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) firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (803) 543-6335.
SUDDETH AUTOMOTIVE is offering free car care inspections 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 email@example.com
THE S.C. BAR LAWYER 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 http://scbar.org/lrs
KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL is scheduling community-wide cleanups through May 31. Plan a cleanup of your neighborhood, a local waterway, an island or another area in your community. Select a site captain, who will call (803) 733-1139 to notify KMB of the cleanup and make arrangements for getting the necessary supplies. Keep the Midlands Beautiful will provide gloves, garbage bags, vests if needed, grabbers and water for the volunteers. Site captains will be asked to report back after the cleanup with the number of volunteers, number of bags of trash collected and the number of hours worked.
THE CITY OF COLUMBIA Art Center is looking for volunteers to help with Creative Journey, a program designed to provide art resources to combat veterans who would like to channel their energies.. Artists skilled in working with various forms of art are also needed to help guide the participants through the activities. Orientation will be 6-7:30 p.m. May 12 at Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St. Orientation is required for all artists and volunteers. Orientation will be conducted by representatives from Fort Jackson. (803) 545-3093 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 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 for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1112 Hummingbird Drive, West Columbia, will host its 2nd annual Big Sale and Joy Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The Big Sale is an outdoor, community-wide yard sale; 12x25 spaces on the grounds available for rental at $20 (tables not provided). The Joy Market is an indoor booth market with rental spaces available for $25. The market is reserved for arts, crafts, homemade goods, etc. (no garage sale items are permitted inside). Tables and chairs are provided. Breakfast and lunch items will also be available for sale throughout the event. Proceeds will benefit the church’s mortgage fund. (803) 794-6766; http://providencepresbyterian.net
FRIENDS OF THE SWANSEA LIBRARY will hold a library book and yard sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Lifelong Learning Center, 297 N. Lawrence St. (two blocks from the library), Swansea. (803) 568-5498
SUBER-MARSHALL MEMORIAL UMC will hold its 56th annual barbecue 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 3900 Live Oak St. Plates are still $10 (pork or chicken with slaw, rice and a roll); there will be music and baked goods. Proceeds will benefit local charities.
COOKOUT FOR KIDS will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Milwood Ave. Barbecue plates (pork or chicken), $10; bake sale items, balloon art, antique car display, live music, free parking. Plates and fully cooked Boston butts with sauce ($30) may be ordered and picked up at the drive-through. Fundraiser is sponsored by the Epworth Children’s Home Alumni Association. (864) 230-8929
FIGHT FOR AIR CLIMB COLUMBIA, a vertical stair climb event challenges participants to conquer the Capitol Center, 1201 Main St., by climbing the building’s 25 floors to the top. Participants may compete for the fastest time or to support the American Lung Association’s mission and raise awareness for those fighting lung disease. Invidividual climbers or teams of four. Participants can climb individually or as teams of four. Those who reach the top will be treated to refreshments and a bird’s eye view of Columbia. The race will begin at 9 a.m. May 31; register at http://climbcolumbia.org
BI-LO HAS LAUNCHED its 5th annual PAWS “Feed the Love” donation program to benefit area food banks and nonprofits partners dedicated to eliminating hunger for pets in their communities. Through Tuesday, customers may purchase a $5 pre-packaged bag of pet food with their BI-LO bonus card or give a monetary donation of their choice at any BI-LO store register. Each bag contains a week’s worth of dry and canned packages of PAWS Premium, BI-LO’s brand of pet food. For every bag purchased, customers will receive an additional 5 cents per gallon in fuel perks rewards.
ERA WILDER REALTY’S Irmo office, 1048 Lake Murray Blvd., is conducting a pet supplies drive for Pawmetto Lifeline through Wednesday. The nonprofit animal rescue organization works to solve pet overpopulation through initiatives in adoption, medical, rescue collaboration and education efforts. Items needed include bleach, liquid laundry detergent, Dawn dish soap, cat toys, paper towels, old towels and linens and dry and wet food for dogs and cats. (803) 407-5220; http://erawilderrealty.com
THE 22nd ANNUAL LETTER CARRIER FOOD DRIVE will be held May 10. Also known as the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, participation is simple: leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on May 10 and the postal carrier will do the rest. Most-wanted foods include: canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon); canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese); canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils); pasta, rice cereal, 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed); canned vegetables; cooking oil; and boxed cooking mixes (pancakes, breads). No rusty or unlabeled cans, glass containers, perishable items, homemade items, noncommercial canned or packaged items, alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda, open or used items.
FIRST NAZARETH BAPTIST CHURCH will be holding a food drive through May 31. Items may be dropped off 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays at the church’s food pantry, 1207 Heidt St., or at the church, 2351 Gervais St. You can also call the church at (803) 254-6232 for special drop-off arrangements.
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.