Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 28, 2011

With only three giving days left in 2011 after today, some people may be considering charitable donations.
Here’s the 2011 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.
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.
Volunteers are needed to assist with activities, provide extra hands, work in our flower beds, and help with small group and individual time.
Needs: 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) and health care items (Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment).
Contact: 704-637-3940

Adolescent & Family Enrichment Council
723 W. Innes St.
Salisbury, NC 28144-4149
Purpose: To strengthen all families by providing parenting information and education and by preventing adolescent pregnancy. The agency provides parent education programs, pregnancy prevention education, teen parent education programs, classes to young children and adolescents, safe exchange and supervised visitation for parents and their children, a means by which community needs, goals, and plans concerning families can be identified and addressed, and access to needed resources to children and families in the community.
Wish List: Educational toys: birth to 5 years; children’s books: birth to 5 years (easy readers); disposable diapers, $10 gift cards to Walmart or grocery store.
Contact: Rita Kotarsky, 704-630-0481, Fax 704-630-9930, e-mail

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: Cash contributions in any amount, stand-up freezer, ice maker, hand truck, gasoline pressure washer, aluminum camper shell for a pickup truck (64″x94″x3’or4′), two trailer hitches
Contact: 704-633-3854

The Arc of Rowan
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: www.thearc

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. Volunteers (medical and non-medical) for both day and evening clinics Monday-Friday. Need pharmacists and pharmacist assistants. Volunteers to make contributions to help with program operations and to buy medicines.
Contact: 704-636-4523

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.
Wish list: Volunteers, funds to continue programs in 2012-2013, school uniforms, belts.
Contact: Vicky Slusser, executive director, 704-797-0210 or
Website: www.CISRowan. org

Faithful Friends
P.O. Box 3097
Salisbury, NC 28124
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.
Medical supplies including gauze, vet wrap, digital thermometers, muzzles and exam gloves;
Cleaning supplies including laundry detergent, dish detergent, trash bags, paper towels clorox, shovels and push brooms;
Animal supplies including toys and treats for dogs and cats, food for dogs and cats (Purina Puppy or Dog Chow and Purina Kitten or Cat Chow only) and cat litter;
Office supplies including copy paper, color paper, file folders, address labels and No. 10 envelopes.
Contact: 704-633-1722

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, skillets, plastic cups with lids, pillows, blankets, twin-size sheet sets and mattress covers, towels and washcloths, dishwasher soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, ethnic hair products, shampoo, conditioner and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.
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; laptop and LCD projector; copy paper; frequent-flyer miles.
Monetary donations: Any amount will help the programs and services at Family Crisis Council and directly impact the lives of children, individuals and families.
Drop-off location for donations: United Way, 1940 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.
Contact: Mary McClain 704-636-4718 ext. 1054

P.O. Box 661
China Grove, NC 28023
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.
Contact: John Bouk, 704-857-7011,

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: Kathy Eagle, 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: Jane Hartness, 704-642-6292, ext. 101

Horse Protection Society of North Carolina
2135 Miller Road
China Grove, NC 28023
Purpose: Provides a sanctuary of last resort for unwanted, neglected and abused horses
Needs: Volunteers, used tack of any kind, stall wood pellets, 16-18 percent protein alfalfa pellets or cubes and monetary donations
Contact: Joanie Benson, 704-855-2978

Humane Society of Davie County
291 Eaton Road
Mocksville, NC 27028
Purpose: To relieve suffering of animals, provide education on the proper care and treatment of animals and promote spaying and neutering of cats and dogs to alleviate the overpopulation of unwanted animals in our community. We provide a safe place for abused and abandoned cats and dogs, while providing health care, spaying/neutering, protection, warmth, care and love while they wait for adoption into loving homes.
• Animal supplies including Purina Puppy or Dog Chow (all brown kibble), Purina Kitten or Cat Chow and scooping, clumping cat litter.
• Cleaning supplies including laundry detergent, dish detergent, trash bags, paper towels clorox, exam gloves 13 and 30 gallon trash bags.
• Adoptive and foster care homes for loving HSDC cats and dogs.
• Tax deductible monetary donations are appreciated and may be specified for veterinary care of stray and abandoned animals, spay/neuter assistance or other outreach services.
• Office supplies including copy paper, color paper, file folders, address labels and No. 10 envelopes.
Contact: 336-751-5214

Humane Society of Rowan County
P.O. Box 295
Salisbury, NC 28145-0295
Purpose: To relieve suffering of animals, provide education on the proper care and treatment of animals and promote spaying and neutering of cats and dogs to alleviate the overpopulation of unwanted animals in our community.
• Adoptive and foster care homes for HSRC animals.
• Pet food, cat litter and dog houses for pet owners in need of assistance
• Tax deductible monetary donations may be specified for veterinary care of stray and abandoned animals, spay/neuter assistance or other outreach services.
Contact: 704-636-5700 or

