Community Connections

February 19th
11:00 AM-1:30 PM

Hope Mission Empty Bowls Fundraiser


Hope Mission is to host it’s annual Empty Bowls Luncheon Fundraiser for the 17th consecutive year. This event is held at the Civic Center which is located at 3505 Arendell Street in Morehead City. This year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser will take place on February 19, 2020, and lunch will be served from 11am to 1pm. 

Empty Bowls is an International project to fight hunger. Events can be found around the country raising money for local organizations to help their communities. Proceeds from this event will go to Hope Mission, Martha’s Cupboard, and Backpack Friends; all ministries which help feed the hungry in our community. 

With the purchase of a ticket guest will be able to pick a handcrafted bowl, which have been made by professional potters, high school art classes, and various individuals. Guest will also be able enjoy two delicious bowls of soups, donated by area restaurants, bread, and a dessert. 

In years past this event has been sold out by the beginning of February, so be sure to get your tickets early. Tickets are on sale now at Hope Mission Thrift Stores, Pet Provisions, Webb Library and The Gym. 

Hope Mission is a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry serving disadvantaged persons of Carteret County through our ministries of food, clothing, financial assistance, recovery from substance abuse, shelter for homeless, compassion, prayer and other means of support. The mission of Hope Mission is to address the needs of poverty, homelessness and substance abuse in Carteret County. 

Hope Mission is largely financed by donations from individuals, businesses, civic groups, and churches.

If you would like more information about this event please call 252-240-2359 ext. 1, or visit, or 

January 20th - February 29th

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Critical need for blood donors after the holidays Red Cross and NFL team up to offer donors a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl


The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.


During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs. Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday period of Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.


“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”


Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. 


Date Site Building Name Site Address City Start Time
02/14/20 Fairfield Harbour Community Center 585 Broad Creek Road New Bern 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
02/14/20 New Bern Mall 3134 Dr. MLK Boulevard New Bern 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
02/16/20 Liberty Church 81 Shepard street Havelock 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
02/18/20 St. James United Methodist Church /Community Life Center 1011 Orange St. Newport 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
02/18/20 The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints 1207 Forrest Drive New Bern 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
02/18/20 Planet Fitness 2662 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd New Bern 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
02/20/20 Morehead City Recreation Department 1600 Fisher Street Morehead City 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
02/21/20 Emerald Isle Community Center 7506 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
02/21/20 Saint Paul Lutheran Church 305 U.S. Havelock 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
02/26/20 Duke University Marine Lab 135 Marine Lab Road Beaufort 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
02/27/20 Carolina Colours 3300 Waterscape Way New Bern 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
02/28/20 New Bern Mall 3134 Dr. MLK New Bern 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
02/29/20 #9 Township Fire Department 3783 Nc Highway 55 W New Bern 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


March 19th
2:30 PM-6:30 PM

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Eastern North Carolina Job Fair

If you are looking for a new job or wondering what job opportunities are available in Carteret County, the 2020 Job Fair will feature more than 60 employers. You will have an opportunity to speak with hiring managers, present your resume and fill out applications. Some employers will be conducting on-site interviews. All industry sectors will be represented.

If you are an employer seeking qualified applicants to fill vacancies in your organization, please reserve your spot today!

March 21st
8:00 AM-12:00 PM

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South Central High School SGA Color Run

The South Central 5K color run, hosted by SCHS SGA, will be on March 21 at SC! All proceeds will go to a scholarship for a 2020 Senior graduate. The early registration fee is only $20 (Feb.29) & on-site registration is $25. Race begins at 9AM, but we ask that you arrive by 8AM to get signed in & registered. Please sign up at the link to get more information! Feel free to message the SCHS SGA with questions. We hope to see you March 21st as all are welcome!
Don’t like to run? You can even come walk the course! The link to register is

March 24th
12:00 PM-5:30 PM

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Craven Works Job Fair 2020

The NCWorks Career Center is proud to present the 5th Annual 2020 Craven Works Job Fair and Resources Event! This is an opportunity for job seekers to interact with employers who are recruiting for vacant positions, resource agencies who offer a variety of continued education, training/certification and human resource development, among many other opportunities. This is a FREE event for all! If you are interested in participating as a job seeker, employer or resource partner, please see the information listed below.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - 12th Graders from Craven County High Schools & Military Veterans/Active Duty
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Open to the Public
New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
203 S. Front Street, New Bern

Mission:  To break barriers and create opportunities for success in our community.

December 2nd - March 31st

LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance) Applications

Lenoir County DSS will be taking LIEAP applications on December 2-31, 2019.

Any household containing an elderly person age 60 and above, or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of the Aging and Adult Services are eligible to potentially receive benefits. Disabled persons are defined as receiving SSI, SSA, or VA disability. 

All other applicants can apply January 2-March 31, 2020, or until funds are exhausted. Any household can potentially receive benefits if all eligibility requirements are met, if funds remain available after December 31, 2019.

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April 1st - April 8th
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Crazy Fun Scavenger Hunt

The Carteret Literacy Council is excited to host our 1st Annual SCAVENGER HUNT April 1 – April 8.

We are not FOOLING around about this event promising to be full of entertainment and fun.

Enter a three person team to compete with your friends or family. Complete as many tasks that you can over eight days to earn points. The winning team earns prizes and bragging rights. The deadline to enter is March 30th. The winning team will be announced during a party on April 9th at 1:00 PM.

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For more information call 252-808-2020, visit, or email


May 16th
8:45 AM-1:00 PM

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Tackle The Tar 5K Obstacle Course Race

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount is hosting the annual TACKLE THE TAR 5K Obstacle Course Race & Family Fun Day at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex.  Our first heat begins with our Kid’s 1-mile fun run at 8:45 A.M. and festivities will continue until noon.

All proceeds from this event go directly to the funding of college scholarships for deserving students in the Rocky Mount Area.  In our first four years, thanks to you, we have raised and awarded over $234,000 in scholarships to youth in our community.  Thank you for making such a difference in the lives of so many!

Tackle the Tar is a 5K Obstacle Course Race that begins at the Rocky Mount Sports complex and courses through historic Battle Park and the E.B. Grain Company property.  It comes complete with a MUD PIT and 15+ OBSTACLES to overcome.  All racers will receive: T-shirt, medal, one free beer (if over 21), and goodie bag.

June 20th
12:00 PM-6:00 PM

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ENC Pride 2020

Inspire ENC LLC’s first ever ENC Pride benefiting Free Mom Hugs – North Carolina happens June 20th at Pearson Park in Kinston, NC!

Join us for our free family friendly event to help unify the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies in Eastern North Carolina!

This festival features drag queens, local music and vendors! More information about the event coming soon.

More info on our website and on Facebook.

Jan 29, 2020
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Volunteer Drive

Albemarle Commission’s Senior Nutrition Program is seeking Meals on Wheels volunteers for routes in Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties in North Carolina. There is an urgent need for volunteers in Chowan and Pasquotank counties, who have a waiting list for potential clients due to lack of volunteers. Routes start at 11 am, Monday through Friday. Each route takes about an hour to complete. Volunteering as little as one day a month makes a huge impact for our home bound seniors. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact Laura Rollinson, Volunteer Coordinator, at (252)-404-7091 or