Sharing the Season: Arc of Rowan among agencies helping people with special needs

  • Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:43 p.m.

By Shavonne Potts
Nadine Cherry's life was changed forever at 22 when, during a horse ride on a windy day, she hit a fence post, became dizzy and fell to the ground. Cherry hit her head and emerged three weeks later from a coma. In April, she will mark 36 years as the survivor of a traumatic brain injury. Cherry is a member of the Rowan Brain Injury Support Group, a program of the Arc of Rowan. The program began operating under the Arc in 2009. The Arc is a nonprofit organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization began 58 years ago as a place for families of children with developmental disabilities who had no options for help and needed an advocate. Today, the organization administers more than a dozen programs. "The Arc of Rowan is about advocacy making the possibilities happen," Executive Director Jane Jackman said. Robert Ritchie, president of the agency's board of directors, said advocacy "is No. 1. We help them get the help that's there." The Arc also establishes new programs to fill voids in what's offered to help people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. "It's about the people. It's about respect," Jackman said. Cherry is one of the organization's most supportive volunteers, Jackman said. Jackman said if she has a project and needs a volunteer to help, she calls and Cherry answers. The Summit Civitan Club is an Arc program where people with disabilities provide services to others. The Civitan members wanted to establish their own programs and now operate nearly a dozen civic projects. Civitan members collect used and old towels for Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, collect magazines for nursing home residents for the organization's Adopt-A-Grandparent project and save pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House for recycling. One of the newest items the organization uses as a teaching tool is a set of puppets called Kids on the Block. Michael, the most popular puppet, has a twin who is disabled, goes to Arc events and even has a blog. There are 21 puppets, and many of them have disabilities. "It's a great way to tell about what the Arc does," Jackman said. Coming up is the Arc's annual Festival of Trees. The event is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the F&M Trolley Barn, 127 E. Liberty St. Admission is free. Lee Street Theatre The theater is touted as Salisbury's off-Broadway and fringe theater and is in the midst of its fifth season. The theater provides an opportunity for alternative performance art within the Rowan community. There is an 11-member board and one staff, Managing Artistic Director, Justin Dionne. There have been all types of prodcutions including variety shows, improvisational, original 10-minute plays with all performances at the Looking Glass Artists Center's black box theatre. Since the summer, the theater has been undergoing its capital campaign for a new performing arts center. The theater is buying a warehouse at the corner of North Lee and Kerr Streets. A complete wish list is below.With the giving season upon us, some people may be considering charitable donations. Here's the 2012 Sharing the Season list compiled by the Post of local nonprofits, human service agencies, schools and their needs. The list is not complete. The community has countless more churches and charitable organizations. But these are most of the major groups in Rowan County. The agencies are in alphabetical order. American Red Cross, E.H. Dole Chapter 1930 Jake Alexander Blvd. W. Salisbury, NC 28147 Purpose: To provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Needs: Holiday Mail for Heroes Program, which provides holiday cards and care packages to military service personnel and veterans, respectively. The needs are snacks that are individually wrapped (no homemade items), fresh fruit, Forever stamps, blank holiday cards so veteranss can send them to family and friends, personal care items, including denture adhesive, denture tablets. Veterans Hospice Care, need Dove bath shower gel. Also gift cards $20-$25-$50 from Walmart or Visa gift cards to assist veterans and their families and new or used Wii games for patients. Contact: Deborah Lineberger 704-633-3854 ext. 106 Website: The Arc of Rowan County 1918 W. Innes St. Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: Provides advocacy, public awareness, support groups, a summer day program for children, a week-long summer camp experience for adults, monthly dances for adults, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness program, special events, support for special education school services, and information for families The Arc of Rowan places the greatest emphasis on providing assistance to people with developmental disabilities so each person can learn, live, work and realize their personal goals Needs: Volunteers, donations and money earmarked for Operation Santa campaign. Also school supplies such as book bags, paper and pencils for summer program and office supplies such as pens and paper. Contact: Jane Jackman or Shela Sapp at 704-637-1521 Website: Community Care Clinic 315 G, Mocksville Ave. Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: A nonprofit organization that provides free medical care, dental care and prescription medications to low-income uninsured residents of Rowan County. Needs: Monetary donations to provide medical, dental and prescription assistance to uninsured adult residents of Rowan County. We need medical and dental providers and pharmacists to volunteer at the clinic Monday-Friday and every other Tuesday night. Support personnel for office related duties are needed at anytime. Ongoing donations accepted: toilet paper, copy paper, liquid hand soap, stamps, tall kitchen trash bags, black pens, brown lunch bags and snack sized baggies. Contact: To volunteer, call Krista Woolly 704-636-4523 or email Website: Communities In Schools of Rowan County 204 E. Innes St., Ste. 240 Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: To surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Needs: Belts of all sizes appropriate for children (plain for girls and boys), gift cards for shoe stores, gas gift cards ($10 increments), gift cards for WalMart, Target, Food Lion (any amount), jackets, coats, mittens, scarves and winter hats. Also volunteers to mentor and tutor, monetary donations, life coaches for high school students. Contact: Vicky Slusser, executive director, 704-797-0210 or Website: www.CISRowan. org Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary P.O. Box 3097 Salisbury, NC 28144 220 Grace Church Rd, Salisbury NC 28147 Purpose: Animal rescue group formed for the sole purpose of starting an animal sanctuary in Rowan County. Faithful Friends' vision is to have a safe place for abused and abandoned dogs and cats, while providing health care, spaying/neutering, protection, warmth, care and love while awaiting adoption. Needs: Cat litter, 13-gallon or 33-gallon trash bags, bleach, cleaning supplies including laundry detergent, dish and hand soap refills, paper towels. Also animal supplies including toys and treats for dogs and cats, food for dogs and cats (Purina Puppy, Dog, Cat and Kitten Chow only) and cat litter. Also office supplies including copy paper, color paper, file folders Contact: 704-633-1722 Website: Family Crisis Council of Rowan County 131 W. Council St. Salisbury, NC 28144-4320 Purpose: To help empower victims of rape, incest, sexual assault and domestic violence take back their lives and eliminate violence in our community by awareness, prevention activities, court advocacy, emergency shelter, 24 hour crisis support, information/referral services and individual and group counseling services. For the shelter: Paper products, Kleenex, skillets, plastic cups with lids, pillows, blankets, twin size sheet sets and mattress covers with zippers, towels and washcloths, dishwasher soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, ethnic hair products, shampoo, conditioner and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, small trash cans Additional items: Umbrellas, cleaning supplies, over-the-counter medications, antibiotic ointment, forehead thermometers, feminine products, infant and toddler educational toys, diapers size 3-5, alarm clocks, hampers, under-bed storage units. No clothes, please. Ambitious wish list: Infant/toddler car carriers, booster seats, outdoor playground (durable) equipment, (heavy duty) vacuum, copy paper Monetary donations: Monetary donations make a difference to individuals and families in need: $15 is the cost of cab fare to court/medical appointments for one person without transportation; $70 provides one night of emergency shelter and food for a victim of domestic violence; $145 provides one day of advocacy services for the 24-hour crisis line; $175 is the average cost of a Greyhound bus ticket when a victim needs to relocate to a safe location; $400 provides support group meetings for domestic and sexual violence victims for 5 weeks. Holiday wish list: Gift cards, gift items appropriate for infants, toddlers, children, tweens, teenagers and adult women. Drop off location for donations: United Way, 1940 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Contact: Linda Coplin 704-638-2200 Website: Famillies First - NC Inc. (formerly Adolescent & Family Enrichment Council) 723 W. Innes St. Salisbury, NC 28144-4149 Purpose: To strengthen families by providing information, education, prevention and support services. Wish list: Disposable Diapers - all sizes, baby wipes, baby board books, juice boxes, arts & crafts supplies, family board games, fast food gift cards, and $10-$15 Walmart gift cards. Contact: Rita Kotarsky 704-630-0481 Godstock P.O. Box 661 China Grove, NC 28023 No updates were available. This is the organization's 2011 needs: Purpose: Assist families of ill children with expenses of daily living (not medical bills) to help with burden of paying bills when caring for a sick child. Needs: Donations. Volunteers to promote and help with events. Groups interested in seeing a DVD about Godstock. Website: Good Shepherd Clinic 120 N. Jackson St. Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: Provides outpatient primary care for indigent adults on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteer health care professionals staff the clinic on Thursdays Needs: Volunteer physicians, nurses, medical educators and pharmacists, social workers, other human service specialists and someone to provide strong spiritual support. Money for operating costs and Spanish language Bibles are needed. Volunteers to act as host, greeter and registrar during clinic hours Items needed: Paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, tissues), copier paper, cleaning supplies, books for children waiting with parents Contact: 704-636-7200. Habitat for Humanity of Rowan 1707 S. Main St. Salisbury, NC 28144 Mission: A nonprofit, Christian ministry dedicated to building simple, decent houses with qualified families currently living in inadequate housing. Needs: Applicants for Habitat homes, volunteers to help build houses and to work in the Habitat ReStore (no experience necessary), new and used items in good condition for resale in the ReStore, property on which to build houses. Contact: Volunteer Coordinator Jane Hartness, 704-642-6292, ext. 101 Website: Horse Protection Society of North Carolina 2135 Miller Road China Grove, NC 28023 Purpose: Specializes in bringing the worst starved and abused horses back to full health. Needs: Volunteers, monetary donations, alfalfa cubes or pellets, rice bran, 50 pound salt blocks and mineral blocks, saddle bridle and saddle pads. Contact: Joanie Benson, 704-855-2978 Humane Society of Rowan County P.O. Box 295 Salisbury, NC 28145-0295 Purpose: The Humane Society of Rowan County is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the relief of suffering of animals, the prevention of cruelty to animals and the extension of humane education. The agency is not to be confused with the county animal control and shelter. Needs: Foster care and permanent homes for animals, pet food and cat litter for distribution to pet owners in need of assistance, volunteers for call returns, donations for veterinary costs of sick or injured stray and abandoned animals acquired by the agency, sponsorships of low cost spays & neuters for those unable to afford this solution to the overpopulation of unwanted cats and dogs. Contact: or call 704-636-5700. Lee Street Theatre P.O. Box 201 Salisbury, NC 2814 Needs: Lee Street Theatre would love donations to help build a new performing arts center on Lee Street for Christmas. Donations of money, shop tools (cordless screw guns, a table saw, miter saw, circular saw, claw hammers, saw horses, extension cords, tape measure, safety goggles etc). Also a computer or laptop for the new box office, copy paper, paper cutter, washer and dryer, refrigerator or mini refrigerator. But above all else, we'd really love for you to come see a show. Contact: 704-798-7768, Website: Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks (soon to be Trinity Oaks) 820 Klumac Road Salisbury, NC 28144 Needs: Someone to play the piano for 30 minutes or so a week for dementia group; appointments can be set up for different days of the week. Any groups to provide music or share talents. Bring a pet and visit (call ahead). Students to assist in training residents to use computers for simple tasks such as email and surfing the web. Community groups and individuals to adopt resident for the holidays. For Christmas stockings: Body lotion, tissues, white socks - in bulk from one source or bottle by bottle, box by box Other items: Costume jewelry, after-shave, stick deodorant, oral care products (toothpaste, Efferdent, mouthwash, Poligrip), postage stamps, body sprays, body wash, word search puzzle books, suncatchers for windows Full-size gift items: Sweat suits, sweatshirts and sweatpants in all sizes, as well as bedroom slippers (closed back and washable), all sizes and both genders - all items must be new and unopened Volunteers: In constant need of volunteers for a variety of tasks; Brenda Zimmerman will speak with any community group or individual looking for an opportunity to serve in such a capacity Contact: Brenda Zimmerman, 704-603-2770. Meals on Wheels of Rowan 1918 W. Innes St P.O. Box 1914 Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: Provide a meal and a friendly visit to the homebound of Rowan County, so no senior goes hungry. Needs: Volunteers to run routes with great need for substitutes, especially on holidays and in the summer. Contact: 704-633-0352 Website: Nazareth Children's Home 725 Crescent Road P.O. Box 1438 Rockwell, NC 28138 Purpose: Provide love, stability and guidance to the children who come to us for help, reuniting them whenever possible with their families. Wish list: Financial contributions, fuel-efficient sedans, gift cards (Walmart, Old Navy, Marshall's, Food Lion, Cinemark and Woodleaf Lanes), board games, arts and craft items, computers, twin beds, towels and wash cloths, carpet, area rugs, personal hygiene products, tables, chairs, sofas. Anyone interested in planned giving can contact us as well. Contact: Josh Regan Ext.119 or