The Family Effect

The Family Effect works to reduce addiction as a leading cause of family collapse and harm to children in South Carolina

Get Involved with the Mothers and Children at Serenity Place
Serenity Place is at the center of The Family Effect's mission to transform families at risk of collapse through addiction, and volunteers make a big difference.  Whether your passion is reading to children, art projects or mentoring, mothers and children need your energy and spirit.  Check out the opportunities below and discover how you can play a direct role in the transformation of a family.

Ministry Opportunities:

  • Childcare: Spend an hour with the young children at Serenity Place, and you'll be hooked.  Child development specialists often need help in the classrooms during the weekdays, or you could watch the children in the evenings while the mothers are in counseling sessions.
    • Flexible hours
  • Tutors: While at Serenity Place, several mothers earn their GED, and tutors are needed in teh evenings to help them with a variety of subjects.  Also, through the Women and Children Succeeding program, Serenity Place graduates are working on their college degrees and could use tutors to help them be successful in their program.
    • Flexible hours
  • Mentor: The Serenity Place graduates participating in the Women and Children Succeeding program can use your support as they experience all kinds of life transitions from living on their own for the first time, attending college, pursuing meaningful career options, etc.  WPC women are needed who are willing to be supportive and walk alongside the mothers as they chase after their dreams and try to break the cycle of poverty for good.
    • Flexible hours
  • Skills & Services: Are you great at balancing a checkbook?  Do you work at a hair or nail salon?  Do you love aerobics?  Are you an artist?  You can help young mothers who love to learn new things, and probably never had the chance to learn the skills you can teach them.  Special classes are especially good opportunities for volunteers who can't commit to a regular schedule over time.
    • Flexible hours
  • Helping Hands: Sixteen families live at Serenity Place 365 days a year, and WPC members are needed who can help with general maintenance projects like landscaping, bike repairs, carpentry projects, painting...the list goes on!  Projects like these make for great weekend volunteer opportunities for your entire family.
    • Flexible hours
  • Provide a Special Meal: Women and children who are living at Serenity Place miss home-cooked food, and nothing makes them happier than special dishes from the community.  Your family, circle or small group can plan and prepare a meal and serve it to the families at Serenity Place.  You will see lots of happy, grateful smiles.
    • Flexible hours
  • Special Events: Who doesn't love a good party? Get together with some of your WPC friends and plan a great event for the women and children of Serenity Place.  Some ideas include hosting an ice cream social, game night, field day, or a special holiday party.
    • Flexible hours
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