BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS of Greater Columbia will hold their next volunteer orientation session from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at 4300 North Main St. For more information visit www.bbsgc.org or call (803) 691-5700
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
LAWYERS 4 VETS, a pro bono legal clinic for lower-income veterans in South Carolina 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; health care powers of attorney and simple wills. To be screened for an appointment call (877) 289-6000. Clinics are by appointment only. Attorneys interested in volunteering or anyone interested in supporting the clinic should call (803) 779-1113, ext. 113 or http://scjusticewatch.org
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SUNSET FELINES is in urgent need of people 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ISSIONis 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, hot line 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
FREE OIL CHANGE for veterans as well as active military with military ID on Nov. 11 at all Jiffy Lube locations in the Columbia area. Visit www.jiffylube.com for the closest service center.
BEST OF PHILANTHROPY AWARDS will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, 701 Whaley St. Join Central Carolina Community Foundation and Columbia Metropolitan Magazine as they celebrate the individuals, businesses and groups who have made significant contributions to the community. Tickets are $50. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.yourfoundation.org
COLUMBIA’S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT to hold financial education workshop from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at 1225 Lady St. on the second floor. Learn the importance of banking, budgeing, saving and building your credit. For more information or to register, call (803) 545-0280 or visit www.columbiasc.net
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD is having its national collection week from Nov. 17-24. They are looking for shoe boxes full of toys, school supplies and non-liquid hygiene items. For a full list of drop off locations and times, visit www.samaritanpurse.org/occ
FREEBIES FOR VETERANS are being offered by Great Clips and Golden Corral. Great Clips is offering veterans a free hair cut from Nov. 11- Dec. 31 and Golden Corral is offering veterans a free beverage and buffet meal from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 17.
REMINGTON COLLEGE is holding “Cuts for Cause” throughout 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and walk-ins only from 8:30-11 a.m. and noon-1 p.m. Saturday throughout the month of November. Bring a can of food or non-perishable food item and receive a free haircut, manicure or pedicure. To schedule an appointment, call (803) 214-9062. Visit www.remingtoncosmo.com for more information.
FLU SHOTS FOR VETERANS are now available from 8 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at Dorn’s Mental Health Clinics. These seasonal flu shots are available at no cost to veterans to help keep them healthy. For more information, call (803) 695-6701
FREE CAR INSPECTIONS are being offered by Suddeth Automotive from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. until the end of October at 1410 North Millwood Ave. Offered in conjunction with the National Fall Car Care Month, participants are invited to call (803) 259-2110 to set up an appointment. Drop-ins are also welcome.
CAIRNS FOR CARSON is a fundraiser to help Carson Spitzer, son of Lugoff fire-rescue battalion chief Chris Spitzer, who has just undergone his second brain surgery. A leather Cairns fire helmet will be raffled off and 100 percent of proceeds go to Carson’s medical expenses. $10 donation per ticket or five tickets for $40 donation. Order tickets and get more info at (803) 572-1262 www.lugofffire.com
THE CITY OF COLUMBIA ART CENTER will be hosting their annual art sale and silent auction from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 22 at Earlewood Park Community Center, 1113 Parkside Dr. The event will feature several local artists and proceeds will benefit the Creative Journey Project. For more information, call Brenda Oliver at (803) 545-3039
SEASONAL ITEMS NEEDED, including gently used jackets, coats, sweaters and other items. The goal is 1,000 coats for children in need. Donations are accepted daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Giving Tree, 421 Bush River Road.
FAMILY PROMISE OF THE MIDLANDS, a ministry dedicated to addressing the needs of the homeless, is in need of storage space, 20x20 or larger until the end of the year and preferably beyond. http://familypromisemidlands.org
THE HEALING FAMILIES FOUNDATION is launching the Giving Society during National Recovery Month (September). Healing Families works to reduce addiction as a leading cause of family collapse and harm to children by promoting and supporting treatment for families and their loved ones who struggle with substance abuse. Helping Families’ primary fund provides scholarships to individuals who cannot afford treatment at LRADAC. The first level of giving is $25, although supporters may give more. Information at http://healingfamiliesfoundation.org/givingsociety
SHARING GOD’S LOVE, a Christian ministry serving the poor and needy in the Irmo, St. Andrews and Ballentine communities, is seeking donations of sheets and towels (may be used but in good condition), jelly, spaghetti sauce, noodles, laundry detergent, shampoo, deodorant, dishwashing liquid, toothpaste, tooth brushes, bar soap and toilet paper. http://sharinggodslove.net
BETSY’S GARAGE and Cellphones for Soldiers are asking Columbia residents to help troops call home by donating gently used cellphones for recycling. For every donated phone valued at $5, the nonprofit will be able to provide overseas troops 2.5 hours of free talk time on prepaid international calling cards. Betsy’s Garage, at 2011 Bull St., will offer a 10 percent discount on any automotive service to customers donating phones. They’re in it for the long haul, they say, and donations may be dropped off during business hours, 8 a.m.-6 pm. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 929-0013; http://cellphonesforsoldiers.com
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 is accepting used cellphones for donation to Cellphones for Soldiers, which will sell the phones to a recycling company in order to buy prepaid phone calling cards for U.S. military personnel who have been deployed outside the United States. The phones do not have to be in working order, personal information and photographs should be deleted prior to donation. Donations may be dropped off through Sept. 30 at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road; the North Region Patrol District Office, 111 Lincreek Drive, Columbia; and the Chapin Patrol District Office, 103 Columbia Ave., Chapin. (803) 785-0801
DONATE, DON’T DUMP, an initiative of the Salvation Army of the Midlands, encourages people 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.