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Day of Service

SWU Day of Service
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Day of Service is a day that has been dedicated to serving others. In honor of this day, there are no classes for traditional students. This year it is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Some projects will occur in the morning, afternoon, or all day. Students will receive chapel credit for participating in one of the University sponsored projects.

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2017 Project List

Campus faculty and staff were asked to submit project proposals for this day. Below you will see a description of each available service project and the associated project leader. Current students can review the list of projects and sign up for a project using your name, email, and student ID number.

 

Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center (Cleveland, SC)

Asbury Hills is on 2,000 acres nestled in the northwest corner of South Carolina in the Blue Ridge mountains. Our mission is to serve all people for Christian birth, growth and renewal. We offer summer camp experiences for children and youth, and retreat events for children, youth, adults and families throughout the year serving churches, non-profit organizations and the community. Volunteers are needed for removing and hauling dead wood to burn piles, painting, window washing, planting flowers, and general outdoor work. Moderate travel to the site is expected.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Daryl Couch and Ms. Kim Welborn
Volunteers: 27
Tentative Schedule: 9:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Camp Ghigau (Tamassee, SC) - FULL

Located in Tamassee, SC, Camp Ghigau is a 28-bed group home located in the mountains of upstate South Carolina serving male adolescents, ages 13-18, referred from the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Social Services of South Carolina.. Volunteers are needed to paint several wooded decks at the site. Moderate travel to the site will be provided.

Project Supervisor: Prof. James McDonald
Volunteers: 10
Tentative Schedule: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Central Elementary School

Central Elementary is a Title I school located in Central, SC. Title I schools serve a high percentage of low income students. Because it is a Title I school, Central Elementary has a lot of needs that other schools in the area do not. Sponsored by SWU Track and Field, participants will be asked to do a variety of tasks including weeding, pick up nature trail, play with kids and put down mulch.

Project Supervisor: Greg Thiel
Volunteers: TBD
Tentative Schedule: TBD

Central Elementary Reading Program

Central Elementary School is located five minutes from our campus and serves an increasingly diverse student population. Students at Central come from a variety of backgrounds and are desperately searching for positive role models. Central Elementary has 20 homerooms within the school. Participants will go through School District of Pickens County (SDPC) volunteer training, and then will be sent in pairs to the different homerooms. Each student will either read in a small group for 30 minutes, or each will read one book to the entire class. Because you have gone through the volunteer training, you can return at any time to continue working with students.

Project Supervisor: Kelly Becker and Morgan Flinchum
Volunteers: 30
Tentative Schedule: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Central Grand Station - FULL

Located in Central, SC, Central Grand Station is a disc golf course on the Professional Disc Golf Association tour. To maintain the beauty and continued use of the course, volunteers are needed to clean up foliage and remove trash from the course.

Project Supervisor: Matthew Thorpe
Volunteers: 12
Tentative Schedule: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Central Train Bridge Painting

Central SC is a community halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta. Housing 3000 residents and going through a phase of renewal, this is a fast growing community in SC. Volunteers are needed to paint the bridge underneath the train tracks. Moderate travel to the site will be provided.

Project Supervisor: Doug Barry
Volunteers: 13
Tentative Schedule: TBD

Clemson Community Care / Stephen's House - FULL

Clemson Community Care serve low income families in Clemson, SC. The center is in need of paper product, so participants will be asked to coordinate a paper drive (paper towels and toilet paper) prior to the Day of Service. On the Day of Service, participants will deliver collected items to the center. Afterwards, participants will go to Stephen’s House in Greenville. Stephen’s House serves the homeless population of Greenville, SC. Participants will be bringing pizza to have lunch with staff and clients.

Project Supervisor: Prof. Mildred Williams
Volunteers: 5
Tentative Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Day of Service Drivers/Logistics

Volunteers are needed to transport students and faculty to various off-campus sites. Students must have completed the University driving course and be listed on the University’s insurance as a driver. Volunteers are needed for the morning, afternoon, or all day.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Justin Carter
Volunteers: 10
Tentative Schedule: Varies

Easley YMCA

The Easley YMCA is located in the heart of the great city of Easley, SC. This historic building has dutifully served this area for more than 50 years. Easley YMCA provides 30+ programs that serves thousands of Easley residents. Regardless of age, gender, race, religion or economic status, the YMCA welcomes all! Their focus is to positively impact lives for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Participants can expect to clean equipment in the fitness room, weight room, childcare facility and multipurpose rooms. Moderate travel to the facility should be expected.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Joe Crosby and Courtney McNeill
Volunteers: 13
Tentative Schedule: TBD

GCA Custodial Staff

Our custodial staff do a lot behind the scenes to keep our community clean and healthy for students and our visitors. They work hard and we want to support them in their work for a couple of hours. Volunteers will work with GCA staff to assist them in their custodial tasks.

