Giving help, getting help, April 8

04/08/2014 12:00 AM

04/07/2014 2:58 PM


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.


LEXINGTON COUNTY’S Green is Clean Month kicks off 9 a.m.-noon Saturday with an e-waste collection at the County Administration Building, 212 S. Lake Drive, Lexington. Limit eight items per visit.

THE WEST COLUMBIA SAFE CATS COALITION is made up of animal welfare organizations and individuals dedicated to reducing the number of homeless cats in the city limits. Stray and free-roaming cats will be trapped, vaccinated, spayed/neutered and returned to their neighborhood. The service is provided at no cost, but donations are more than welcome. If you would like to use this service, call (803) A volunteer will arrange for a time to trap the cats, then they will be transported to Pets, Inc., where they will be vaccinated, spayed or neutered, ear-tipped and returned. Since the cats trapped by animal control and by Safe Cats Coalition are returned to their neighborhoods, volunteers are needed to help care for them. If you can assist by feeding, trapping, or permitting someone to feed and/or trap on your property, please call.

SUDDETH AUTOMOTIVE is offering free car care inspections 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays through April 30 at 1410 N. Millwood Ave. Each multipoint inspection takes about 30 minutes, Each participant will receive a completed copy of the inspection form and an opportunity to review the results with a service director. Call (803) 256-2110 to set up an appointment; drop-ins are also welcome.

KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL is holding a shoe drive through April 30 to raise funds, support microenterprise in developing nations and help the environment. In the U.S. alone, 630 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. The materials used to manufacture a pair of shoes are created from chemical compounds that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills. All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners through Funds2Orgs and used to help impoverished people to start, maintain and grow a unique business opportunity to feed, clothe and house their families. The goal is to collect 7,500 pairs of wearable shoes. If you are interested in learning more or being a site captain for shoe collection at your place of business, call (803) 733-1139 or email

A FREE PREPARING FOR BABY CLASS will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pelion Library, 206 Pine St., Pelion. The lecture will be led by Casey Conti, Certified Happiest Baby on the Block Educator and Postpartum Doula. New parents will learn about bathing, umbilical cord care, circumcision care, nail care, diapering, swaddling, newborn sleep and must-have items. (803) 201-8927;

TAKE TIME TO BE HEALTHY is the theme of the Senior Missionary Society at First Calvary Church’s annual health fair. The event will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1401 Pine St.

THE MEN’S MINISTRY at Bethel AME Church will hold a men’s health fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 819 Woodrow St. The event will feature health screenings, informational sessions on the Affordable Care Act, fitness, grooming, motivational speakers and vendors. A healthy breakfast will be served beginning at 10:15 a.m. in the El Bethel Cafeteria. (803) 779-0138

THE S.C. BAR LEGAL REFERRAL SERVICE is a simple and inexpensive method of introducing people with legal problems to qualified attorneys. Lawyers agree to offer an initial 30-minute consultation for no more than $50; the lawyer and client then agree moving forward. To reach the LRS by phone, call (803) 799-7100 weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. To submit your information for an online referral, go to


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 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

THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION, Mid Atlantic Region, is looking committee volunteers for the Dec. 13 Jingle Bell Run/Walk. The only requirement is that volunteers donate an hour a month to be present for a meeting or call in via conference call; then on the day of the event, they will need to be at the Moore Center for Orthopaedics in Lexington for two hours. Specific needs for volunteers are team recruitment, sponsorship, logistics and media/public relations.(704) 705-1799 or email

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

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;


SPECIAL OLYMPICS S.C. FUNDRAISERS on tap include Car Hoppin’ for Cash, 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Sonic, 804 U.S. 1 South, Lugoff. Troopers from the S.C. Highway Patrol will be car hops for the evening, collecting donations. No word yet on roller skates. (803) 772-1555, ext. 311;

LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT DEPUTIES is conducting their 5th annual Cook a Pig fundraiser to benefit South Carolina Special Olympics. Resident deputies and school resource officers will sell $40 tickets in advance for barbecued whole pork Boston butts (pre-cooked weight 10-15 pounds). Orders will be available for pickup 3-6 p.m. Friday at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road. Information at (803) 785-0615 or email

BCHS EDUCATION FOUNDATION will hold its 14th annual golf classic and rafffle April 14 at Charwood Country Club, 222 Clubhouse Drive, West Columbia. Registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Cookout and prizes will be awarded immediately following play. $75 per player or $300 per team. Proceeds will make possible Brookland-Cayce High School student scholarships and teacher grants. Registration deadline is Friday. (803) 708-1181;

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