THE LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, the S.C. Department of Corrections and Lake Murray ABATE donated 7,453 used cellphones and 2,300 used chargers and accessories to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Cell Phones for Soldiers sells used phones and accessories to a recycling company and then uses to proceeds to buy pre-paid telephone calling cards that are issued to members of the armed forces who are serving outside the United States.
COLUMBIA ANIMAL SERVICES is offering a discount on adoptions of cats one year or older; the regular adoption price of $78 will be discounted to $25. The offer is valid through Sept. 30 at the Columbia Animal Services adoption center, 127 Humane Lane and cannot be combined with any other promotion. Shelter hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; (803) 776-7387. To view animals for adoption online, go to www.animalmission.org
THE SENIOR SERVANTS MINISTRY of Rehoboth Baptist Church will hold a voter registration drive 6-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through Sept. 27. The church is located at 4646 Hard Scrabble Road. (803) 788-3397
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 available 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“STUTTERING AND YOUR CHILD: HELP FOR PARENTS,” a DVD in English and Spanish is available at the Lexington County Public Library System, www.lexlib.sc.us; all branches of the Richland Library, www.richlandlibrary.com; and the S.C. State Library, www.state.library.sc.gov
SMOKE ON THE WATER, a South Carolina Barbeque Association competition will be held 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday at Senate’s End, 316 Senate St. Free admission for a full day of tasting chili, barbecue, live music, Certified S.C. products for sale and more. For the lunchtime crowd, samples of each of the 15 S.C. barbecue competitors’ homemade chili will be available for purchase; ribs will take the spotlight in the evening. Hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, veggie wraps, fish tacos, fries, salads, beer and wine will be available all day. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and four-legged friends (on leashes) to enjoy bluegrass by the Cumberland River Fly Boys. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation for the South Carolina Commission for the Blind. (803) 351-1786 or email email@example.com
THE GILBERT-SUMMIT SENIOR CENTER will host a craft and rummage sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the Gilbert-Summit gym, 411 Broad St., Gilbert. Vendor table rentals, $10. Admission $1, free coffee and muffins available in the morning. Proceeds will benefit the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission’s Meals on Wheels program. (803) 892-5745
DRIVE-THRU SPAGHETTI DINNER TO GO, a fundraiser for Senior Resources will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist of Columbia’s Washington Street parking lot. Plates are $7.50 and include spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert.
GOLF BALL DROP: 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Woodcreek Country Club, 300 Club Ridge Road, Elgin. Lend a hand to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia; purchase a ticket for a numbered golf ball for $10; six for $50. A thousand golf balls will be dropped from the air and if your ball goes in or lands closest the hole, then you take home $1,000. www.rmhcofcolumbia.org
OPERATING FEEDING THE HOMELESS – ONE MEAL AT A TIME feeds the homeless in Finlay Park every third Saturday, providing hot meals, drinks, snack bags, clothing and hygiene items. On Sept. 28, the organization will be having a Motorcycle Charity Ride for the homeless at 201 Columbia Mall Blvd. (Club Elements parking lot). Registration will be 9:30-10:30 a.m.; kickstands up at 11 a.m. One rider, $15; two riders, $25; three riders, $35. Proceeds will go to Operation Feeding the Homeless. (803) 873-8725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK is preparing for the holiday season. A monetary gift will help gather loads of food from across the country. The food is often donated and free, but the transportation is not. In addition, backpack sponsors are needed for chidren. A $30 gift will provide 29 meals on the weekends. Harvest Hope dedicates 98 cents out of every dollar donated to its mission of feeding struggling families, children, seniors and neighbors. www.harvesthope.com
ED ROBINSON CLEANERS and the Salvation Army of the Midlands are conducting a clothing drive through Sept. 30. Drop by one of these Ed Robinson stores: 2551 Forest Drive, 4903 Forest Drive, 800 Sparkleberry Lane, 317 Royal Tower Drive or 1615 N. Beltline Blvd., grab a bag, fill it with clothes and drop it off at an Ed Robinson location. The clothing donations will be delivered to the Salvation Army Family Store, 1312 N. Millwood Ave.
HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK needs volunteers for groups and for counselors in its Emergency Food Pantries. Go to www.harvesthope.org
BIRTHRIGHT OF COLUMBIA, an anti-abortion 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 through 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 www.lcswc.com.
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.
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