Nonprofit news roundup, 10.11.13

Child Care Services marks 40 years

Child Care Services Association, a Chapel Hill nonprofit that has helped over 100,000 children in the Triangle find child care that fits their parents’ needs to attend school or go to work, celebrates its 40th anniversary today with a reception and dinner at the Friday Center.

Formed through the merger of the Durham Day Care Council and Day Care Services Association in Chapel Hill, the organization provides direct services, research and advocacy.

It provides a nutrition program for children in child care settings; free referral services to families seeking child care; and quality improvement assistance to child care businesses.

It also provides educational scholarships to early childhood educators in every North Carolina county, and is licensed in 21 other states and the District of Columbia.

It recently received a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to expand the scholarship program into additional states.

And it provides salary supplements to child care providers throughout the state and is licensed in three other states.

Urban Ministries kicks off campaign

Urban Ministries of Wake County launched a fall campaign to raise $300,000 for programs that serve the poor in  Wake County.  The campaign will culminate with Urban Ministries’ annual Stone Soup Supper on November 20.

Horizons gets $50,000 from Cannon Foundation

Horizons Residential Care Center, a 40-year-old Forsyth County agency that has provided care to medically fragile children and adults with severe disabilities, has received a $50,000 grant from the Cannon Foundation grant to support the agency’s $1 million capital campaign. Funds from the grant will support the replacement of a wastewater treatment plant on the Horizons campus.

Charlotte commercial real estate goes pink

During the first week of October, 166 Charlotte businesses turned their commercial real estate properties pink for Queen City in Pink, the Fifth Annual breast cancer awareness campaign by CREW Charlotte, a chapter of CREW Network, whose mission is to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women.

The initiative asked owners and tenants of Charlotte properties to illuminate their buildings with pink lighting, temporary pink fountain dye or other displays of pink to show support for the community’s survivors of breast cancer and honor those who have been affected by or lost their lives to the disease.

The number of participants grew to 166 in 2013 from 80 participants in 2011.

SAS Tournament benefits Triangle YMCA program

Over a dozen students in the Y Learning tutorial program of YMCA of the Triangle connect their work in the classroom with potential careers thanks to the SAS Championship.

The students, from Reedy Creek Middle School, visited Prestonwood Country Club in Cary to focus on three career tracks in the areas of the science of golf, hospitality management and golf tournament media.

Proceeds from the 2013 SAS Championship will benefit Y Learning, a standardized after school tutorial program.

Arc of Wake County launches drive

The Arc of Wake County launched its fall campaign to raise funds for programs supporting families and individuals with developmental disabilities.

PLM Families Together to hold fundraising event

PLM Families Together, an agency in Raleigh that helps families move out of homelessness, will hold its 6th annual fundraising event October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Brownstone-University at 1707 Hillsborough St.

Event raises $33,000 for Heart Strides

The 2013 Warren Rives 5K Walk/Run and Fun Run attracted over 500 participants and raised over $33,000 for Heart Strides, the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program at High Point Regional.  Since its inception 27 years ago, the event has raised over $1 million.

Dillard’s supports Ronald McDonald House

For the sixth time, proceeds from the sale of a special custom edition of the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook at Dillard’s stores will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, which Dillard’s has supported with an annual holiday fundraiser since 1994.

Triad-area Dillard’s have contributed $128,074 to Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem.

Health needs in High Point identified

Mental health care, healthy pregnancy and chronic disease management prevention are top issues that need to be addressed in High Point, according to a community health needs assessment conducted by High Point Regional Health in collaboration Guilford County Health Department; The Center for Social, Community and Health Research and Evaluation at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Cone Health.

High Point Regional plans to conduct a community health needs assessment every three years.

Community Matters to hold announce charity partner

Community Matters in Charlotte will hold its Second Annual Celebration Dinner at The Club at Longview at 8801 Longview Club Drive in Weddington on November 4. At the dinner, Community Matters will celebrate its two-year partnership with Safe Alliance, announce its fundraising total for the year, and unveil the name of its charity partner for coming year.

Volunteer Center of Greensboro honors volunteer efforts

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro will honor individuals, groups and companies for their volunteer efforts at The Volunteer Recognition Event on October 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  at The Regency Room at the Elm Street Center in downtown Greensboro.

Recipients of the 2013 NC Governor’s  Volunteer  Service Award include:

* Jessie Howard, Pleasant Grove Church — lifetime achievement.

* Candice Lemon, Reading Connections — senior.

* Kelly Langston, Guilford County Schools PTA — individual.

* Lucy Kluttz, United Way of Greater Greensboro — individual.

* Handy Tech Volunteers, HandyCapable Network — group.

Recipients of the 2013 Volunteer Center Award include:

* Dale Metz, Hospice of the Piedmont –lifetime of service.

* Paul Brackbill, Cone Health — outstanding volunteer.

* Robin Hager, NewBridge Bank — outstanding volunteer.

* Deluxe Corporation — corporate.

* The Junior League of Greensboro — outstanding volunteer program.

* Tyler Hardin, Guilford County Schools — emerging volunteer.

High Point Boys & Girls Clubs honored

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point was recognized for outstanding achievement at the 2013 North Carolina Area Council Meeting of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America that was held in Raleigh on October 4 and 5.

The agency received the 2013 Board Team of the Year Award because it received three gold awards in the area of marketing for, among other accomplishments, having added five new members to its board, attended national and local trainings, and created two college scholarship funds. The organization was among 45 Boys & Girls Clubs across the state that were eligible for the award.

Thompson Child & Family Focus opening new center

Thompson Child & Family Focus, a nonprofit provider of treatment, care and education for at-risk children and families, will open its new Thompson Family Services Center on October 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at 769 N. Wendover Rd. in Charlotte.

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