International House wants to connect the community and visitors from other countries. The visitors are participants in International House programs are run by the U.S. Department of State's International Visitors Leadership Program and foreign youth leadership groups. The first event will be from 7-8:30 p.m. July 11 with high school students from Iraq. On Aug. 3, teenagers from Mexico will meet with the community.
The Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency needs donations of furnishings and housewares.
The agency's most urgent need is for clean usable mattresses, box springs and bed frames. Details: www.carolinarefugee.org or call Karen Brodsky at 704-535-8803.
Duke Energy is offering grants through the Habitat Enhancement Program to government agencies and nonprofit organizations who want to help enhance, create and protect fish and wildlife habitat along the Catawba-Wateree River and its tributaries.
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To apply for the grants, visit www.duke-energy.com/lakes/habitat-enhancement-program.asp and apply before July 31.
Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont will receive electronics from the city of Charlotte as they become inoperable or outdated and will either refurbish the equipment or dispose of it in an environmentally responsible way. Historically, the city has disposed of electronic assets through a live auction. Details: www.goodwillsp.org/donate/computers.