S.C. VETERANS have served our state and our nation and now you can help them by volunteering at your local VA medical center or VA outpatient clinic. For more information, call Dorn VA Medical Center Voluntary Services at (803) 695-6780 or visit www.columbiasc.va.gov
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK rangers have begun a project to re-mark more than 20 miles of trails in the park. The project will replace color coding with numbers associated with each trail. Hikers will find brown tabs with reflective stickers marking trees along Congaree’s trails when the project is finished. Maps and brochures will be updated but there will be an overlap between the two systems until all publications are changed. Volunteers are needed to assist with the trail marking project. Training will be provided. For information, call Park Ranger Lindsay Compton at (803) 647-3965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 COMM ISSION 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
DAYBREAK 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
THE SALVATION ARMY OF THE MIDLANDS needs to replenish its food pantry. Items needed include meals in a can (chicken and dumplings, stew, chili, lasagna, spaghettio’s), rice, pasta, instant mashed potatoes, peanut butter, canned foods with pop-top lids, low-sugar cereals, 100 percent fruit juices, canned fruit packed in juice, canned vegetables (low salt), diapers and toilet paper. Donations will be accepted 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays at the Salvation Army Center for Worship & Service, 3024 Farrow Road. (803) 754-7109
THE LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT and the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club will collect new and used eyeglasses and hearing aids to be donated to S.C. Lions Charitable Services to support its mission of assisting children and young adults with vision and hearing problems. The Recycle for Sight and Sound campaign will run through Monday. Donations may be dropped off at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road; Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th St.; West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th St.; Springdale Town Hall, 3915 Platt Springs Road; Tri-City Leisure Center, 485 Brooks Ave., West Columbia; LCSD’s North Region Service Center, 111 Lincreek Drive, Columbia; Mount Hebron UMC, 3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia; Boy Scout Troop 425, Zion Lutheran Church, 226 Corley Mill Road, Lexington. (803) 785-0801
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.
JUNE IS NATIONAL ADOPT A SHELTER CAT MONTH and the Columbia animal shelter is holding a Name Your Own Price adoption event through Monday. There’s a $5 minimum fee and you’ll have to pay the city of Columbia pet license fee of $5, but that’s for a purr-fect pet. All cats have been spayed/neutered, microchipped, FELV/FIV tested and are up-to-date on vaccines. A coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich comes with every cat adoption. Columbia Animal Services is at 127 Humane Lane. (803) 776-7387; http://columbiasc.net
THE LAKE MURRAY BOAT CLUB will distribute free Light Up the Lake safety kits for boaters. The kits include glow sticks that provide temporary light in the event of navigation light failures, a distress whistle and a DNR Boating Handbook. The club is joining forces with Sea Tow of Lake Murray to make loaner children’s life jackets available for the summer. Safety kits and loaner life jackets will be available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (the date of the Lake Murray fireworks display) at the LMBC in the Marina Building, 1602 Marina Road, Suite B, Irmo. (803) 407-2828
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.
LEXINGTON 2 SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM will serve lunches 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays through 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: Friday 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: Through Aug. 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: Through 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