South Piedmont Community College to open food pantry
MONROE – Students and staff at South Piedmont Community College can begin using a food pantry on each campus beginning the last week in January.
The idea for a food pantry started with Amanda Winfrey, a library circulation assistant at SPCC. Being surrounded by books, her inspiration came from “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
A team of people across campus helped Winfrey bring her idea to reality. The SPCC Foundation donated the first $1,000 and the Student Government Association followed with an additional $500. An employee food drive ended during the holiday party where many employees opted to give food and supplies to the pantry rather than gifts to each other.
“This initiative is important because poverty doesn’t have a look,” Winfrey said. “You never know what someone is going through.”
Souper Bowl benefits shelter
MONROE – The Community Shelter of Union County is gearing up for the Super Bowl by participating in the national Souper Bowl of Caring.
Last year’s campaign raised more than $46,787 for the shelter, with Union County Public Schools’ combined donations through individual school campaigns totaling $28,228.
“Each year, the schools work hard to raise funds to fight hunger and homelessness in Union County,” CEO Kathy Bragg, said. “We are so proud of the students and administration for participating in this fight that impacts every corner of our county.”
Weddington High School was the top fundraising school for the fifth consecutive year. The school raised more than $3,400, resulting in a combined $17,157 contribution since 2015.
Souper Bowl is also an annual event for many Union County churches. Faith-based contributions totaled more than $13,000 last year, and other contributions were more than $5,200.
Souper Bowl runs through March 15. Any organization, school, business or family can participate. Contact Jeff Rogers at 704-261-3083 or Jeff.Rogers@UnionShelter.org.
Help plan heritage festival
MONROE – The Union County Extension Master Gardeners is seeking volunteers to serve on the planning committee of the 2020 Union County Heritage Festival on Sept. 19.
Committee members work on various components of the event including entertainment, exhibitors, marketing and the 5K.
Planning meetings are held monthly from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 12.
Individuals interested in participating are welcome to attend the meetings.
Email Tina Sagartz at email@example.com for details.
Voter registration deadline for primary approaches
MONROE – The voter registration deadline for the March 3 Primary Election is Feb. 7.
Voter registration applications received by the Union County Board of Elections office or postmarked by the deadline are accepted as valid applications for the upcoming election.
To register to vote in North Carolina, prospective voters must be 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, live in the county of registration (at least 30 days prior to the date of the election) and not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction, including probation or parole.
Voters who are not registered in the county by the deadline may register and vote during one-stop voting only.
Call the Union County Board of Elections at 704-283-3809 or email union.boe@Union countync.gov for details.
GriefShare programs start
WEDDINGTON – GriefShare offers a weekly video seminar support group for people experiencing grief and loss of a loved one.
It features some of the nation’s foremost experts on grief recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Is This Normal?” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why?” and “Guilt and Anger.”
Each seminar is combined with a small group discussion to allow group participants to talk about the content of the seminar and about how they are dealing with the death of their loved one.
The 14-week meetings begin Jan. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, 5328 Hemby Road. The workbook costs $15.
Call 704-246 -8023 or visit www.allsaints weddington.org and visit www.griefshare.org for details.
NCDOT recognizes local club
WEDDINGTON – The North Carolina Department of Transportation recognized the Weddington Optimist Club for its 30-year participation in the state-sponsored Adopt-A-Highway program.
The club maintains a two-mile section of Weddington Road in front of Optimist Park.
The award in part states “In recognition of your service to protect the environment and enhance the quality of life for all North Carolinians, we are pleased to award you this distinguished STAR award and two 30-year stars for your Adopt-A-Highway signs.”
Visit www.weddington-optimist.org to learn more.
Fink makes dean’s list
CLINTON, S.C. – Samantha James Fink, of Waxhaw, made the dean’s list during the fall spring 2019 semester at Presbyterian College.
She earned between a 3.3 and a 3.9 grade point average to make the list.
Optimist Club sponsors essay contest for students
WEDDINGTON – The Optimist Club of Weddington is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for the 2019-20 school year.
The club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme of “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” and determine the top winners. The top three winners will receive cash awards, and the winning essays will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.
“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” President Bill Deter said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.”
The Optimist Club of Weddington has been participating in the essay contest for over 30 years.
Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more about it by contacting their school or the club’s event chairman at 704-989-5367.