Giving help, getting help, June 10

June 10, 2014 

VOLUNTEERS

LAWYERS 4 VETS, a pro bono legal clinic for lower-income veterans in South Carolina meets 9 a.m.-noon the third Thursday monthly at the Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road. Lawyers 4 Vets will connect lower-income veterans living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines with local attorneys who can provide one-on-one pro bono legal advice or representation in matters such as obtaining identification (Social Security, S.C. ID, birth certificates); child support and visitation issues in South Carolina; expungements and pardons in South Carolina; consumer protection; healthcare powers of attorney and simple wills. Attorneys interested in volunteering or anyone interested in supporting the clinic should call (803) 779-1113, ext. 113 or http://scjusticewatch.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 thesunsetfelines@hotmail.com

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 COMM ISSIONis 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

DAYBREAK CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER is seeking female volunteers in several areas. The center needs volunteer counselors, hotline volunteers, teen volunteers, parenting/childbirth volunteer teachers, post-abortion class leaders, baby boutique volunteers, receptionists and office assistants. The center also needs male mentors and mailing clerical volunteers. Adults only; training will be provided. Daybreak has offices in downtown Columbia and Lexington and needs assistance at both sites. (803) 771-6634

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

DONATIONS

DONATE, DON’T DUMP, an initiative of the Salvation Army of the Midlands, encourages folks to drop off clothing, household items, furniture, etc. at the Family Store, 1312 Millwood Ave. Store hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. You can call (803) 748-9964 for items to be picked up.

REACH OUT AND READ, an early literacy program providing books for children age 5 and younger during well-child visits at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, needs new book donations and contributions. Call Callee Boulware, (803) 434-2523.

FUNDRAISERS

“LARRY’S BRING YOUR OWN DINNER DINNER THEATRE,” a fundraiser for Trustus Theatre, will be held at 7 p.m. July 9 at Trustus, 520 Lady St. Act I will feature the “talents” of Miss Loreen DeMint, Miss Polly Gripp, Miss Tess Tickles and guest Miss Patti O’Furniture. Act II will feature the Dick Goodwin Trio with singers Kim Harne, Sam McWhite, Katrina Blanding, Janet Hopkins, Caroline Weidner and Avery Bateman. The bar opens at 6 p.m. (bring your own dinner, really), dress is tacky tourist bad dinner theatre attire. Tickets are $20, available at http://trustus.org.

GOOD NEIGHBORS

1st MARKET (First Nazareth Baptist Church Farmers Market) will be held 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 22 in the Millwood Avenue parking lot across from the church. Senior vouchers and SNAP/EBT accepted. Local farmers and community gardeners are encouraged to participate, call (803) 254-6232. The church is located at 2351 Gervais St.

THE GILLS CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION has received a $15,000 pledge of support from Cross Hill Market and EDENS. The five-year commitment will help fund the association’s mission to restore and protect the Gills Creek Watershed, which includes stream restoration, stormwater management and a greenway and kayak/canoe launch along Gills Creek adjacent to Cross Hill Market.

THE RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT has received a $10,000 grant from the ASPCA to purchase specialized equipment to investigate animal cruelty and neglect cases in Richland County. In 2013, the RCSD responded to 23 animal abuse incidents, including animal fighting and neglect cases. The grant will provide investigators with equipment including animal first-aid kits, cameras to document evidence, dog crates, leashes and other supplies.

LEXINGTON 2 SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM will serve lunches 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, June 17-July 31 at Springdale Elementary School, 361 Wattling Road, West Columbia. Children age 18 and younger may receive free lunch; lunch is also available to persons with disabilities, older than 18 who participate in school programs for the mentally or physically disabled. Lunch is open on a first-come, first served basis; children 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or guardian at all times; meal must be consumed onsite; adults may eat for $3.65. (803) 730-8381

RICHLAND 2 FOOD SERVICES, operated by Sodexo, will serve free, nutritious meals on weekdays for students age 18 and younger, during the summer at the following locations and times:

Bridge Creek Elementary: Through Aug. 8 (closed June 30-July 4). Breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch, noon-12:30 p.m. (803) 462-3900

Keels Elementary: Mondays-Thursdays through July 17. (closed June 30-July 4). Breakfast, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. (803) 736-8754

Killian Elementary: Through Aug. 1 (closed June 30-July 4). Breakfast, 7:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (803) 699-2981

North Gate Mobile Home Park: Fridays, June 13-27 and July 11-18. Lunch, 11-11:45 a.m.

North Springs Elementary: Through Aug. 8 (closed July 4). Breakfast, 7:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (803) 736-3183

Pontiac Elementary: Monday throughAug. 8 (closed July 4). Breakfast, 7:30-8:30; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (803) 699-2700

Rice Creek Elementary: Through Aug. 8 (closed June 30-July 4). Breakfast, 7:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (803) 699-2900

Richland Library Northeast: Tuesday-Aug. 8 (closed July 3-4). Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Westwood High: July 28-31. Breakfast, 8:45-9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (803) 691-4049

Windsor Elementary: Through July 24 (closed June 30-July 4). Breakfast, 7:30-8:45 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (803) 736-8723

SEEDS OF HOPE FARMERS MARKETS will be held: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through August at Grace UMC, 410 Harbison Blvd,. and Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. Questions? Call (803) 732-1899 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays.

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