Giving help, getting help in the Midlands, April 14


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.

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

RICHLAND 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

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 16 and older to help deliver meals, coach youth sports, become nature interpreters and much more. If interested, call (803) 772-1228 or visit www.icrc.net/volunteering.

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


WALK MS is now accepting registrations and donations for their event at 8 a.m. April 25 at Riverfront Park in Columbia. The country-wide annual fundraiser is an opportunity for the community to help support those living with multiple sclerosis. To register or for additional information, visit www.walkms.org or call 1-800-344-4867.

2015 KID’S DAY OF LEXINGTON will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25 at Virginia Hylton Park, Lexington. The event is free an open to the public and will feature health screenings, safety clinics and summer camp information. 100 percent of proceeds raised by the event will benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter and Dickerson Center for Children. For more information, visit www.lexingtonkidsday.com or call (803) 356-8554

WINE FOR WATER is an event that joins the Gills Creek, Rocky Branch and Smith Branch Watershed Associations to help protect and restore local streams and rivers. From 6-8 p.m. April 22 at Senate’s End, the event will feature food from local restaurants, wine from around the world and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 for nonmembers and $25 for members. Purchase tickets by visiting www.eventbrite.com or calling (803) 727-8326

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY is seeking teams for Relay for Life of Lexington County, which will be held May 2 at River Bluff High School, 320 Corley Mill Road, Lexington. Teams and individuals can sign up to help raise funds to support the fight against cancer by visiting www.relayforlife.org/lexingtonsc

NEWBERRY OPERA HOUSE is hosting a skeet shooting tournament to raise funds for operations at 12:30 p.m. May 1 at Triangle Gun Club, 432 Cockrell Dr., Newberry. $300 for a team of four, with dinner included. Preregistration is required. www.newberryoperahouse.com (803) 924-2628


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

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

FREE CAR INSPECTIONS are being offered by Suddeth Automotive from 3:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1410 North Millwood Ave. Offered in conjunction with the National Car Care Council’s “Be Car Care Aware” campaign, the inspections are free of charge. Consumers are invited to participate by calling (803) 256-2110 to set up an appointment. Drop-ins are also welcome. www.suddethauto.com

THE LOURIE CENTER announced 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.

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