Giving help, getting help in the Midlands, March 31


FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS INC. is in need of thrift shop donation items. Sales from the items go to take care of animals. They seek furniture, clothing, knick-knacks, toys and animal items, along with other items that could help their cause. Drop off at The Black Dog Inn, 321 E. Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville. (803) 604-1303

SHOE COLLECTION drive to benefit Keep the Midlands Beautiful begins April 1 and runs until May 11. The drive raises funds for litter prevention, recycling and beautification in the Midlands. Individuals can help by donating gently worn, used shoes at their homes, churches, schools, civic groups and businesses. For more information on how to donate or to become a shoe collection location, call (803) 733-1139 or email lauren@keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org

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. Callee Boulware, (803) 434-2523.

SHARING GOD’S LOVE, a Christian ministry serving 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

THE SALVATION ARMY OF THE MIDLANDS needs to replenish its food pantry. It needs meals in a can, 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 accepted 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays at Salvation Army Center for Worship & Service, 3024 Farrow Road. (803) 754-7109


FREE TAX FILING services provided at various locations in Sumter. Services include E-file 2014 taxes, direct deposit and processing taxes up to three years back. From Feb. 1-April 15. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at SC Works, 31 East Calhoun St, Sumter. Also from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 3-8 p.m. Saturday and by appointment only at Goodwill, 1028 Broad Street, Sumter. (803) 240-8355

EASTER BANQUET for the poor, lonely, homeless, elderly and handicapped from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St. There will be Easter dinner and baskets and other items including toiletry bags. (803) 796-9802

FREE 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. Flu shots for veterans enrolled in VA health care. (803) 695-6701

THE LOURIE CENTER is announcing the opening of the Lourie Center Nurse’s Office. The registered nurse will be available on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon for consultations regarding general health and nutrition questions, blood pressure checks, meds management and referrals. For more information call (803) 779-1971.

GOOD DEED FRIDAY annual day of giving to benefit local charities created by Ambassadors of The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event is on Friday, hosted by The Balance Institute at 1905 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. For dropoff times, a list of charities and more information, visit www.cwcchamber.com or call (803) 794-6504.


SUNSET FELINES is in need of people to spare an hour a week (mornings or late afternoons, weekdays and weekends) to assist with feeding of cat colonies in Lexington County. Ideal for retirees or those with flexible schedules. Also need foster homes, both short- and long-term; plus plenty of adoptable cats. (803) 794-5686 or email thesunsetfelines@hotmail.com

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS volunteer orientation will be from 6-7 p.m. April 7 at 4300 North Main St. For more information, visit www.bbbsgc.org or call (803) 691-5700

RICHLAD COUNTY STORMWATER MANAGEMENT is seeking volunteers to mark stormwater drains throughout the county during National Stormwater Awareness Month in April. Most of the drains are in neighborhoods in northern parts of the county. For more information, contact Chenille Williams at williamsc3@rcgov.us or (803) 576-2491

HELP VETERANS by volunteering at your local VA medical center or VA outpatient clinic. Contact Dorn VA Medical Center Voluntary Services,(803) 695-6780 or www.columbiasc.va.gov.

LAWYERS 4 VETS is a free legal clinic for lower-income veterans in South Carolina at the Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road. Lawyers 4 Vets will connect 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.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY needs volunteer drivers to take patients to 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 according to each volunteer’s availability. Fronde Merchant, fronde.merchant@cancer.org or (843) 744-1922.

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 COMMISSION is 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


COOKOUT FOR KIDS Seventh annual BBQ fundraiser for Epworth Children’s Home, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 11, 2900 Millwood Ave. Chicken or pork plates are $10, kids plates are $5 and cooked Boston butts are $30. For more information and to pre-order, email epworthalumniassociation@gmail.com or call Dianne Byrdic at (803) 743-3944.