South Charlotte

Giving back

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

CBCC

Pints for Pounds: Donate blood this month at the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. For each blood donation, CBCC will give 7 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Learn more or schedule your appointment by visiting www.cbcc.us or calling 704-972-4700. Make an even bigger impact by hosting a blood drive. Call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727 for information.

Matthews Woman’s Club

Grant applications: The Matthews Woman’s Club Service League is now accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in the Matthews area. To submit a request, visit www.matthewswomen.org or call 704-849-5063 and leave a message for Maria Marshall. Email mgm655@gmail.com with questions. Applications are due by midnight Feb. 20.

St. Nekarios Greek Church

Consigners needed: St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church is seeking consigners for its upcoming “Tots 2 Teens” consignment sale to be held March 6-7 at the church, 5108 Kuykendall Road.

Registration is open for consigners with a $10 fee. To register, visit www.tots2teensconsignsale.com. Thirty percent of proceeds will go to local and international charities selected by the Ladies Philoptochos Society and church missions. Remaining proceeds will go to the consigners.

Justice Ministries

Help needed: Justice Ministries works to combat sex trafficking and exploitation of women with a focus of rescue and housing. Monthly partners are needed to help support these efforts with a current goal of 100 partners at $30 per month. Donations are tax deductible. Visit www.justiceministries.org to learn more.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Volunteers needed: Volunteers are needed work in a variety of roles. Intern positions are also available for high school and college students. For information, email volunteer@cwrescue.org. Learn more about both these opportunities at www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com.

Mooresville Area

Personal care collection: Laundry detergent and bars of soap are being collected for students in need through the end of February. Drop off items 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays at Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. Items may also be dropped 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Food for Days, 224 Rolling Hill Road, Suite 1B, Mooresville.

Lupus Foundation

Kickoff rally: The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter will kick off its annual Walk to End Lupus Now with an event to take place 6-8 p.m. Feb. 3 at All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St.

This free event allows attendees to meet other walkers and teams, share fundraising ideas, and more. Please RSVP at http://2015cltkickoff.eventbrite.com. The 14th Annual Walk will take place, with registration and check-in starting at 3 p.m., on May 16 at Central Piedmont Community College’s Belk Plaza, 425 North Kings Drive. To register, visit http://walktoendlupus.kintera.org/charlotte.

Mardi Gras Gala: The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter, will hold its ninth annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at CenterStage@NoDa, 2315 N. Davidson St. Tickets are $150 per person to benefit LFANC and must be purchased by Feb. 11. There will be entertainment by Hot Sauce, a silent auction, photo booth, fortune teller, Creole cuisine and more. Order tickets at http://bit.ly/1ySEVf7. Call the LFANC office at 704-716-5640 or email info@lupusnc.org for information.

South Park Lions

Bingo for Lions: South Park Lions Club will host a bingo fun night 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church. There will be 10 games with 60 chances to win. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will support Lions Charities. Contact Ira Dunst at 704-543-0346 or email idunst@aol.com to participate.

Relay for Life Ballantyne

Informational drop-Ins: Relay for Life of Ballantyne is starting a series of “informational drop-ins” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10. These monthly drop-in sessions will be held at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church, 8601 Bryant Farms Road, Room 202. The community is invited to come and learn about being involved with Relay for Life, how to form fundraising teams, and volunteer opportunities. Last year’s event raised more than $105,000 to aid in the fight against cancer. Learn more at http://www.relayforlife.org/ballantynenc.

March of Dimes

March for Babies kickoff: Join local March of Dimes staff and volunteer leaders for the March for Babies 2015 Kickoff event, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Strike City in the Charlotte EpiCentre. Enjoy an evening of fun, food and education. The event is family-friendly. Confirm your reservation with Jessica Norwood at jnorwood@marchofdimes.org or 980-939-6021 by Feb. 10. There will be free parking and discounts on bowling.

Matthews Free Medical Clinic

Valentine fundraiser: The Tipsy Paintbrush in Matthews will host its second annual Art & Amore fundraiser for the Matthews Free Medical Clinic 7-9 p.m. Feb. 14. During the fundraiser, a professional artist will show guests how to paint a pre-selected piece on canvas to take home.

Cost is $50 per person and includes a buffet dinner, door prizes and more. Proceeds will benefit the Matthews Free Medical Clinic, which provides free medical care for low-income and uninsured residents. To reserve your painting spots, call Kara Lopp at 704-412-2398 or email krlopp@gmail.com. Learn more about the free clinic at www.matthewsfmc.org.

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