THE CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA LIONS CLUB and the Lexington County Sheriffs Department are collecting new and used eyeglasses and hearing aids to be donated to S.C. Lions Charitable Services in order to support its mission of assisting children and young adults who experience problems with their abilities to hear and see. Donations may be dropped off through July 1 at the following locations: Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington; Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center, 227 Highland Ave., Batesburg; Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th St., Cayce; West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12 St., West Columbia; Springdale Town Hall, 2915 Platt Springs Road, Springdale; Tri-City Leisure Center, 485 Brooks Ave., West Columbia; Lexington Leisure Center, 108 Park Road, Lexington; Pelion Senior Center, 210 Pine St., Pelion; Gilbert-Summit Senior Center, 409 Broad St., Gilbert; North Region Service Center, 111 Lincreek Drive, Columbia; Mount Hebron UMC, 3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia; and Boy Scout Troop 425, Zion Lutheran Church, 226 Corley Mill Road, Lexington. (803) 785-0801
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. The group is 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
SEEDS OF HOPE FARMERS MARKETS include S.C. DHEC, 2600 Bull St., 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays; the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays; Tree of Life Congregation, 6719 N. Trenholm Road, 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays; The Carolina Apartments, 3201 Meadowlark Drive, noon-2 p.m. Thursdays; Ascension Lutheran Church, 827 Wildwood Ave., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Christopher Towers, 1805 Devine St., 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Grace UMC, 410 Harbison Blvd., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Shandon UMC, 3407 Devine St., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Virginia Wingard UMC, 1500 Broad River Road, 8 a.m-noon Saturdays; Washington Street UMC, 1401 Washington St., 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., 8 a.m.-noon Sundays; and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2701 Heyward St., 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sundays.
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.
PALMETTO HEALTH CHILDRENS HOSPITAL is in need of childrens 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 childrens hair bows in their boutique. Palmetto Thrift supports Childrens 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 Childrens 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