HISTORIC COLUMBIA is starting their new volunteer training at 9 a.m. on Nov. 10, 1601 Richland St. The event begins with a three-hour orientation and additional training will be offered depending on the volunteer’s role within in the organization. HC is looking for volunteers to donate six or more hours a month and offers volunteer benefits as well. For more information, call (803) 252-1770 ext. 24 or visit historiccolumbia.org
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD is looking for volunteers to help out withe process of collecting shoe boxes full of toys, school supplies and non-liquid hygiene items. To get involved, visit Grace United Methodist Church from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 9 a.m.-noon Friday, 410 Harbison Blvd.
LEXINGTON COUNTY’S Stormwater Consortium needs people to help educate the community about protecting waterways. Stormwater and everything that gets picked up by it (trash, pet waste, pesticides, fertilizers, chemicals, heavy metals, etc.) flows directly into our streams, rivers and lakes. During Storm Drain Tagging Month (September), staff and volunteers will tag storm drains with markers stating “No dumping … drains to waterway.” If you would like to participate, call (803) 785-8634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SC 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
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK rangers have begun a project to re-mark more than 20 miles of trails in the park. The project will replace color coding with numbers associated with each trail. Hikers will find brown tabs with reflective stickers marking trees along Congaree’s trails when the project is finished. Maps and brochures will be updated but there will be an overlap between the two systems until all publications are changed. Volunteers are needed to assist with the trail marking project. Training will be provided. For information, call Park Ranger Lindsay Compton at (803) 647-3965 or email email@example.com
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
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
THE GIFT OF WARMTH, sponsored by Rehoboth Baptist Church, from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, 4646 Hardscrabble Road. A coat give away designed to meet the needs of families in surround communities. New and slightly used coats will be issued on a first come, first served basis. All sizes are available for children and adults. Each person will be allowed only one coat and must be present to receive the coat. (803) 788-3397
THE KAHN JEWSISH COMMUNITY CENTER is welcoming all veterans to begin their Veterans Day festivities early from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9 at 306 Flora Drive. The afternoon will feature an indoor swim party, bounce house, and food. For more information, contact Laney Cohen at (803) 787-2023 ext. 220
SPRING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL is recognizing veterans with a breakfast from 8-8:50 a.m. followed by a school wide Veterans Association assembly at 9 a.m. Nov. 10 in the gym. The Spring Valley High School band will be performing alongside the 282nd Army Band from Fort Jackson. Current and former members of the armed forces are invited with or without uniform to attend. There will be reserved parking and seating for veterans. For more information, email email@example.com
DENTISTRY FROM THE HEART will provide adults with free dental care on a first come first serve basis, Nov. 8 at 7335 St. Andrews Road, Irmo. Visit www.dentistryfromtheheart.org
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.
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.
RCA DELTA SIGMA THETA are presenting the Distinguished Men of the Shield Charity Auction at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Hotel at 1615 Gervais St. The event will be held along with the City of Columbia Police.
CAMDEN MIDDLE SCHOOL BANDS present a costume concert 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Camden Middle School, 902 McRae Road, Camden. Everyone is welcome, and entry is $2 or a canned good item.
THE MIDLANDS CRAFTER’S ASSOCIAION in conjunction with Lexington Middle School will host a free craft show and holiday bazaar from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Lexington Middle School on North Lake Drive. The event will host over 50 vendors and crafters. There is no admission or parking fee. Proceeds go to benefit Harvest Hope. For more information call (803) 553-4912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
AN EVENING AT THE FARM in support of Christian Assistance Bridge will be from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 6 at The Farm at Ridgeway. Individual tickets for the gala are $50 and sponsorships are available starting at $500. For more information about tickets and sponsorships, please contact Aggie Davis Jones at email@example.com or (803) 403-4408
HEMOPHILIA OF SOUTH CAROLINA is hosting a “Turkey Trot” at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Registration and check in begins at 9 a.m. For more information visit www.hemophiliaofsouthcarolina.net
THE LITTLE GYM is holding a one warm coat drive and will be collecting clean, gently used warm coats. The Little Gym will be accepting dropoffs from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. until Oct. 25 at either The Little Gym of Lexington or The Little Gym of Columbia. If you do not have a coat to donate, you can text “WARM” to 80100 to donate $10 to One Warm Coat. Visit onewarmcoat.org
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.