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Sharing the Season — 2016 needs great and small

By Shavonne Walker
shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

The year is coming to a close and it leaves local help organizations wondering how they will meet the needs of the clients they serve in the next year.

Each year, the Post asks a host of nonprofit and human service organizations to provide a list of what supplies and donations they need to continue through the next year. Some of the needs are to simply volunteer or provide office supplies while others require bigger contributions.

Here is the 2016 Sharing the Season list of local nonprofits, school-related agencies and human service organizations and their needs. The following list, which is in alphabetical order, includes most of the major organizations in Rowan County.

American Red Cross, Hanford Dole Chapter

1930 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.

Salisbury, NC 28147

Purpose: To provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Needs: Volunteers (officer helpers, veterans and disaster), blood donations and money. The VA Medical Center could use large-print Sudoku and/or crossword puzzle books, men’s and women’s toiletry items, alarm clocks with CD players for individual rooms, oldies music on CD or tape, western and classic movies on DVD, men’s and women’s sweatshirts/sweatpants (large to XXL), lap blankets (new or handmade), winter weather items (socks, scarves, gloves, stocking caps), new NASCAR or sports team shirts and hats. Disaster clients could use comforters/quilts of all sizes (new or handmade), new stuffed animals, small packs of crayons and coloring book sets, men and women toiletry items, Walmart gift cards, Food Lion gift cards.

Contact: Disaster Program Specialist Heather LeMaster 704-633-3854 ext. 107

The Arc of Rowan

108 Dorsett Drive

Salisbury, NC 28144

Purpose: To provide advocacy, public awareness, support groups, a summer day program for children, a week-long summer camp experience for adults, after school respite program for middle and high school students. 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.

Contact: Executive Director Shela Sapp or Assistant Director Lori Ewart 704-637-1521.

Capstone Recovery Center

418 W. Innes St.

Salisbury, NC 28144

Purpose: It is much more than a transition center, it’s a transformation center for women whose lives have been affected by substance abuse, and have attained sobriety and prison who want a radically new life. The nonprofit offers faith based non-denominational programs such as relapse prevention, life skills, computer skills and job training. The center also provides individual and group counseling with Dr. Oscar Ramirez.

Needs: Monetary donations, volunteers, new HVAC system, and a new computer system.

Contact: Executive Director Miriam Ramirez 704-749-0797

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. Also needed are 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 as well as light maintenance and painting. Ongoing donations accepted: copy paper, brown lunch bags, paper towels, tall kitchen trash bags, stamps, and snack-sized baggies.

Contact: To volunteer, call Krista Woolly 704-636-4523 or email kwoolly@communitycareofrowan.org

 

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: School uniforms (new, gently used), monetary donations, school supplies and mentors/tutors, gift cards, clothing (shoes, belts, underwear, socks, winter coats, jackets, scarves, hats, gloves and mittens), also registering your Amazon account to the organization on Amazon Smile and registering your Harris-Teeter card to the organization. Both of these do not cost the customer more and are free to do.

Contact: Executive Director Dr. Ron Turbyfill 704-797-0210 or cisrowan@gmail.com

Website: www.CISRowan.org

Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary

P.O. Box 3097

Salisbury, NC 28144

220 Grace Church Road

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: Purina Dog & Puppy Chow, Purina Kitten & Cat Chow, bleach, scoopable cat litter, laundry detergent (high efficiency washer), blue Dawn dish detergent, paper towels, hand soap, latex gloves (sizes medium, large and extra large).

Contact: 704-633-1722

Website: www.faithfulfriendsnc.org

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.

