02.06.13.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, a leading hunger-relief organization serving more than 400 food assistance programs, was among 1,000 nonprofits nationwide selected by Bank of America to a receive grant to address critical community needs, including hunger. The $13,500 award will enable the food bank to continue targeted efforts to address the problem of childhood hunger across its 18-county service area.

Methodist Home for Children raised $220,000 through its Jan. 26 gala, A Winter’s Tale, to support the work of its ministry to children and families. The 2013 Guardian Angels were honored during the gala program: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Mark and Mitzi Janas of Raleigh; Rich Products Corp., based in Buffalo, N.Y.; and Richlands United Methodist Church of Onslow County. The Guardian Angel Society recognizes organizations and individuals who, through their service and support, have made extraordinary commitments to the children and families served by Methodist Home for Children.

Grants totaling $40,000 from the Walmart Foundation will enable the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina to increase efforts to serve meals and snacks in its afterschool program, as well as take-home meals over holidays and family dinners. The Fulton, William G. White Jr., Winston Lake, and Wilkes Family YMCA branches each were awarded grants of $10,000. Some sites will also purchase refrigerators to better store healthier foods and serve meals and snacks throughout the 2012-13 school year.

O2 Fitness, a locally owned fitness company in North Carolina, announced that it donated nearly $150,000 in memberships to more than 100 nonprofit organizations in 2012.

News about people, groups

The board of directors of the North Carolina Housing Coalition appointed Satana Deberry as its new executive director effective Feb. 6. Deberry succeeds long-time Coalition leader Chris Estes. who took on leadership of the Washington, D.C.-based National Housing Conference last summer.

DHIC Inc., a nonprofit organization that owns 1,669 homes and serves more than 3,000 lower income individuals in the Triangle area, announced the promotion of Sheila Porter to the position of manager of the DHIC Homeownership Center.  Porter will be responsible for overseeing the operations and compliance of the Center, which will relocate to Carlton Place, one of DHIC’s mixed-use affordable communities in downtown Raleigh.

Outfitters4, a full service consultancy providing advice and support for nonprofits, announced that Florence Corpening has joined the company as a consultant. Corpening will provide executive coaching and leadership development to nonprofit clients. 

Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy Corp, will serve as 2013 March for Babies chair for the Charlotte region. Rogers will play an integral role in raising awareness and funds to advance the scientific research and educational programs at the core of the March of Dimes efforts to prevent preterm birth and birth defects. Charlotte residents can sign up for the March for Babies online.

The Lupus Foundation of America, Piedmont Chapter and the Lupus Foundation of America, Winston-Triad Chapter have consolidated to form the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter. The new chapter is headquartered in Charlotte and is led by statewide representation on the board, committees and staff. All current and existing programs and support groups will remain in existence and will serve all 100 counties in the state.

The Durham Rescue Mission’s Center for Hope opened on Jan. 30 to provide shelter for 88 homeless men. The Center for Hope was built to provide sleeping quarters with three dormitories and three large bathrooms with showers for 88 men, a large dining room able to seat 250, and a commercial grade kitchen.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, the first Habitat for Humanity affiliate in North Carolina, will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Feb. 11. The nonprofit has directly served nearly 1,000 adults and children and indirectly served thousands more thanks to the generational and societal impact of Habitat homeownership.

Lucy Daniels Center, nationally recognized for its programs that support the social and emotional needs of children, announced an expansion of its early childhood programs to include first and second graders in the coming school year, with plans to enroll children through fifth grade by 2015. The Lucy Daniels School will serve children ages 3 through 11 in a classroom setting that provides specialized child mental health services. People in the community who are interested learning more about the new school program are encouraged to attend an open house from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 20 at at 9003 Weston Parkway in Cary. For more information, visit www.lucydanielscenter.org.

News about opportunities, initiatives

WomenNC invites business and civic leaders, university representatives, nonprofits and community members to attend WomenNC’s 2013 Student Fellows “In Action” on Feb. 21 at NC State University Club. Students will present research on the status of women in North Carolina.

Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, will present its third annual Last Band Standing event on March 2, at Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh. All proceeds from the event will go to support Band Together’s 2013 nonprofit partner, Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.bandtogethernc.org.

Genesis Home, a Durham nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness for families with children, is participating in the 2013 Great Human Race 5k Run/Walk. For every $10,000 raised, Genesis Home will be able to fund programs that enrich the lives of homeless children and families. To learn more, go online or contact Jess Siler.

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