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The Roanoke Times
Lynchburg orchestra joins food drive
The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra has joined more than 200 orchestras in the Orchestras Feeding America food drive.
LSO collected nonperishable items at two concerts this spring for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Cox helps club update technology
The Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Virginia has received $25,000 from Cox Communications to update computer technology in its teen center.
The Cox Technology Center computer lab will help students with homework and educational development. The lab includes 10 wireless-ready desktop computers, a laser printer, a wireless router and software.
Hollins recognized for volunteer efforts
Hollins University has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition of a university for commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic involvement.
More than 700 colleges and universities were recognized with this award by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Hollins demonstrated its commitment to service through S.H.A.R.E., a peer education group that recruits volunteers and spreads awareness in the Roanoke Valley, and three days of service in which students volunteer in area neighborhoods and on campus.
Additionally, more than 400 Hollins students, staff, faculty and community members have participated in community service through the Jamaica Field Service Project since its inception in 1988. Volunteers teach, work at an infirmary and refurbish community buildings in the impoverished community of Lucea on the northwest coast of Jamaica.
Goodman collects peanut butter for food bank
Goodman & Co.'s Roanoke office used a Super Bowl challenge game to collect food for the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank.
The square grid game, which was dependent on the final score of the Super Bowl, resulted in 91 pounds of peanut butter being donated to the food bank.
Salon plans Rescue Mission benefit
Onyx Premiere Hair Studio is hosting a "Beauty and Bowling to Benefit" event Aug. 14 to raise money for the Rescue Mission's shelter for women and children.
Guests may choose services such as hair styling, makeovers, nail polishing, hand massages, eyebrow waxing and tanning for a $40 ticket sold in advance. The price also includes hors d'oeuvres, 15 percent off Onyx products and a free game of bowling with shoe rental at Lee-Hi Lanes in Salem for that evening. Appointments are limited and may be made at time of ticket purchase.
The shelter, which opened five years ago, provides emergency shelter and a recovery program for women and their families to keep them safe and help them get back on their feet.
Onyx's event last year raised $1,665 for the shelter. The salon is asking businesses to contribute to the promotion of the event in exchange for placing their logos on fliers and bulletins. For information, call 540-387-5895.
Lynchburg leaders help Meals on Wheels delivery
Lynchburg business and community leaders will help deliver meals to homebound residents Wednesday as part of Meals on Wheels' 2010 March for Meals campaign.
The event will be the third time that leaders from the community will have participated in delivering meals.
Those who have committed to deliver meals are:
Mayor Joan Foster
Vice Mayor Bert Dodson
Yuille Holt, Campbell Insurance
Biff Bowen, Bowen Jewelry
Joe Zwetolitz, AREVA
Police Chief Parks Snead
Fire Chief Brad Ferguson
Brian Baker, Ford Mays Wealth Management
School Superintendent Paul McKendrick
Dawn Metz and Troy McHenry, Genworth
Tom Pettyjohn, Davidson and Garrard Inc.
Free clinic gets help from retailers, foundation
The Free Clinic of Central Virginia has been awarded grants from the Retail Merchants Association and the Plymale Foundation.
The Retail Merchants Association gave the clinic $3,500 for general operation costs and $1,200 for the MedsHelp Program to help secure medication for low-income patients. The Plymale Foundation awarded $3,500 to the clinic for general operating costs in December.
In 2009, every $1 donated to the free clinic returned $12 in health care services to the community. In 2010, the return is currently estimated at $14.
Pharmacy service donates to Haiti earthquake relief
Expatriate Prescription Services, a division of Universal Rx in Roanoke, is donating 2.5 percent of its total sales from January and February to earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
The money will purchase pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and pharmacy items for Haiti relief. EPS is an international prescription delivery program for expatriates, and is working with suppliers around the world to obtain supplies for Haiti.
Credit unions reach $1 million in CMN donations
Virginia's credit unions have reached the $1 million mark in donations to the Children's Miracle Network since their partnership began in 2003, according to the Virginia Credit Union League.
The nonprofit raises funds for hospital care and research at 170 children's hospitals, including seven in Virginia.
Including the $139,745 given to the Children's Miracle Network, the credit unions donated $881,967 and 13,021 volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations in 2009.
Ferrum kicks off 'Philanthropy Week'
A 5k that will raise money for the Ferrum Fund will cap Philanthropy Week at Ferrum College this week.
The Ferrum Fund pays for scholarships, campus improvements and student research opportunities. Students are encouraged to seek donations or sponsorships from their departments to participate in the run. They can also enter by donating three cans of food to the Saint James Food Bank in Ferrum.
As part of Philanthropy Week, a trivia contest about funding will take place in Franklin Hall each day at lunch. An exercise called Real Life 101 will instruct students about finances after college.
Belk plans charity sale
Belk is again hosting a sale to raise money for charities, schools and other nonprofit organizations.
The four-hour event, scheduled for May 1, allows customers to shop before the store officially opens and take advantage of special deals. Tickets for the event are $5, with all proceeds going to the participating nonprofits.
The last charity sale, held in November, raised more than $4 million for hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Belk markets throughout the Southeast. The event, held biannually since fall 2007, has raised more than $18 million.
Charities interested in participating should contact their local Belk store manager for more information. To qualify, an organization must have a 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service.