Needs: Volunteer victim advocates, cold medicines for infant, children and adults; over-the-counter ibuprofen and allergy relief, distilled white vinegar, Lysol and Febreze spray, paper towels, dish detergent, disinfectant wipes, Swiffer dry cloths, anti-bacterial liquid hand soap. Also monetary donations, gift cards from stores like Walmart, Staples, grocery stores, Office Depot and Dollar General. These cards are most useful for programs to replenish supplies for the shelter and community clients as well as other programs as needed. The gift cards cover items such as office supplies, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, etc., plain white security business envelopes, various sizes of new three-ring binders, various sizes of post-it notes, legal pads, small packs of crayons, colored pencils, gas cards for clients to get to and from work.

Contact: Community Coordinator Elizabeth Sippel 704-754-8486

Website: www.familycrisiscouncil.org

Families First —NC, Inc. (formerly Adolescent & Family Enrichment Council)

P.O. Box 459

Rockwell, NC 28138

855 Crescent Road

Rockwell, NC 28138

Purpose: To strengthen families by providing information, education, prevention and support services.

Needs: Disposable diapers – all sizes, baby wipes, $10 gifts cards for food, gas, and Walmart.

Contact: Rita Kotarsky 704-630-0481 rkotarsky@families-1st.org

Website: http://www.familiesfirst-ncinc.org/

Families First — Cabarrus County
985 Central Drive, Northwest
Concord, NC 28027
Purpose: To work with at-risk children and their families to drastically improve their lives by mobilizing them at an early age, even prenatal. This is done through a home visitation program and the Cabarrus Bilingual Preschool. Currently, staff members go into over 100 homes per month and have 36 three- and four-year-olds enrolled in the dual language learning environment.
Needs: The current needs are primarily for the bilingual preschool which serves 36 low-income children getting ready for kindergarten. Volunteers, monetary donations, lamination paper, tape (moving and storage colors), play dough also play dough tools and cutters, popsicle sticks, pom poms (collage materials), glue sticks, pencils, water paint, Clorox wipes, gift tissue paper, dot stickers, gallon Ziploc bags, finger paint, tempera paint.
Contact: Executive Director Spencer Swain 704-202-5057  or spencer.swain@familiesfirstcc.org
Website: http://familiesfirstcc.org/
Food for Thought of Rowan County
131 W. Council St.
Salisbury, NC 28144

Mission: To provide nutritious weekend meals to food-insecure children in Rowan-Salisbury Schools through the creation of local coalitions, working together to improve our community.

Vision: All Rowan-Salisbury School students are well-nourished to enable them to achieve their full potential.
Needs: Volunteer groups are needed to pack bags of food. During the school year, the backpacks bridge the gap between lunch at school on Fridays and breakfast at school on Monday mornings. Food for Thought is currently scheduling packing events for February through May 2017. The program has experienced explosive growth over the past year and the need for volunteer support is significant. Groups of between 15 and 20 people can easily pack 150 bags in less than an hour and have fun doing so. Monetary donations are always appreciated and needed: $250 supports a weekend backpack for one child across an entire school year. Donations can be made in honor, or in memory, of someone special. Food for Thought will send a personalized card to the designee for Christmas (donations must be received by Food for Thought by Dec. 21).
Contact: Executive Director Carol Herndon 980-234-1849 or director@ncfoodforthought.org
Website: www.ncfoodforthought.org
Godstock
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 (setting up and breaking down events, serving refreshments, working a concession booth, helping a band set up). Groups interested in seeing a DVD about Godstock. To make a donation visit http://godstock.org/make-a-donation.html
Website: www.godstock.org

