- Free Events
- Benefits for Individuals
- Book Signings/Public Appearances
- Workshops or Classes
Exceptions to these will be considered on a case by case basis.
Specific prices for events or services will not be mentioned on PSAs or Community Calendars. Remember that 'free' is a price.
DOnate GOODs to support your Salvation Army! clothing - household items - furniture - you name it! DROP OFF ITEMS @ The Salvation Army of the Midlands FAMILY STORE, 1312 North Millwood Avenue, or call for a pick up: 803-748-9964 Monday - Friday 10 AM - 6 PM Saturday - 9 AM - 5 PM
The Midlands Walk to Defeat ALS®is The ALS Association's national signature fundraising event, starting at 9am, May 3rd at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Sign up as a team or individual walker. For more information call (866) 492-4821 or visit http://web.alsa.org/site/TR?fr_id=9744&pg=entry
Register now to join men from across the Midlands who will be standing up against sexual assault and abuse, on pair of heels at a time, Thursday, April 17. The 5th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event takes place from 5:30p- 8pm in front of the SC State House. The walk begins at 6:30pm. Proceeds benefit Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. For more information visit http://www.stsm.org/events/walkamile
Enjoy the Columbia Museum of Art every Sunday from noon til 5pm for free at 1515 Main Street. For more information, call 803.799.2810. Not valid for special ticketed events.
The Bark to the Park Walk for the Animals is one of Pawmetto Lifeline's largest fundraising efforts, Saturday, April 5th at Finlay Park. It’s a fun-filled family event while helping to save homeless pets across the Midlands! Walk as a team, individual or participate as a virtual walker. There will also be great prizes and incentives! To register or for more information visit http://www.supportprojectpet.com/site/TR?fr_id=1250&pg=entry. Or contact Sarah with any questions at 803-465-9174
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia (BBBSGC) has changed the date of Bowl for Kids’ Sake to Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 1p -5p at Columbia Lanes (1732 Bush River Road). BBBSGC is challenging Columbia businesses, organizations, and residents to start something for a child in our community by participating as a team captain, bowler, sponsor, or donor.
To form a team, sponsor the event, or donate in support of a team, visit www.bbbsgc.org/bfks. Deadline to register is Friday, March 14
We are "Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids Cancer!" The 2013 Columbia area St. Baldrick's event raised over $86,000 to help find cures and better treatments for childhood cancers. We had 252 shavees...57 were women. We want to be bigger and better in 2014 for this extraordinary cause! Help Us-Join Us! March 22 at Jillians. It's Just Hair! Be Brave & Shave! You can register through the link below: http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/660133/2014
WANTED! The Salvation Army needs Any & All Vehicles Donate Cars, Trucks, RV's, Motorcycles, Utility Trailers, Campers, etc.. Call the Donation Hot Line: 1-877-503-4483
Free nicotine replacement therapy is available to smokers who do not have health insurance through SC D-HEC’s tobacco quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. The quitline is open from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily. All South Carolinians, insured or uninsured, who call the quitline are guaranteed at least one free session with a trained quit coach and a referral to local resources. Many callers are eligible for up to five free sessions with a quit coach, and pregnant tobacco users can get up to 10 free sessions. Free nicotine replacement therapy, such as gum, lozenges or patches, is available for callers who do not have health insurance. For more information, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/quitforkeeps.
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS SUPPLY OF TYPE O NEGATIVE BLOOD HAS DROPPED TO CRITICALLY LOW LEVELS. THE RED CROSS NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW! give the gift of life TODAY DURING THIS CRITICAL TIME and MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ADEQUATE BLOOD SUPPLY AND A SUMMER SHORTAGE. ALSO CONSIDER BECOMING A DOUBLE RED CELL DONOR. CALL 1-800-red cross OR VISIT REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG. THE NEED IS CONSTANT. THE GRATIFICATION IS INSTANT. GIVE BLOOD.
Once the call for help is sounded, we band together to accomplish what seems insurmountable….. CAFF was founded in May 2010 by a group of friends who saw the struggles of some members of the community who seemed to not have a support system of their own. CAFF is supported by countless volunteers and community businesses who donate their time, resources and financial support to assist CAFF in accomplishing its goals. CAFF is a 100% non-profit, local, charitable organization with no denominational or partisan ties. Recipients are chosen by the board of directors and based on referral, financial need and funds available for allocation. CAFF supports children and families by looking for ways to ease struggles for those who need it most. CAFF looks to primarily assist families with young children who do not have a strong support system to alleviate exceptional financial challenges by providing monetary relief and coordination of pro-bono or discounted services through local charitable events or individual donations.
Disturbed has kicked of their "METAL OF HONOR" campaign for the military. When you text 41518, you will donate five dollars to military veterans, active members and their families through the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) organization.
Voluntary service is recruiting for more volunteer shuttle drivers. Additional shuttles will be added in late August to help transport patients to and from the VARO. Volunteer drivers are asked to volunteer a 4.5 hour shift one or more mornings or afternoons a week. This is an assignment that Dorn volunteers love. The disabled patients are so grateful for the ride. Drivers must have drivers license and be over 21 years of age. Training will be provided. Many studies have shown that volunteering is good for your health itâ€™s boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and helps overall health! For more info, contact Priscilla Creamer at (803) 695-6780
There are any number of community food banks that are in need of donations to keep up with increased demand because of the economic downturn. Many also need volunteers. At Harvest Hope Food Bank's Shop Road location, for example, volunteers are needed to sort and package food, answer phones and help with food drives. Call (803)254-4432 ext.115 for details.
