* Michael Elder, president and CEO, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Charlotte, received J.D. Robins Jr. Distinguished Career Award at Goodwill Industries International’s Conference of Executives, for repairing his organization.
* Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro sold $86,000 in donated retail items during January, received several significant donations available for resale to general public and contractors, benefiting Habitat’s homebuilding projects.
* Boys & Girls Clubs to hold grand opening of Brentwood Boys & Girls Club and kick-off for annual Positive Place For Kids Campaign, Feb. 14, 7:30-9 a.m.; campaign goal is $1.1 million.
* Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C. held graduation ceremony for inaugural class of Triad Community Kitchen, ten-week program providing free culinary and job skills training to underemployed, unemployed and homeless individuals.
* American Express opened grants application process to North Carolina organizations for 2007; announced funding priorities of cultural heritage, leadership and community service; visit website for information.
* Action for Children North Carolina to host Feb. 22 benefit featuring “Simple Things,” film financed and shot in North Carolina, inspired by book written by Action for Children Senior Fellow Olson Huff.
* Mary M. Mollitt, former education assistant, Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, named educational programs director, Greensboro Children’s Museum.
* United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro announced partnership with Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and Greensboro Merchants Association to create Arts in Business Award, honoring for-profit and nonprofit businesses for supporting arts.
* Americans overwhelmingly support treating trouble teens with services rather than sending them to adult prisons, says poll conducted by Zogby International and commissioned by National Council on Crime and Delinquency; N.C. is one of three states to prosecute juveniles as young as 16 in adult courts.
* Abby Johnston, former director, Duke Parents’ Program, Duke University, named director of development, Saint Mary’s School, Raleigh; Leigh Brantley, recent N.C. State graduate, named capital campaign assistant in school’s development office.
* Malcom McKinney, eighth-grader at Durham Nativity School and beneficiary of three-year A.J. Fletcher Foundation grant, accepted to Ravenscroft private school on full scholarship.
* Ethical Advocate, Chapel Hill provider of governance and risk-management services, received high-level security clearance for its anonymous and confidential incident reporting services, designed for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
* United Way of Cumberland County seeks review panel volunteers to evaluate funded programs; small time commitment. Call Crystal at 910.483.1179.
* Partners and managers of Davenport, Marvin, Joyce & Co. accounting firm, Greensboro, to participate in Guilford County Sheriff’s Department’s Polar Plunge Feb. 17 to raise money for Special Olympics North Carolina.