Friday, March 26, 2010

Record-A-Thon Harnesses Remarkable Volunteer Power, Bringing Books to Life for Students With Print Disabilities

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic’s Record-A-Thon Hosted by RFB&D’s Georgia Studio

Where: RFB&D Studio, 120 Florida Avenue, Athens, GA 30605

When: April 19 & 21, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., April 20, 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.,
April 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Delta Gamma sorority session 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
April 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Throughout the week at RFB&D’s Georgia studio, volunteers and volunteer readers will put in extra hours transforming textbooks into audiobooks – enabling students with visual and learning disabilities to learn through listening and achieve educational success. Sherri Goggin, Mrs. Georgia 2006, Athens Banner-Herald columnist, author and founder of Bundles of Joy gift bag program, is the honorary chair. Sheriff Ira Edwards, UGA basketball coach Mark Fox, former Mayor Doc Eldridge; Georgia State Representative Bob Smith, Athens Banner-Herald editor Don Nelson and other volunteers will fill the recording booths. The public and media are welcome to visit.

The Georgia volunteers will join thousands nationwide in the Record-A-Thon campaign to record books, raise funds and increase awareness about RFB&D and people with visual or learning disabilities. A national non-profit offering the largest audio textbook library in the country, RFB&D provides life-changing access to the printed word for over a quarter-million students and veterans.
For more information, contact:

Eleanor Cotton
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

Doug Sprei
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Washington, DC
(703) 581-2498

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Belk Spring Charity Sale on May 1 to Benefit Local Charities and Schools

Fall Charity Sale raised more than $4 million for hundreds of nonprofits

Belk invites Georgia charities, schools and other nonprofit organizations to participate in its Spring Charity Sale on May 1. The event will once again benefit communities throughout the company’s 16-state market area. The last Belk Charity Sale held November 7, 2009, raised more than $4 million for hundreds of participating nonprofit organizations.

Charity Sale tickets are available now at no cost to participating local, nonprofit organizations for sale in advance of the event. All proceeds from each $5 ticket sold will be retained by the charity. Beginning Friday, April 23, tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores with all donations equally divided among the participating charities and schools in each local store. There is no limit to the number of tickets charities can sell, and no limit to the amount of money that can be raised. Belk provides tickets and collateral materials at no cost to the participating groups.

The four-hour, in-store shopping event offers an excellent fundraising opportunity for participating organizations and a chance for customers to support worthwhile charities and take advantage of special discounts on purchases made during the event.

In exchange for a $5 donation, customers will receive a ticket admitting them to the Charity Sale on May 1 from 6 to 10 a.m. and entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from 20 to 70 percent on purchases throughout the store, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Customers will also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double Rewards points for card purchases. Belk Elite cardholders will receive triple Rewards points for card purchases.

On May 1, beginning at 6 a.m. when doors open, the first 100 customers in each store will receive free Belk gift cards ranging in value from $5 to $1,000. In addition, all participating charities and schools will be automatically registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk in a company-wide drawing.

The event, held semi-annually since Fall 2007, has raised more than $18 million for participating nonprofit organizations in Belk markets throughout the Southeast.

Charity representatives interested in taking part in this one-of-a-kind fundraising event should contact their local Belk store manager for more information. In order to participate in the Belk Charity Sale, organizations must have an IRS Section 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service.

About Belk, Inc.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. is the nation’s largest privately owned mainline department store company. It operates more than 300 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states. The company was founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., and is in the third generation of Belk family leadership. Its Web site is designed with many special features to make online shopping exciting, convenient and easy for customers. It offers a wide assortment of fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. 

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Volunteers Are Urgently Needed for Free Health Clinic for Uninsured

/PRNewswire/ -- Volunteers are urgently needed for a one-day, free health clinic in the Atlanta area this month that is expected to serve more than 1,000 uninsured Georgia residents.

"More than 18 percent of Georgia's non-elderly population is uninsured, demonstrating a great need for access to free medical services," National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) Executive Director Nicole Lamoureux said. "In addition to providing needed medical services on the day of the event, this clinic is designed to connect the uninsured to ongoing medical resources."

The C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic is scheduled for March 27 at the Georgia International Convention Center near Atlanta from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is sponsored by the NAFC and the Georgia Free Clinic Network (GFCN), which includes 18 free clinics around the state.

"Medical volunteers are urgently needed including doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, emergency medical technicians, medical administrators, licensed clinical social workers and more," GFCN Executive Director Donna Looper said. "We also need non-medical volunteers to help with documentation, logistical support, patient intake and translation, as well as to be patient greeters and escorts."

Volunteers can find out more information and register online at Those interested in attending the clinic as a patient may call 1-877-233-5159 to make an appointment now.

"It is important to note that being uninsured is not the same as being unemployed," Lamoureux said. "About 83 percent of uninsured people have jobs. At past C.A.R.E. Clinics, we found that many of the patients worked at two or more jobs but did not receive health insurance benefits. Some even worked as nurses or for insurance companies but still did not have insurance themselves."

Dr. Craig Dietz, the Clinical Director of the Kansas City Free Clinic, has been a volunteer at all of the previous C.A.R.E. clinics that were held in Houston, New Orleans, Little Rock, Kansas City and Hartford. At these clinics over 7,000 uninsured people received free medical care. "Being involved in these clinics has been a rewarding experience," says Dr. Dietz. "We look forward to working with the Georgia community and adding to the approximately 7,000 previous C.A.R.E. clinic volunteers to help put on this important event."

About the National Association of Free Clinics:

The National Association of Free Clinics is the only nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of more than 1,200 free clinics and the people they serve in the United States.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of free clinics, their volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals, as well as the patients served by free clinics in communities throughout the nation.

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