05.01.13: N.C. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The John Rex Endowment approved a planning grant of $81,789 for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to work with the Southeast Raleigh community to develop a plan for an urban agriculture project to address low access to healthy foods. The plan will include steps to empower youth and their families to grow and sell their own fresh food.

Keep NC Beautiful announced 10 winners of its Community Improvement Grants.  With support from the N.C. Coca-Cola Bottlers Council, each winner will receive $500 in recognition of volunteer-based projects in litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction and beautification. Recipients include: Keep Greenville Beautiful, Greenville; Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, Charlotte;  Keep Wilkes County Beautiful, Roaring River; Mount Energy Elementary, Creedmoor; Union Hill Elementary, High Point; Rainbow Recycling, Black Mountain; Charlotte Action Project, Charlotte; Craven County Big Sweep, New Bern; and The Green Chair Project, Raleigh.

News about people, groups

The Harvest Center of Charlotte appointed nonprofit manager Colin Pinkney as its new executive director. As a result of his work founding and leading various mentoring and fatherhood organizations, Pinkney was recently awarded the 2012 Governor’s Medallion, marking him as one of the 20 North Carolina volunteers who have had greatest community impact.

Patrick Lawson was appointed to the Wake County Historical Preservation Commission. Lawson is a real estate veteran with RE/MAX Preferred Associates’ Five Points office and is involved in several Downtown Raleigh causes.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro is holding its annual Pratt Family Fundraising Gala on Thursday, May 2.  The event, which is sponsored by the Pratt Family Foundation, will be held at the Koury Convention Center at 6 p.m. Two former club members, Lee Staton and Trina Pratt, will be inducted into the Inaugural Boys & Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame at the gala. Staton is the vice president of operations at Greensboro Housing Authority. Pratt is the executive director and chief professional officer for The Boys & Girls Club of Danville, Va,.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Carolina held its third annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on April 23. The event honored Tony McLure of PepsiCo as the recipient of the Coporate award, and recognized five individuals, Mary Byrd Ewell, Sarah Gray, Kathryn Tully, Rebeka Futris, Joe Rick, as Bigs of the Year. The event also honored Charles D. Brown who received the Board Member of the Year and presented more than 10 President’s Volunteer Service awards.

Check-in for Good, a traffic driver for local businesses who support charitable causes through customer check-ins, recently moved its headquarters to the Triangle area. Similar to Foursquare, the Check-in for Good app allows customers to “check-in” at a local business which then makes a donation to the cause of its choice. To participate, go online.

NC State University will host the 12th annual Social Equity Conference, “Globally Engaged, Locally Responsible: New Challenges for Social Equity,” June 5-7. The event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, and will highlight the existing and emerging issues involving social equity in nonprofits, education, policing and corrections, at-risk communities, aging and the elderly, housing, transportation, environmental protect and sustainability, and inclusive excellence. For more information and to register, visit http://oied.ncsu.edu/selc/.

Greensboro Urban Ministry is conducting its Dine Out fundraiser on Tuesday. Participants can dine at participating Greensboro-area restaurants, which will donate 10 percent of the earnings to Potter’s House Community Kitchen. For details, visit www.diningoutforhunger.org.

The 23rd annual Crisis Control Ministry Hope du Jour will be held on Tuesday. Presented by sponsor Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP, Hope du Jour is Crisis Control’s signature event and one of its largest fundraisers.  Participating restaurants agree to donate 10 percent of their sales on May 7 to support the mission and programs of Crisis Control Ministry, a Forsyth County-based nonprofit that aims to assist people in crisis to meet essential life needs and to become self-sufficient. A list of participating restaurants can be found at www.hopedujour.org.

Urban Ministries of Wake County is hosting its Garden Party fundraiser on May 9. Through sponsorships, ticket sales and a raffle, Urban Ministries hopes to raise $100,000 to feed Wake County’s hungry, provide healthcare and medicine to the uninsured, and offer a safe, clean place to sleep for homeless women. For information, visit www.urbanmin.org/garden-party-2013.

Genesis UMC has organized the Purple Cloth 5K and Kid’s Dash on Saturday in Bond Park, Cary, to benefit Dorcas Ministries. The event will include a race, food, music, kid’s activities and more. Visit www.sportoften.com to register.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The application deadline for the Columbus County Community Foundation’s 2013 grant cycle is May 7. The Foundation accepts proposals in the areas of arts and humanities, education, the environment, health, human services, public and societal benefit, and youth development.  Grants are available for non-profit, tax-exempt organizations, faith-based organizations and government agencies, such as schools and libraries, with specific projects that benefit the residents of Columbus County. The Foundation only accepts online grant applications through the North Carolina Community Foundation’s website.

The Duplin County Community Foundation continues to accept applications from local nonprofit organizations for its 2013 grant cycle, and the application deadline is May 7. Proposals from nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations such as public charities, faith-based organizations and government agencies, including schools and libraries will be accepted. Nonprofits may access the online grant application system and training modules through the Duplin County Community Foundation website.

Family Service of the Piedmont is hosting a free community event from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at 315 East Washington St., Greensboro.Empowering Women to Live Well will celebrate and educate women and their families on how to live lives that are strong, healthy and empowered. The event will include workshops, resources, health screenings and activities for kids.

The Rotary Club of the Research Triangle Park presents the Luther Hodges Ethics Luncheon at noon May 22 at the Radisson Inn Research Triangle. Keynote speaker David Crabtree of WRAL will speak on “Ethics in the Workplace.” Tickets for the luncheon are $40 per person. Rotarians who wear their pin will receive a $5 rebate and a meeting makeup for attending. For information and online registration, go to www.LutherHodges.org.

Durham Arts Council is calling for applications from nonprofits, government services and political party booths to be showcased at the Centerfest Arts Festival, Sept. 21-22 in Downtown Durham. Arts and cultural organizations, schools, churches, social service nonprofits, plus a variety of government services departments are eligible to apply and the deadline is July 19. The application can be found online.

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