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Every act of service matters.

When you partner with us, you help make a difference in the lives of children and families.

Boundless opportunities for service.

Boundless impact. Boundless love.

We need you.

Volunteers make a boundless impact in the lives of those Thornwell serves because they give the gift of themselves. There’s no greater act of love than that.
Your gifts are not limited by physical distance! You can make a difference by serving right from where you are. We always need and welcome volunteers, as we run on love and donations, and there’s a special place in our ministry for your donations of time and talent.

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We Run on Love & Donations

By partnering with us, you can help make a difference for children and families.

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Experience the Mission

When you take a tour, you’re walking in the footsteps of our founder,     Dr. Jacobs.

Embrace Your Powerful Impact

Along the way, you’ll see how his prayerful vision in 1875 continues to thrive today!

We Can't Wait to See You!

Come experience the heart and history of Thornwell’s unique 400-acre campus headquartered in Clinton, South Carolina. Learn about our unique programs serving children and families, explore our 340-acre working farm, and embrace new opportunities to make a powerful difference in the lives of children and families!

Schedule a Tour

Can’t make the trip in person? Watch the video to take our virtual tour!


Our Jacobs Mentor Program is open to Presbyterian College students to mentor, cultivate relationships, and empower youth residing on Thornwell’s campus.

Named after our mutual founder, Dr. William Plumer Jacobs, the Jacobs  Mentor Program believes that creating strong bonds is key to helping a child heal. As a mentor, your faith, love, and friendship empower them to overcome their obstacles

Applications are accepted year-round.

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Follow the links for helpful information about Thornwell’s Alumni Association, pay dues, and stay up to date with ways to get involved!


Access unique tools to help you advocate and fundraise for the mission of Thornwell.

Ministry Spotlights

Full Color 8.5in x 11in Documents

Ministry spotlights are comprehensive messages fit for Sunday morning service, Sunday school class, life group, or a community group. Customize for your unique giving campaign or fundraiser.

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Church Bulletins

Full Color 8.5in x 11in Documents

Church bulletins are inserts sized to fit into a typical Sunday morning bulletin. They are a great way to share stories of the children and families we serve with your congregation! Pair this with a ministry spotlight for the ideal advocacy campaign.

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Prayer Cards

Full Color 8.5in x 11in Documents

Prayer is incredibly powerful. Leverage prayer cards to engage your congregation or community group into active prayer for children and families in need. Prayer cards include stories as a reminder how to pray for children and families in need.

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Rebecca Cox | Advancement Officer, Church Relations

Thank you for partnering with us to make a difference for children and families!

Want to learn more about how to partner with Thornwell or need help with printing? Contact Rebecca Cox, Church Relations Advancement Officer at or click the button below.


There are more than 4,400 children in foster care across South Carolina, and only 2,800 foster homes. That means nearly 1,600 children have no place to call home. We are on a mission to change that.

Thornwell provides safe, family-like homes to support trauma recovery and healing for foster children while their families cope with crises and receive services to safely resume caring for their children. We also help place children who have no relatives to care for them with loving foster families. With ever-present shortages of foster care homes, we believe that, together, we can provide relief for many of the children who are waiting.

Foster Care Takes All of Us

You can be part of our growing community of foster care advocates who are committed to loving children from hard places. Whether it’s opening our homes, providing meals, prayer, or financial support, we all have something to offer—and children and families in foster care need all of us!

Support Foster Families

Support Foster Families

Donate to support foster families, today!



Get answers to popular questions about foster care.

Foster Care Wish List

Foster Care Wish List

See what is needed by Thornwell foster families.

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