Southern Wesleyan University values the friendship it has with many organizations around the upstate. Each of these organizations listed here have partnered with our institution to host students and provide an outlet for engagement with the community. While we encourage students to volunteer for any organization that fits their needs, desires, and interests, these organizations have expressed a desire to work directly with SWU students:
Potter’s Place (Central, SC)
The Potter's Place 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.
Clemson Downs (Clemson, SC)
Clemson Downs is a retirement community in Clemson/Central area. Clemson Downs plans a number of social, cultural, and entertainment opportunities for its residents. Student volunteers are needed to work with the Activity Director and Wellness Coordinator to spend time with residents during activity times. There are also other opportunities available to engage in dialogue with residents.
Gleaning House Ministries (Pickens, SC)
Gleaning House Ministries exists to glean the left over resources (food, clothing, etc.) of the fortunate and distribute it to the less fortunate of Pickens County. Students will be asked to help carry boxes of food out to clients. Volunteers are needed to also pack boxes for the upcoming week and assist clients with filling out paperwork. Volunteers are needed in the morning. Hours of operation are 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Golden Corner Ministries (Seneca, SC)
The Food Pantry is physically located roughly in the center of the Oconee 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.
Table Rock Wesleyan Camp (Pickens, SC)
Table Rock Wesleyan Camp is a year-round camp, conference and retreat center, nestled at the foot of one the area’s most scenic mountains, Table Rock. The site has over 200 acres adjacent to Table Rock State Park in Pickens, SC and serves as the host site for functions of the SC District of the Wesleyan Church and its offices. Volunteers are needed for both indoor and outdoor work.
The Hundred Acre Wood (SWU Central Campus)
The Hundred Acre Wood is on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University. This developing area will be the home to walking trails and a low ropes course for the SWU community. Volunteers are needed to build a trail bed, clear brush, build ropes course features, and spread mulch.
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. Their mission is to serve all people for Christian birth, growth and renewal. They 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.
Golden Harvest Food Bank (Liberty, SC)
Golden Harvest Food Bank provides food for local churches and charities that feed the hungry in their communities. Golden Harvest supports charities in every county of South Carolina and also supports a number of clients in Georgia. Participants can be expected to stock shelves and perform some general cleaning. Once a month, participants are also needed to help deliver book bags full of food for needy children to area schools.
Interested in Becoming a Service Partner?
We are thankful that you are interested in partnering with us in our desire to serve the community. Through your partnership, SWU is better able to provide enriching educational opportunities for our students and meet the needs of our community. By working alongside our students, you are given them the opportunity to learn about the world around them and learn more about themselves.