Community Engagement Digest - Summer 2016
A Word about the Committee for Community Engagement
Over the last several months our non-profit members have been convening to network, share best practices, and discuss their upcoming events and current needs. We hope this digest will not only shine a light on our non-profit members, but also inspire you and other members of our community to get engaged with these groups and help continue to make Holly Springs a community we can all be proud of!

American Cancer Society
Relay For Life Re-Cap

12 teams and hundreds of people participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Southern Wake County on May 20 at North Main Athletic Complex. The event has currently raised $18,490 to help the American Cancer Society save lives through groundbreaking cancer research, education and risk reduction efforts, and free information and critical services for people with cancer who need them.

We are currently $12,000 away from our goal. The Event Leadership Team is working on additional fundraisers to help is meet this goal. We will host a Pink and Purple Night with the Salamanders on July 22. Tickets benefitting Relay For Life will be available soon to purchase.
We are starting to plan our 2017 event. We are looking for volunteers to help serve on the Event Leadership Team. Our goal is to see Relay grow in Southern Wake County. If you or someone you know is interested in taking up the fight against cancer, please call Ashley Wickline at 919-302-4557.
The Holly Springs Civitan Club is dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.

Click here to learn more about Civitan!
Habitat for Humanity - Wake ReStore
Looking to do some good this summer? The Habitat Wake ReStore in Fuquay is always looking for summer volunteers to help run the cash register, merchandise donations, and even do light repair. Click here to find out more!

The Fuquay ReStore is home to the ReMix paint recycling program, so if you're looking to get rid of leftover paint or need a gallon or two for a summer home improvement project, they have you covered. 

Holly Springs Food Cupboard
2016 Golf Tournament
Monday, September 12th
The Club at 12 Oaks
Sponsored by The Mason Jar Tavern

Most Needed Food Items:
toilet paper, toiletries (toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, lotion), and sides (boxed potatoes, stuffing, rice/pasta packaged mixes).

Holly Springs Masonic Lodge
The mission of the Holly Springs Masonic Lodge is to maintain and support the ancient traditions, forms and practices of freemasonry. To endeavor in improving men of good character, that they may leave the world a better place for humanity. To support the charities for which we are responsible as well as the community at large. To serve as an ever present example of the moral, educational and fraternal bonds of friendship and exemplify freemasonry.

If you have any questions or are interested in petitioning for membership, please click here!
Holly Springs Rotary
The main objective of Rotary is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

The Holly Springs Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30AM at Devils Ridge Golf Club

If you have any questions or are interested in joining Rotary, please click here!
In Our Shoes
Host Families Needed!

Currently searching for host families for young adults age 18 - 25.  These are young adults who have been emancipated from foster care due to their age and are needing some support to get on their feet.  You do not have to have a foster parent license to help and case managers will support the youth along with your family. For more information, please contact Maurita Miller at 
After an awesome Kids Appreciation Day, on May 7th, the Kiwanis Club of Holly Springs reports that there were 3,000 attendees with 1,000 kids at the event. As part of our Terrific Kids and Terrific Teachers recognition and celebration, we had the following award winners: 
Terrific Kids
Emily Spies, Madison Nordberg, Alayna Clark, Daniel Griffith, Kaitlyn Lalor, Audrey Williamson, Blair Swift, Tyrek Street, Jahmilya "Mille" Tyler, Nathan Short, Lleyton Earnshaw, Savannah Amos, Abbey Critcher

Terrific Teachers
Julie Shelehada, Patrick McArdle, Valencia Harris-Hicks, Jared Smith
The recipients were feted at the Town Council Meeting on May 3rd, 2016 and at the Kids Appreciation Day. This was followed by a reception for families and friends of the award winners at the Chick-fil-A of Holly Springs.
For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Holly Springs visit our website: .
We welcome new members. The Kiwanis Club of Holly Springs meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Devil's Ridge Clubhouse at 6:30 pm. Contact Gwen Petrella, Membership Chair, at , if interested.
You will find us at the first Chamber movie night at the North Main Athletic Center on August 26th.

Kraft Family YMCA
Volunteers Needed:

Free Food Market
Come join us at our Mobile Market with the YMCA.  Come be part of a food distribution to our neighbors.  We meet the first Tuesday of each month at St. Augusta MB Church, 605 Bridge Street in Fuquay Varina.  Set up at 4 p.m., free shopping at 5 p.m. and clean up at 6 p.m.

Kraft Family YMCA Community Garden 
Have a green thumb or want to learn about gardening and feeding those around us?  We have several great garden opportunities just call or email
or 919-249-1400.

Special Events Planners for 9/11 Day of Appreciation and Service
We are greatly in need of planners!  Can you help us figure out how to best show our appreciation to our first responders?  For more information email
Meg's Smile Foundation
Meg's Smile Silent Auction
Saturday, July 16th
The Club at 12 Oaks

The nights events include a Live Auction which will feature Carolina Hurricanes Fan Packages as well as other exciting items.  This event allows you an opportunity to bid on a wide selection of silent auction items including sports memorabilia, artwork, trips, gift baskets and more.  Casual Attire, Adults only, please. Complimentary Non-Alcoholic Beverages & Hors d'oeuvres Provided & Cash Bar Available.

Are you a non-profit or work with one?
Contact the Chamber to learn how to be included in the Community Engagement Digest as well as being included in the Committee for Community Engagement. We would love to have you join us!