enjoy Outward Bound adventures. For details or to register, visit www. river bound race .com .
Cellphones for Soldiers
Ameriprise Financial Drive: Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial is holding his annual used-cellphone collection for Cell Phones for Soldiers. The nonprofit organization collects and recycles used cellphones, with proceeds going to purchasing prepaid phone cards for military families. To donate, bring cellphones to Ameriprise Financial in Ballantyne Corporate Park-Ballantyne One Building, 15720 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 300. To learn more about Cell Phones for Soldiers, visit www. cellphones for soldiers .com .
Free photo session: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas recently announced the expansion of its Families for Life program in an effort to collect the additional platelets and type-O red cells needed for local patients. Through Jan. 10, platelet donors who donate twice or type-O donors will have an opportunity to receive a free individual or family photo session and an 8-by-10 portrait. All donations must take place at one of CBCC's four donor centers: Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia or Monroe. Photo sessions will be provided by Fletcher & Fletcher Photography at the Charlotte donor center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29. Space is limited and donation appointments are required. For more information, contact Theresa at tanzelone @cbcc .us or 704-972-4729; or visit www. cbcc .us .
Pint for Pounds: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is kicking off 2012 with its fourth annual Pint for Pounds campaign to support Second Harvest Food Bank. CBCC will donate six pounds of food for every blood donation now through Feb. 29. In the last three years, this campaign has raised more than 130,000 pounds of food to help feed the hungry in the Charlotte community. To learn more, visit www. cbcc .us or call 704-972-4700.