VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA, Chapter 303, is hosting two seminars for all veterans, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 15 at American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens St. The free seminars are “Hearing Impairments” and “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)”. (803) 788-9498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RICHLAND COUNTY RESIDENTS can “Make the Switch” to energy-efficient light bulbs 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 15-29. Exchange up to eight regular household bulbs for eight energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. Do your part in observing Energy Month at Richland Library Cooper, 5317 N. Trenholm Road, Oct. 15; Richland Library Northeast, 7490 Parklane Road, Oct. 22; and Richland Library St. Andrews, 2916 Broad River Road, Oct. 29. (803) 929-6000; www.rcgov.us
BE A REALLY GOOD NEIGHBOR by donating whole blood or platelets. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. The American Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so hospital patients have the blood or platelets they need to make a recovery. The Red Cross Columbia donation center is at 2751 Bull St. (800) 733-2767; http://www.redcrossblood.org/sc
ROCK AND RESCUE, a fundraiser for Sunset Felines, a Midlands-based cat rescue, will be 6-10 p.m. Tuesday at Kelly’s Deli and Pub, 1001 Washington St. Three bands — The Leftovers, The Prairie Willows and Stillhouse. Monetary and cat food donations welcome, volunteer and/or foster information available.
LEXINGTON INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES (LICS) will be holding food drives through the end of the year. Officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team will be on hand at the following sites to promote the project. BI-LO, 421 Columbia Ave., Lexington, 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday; Ameris Bank, 701 W. Main St., Lexington, 2-5 p.m. Oct. 16; Lexington County Public Library, 5440 Augusta Road, West Columbia, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 23; and Walmart, 5556 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 2-5 p.m. Oct. 30.
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. www.harvesthope.com
HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK needs volunteers for groups and for counselors in its Emergency Food Pantries. Go to www.harvesthope.org
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 nine-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 age 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