For Good: Nonprofit Guide

Throughout the hardships of 2020, dedicated local nonprofits have continued to work hard serving southern Wake and beyond. In the following pages, hear inspiring stories from the directors and founders of these organizations and what we can do to help.

*Responses have been edited for clarity and length.

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The Good News

Some days, it feels like good news is hard to come by.

Going as far back as 2013, Fuquay-Varina resident Jason Wunsch noticed a lack of positive news coverage in southern Wake County.

Community newspapers like The Fuquay-Varina Independent and the Southwest Wake News started to downsize and shut down, so Wunsch, who is an... Read More

FACES (Family and Community Empowerment Services)

Founded in 1964 as the Family Aid Council of Fuquay-Varina by the Fuquay-Varina Ministerial Alliance to centralize financial crisis support for neighbors in Fuquay-Varina and Willow Spring.

Mission: Provide emergency financial assistance, information and referral in the communities of Fuquay-Varina and Willow Spring, for those experiencing crisis situations related to shelter, utilities and other... Read More

Full Hearts, Empty Classrooms

The doors of the brand new South Lakes Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina should have been opening to students in a matter of days; would have been opening — in any other year but this one.

Instead, students enrolled at South Lakes will begin the year with instruction online-only, as will thousands of other students across... Read More

Food & Dining

Great Take Out

Daddy D’s BBQ

“We’re a smokehouse. Everything here is about the meat,” says Ed Disena, owner of Daddy D’s BBQ in Fuquay-Varina.

The ‘cue joint’s smoked turkey legs, chopped barbecue and Texas-style brisket — while impressive — are just the beginning. Classic side dishes like baked beans, Brunswick stew, collard greens and green beans get... Read More

Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing Company

Flavor: Big Boss Brewing offers Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale to welcome you to the fall season. Brewed with real pumpkin and their proprietary blend of spices, this beer offers a nice balance between the two. Believe it or not, there are pumpkin beers that contain only spices, but Harvest Time includes the real thing.

There’s... Read More

Life & Style

Fashion with Heart

LolaSpirit Founder: Anny Sanchez

Anny Sanchez created her lifestyle brand, LolaSpirit, to be more than a collection of colorful, artistic clothes, shoes and gifts.

“I wanted to make a brand that helps women to respect each other. Wearing some Lola is part of a movement of women supporting other women,” said Sanchez, a Cary resident.

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Meet & Greet: Wanda Holloway

Hometown: Alexis, North Carolina

Career: I worked for the North Carolina state government as an accountant and retired after 30 years. My last position was at N.C. State University. Go Wolfpack!

On Volunteering: As a member of the Town of Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for 13 years, I had the opportunity to... Read More

Home & Garden

Frilly-Dilly! The Crown Imperial Fritillaria

Fall is, of course, the prime time to plant bulbs of spring-bloomers such as tulips, daffodils and crocuses, but, while these pretties can add flash to the early growing season, they do tend to take on a sameness from year to year. That’s why it is fun to occasionally try out bulbs that are completely... Read More

Fall for the Veggie Garden

It’s August, and it’s hot. It is also a time of opportunity in the ol’ veggie patch. Even with fall right around the corner, there are still plenty of growing days left to plant another round of summer vegetables, and, in spite of the heat, cool-season edibles can start to come out and play in... Read More


There & Back: Pittsboro

Take a scenic drive across Jordan Lake on US-64, and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Pittsboro, known for its beverage game, music scene and small-town feel.

The Chatham County town of 5,000 boasts a Food Lion, one charming city block of downtown shops and restaurants and a growing art presence.

“It’s a wacky... Read More

Make Your Escape

Need to escape? (That was rhetorical; of course you do.) Consider these picturesque North Carolina destinations for a much-needed weekend away from reality. Blowing Rock

Escape summer’s heat with the winds of The Blowing Rock, a cliff overhanging the Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below and North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction. The mountain outcrop received... Read More