Community members give back with time talent and love through volunteer work at Thornwell
Thornwell welcomed 39 volunteers from First Presbyterian Church of Anderson, South Carolina and St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church from Dunwoody, Georgia, for the first Volunteer Serve Days event! The volunteers generously donated their time and talent to help Thornwell’s historic campus. They worked on various projects, including sanding and sealing decks, washing and cleaning vehicles for cottages, and volunteering at Thornwell’s annual Pig Pickin’ event to feed and serve children, campers, staff, alumni, and other volunteers.
According to Thornwell Community Engagement Coordinator Jenny Turner, the volunteer service days are an opportunity for people to learn more about the ministry of Thornwell and connect with the ministry while completing several service projects. “Volunteers are the heart and backbone of the ministry, and we are grateful for their support and desire to help youth and families who have been abused or neglected,” she added.
Thornwell Board Member and St. Luke’s Volunteer Mary Martin shared her experience, stating that participating in Thornwell’s service days was meaningful for their church. They had an intergenerational group of 17 people, ages 6 to 60+, and enjoyed working on the projects, interacting with the children and staff, and participating in the annual Pig Pickin’. She left with an appreciation for the wonderful work of this ministry.
Jenny Turner noted that service days are a success because everyone comes together with the same passion and desire to serve others while working together to bless those served by Thornwell. It’s clear that helping hands and generous hearts make all the difference!
Founded in 1875, Thornwell is a diverse non-profit ministry across South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida that serves to prevent child abuse and neglect, to build up and reunite families, and to support healthy communities in the name of Jesus Christ. Thornwell believes family changes everything in a child’s life. Thornwell addresses the welfare of children not as a singular event but as a comprehensive, ongoing cycle of services and support designed to help children and families, no matter what stage of life they’re in. Learn more about Thornwell and its services for children and families in need at http://thornwell.org.
Photos in the gallery below courtesy of Thornwell.