SEEDS OF HOPE FARMERS MARKETS: Fresh produce from S.C. family farms, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through August at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road and Grace UMC, 410 Harbison Blvd.
THE WEST COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT is kicking off its 2012 “Fan the Heat” project. The program provides fans for the elderly and those with medical conditions who need a little help coping with the heat. If you would like to donate a fan or if you need one, contact Lt. John Norman at (803) 936-6280. Tax deductible financial contributions should be made to the West Columbia Police Officers Foundation.
BI-LO will donate 1 percent of your grocery bill to In-Vest USA. Shoppers can download special boostersplus cards at http://www.investusa.org. In-Vest USA is a Columbia-based organization founded in 1993 to equip police officers with life-saving body armor.
THE SENIOR SERVANT MINISTRY at Rehoboth Baptist Church will provide transportation for those needing Voter ID cards 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through Thursday. For more information or to request transportation, call (803) 920-1007.
PLEASE TIP YOUR SERVER during the Cops and Calabash fundraiser for Special Olympics. From 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at FATZ restaurant, 942 E. Main St., Lexington, officers from the Lexington Police Department and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department resident deputies, code enforcement officers and school resource officers will be working as waitstaff. All donations will benefit Special Olympics.
HOME WORKS OF AMERICA is sponsoring a summer session to repair the homes of the elderly and disadvantaged in the Columbia area Sunday through June 10. Seeking middle school students in grades 6-8 and high school students ages 13 and older. (803) 781-4536; http://www.homeworksofamerica.org
THE IRMO CHAPIN RECREATION COMMISSION is seeking volunteers ages 18 and older to become nature interpreters at Saluda Shoals Park. Nature interpreters interact with and educate park guests in the Wetlands Preserve. Volunteers meet at 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays for training. No experience necessary; retirees welcome. Jeanette Wells, (803) 213-2051
SUNSET FELINES is in urgent need of reliable folks to spare an hour a week (mornings or late afternoons, weekdays and weekends) to assist with the feeding of several cat colonies in Lexington County. Ideal for retirees or those with flexible schedules. Also need foster homes, both short- and long-term; plus they have plenty of adoptable kitties. (803) 794-5686 or e-mail email@example.com
FIDO DOG RESCUE is looking for volunteer foster families to care for rescued dogs until they find permanent homes. (803) 796-2390
BIRTHRIGHT OF COLUMBIA is encouraging people to host a baby shower for its clients. Items needed include baby wash and lotion, crib sheets and blankets, disposable diapers, wipes and ointment, infant gowns and sleepers and maternity clothes. Birthright does not accept car seats, cribs, highchairs, playpens or any other type furniture. All donations, new and gently used, are tax-deductible. (803) 765-0165