Gemstones Academy/COMPASS

P.O. Box 484
Salisbury, NC 28146
917-C South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
Purpose: Gemstones Academy and COMPASS  is for girls and boys who are enrolled in the 5th-12th grades. Gemstones Academy consists of workshops and seminars focusing on leadership, education, self-esteem and etiquette.
Mission: Gemstones Academy and COMPASS is to provide youth with the skill sets to reach their maximum potential by unwrapping their hidden gifts, talents and abilities with a COMPASS which stands for Confident, Optimistic, Motivated, Persistent, Assertive, Studious and Successful.
Needs: Monetary donations for printing, after-school supplies, transportation, tutoring stipends; a van to transport students for an after-school tutoring program; food and snacks for the Gemstones Academy & COMPASS food pantry for children in the community.
Contact: Alisa Byrd 704-798-6436, Alex Clark 336-846-8387
Good Shepherd Clinic
220 N. Fulton St.
Salisbury, NC 28144
Purpose: To provide outpatient primary care for indigent adults on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteer health care professionals staff the clinic only on Thursdays.
Needs: Volunteer licensed physician assistants, pharmacist, pharmacy technician, dental hygienist, and nurse practitioners. Monetary donations for operating costs and Spanish interpreters are needed. Gift cards to Office Depot are needed for office supplies.  Mail items to 430 Newport Drive, Salisbury, NC 28144 with Attention Jean Allen, Director.
Contact: Clinic 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 or volunteer@habitatrowan.org

Website: www.habitatrowan.org

Happy’s Farm

985 Parks Road

Salisbury, NC 28146

Purpose: Happy’s Farm, Inc. is dedicated to providing engaging opportunities incorporating rescue farm animals for children, child care in a safe and positive environment, and recreational, cultural, and educational experiences which promotes each child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Happy’s Farm has also started a veteran’s program called Happy’s Farm Veteran H.E.R.O. Project to offer services to veterans in the community.

Needs: Horse feed and hay for rescue animals, playground equipment, paper products, sugar, building materials (lumber), monetary donations, handicap accessible van/bus, and military memorabilia for our “Salute to Freedom” tunnel.

Contact: Farm President Rhonda Stirewalt 704-279-5268 or 704-798-6800 or happysfarminc@yahoo.com

Website: www.happysfarm.org

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 and monetary donations.

Contact: Joanie Benson, 704-855-2978

Website: www.horseprotection.org

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, cat food and cat litter for food bank for families in financial crisis and wood shavings for pet food bank, volunteers, monetary donations for veterinary costs of sick or injured stray and abandoned animals acquired by the agency, sponsors for spay & neuter surgeries and dog houses or material to build houses for animals without proper shelter.

Contact: humanesocietyofrowancounty@windstream.net or call 704-636-5700

Lee Street theatre

P.O. Box 201

Salisbury, NC 28145

Purpose: Lee Street theatre is committed to the development and presentation of original, challenging and entertaining performance art.

Needs: Monetary donations of any kind to support the operation and artistic endeavors of Lee Street Theatre.

Contact: Marketing Director Caitlin Billings 704-310-5507 or caitlin@leestreet.org

Website: www.leestreet.org

Meals on Wheels of Rowan

P.O. Box 1914

Salisbury, NC 28144

1307 S. Salisbury Ave.

Spencer, NC 28159

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. A West Rowan area route has been added with a need to deliver meals to two drop off points in West Rowan. Meals are picked up at the Meals on Wheels office and taken to West Rowan. Monetary donations to upgrade computer software. Birthday Bag items which are given to clients on their birthdays such as lotions, hand creams, toothpaste and toothbrushes, lip balm, individually packaged candy/cookies, nutritional bars, crackers. Word search puzzles, pens/pencils, notepads, office supplies such as package of white copy paper, hi-liters, black pens, staples, paper clips, file folders, paper towels, hand soap and toilet paper.

Contact: 704-633-0352 or mowrowan@charlotte.twcbc.com

Website: www.mowrowannc.org

Midnight’s Promise

405 Ross Street

China Grove, NC 28023

Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome horses that have been starved, abused or are in the slaughter pipeline and to provide education on equine health and welfare issues.

Needs: Monetary donations daily operating expenses, horse quality hay and used tack such as saddles and bridles to aid in retraining and evaluation of the horses. Volunteers are always welcome.