Website: N.C. Transportation Museum 411 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer, NC 28159 Purpose: Located on the 57-acre site of Spencer Shops, the former repair facility for Southern Railway's steam locomotives. Preserves and interprets the history of transportation in North Carolina and operates an on-site train ride. Needs: Volunteers to serve as tour guides, help with special events, help care for automobile collection, or restore and maintain rail equipment and serve as train crew. Training and certification provided for rail operation volunteers-no experience necessary. Financial contributions and in-kind contributions of craft supplies for children's programs (paper, scissors, glue, glitter, crayons, etc.), holiday decorations, office supplies (colored cardstock, highlighterss, pens, Sharpies, copy paper). Gift cards to Lowes, Staples, Walmart, Food Lion and Harris Teeter. Contact: 704-636-2889 (ext. 228 for donations or ext. 258 for volunteering) Piedmont Players Theatre 213 S. Main St. P.O. Box 762 Salisbury, NC 28145 Purpose: PPT is a nonprofit theater and presents stage productions each season at the historic Meroney Theater. PPT's Norvell Theater has opened on Fisher Street for the staging live productions, programs and education geared to youth Needs: Participation by auditioning for a show, buying a ticket for a show, giving a ticket to a family member or friend, signing up for a class, helping build a set or giving out programs. Contact: 704-633-5471 Website: Pregnancy Support Center 847 South Main Street Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: Provides the following services: free pregnancy tests, limited ultrasound services, material assistance for mother, father, and baby, pregnancy, fetal development and parenting education, and community agency referrals. The center does not provide abortions or refer for abortions. Baby boutique wish list: Diapers (preemie through 6); baby wipes; new car seats; cribs and mattresses; baby lotion, powder, wash, shampoo; new baby bottles and new clothes. Maternity boutique and daddy's den wish list: Maternity clothes, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, men's and women's devotional books, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shaving gel/cream, men's and women's deodorant, soap, tools. Office needs: Blank cards, bottled water, canned soft drinks, cleaning supplies, paper towels, stamps, toilet paper, trash bags, volunteers. Financial contributions: The Pregnancy Support Center is in need of approximately $20,000 before the end of the year in order to meet budget. Tax-deductible gifts may be mailed to 847 S. Main St., Salisbury, NC 28144. Tax-deductible gifts can also be made electronically at Contact: 704-633-7695 or Prevent Child Abuse Rowan and The Terrie Hess House 130 Woodson St. Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: To stop child abuse in Rowan County through education, intervention and support. Funding is dependent on grants and donations. Needs: Monetary gifts, gift Cards (Lowes, Walmart, Office Supplies, etc.), construction and colored paper, teen books, teddy bears and stuffed animals, individual snack chips, crackers, gold fish, juice, boxes/bottles, bottled Water, household supplies (paper towels, toilet tissue etc), canned soft drinks, copy paper, file folders Contact: 704-639-1700 Website: Rowan Arts Council P.O. Box 4234 Salisbury, NC 28145 No updates were immediately available. This is the organization's 2011 needs. Purpose: Promote arts and culture in Rowan County. Needs: Volunteers and sponsors for events, to support the arts in Rowan County. Contact: 704-638-3029 or Website: Rowan Blues and Jazz Society P.O. Box 176 Salisbury, NC 28145-0176 Purpose: Dedicated to the preservation, promotion and presentation of blues and jazz music. The RBJS has presented the Annual Blues and Jazz Festival for the past 14 years. Youth music workshops are also taught by professional musicians on a regular basis. Headliner bands provide workshops in local schools to enhance the student's knowledge of blues and jazz music. It is the goal of the RBJS to present this signature festival that attracts a diverse audience every year free to the public. Needs: Major sustaining sponsors and grants are needed to hire a part-time program director and plan future festivals. Festival 2013 committee members, fundraiser office supplies, donated office space, a van, musical instruments to be used for youth and festival backline, volunteer musicians to assist with the youth music workshops, volunteers to join the board of directors and to assist with set-ups at festivals and other events. Contact: Eleanor Qadirah at 704-636-2811 or Rowan Department of Social Services 1813 E. Innes St. Salisbury, NC 28144 Mission: Provides services that include Food and Nutrition Services (formerly food stamps), Medicaid, Work First, child day care subsidy payments, adult day care, adult guardianship, in-home aide, adult protective services, adult long-term care placement, foster care for children, foster home licensure, adoption, child protective services, child support enforcement