Summerville Cares Day of Service Summerville Cares Day of Service
April 11, 2015
Summerville Cares Day of Service
Summerville Cares Day of Service


The goal of the projects for the Day of Service is to benefit organizations that are servicing those in our community that are less fortunate.

Dear Summerville Cares Day of Service Volunteer/Sponsor:

The Day of Service for 2015 is April 11.  Non-profits, parks and other community resources that have projects are listed on this page, usually with links, as they are identified. This will help volunteers and sponsors select the organizations they want to support.
Please peruse the projects and decide if you would like to be involved as a

  • Sponsor: donation of financial or material assistance or time
  • Volunteer: donation of labor and time

Help will be provided for you to make your donations directly to the organization receiving assistance.
Concerning donations:

  • No monies should be given to the SCDOS organization, any representative or volunteer.
  • All monies should pass directly from the sponsor organization to the receiving organization.
    • For instance: As a sponsor, you see a project has need of $300 for the purchase of landscaping plants. You can:
      • Email a SCDOS representative to acknowledge your sponsorship
      • Contact the receiving organization directly and have the monies earmarked for the particular project. (Just please let us know so that we can manage the project.)
      • Make a donation of material by arranging for plants to be on site before April 11, 2015. Also, volunteers can make deliveries for you.

Once a sponsor has been identified for a project we will work hard to assure we have ample volunteers to make the project a success. We are relying on various service organizations, churches, and volunteers from our town to help us on this Day of Service. This worked well in 2013, 2013 and 2014 when we had 1,053 volunteers from 46 organizations and 76 sponsors completing more than 95 projects! We already have 5 congregations, the Mayor’s office, a school district and a few businesses committed for 2015. Won't you join us?

In the search for projects, we try to include projects that will meet the needs of various ages and skill levels. We have tried to include projects for all families with children over the age of 12. Childcare will not be provided. Children over the age of 12 should be under parental supervision.  But please note that many groups have encouraged entire families to participate, including their small children as long as supervision is provided by the groups. This has worked very well.
Please look over the list and assess how you can best help us as we begin to gather materials and resources.

Thank you so much for your willingness to come together as a community to help those less fortunate. Love comes back. It is our hope that the SCDOS will be day of cherished memories of serving side by side with others to bring a better life to the residents of Summerville.

James Freston
Day of Service Coordinator

Projects registered so far for 2015
These projects are available and new ones will be added as they come in. Contact the coordinator for each project to obtain details.

Kickoff Breakfast for all
Azalea Park
8 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Coordinator: James Freston,
Short welcome by Mayor Collins, registration, breakfast. Then volunteers fan out to projects.

Refurbish Eagle Harbor Boys Ranch  
1044 Eagle Harbor Ln, Summerville 29483 Directions
9 a.m.-noon
Lunch provided
Coordinator: Laura Anderson, Email:  (Temporary coordinator, need volunteer to lead this project)
More projects in development to come.  This has been an outstanding site for service each year with a variety of projects to fit the talents and interests of volunteers. Slice off a project for your group.  Groups of 8 to 30 have done this each year at this site.
Trails: Work on existing trails, clearing and grading.
Place posts for new fence (holes dug previously)
Painting: Buildings on site
Landscaping: Provide seasonal landscaping
Volleyball court: Remove weeds
Supply drive: List of needed items pending

Blood Drive for American Red Cross at LDS Church
511 East 5th Street, Summerville (LDS Church--Summerville 2nd Ward) Directions
Donate from Noon to 5 p.m.
Coordinator: Denise Hutto-Beare, Email:
Please register online and schedule your appointment at and enter sponsor code: LatterDay. (Enter this in the blue box in the upper right hand corner of page where it says: Give Blood. Find a Blood Drive.).

Help Home of Hope Shelter
821 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Coordinator: James Freston, Email:
This will be a shelter for the homeless developed by Mayor Collins and leaders of churches and civic groups all around Summerville. It is a large vacant house in need of painting, repairs and yard work. Many organizations will pitch in to get it up and running. We will kick off the development during Day of Service by painting the interior walls in 11 rooms. We need about 20-25 volunteers to complete the service on April 11 and set the stage for other work to follow to make this shelter a reality.

Improve Frances R. Willis SPCA
136 Four Paw Ln., Summerville, SC 29483 Directions
9 a.m.-noon
Coordinator: Laura Anderson, Email: (Temporary coordinator, need volunteer to lead this project)
More projects are in development and will be posted here —slice off a project or two or three.  Fit the work to the volunteers.  Always a popular site for service.
Carpentry: Makeover front adoption office—Build office desk, paint and repair drywall damage and paint, Create and build cat walks and runs
Pet supply drive
Pet toy drive:  Make no-sew blanket’s, make play toys
Landscaping: Raking of pet areas.

Improve Summerville Historic Museum
100 East Doty Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483
Projects completed on March 21 to be ready for Flowertown Festival--Great work!
Coordinator: Sarah Chambers, Email:

Improve Oaks Christian School

Refurbish Pinelands Group Home
201 East Luke St., Summerville, SC
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lunch provided
Coordinator:Laura Anderson, Email:
Build Gazebo, repair roof, room walls or structures, supply drive
Painting: Designated rooms/areas in buildings
Upholstery: Cushions for all couches need upholstery replacement, also hang Curtains.
Flooring: Replacement of carpeting/tiles
Courtyard repair: Repave driveway area, and fix drainage courtyard needs
Landscaping: Provide seasonal landscaping
Supply Drive:

  • Cups, plates, napkins, utensils
  • Bras, panties, boxers, briefs
  • Cereal, healthy snacks
  • Dish towels, bath towels, face cloths
  • Board games, movies, DVD players, MP3 players (without camera)
  • Volleyball net, tennis racquets and balls, badminton set, soccer net, soccer ball
  • Movie tickets, bowling tickets, Columbia zoo tickets, restaurant gift cards
  • Construction paper, poster board, model car kits, crafts for females
Community drop off locations for supplies (additional sites will be added):
  • Sandalwoods Spa Salon & Wellness, located at 105 S. Cedar Street, Ste. G, Summerville, SC 29483.
  • Summerville Dream 218 S. Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483 . Located on the 2nd floor of the First Citizens bank.
  • Coastal Coffee Roaster, 108 E. 3rd North Street, Summerville, SC 29483
  • Frame Design and Gallery, 800 S. Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483
  • YMCA, At the Ponds
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 511 East 5th Street, Summerville, SC 29483
  • Simple to Sublime, 120'Short' Central, Summerville, SC 29483 (FYI: Donate/bring in a bra or pack of underwear and get 10% off your total purchase, excluding sale items.)
  • You may also bring items to Pinelands on the Day of Service (April 11th). Pinelands Group Home, 201 E. Luke Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483. *Please do not drop off items directly at Pinelands prior to April 11th *
  • Also contact coordinator for pick-up of donated supply items.

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