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Day of Service

SWU Day of Service
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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 15, 2016. 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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Day of Service

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2016 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.


100 Acre Wood Maintenance (SWU Central Campus) - FULL

The 100 Acre Wood is on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University. This developing area is the home to walking trails and a low ropes course for the SWU community. Participants can expect to cut and drag downed trees, trim brush, and possibly repair any damage to the trail bed. Moderate walking to the site is expected.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Rocky Nation
Volunteers: 12
Tentative Schedule: 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center (Cleveland, SC) - FULL

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.

Central-Clemson Recreation Center - FULL

The Central-Clemson Recreation Center (CCRC) is a "family facility that has been serving the upstate since 1998." The center houses two basketball courts, a cardio studio, a state of the art weight room, and two pools in the aquatics area. Volunteers are expected to assist with cleaning and organization of the various areas and facility inventory. There will be some light painting in specific areas as well. Light travel to the site is expected.

Project Supervisor: Mr. Joe Crosby
Volunteers: 13
Tentative Schedule: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Central Elementary Reading Program - FULL

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: Mr. Christian May and Ms. Elizabeth Keown
Volunteers: 40
Tentative Schedule: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Criminal Justice House Work Day - FULL

The Criminal Justice House is a facility housed by the baseball field. This house has been used for school storage for several years. Students will conduct basic interior and exterior cleaning of the Criminal Justice House. Moderate walking to the site is expected.

Project Supervisor: Mr. James McDonald
Volunteers: 16
Tentative Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Day of Service Drivers/Logistics - FULL

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

Disability Awareness at Pendleton Elementary - FULL

SWU students will work in pairs to work a station that will address a particular disability activity, Pendleton students will rotate around the stations and experience what it might be like to have a visual, auditory, physical, or learning disability. There will be 16 stations that will address different disabilities.

Project Supervisor: Ms. Susan Finley and Mr. Jarvin Johnson
Volunteers: 30
Tentative Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Girl Scouts of America

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Help mentor unprivileged Girl Scouter by playing with them, help with homework, or just talking with them and be a role model for them. We will also be helping around the place with clean up or whatever needed.

Project Supervisor: Ms. Alyssa Moore and Ms. Jenna Griffin
Volunteers: 20
Tentative Schedule: 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Golden Corner Ministries (Seneca, SC) - FULL

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.

Habitat for Humanity

United Wesleyan Church in Easley has partnered with SWU and Habitat For Missions (HFM) to support a full-time missionary couple serving in Vienna, Austria. United purchased a home in Central and will remodel it for resale. Ninety percent of the profits will go toward supporting the McEuens and 10 percent will go toward start-up capital for the next HFM project. Participants can expect to be involved in the remodel.

Project Supervisor: Rev. Dave Tolan
Volunteers: 8
Tentative Schedule: TBD

LORE Center

At the Leadership in Outdoor Recreation Center, we need volunteers to construct a deck. This project will involve removing the old decking and then putting down new deck boards. Volunteers with carpentry experience would be helpful, but not necessary.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Roger McKenzie
Volunteers: 6
Tentative Schedule: TBD

Our Daily Rest (Seneca, SC) - FULL

Our Daily Rest homeless shelter is Oconee County’s only homeless shelter. Our Daily Rest is a residential homeless shelter that serves men, women and children. Participants will volunteer to prepare a home cooked meal for dinner and serve the clients of the facility. Participants may also have the opportunity to fellowship with the homeless population, hear their unique experiences, and offer spiritual support and encouragement. Light travel to the site is expected.

Project Supervisor: Ms. Mildred Williams
Volunteers: 10
Tentative Schedule: 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Potter’s Place

The Potter's Place, a five minute walk from campus, 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: Mr. Don Schaupp and Dr. Mari Gonlag
Volunteers: 50+
Tentative Schedule: 10:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

SWUSA Inventory - FULL

Southern Wesleyan University Student Activities (SWUSA) is using the Day of Service to organize several storage facilities. Participants can expect to take inventory and reorganize the storage closets in the CLC and Childs Hall.

Project Supervisor: Mr. Cameron Cromer
Volunteers: 10
Tentative Schedule: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

United Assembly of God (Seneca, SC) - FULL

United Assembly of God (Seneca, SC) is a dynamic family focused church in the upstate. Believing in worship and service, the church has several needs within its children’s ministry department. Participants will be helping with a big redesign effort to help make kids church more fun and engaging. Participants can expect to be painting, cleaning our rooms, and hauling wood. Lunch will be provided by Maggie for all participants.

Project Supervisor: Ms. Maggie Turner
Volunteers: 13
Tentative Schedule: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Video Production - FULL

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

Wounded Warrior Project - FULL

The VA Nursing Home in Anderson (Richard M. Campbell VA Nursing Home) is celebrating its 25th year in operation in March just after our day of service and they would love to have some students come and do some volunteer work helping get the grounds and facility ready for the celebration.

Project Supervisor: Ms. Donna Pittman
Volunteers: 13
Tentative Schedule: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.