Local Missions

Global Missions

Join us in loving and serving our city for the sake of the gospel! As you seek to Love Cola with Shandon, please pray for and consider serving with partners and ministries we support.

Local Partners
Local Schools

Questions about local partners or volunteer opportunities? Email here.


LOVE COLA WEEK | OCTOBER 3-8, 2022

We encourage our members to serve year-round, but Shandon also joins local congregations every year for Love Cola Week, an annual week of service to the city of Columbia and the Greater Midlands area. This happens the first week of October, and we ask every Sunday School class and small group to intentionally serve a local partner together that week. Stay tuned to weekly announcements for churchwide and citywide projects! If your SS or small group wants to serve a specific local partner, please let us know. Email


SHANDON MINISTRIES

Shandon Internationals | Serve international students at USC or international teachers serving in Richland County schools with friendship, meals, language practice, transportation, and events like Teacher Meetups and our Housewarming Party (Saturday, September 17), and our annual Christmas Dinner for International Teachers (Thursday, December 8). 

Shandon Refugee Ministry | Serve families from war-torn nations who've resettled in Columbia. Most outreach takes place at Colony East Apartments (off St. Andrews Road) or Woodland Village Apartments (off Bush River Road). Opportunities include Good News Club and similar outreach to children, Cookies & Caroling at Christmas, Bible studies and English language practice for adults, FoodShare fresh produce distribution, childcare and transportation for ESL students, Circle of Welcome volunteers (ideal for several families, a SS class or small group), and more. 

Shandon Disaster Relief | Join our trained chainsaw team, help clear debris, or serve as a chaplain to bring help, hope, and healing after a crisis. REGISTER HERE for the next SCBC training on Saturday, October 15 at Sweetwater Baptist Church in North Augusta (8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.). 

Local Schools | With 22 public schools in a five-mile radius, there are countless opportunities to bless teachers, staff, students, and families. Volunteer as a reading buddy, lunch buddy, mentor, prayer partner, Friday night meal server (FCA), Good News Club leader, or Teacher Appreciation Team member. Women can also join our weekly Moms in Prayer group during the school year (9-10am on Thursdays). 

First Responders | This emerging opportunity involves providing snacks and meals for EMS, fire, and law enforcement officers as they gather together for Bible study and fellowship. Be creative with a class, small group, or other families to bless the station nearest you! As this ministry develops, we're also looking for those retired from law enforcement, fire service, or EMS to serve as peer-to-peer mentors or devotional leaders. 


LOCAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Cooperative Ministry: Serving the working poor and those in crisis with financial assistance, counseling, free clothing and food, and other resources | Volunteer as a clothing sorter, receptionist, client interviewer, clerical assistant, or prayer partner. You can also donate new or gently used clothing or furniture (by appointment), or purchase items to restock their food pantry or hygiene kits

CRU Military: Greet, teach, and disciple basic training recruits at Fort Jackson | CRU needs 8-10 adult volunteers to provide weekly Sunday School classes for every battalion. The schedule is early enough to teach or greet on post before returning to Shandon for worship or class. Email  to connect with the area director.

Daybreak LifeCare Center: Serving women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy | Assist with mailings and clerical projects, organize Baby Boutique donations, or serve as a Client Advocate or Male Mentor. 

Ezekiel Ministries: Serving children and teens who need a positive adult influence in their lives | Mentor a child in need, serve in their Afterschool Program, or donate snack items, paper products, and cleaning supplies. You can also volunteer with EZE Farms, their sustainable urban farm that provides apprenticeship opportunities for middle and high school boys. 

FoodShare: Providing good, healthy food for all | Help pack fresh produce boxes, deliver boxes to those without transportation, or coordinate orders at a pick-up site. A great family project!

Home Works: Provide home repair services to low-income homeowners while mentoring and discipling youth | Middle school students through adults can volunteer for compassionate construction projects throughout the year. You can also donate needed tools and supplies from their Wish List. 

Jubilee Academy: Helping children and families overcome generational poverty | This year-round, independent, faith-based Montessori school provides programming for infants through fifth grade. Volunteer to sit with students during nap time, provide healthy snacks, run errands, encourage parents and staff, complete campus improvement projects, or purchase items from their Amazon Wish List

A Moment of Hope: Offering Christ’s help and hope to those in crisis pregnancies | Serve as a trained sidewalk counselor or join a Pregnancy Care Team (women or couples) to walk alongside a mother who has chosen life for her unborn child.

Oliver Gospel/Toby’s Place: Serving men, women, and children experiencing homelessness | Serve a meal to homeless guests and residents, lead Friday devotions at Toby's Place, sort clothing and other items at Oliver Gospel Thrift Store, and more. 

Providence Home: Serving men in recovery | Cook and serve a meal to men in residence, host an off-site recreational outing, lead devotions or speak in chapel, serve as a mentor or discipleship partner, or donate needed items including new or gently used men's clothing and shoes. 

Richland County Foster Parent Association: Serving more than 500 children in foster care | Sponsor a child by purchasing Christmas gifts, provide childcare for parent meetings, offer respite care for foster parents, help with clerical and office projects, and prayerfully consider becoming a foster parent! Parents, ask about our Foster Closet for babies through preschool children.

Ronald McDonald House: Serving families of children at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital | Purchase and deliver specific menu items for family meals on Monday and Thursday nights, or donate items from their Amazon Wish List.

Victory Ranch: Serving military personnel of Fort Jackson and the Greater Midlands area | Assist with campus improvement projects, contribute "handyman" skills (remodeling, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical), and ask about donating non-perishable food items or preparing and serving meals to military guests. 

Questions about local partners or volunteer opportunities? Email here.

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