04.03.13.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Food Lion customers raised $3.7 million during its four-week Shop&Care campaign. The money will be used to help more than 100,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout 11 Easter Seals affiliates in the Southeast. The four-week program, which began Feb. 13 and closed March 12, offered customers the opportunity to purchase more than 200 specially-marked Shop&Care products in stores. Customers also made donations in $1 increments at checkout.

NC Beautiful has announced the winners of the 2013 Windows of Opportunity (WOO) Grants from The Duke Energy Foundation. Eight schools were awarded WOO Grants, which were created to cultivate an appreciation of natural environments by helping K-12 children get out of school and into natural settings. The grants also build leadership awareness, develop environmental educational mentors and ambassadors, create materials and resources that can be used by other students, and develop a sustainable outdoor program. For a complete list of schools, go online.

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina has received a grant of $15,000 from Duke Energy Foundation.  The grant funds will allow Junior Achievement to bring financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness programs to more than 500 students in eastern North Carolina. Trained corporate and community volunteers will bring the lessons to life by sharing their personal and professional experiences in 20 classrooms. Each class will receive five to seven classroom lessons.  In addition to classroom programs, the grant will provide job shadow opportunities for high school students in the area.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is participating in a grant competition from Walmart where the public is encouraged to vote for them in the “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative – a national campaign where money is awarded to organizations that get the most votes for their programs that target childhood hunger. Winning organizations will be those that garner the most votes. Second Harvest Food Bank will use the grant to fund mobile pantry food deliveries that will provide more than 100,000 meals to families with children in communities with extremely high rates of childhood hunger. Those interested in supporting this effort should visit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC Facebook page for details. The public is encouraged to vote once each day throughout April.

News about people, groups

United Way of Cumberland County announced the winners of the Spirit of NC award. The 2013 Spirit of NC award winners are Fayetteville PWC and Partnership for Children of Cumberland County. The Spirit of NC awards are sponsored annually by the United Way of NC to recognize companies and employees for their outstanding support of their community by demonstrating excellence in their United Way campaigns.

The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and Guilford County Schools presented the 2013 Arts Education Teacher of the Year award March 28 to Julie Rachlin who teaches at both Gillespie Park and Gibsonville Elementary Schools. Ed Kimbrough, who teaches at Northern Guilford High School was honored as runner-up.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with the North American Bird Conservation Initiative and the Association of Joint Venture Management Boards announced that the North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership received the 2013 Gary T. Meyers Bird Conservation award. The award recognizes visionary individuals or groups that have shown unparalleled accomplishments in advancing the protection and restoration of bird populations and their habitats in North America

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation is currently accepting applications from eligible nonprofit organizations for its 2013 Children and Youth Grants program. Grants will be awarded to projects and programs that support the children and youth of Mecklenburg County. The 2013 grant cycle will be conducted through an online application process, which requires an initial step of registering on the Foundation for the Carolinas website. Registration should be completed by April 19. For more information about the guidelines, register and begin the application process, grant seekers should visit www.fftc.org/CMCFChildrenandYouth.

The Columbus, Duplin, and Robeson Community Foundations will accept online applications for their 2013 grant application cycle through May 7. The foundations only accept online grant applications, which are available on the North Carolina Community Foundation website.

The Tour D’ Coop, an annual tour of homes and gardens in the Raleigh and Cary areas with backyard chickens, announced tickets are available for the third annual COCK-Tail Party, a kick-off event for the tour to help raise additional funds for Urban Ministries of Wake County. This year’s COCK-Tail Party will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. April 21 at the “roost” of Anna Baird and Hunt Choi. Tickets for the COCK-Tail Party are $25, for ordering details visit www.urbanmin.org.

The ninth annual George Thanhauser Bike for Hope, sponsored by CAPTRUST, will be held April 27 at Trek Bicycles of Raleigh. Three rides will be offered – 50-mile, 32-mile and 15-mile – and all will end with a post-ride celebration featuring lunch, special prize drawings and more. The registration fee is $45 in advance and includes a Bike for Hope t-shirt, breakfast, refreshments, lunch and more. For more information or to register, visit www.walkforhope.com and click on the Bike for Hope registration link. Registration materials are also available from the Foundation of Hope by calling 919-781-9255 or e-mailing walkforhope@walkforhope.com.

As part of this year’s UNC Science Expo, the Town of Chapel Hill will present a Sustainability Center & Solar Stage, featuring Town of Chapel Hill departments and local organizations, all sharing their message about going green. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 15 Sustainability Center exhibits will feature eco-friendly names like NC Green Power and UNC Botanical Gardens. Join expo at Cameron Avenue near the Old Well on the UNC Campus.

The House of Mercy’s 20th annual Walk for AIDS will be held Saturday in Belmont. The three-mile walk through historic downtown will raise AIDS awareness and funds to benefit House of Mercy – a nonprofit residence providing a home and nursing care for low-income persons living with AIDS. Participants may register on the Sisters of Mercy campus at 9:30 a.m. A picnic reception with music and dancing will follow the walk on the House of Mercy grounds. Visit www.thehouseofmercy.org for details.

Hibernian Pub in downtown Raleigh will host its eighth annual St. Baldrick’s Shave-A-Thon and Block Party Saturday to help conquer kids’ cancer. Participants can register here to shave or start raising donations, and join the Facebook event for more updates.

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina’s annual conference will take place May 17-17 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Those interested in attending may register online or via mail by downloading the registration form. The conference brochure and breakout session offerings can be viewed online.

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