Project Supervisor: Tyler Carson and Adam Ladd
Volunteers: 15
Tentative Schedule: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Golden Corner Ministries (Seneca, SC)

The Food Pantry is physically located roughly in the center of the county in Seneca, South Carolina. Recipients come from all over the county, principally from the three major cities of Seneca, Walhalla, and Westminster. The Food Pantry works closely with local churches, civic organizations and other charities in the County to identify and include needy families. Volunteers are needed to make boxes of non-perishable food items for senior citizens. Light travel to the site is expected.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Steven Hayduk
Volunteers: 13
Tentative Schedule: 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Parenting Place of the Upstate

The Parenting Place is a regional office of Prevent Child Abuse America. We provide parenting support, education, and resources to at-risk parents and children in Pickens, Greenville, Anderson, and Oconee counties. Volunteers will be split into 4-5 teams and will rotate among a variety of projects around the agency. Projects include: assembling welcome bags for new babies, cleaning/sorting donations, some light painting, making curriculum booklets, and more. Travel to the site is needed.

Project Supervisor: Dr. April White
Volunteers: 15-20
Tentative Schedule: 1 - 4 p.m.

Potter's Place

The Potter's Place, located in Central, provides an environment of quiet solitude in which those who come can seek God and be molded into the vessel "The Potter" desires. Volunteers are needed for removing and hauling dead wood to burn piles, painting, window washing, planting flowers, and general outdoor work.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Don Schaupp and Dr. Paul Shotsberger
Volunteers: 30+
Tentative Schedule: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Practice Range Clean-Up

Under the direction of the superintendent of grounds, Rob Bowling, the grounds crew is responsible for the many outdoor venues, parklike settings and athletic fields at SWU. Volunteers will be needed to fill divots on the tee boxes and pick up balls on the range and in the surrounding woods.

Project Supervisor: Rob Bowling
Volunteers: 20
Tentative Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Video Production

Under the direction of Professor Lewis Knight, this project is for approved communication (and associated) majors. Volunteers will be expected to travel to different service projects throughout the day and take video and still shots of other volunteers. All that are interested should, should contact Professor Knight at . Moderate to heavy travel to all sites is expected.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Lewis Knight
Volunteers: Contact Dr. Knight
Tentative Schedule: Varies

The Wag Shack (Morning) - FULL

The Wag Shack houses 8-12 dogs typically as they await transport to one of our partnering rescues. Daily chores include feeding, watering, cleaning runs, and scooping yards. We also have a large dog park where our volunteers can play with the dogs as well as a walking trail. We have several projects that need to be complete including installing dig guard along the fence and installing additional 2x4’s along our privacy fence. If you love dogs or enjoy working with your hands, this is a great project! Wear old clothes and bring some gloves!

Project Supervisor: Dr. Martha Mishoe and Dr. Patrice Shearin
Volunteers: 13
Tentative Schedule: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The Wag Shack (Afternoon) - FULL

The Wag Shack houses 8-12 dogs typically as they await transport to one of our partnering rescues. Daily chores include feeding, watering, cleaning runs, and scooping yards. We also have a large dog park where our volunteers can play with the dogs as well as a walking trail. We have several projects that need to be complete including installing dig guard along the fence and installing additional 2x4’s along our privacy fence. If you love dogs or enjoy working with your hands, this is a great project! Wear old clothes and bring some gloves!

Project Supervisor: Dr. Martha Mishoe and Dr. Patrice Shearin
Volunteers: 13
Tentative Schedule: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Walhalla High School Mentoring Program

Visit and witness life experiences to students of Walhalla High School as mentors to inspire towards pursuing a college education in addition to a life of character. This Day of Service will focus on young women. This program is in addition to other mentoring programs helping the Latino/Hispanic population and generational poverty that are now being scheduled. Athletes are encouraged to attend as volunteers to count towards service.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Raul Chavez-Negrete
Volunteers: 13
Tentative Schedule: TBD

Warrior Pit Clean-Up

SWU is a beautiful campus and our outdoor athletic and recreational facilities are some of the nicest in Conference Carolinas. In order to maintain a pleasant outdoor experience for members of our community, volunteer are needed for trash and stick removal.

Project Supervisor: Chris Williams
Volunteers: 10
Tentative Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.