Giving help, getting help in the Midlands, Sept. 27

September 27, 2013 

20101007 Fundraisers



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 Monday 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

THE SENIOR SERVANTS MINISTRY of Rehoboth Baptist Church will hold a voter registration drive 6-8 p.m. through Friday. 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

“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,


GOLF BALL DROP: 10:30 a.m. Friday 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 to the hole, then you take home $1,000.

COPS ON TOP OF DOUGHNUT SHOPS is a national partnership between Law Enforcement for Special Olympics and Krispy Kreme. Local law enforcement agencies will be raising funds for Special Olympics South Carolina and the Law Enforcement Torch Run through Friday at the following locations: 1200 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce; 5594-A Sunset Blvd., Lexington; 6614 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia; and 110 Clemson Road, Columbia.

OPERATION 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 Saturday 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


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 children. 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.

ED ROBINSON CLEANERS and the Salvation Army of the Midlands are conducting a clothing drive through Monday. 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

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

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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