Lutheran Home at 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).
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, 704-637-3784

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

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
9801-I Southern Pine Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28273
Purpose: Funding national research projects searching for a cure for MS, and providing programs and services to help people living with the disease.
Needs: Financial donations through one-time contributions, multi-year pledges, automatic payroll deductions, car and stock donations, memorial gifts and more; and volunteer assistance in clerical and office duties, event registration and set-up, event planning and committees, programs and services, state and federal advocacy, professional services and much more.
Contact: 1-800-344-4867 or visit mac•
Nazareth Children’s Home
725 Crescent Road or 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 or other permanent placement.
Wish list: Financial contributions, 12 passenger vans, fuel-efficient sedans, gift cards (Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Marshall’s, Food Lion, Cinemark and Woodleaf Lanes), computers, twin beds, towels and wash cloths, carpet, area rugs, personal hygiene products, tables, chairs, sofas.
Contact: Josh Regan Ext.119 or
Note: Anyone interested in planned giving, please contact us as well.

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, bottled water for volunteers working events, lumber/carpentry supplies.
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 in its 50th production year presenting five stage productions each season at the historic Meroney Theater. PPT’s Norvell Theater has opened on Fisher Street for the staging of five live productions, programs and education geared to youth
Needs: This year we ask for: PARTICIPATION!
• Audition for a show
• Buy a ticket for a show
• Give a ticket to a family member or friend
• Sign up for a class
• Help build a set
• Give out programs
Live theater — where giving and receiving are related.
Contact: 704-633-5471

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 & 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 $40,000 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
30 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: Volunteers, copy paper, Walmart gift cards, ink cartridges (Kodak ESP office 6150), 9-by-12-inch clasp manila envelopes, letter-size file folders, small conference table and chairs, laptop computer, copier, paper towels, toilet tissue, tissues, kitchen trash bags, magazines and monetary donations to continue services.
Contact: 704-639-1700.

Rowan Arts Council
P.O. Box 4234
Salisbury, NC 28145
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

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 13 years. Youth music workshops are also taught by professional musicians on a regular basis. It is the goal of the RBJS to continue to present this signature festival that attracts a diverse audience every year.
Needs: Major sponsors and grants are needed to hire a part-time program director and plan future festivals. Festival 2012 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 board of directors and to assist with set-ups at festivals and other events.
Contact: Eleanor Qadirah at 704-636-2811 or rbjs

Rowan County 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, up to a family maximum of $100.
The average number of families served for Food and Nutrition Services has risen from 10,085, with 23,262 individual recipients, to nearly 12,000 families with 26,530 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

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 … Get involved today!
Contact: Youth Services Bureau at 704-633-5636

Rowan Helping Ministries
226 N. Long St.
P.O. Box 4026
Salisbury, NC 28145
Mission: To meet the basic human needs of those in crisis through cooperative community outreach. The agency’s programs are Crisis Assistance Network, Food Pantry, Clothing Center, Soup Kitchen, Overnight Shelter, Transitional Housing, Life Coaching and New Tomorrow Life Skills classes.
Needs: Monetary donations; volunteers in our Crisis Assistance Area; peanut butter; non-perishable foods; sugar, coffee, winter coats, gloves, and thermal undergarments.
Contact: Cam Campbell 637-6838 ext103

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 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

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
Financial resources
Job shadowing experiences
Classroom speaker
In-kind donations
Sponsorships of events
Expertise in skilled areas
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. 106

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
Digital cameras for use with Lunch Club sites.
Contact: Rick Eldridge, executive director, 704-216-7714

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

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. 13 to help prepare packages for distribution.
Contact: Captains Jason & Melissa Smith, Corps Officers, 704-636-6491

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 Arts Center
123 E. Liberty St.
Salisbury, NC 28144
Purpose: 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. Need-based scholarships available.
Needs: Members, donors, sponsors (for exhibitions and fundraisers), and volunteers (clerical tasks, training to be docents, studio assistants); part-time artist instructors for classes and workshops (fall/winter, spring, and summer), volunteer librarian, museum store coordinator, laser cutter, or Fund A Need (donations for scholarships, gift cards from Dick Blick Art Supplies, Walmart).
Contact: Anne Scott Clement, 704-636-1882

YMCA of Rowan County
Contact Jamie Morgan, CEO
Saleeby-Fisher YMCA, East Branch
Contact Amanda Hesse, COO
J.Fred Corriher YMCA, South Branch
Contact Alan Lambert
J.F. Hurley YMCA, Salisbury Branch
Contact Sandy Flowers
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.