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THE HUMANE SOCIETY needs volunteers for its Pet Soup project, distributing nearly 20,000 pounds of free pet food 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays at Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2220 Shop Road. Help is needed in the voucher application area (first contact with pet owners) and in distribution (volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time, work in outdoor conditions and lift a minimum of 60 pounds). Kelly Graham, (803) 783-1267 or e-mail

HOME WORKS OF AMERICA is sponsoring a one-day home repair blitz on Saturday, Oct. 24. Planning meetings for volunteers will be 6:30 tonight and Thursday, Oct. 8, at Benedict-Allen Community Development Center, 2001 Two Notch Road. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. (803) 781-4536

THE STATE MUSEUM needs volunteer docents to give tours, teach lessons and help in other ways at the museum, 301 Gervais St. Benefits include a discount at the museum store and opportunities to learn about South Carolina's art, natural history, culture, science and technology. (803) 898-4912 or e-mail

WEST METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is looking for volunteers for the Reid's Rockin' at the Raceway Concert Series, 5-10 p.m. Fridays through October 30, at the Historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce. Call (803) 794-6504 or e-mail

KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL needs 15-20 volunteers for its Tailgate Recycling program at the State Fairgrounds parking lot preceding USC home football games. Volunteers are needed for Saturday, Oct. 10 and Nov. 28; T-shirts identifying them as part of the recycling team will be provided, and volunteers will be finished before kickoff. Heidi Johnson, (803) 733-2526

ROAD TO RECOVERY is a program that provides cancer patients with transportation to and from treatments. Training is weekly at the American Cancer Society office, 128 Stonemark Lane. Volunteers must have a driver's license, good driving record and a reliable vehicle. Lang Hunt, (803) 750-1693.

RELIANT HOSPICE is seeking volunteers to assist its network of caregivers. Volunteers do not need medical experience. Opportunities range from patient companionship and assisting with home improvement projects to running errands and providing patient transportation to doctor visits. Health screening and SLED background check required. Call (803) 798-1102 or go to for training information.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF COLUMBIA is looking for volunteers for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Palmetto Health Richland Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and McMeals. (803) 254-0118, ext. 11 or e-mail

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA is seeking volunteers in the following areas: administrative, disaster, grants, heroes, philanthropy, public affairs and special events. Volunteer activities include responding to local disasters, writing Red Cross stories, raising money, conducting grant research and placing thank-you calls to monetary donors. For more information, call (803) 540-1200 or go to

LEXINGTON COUNTY VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM is seeking people to serve as advocates for children who come into foster care because of abuse or neglect. GAL volunteers work with all agencies involved with the child, including the Department of Social Services, the Family Court, school and counselors. Volunteers must be at least 21, have the desire to work with children, the ability to pass background checks and complete the 30-hour training program. Call (803) 957-6484 or go to for an application.

ROLLING READERS, a nonprofit children's literacy program, is seeking volunteers to read aloud or tutor children in reading. Sessions are held at local schools, after-school programs, child development centers, shelters, children's homes and churches. (803) 733-READ or e-mail


WINTER COAT DRIVE, sponsored by High Noon, 1300 Dutch Fork Road, Ballentine (S.C. 6 and U.S. 76), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Accepting new or gently used men's, women's and children's coats and jackets to be donated to Carolina Children's Home, Palmetto Place Children's Shelter, Salvation Army and other local charities. (803) 781-7444

THE ALLSTATE FOUNDATION is observing National Domestic Violence Month with a women's suit drive through Friday, Oct. 9. Clean, nearly new suits and professional attire will be donated to Sistercare to help outfit domestic violence survivors with confidence as they enter or reenter the workforce. Donations are being accepted at the Eva Turner Allstate Agency, 100 Pontiac Business Center Drive, Suite D, Elgin. (803) 865-6601

FRIENDS OF THE LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY accepts donations of gently used books, magazines, movies and music for its ongoing book sale. Items may be dropped off at 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Tax donation forms available; proceeds help support children's reading programs at the library. Marlena White, (803) 261-8697

SALVATION ARMY FAMILY THRIFT STORE at 1312 N. Millwood Ave. needs clothing donations to restock its shelves and racks. Call (803) 748-9964 for pickup.

THE PET SOUP PROJECT of the Humane Society distributes pet food to needy pet owners. Donations may be dropped off at 121 Humane Lane (off Shop Road). Items needed include a pull-along trailer, one-gallon ziplock freezer bags, large garbage bags, plastic grocery bags, pet food scoops, pens, markers, copy paper, paper towels, bottled water, battery-powered hand vacuum, canopy tents, gas cards and monetary donations. (803) 783-1267;

CAROLINA CHILDREN'S HOME is seeking donations to its 2009 Back to School Fund. The fund is used to purchase school supplies, clothing and shoes and helps with school activity fees and extracurricular activities for the home's more than 50 residents. Donations of school supplies are also welcome. (803) 787-2306 or go to

GOODWILL is accepting donations at the site of the Goodwill retail store under construction at 118 Knoll Station Road, Lexington (across from Wal-Mart). Donations will be used to stock and support the store that is scheduled to open this month.