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Jacob's Ladder

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, which 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 interested in and ready for a structured learning environment around job readiness, with the intent of them joining the next month's class at Jacob's Ladder. Details: or

Samaritan's Feet

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 and thus provide 10,000 pairs of shoes to 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.

Registration is $30 for runners wearing shoes, and $20 for barefoot participants. Details: 704-341-1630 or

Armed Forces Museum

Donations needed: The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas is currently seeking donations to fund the museum, which is scheduled to break ground in 2013.

The museum will honor all five branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. A tax-deductible donation of $25 will purchase a founding membership to the museum. Each founding member will receive an enamel pin.

The paver program allows patrons to purchase engraved granite pavers that will honor a loved one with a permanent placement on the museum walkway. Details: or call 704-661-6162.

24 Hours of Booty

Registration kickoff: The registration for the 2012 cancer charity cycling events, including the 11th annual 24 Hours of Booty, is now open.

All participants must register at The annual charity, noncompetitive cycling event is scheduled to roll on the "Booty Loop" in Charlotte's Myers Park neighborhood from 7 p.m. July 27 to 7 p.m. July 28. Registration will be capped at the first 1,200 registrants. To participate, each rider is required to pay a $65 registration fee and raise a minimum of $400 prior to the ride.

Outward Bound

Registration for Trail Run: Registration is now open for the 2012 N.C. Outward Bound School's River Bound Race Series.

The race series consists of four trail races on March 10, May 19, July 21 and Sept. 22 all held at the White Water Center. Registration and sponsorship proceeds fund scholarships for Charlotte youth, veterans and educators to enjoy Outward Bound adventures. For details or to register, visit

Cellphones for Soldiers

Ameriprise Financial Drive: Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial is holding his annual used cell phone collection for Cell Phones for Soldiers.

The nonprofit organization collects and recycles used wireless phones with proceeds going to purchasing prepaid phone cards for military families. To donate, bring cell phones to Ameriprise Financial in Ballantyne Corporate Park-Ballantyne One Building, 15720 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 300. To learn more, visit


Free photo session: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas recently announced the expansion of their 'Families for Life' program in an effort to collect the additional platelets and O type red cells needed for local patients.

Through Jan. 10, platelet donors who donate twice or O blood type 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.

Photo sessions will be provided by Fletcher & Fletcher Photography at the Charlotte donor center on Jan. 28 and 29 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Space is limited and donation appointments are required. For more information, contact Theresa at or 704-972-4729, also visit

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. To learn more, visit or call 704-972-4700.