COLUMBIA GREEN has awarded $11,000 in neighborhood and tree initiative grants for projects in the Columbia area. Winners of the neighborhood grants include Ashewood Neighborhood Association, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Historic Waverly Neighborhood, Strathaven Forest Subdivision, University Hills Neighborhood Association and the W. Gordon Belser Arboretum. Completion of each project is expected by June. Tree Initiative grants of $2,500 each went to the YMCA of Columbia for landscaping of the new Lexington facility and the Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association for tree plantings along Academy and Marshall streets.
DWIGHT FLOYD of Irmo has been inducted into the St. Andrews Rotary Club. Floyd is a partner in the law firm of Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein.
SGT. KIMBERLY MYERS of the Richland County Sheriff's Department has received the President's Award from the S.C. Corrections Association. Sgt. Myers was recognized for her work with the Sheriff's Department's Youth Arbitration Program and the S.C. Corrections Association's Women's Task Force.
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MUNGO HOMES raised nearly $370,000 plus $15,858 in-kind donations for the Feed Your Neighbor campaign to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. Donations are encouraged throughout the year and may be made online at www.harvesthope.org.
NAVY SEAMAN BRIAN T. DEVEREAUX has completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. The son of Karen A. Devereaux of Lexington and James R. Devereaux of Columbia, he is a 2008 graduate of Dreher High School.
ARMY SPEC. JOSHUA N. CHITTICK has completed basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is a 1999 graduate of Irmo High School.
NAVY SEAMAN RECRUIT JANIE E. CHAMBERS has completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. The daughter of Naomi R. and Harry R. Chambers of Camden, she is a 2008 graduate of Camden High School.
ARMY RESERVE PFC. KYLE L. GREEN has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The son of Mary Winsted of Columbia, Green is a 2006 graduate of Richland Northeast High School.
COAST GUARD SEAMAN KRYSTEN C. KASPRZYK has completed training at the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center, Cape May, N.J. The daughter of Cheryl D. and David S. Kasprzyk of Columbia, she is a 2008 graduate of Spring Valley High School.
ARMY RESERVE PFC. COBY D. ODOM has completed basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. The daughter of Thea C. Odom of Columbia, he is a 2008 graduate of Eau Claire High School.
TRAVIS J. SHAW has completed the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the course; upon completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, they are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve. The son of Carl S. and Georgia R. Shaw of Columbia, he is a 2004 graduate of Eau Claire High School, received a bachelor's degree in 2008 from North Greenville University and attends Furman University.
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PVT. ASHLEY M. BAUGHMAN has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The daughter of Helen Morris of Leesville, Baughman is a 2009 graduate of Gilbert High School.
ARMY PVT. HASSAN H. WILLIAMS has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The son of Aida Pugh of West Columbia, Williams is a 2009 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School.
PALMETTO HEALTH RICHLAND
BORN NOV. 1, 2009
A girl to Vakiesha Slaughter
A boy to Katie and Danny Blocker
A boy to Christina and Shawn Grice
BORN NOV. 3, 2009
A girl to Brantlet Marthers and
David Tindal Jr.
A girl to Brittany D. Ringer and
Anthony R. Bricker
A boy to Laverne and Samuel O. Smith
A boy to Chasiti Clemons and
A boy to Cayci S. and Leon C. Banks Jr.
BORN NOV. 4, 2009
A girl to Tracie S. and John V. Furgess Jr.
A boy to Letitia Klines and Daniel Jacobs
BORN NOV. 5, 2009
A boy to Samantha Gambrell and
A boy to Tamika Mickens
BORN NOV. 6, 2009
A girl to Olivia Edmunds and
Clarence Johnson Jr.
A boy to Diamond Nickerson and
A boy to Amanda Sligh and
Twin boys to Latosha Caughman
BORN NOV. 7, 2009
A girl to Schiyonta Martin
A girl to Alexandra Soares and
Waldo J. Vion
A boy to Sherica and
A boy to Jennifer Rotroff and
BORN NOV. 8, 2009
A boy to Stacey G. and Rogerick Gilchrist
BEACON OF LIGHT THRIFT CENTER is accepting donations of food, toiletries, clothing, books, electronics and furniture 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at 301 Sunset Drive (Spirit of Truth Christian Church). Store hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 771-8933
FRIENDS OF THE LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY accepts donations of gently used books, magazines, movies and music for its ongoing book sale. Items may be dropped off at 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Tax donation forms available; proceeds help support children's reading programs at the library. Marlena White, (803) 261-8697
AARP is seeking volunteers to fill positions of coordinator, instructor and marketer for its Driver Safety Program. (803) 781-4726; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA is seeking volunteers in the following areas: administrative, disaster, grants, heroes, philanthropy, public affairs and special events. Volunteer activities include responding to local disasters, writing Red Cross stories, raising money, conducting grant research and placing thank-you calls to monetary donors. Disaster Services Orientation sessions are held 6-9 p.m. the first Monday monthly at 2751 Bull St. For more information, call (803) 540-1217 or go to www.centralscredcross.org.
THE STATE MUSEUM needs volunteer docents to give tours, teach lessons and help in other ways at the museum, 301 Gervais St. Benefits include a discount at the museum store and opportunities to learn about South Carolina's art, natural history, culture, science and technology. (803) 898-4912 or e-mail email@example.com
KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL needs 15-20 volunteers for its Tailgate Recycling program at the State Fairgrounds parking lot preceding the USC-Clemson football game Saturday, Nov. 28. T-shirts identifying them as part of the recycling team will be provided, and volunteers will be finished before kickoff. Heidi Johnson, (803) 733-2526
ROAD TO RECOVERY is a program that provides cancer patients with transportation to and from treatments. Training is weekly at the American Cancer Society office, 128 Stonemark Lane. Volunteers must have a driver's license, good driving record and a reliable vehicle. Lang Hunt, (803) 750-1693
RELIANT HOSPICE is seeking volunteers to assist its network of caregivers. Volunteers do not need medical experience. Opportunities range from patient companionship and assisting with home improvement projects to running errands and providing patient transportation to doctor visits. Health screening and SLED background check required. Call (803) 798-1102 or go to www.relianthospice.com for training information.
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF COLUMBIA is looking for volunteers for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Palmetto Health Richland Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and McMeals. (803) 254-0118, ext. 11 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
LEXINGTON COUNTY VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM is seeking people to serve as advocates for children who come into foster care because of abuse or neglect. GAL volunteers work with all agencies involved with the child, including the Department of Social Services, the Family Court, school and counselors. Volunteers must be at least 21, have the desire to work with children, the ability to pass background checks and complete the 30-hour training program. Call (803) 957-6484 or go to www.lexington.scgal.org for an application.
ROLLING READERS, a nonprofit children's literacy program, is seeking volunteers to read aloud or tutor children in reading. Sessions are held at local schools, after-school programs, child development centers, shelters, children's homes and churches. (803) 733-READ or e-mail email@example.com