Mercy Kits: A $35 School Lunch Kit feeds 17 children in one of the 35 countries Mercy Corps operates in, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. Take your pick from 15 kits available online at www.mercycorps.org.
Bach & Blue: A New Year's Eve Concert for Peaceful Tomorrows, with works from Bach to Duke Ellington; featuring pianist Greg McCallum and pianist/vocalist Alexis Cole, with speaker David Potorti. Dec. 31, 7 p.m. United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Airport Rd. 942-3540. $15 suggested donation.
Heart of Carolina Food Drive: Bring two non-perishable food items to the Museum of Art on Dec. 31 and receive $3 off ticket admission to the Matisse & Picasso exhibit. firstname.lastname@example.org, 906-3992 (Alison Kramer).
Here's Your Help
Chapel Hill Service League: Nonprofit women's volunteer organization is soliciting service project applications from other nonprofits to help meet community needs in the areas of health, welfare and education. Call 933-1141 or write PO Box 156, CH 27517 by Jan. 1.
Make N.C. History
Citizens' Help Needed: The State Historic Preservation Office is updating Legacy: N.C.'s Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan, which serves as a statement of public policy for historic preservation. A citizen questionnaire, found at www.hpo.dcr.state.nc.us, asks what is most important to preserve and what the state's preservation priorities should be over the next five years. Deadline Jan. 15.
You're Gonna Rise Up Voting
Democracy Summer 2005: A project of the nonprofit and nonpartisan group Democracy N.C., Democracy Summer selects young adults (ages 17-24) to gain hands-on experience working for social change. The eight-week (May 25-July 29) full-time program promotes fair elections and advocates for voting rights and campaign reform and pays $2,000. Info at www.democracy-nc.org/nc/DemocracySummer/default.html. Applications accepted starting in January.
Pry 'em Off Their Seats
New American Dream Hybrid Campaign: Tell automakers that the time for fuel-efficient vehicles is now -- submit a short, powerful slogan that captures attention and inspires action, and you could drive away (at 55 mpg) in a 2005 Toyota Prius Hybrid. Deadline Jan. 24. www.newdream.org.
Hopeline, Inc.: Provide confidential, non-judgmental help on crisis intervention/suicide prevention hotline. Training starts Jan. 25. If you can commit to nine months of volunteering, call 832-3326 or e-mail email@example.com for an application and details.
Lend 'Em Your Name
Raleigh trees need you! Tired of seeing Raleigh trees bulldozed? Let the Raleigh City Council know you're in favor of the Tree Conservation Ordinance, which is flexible for developers and protects existing trees. Send a message to the council at www.longviewgardens.org/about/contact/citycouncil.aspx?id=2.
Blue Ribbon Mentors: Adults help Chapel Hill-Carrboro students; men, Spanish-speakers needed especially. 918-2170 (Graig Meyer).
Carying Place: Helps homeless families with children get situated. www.thecaryingplace.org, 462-1800.
Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for and by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help too: clubnovashop.com, 967-6985 (Camella Morton). Help furnish new apartments for adults with mental illness: firstname.lastname@example.org, 968-6682 (Elisabeth Malphurs).
Durham Crisis Response: 24-hour hotline needs volunteers. Free training: www.durhamresponse.org, 403-9425 x230.
Durham Food Bank: Help fight hunger, at 708 Gilbert St. 956-2513 x222 (Theresa Garrett).
Habitat for Humanity: Durham Resale Store needs helpers. 3215 Old Chapel Hill Road, 489-1248.
Meals on Wheels: Deliver to the homebound in Wake County; as little as one hour per month. 833-1749.
NARAL: Pro-choice group seeks volunteers. www.prochoicenorthcarolina.org, 829-9779.
Pennies for Change: Durham thrift store accepts donated goods; the proceeds support sexual assault and domestic violence services. 489-2681.
Red Cross: Orange County chapter needs volunteers to help with blood drives (call Robin, x226), disaster response teams (call Tracy, x231), CPR & First Aid instruction (call Megan, x223); 942-4862.
SAFEchild: Wake child abuse prevention group needs folks who speak English and Spanish, 2-3 hours a week. Training first: email@example.com, 232-5661 (Ginna Bustle).
Teens Climb High: Women over 21 help middle-school girls throughout the Triangle. 968-4610 (Lisa).
Got something for Act Now? Fax to 286-4274; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (put "Act Now" in subject line); mail to: Act Now, P.O. Box 2690, Durham NC 27715. Please include date, time, street address and contact/phone number.
Deadline: Friday for the following week's issue. Thanks!