SEVERAL CHAPIN BUSINESSES are sponsoring a supplies drive for the We Care Center, Chapin’s interfaith outreach ministry. Donations of nonperishable food items, paper goods, cleaning supplies and diapers may be dropped off through Friday at the following businesses: Wilson Financial Group, Chapin Gymnastics, Ego Boost Salon, Lake Murray Tire & Automotive and Palmetto Fine Arts. For more information and locations, call (803) 345-1180.
CALEB FREEMAN, a fourth-grader at Red Bank Elementary School, collected 50 books for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Caleb, who decided to organize a book drive after his friend was treated at the hospital, encouraged shoppers at RBES’s book fair to “buy one, give one.”
SUDDETH AUTOMOTIVE is offering free car care inspections through Oct. 31. Each multi-point inspection takes about 30 minutes; participants will receive a completed copy of the inspection form and an opportunity to review the results with a service adviser. Inspections will be offered 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays at 1410 N. Millwood Ave. Appointments suggested, drop-ins welcome. (803) 256-2110; http://www.suddethauto.com
THE CITY OF COLUMBIA’S ANIMAL SHELTER is raising money to help with medical expenses of two dogs injured in a Sept. 18 auto accident. The owners of Junior and Leo were also injured and have returned home to Washington state, but don’t have the funds for all of the medical expenses and transport home. Donations may be made at http://www.animalmission.org or send a check payable to The Animal Mission, attn: Jr. and Leo, 127 Humane Lane, Columbia, SC 29209
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
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
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.
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; email email@example.com; 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