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Nonprofit Notebook: Riverwood center needs volunteers

Nonprofit Notebook: Riverwood center needs volunteers

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Riverwood center needs volunteers

Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center needs volunteers to assist children and adults with special needs and lead horses during riding lessons Monday through Friday in the mornings and afternoons.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and able to commit to a one-hour class once a week for at least eight weeks. Horse experience is not required. Volunteers must complete an orientation, which will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 7 at the farm, 6825 Rolling View Drive, Tobaccoville.

For more information or to sign up, call (336) 922-6426 or email rtrc@windstream.net.

Senior Democrats

will meet

The Forsyth County Senior Democrats will meet at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at Golden Corral, 180 Hanes Mall Circle. The speaker will be Matthew Hughes, chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party and candidate for chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Boone police hold food, funds drive

The Boone Police Department is holding its fourth annual Holiday Food and Funds Drive through Jan. 13 to benefit the Hunger & Health Coalition in Boone. Any nonperishable food or monetary donation will be accepted. If you would like to help, call Lt. Chris Hatton at (828) 268-6942. The Boone Police Department is located at 1500 Blowing Rock Road, Boone.

Animal rescue groups awarded grant

Ruff Love Rescue and The Sergei Foundation have been awarded a collaborative $2,000 grant from the Petco Foundation. The investment will help promote and run a pet adoption area at the fourth annual Triad Dog Games in May 2017 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.

Other rescue groups and shelters are welcome to take part. Ruff Love Rescue will coordinate the pet adoption area. The funds will help underwrite expenses for both organizations with the goal of increasing adoptions and encouraging collaboration between animal welfare agencies.

Guardian ad Litem volunteers needed

The Forsyth County Guardian ad Litem program is accepting applications for volunteers to be advocates for foster children.

Training is provided; classes begin Jan. 21. To learn more or to apply, go to www.volunteerforgal.org or call (336) 779-6650.

Anderson High class

to hold 50th reunion

A. H. Anderson High School Class of 1967 will have its 50th Reunion Celebration May 19-21 in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va. The cost is $477 a person for single occupancy and $328 a person for double occupancy. The trip includes an ocean-front hotel, a meet-and-greet dinner, transportation, and a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required and the balance is due by Jan. 28. For more details, call Birdie Jackson at (336) 306-6393 or Linda Cole at (336) 473-7504.

ReadWS seeking volunteers

ReadWS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping struggling readers, needs volunteers for its Reading Parties. The parties are a parent-oriented seminar that teaches parents and children reading improvement strategies in a fun atmosphere. Parents can then use the strategies at home to help strengthen early reading success.

After a training session, scheduled for late January, volunteers will help two to eight hours per month, mostly nights and weekends. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Tonya Nealon at (336) 723-4391 Ext. 1507 or Tonya@readws.org.

Success Outfitters needs donations

Success Outfitters, an initiative at Goodwill of Northwest North Carolina, needs gently used or new donations of professional shoes for men and women. Such other accessories as men’s belts and women’s handbags are also needed.

Success Outfitters provides men and women with limited means a way to obtain professional clothing at no cost for job interviews. The program is in the Goodwill building at 2701 University Parkway and serves people who graduate from the in-house training programs and also client referrals from other agencies.

Drop off donations at the Goodwill drive-through at 2701 University Parkway. Label the donations “For Success Outfitters.” For more information, email Mark Smith at msmith@goodwillnwnc.org or call (336) 724-3625, Ext. 1387.

Community grants awarded

The Winston-Salem Foundation has awarded 16 grants to organizations that support arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, human services, public interest and recreation. The grants totaled $343,085

The organizations and grant amounts are:

  • Associated Artists of Winston-Salem — $7,000 for a membership and gallery coordinator for a third year.
  • Ava Gardner Museum — $7,000 for building repairs.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Services — $45,000 for a full-time marketing, communications and outreach coordinator.
  • Center for Smart Financial Choices — $10,200 for a part-time youth program educator for a second year.
  • Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC — $35,000 for a workforce development director at The SECU Commons for a second year.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County — $31,785 for a marketing and volunteer engagement manager.
  • Junior Achievement of the Triad — $16,800 for a programs manager for a second year.
  • Leadership Winston-Salem — $19,600 for a part-time program coordinator and a part-time alumni coordinator for a second year.
  • NC Harm Reduction Coalition — $7,000 for an outreach worker and a health educator for the overdose prevention program for a third year.
  • Old Hickory Council, Boy Scouts of America — $21,000 for a full-time marketing director for a second year.
  • Piedmont Land Conservancy — $30,000 for a full-time land protection specialist.
  • RiverRun International Film Festival — $21,000 for a development coordinator for a second year.
  • Special Olympics NC — $4,200 for a health screening event and a weight loss intervention program for individuals with intellectual disabilities for a second year.
  • The Forsyth Promise — $50,000 to support the Forsyth County Cradle to Career partnership for a third year.
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools — $20,000 for pre-development activities for a reforestation project.
  • Yadkin Riverkeeper — $17,500 for a full-time campaign coordinator position for a second year.

Compiled by Melissa Hall

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