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Reminder: Do a good deed, get a free McDonald's lunch and T-shirt

Do a good deed on Saturday, Oct. 27, and get rewarded with a free lunch from McDonald's.

Sign up to volunteer from 9 to 11 a.m. with one of nine organizations across the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina as part of a nationwide day of service.

The work will range from cleaning out horse barns to raking leaves. Among the charities you can help: three Ronald McDonald Houses, a horse therapy program, a local autism group, a YMCA and several charities that help at-risk children.

A chance to help still-hurting hurricane victims

McCotter Farm, in conjunction with The Society of Saint Andrew, is sponsoring a “gleaning” event to collect food for victims of Hurricane Irene. Gleaning is an activity where participants go into the field after the farmer has harvested the crop to collect the produce that remains. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 16, at the McCotter Farm near Vandemere in Pamlico County to glean potatoes. Interested individuals, families and groups are invited to participate. Gleaning will begin at 9 a.m.

For more information, go here.

And here's a piece describing the situation in Vandemere in September: People are needed more than goods.

Academic project turns into youth rugby league

Boys and girls in Durham are learning a new sport - rugby - from Duke University students and volunteers.
About 30 youths, most ages 9 and 10, have been learning the game since August in an in-house fall league at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club at 808 E. Pettigrew St.

"It has been a pretty good response for such a new program," said James Gillenwater, a second-year law student who formed the league as his N.C. Albert Schweitzer Fellowship health-based project, which is to promote youth fitness through sports.  

Help sweep Cary clean with fall Litter Sweep

The Town of Cary will hold a Fall Litter Sweep on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers will clean various locations across town, including areas in parks, neighborhoods and along streams and roadways.

Give back by becoming a Master Recycler

Are you interested in recycling and environmental education, and looking for ways to contribute in the community? Volunteer to become a Master Recycler.

It's Parks and Recreation Month in Raleigh

If you enjoy activities provided by your local parks and recreation department, you might take note of today's activities in Raleigh:

Mayor Charles Meeker is to declare July "Parks and Recreation Month."

The declaration is part of a "nationwide effort to promote healthy lifestyles and bring communities together to volunteer and get involved," ...

Volunteers needed for national girls softball tournament

If you know girls fastpitch softball - or even if you don't - your help is needed when a big tournament arrives in Raleigh this month.

Volunteers are needed for scorekeeping and team check-in July 26 through Aug. 1 when the 18-and-Under ASA Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Southern National Championships are played at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Softball Complex at 1201 Sunnybrook Road.

Sisters’ Catering Company offers special thank you to area volunteers

If you’ve attended a wedding reception or other catered event in Raleigh, there’s a good chance it was catered by Sisters’ Garden & Catering Co. (2400 E. Millbrook Road; 872-2100;, which has been in the business since 1976.  

And if you’ve done volunteer work for a school, nonprofit or religious organization, you might like to know that Sisters’ Garden is hosting a Coffee Club as a way of saying “thank you” to all community volunteers. Throughout the months of May and June, coffee, pastries and savory breads will be served each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30-11am.

The price of admission is normally $5. But if you tell them “Greg sent me,” it’s free. 

Feed The Need 04.18.09

See photos from Feed the Need 2009. Staff photos by Andrew Kenney.

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