Service opportunities

Tool drive will save money on repairs

Order Cafe Justo: Coffee with a Conscience

Weekend Backpack Food Program donations, volunteers

Serve supper at Transitions

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Sunday drivers needed. Drivers are needed one Sunday a month (or to share a Sunday a month) to pick up our members at the Presbyterian Community, bring them to Shandon for worship and then provide a ride back. Time commitment is 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday drivers are also needed for Shandon members Dale and Pat Wolthoff (10-11:45 a.m.). Please contact John Cook,, if you feel called to serve for either of these discipleship driving opportunities.

Assist with Sunday worship. We are always in need of usher volunteers to assist during the Sunday worship service. The time commitment is about an hour per month. Duties include handing out Sunday bulletins, assisting worshipers with seating and helping collect the Sunday offering. Please click here to volunteer. Or contact Thom Mobley at or (803) 479-6486.

Sunday School counters. Volunteers are needed to join the team that collects offering envelopes during Sunday School. For more information, contact Martha Bode at

Ambassador team needs greeters. Do you enjoy meeting new people? Would you like to share the friendship and warmth of Shandon with Sunday visitors? Shandon’s ambassador team needs several volunteers to greet and direct visitors to Sunday School. If you can spare 15 minutes on Sunday morning, please click here to volunteer. Or contact Ken Connor at (803) 553-5956 or

Fulfilling our baptismal promises. Every time we baptize an infant, we promise to nurture that child in the Christian community. Fulfill that promise by volunteering to work with children or youth. The programming is planned, and Christian Education staff lead the events. But we need helpers. Youth meet 5:30-7 p.m. Sundays, and Children’s Bible Study is 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays during SOW. For more information, contact Molly Spangler,

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

Clothing bank needs men’s work pants and shirts. The Cooperative Ministry’s clothing bank has an immediate need for or men’s jeans and khaki work pants, sizes 28-32. Men’s suits and dress pants are not needed. There is an ongoing need for men’s shirts, sizes 2x to 4x, and for women’s clothing, sizes 16 and up. Please consider new and used donations. The clothing bank, 3821 W Beltline Blvd., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Do you love new babies? Would you like to help welcome our newest members to Shandon? Our Baby Steps ministry needs sponsors for new babies and their families and volunteers to prepare a meal for families with new additions. Baby Steps sponsors visit new parents, deliver a gift and rosebud from the church and set up a meal train. If you would like to serve on this ministry, to be a sponsor or to prepare a meal, please contact Meghan Hall,

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.

Food pantry donations. Groups are invited to collect specific items for a small food pantry, Mary’s Closet, at The Cooperative Ministry. Mary’s Closet is designed to provide emergency food and hygiene items to individuals seeking long-term aid from one of Columbia’s larger food pantries. Please click here for a list of needed items. To help, please contact Dave Peoples or Bill Taber at (803) 799-3853.

Do you have sandwich-making skills? For many years Shandon members have met on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Washington Street United Methodist Church to prepare and serve lunch to the homeless in Columbia. Soup and sandwiches are served in cool months, and pasta salad and sandwiches are served in warmer months. The food preparation team, which meets at 9:30 a.m., needs a few more volunteers to help with making and bagging sandwiches. Please contact Heather Powers at to volunteer.

Volunteer at The Cooperative Ministry. The Cooperative Ministry seeks volunteers who can help in the mornings or afternoons with administrative tasks, interviewing clients or working in the clothing bank. To volunteer, please contact The Cooperative Ministry at (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.