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. Volunteers must have a driver's license, good driving record and reliable vehicle. Call Lang Hunt @ (803)750-1693
Hospice Care of Tri-County is in need of volunteers for their Patient Care Program. Volunteers complete 6- 8 hours of initial training, yearly on-going training and coaching, reference and SLED checks. Many have at least 1-2 hours available a week. If you’re interested, or know of other compassionate individuals, church or civic groups that would like to learn more, call Terry Vann Schon at 803-400-1177 or Linda Davis at 803-461-5079.
South Carolina Mentor, a licensed foster care agency, is seeking individuals and families to provide care for foster children. If you want to make a difference in the life of a child or teenager and if you have an extra bedroom, a flexible schedule and the desire to care for an abused or neglected child, we need you! Please call Diana at (803) 799-9025 ext. 5607.
The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store always needs donations. The store is located at 1312 North Millwood Avenue in Columbia, South Carolina. Donations are intended to raise much-needed income to sustain Salvation Army programs. To make a donation, please call 223-9971.
Click the links below to see what's playing in your area. All are non-profit organizations.
Trustus Theater - http://www.trustus.org
Nickelodeon Theater - http://www.nickelodeon.org
Chapin Community Theatre - http://www.chapintheatre.org
USC Theater - http://www.cas.sc.edu/thea/season09-10.html
Workshop Theater - http://www.workshoptheatre.com
Veterans Affairs Representative will be located at the Columbia One Stop Workforce Center at 700 Taylor Street on every first Tuesday of each month, between the hours of 10 am and 12 noon to answer your questions regarding Veterans health care and benefits.
The Nickelodeon Theatre is a small 77 seat store front theater located in Columbia SC on the corner of Main and Pendleton Streets, adjacent to the campus of the University of South Carolina. In operation since 1979, "the Nick", run by the Columbia Film Society, is home to two film screenings each evening and an additional matinee three days a week. The Nick is the only non-profit art house film theater in South Carolina and is the home for 25,000 filmgoers each year.
Bands For Arms was created to bring awareness and support for our military, by having patrons display their suport by wearing a bracelet made from an actual servce member's uniform. Bands for Arms was created by Nicanor P. Mendoza II, and he recognizes all five Military branches with the ultimate goal as having patrons wear their bracelets proudly, erpresenting those who've donated their uniform. BANDS FOR ARMS is a project that was created to last as long as service members are in need. Their promise to our heroes is regardless of wartime or peacetime... they will be there providing as long as they fight for us! All proceeds go to the WOUNDED WARRIOR FOUNDATION.... to help family members of service members who have passed away or been wounded while serving our country. Along with your bracelet, you will get information on the service member whose uniform created YOUR bracelet! Rock 93.5's Kat Morrison owns one that is pink on one side (and camo on the other side) that reads "SUPPORT"... which came from a woman's uniform who lost her leg in battle.
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WHAT: MEALS ON WHEELS recruiting volunteers for home delievered meal programs
WHERE: **in Richland County, call 252-7734
**in Lexington County, call 356-5111
WHAT: 2009 NATIONAL TRAILS FUND
WHEN: Open NOW for applications
WHERE: AmericanHiking.org or call (800) 972-8608
WHY: to help establish, protect and maintain foot trails in America
***The American Hiking Society 2009 National Trails Fund is now open for applications. This year, American Hiking will provide more support than ever to grassroots trail organizations around the country, giving local trail groups the resources they need to secure trail access, obtain and support volunteers and provide tools and materials to protect America's cherished hiking trails.
If you want to drink, that's your business.
If you want to stop, that's our business
Or visit us on the web @ www.area62.org or www.aa.or
Put your abilities to work! SC Vocational Rehabilitation helps eligible people of all ages with disabilities find the right job. Get career counseling, work training, and job placement. For more information visit scvrd.net, contact your local Vocational Rehabilitation office.
Want a high-tech career but afraid your disability will limit you? High School students can channel their abilities into career goals through the SC Vocational Rehabilitation's High School/High Tech program. Get college counseling and first-hand experience working in high-tech environments. For more information, talk to your guidance counselor or visit highschoolhightech.scvrd.net
Looking for a low-maintenance relationship? Want someone to be overjoyed when you walk thru the door? Project Pet offers adoption services for cats & dogs seeking people to love. Visit projectpet.com and connect with someone truly special. Project Pet...saving lives, giving love!
Volunteers are needed to answer the 24-hour crisis line, provide hospital accompaniment for victims of sexual assault and abuse. Training is provided. Call Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (803) 252-8393 x104
Volunteers are needed for the information desk at the main branch of the Richland County Library. Customer service experience is necessary. Applications at all libraries, or call Cathy Dolan, (803) 929-3436
Big Brothers, Big Sisters is in need of mentors for children and youth. Please call (803) 691-5700 or visit www.bbbsgc.org