NEW LIFE WORLD MINISTRIES CHURCH will hold its annual free community barbecue noon-4 p.m. Saturday at 201 Columbia Mall Blvd., Suite 201. Event will feature free food, music, school supplies, resources, games, prizes and other recreational opportunities for families. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the emergency food pantry. (803) 699-5080
LEXINGTON-RICHLAND 5 is encouraging senior citizens to be involved and active in district-sponsored events and activities with Golden Passes. Available to those who will be age 60 or older during the school year, the permanent photo ID card provides free admission into most athletic and cultural arts events in the district, excluding playoff games. Passes will be issued 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 28 and Aug. 30 at the district administration building, 1020 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo. (803) 476-8118
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. 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; Ascension Lutheran Church, 827 Wildwood Ave., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Grace UMC, 410 Harbison Blvd., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Shandon UMC, 3407 Devine St., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; and Virginia Wingard UMC, 1500 Broad River Road, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE LIBRARY, in partnership with the S.C. Society of Certified Public Managers and Harvest Hope Food Bank, is holding a food drive through Friday. Visitors to the library at 1500 Senate St. are encouraged to bring food (canned meat/fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables/fruit, dry goods (rice, cereal, coffee) and beans. Personal care items such as diapers, detergent, plastic and paper bags are also welcome. (803) 734-8666; www.statelibrary.sc.gov
SHRED360 AND RADIUS CHURCH are holding a school supply drive 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at 300 W. Main St., Lexington. Items requested include No. 2 pencils, pens (red, blue and black), inexpensive flash drives, boxes of tissue, glue sticks, handheld pencil sharpeners, loose leaf notebook paper, 3x3 Post-It notes, highlighters, composition notebooks (not spiral), graph paper and 3x5 index cards. Event is being held in conjunction with a free document shredding event. (803) 463-7090
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT is looking for folks to supplement the standard school curriculum with real world relevance and experience. JA’s school programs are made available at no charge to all teachers and schools. JA VolunTeachers may determine their own schedules (training and all materials will be provided). Volunteers may choose to work with elementary school students, kindergarten through fifth grade, 30 minutes a week for five weeks. Middle-schoolers in grades 6-8 will meet 45 minutes a week for six to eight weeks; programs for students in grades 9-12 require a commitment of an hour a week for seven to 12 weeks. Choose your school and class by calling (803) 252-1974, ext. 204 or email email@example.com
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