When you partner with us, you help make a difference in the lives of children and families.
We still need you.
Your gifts are not limited by physical distance! You can make a difference by serving right from where you are. While this season of Covid-19 has changed our volunteer program, like so many other things in our lives, it hasn’t changed our need for volunteers. We run on love and donations, and there’s a special place in our ministry for your donations of time and talent.
Volunteers make a boundless impact in the lives of those we serve because they give the gift of themselves. There’s no greater act of love than that.
Building Families home kits
Stress/self-care baskets for working parents
Meals for foster families (fresh or frozen)
Waiting bags for children in foster care
First night bags for children in foster care
Sponsor a weekend package for kids in care: tie-dye, arts & crafts, cottage olympics, movie night, etc.
Host a Zoom class
Zoom college spotlight
Meals for residential cottages (fresh or frozen)
Sewing projects: curtains, weighted blankets, etc.
Devotions: share your materials or invite a cottage into your virtual youth group
Themed baskets: welcome baskets, celebration baskets, goodie bags for staff children
Host a school supply drive
Write encouraging notes to our staff
Become a prayer partner
Support us online by liking, sharing, and commenting on our social media posts
Help with childcare for
Prepare activity materials for family classes
Sponsor a campus event – dance,
color wars, dinner,
ice-cream party, tie-dying
Landscape (weeding and mulching)
Help with mailings and events
Clean inside and outside
Hold babies at the child
Mentor relationship opportunities
Sew weighted blankets
Help sort and put away donations
If you have an idea you don’t see here, or you have a question about an opportunity, we’d love to have a conversation with you. Volunteer opportunities at Thornwell are as unique as the gifts of the individuals serving. We love to connect with volunteers to understand how your gifts can be uniquely used to support our mission for children and families.
God calls us all to serve in many different ways. You may be unsure of how to help, which is why we partner with you to find the volunteer activity that fits you best and ensures your act of service, no matter how small, contributes to the success of our communities’ children and families.
If you want to organize a fundraiser, no donation is too small. Whether it’s a community garage sale, spaghetti dinner, golf tournament, car wash, or bake sale, your group can help make a real difference by raising money. If you would like to host a benefit, you could encourage your office, business, or organization to host a party to benefit our children. This is especially great for holiday parties. We’re available to attend, speak, and bring Thornwell materials for display.
Organize a collection drive for paper products or hygiene items, snacks and juice boxes, books, or movie night items for our children and families. Providing the basic necessities for our children and families is a priority. Gift cards, gas cards, school supplies, new underwear and socks, and non-perishable food are other great ideas for a supply drive.
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 864.938.2704 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn what items are of the greatest need at the time of your drive.
We’re so excited you’re interested in Building Tomorrow’s Families by volunteering with us! Below, we have addressed some frequently asked questions, but please don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions you may have.
Yes! The need to serve children and families is still great. We’re eager for you to help even though volunteering looks a little different than it did before.
We have service opportunities that groups and individuals can do on campus and from home.
On-campus volunteers can sponsor a campus event (such as a dance or an ice-cream party), help with mailings, clean buses, hold babies at our Child Development Center, sort donations, work on the farm, and so much more!
From-home volunteers can support Thornwell by organizing a supply drive or fundraiser, creating in-home therapy materials, preparing meals for families, assembling “first night” bags, and so much more!
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to best match your gifts and resources with the needs of Thornwell.
All of our volunteer opportunities, whether directly or indirectly, serve the children and families that we support. Oftentimes the best way to serve is by supporting our staff who are in relationship with these children and families each day. There are volunteer opportunities such as mentoring relationships and campus events that provide an opportunity to interact with those we serve in a more natural and organic setting.
For on-campus volunteers, each volunteer group must complete and return the group form to finalize their reservation. Four weeks prior to your group’s arrival, each individual who is part of your group will need to complete and return an additional form. This is crucial information to best select projects for the age and skill set of your group.
Individual volunteers must complete an individual volunteer application.
For off-campus volunteers, no paperwork is required. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator about these opportunities!
For some volunteer opportunities, particularly those working closely with our teens and families, a background check will be required.
We limit overnight groups that are staying on campus to 15. If your group does not need overnight accommodations, we will consider larger groups.
We ask that day volunteers be at least in third grade and overnight volunteers be at least in sixth grade (accompanied and supervised by adults). If a group is intergenerational, we typically make exceptions for children who have an accompanying parent. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator about this possibility!
For day volunteers, our minimum adult to child ratio is 1:7. For overnight volunteers, we have a minimum adult to child ratio of 1:4 for middle school students and 1:6 for high school students. To count as an adult, you must be at least 18 years old and at least four years older than the oldest teen/child on the trip.
If you are volunteering on campus, we provide a tour and an overview of the ministry. If you are off campus, we are more than happy to lead a virtual overview for your group via Zoom.
We also have Thornwell staff available to lead devotions for your group!
We limit groups to a stay of five nights with four days of work on campus. For instance, you could arrive Sunday afternoon, work Monday-Thursday, and depart Friday morning.
Groups can stay in accommodations on our Clinton campus. We have space for 15 with two queen beds and eleven twin beds. Each room with a queen bed has a private bathroom, and there is one larger bathroom with several showers and toilets. Additionally, there is one half bath attached to the kitchen.
When staying on campus, you will be responsible for your own food, towels, and linens.
Staying on campus overnight costs $20 per person, per night. There is a $100 non-refundable deposit due at the time of your reservation, and the remaining balance is due two weeks prior to your arrival on campus.
If your group is providing an activity or meal for campus, we ask that you cover the cost of materials needed. There is also a cost to the ministry associated with each project, and we are always incredibly thankful when groups are willing to cover that cost for the children and families we’re serving together.
Thank you for your interest in serving with us! We believe in a world where everyone belongs to a thriving family, and we know volunteers are invaluable in helping us create that world. If you have questions or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
Write-off up to $300
When you GIVE to Thornwell in 2020