A SILENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT FIDO DOG RESCUE will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at the Old Mill, 711 E. Main St. Lexington. $10, includes food from Cafe Chartier, the Cotton Grill and Creekside Restaurant and music by Arnie Jones of the Black Bottom Biscuits. (803) 926-9154; email firstname.lastname@example.org
A FUNDRAISER BREAKFAST to benefit the South Carolina Special Olympics and the Pendergass-Fairwold School is slated for 7-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fatz Cafe, 7420 Broad River Road, Irmo. Sponsored by Our Lady of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council 6892, tickets are $7.
BIRTHRIGHT OF COLUMBIA, a pro-life emergency pregnancy service is seeking donations of baby wash cloths, bath towels and bibs, crib blankets and sheets, disposable diapers (newborn and size 1) wipes and ointment, hypoallergenic baby wash and lotion, infant gowns and sleepers (0-3 months) and maternity clothes. All donations, new or gently used, are tax deductible. Birthright does not accept car seats, cribs or other furniture. (803) 765-0165; http://www.birthrightofcolumbia.org
GIRL SCOUT TROOP 468 is collecting new and gently used books for residents of Lexington County nursing homes and Columbia shelters. Accepting mysteries, romances, women’s fiction, crossword books, large-print books and school workbooks (partially used workbooks are welcome). Donation boxes at the following locations: Lexington County Public Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington; Reformation Lutheran Church, 1118 Union St., Columbia; White Knoll Elementary School, 132 White Knoll Way, West Columbia; and White Knoll Middle School, 116 White Knoll Way, West Columbia.
CAMP DISCOVERY AT HIS ACRES, a nonprofit recreation therapy camp for children, youths and young adults is seeking donations of balls (tennis, rubber, playground, foam, sports, ping pong), gift cards (Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s, Michael’s), name tags (please avoid red and blue) and toilet paper. (803) 754-2008; http://www.campdiscoverysc.org
FOOD FOR THE SOUL, a ministry that provides meals to the hungry and temporary emergency shelter and services for the homeless in Kershaw County, is in need of the following items: paper towels, hand sanitizer, liquid antibacterial hand soap, men’s and women’s deodorants, liquid laundry detergent and bleach, disposable plates (101/2-inch) and disposable cups (12-oz.). Monetary donations are welcome, too. Donations may be dropped off 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at 110 E. DeKalb St., Camden. (803) 432-4771; http://www.foodforthesoulkc.org
PALMETTO HEALTH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL is in need of stuffed animals for its pediatric patients. The animals will be given to patients and later taken home with the children. Because of infection control guidelines and respiratory illnesses, stuffed animals must be new and store-bought. If you are interested in giving, call Allison Jones at (803) 434-2151.
THE HOME REPAIRS COMMITTEE of the Kershaw County Housing Partnership was formed to help low-income homeowners and families maintain their homes. Applications for home repairs may be made by calling (803) 432-0951 or visiting the United Way of Kershaw County, 110 E. DeKalb St., Camden.
SPECIALIZED ALTERNATIVES FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH (SAFY) is a nonprofit agency that recruits, trains and supports familes to be effective advocates for children in therapeutic foster care. Committed and caring individuals are needed to temporarily provide children with safe, nurturing homes. Classes start soon. For information on becoming a foster parent, call (877) 422-7239 or go to http://www.safy.org
THE CAROLINA CUP RACING ASSOCIATION will offer free tickets to active and retired members of the military and their families to the 43rd annual Marion du Pont Scott Colonial Cup International Steeplechase race slated for Nov. 17 at the Springdale Race Course in Camden. Three thousand tickets and 500 reserved parking spaces will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests may request up to six general admission tickets and one infield reserved parking space. Contact the ITT or MWR office at your local base for reservation forms.
BE A REALLY GOOD NEIGHBOR by donating whole blood or platelets. The American Red Cross S.C. Blood Services Region has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors of all types. (800) 722-2767; http://www.redcrossblood.org/sc
BIRTHRIGHT OF COLUMBIA, a pro-life emergency pregnancy service will hold office volunteer training sessions 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 16 at 1405 Gregg St. (803) 781-7457
HOME WORKS OF AMERICA needs youth and adult volunteers to make repairs to homes of the elderly and disadvantaged Oct. 20. No skill level required. A planning meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Benedict-Allen Community Development Center, 2001 Two Notch Road. Pizza and soda will be served. (803) 781-4536; email email@example.com
GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA – MOUNTAINS TO MIDLANDS is looking for adult volunteers to provide leadership opportunities to local Girl Scouts in Richland and Lexington counties. No experience is necessary, training is free of charge. (803) 461-3737, (803) 461-3736; http://www.gssc-mm.org
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 cats. (803) 794-5686; http://www.sunsetfelines.com
FIDO DOG RESCUE is looking for volunteer foster families to care for rescued dogs until they find permanent homes. (803) 796-2390
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