Union County

Current opportunities to help others

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Lupus Foundation

Mardi Gras Gala success: The ninth annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala raised more than $73,000 for the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter. More than 270 people attended the Feb. 21 event that has generated more than $511,000 for the LFANC during the past nine years. Learn more at www.lupusnc.org.

Hayden’s Hope

Fundraising success: The nonprofit organization Hayden’s Hope, which seeks to offset costs of organ transplants among children, has raised $120,000 since ESPN TV and Radio host Dari Nowkhah and his wife Jenn founded the organization in 2011. They have been able to help several families with medical expenses who have children receiving transplants. Learn more at www.haydenshope.org.

Animal Adoption League

Foster homes needed: The Animal Adoption League in Rock Hill is seeking foster homes for dogs and cats. Foster homes are asked to provide foster animals with love, food, water and shelter. AAL was founded in 1992 by a Charlotte-area group to provide veterinary care and temporary-to-permanent housing for homeless and rescued animals. To learn more, visit www.mynextpet.com.

Shoe Closet

Collection: Lake Wylie Realty, 1 Executive Court, is accepting new and gently used shoes to be distributed by local charity organizations through the Shoe Closet project. Call 704-309-1549 for information.

CAAC

Volunteers needed: The Clover Area Assistance Center, 1130 S.C. 55 East, is seeking volunteers with skills in curriculum development/instruction; programs and services; information technology; financial assistance; and personal budgeting. Volunteers for pantry and computer intake also are needed. As the largest food panty in western York County, CAAC provides aid through food, financial assistance, education and medical care. To learn more, call 803-222-4837.

SouthPark Christian Church

Garage sale: SouthPark Christian Church will hold its 47th annual garage sale, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 20, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 21 at the church 6650 Park South Drive. Proceeds will help raise money for church programs. Learn more at www.southparkchristian.net.

CBCC

Critical shortage: Due to the recent winter weather, the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is facing a critical blood shortage. Donors are asked to come to a center or mobile drive. Drive hosts are also needed. Visit www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700 for information.

Pint for a Night: Donate blood through the end of April with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and you will help provide a room for a family in need at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. For each blood donation, CBCC will make a monetary donation to Ronald McDonald House, which provides an affordable and homey place to stay for families of sick children.

Airport chaplaincy

Chaplains needed: The airport chaplaincy team at Charlotte Douglass Airport needs to expand its daily presence at the airport. This organization consists of volunteering ministers from several faiths. A commitment of four hours per week during the same day and time each week is asked. All volunteer chaplains have the opportunity to participate in Critical Instant Management courses (tuition is paid for) and become a member of the International Association of Civil Airport Chaplains. Parking is provided. Send an email outlining your interest and ministerial experience to gszalony@msn.com.

Relay for Life

Drop-In session: There will be an informational drop-in session for Relay for Life of Ballantyne 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 10 at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church, 8601 Bryant Farms Road, room 202. Learn about becoming a team member for the overnight event to take place May 29-30, which raises money for the fight against cancer. Visit relayforlife.org/ballantynenc or facebook.com/ballantynerelay to learn more.

Walk MS

Registration open: The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society opened registration for all 2015 Walk MS events. The Charlotte walk will be held 9 a.m. May 2 at Symphony Park near SouthPark mall. To register and help raise funds for the National MS Society, visit www.walkms.org or call 1-800-344-4867.

Justice Ministries

Outreach training: There will be volunteer training through Justice Ministries, which helps battle local sex trafficking, 9 a.m.-noon March 21 at Sharon United Methodist Church, 4411 Sharon Road.

This training prepares people to go into local strip clubs and share a message of hope with the girls there. To learn more or register, visit www.JusticeMinistries.org and complete the volunteer training registration form under Rise Up. Cost for training is $15.

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.

Union County Girl Scouts

Wesley Chapel Open Market: The Union County Girl Scouts from Troop 1279 and 2684 will host the second annual Wesley Chapel Open Market and Yard Sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28 at Siler Presbyterian Church, 6301 Weddington Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel.

For local crafters, farmers, yard sellers, business owners and Scouts interested in participating as vendors, registration is now open. Space is available indoors and outdoors vendors. To learn more or sign up as a vendor, email Kim at kdibiasio@hotmail.com.

JAJ Nonprofit Resource

Nonprofit competition: JAJ Nonprofit Resource and South Piedmont Community College will hold a Nonprofit Empowerment Conference June 5-6. Five nonprofit finalists will be interviewed on stage during the event on June 5 with the winning nonprofit receiving $1,500 and the runner up receiving $1,500. Information and applications are available at www.–jajnonprofitresource.com/conference-2015. Applications are due April 24.

Lupus Foundation

Walk: The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter will hold its 14th annual Walk to End Lupus Now 3 p.m. May 16 at CPCC Belk Plaza, 425 North Kings Drive. To register, visit http://walktoendlupus.kintera.org/charlotte.

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