Needs: The greatest needs continue to be donations of canned food and monetary donations to the Christmas Happiness Fund. For qualified families, a Christmas Happiness voucher will be issued for $25 for each child in the family. The average number of families served for Food and Nutrition Services has risen from 24,304 individual recipients in fiscal year 2011, to nearly 26,540 individuals in 2012. While waiting for Food and Nutrition Services benefits, people may run out of food. DSS keeps a small food pantry at the main office to give the family a bag of groceries to help them until their benefits are approved. Contact: 704-216-8330 Rowan County Literacy Council P. O. Box 95 201 W. Fisher St. Salisbury, NC 28145-0095 Purpose: Teaching undereducated adults and English as a second language residents to read. Needs: Monetary donations to be used for program materials; also volunteers for teaching, no teaching experience necessary Contact: Phyllis Martin, director, 704-216-8266 Website: Rowan County Youth Services Bureau 1322 S. Fulton St. Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: Multiple programs focus on making a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of local at-risk youth between the ages of 7 and 17. Needs: In addition to financial contributions, used for activities and materials directly benefitting youth in our programs and which are tax deductible, we need caring and responsible adult volunteers who are willing to share their time and skills either in a 1-on-1 and/or group mentoring relationship. Youth volunteers are needed for our Teen Court program. Training is provided for all volunteers. Your time and talent can make a big difference in a young person's life. Contact: Youth Services Bureau at 704-633-5636 Website: Rowan Helping Ministries 226 N. Long St. Salisbury, NC 28144 Mission: To serve, through cooperative community action, our neighbors in Rowan County who are in crisis, by providing essential life needs and educating and empowering them to break the cycle of crisis. The agency's programs are Crisis Assistance Network, Food Pantry, Clothing Center, Soup Kitchen, Overnight Shelter, Transitional Housing, Life Coaching, New Tomorrow Life Skills classes and Journey Forward program. Needs: Monetary donations, volunteers in our Crisis Assistance area, volunteer groups to prepare breakfast, peanut butter, non-perishable foods, sugar, canned fruit, canned meat, seasonal children's clothing (toddler-size 14), winter coats, gloves, and thermal undergarments. Contact: Karen Taylor 637-6838 ext100 Website: The agency receives funding from private donations and government grants. Rowan Public Library 201 W. Fisher St. Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: Rowan County's public library system, headquartered in Salisbury, with branches in China Grove and Rockwell Needs: Monetary donations for library materials - a gift that keeps on giving. With your donation of $25 or more, we can purchase materials for the library's collection and place a gift plate in them to commemorate your gift, with your name and the name of the person in whose honor or memory the item is given. Donations are recognized in the library's catalog as well as our monthly newsletter. An acknowledgement card will be sent to you and to the person you honor, or a family member of the person memorialized. Contributions can be made by individuals, families, businesses or groups. Contact: 704-216-8231 Rowan Museum 202 N. Main St. Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: Collect and preserve historical materials connected to the history of the county. Operates three historic properties: the Utzman-Chambers House (1815 on South Jackson Street), the Old Stone House (1766 in Granite Quarry), and the museum in the old 1854 courthouse on Main Street Needs: Volunteers to work as docents/guides at historic sites, volunteers for special events such as the Old Christmas Celebration and Colonial Spring Frolic at the Old Stone House, volunteers for the Summer History Day Camp, for special projects, for the annual Antiques Show planning and implementation, and for fundraising. Office supplies, paper products, Post-It notes, etc. Also: Volunteers, financial contributions and any items related to the history of Rowan County, its communities and the Piedmont. Contact: Kaye Brown Hirst, executive director, 704-633-5946 Website: Rowan-Salisbury School System P.O. Box 2349 Salisbury, NC 28145-2349 Needs: Employers who allow time for employees or themselves to mentor or tutor a student, read in the classroom, donate supplies, offer financial resources, apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing experiences, classroom speakers, in-kind donations, sponsorships of events, expertise in skilled areas, graduation project review panelist and graduation project mentors. Contact: Rita K. Foil, 704-630-6103 Rowan Vocational Opportunities 2728 Old Concord Road Salisbury, NC 28146 Purpose: Devoted to providing job-seeking skills for adults with developmental disabilities, leading to competitive and/or sheltered employment. Currently there are approximately 250 consumers