SUDDETH AUTOMOTIVE is offering free car care inspections 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays through April 30 at 1410 N. Millwood Ave. 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 advisor. Call (803) 256-2110 to set up an appointment; drop-ins are also welcome.
THE CITY OF CAYCE is participating in the free prescription discount card program for residents. The program, sponsored by the National League of Cities, saves city residents an average of 23 percent off the retail price of prescription medications. To obtain a card (good for the whole family), go to http://www.caremark.com/nic or pick up a card at Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th St.
THE S.C. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, Lexington Environmental Health Services and local veterinarians are sponsoring two rabies clinics Saturday. The first will be held at the Batesburg-Leesville Animal Hospital, 432 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville, from 1-3 p.m.; the second will be 4-5 p.m. at the IGA, 4760 Augusta Highway, Gilbert. Dog must be on a leash and cats in a box or carrier. Vaccination fees may vary by clinic location, not to exceed $10 per pet.
PAWMETTO LIFELINE, 1275 Bower Parkway, is offering free spay and neuter surgeries, rabies vaccinations and microchipping to pets of residents in the Richland County ZIP codes 29044 and 29052 and the Lexington County ZIP of 29123; proof of address required. Proof of rabies vaccination is required; if your pet is not up-to-date, rabies vaccinations are $9 at the time of surgery. Spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as 8-10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The program is sponsored by PetSmart Charities. To schedule an appointment, go to http://www.pawmettolifeline.org or call (803) 465-9100.
SOUTH CAROLINA YOUTH ADVOCATE PROGRAM, a licensed nonprofit child placing agency, is looking for dedicated adults to provide safe, nurturing homes for young people in foster care. For information on becoming a foster parent, call (800) 882-5513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BE A REALLY GOOD NEIGHBOR by donating whole blood or platelets. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. The American Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so hospital patients have the blood or platelets they need to make a recovery. (800) 733-2767; http://www.redcrossblood.org/sc
S UPPORT THE CHAPIN LIONS CLUB by reserving a 10-pound bag of Vidalia onions for $10. The onions will be available in late April or early May. John Hossenlopp will be glad to take your order at (803) 917-5724, as will any Chapin Lions Club member.
CAROLINA WILDLIFE CARE BABY SHOWER: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13 and 1-4 pm. April 14 at 5551 Bush River Road. Behind the scenes tour of the wildlife center, wildlife programs, guest speakers on nature topics, eggs and nest displays, arts and education shelter and wildlife ambassador education animals. Free, but a monetary or wildlife care donations are welcome. Supplies include apples, sweet potatoes, broccoli, Cheerios, brown rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna and sardines, Purina Indoor cat food, paper towels (not select-a-size), garbage bags and scent -free laundry detergent. http://www.carolinawildlifecare.org
PALMETTO THRIFT STORE & GIFT BOUTIQUE needs donations. Businesses are invited to hold a clothing drive for the store. A pizza lunch will be provided for employees who would like to participate in the donation drive. A van will be set up in your parking lot and tax receipts and store coupons will be furnished to those who donate. The store specializes in gently used clothing, housewares and furniture items. They also have a line of new jewelry and children’s hair bows in their boutique. Palmetto Thrift supports Children’s Chance, an organization that raises money to fund programs to meet the emotional, psychological and financial needs of childhood cancer patients and their families; 50 percent of the profits will be donated to Children’s Chance. Call (803) 750-6858 if you would like to help out.
BIRTHRIGHT OF COLUMBIA, a pro-life emergency pregnancy service, is seeking groups or individuals to host a baby show to help a baby and mother with much needed items such as: baby wash and lotion, crib sheets and blankets, disposable diapers, wipes and ointments, infant gowns, sleepers and maternity clothes. All donations, new or gently used, are tax deductible. Birthright does not accept car seats, cribs or other furniture. (803) 781-7457
ZOOBOT is partnering with Pawmetto Lifeline this school year (ZooBot is the school of zoological and biological sciences at Longleaf Middle School). Supplies needed include: paper towels, high efficiency laundry detergent, bleach, tall kitchen trash bags, 39-gallon trash bags, hand sanitizer, Zip-Lock storage bags (gallon and quart sizes), printer/copier paper, towels, rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, distilled water, stamps, cleaning products (Lysol, Mr. Clean, Clorox wipes, etc.) and office supplies (pens, tape, paper clips, etc.). Donations may be dropped off 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays at 1160 Longgreen Parkway.
CARIS HEALTHCARE is seeking hospice volunteers. For more information, call Michelle Robinson, volunteer coordinator at (803) 794-4141 or 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. (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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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