Francis Center Community Partners
Consistent with Pfeiffer University's commitment to developing effective servant leaders, students have many opportunities to engage in meaningful service. Community partners are agencies and organizations in the local area with which the Francis Center for Servant Leadership has built a strong, mutually beneficial relationship including long-term student volunteer placements and weekend service opportunities. We are always looking to build new relationships with community partners for Drop-In Service events on campus, weekend service events, or long-term volunteer placements for students.
Dan Nicholas Park
Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary
Festival in the Park
The Homeplace Rest & Retirement Home
Men's Shelter of Charlotte
Stanly Community Christian Ministries
Stanly County Museum
Wings of Eagles Ranch
Dan Nicholas Park (Salisbury, N.C.)
Dan Nicholas Park, run by the Rowan County Parks & Recreation Department, was made possible by a 1968 gift of 330 acres of land by Mr. Dan Nicholas, a local entrepreneur and philanthropist. The park itself does not charge for visiting, but there are some areas of the park where a small charge is necessary (including paddle boats, Rowan Wildlife Adventures, and the gem mine).
Pfeiffer and Dan Nicholas partner for some of the park’s special weekend events, include seasonal festivals and their Earth Day celebration. The Pfeiffer community also helps with special cleanups and maintenance of the park.
Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary (Salisbury, N.C.)
Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary (FFAS) is an animal rescue group formed for the sole purpose of starting an animal sanctuary in Rowan County. FFAS’s vision is to have a safe place for abused and abandoned dogs and cats, while providing health care, spaying/neutering, protection, warmth, care, and love while awaiting adoption. FFAS is a 501 C (3) nonprofit organization.
Pfeiffer’s work with Faithful Friends includes weekend service events where students socialize with the dogs and cats at the shelter (walking, playing, etc.) as well as general cleaning and maintenance for the organization. Long-term volunteers also assist with web updates and the pet adoption process.
Festival in the Park/Kings Drive Art Walk (Charlotte, N.C.)
Since 1964, Festival in the Park has been bringing good music, good art and good times to Charlotteans and visitors from around the world. This fun filled event is designed to promote and stimulate interest in the arts. It provides the opportunity for all to see, hear, and learn from over 150 artists and crafts people who actively demonstrate and display their art. Nearly a thousand entertainers provide free ongoing performances at the main band shell and many stages surrounding it.
The Pfeiffer community helps support the annual Festival in the Park and Kings Drive Arts Walk by sending volunteers to help at each event at information booths and volunteer check-in points. By helping with these arts festivals every year, Pfeiffer students and staff also have a chance to see local and national artists and a variety of art forms.
The Homeplace Rest & Retirement Home (Albemarle, N.C.)
The Homeplace is a family-owned and run retirement home for women that provides all their needs including home-cooked meals, a professional hair dresser, exercise and entertainment.
Pfeiffer and The Homeplace have built a partnership to make the lives of residents as comfortable and fun as possible. Pfeiffer students help with yard work, maintenance, crafts and entertainment for the residents while socializing during weekend service events. Pfeiffer’s nursing program also works closely with The Homeplace for practical experiences.
Horizon Bay of Concord (Concord, N.C.)
Horizon Bay offers all the amenities of home without the work for seniors in the Concord area, with a special focus on care for residents affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Pfeiffer works with Horizon Bay to provide fun activities for the residents there, including crafts and raised-bed gardening during weekend service events through a partnership with the Learning Center, the Francis Center and the Nursing Club.
Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.)
The Men's Shelter is dedicated to providing safe emergency shelter while working to end homelessness for each man. Their vision is to serve as the catalyst for systemic change to end homelessness in our community.
Pfeiffer assists the Men’s Shelter by preparing and serving lunch to men during weekend service events.
Stanly Community Christian Ministries (Albemarle, N.C.)
Stanly Community Christian Ministry is a non-profit, ecumenical organization supported by local churches. The mission of the ministry is in keeping with the command of Christ to provide assistance to the needy and homeless of our community through an Assistance Center, a Clothing Closet and two Community Tables.
Pfeiffer and SCCM have built a partnership around serving those in need across Stanly County. Pfeiffer students and staff help beautify SCCM’s facilities during weekend service projects as well as helping with the food pantry and soup kitchens through long-term volunteer placements. Pfeiffer and SCCM also partner for Angel Tree every holiday season, when the entire Pfeiffer community comes together to buy Christmas presents for children in need and then has a holiday party that features music, crafts, activities and even a visit from Santa!
Stanly County Museum (Albemarle, N.C.)
The Stanly County Museum was established to safeguard the objects of Stanly County's heritage. With so many different cultures and catalysts creating history in this “land between the rivers,” the Stanly County Museum has a unique collection of artifacts—from examples of Native American art and pottery to restored pioneer homes.
During weekend service events, Pfeiffer students help beautify the grounds of historical homes and the museum itself. Long-term volunteer placements with the museum also work with exhibit planning and educational programs.
Trinity Place – formerly Lutheran Home (Albemarle, N.C.)
Trinity Place strives to be a true home, a place of comfort, security and belonging. Staff provide both quality care and quality of life. Meaningful activities bring residents, staff, and volunteers together in a spirit of fun and fellowship. It is committed to meeting the unique medical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each resident, while nurturing independence and self-worth.
The Pfeiffer community regularly spends weekend service opportunities socializing and doing crafts and other special activities with the residents at Trinity Place. Long-term volunteers placed at there also help with daily exercise programs and other regular activities for the residents.
Wings of Eagles Ranch (Concord, N.C.)
Wings of Eagles Ranch is a non-profit (501)(c)(3) organization which specializes in a practice known as therapeutic horseback riding. Therapeutic horses serve as unique vehicles for exercising one's body and mind. Horseback riding provides physical, mental and emotional rewards. Riding motivates children and adults with learning challenges to increase their levels of concentration, patience and discipline.
Volunteers from Pfeiffer have served with Wings of Eagles through weekend service opportunities. This includes improving the ranch, helping with special events, and long-term volunteer placements in which students are trained to assist special-needs riders. Wings of Eagles Ranch also has a special relationship with the Center for Outdoor Leadership and hosts weekend-long service and outdoor experiences for the Pfeiffer community.
Date: May 31 - June 2
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
The Francis Center for Servant Leadership will be leading an alternative summer service experience, Pfeiffer Serves, in the Charleston, S.C. area. We will be serving with the Lowcountry Food Bank and the Green Heart Project to work with hunger relief and sustainability efforts in the area. We’ll also be visiting the South Carolina Aquarium and taking a ghost tour through the streets of downtown!
The cost is $65 and includes meals, transportation, lodging and two activities in Charleston.
For more information, contact:
Director of Service Scholars