Spartanburg area colleges to participate in annual service event

April 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm

8th Annual College Town Service Initiative set for Saturday, April 16

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Hundreds of students from Spartanburg’s seven colleges and universities will come together to make Spartanburg a better place on Saturday, April 16, as they participate in the “CSI: College Town Service Initiative,” providing services to about a dozen service agencies around the community. 

It is the eighth service initiative undertaken by students through College Town; the first in 2004 involved cleaning up Lawson’s Fork Creek. 

This year, students will participate in groups of varying sizes to provide much-needed services to a variety of Spartanburg service agencies and neighborhoods.  About 300 students are expected to participate.

“What starts out as a few springtime Saturday hours of old-fashioned hard work often becomes a lifelong commitment to serving the community,” says Rogers Brandt, College Town coordinator.  “The goal of CSI is for students to work with organizations and other students with whom they may not normally have contact, and that they will come away more invested in their community.”

The agencies and/or locations where students will work include:

  • Walnut Grove Plantation nature trail
  • SAFE Homes
  • Spartanburg Children’s Shelter
  • Girl Scouts, Camp Mary Elizabeth
  • C.C. Woodson Recreation Center
  • River Birch Trail
  • Wofford Street
  • Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve
  • Northwest Recreation Center
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Clifton Cemetery
  • Heritage Court Apartments Hospice
  • Carolina Miracle League Baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College baseball field
  • The Haven
  • Animal Allies
  • Miracle Hill
  • Cleveland Park
  • Easter Egg Hunt at USC Upstate soccer fields
  • Junior League
  • S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind
  • PACE Center
  • Emergency repair on several homes

The day for CSI will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast and project signup at Rome on Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg.  Participating students will receive t-shirts when they sign up for their projects.

The program will begin at 9 a.m., and the students then will go out in groups to work on their projects from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  They will return to Rome at 12:30 p.m. for lunch and reflection on their work and impact.

CSI is a project of the College Town consortium, a collaboration of the City of Spartanburg and the institutions of higher education in Spartanburg County – Converse College, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College, the University of South Carolina Upstate, and Wofford College.


College Town: Rogers Brandt,
City of Spartanburg: Sonya Culbreth,
Converse College: Jason Loscuito,, 864-596-9078
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine: Lindsey Ridgeway,
Spartanburg Community College: Leslie Cagle,, 864-592-4792
Sherman College of Chiropractic: LaShanda Harris,, 864-578-8770, ext. 242
Spartanburg Methodist College: Kim Day,, 864-587-4006
USC Upstate: Kara Ferguson,, 864-503-5122
Wofford College: Jessalyn Wynn Story,, 864-597-4403