08.14.13: N.C. News Bits

Belkie Bear (center) delivers new school uniforms donated by Charlotte-based Belk Inc. to students in Union County in partnership with the United Way, Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs and UPS.
Belkie Bear (center) delivers new school uniforms donated by Charlotte-based Belk Inc. to students in Union County in partnership with the United Way, Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs and UPS.

News about grants, gifts

Charlotte-based Belk Inc. donated more than 3,000 new school uniforms as part of the United Way of Central Carolinas‘ GET COOL 4 SCHOOL. The school uniforms will go to at-risk students who go to 20 schools in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Union counties that require uniforms. In the past three years, Belk has donated 8,500 two-piece uniforms worth approximately $200,000.

PlayMakers Repertory Company, a professional theater company based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received a $250,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to allow three more theater ensembles to develop new works. The company also received two National Endowment for the Arts grants totaling $70,000 to support the production of Sondheim’s “Assassins” and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

The Omni Grove Park Inn committed $50,000 to the Asheville Habitat for Humanity affiliate’s Building a Way Home campaign. In addition, the inn donated furniture and clothing that will be sold at Habitat’s ReStore in a silent auction Sept. 3-7 or at Habitat’s 30th anniversary celebration on Sept. 7. Wells Fargo gave $65,000 to help build a Habitat home in Swannanoa.

The Beehive Collective, a Raleigh-based grant-making nonprofit, is taking applications for its 2013 grant of up to $25,000. This year’s theme, Growing a Movement, supports grassroots organizations, especially those in the early formation, that encourage sharing resources to support long-term growth. Such projects could be but are not limited to local initiatives, anti-oppression efforts and coalitions or alliances seeking to create a movement. Applications can be submitted online through Sept. 6.

WomenNC, which advocates for women’s human rights, is seeking applications for the 2014 CSW Fellowship. Selected fellows will present their research at the United Nations’ 58th Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014. The application period opens Saturday and will close Sept. 30.

News about people, groups

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded by North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano, received its 10th 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. This 4-star rating places the V Foundation in the top 10 percent of rated charities.

The Salvation Army of Wake County opened the Judy D. Zelnak Center for Hope, 1863 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh. The center has nearly 90 beds for women and children, a free dental clinic, computer lab, prayer room, indoor and outdoor recreation areas and 5,600-square-foot warehouse for donations and supplies.

Mary-Ann Baldwin of Raleigh has been selected as executive director of the Holt Brothers Foundation.

Sarah Corrin has been appointed the full-time arts grants coordinator for the Raleigh Arts Commission.

Jim Sparrow replaces retiring Milton Rhodes as the president and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

WomenNC, which advocates for women’s human rights, expanded its board of directors to provide more leadership training and advocacy opportunities. For a full list of members, click here.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Triangle ArtWorks, which supports the Triangle arts community, offers the Pop-Up Took Kit, which enables businesses with empty or unused space to host temporary arts exhibits or events. The Tool Kit has been used by the Garner Revitalization Association and Durham Storefront Project.

The Tammy Lynn Center, which supports children and adults with developmental disabilities, is recruiting volunteers for A Toast to the Triangle, a fund raiser to be held on March 8. A volunteer kick-off party will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Tyler’s Taproom, 18 Seaboard Ave. in Raleigh.

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina will host a celebration of record-low teen pregnancy rates at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Proceeds will benefit the organization. Guests can register online.

The Hospice & Palliative CareCenter of Winston-Salem and Habitat for Humanity’s Forsyth County chapter have partnered for a 10-week-long house building campaign, starting Aug. 28. The Jimmy Johnson Memorial Labor of Love Building Blitz seeks to let bereaved families honor their loved ones through service.

The 3rd Annual Wake Up with TFS Breakfast will focus on the effect of family safety, financial stability and mental health on the community and the role of nonprofits in these issues. Speakers include Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Sens. Neal Hunt and Josh Stein and Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison. The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Tickets can be purchased online.

Hospitality House of Charlotte, a nonprofit organization providing lodging to families of patients at local hospitals, will hold its third annual Fall Luncheon at noon Sept. 11 at Byron’s South End, 101 W. Worthington Ave. Danny Morrison, president of the Carolina Panthers, is the keynote speaker, and Hospitality House guests will share their stories. Tickets and reserved tables can be purchased online or by calling 704-376-0060 ext. 2 by Sept. 5.

SEEDS, a Durham-based group that encourages sustainable agriculture through garden-based programs, will hold the Harvest Dinner fundraiser in Central Park on Sept. 19. Tickets and sponsorship information can be found online.

The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter will host the Understanding Lupus Workshop at 10 a.m. on Sept. 21 at the New Hanover Public Library-North East Branch, 1241 Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington. The free workshop is open to the public and will explain what lupus is, who it affects and how to get diagnosed. Register online or by calling 877-849-8271.

The Annual Harvest Moon Charity Ball on Sept. 28 will benefit COPE Eldercare, which provides services to seniors in the Triangle, and COPE Enrichment, a pet therapy program. The ball will take place at the Five Points Center for Active Adults in Raleigh. Tickets can be purchased online.

The Loving Lenoir 2013 concert to support the Harper School of Performing Arts will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at College Avenue Baptist Church. As part of Loving Lenoir 2013, participants will also volunteer in community gardening, beautification and school projects.

Alzheimers North Carolina will host the 21st Annual Triangle Walk at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on Oct. 5. Registration is available online.

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