Contact: Executive Director Deborah Baker 704-798-6641 or midnightspromise@gmail.com

Website: www.midnightspromise.org

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 for help, reuniting them whenever possible with their families.
Needs: Copy paper; pens, paper towels; trash bags; toilet paper; school supplies; Visa/Master Card gift cards; gift cards to Rooms To Go, Sofa Store and More, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Ace Hardware, Marshall’s, Old Navy, Game Stop, Belk, Walmart; fuel efficient sedans; work truck or van; carpet; paint; lumber; new desktop computers or laptops; duffle bags/roller luggage; essential personal supplies for men and women; bath towels; wash cloths; single bed sheets; pillow cases; comforters and new pillows. Also utility work vehicle (Mule, Gator, etc).
Contact: Josh Regan 704- 279-5556 Ext.119 or jregan@nazch.com

N.C. Transportation Museum

411 S. Salisbury Ave.

Spencer, NC 28159

Purpose: Located on the 60-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: Volunteer needs: tour guides, rail restoration/train ride crew (volunteers will be trained), grounds maintenance, office work, equipment set up/tear down for events and event staff for ticket booths, gift shop, children’s play area, etc. Donation needs: monetary, general office supplies, items for resale in gift shop (for example, transportation-related books or magazines), work truck for hauling supplies, gift cards.

Contact: Doug Nixon 704-636-2889, ext. 260 or  doug.nixon@nctrans.org for rail volunteer opportunities or June Hall 704-636-2889, ext. 268 for all other interests. Contact: Betsy Mowry 704-636-2889, ext. 228 or betsy.mowry@nctrans.org

The Pedal Factory

218-B South Main St.

Salisbury, NC 28144

No updates were available. These are the organization’s previous needs:

Purpose: A nonprofit community bike center whose mission is to make bicycles accessible to kids and adults. The Pedal Factory will accomplish this by using recycling practices for Earn-A-Bike programs and bicycle giveaways and holding educational community workshops and rides all while encouraging the use of the bicycle for transportation, health and recreation. The organization will help empower individuals to perform their own bicycle maintenance while providing tools, resources, volunteers, and a safe space to work to help educate all cyclists.

Needs: Needs: building: rent/utilities $6,000 per year, tools $2,000 (the initial tool costs without contributions from tool manufacturers would include basic hand tools, some specialty tools for crank sets, rear cassettes, etc.) Also needed will be bike repair stands (preferably portable), bike pumps and simple cleaning tools such as brushes, etc. Materials: $200-300 (initial material costs would include inner tubes, bike tires, new brake cables, new shift cables, brake pads and other basic bicycle needs). Most hard parts would be collected from donated bicycles that are not deemed repairable. Cleaning materials: $100-200 (initial cleaning material costs would include shop rags, de-greasers, hand cleaners as well as chain lube, bearing grease etc.). Future building needs: Costs to be determined. Electrical outlets and lighting will need to be installed, motion sensor lighting, plumbing will need to be operable. The organization will need a new toilet and sink for both restrooms. Paint and supplies to help touch up building exterior and interior.

Contact: info@thepedalfactory.org

Website: http://www.thepedalfactory.org/

Piedmont Players Theatre/Eastern Costume Company

213 S. Main St.

Salisbury, NC 28144

P.O. Box 762

Salisbury, NC 28145

Eastern Costume Company

112-B South Main Street

Salisbury, NC

Purpose: PPT is a nonprofit theater and presents stage productions each season at the historic Meroney Theater. PPT’s Norvell Theater, on Fisher Street, stages live productions, and education programs  geared to youth. Piedmont Players owns Eastern Costume. The costume company is a costume rental house with over 40,000 costumes.

Needs: 12 reams of paper, 11 sheets of lauan, 10 rolls of fabric, nine large size trash bags, eight replacement light bulbs, seven replacement light bulbs, six replacement light bulbs, five 18 volt DeWalts, four mannequins, three filing cabinets, two HVAC units and a big crane to lift the units up.

Contact: 704-633-5471 or bm@piedmontplayers.com

Website: www.piedmontplayers.com

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; pack ‘n’ play; baby lotion, powder, wash, shampoo; new baby bottles and new clothes.

