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: Monday-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, June 16-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: Monday-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: Fridays, June 13-27 and July 11-18. Lunch, 11-11:45 a.m.
North Springs Elementary: Monday-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: June 16-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: Monday-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: Tuesday-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: Monday-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
SEEDS OF HOPE FARMERS MARKETS will be held: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through August at Grace UMC, 410 Harbison Blvd,. and Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. Questions? Call (803) 732-1899 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays.
HISTORIC COLUMBIA is participating in the Blue Star Museum initiative offering free tours of its historic house museums to all active duty military personnel and their families through Sept. 1. The museum is partnering with the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, MetLife Foundation and more than 2,000 museums across America. HC offers tours of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons Site and the newly reopened Woodrow Wilson Family Home every day of the week except Mondays. Tours begin at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills and start on the hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. http://historiccolumbia.org
THE COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART is participating in the Blue Star Museum initiative offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Sept. 1. The museum is partnering with the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, MetLife Foundation and more than 2,000 museums across America. CMA is at 1515 Main St. and hours are noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays (the museum is open until 8 p.m. on the first Friday monthly). (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
LAWYERS 4 VETS, a pro bono legal clinic for lower-income veterans in South Carolina will meet 9 a.m.-noon the third Thursday monthly at the Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road. Of the more than 420,000 veterans living in South Carolina, nearly 30,000 veterans live below the poverty line, struggling to find jobs and grappling with the effects of poverty, hunger and homelessness. 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; simple wills and healthcare powers of attorney. (877) 289-6000; http://columbiasc.va.gov/lawyers4vets.asp
THE WEST COLUMBIA SAFE CATS COALITION is made up of animal welfare organizations and individuals dedicated to reducing the number of homeless cats in the city limits. Stray and free-roaming cats will be trapped, vaccinated, spayed/neutered and returned to their neighborhood. The service is provided at no cost, but donations are more than welcome. If you would like to use this service, call (803) 543-6335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A volunteer will arrange for a time to trap the cats, then they will be transported to Pets, Inc., where they will be vaccinated, spayed or neutered, ear-tipped and returned. Since the cats trapped by animal control and by Safe Cats Coalition are returned to their neighborhoods, volunteers are needed to help care for them. If you can assist by feeding, trapping, or permitting someone to feed and/or trap on your property, please call (803) 543-6335.
THE S.C. BAR LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE is a simple and inexpensive method of introducing people with legal problems to qualified attorneys. Lawyers agree to offer an initial 30-minute consultation for no more than $50; the lawyer and client then agree moving forward. To reach the LRS by phone, call (803) 799-7100 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. To submit your information for an online referral, go to http://scbar.org/lrs
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 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 CRISIS 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
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.
FIREFIGHTERS BOOT DRIVE, a fundraiser for the Jeffrey Vadin Chavis House at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., will be held Thursday through Saturday. Firefighters from the Lexington County Fire Service, Columbia Fire Department, Irmo Fire District, West Columbia Fire Department, Cayce Department of Public Safety, Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department, Lexington County EMS, Community Emergency Response Team and Fire/EMS Explorers will be accepting donations. Emergency Services personnel will collect funds at Lexington and Richland County Walmarts and at Lexington County BI-LO grocery stores 5-9 p.m. Friday . Firefighters in Lexington and Richland County will be at Lexington County Walmart and BI-LO stores, 8 a.m.-5 pm. on Saturday. Lexington County Fire personnel will also work intersections 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. The Chavis House provides families of burn victims with a place to stay while their family members are hospitalized. The funds also assist the patients with anti-scarring garments and other care associated with the treatment of burns. (803) 309-8535, (803) 518-7709