Host families needed for international students
For the 2013-2014 school year, Education, Travel & Culture, a nonprofit high school exchange student organization, will welcome many high school-age teenagers to the U.S. Its central mission is to promote global peace and understanding by "Sharing the True America with the World";
Crystal Allis, ETC's regional manager for the eastern U.S., said in a news release that more families are needed to host the visiting students in Wake and surrounding counties.
"There is no such thing as a 'typical host family,'" Allis said. "A warm, successful student/family bond does not depend on whether there are same ages children present in the home. In fact, it is not uncommon for young families, childless couples, empty nesters and retirees to embrace the opportunity to share their lives."
The deadline to place the remaining students is July 31. To apply to become a host family, call 919-285-2693 or visit the ETC website at http://www.edutrav.org. From staff reports
Whole Foods donates to Kay Yow Cancer Fund
RALEIGH The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, has been selected to be a part of Whole Foods Markets community giving day (otherwise known as a 5% Day) where 5 percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization.
Five percent of sales to shoppers who patronize the Whole Foods Market at 3540 Wade Ave. in Raleigh on Tuesday, July 16, will be donated to fund, which was founded in December 2007 in honor of the former N.C. State women's basketball coach. Yow died of breast cancer in January 2009. To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has supported more than $2.6 million in women's cancer research and related products. From staff reports
Wake County offers assistance to farmers, landowners
RALEIGH Farmers and landowners in Wake County who have experienced damage to crops and farm fields from recent heavy rainfall are encouraged to contact the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District at 919-250-1050 or stop by the office in the Wake County Agriculture Services Building, 4001 Carya Drive, Suite D, Raleigh.
It is important for district staff to evaluate damage to crop fields, grassed waterways, field borders, ponds and other impacted areas. State or federal cost share assistance may be available to offset some of the repair cost. Farmers and landowners should contact the district before making any repairs.
Many landowners and farmers have already called with reports of severe erosion, topsoil loss and crop loss. District supervisors will address these concerns at their next two board meetings in July and August.
For additional information, visit wakegov.com/swcdg. From staff reports
Red Cross seeks more summertime blood donors
RALEIGH The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.
“We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region.
Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012, which is a result of donors adjusting to summer schedules and school vacations.
Potential blood donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. From staff reports
Creedmoor Mayor Moss honored
Amazing Cities with Jim Hunt, an organization that is dedicated to inspiring vision, creativity and passion in America's cities, has named Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss as "Public Official of the Week." According to Hunt's Facebook article, "Mayor Moss has a long history of public service to Creedmoor, and has established himself as a leader with the North Carolina League of Municipalities and the National League of Cities. Mayor Moss is a great example of a public official who is on duty24 hours a day. He is a team player who is always looking out for his City."
Moss has recently embarked on a mission to provide more recreational opportunities in Creedmoor by reinstating his free Basketball Open Gym program that is held every Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Creedmoor Gymnasium & Activity Center. This program serves as a chance for Creedmoor residents to join free 4-on-4 pickup basketball games.
Hunt - not the former N.C. governor of the same name - is an established figure on the topics of leadership, community revitalization and inclusiveness. He has also served as president of the National League of Cities, the oldest and largest organization representing municipal governments. Moss was recently named chairman of the 2013 National League of Cities Advisory Council at the Congress of Cities conference in Boston. From staff reports