ranging in ages from 18 to 82. Many have limited external support. Needs: Automatic external defibrillator; Christmas items for consumers ranging in sizes from medium to 5X, equally distributed among ladies and men; toiletries and hygiene supplies; snacks and non-perishable items; microwave ovens; new refrigerator; first aid supplies, digital camera; educational movies, maps, books, puzzles Contact: Wilson R. Cherry, 704-633-6223, ext. 113 Rufty-Holmes Senior Center 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: Provides a focal point for aging resources and opportunities to extend independent living and enrich the quality of life for Rowan County older adults. Needs: Contributions toward cost of operating Senior Center and providing meals for congregate nutrition program. Digital cameras for use with Lunch Club sites. Contact: Rick Eldridge, executive director, 704-216-7714 Website: Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society, Inc. P.O. Box 4264 Salisbury, NC 28145 Purpose: Annually presents four performances of the Salisbury Symphony and one of the North Carolina Symphony, two performances of the Nutcracker, and one of the Pops at the Post with funds raised by a separate board. Also provides teachers for after-school string program and annual orchestra concert for all fifth-graders and string trio/quartet concert for younger students in all schools. Needs: in order of priority At Catawba: New orchestra shell, pit renovation to original plans (requiring new storage area for Theater Department) At Livingstone: Stage enlargement or reworking of entire performance space, new seats and other comfort improvements to audience area Equipment needed for all concerts: New musicians' chairs, additional music stands In the community: Orchestra program in all middle and high schools, more support for music and all the arts in our school system. Contact: 704-637-4314 Website: The Salvation Army P.O. Box 625 Salisbury, NC Purpose: Provides a variety of programs and assistance Needs: Angel Tree gifts for 1,200 children - clothing sizes and wish list are included on Angel Trees at several banks and retail stores Also: Volunteers needed the week of Dec. 17 to help prepare packages for distribution. Contact: Lt. Joshua and Chasy Morse, Corps Officers, 704-636-6491 Website: Trinity Living Center (formerly Abundant Living Adult Day Services) 1416-A S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: Enables frail older adults and adults with disabilities to remain at home and in the community through the use of supportive services. Needs: Volunteers to assist with activities, provide extra hands, work in our flower beds and help with small group and individual time. Household supplies (Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues), office supplies (copy paper, legal pads, manila folders, sticky notes, postage stamps), bingo prizes (socks, lipstick, costume jewelry, dollar store items, handkerchiefs, scarves, lotion, nail polish, remover, emery boards, cotton balls), non-stick Telfa pads (over-the-counter), wound cleanser (over-the-counter) and health care items (Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment). Contact: 704-637-3940 United Way P.O. Box 5065, Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: Raises funds for human services, helps sponsor local agencies (including many listed here), plans for community-based needs. Needs: Donations of equipment and supplies to Matchmaker program that matches items with agencies that need them. Call United Way to learn where to donate goods. Donations are welcome. WaterWorks Visual Art Center 123 E. Liberty St. Salisbury, NC 28144 Purpose: The Center is among Salisbury's most valued cultural organizations dedicated to providing exciting, enriching, and diverse opportunities in the arts for adults and children through exhibitions, education, and outreach programs. In addition to rotating, professional exhibits of contemporary art, it also offers studio classes in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and pottery, and outreach programs. We invite you to join us in creative exploration! Needs: Video camera for online podcasts of artists, workshops, and exhibitions, gift cards from Dick Blick art supplies or Walmart, laser cutter, Fund-A-Need (scholarships for classes, art supplies), volunteers (clerical tasks, docents, studio assistants), volunteer librarian, members, donors, and sponsors (for exhibitions and fundraisers). Contact: Anne Scott Clement, 704.636.1882 Website: YMCA of Rowan County Purpose: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Needs: Members and program participants, strong volunteers for our sports programs, investing in our annual We Build People Campaign. Contact: Any branch to find out how you can help your local YMCA help the community. Jamie Morgan, CEO, 704-216-9622. Saleeby-Fisher YMCA, East Branch Amanda Hesse, chief operating officer or 704-279-1742 J. Fred Corriher YMCA, South Branch Alan Lambert or 704-857-7011 J .F. Hurley YMCA, Salisbury Branch Sandy Flowers or 704-636-0111 Website:

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