Office needs: Bottled water, snacks, cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, stamps, etc.

Financial contributions: The goal through the Year-End Campaign is to raise $10,000 to ensure the agency meets the annual operating budget. Tax-deductible gifts may be mailed to 847 S. Main St., Salisbury, NC 28144. Tax-deductible gifts can also be made electronically at www.RowanFriendsForLife.org.

Contact: Executive Director Shari Evans 704-633-7695 or shari@pregnancysupport.com or choices@pregnancysupport.com

Prevent Child Abuse Rowan/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: Gift cards in $25 increments for area grocery stores or Walmart, postage stamps, mini and regular size bottled water, trash bags, toilet paper/paper towels, blank DVD-R discs, antibacterial wipes, infant diapers (size 0-3), individual portion size bags of potato chips, infant clothes, fleece blankets, printer paper, plastic cups/paper plates.

Contact:  Executive Director Beth Moore McKeithan 704-639-1700 or beth@preventchildabuserowan.org

Website: www.preventchildabuserowan.org

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 17 years. Youth music workshops are also taught by professional musicians on a regular basis. Award-winning bands facilitate 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 and preserve the legacy of blues and jazz.

Needs: More sustaining sponsors and grants are needed to hire a program director and plan future festivals. Festival committee members, fundraiser, 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 704-640-2542 or rbjs1720@carolina.rr.com

Website: www.rowanbluesandjazz.org

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 and volunteers for teaching, no teaching experience necessary.

Contact: Administrative Assistant Daisy Boyd 704-216-8266

Website: www.rowancountyliteracycouncil.org

Rowan County Rescue Squad

1140 Julian Road

Salisbury, NC 28146

Purpose: The organization is a volunteer Rescue Squad and paramedic level medical service providing rescue and medical services to the communities within Rowan County.

Needs: The station is collecting new or gently worn coats to benefit Rowan Helping Ministries.

Contact: 704-633-5405

http://www.rowanrescue.org/

Rowan County United Way

1930 Jake Alexander Blvd. West

Suite B Salisbury, NC 28147-1186

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.

Contact: 704-633-1802

Rowan County Youth Services Bureau

1322 S. Fulton St.

Salisbury, NC 28144

No updates were available. These are the organization’s previous needs:

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 benefiting youth in the programs and which are tax deductible, the agency needs caring and responsible adult volunteers for Teen Court. Young people may serve as Teen Court attorneys, clerks or jury members. Adults are needed to serve as judges and jury room monitors. Training is provided for all volunteers. Your time and talent can make a big difference in a young person’s life.

Contact: 704-633-5636

Website: www.RowanYSB.com

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: Non-perishable food for food pantry.

Contact: 704-216-8330

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, Jeannie’s Kitchen, Homeless Shelter, Transitional Housing, Life Coaching, New Tomorrow Life Skills classes and Journey Forward program.

Needs: breakfast items (cereal, grits, oatmeal, breakfast bars), canned meat (canned chicken, beef stew), spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, peanut butter,  juice and milk for the kitchen. Clothing for the Clothing Center – new or clean, gently used winter clothes, new underwear for men, women and children, socks, coats, gloves, hats. Supplies needed: twin blankets, twin sheets, pillowcases, new pillows, toilet paper, paper towels, towels, washcloths. Items can be dropped off at the loading dock on the Liberty Street side of the Ralph W. Ketner Crisis Assistance Center (226 N. Long St.) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Volunteers are needed to work three to four hour shifts in the food pantry, clothing center, and as client interviewers for assistance and as drivers picking up donations from grocery stores. Contact: Emily Huffman at 704-637-6838, ext 112, to volunteer in crisis assistance, the food pantry or the clothing center. To cook and serve meals in Jeannie’s Kitchen, call Katie Murdock at 704-637-6838, ext 117. To make a donation by phone, call Karen Taylor, 704-637-6838, ext 100.

