Service opportunities

Deliver Meals on Wheels. Drivers are needed for routes served by Shandon volunteers. It usually takes an hour or less. By delivering meals you will bring nutritious food and a friendly visit to eight to 10 seniors and people with disabilities in our community. To volunteer, please contact Harriet McMaster, (803) 603-6128 or harrietmcmaster@gmail.com.

Seeds of Hope. Shandon will not be the site of a Seeds of Hope farmer’s market this summer, but you can get your fresh garden vegetables and support South Carolina family farmers at these sites: 

  • Shandon Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St., 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays 
  • Tree of Life Congregation,6719 N. Trenholm Road, 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays
  • Lourie Center,1650 Park Circle, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays

School supplies for Hand Middle School

Tool drive will save money on repairs

Order Cafe Justo: Coffee with a Conscience

Weekend Backpack Food Program donations, volunteers

Serve supper at Transitions

Watching too much Netflix? It may be time to focus your energy on new ways to volunteer in the community. The Health and Hunger Committee understands that some regular volunteers are not able to serve in places such as Transitions or the Soup Cellars because of health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the United Way has many volunteer opportunities (some virtual) that you or your family members may be interested in. For example:

  • Able SC (an organization that focuses on persons with physical limitations) needs help with grocery and supply deliveries to clients. They also need a virtual office assistant.
  • Junior Achievement needs virtual volunteers to record lessons for students interested in business (guidance and worksheets provided) or to present to a virtual classroom.
  • The S.C. Department of Education needs help with school meal preparation and distribution.
  • Skip to My Lupus needs an office assistant in their office (Elgin area), particularly someone with Excel skills. To check out these opportunities, and find more, go to www.uway.org/volunteer. Our community still needs us in multiple ways.

More ways to get involved. The Cooperative Ministry is experiencing rising numbers in requests for assistance with basic human needs, including clothing and food. Donations are accepted at  3821 W. Beltline Blvd. at the clothing bank entrance, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, 9 a.m.

Food is best delivered in boxes or durable bags. For a list of items for the emergency food pantry, click here. Clothing must be delivered in bags that can be tied or secured at the top. Clothing is being quarantined for two weeks before being sorted and stored in our clothing bank. As always, we are in need of larger sized clothing that can be worn to work.

Your donation of food and clothing allows hurting families to direct their funds to other needs like rent and utility payments, transportation, or childcare expense during the pandemic.

Furniture donations needed. Both Family Promise of the Midlands and The Cooperative Ministry need household items such as furniture and small appliances to assist families in need.

  • Family Promise needs living room and bedroom furniture; mattresses; kitchen tables and chairs; TVs (flat screen preferred); pots and pans; and small kitchen appliances such as microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens and mixers. Items may be dropped off 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Family Promise Day Center, 2501 Heyward St. For information, please call 803-832-4765.
  • The Cooperative Ministry has a waiting list of households needing furniture such as beds, tables (both for eating and for bedside), and chairs. Donations can be made at the clothing and furniture bank in the rear of The Cooperative Ministry facility, 3821 West Beltline Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. For information, please call 803-799-3853.

Buying a new car? The Cooperative Ministry accepts all cars, including what many would call junk. Donated cars can be sold for cash, which is an important revenue stream for the general budget and in carrying out its mission. When a donated car can provide reliable transportation, it is given to a carefully screened individual on a waiting list to receive a car. Transportation is often the one thing that prevents someone from a job leading to a self-sustaining lifestyle. Click here for more information.