Sumter VITA is looking for volunteers

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be canceled or rescheduled unexpectedly.

Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) is looking for volunteers prepare free taxes for the public. Training materials and some courses will take place in January 2022. If you are interested, contact Jo-Ann at 803-446-6251.

The National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina has a need for junk vehicles, even those that don’t work. The car will be towed free of charge and you will benefit from a possible tax deduction. The donated vehicle will be auctioned or recycled for salvageable parts. Call (800) 488-2277.

The Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation Inc. (MDFF), a non-profit organization, accepts vehicle contributions. To complete a vehicle donation, call 1-800-544-1213 or log on to the organization’s website at www.mdff.org and click on the automobile icon to complete a vehicle donation request. line.

The Christian Golfers Association (CGA) meets at 8 am every Tuesday for Bible study. The group meets at the CGA office in Dillon Park. Refreshments provided and golf after Bible study. Call (803) 773-2171.



Ballard-Palmer-Bates American Legion Post 202 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at The Post, 310 Palmetto St. All veterans are welcome to attend. Call (803) 773-4811.

Seniors on the Move Program, offered by Paxville Community Development Corp., is 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. The program offers a variety of personal skill sets, including technology skills, development of life skills for seniors, bingo and other games, a workshop on health and wellness, and the study of life skills. Bible. Programs operate according to the Clarendon School District 2 schedule. For more information call (803) 452-5124 or email [email protected]

The Paxville Community Development Corp. offers an after-school development program to young people for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm until June 2, 2022. Programs operate according to the Clarendon School District 2 schedule. For more information call (803) 452-5124 or email [email protected]

Santee-Wateree Regional Transport Authority (SWRTA) offers free trips to COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites. Contact SWRTA 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at (803) 934-0396.

The Sumter Newcomers’ Club is not just for new residents. Get to know your city while making new, lifelong friends. We run monthly cafes with guest speakers where you can get to know us. Play canasta, hand and foot, triple play, bunko, phase 10 and / or many other games. The club also has a book club that you might be interested in. Join us for lunch at a local restaurant once a month. For more information, call Shelly Brown at (803) 481-0110.

General George L. Mabry Jr. Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 817 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Combat Veteran Building, 529 N. Wise Drive, Sumter, SC 29153. Meetings are held to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among wounded veterans as well as to promote patriotism, help find information and resources, and provide services to all veterans and their families. For more information, visit purpleheart817sumtersc.com or call (803) 983-3770.

GOP “republican” meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Second Mill Restaurant (the Quality Inn Restaurant), 2390 Broad St., across from Golden Corral. Meetings are open to anyone aged 16 or over. For more information and questions, call (803) 972-4555.

Marine Corps League Detachment 1202 meets at 6 pm on the third Monday of each month at VFW, 1925 Gion St. All current and former Marines are welcome. Call (803) 972-4555.



American Legion Post 15 meets at 6:30 pm on the first Monday of each month (except September when they meet on the second Monday) at 34 S. Artillery Drive. All veterans, past and present, are welcome. Call (803) 968-5115.

Civil Air Patrol Sumter Composite Squadron meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at 2945 Airport Road. There are cadet programs, aerospace education programs, and emergency services programs. Call Lieutenant-Colonel George Stanley at (803) 847-7640. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.

The auxiliary of the American Coast Guard, flotilla 12-1 meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Summerton Fire Hall, North Cantey Street, Summerton. Membership is open to any U.S. citizen 17 years of age or older. Previous Coast Guard service is not required. The main objective of the auxiliary is to promote safe boating on Lakes Marion and Moultrie by offering safe boating courses, courtesy boat checks for required safety equipment and lake patrols offering help anyone in need. The auxiliary is also ready to assist the USCG in its mission as well as in search and rescue. We encourage anyone interested in participating in our mission to attend a meeting and learn more about the Auxiliary.

The Sinai Temple Jewish History Center is looking for docents. Docents must be 18 years of age or older and be willing to undergo teacher training before starting. This is a volunteer position and you will be required to commit a few hours per week (Thursday or Friday afternoon or Saturday morning) for a minimum of three months. The museum will work with students who wish to earn class credits through their college. The Center covers the Jewish history of South Carolina and Sumter, the Holocaust, and Sumter’s connection to the Holocaust. Docents should be friendly and comfortable with children and adults. Contact Diana Roof at (803) 468-8630 or [email protected] or Annie Rivers at (803) 775-0908 or [email protected]

Extension 11078 Lake Marion VFW, Summerton, meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1 Duke Street, Summerton, behind First Citizens Bank. Dinner starts at 6.30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. All VFW members are encouraged to attend. Call Carl A. Farley at (803) 460-8910.

The Institute for Single Parents meets 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Birnie HOPE Center. Meetings are open to adolescent single parents, single parents with or without custody. You can bring your children because the Single Parent Institute is for the whole family. Contact Dr. L. Quaneck Walkes at (803) 223-9408 or [email protected]


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