Volunteers: Ayusa, a high school international exchange program, is seeking host families for students coming for the 2015-2016 school year. Learn about another culture and share your America. Kids represent more than 60 countries and have their own medical insurance. Applications accepted until Aug. 31. Call 650-1030 or www.ayusa.org.
Addresses: Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina will be sending out spring hero boxes to active-duty military who are deployed or stationed outside the United States through at least the end of April. Please send complete names and addresses, expected deployment dates, and your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 10.
Donations: Big Paws Canine is looking for event sponsors and businesses to set up a booth at their chili cook-off April 11. $25 donation for booth rental. All donations will go toward the veterinary care, equipment and training to be able to provide service dogs to disabled veterans. Call 714-335-5583 or 399-2939.
Volunteers: The State Health Insurance program is seeking volunteers to help counsel Medicare beneficiaries and report Medicare fraud. The training is open to the public, to be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 24 and 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. March 31, April 7, 14 and 21 at Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, large conference room, 1230 Highmarket St., Georgetown. Call 436-6252 or email@example.com.
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Donations: Family Outreach needs the following items: diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6), any size pull-ups, baby wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby bath, baby bottles, receiving blankets, pacifiers, new or gently used baby and toddler clothing, sizes newborn to 5T, baby and toddlers shoes, volunteers and monetary donations. Call 234-2350.
Donations: SC-CARES is in need of volunteers to help with animal feeding and cleaning, for building repairs, fundraisers, grant work and food pickup, newspapers, 39-gallon and kitchen trash bags, unsalted/roasted peanuts and gift cards. Call 485-0923.
Recipes: The Friends of the Loris Library will be publishing a customized, dessert-only cookbook and is asking for recipes in the categories of cakes, cookies, pies and spoon desserts from the public. Recipe submissions need to be received by March 3 for consideration. Recipe submissions may be dropped off or mailed to the Loris Library, 4316 Main St., Loris, SC 29569 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 756-8101.
Volunteers: Heartland Hospice is in need of volunteers to sit with patients or help in the office. Whatever your talents are and however much time you can generously spare, we want to talk with you. Training is complimentary and can be provided on your schedule. Call 444-0813.
Volunteers: Guardian Ad Litem program is in need of volunteers who are willing to give their time and effort to assist children in need. You would be assigned a case where you could become the voice for that child. You must be 21, have no criminal history and not appear on the child abuse registry. You will be provided with a free, 30-hour training class that will ensure you have the necessary information to do the job. To volunteer, call 347-9750 or visit www.scgal.org.
Crafters: Crafters wanted for spring bazaar to be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 28, at Courtyard Homes Clubhouse on Azalea Lakes Boulevard. $10 for 6-foot space rental. Call 293-1488.
Donations: North Strand Helping Hand needs donations to serve residents of the North Strand. Food and clothing donations can be dropped off at 2510 Long Bay Road, Longs, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday, or monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 115, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597.
Donations: North Strand Housing Shelter is in need of coffee, sugar, creamer, boxed cereal, breakfast bars, pop tarts, tall kitchen and 30-gallon trash bags, paper napkins/towels/plates, plastic flatware/cups, toilet paper, cleaning products, dishwashing detergent, HE clothes washing detergent, restaurant equipment for new kitchen, gift cards from Wal-Mart, gas stations and more. Also need used or new wire shelves for storage in new facility opening in March. Call 756-9488.
Donations: Tara Hall Home for Boys is in need of cash donations and/or gift cards for supplies, materials and food items. Call 546-3000 or 546-3666; donations can be mailed to Tara Hall, P.O. Box 955, Georgetown, SC 29442.
Donations: Ray of Hope nonprofit is in need of donated storage space to house items given to help homeless. Space within a 25-mile radius of downtown Myrtle Beach would be appreciated. Call 267-3550.
Donations: Operation Warm Up is in need of coats, hats and blankets for the homeless. Call 359-6831.
Veterans: Rolling Thunder SC3 is looking for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to recognize for their service and sacrifice. A special tribute honoring these veterans will be held at noon May 2 in the social hall at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach. If you know someone who has served: 910-579-3668 or email@example.com, or 399-0356.
Donations: Surfside PX Thrift Store is in need of furniture and working appliances. Proceeds to benefit veterans. Drop off 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 1200 Surfside Industrial Park, Surfside Beach. Call 839-5558 or visit www.surfsidepx.org to arrange pickup.
Donations: Friends of Surfside Library need paperback or hardback books, children’s books, puzzles, DVDs and CDs for monthly book sale. Leave at the circulation desk or call 238-5869 or 238-5032 for pickup. No textbooks, magazines or encyclopedias.
Volunteers/donations: Whiskers Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in the Loris area is looking for passionate volunteers to help clean and maintain the cat sanctuary and kitten nursery. Volunteers needed to recover cat trees, update social media sites, help with grant writing, foster and/or help with adoption events, craigslist sales of donated items and fundraising. Donation needs are bleach, laundry detergent, wet and dry Friskies, Costco, Sam’s or Wal-Mart gift cards, kitty condos and scratching posts. We also collect clean aluminum cans for recycling to raise funds to support the sanctuary. Call or text 455-6199; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers: Smith Medical Clinic is in need of volunteer nurses. Schedules are flexible, with the following clinic hours: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Call 237-2672.
Donations: Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand is in need of items for the activity room and for the outdoor play area, such as Lego table, train table, board games for ages 6-9 and 9-12, puzzles, dishes for kitchen set, DVDs-Disney movies, doll house, soccer balls, footballs, jump ropes and hula hoops. Items can be dropped off at 1404 Carver St., Myrtle Beach. Call 712-1977 or visit www.bgclubgs.org.
Volunteers/donations: Girl Scouts of Eastern S.C. is looking for caring, committed volunteers to help with troops here in Horry and Georgetown counties. Training will be provided to ensure your success. Schedules are flexible. You must be 18 and out of high school, pass a background check and join Girl Scouts. Monetary donations for registrations to assist girls in need are also appreciated. Contact Field Director Gina St. Lawrence for the Myrtle beach area, 626-5190, ext. 308, or Terrie Thomas, field director for the Georgetown area, at 626-5190, ext. 302. You can also email email@example.com.
Volunteers/donations: Prayer shawl ministry is in need of yarn and volunteers to knit or crochet shawls, blankets, hats, lap robes for area hospitals, hospice and veterans. We meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday, fellowship hall, New Life Lutheran Church, 7311 S.C. 544, Myrtle Beach. Call 860-690-4868 or 655-7208.
Volunteers/donations: Kare Team Sanctuary needs volunteers who would be committed to one morning or afternoon per week for two to three hours to care for fully vaccinated, rescued canine friends; food, gently used towels, thin blankets and other supplies are needed for the no-kill shelter for abandoned and abused dogs. Call 399-9290.
Volunteers: Horry County Literacy Council is looking for people who would be interested in volunteering in the following areas: community outreach, board of directors, dyslexia tutors, math tutors, general literacy tutors, literacy screeners, data entry, general office support. Call 839-1695.