COFFEE WITH COPS will give folks in the Chapin community, members of the Chapin Police Department and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department a chance to get to know each other 7-8:30 a.m. Thursday at Vella’s Restaurant, 912 Chapin Road. Come by for a free cup of coffee, get your questions answered and concerns addressed. Owners/managers of Chapin area restaurants who would like to host a Coffee with Cops event should call (803) 345-6443, ext. 103, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAWMETTO LIFELINE, with a grant from PetSmart Charities®, plans to spay/neuter 288 pit bull terriers and pit bull terrier mixes for the special rate of $20 during August’s “Primp Your Pit” special. Dogs scheduled for their surgery the first two weeks in August are also eligible for a free microchip, a $25 value. Pit bull parents who wish to take advantage of this special offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit” promotion when they schedule their appointments. (803) 465-9100; www.pawmettolifeline.org
KIDS’ CHANCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and support to dependents of S.C. 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 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
RIDE FOR LIFE POKER RUN begins with 8:30 a.m. registration Saturday at Camden Middle School, 902 McRae Road, Camden. First bike out, 9:30 a.m., last out, 10:30 a.m.; last bike in, 1:30 p.m. Event to benefit Kershaw County Relay for Life will include a car and bike show, battle of the bands, silent auction (all starting at 10 a.m.), food, fun and prizes. $20 per bike; passengers, $10 (includes meal and T-shirt). (803) 272-9149, (803) 420-5202; http://www.facebook.com/rideforlifepokerrun
BRITTONS’ CHRISTMAS IN JULY fundraiser for Harvest Hope Food Bank is slated for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at 2818 Devine St. Live music, food, great deals and a visit from Santa from noon-2 p.m. All merchandise will be discounted an additional 10 percent with the donation of five canned goods or $10.
HOME WORKS VOLUNTEERS will travel to Zorritos, Peru, July 31 and are accepting donations of vitamins for children and adults. Hank Chardos, (803) 206-6974 or email email@example.com
PALMETTO HEALTH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL is in need of children’s DVDs for pediatric patients to help boost 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, an anti-abortion 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