Paxville Community Development offers an after-school youth development program

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

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

The Paxville Community Development Corp. offers an after-school youth development program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. until June 2, 2022. Programs operate on the Clarendon School District 2 schedule. For more information, call (803) 452-5124 or email [email protected]

The Institute for Single Parents meets 5:45-6:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Birnie HOPE Center. Meetings are open to teenage single parents, custodial and non-custodial single parents. You are welcome to bring your children as the Institute for Single Parents is for the whole family. Contact Dr. L. Quaneck Walkes at (803) 223-9408 or [email protected]

Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA) offers free rides to COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 testing sites. Contact SWRTA from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (803) 934-0396.

The Sumter Newcomers’ Club is not just for new residents. Get to know your city while making new friends for life. We have monthly coffees 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. The meetings are held to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among veterans injured in combat as well as to promote patriotism, help find information and resources, and provide services to all veterans and their families. For more information, visit or call (803) 983-3770.

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

Marine Corps League Detachment 1202 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at VFW, 1925 Gion St. All Marines present and past are welcome. Dial (803) 972-4555.

American Legion Post 15 meets at 6:30 p.m. 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. Dial (803) 968-5115.

The Sumter Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol 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 Lt. Col. George Stanley at (803) 847-7640. Visit for more information.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-1 meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Summerton Fire Station, North Cantey Street, Summerton. Membership is open to any US citizen 17 years of age or older. Prior Coast Guard service is not required. The primary purpose of the Auxiliary is to promote safe boating on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie by providing safe boating courses, courtesy vessel checks for required safety equipment and patrols on lakes offering help to anyone in need. The Auxiliary is also ready to assist the USCG in its search and rescue mission. We encourage anyone interested in participating in our mission to attend a meeting and learn more about the auxiliary.

The Temple Sinai Jewish History Center is looking for docents. Guides must be 18 years or older and willing to undergo teacher training before starting. This is a voluntary position and you will be asked 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 arrange class credit through their college. The Center covers South Carolina and Sumter’s Jewish history, the Holocaust, and Sumter’s ties to the Holocaust. Guides 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]

Lac Marion Poste VFW 11078, Summerton, meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 1 Duke St., Summerton, behind First Citizens Bank. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. All VFW members are encouraged to attend. Call Carl A. Farley at (803) 460-8910.

The Bishopville/Manning/Shaw Air Force Base Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. meets at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at the South Sumter Combat Veterans Group Headquarters Building, 529 N. Wise Drive. Call James Munford at (803) 795-2903 or Kenneth Benjamin at (803) 773-8514.

Connected Warriors Inc. offers evidence-based, trauma-aware yoga therapy for military members, veterans, and their families toll-free for participants at 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Shaw Air Force Base for those with base access and 5 p.m. Fridays at Southern Bliss Yoga, 600 Bultman Drive, Number 4. Call Melissa at (803) 468-1658 , email [email protected] or visit for more details.

Sumter’s Purple Heart Chapter Sponsors Project have all Purple Heart Medal recipients inducted into the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor located in New York City. An application for registration must be completed by the medal recipient or next of kin if the veteran is deceased. Proof of the award of the medal is required and, if possible, a photograph of the recipient. Call Willie Washington at (720) 203-2112 for details and assistance.

Make-A-Wish South Carolina is looking for volunteers to help make the wishes of children across the state come true. Bilingual volunteers are particularly sought after. Interest webinars are offered at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Pre-registration is required. Contact Brennan Brown at [email protected] or (864) 250-0702 ext. 112 to register for the webinar or begin the application process.

The Sumter Combat Veterans Group holds weekly peer meetings at 11 a.m. every Tuesday at the South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. These meetings are designed for veterans to help other veterans with PTSD, coping skills, claims, benefits, therapy counseling sponsored by the Columbia VET Center at 11 a.m. every Tuesday and individual advice from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday. Open to all veterans in the region. Call James Thomas at (803) 765-9944.

Having cancer is difficult. Finding help shouldn’t be. Free help for cancer patients from the American Cancer Society. Transportation to treatment, help with appearance-related side effects from treatment, nutritional help, one-on-one support for breast cancer, free accommodation away from home during treatment, help finding clinical trials, someone someone to talk to – all for free. Call (800) 227-2345.

Norma P. Rex