Bertram Rantin

April 3, 2013

RANTIN: Repairing homes, touching hearts

Home Works of America is seeking volunteers for its April 20 repair blitz.

Home Works of America is seeking volunteers for its April 20 repair blitz.

Youth and adults are needed to repair homes of the elderly and the disadvantaged in the Greater Columbia area.

Repairs will be made to 25 homes and will include roof repairs, ramp construction, painting, carpentry, plumbing, cleaning and more. Workers must be at least 13 years old, but no skill level is required as Home Works has trained volunteers ready to guide and instruct.

All materials, tools and equipment are provided by Home Works.

A planning meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 11 at the Benedict-Allen Community Development Center, 2001 Two Notch Road. Pizza and soda will be served.

For more information about volunteering or to offer any other assistance, call Hank Chardos at (803) 781-4536 or email h.chardos@homeworksusa. net.

Woman’s Club reaches out

The St. Andrews Woman’s Club recently awarded $33,000 to three Midlands nonprofit groups.

The Free Medical Clinic of Columbia, Home Works of America and Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter divided the profits from the February’s Bridal Showcase at the S.C. State Fairgrounds.

The St. Andrews Woman’s Club Bridal Showcase is the longest running show of its kind in the Midlands. In the 32-year history of the showcase, The St. Andrews Woman’s Club has given more than $1 million back to Midlands nonprofit organizations.

Holes for Hope Golf Tournament

Harvest Hope Food Bank is accepting registration for this year’s Holes for Hope Golf Tournament.

The event will be April 29 at the Spring Valley Country Club, with the shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Proceeds will be used to help the food bank provide meals for feed hungry residents across 20 South Carolina counties.

The entry fee is $340 per team or $85 per individual.

Team registration includes 18 holes with cart, range balls, prizes and lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of the event. Mulligans will be sold for $5 each at registration table.

To learn more or register, visit

Easter baskets aplenty

Several Midlands groups recently collected and distributed Easter baskets to 368 children being served at Sistercare.

Fifteen civic groups, individuals, faith-based groups and children’s school classes donated the Easter baskets for the children who have been exposed to domestic violence.

“The response from the community in providing Easter baskets for children served at Sistercare surpassed our expectations, much to the benefit of the children,” said Lindsey Willard, Sistercare’s coordinator of volunteer services and community outreach. “Easter was a special day for hundreds of children who were surprised by the many Easter baskets the community gave specifically for them.”

The contributing groups included Staples, Allstate, Union United Methodist Church, Northstar Christian Center, Brookland Baptist Church, The Adam Turner Children’s Foundation, Sims & Haley Floyd, Shirley Hamner, Peggy Sills, The Center for Best Practice at Lexington Medical Center, Tom Beattie, Cleopatra CRT 580, Palmetto GBA, Revolution Worship Center and Star Riding 124.

Sistercare is a private, nonprofit, United Way partner agency and served nearly 7,000 battered women and their children in 2012.

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