Held annually in the fall, Chalk It Up is a 'free, family-friendly event celebrating our city's creative spirit. San Antonio's premier artists turn the sidewalks of Houston Street into works of art.' I've been. It's cool. This year's event is slated for October 8. If you want to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.Saturday, September 10, URBAN-15 is hosting its Volunteer Day dedicated to painting and sprucin' up the studio in preparation for the 2011-2012 season. Members of URBAN-15's ensembles will participate in this all-day event and there will be food too. Ten to fifteen volunteers still are needed for the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. slots. If none of these spark your interest, check out the searchable volunteer database from United Way of San Antonio. Shopping for sweet deals at charity operated stores is also a great way to give support. Chuck Farmer over at Daily Bread Ministries let me know they just opened their new thrift store, located at 3723 Blanco. "2nd Blessing Thrift Shop is a labor of love that helps the underserved in San Antonio two ways: by providing an inexpensive alternative to purchasing clothing, furniture and other household items." "And secondly," Farmer said, "100% of the profits from 2nd Blessing Thrift Shop go to Daily Bread Ministries for the day to day operations - i.e., fuel, insurance, utilities, fleet maintenance, leasing facility, salaries, etc. Any help you can give goes a long way in helping others." You can also donate items and they'll even pick up. Thanks, Chuck, for all you do. More than ever, it's important to support your San Antonio nonprofits. For more from Laura Carter follow @lauracarter or visit "A Small Blog"