Giving help, getting help, Sept. 3

September 3, 2013 

20101007 Fundraisers



REHOBOTH BAPTIST CHURCH will hold its annual Back to School Bash 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at 4646 Hard Scrabble Road. Games, free food and school supplies. Admission is a canned food item.

THE CRESCENT OLIVE, 2901-C Devine St., is honoring Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 12 by donating a portion of its proceeds to Curing Kids Cancer for Palmetto Health Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Clinic. Mention that you are there for Curing Kids Cancer and taste balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oils. There will also be Curing Kids Cancer merchandise, prize drawing and “31” products for sale.

RICHLAND 1 offers complimentary Golden Activity Passes to district residents age 60 and older. Passes admit seniors free to all district-sponsored athletics events at Richland 1 schools or athletics fields (except Sportsarama and playoff games). With the passes, seniors may also purchase a delicious, nutritious lunch at any district school for $3.25. Passes avalable at the Richland 1 Office of Communications, Stevenson Administration Building, 1616 Richland St., second floor. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. (803) 231-7504 or email

“STUTTERING AND YOUR CHILD: HELP FOR PARENTS,” a DVD in English and Spanish is available at the Lexington County Public Library System,; all branches of the Richland Library,; and the S.C. State Library,

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;

SEEDS OF HOPE FARMERS MARKETS include the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays; Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St., 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays; Shandon UMC, 3407 Devine St., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; and Virginia Wingard UMC, 1500 Broad River Road, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays.


ARTWORK BY FORMER PATIENTS of Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital are available for sale 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays at Zoës Kitchen, 1320 Main St., #150. Proceeds will benefit the hospital.

THE FRESH MARKET, 4840 Forest Drive, will hold its the 19th annual sidewalk sale Friday through Sunday; drop by 11 a.m.-6 p.m. for hot dogs, root beer floats and ice cream sundaes (sugar free available). 100 percent of the sales and donations will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the leader in efforts to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 Diabetes. (803) 782-9100

ROTARY CLUB OF LEXINGTON GOLF TOURNAMENT is slated for Sept. 16 at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road. Registration and lunch, 11:30 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Limit 28 teams; format is four-person Captain’s Choice; contests and prizes; lunch and dinner provided. $400 per team (includes mulligans); registration deadline is Friday. Proceeds benefit Chris Myer’s Children’s Place, established to house children whose mothers are unable to care for them. (803) 951-0553


BIRTHRIGHT OF COLUMBIA, a pro-life emergency pregnancy service staffed solely by volunteers, will begin training office volunteers — individuals who provide one-on-one assistance to girls and women faced with an unplanned or problem pregnancy. The four-part training session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 17-Oct. 8 at 1405 Gregg St. (803) 781-7457

SEPTEMBER IS STORM DRAIN TAGGING MONTH and the Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium is looking for volunteers to tag storm drains with a marker reading NO DUMPING — DRAINS TO WATERWAYS, educating citizens about the connection between storm drains and area waterways. Interested? Call (803) 785-8634 or go to

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

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

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;

CARIS HEALTHCARE is seeking hospice volunteers. For more information, call Michelle Robinson, volunteer coordinator, at (803) 794-4141 or email

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;

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

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

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