The General Assembly Chorus lacquers auditory passageways with the lush, soothing harmonies of barbershop numbers and traditional choral arrangements, living up to its distinction as Barbershop Harmony Society's top-rated chorus in the Carolinas for 2010. These skilled songsters will headline the a cappella merriments in the Harmony, Hope, and Healing concerts, raising funds and awareness for the Pretty In Pink Foundation—an organization aiming to provide quality care for North Carolina's underinsured and uninsured breast-cancer patients.
Steven Zanella and Ron Hines didn't just want to start a cafe. They wanted to create a neighborhood gathering spot where friends might share a laugh over a muffin still warm from the oven. Cafe Carolina and Bakery creates ample opportunities for this kind of connection at all four of its locations. The bakery keeps the air suffused with the aromas of fresh bread and cookies, inviting guests to linger over their morning coffee with a chocolate croissant or one of the cafe?s signature blue-swirled cupcakes. Meeting friends for lunch at Cafe Carolina can spare you the cruel choice between the hawaiian BBQ pork flatbread or the grilled chipotle chicken panini; just order both and share. The kitchen also hand-tosses salads to order and ladles hearty soups into edible sourdough bread bowls. Cafe Carolina?s sense of community extends beyond its walls, too. The restaurant donates food and supports local charities.
For more than 70 years, Triangle Family Services (TFS) has helped families in need by working to eliminate family violence, improve financial stability, and promote emotional well-being. The non-profit coordinates diverse programs, including consumer credit counseling services, individual and family counseling, and medication management. Numerous volunteers and partner organizations help keep TFS running, along with the patronage of the general public during special events such as the family-centric Tea with Santa, taking place on November 29 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and an adults only evening gala located the same night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Stop Hunger Now distributes food and other life-saving aid to provide hunger relief to developing countries around the world. Through its meal-packaging program, volunteers package high protein, dehydrated meals for use in crisis situations, school feeding programs, and orphanages around the world. Its partner organizations note increased enrollment in schools that receive these meals, ensuring that more children receive a quality education in addition to a healthful meal. Stop Hunger Now hosts meal-packaging events to prep food for recipients, during which 40–50 volunteers can typically package 10,000 meals in two hours.
Toxic Free North Carolina provides education about pesticide hazards and aims to change the way communities view and use toxic chemicals, with the goal of reducing pesticide pollution. In addition to combating pesticide exposure among the general population, the organization focuses specifically on farm workers and their families, who are at a particularly high risk for pesticide exposure, with programming that aims to reduce their risk and address hunger in that population.
A small group founded 2PawsUp in 2007 to help transport animals from the local shelter to potential adopters. After a few months of this service, 2PawsUp expanded into an adoption agency. Today, it rescues animals from high-kill shelters, provides medical care, and helps find them loving, permanent homes. It also spays or neuters animals to limit the growth of the stray-animal population.