COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Community helping hands — Historic Columbia needs you

brantin@thestate.comSeptember 1, 2013 

Twila Jones volunteers as a face painter during Historic Columbia Foundation's 2013 Jubilee: Festival of Heritage.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION

Historic Columbia Foundation is seeking volunteers to serve in various roles within the organization.

The foundation’s mission is to nurture, support and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and Richland County. Volunteers serve in various roles including leading tours of the foundation’s historic homes, assisting with administrative duties, working at special events, and helping with gardening projects and collections.

New volunteer training begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 9. Training will include five general introductory sessions during a two-month period. Additional training will be provided as new volunteers choose their role within Historic Columbia. Volunteers are asked to donate six or more hours a month.

Last year, Historic Columbia’s volunteer corps provided more than 11,000 hours of service, a value of $243,540.

“Our volunteers are a vital part of Historic Columbia, and they are the ones who make it possible to accomplish our goals year after year,” said Ann Posner, volunteer manager.

Volunteers receive complimentary entrance into the historic house museums for themselves and their immediate family members, a 15 percent discount on Gift Shop purchases and a free subscription to Historically Speaking, Historic Columbia’s quarterly newsletter.

For volunteer information, contact Posner at (803)252-1770, ext. 24.

Share at the Fair

Area donors helped raise 4,772 pounds of food for Harvest Hope Food Bank during the recent Share at the Fair donation drive.

The event generated enough food to provide more than 100,000 meals for struggling S.C. families. The State Fair provided one free admission ticket to this year’s upcoming fair for every five cans of food donated per car. The fair also donated $25,000 to Harvest Hope.

The food and financial donation will provide more than 100,000 meals for struggling families in South Carolina.

USC athletics director Ray Tanner and more than 100 USC athletes helped take donations from cars as they pulled through at the SC State Fairgrounds.

Support for soldiers

Some American soldiers serving overseas are receiving a bit of comfort, courtesy of several local companies and Blue Star Mothers of America.

Earlier this summer, the companies collected nonperishable snacks, games, personal care items, and letter-writing supplies like envelopes and cards. The donations were given to the Midlands chapter of Blue Star Mothers and the group included them in care packages for active duty servicemen and women.

Participating organizations included Mid-Carolina Friends of the NRA, Carolina Endodontics, GWA, Columbia Conference Center, and DuBose Web Group.

“It’s little things, like snacks from home and cards from people who care, that make being away from their families easier to bear for our active duty soldiers,” Ann Ricard, president of the Midlands Chapter of Blue Star Mothers, said. “We appreciate the help in bringing that comfort to them.”

Blue Star Mothers of America, whose children currently serve or have served in the military, is a nonpolitical, nonprofit organization that organizes and supports troop-related projects.

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