Giving help, getting help, May 9

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LAWYERS 4 VETS, a pro bono legal clinic for lower-income veterans in South Carolina will be up and running 9 a.m.-noon Thursday (and the third Thursday monthly) at the Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road. Of the more than 420,000 veterans living in South Carolina, nearly 30,000 veterans live below the poverty line, struggling to find jobs and grappling with the effects of poverty, hunger and homelessness. 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; simple wills and healthcare power of attorney. (877) 289-6000;

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 (803) 543-6335.

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 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. To submit your information for an online referral, go to

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.


LAWYERS 4 VETS, a pro bono legal clinic for lower-income veterans in South Carolina will be up and running May 15 and 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 power of attorney and simple wills. Attorneys interested in volunteering or anyone interested in supporting the clinic should call (803) 779-1113, ext. 113 or

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. Monday 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

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 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

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;


SUPPORT OUR TROOPS DRIVE: The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Lexington 1, 2 and Lexington/Richland 5 schools are accepting donations of bottled water, sports drinks and single-serving snacks that the Sheriff’s Department will deliver to the USO for distribution to members of the armed forces while they are at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Donations will be accepted through May 16 at any public school in Districts 1, 2 and 5 as well as at the Lexington County North Region Service Center, 111 Lincreek Drive, Columbia. Sgt. Wesley Swinson is coordinating the participation of the Sheriff’s Department in the effort, call him at (803) 200-8424 or email if you have questions.

THE 22nd ANNUAL LETTER CARRIER FOOD DRIVE will be held Saturday. 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 Saturday 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.


THE AIRPORT HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION will hold its annual auction Tuesday at the Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Social hour and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.The event will also salute the 2014 Educator Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni winners, Francis Sandifer, Ken Smith, Melanie Wilson Huggins and Dr. John Curtis Chinault. Proceeds will help fund student scholarships and teacher grants at Airport High School. Tickets are $40, couples, $75. Tables for four, $200; corporate tables for eight, $350, $500 and $1,000. (803) 461-8714 or email

WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPY will host the 11th annual Power of the Purse charity event 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Stone River, 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia. The fundraiser is an auction of unique and fashionable handbags to support WIP’s work with women and children in the community. Tyler Ryan of WACH-TV will be the emcee and image expert Brian Maynor will present valuable fashion advice. In addition to the handbags traditionally offered, the auction will include a wine tasting for 20, spa, hotel and sporting packages, a three-course dinner for two and a Segway tour around historic Savannah. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door; includes food, drinks and entertainment. Email for more information.

CLEAR THE CLUTTER and support 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s 2nd annual Great Garage Sale Wednesday through May 17 at 701 Whaley St. Accepting all things “cool” and in good condition, working order or gently used. Vintage, artful and funky stuff. Round up those household goods, art pieces, cooking magazines, books and designer paraphernalia to 701 CCA, 701 Whaley St., second floor. Donations accepted noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Email to set up a donation appointment if the above times don’t work.

RIDE THE RION, ROCKTON AND WESTERN RAILWAY, 4 p.m. May 18 at the S.C. Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro. The ride will include stops at historic points of interest, including a restored country store. A reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres will follow before the train returns to Rockton. All proceeds benefit the renovation of the historic Mount Zion Institute campus buildings in Winnsboro. Tickets are $50 and available at Cornwallis House Tea Co., 141 Congress St., Winnsboro or online at and click on events.

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. Individual 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

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