Website: www.rowanhelpingministries.org

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: Executive Director Aaron Kepley 704-633-5946 or rowanmuseum@fibrant.com

Website: www.rowanmuseum.org

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, materials can be purchased for the library’s collection and a gift plate can be placed 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 the 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. Legos for a children’s summer reading program are also needed.

Contact: Jeff Hall 704-216-8231.

Rowan-Salisbury School System

P.O. Box 2349

Salisbury, NC 28145-2349

Needs: Encourage every child to read 20 minutes a day, volunteers to read with children at school, help build innovative space/reading centers in schools, provide a “hot spot” for after school student learning with digital devices, contribute to the system’s Rowan Partner with Education Fund, donate books for summer feeding program and join in weekly community school visits via http://www.rss.k12.nc.us/school-visits.

Contact: Public Information Officer 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 consumers ranging in ages from 18 to 82. Many have limited external support.

Needs: New and gently used coats/jackets, dormitory-sized refrigerators, first aid supplies, dry erase boards, toiletries and other hygiene supplies, digital camera, educational movies, maps, books, puzzles, monitor/flat screen TV, easel, snacks and nonperishables (Pringles, Pop Tarts, cookies, pretzels, beef jerky, microwave popcorn, crackers), microwaves, hair care products, athletic socks, thermal tops and bottoms, crafts/construction paper/art supplies, pens, pencils, gloves, winter hats, hand sanitizer, disposable men’s and women’s razors, hair trimmer/clippers, Chapstick, shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, bar soap, Kleenex tissues, stickers, poster boards, digital scale, exercise bikes, reading books for first through 6th grades.

Contact: Special Projects Coordinator Wilson R. Cherry 704-633-6223, ext. 113 or 704-467-5909

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.

Contact: Executive Director Rick Eldridge 704-216-7714

Website: www.ruftyholmes.org

Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society Inc.

P.O. Box 4264

Salisbury, NC 28145

No updates were available. These are the organization’s previous needs:

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: Equipment needed for all concerts. Community — orchestra program in all middle and high schools, more support for music and all middle and high schools, more support for music and all the arts in the school system (This only takes a community committed to the value of arts in everyone’s lives).

Catawba (Keppel Auditorium) first — new storage area for the Theater Department ($10 million) so that second – the pit can be renovated to the original plans (so it is movable) ($1 million), and then there will be storage for third – a new orchestra shell ($200,000)

Livingstone (Varick Auditorium) first —new roof so everything in the building is protected ($1 million to $1.5 million) then second — new seats ($850,000) and third — eventually the enlargement or reworking of entire performance space ($10 million)
Equipment needed for all concerts: new musicians’ chairs ($25,000) additional music stands ($5,000)

Contact: 704-637-4314

Website: www.salisburysymphony.org

The Salvation Army of Rowan County

P.O. Box 625

Salisbury, NC

Purpose: Provides a variety of programs and assistance

Office Needs: clip boards, copy paper, permanent markers, a new desk for social services office, file cabinet, files for client information, scissors, staples, hanging files, light bulbs. Also crayons, pencils, glue, pipe cleaners, plaster mold, paper grocery bags, breakfast items, soups, and pasta products, as well as programs and services.

Contact: NaKisha Carr at 704-636-6491 or nakisha.carr@uss.salvationarmy.org

Saving Grace Therapeutic Programs

725 Jackson Road

Salisbury, NC 28146

Purpose: To offer people with special needs, safe and therapeutic interactions with the horses, that nurture the mind, body and spirit.

Needs: For the horses — horse feed — Triple Crown Senior Feed or Triple Crown 30% Supplement (Southern States), thrush remedy for hooves, horse quality hay, Corta-flx HA-100 Supplement (Statelinetack.com), horse treats, horse fly spray, horse wormers, epsom salt, first aid supplies, horse shampoo, grooming tools, small buckets.

