KIDS’ CHANCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and support to dependents of South Carolina workers who have been seriously injured or killed on the job. They’re seeking proposals to create a video that can be used in furthering their mission and reaching out to more families who can benefit from their services. (843) 546-5837; http://www.kidschancesc.org
LEXINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1989 is sponsoring a multi-year reunion Wildcat Walk and live auction, Come Back to Give Back, Saturday. The day begins with the 2- or 5-mile Wildcat Walk, 9 a.m.-noon at Lexington Middle School, 702 N. Lake Drive. $10. The Give Back live auction and social will be 8 a.m.-midnight at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road. Open to Lexington High graduates from 1975-1981 and one guest, the event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, DJ and a cash bar. Auction items include vacations, sports tickets (USC and Clemson), a Wayne Rogers print and a backyard barbecue from Hudson’s. $45 per person in advance; $50 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Lexington 1 Educational Foundation. (803) 269-4368; http://lhsclassof78.eventbrite.com
SEEDS OF HOPE FARMERS MARKETS now open include the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays; The Carolina Apartments, 3201 Meadowlark Drive, noon-2 p.m. Thursdays; Tree of Life Congregation, 6719 N. Trenholm Road, 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays; Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Grace UMC, 410 Harbison Blvd., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Check http://www.thestate.com for upcoming market openings.
THE DRYCLEANING AND LAUNDRY INSTITUTE has launched a wire hanger recycling campaign, reusing as many as possible and sending all unusable hangers to a recycling agent. Local folks may drop off unwanted wire hangers at any Ed Robinson Laundry & Dry Cleaning location – 4903 Forest Drive, 800 Sparkleberry Lane, 317 Royal Tower Drive, Irmo, and 1615 N. Beltline Blvd.
PALMETTO ANIMAL ASSISTED LIFE SERVICES (PAALS) has launched its new V.I.P. program, Veterans’ Important PAALS, and is looking for interested local service members and veterans. The program will incorporate qualified rescue dogs that have been obedience-trained by Prison PAALS members to go to service members and veterans (at no charge) in need of a safe, loyal, well-behaved companion. Two dogs are available for immediate placement with more becoming available on a regular basis. PAALS already places service dogs with soldiers and veterans with combat-related injuries, whether they aid them mentally or physically. Some of the PAALS service dogs in training do not meet all of the requirements for a full-fledged service dog, so the V.I.P. program was created to place these dogs as companions. (803) 788-7063; http://www.paals.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. The Red Cross Columbia donation center is at 2751 Bull St. (800) 733-2767; http://www.redcrossblood.org/sc
RICHLAND COUNTY is offering its free discount prescription card. Since 2006, the county has saved residents more than $600,000 on prescription medications. The card is accepted at most pharmacies and is available of all county residents regardless of age or income. The cards may be picked up at Richland Library branches. (803) 576-2062; http://www.rcgov.us
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 LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT will hold its fifth annual motorcycle ride to benefit Honor Flight South Carolina. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at S&S Road Consultants Inc., 930 Chapin Road, Chapin. First bike out at noon, last in, 4 p.m. $25 per rider; passengers, $15. Participants will ride in areas near Lake Murray with stops at four businesses and returns to the starting point for live music by Shodown, silent and live auctions and free barbecue dinner. Honor Flight South Carolina provides airline and ground transportation for World War II and Korean War military veterans to visit military memorials in Washington, D.C. Sgt. David Amick, who supervises the Chapin Patrol District will be coordinate the ride; for more information, call (803) 223-3773 or email email@example.com.
PALMETTO HEALTH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL is in need of children’s DVDs for pediatric patients to help increase the enjoyment of their stay. (803) 434-3027
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 shower 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
WORLD HERITAGE STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM is seeking local host families for high school students from more than 30 countries for the upcoming school year (or just a semester). Each student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. Couples, single parents and families with or without children are encouraged to host. (800) 888-9040; http://www.whhosts.com
CARIS HEALTHCARE is seeking hospice volunteers. For more information, call Michelle Robinson, volunteer coordinator, at (803) 794-4141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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
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