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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.

Help Them Help Others
Sept. 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows: Delegation leaving on Dec. 27 to deliver medical supplies to those Iraqis most in need. Organized by Global Exchange; donate money online at codepink.kintera.org/helpiraqis or send a check made out to Help Iraqis/Global Exchange, 2017 Mission St. #303, San Francisco, CA 94110.

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.

Be Witty; Win a Prius
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.

Datebook
Senior PHARMAssist: At Northgate Mall Dec. 15 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. signing up older adults for the N.C. Senior Care prescription card. Applications postmarked after Dec. 31 mean a 50 percent reduction (from $2,400 to $1,200) in prescription assistance through Dec. 2005. Call PHARMAssist at 688-4772.

Unconstitutional and Reyes-Alonso: Chatham County resident Juan Manuel Reyes-Alonso, just released from a federal detention center, will tell of his plight; screening of the award-winning documentary Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties. Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr. 968-1888, 942-2535. Donations accepted.

Santa Train for the Food Bank: Bring food donations when you come to ride the Santa Train at the Museum of Life and Science. Dec. 17-19 (rain date Dec. 20), every 20 minutes from 5:40-8:20 p.m. 433 Murray Ave., Durham.

Rock for Reproductive Rights: Lise Uyanik & The Mobile City Band with Pawnshop Ruby in a benefit concert for Ipas, the Chapel Hill-based nonprofit that works to protect women's reproductive health rights around the world. Dec. 18, 8-11 p.m. ArtsCenter, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787, www.artscenterlive.org. www.ipas.org. $10.

Electronic Voting Reform Committee Meeting: New N.C. General Assembly special committee second meeting Dec. 20, 10 a.m. Legislative Office Building, corner of Lane and Salisbury streets, Raleigh. Open to the public!

Upcoming Training
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 hlysc@aol.com for an application and details.

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. Strictly Voluntary 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: emalphurs@opc-mhc.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: gbustle@safechildnc.org , 232-5661 (Ginna Bustle).

Teens Climb High: Women over 21 help middle-school girls throughout the Triangle. 968-4610 (Lisa).

submit!
Got something for Act Now? Fax to 286-4274; e-mail actnow@indyweek.com (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!

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