For the therapeutic program: plastic barrels, outdoor games, bean bags, large toy dice, first aid supplies, copy paper, learning and tactile activities.

Contact: Executive Director Janna Griggs at 704-209-6577

Smart Start Rowan

1329 S. Jake Alexander Blvd.

Salisbury, NC 28144

No updates were available. These are the organization’s previous needs:

Purpose: Smart Start Rowan provides resources & support to families & children up to age 5.

Needs: Monetary. Diapers, baby wipes, toys and children’s books (appropriate for newborn – 5 years), volunteer opportunities.

Contact: Director of Programs Laura Villegas 704-603-3368 or lvillegas@smartstartrowan.org

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: Cereal (whole grain or enriched like Cheerios, cornflakes, etc.), quick-cooking grits, non-stick cooking spray, cheese (slices), muffin mix (just add water kind with no nuts), soft margarine, graham crackers, Ritz crackers, Cheez-Its, sugar-free cookies, toilet paper, disinfectant cleaner, liquid hand soap (pumps or refills), liquid dish detergent, laundry detergent, laundry dryer sheets, diet Jell-o (no seeds), peanut butter, honey, stamps, copy paper (8.5″x11″ and 8.5″x14″), fine/medium point ink pens, terrycloth hand towels, Wite-Out correction tape, flushable wipes, incontinence pads, paper plates/cups/cutlery, fabric band-aids, small medicine dispensing cups, self-adhesive gauze, quart/gallon size Ziploc bags, individual hand sanitizers, Kleenex, air freshener sprays, alcohol pads, dry erase markers, large stamp pads, colored tissue paper, Scotch tape refills, three-tab folders, monetary donations, gift cards, volunteers.

Contact: 704-637-3940

Trinity Oaks (formerly Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks)

728 Klumac Road
Salisbury, NC 28144

Trinity Oaks Health and Rehab

820 Klumac Road

Salisbury, NC

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.

Contact: Lynn Barringer  704-603-2770 or lbarringer@trinityoaks.net

Website: www.trinityoaks.net

Tsunami Development Literacy Program

West End Plaza, Salisbury NC

P.O. Box 2112

Salisbury, NC 28145

No updates were available. These are the organization’s previous needs:

Mission: To positively impact literacy growth for third, fourth- and fifth-grade children in the Salisbury-Rowan community by providing tutoring and support in reading that will enable them to be productive learners in school while instilling character and positive values.

Vision: To give every child a voice, a choice and an opportunity to improve, grow and enhance their inherent abilities. The agency will serve children by encouraging them to achieve and to succeed through perseverance, responsibility and respect.

Needs: Books (3rd grade through 5th), 2-inch three-ring binders, page protectors, No. 2 pencils, yellow highlighters, notebook paper, copy paper and copy cartridges, printer ink cartridges, large dry erase board, large cork board, large book case, healthy snacks and beverages.

Contact: 704-433-2201

WaterWorks Visual Art Center

123 E. Liberty St.

Salisbury, NC 28144

No updates were available. These are the organization’s previous needs:

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.

Needs: cordless microphone, gift cards from Office Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s or Dick Blick Art Supply, gas blower for outdoor garden, hand-held vacuum cleaner, monetary donations for scholarship program.

Contact: Executive Director Anne Scott Clement or Administrative Director Cathi Brandt 704-636-1882

Website: www.waterworks.org

YMCA of Rowan County

No updates were available. These are the organization’s previous needs:

Purpose: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Needs: Members and program participants, caring volunteers and support of the YMCA Annual Campaign.

Contact: Any branch to find out how you can help your local YMCA help the community.

CEO Jamie Morgan 704-216-9622 or jmorgan@rowanymca.org

Saleeby-Fisher YMCA, East Branch at  704-279-1742

J. Fred Corriher YMCA, South Branch at 704-857-7011

J .F. Hurley YMCA, Salisbury Branch at 704-636-0111

Website: www.rowanymca.org

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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