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.
HELP A VETERAN BEAT THE HEAT by nominating them to receive a professionally installed air conditioning system. The S.C. Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Cool Aid, Warm Hearts program, has teamed up with the S.C. Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to help veterans by installing HVAC systems as well as having their homes certified as energy efficient through the Homes for Heroes program. To nominate a veteran, download an application at http://www.usgbcsc.org/site/?page_id=3473. Completed applications, along with proper documentation, can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: U.S. Green Building Council, South Carolina Chapter, ATTN: Energy Efficient Homes for Heroes (EEHFH), P.O. Box 627, Landrum, SC 29356. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 13.
DONATE BLOOD TO SUPPORT PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS at the Inaugural Lexington County Public Safety Blood Drive Competition. Donors can give in honor of the department of their choice at the following locations: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Dept., 521 Gibson Road; 3-9 p.m. Aug. 9 at Lexington County Fire Service, 436 Ball Park Road; or 3-9 p.m. Aug. 16 at Lexington County EMS, 407 Ball Park Road. The agency with the highest percentage of donors wins. Schedule an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org.
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
SUPPORT THE JEFFREY CHAVIS HOUSE by dining at Romano’s Macaroni Grill, 148 Harbison Blvd. Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies and Irmo firefighters will serve customers from 5-9 p.m. Thursday and all tips and donations will support the Jeffrey Chavis House, which serves relatives of patients at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. Romano’s will also donate 15 percent of the pre-tax bill owed by patrons who eat at the restaurant that day. For more information, contact Sgt. Jeff Weed at (803) 234-1308.
RCSD CITIZENS ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will hold a yard sale to benefit the daughters of Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Derek El Dada and his wife, Leigh, who died in a June 19 motorcycle accident. The fundraiser will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the North Springs Recreation Center, 1320 Clemson Road. Items for sale include clothes, appliances, toys, DVDs, books, baby items, CDs, furniture and more. You may drop off donated items at 7:30 a.m. the day of the sale at North Springs Park. For more information, call Deputy Ramona York, (803) 576-3023
LOCAL CICI’S PIZZA LOCATIONS are participating in a fundraiser for Special Olympics South Carolina. Beginning Thursday8/1 customers will have the option to purchase Special Olympics paper logos for $1 that will be displayed throughout the store. Also, those who donate $5 willr eceive a voucher for a free regular size drink. An Aug. 13 “Dough Raisers” event will feature Special Olympians as servers, all tips and 10 percent of the store’s sales that day will be donated to the SOSC. Participating locations include Woodhill Mall, 141-A Pelham Drive; Sandhill Station, 715 Fashion Drive, Suite 4; and 6120 St. Andrews Road.
HOME WORKS VOLUNTEERS will travel to Zorritos, Peru, Wednesday 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. Groups are also needed to make crocheted or knitted baby booties. All donations, new or gently used, are tax deductible. Birthright does not accept car seats, cribs or other furniture. (803) 781-7457
THE LOURIE CENTER needs volunteer drivers for its 5 Points Wheels program, a transportation service for seniors and handicapped in the downtown area. The program operates from a 15-passenger shuttle bus, taking seniors to doctors appointments, personal errands such as banking and salons and food shopping. There is an immediate need for a driver for a weekly 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday shift. Substitute drivers for Mondays-Thursdays are also needed. Requirements: standard driver’s license, ability to drive a large vehicle, knowledge of downtown Columbia, ability to work with the public and seniors, some physical aptitude and mobility. Call Stephanie Benjamin, (803) 779-1971, ext. 12 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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