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Missions Opportunities

We at Saint Paul’s Waccamaw UMC have been blessed with the opportunity to assist several wonderful organizations that help people in need.

Together, we can make a difference!


God’s work on earth depends upon us. Here are some of the other local missions that St. Paul’s supports which are critical to the survival of many people in our community.

Major Local Organizations Supported by the Mission Budget

  • Back Pack Buddies—food for weekends for children who get free breakfast and lunch at school. The effort is an outreach of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, but needs additional funding.

  • Baskervill Food Pantry—St. Paul’s is 1 of 7 churches contributing food to the pantry. Our donation is peanut butter. Serves an average of 150 families per month.

  • Canine Angels Service Dogs—companion and service dogs for wounded and disabled veterans on the Grand Strand (Wilmington, NC to Georgetown, SC) at no cost to the vet. Average 20-25 dogs/year. All are trainable dogs from local shelters. Service includes training of recipients.

  • Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center—counseling for individuals and families faced with the challenges of marriage/family conflicts, grief and loss, depression and post-traumatic stress. Helps >650 clients/year in Horry and Georgetown counties. Work with clients on an adjusted fee schedule to make sure the help needed is available. 9 locations across the Grand Strand. Affiliated with The Samaritan Institute, the Center is accredited using nationally benchmarked behavioral health standards.

  • Family Justice Center—the sole provider of coordinated services to victims of domestic violence in Georgetown County. Have the only Safe-Shelter in Georgetown and Horry Cos. SC ranks 2nd in the USA for numbers of women killed by men. Law enforcement officers in Georgetown County, respond to an average of 250 domestic violence calls each year (statistically only 20% of the total). In the past year, helped > 500 people. Working with 27 partnering agencies, the FJC is based on a nationally and internationally established “best practice” model for service delivery in the domestic violence field. 

  • Friendship Place—a Christian organization feeding and sheltering the hungry and homeless in Georgetown County. Serves 80 to 120 meals per day, 6 days per week. Expanding services by partnering with Georgetown businesses to provide work programs.

  • Georgetown Helping Hands—for 25 years have operated a food pantry and clothing closet, and payment of utility bills (electricity and water) and kerosene (heat) to meet emergency needs. In 2015, provided 248 families per month with groceries; 99 people per month with utility help; 259 people during the year for dental care; placed 30 people in jobs.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Georgetown County. St. Paul’s is 1 of 12 churches supporting and physically building) a specific house each year called the Apostles Build.

  • JOY School— a 6-week (free) summer day program for children and young adults with Intellectual Disabilities including Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Mental Retardation, and developmental delays. Located at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church during June and July. Classes in music, art, academics, adaptive P.E. drama and swimming are taught by highly trained and experienced staff. When finances permit, hold Saturday sessions at other times of the year.

  • The Outreach Farm—In 2003, began providing beef for local nonprofits. Its business model changed from raising cattle to slaughter (expensive) to raising and selling calves which provides money for meat ($2/lb.). Currently purchase beef, chicken and pork which are provided in bulk to 12-15 organizations (TMP, Tara Hall, food kitchens, etc.). Note: cows were moved to Hobcaw Barony (rent-free) in June 2015 and work is now 100% volunteer. Adding training and education program for students in conjunction with Hobcaw. Served about 54,000 meals of meat in 2013, and nearly doubled to 100,000 meals in 2015 and expect to reach 150,000 in 2017!

  • St. Christopher’s Children—Begun December 2007 in Pawleys Island to provide clothing often emergency winter clothing and shoes), eye glasses and dental care for the abandoned, abused and economically disadvantaged children whose needs cannot be met by existing social services or government agencies. The effort is now throughout Georgetown County. 100% volunteer (except 1 staff member at resale store). To date, St. Christopher’s Children helped 2,700 children with clothing and 156 for orthodontic care.

  • Smith Medical Clinic—medical clinic meeting the needs of low-income individuals and families, free of charge. Treated 2,100 annually with over 200 volunteer physicians, nurses and a small, part-time staff. 37% of Georgetown county residents do not have health insurance. Every $1 donates generates $9.73 in health care service at Smith Medical Clinic. $250 provides complete medical and prescription help for one individual. St. Paul’s is a “Patient Partner.”

  • Students in the Word—off-site elective Bible studies for students to learn the Bible and establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Begun in 2010 at WHS (with students meeting at All Saints). In the Fall 2014, the Middle School began its program, using St. Paul’s as its study center. Fall 2016 had a total of 80 students enrolled—2 classes of 20 students each for the WHS and Middle School.

  • Tara Hall—a Christian-based home for 24 neglected, troubled and abused boys. An effective, Christ-centered, long-term residential school that develops moral, social, educational and life skills, thus building responsible contributing adults, while providing services to their families. 4-pronged approach: care, discipline, education and family services

  • Teach My People—a local after-school program for at-risk children. Serving 110 students, grades 1-12 for 2016/2017 school year. Students are cared for and mentored throughout their elementary, middle and high school years with high quality, organized programs that are spiritually driven (based on Christian principles and values) on a 12-month cycle. School grades: 15% “A” average; 41% “B” average; only 4%, “C” average.

  • Teen Challenge—helps teens and young adults live a drug-free life. Its recovery program has a documented success rate of over 80% nationally, and the Georgetown location helps over 100 families per year.

 

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St. Paul's Waccamaw United Methodist Church
Rev. Scott Efird, Pastor

180 St. Paul Place
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
(843) 237-2294


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