CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Planned Parenthood Health System’s local Charlotte center is seeking volunteers to participate as a team on two local projects for the National Day of Service. The day is a nationwide celebration of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, as well as a commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of community service.

Two opportunities available on Jan. 19 are:

From 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 15 volunteers are needed to help move in, unpack and organize Charlotte Family Housing’s new home at 715 Hawthorne Ln. The organization empowers homeless families by providing shelter, advocacy and support services, working towards long-term self-sufficiency. To register, visit

From 1-3 p.m., Hands on Charlotte is partnering with Friendship Gardens to do winter maintenance at three community gardens across the city. Friendship Gardens helps maintain gardens for community use throughout the Charlotte. These gardens help provide fresh produce in the city’s “food deserts” and they donate a portion of the harvests to Friendship Trays, the organization that supplies Mecklenburg County’s Meals on Wheels Program. Help is needed to get the gardens ready for the spring. Bring a pair of gardening gloves if available. To register, visit

To find other volunteer opportunities in Charlotte and elsewhere, visit

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.