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Courtesy of Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro held its second annual “Shepherd Lambs’ Spring Fling” on April 17 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. In addition to playing games, volunteers participated in the “Shepherd’s Lambs Gift Exchange,” where they choose handcrafted or re-gifted items similar to white-elephant gift exchanges.


To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro held its second annual “Shepherd’s Lambs’ Spring Fling” on April 17 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

The volunteers work different shifts in the Shepherd’s Center office and had not met many of their fellow volunteers.

Volunteers also participated in the second annual “Shepherd’s Lambs Gift Exchange,” where they chose handcrafted or re-gifted items in a manner similar to a white-elephant gift exchange. Volunteers were then presented with award certificates for sharing their time and talent in the Shepherd’s Center office the past year. Many volunteers had contributed more than 130 hours.

Tina Bell Midgett, the office volunteer coordinator, also presented special awards to: Jim Wilkinson, for longest-serving; Betty Mackenzie, for most flexible substitute volunteer; and Joe Melvin, for most willing to come in and help with special projects.

Midgett received an award certificate for 706 hours of service in 2011. The celebration finished up with a cake donated by The Fresh Market on Highwoods Boulevard.

To volunteer, contact Paula Barger at 378-0766, or


Schiffman’s Jewelers at 225 S. Elm St., Greensboro, will host a fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m. May 4 to raise awareness of the global water crisis. Proceeds will benefit Wine to Water, a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that everyone should have access to clean water.

Event highlights include a book signing by Doc Hendley, founder of the nonprofit and the author of “Wine to Water, A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World,” along with raffles, silent-auction items, wine for purchase and more.

The fundraiser is part of the monthly First Friday activities downtown. Call 272-5146 to learn more.

The Sharpe Road Church of Christ will hold a Benevolence Day from 8 a.m. to noon May 5 at the Sharpe Road Church of Christ, 2400 Sharpe Road, Greensboro.

The church will give away such gently used items as clothing, shoes and household items to families in need. To learn more, call 272-0354.

The Adult Center for Enrichment will offer a Caregiver Retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16 at the Healing Ground Retreat Center, 7628 Penns Grove Road, Summerfield.

The day will include chair massage, Tai Chi and other relaxing sessions.

There is no charge for the retreat; a light breakfast and lunch are included. Contact the center if you need care for your loved one as arrangements in advance are required.

To register, contact Deborah Valiton-Carnish before May 9 at 274-3559 or

Thanks to Chick-fil-A patrons, Greensboro police raised more than $6,000 for Special Olympics as part of “Cops on Top,” one of several fundraisers that members of the Greensboro Police Department participate in to support the Special Olympics.

The next fundraiser is the Annual Police Memorial 5K Run on May 19 in Greensboro.

The 5K begins at 8:30

a.m., rain or shine, at Greene Street and February One Place. The course, certified through USA Track and Field, winds along the streets of Greensboro, through UNCG and the historic Blandwood area, and ends at Governmental Plaza. Prizes will be awarded for males and females.

An early registration fee of $20 is due by May 1; after that, the fee is $25 until race day. Only pre-registered runners are guaranteed T-shirts. Visit to register online.

Hosted by the Greensboro Police Department, the 5K is co-sponsored by the Guilford Merchants Association and the Special Olympics of North Carolina.

For information, contact Sherry Bruscino at 430-6379 or Sherry.Bruscino

Later in the year, police will participate in “Tip A Cop” at LongHorn Steakhouse.

The National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad will celebrate its 75th anniversary — and the 25th anniversary of its Anytown summer leadership institute — at the 2012 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Dinner on Nov. 8.

To accommodate expected record attendance at the event, which also will include an Anytown

reunion, the dinner is moving to the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. The award recipient(s) will be announced in May.

Chairing this year’s event are civic leaders Ed and Emily Kitchen.

The award recognizes a citizen or citizens of the Piedmont Triad region who have made significant contributions toward creating a community free of bias, bigotry and racism. The Citation Award Dinner also spotlights NCCJ’s community outreach activities, including Anytown, and serves as its primary fundraising event.

The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium is taking steps to increase the knowledge and leadership of Guilford Country nonprofit organizations through its Board Development Academy. Its first class of 30 leaders graduated last month: Bryan Beasley, Sadric Bonner, Kevin Bullard, Patricia Bush, Pamela Cash, Theresa Crow, Cathy Daniels-Lee, Elaine Ernest, Claudia Femenias, Jessica Gourley, Marshand Hager, Marie Hopper, Brandi Johnson, Jim Kennedy, Crystal Lee, Samantha Lyons-Kittrell, Jane Maydian, Corliss McGinty, Cecil Mills, Robin Morgan, Amanda Patty, Jennifer Perry Pitts, Carol Pryor, Joanna Rudder, Barbara Senters, Kathy Speight, Jamie Stephens, Brenda Taylor, Cindy Thompson and Ben Zuraw.

The goal of the Board Development Academy is to train local nonprofit leaders and consultants in best practices and key principles for successful executive board service.

“The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium works with a variety of nonprofit organizations, and we have witnessed the stresses they deal with, from financial issues to changing demographics of the people they serve,” said Donna Newton, director of the consortium.

“We saw this as an ideal opportunity to provide current and potential nonprofit board members with the resources and knowledge they need to help organizations thrive and grow.”

Academy participants, chosen by a community-wide committee, attended eight weekly classes.

The second academy will be held this fall. To learn more or to apply, visit www.guilford

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United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Women in Philanthropy 2012 event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 22 at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 304 N. Greene St., Greensboro.

Karen Walrond, writer and photographer, will speak. Tickets are $35.

Together, United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Women’s Leadership and Tocqueville Women’s Leadership groups represent Women in Philanthropy: women united, with one voice, to promote community resources that advance family issues.

To learn more or purchase tickets, contact Jennifer Gipp at 378-6607 or


Gov. Bev Perdue recently honored 21 individuals, groups and teams of volunteers with the Governor’s Medallion.

Local recipients included Charlie Routh of Guilford County, Dixie Stafford of Alamance County and Dr. James Sifford of Forsyth County.

At the ceremony in the Old House Chambers in the Capitol, Perdue recognized the state’s top volunteers in a ceremony coordinated by the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

The deadline for the Helping Hands column is noon Thursday. Send Helping Hands items to with Helping Hands in the subject field.

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