THE LEGAL ASSISTANCE MINISTRY of the First Nazareth Baptist Church is having an information session on personal bankruptcy at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 in the upper fellowship hall, 2351 Gervais St. Experts in the field of bankruptcy law will make presentations.
FREE COMMUNITY FEEDING from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Stedfast Christian Center, 5200 Fairfield Road. Anyone who desires a free meal can come. For more information, call (803) 786-9129
OPERATION FEEDING THE HOMELESS will be feeding the homeless at 10 a.m. Saturday at Finlay Park on Taylor St. If you have hats, gloves, bags, coats, shoes or anything else to help the cause, bring them Saturday. For more information or how to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
THE CHRISTIAN CHRISTMAS CLUB has two $800 book scholarships available to Richland One and Two graduating high school students who are products of single-parent households. Qualifiying students should visit their school counselor’s office for details regarding this offer. Application deadline is April 15, 2015
THE LOURIE CENTER is seeking nomination for the Senator Isadore E. Lourie Award for Excellence in Service to Seniors. Nominaions are open to individuals, companies or community groups who have made a significant impact on the lives of South Carolina seniors. Nominations are due Jan. 30 and forms are available at www.louriecentersc.com/about/lourieaward. (803) 779-1971 ext. 12
THE COLUMBIA CHILDREN’S THEATRE is hosting the STARgazers’ Gala to benefit Curing Kids Cancer at 7 p.m. Friday. Emceed by Evelyn Clary, the night will be full of song and dance, a raffle, concessions and awareness of childhood cancer. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
COLUMBIA SPELLS: 7-10 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Tapp’s Arts Center. Teams of three adults will compete against each other for the inaugural championship and trophies. Team registration is open now, $100 per team of three and regular admission is $15. All proceeds benefit Columbia Children’s Theatre. Fore more information, visit www.columbiaspells.com
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS is looking for volunteers to help with the children in their program, ages 6-13. There will be an orientation session from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday at 4300 North Main St. For more information, visit www.bbbsgc.org.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY seeks volunteer drivers to transport patients to local medical facilities for cancer treatment. The “Road to Recovery Program” is seeking volunteers with a good driving record, valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and a vehicle in good working condition. Rides are needed 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and the schedule is flexible to each volunteer’s availability. For more information, contact Fronde Merchant at email@example.com or (843) 744-1922.
VETERANS have served our state and our nation. 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 is 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 line 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.
SUNSET FELINES is in urgent need of people who can 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.
THE GIVING TREE is accepting items for their Help and Hope hygiene kit such as: soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, washclothes, deodorant, shampoo, tissues and hand sanitizers. Items can be dropped off from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at The Giving Tree, 421 Bush River Road. Kits will help the homeless, families in crisis, veterans and children in foster care. (803) 521-1881
SHARING GOD’S LOVE, a Christian ministry serving the 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, dish washing 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, 2011 Bull St., will offer a 10 percent discount on any automotive service to customers donating phones. This is an ongoing effort. 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; 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, ravioli, spaghetti), 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.
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 ages 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.