This is a directory of Upstate area clubs and organizations compiled by library staff based on information provided to us by the organizations themselves. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. Please send any corrections or additions via email to email@example.com or by calling (864) 527-9241.
Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Road are volunteer litter pick-up programs in Greenville County. Program volunteers are assigned a 2-mile section of an adopted highway or county road in Greenville County.
AAF Greenville, as a member of the American Advertising Federation, is dedicated to the freedom-to-advertise principle. The club seeks to serve its industry and its membership through networking and socialization; addressing worthwhile causes through advertising, advancing professional standards; fostering education and advertising awareness for students; advertising professionals, elected officials, and the public; protecting and promoting the industry's self-regulatory process; and recognizing creative excellence in advertising.
Visit the American Legion War Museum to learn more about Greenville's rich military heritage. During the Spanish American War there was an army camp in Greenville called Camp Wetherill. World War I saw the establishment of an army training camp in Greenville known as Camp Sevier. During World War II the Greenville Army Air Base saw the training of B-25 crews. Following World War II (until 1963) Donaldson Air Force Base was home to the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing and their C-124 Globemasters. Individuals having information or items concerning the above mentioned military sites are invited to contact the Museum Curator. Individuals doing research on the military history of the United States are invited to come by the museum and visit the growing library. Open Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission is free.
AnAuthor World (AAW) is both a place and a program to support the arts. AAW offers writing classes, autographing parties, writing conferences, and other events. AnAuthor World Community came from students of AAW classes who wanted to continue that fellowship of writers. Members of AAW Community consist of published and unpublished writers and artists, teachers, librarians, editors, bookstore owners and employees, and anyone interested in the arts. Members meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:30 am - 11:30 am in the conference room of the Downtown Greenville Airport, 100 Tower Drive. Meetings usually feature a speaker. Members of AAW Community receive newsletters, can be part of critique groups, and also receive discounts on various AAW and AAW Community events.
The Better Business Bureau is an independent non-profit organization that works to combat consumer fraud and to maintain ethical practices in the advertising and selling of products and services. The Better Business Bureau promotes ethical relationships between businesses and the public through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education, and service excellence.
The Blue Ridge Orchid Society of South Carolina meets the 2nd Monday of each month (Sept-June) at 7:15 pm in the Keowee-Key Activity Center in Salem. The society is a good way to learn about orchids and their care. The meetings have guest speakers.
Bob Jones University exists as a training center for Christians from around the world. The goal of the administration, faculty, and staff is to equip its students for a lifetime of service to Christ. While the majority of Bob Jones University students enter Christian ministries upon graduation, a large number also become professionals in such secular fields as higher education, medicine, law, and business. The University gives special emphasis to studies in Bible, church administration, missions, pastoral training, theology, history, education, ancient and modern languages, public speaking, drama, music, and literature.
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Blue Ridge Council provides Scouting programs in the Upstate of South Carolina for every boy and young man from age 6 to 20 and for young women from age 14 to 20.
Founded in 1972 by Barbara Selvy, Carolina Ballet Theatre is a 501c (3) non-profit organization and Greenville’s only professional resident dance company, featuring ten full-time dancers and four dance trainees, an all-volunteer Guild, 3,500 patrons, and an entire community of supporters. For 40 years, CBT has been a significant contributor to Greenville’s vibrant arts and culture through exercising its mission to promote and expand the art of dance to all parts of the Greenville community.
The Carolina Youth Symphony (CYS) is an independent, non-profit youth orchestra which exists to provide an opportunity for individual growth of musically talented youth through the training and performance of the highest quality of orchestra literature. Hosted by Furman University and unaffiliated with any school district, participation in CYS is open to all grade-school students, with no geographical restrictions. CYS programs include 3 full orchestras with many training and performance opportunities, and a kick-off summer camp. A skill based orchestra, they have performed on three separate occasions at the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Centre Stage is a year-round, 285-seat regional theater offering a wide range of entertainment within easy walking distance of historic Falls Park and the many shops and restaurants that line downtown Greenville’s Main Street corridor. Augmenting its subscription seasons of music, comedy, and dramas, the theater also hosts art exhibitions, chamber music concerts, independent film screenings, guest lectures, galas and other special events inside a state-of-the-art performance facility noted for its unique configuration, comfort, and intimacy.
The Home and Garden Information Center has provided research-based information on landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety and preservation, nutrition, physical activity, and health to South Carolina residents since 1999.
Clemson University offers countless opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to participate in decades of tradition, improve quality of life for their surrounding communities, and pursue academic challenges. Clemson is a vibrant student-centered community that thrives on leadership, collaboration, and a winning spirit in academics, athletics, and life.
The Consortium for Upcountry South Carolina History is a group of individuals and organizations interested in the history of the Upcountry of South Carolina. Members meet quarterly and are given an opportunity to share concerns, expertise, and historical passions in an informal setting.
The Creation Study Group of Greenville is a nonprofit educational, scientific, and religious organization of conservative Christians voluntarily banded together to develop and disseminate information on the implications of the Biblical creation model of origins.
Crime Stoppers of Greenville works. Everyday more and more calls are received, and more arrests are made. For more information on this rewarding program, or to offer any information on a crime of any kind, please call or view the above website.
Discover Upcountry Carolina Association is a regional tourism promotion agency and is responsible for marketing the six Upcountry counties of Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg to the leisure travel market for the economic benefit of the region.
The club promotes safe recreational boating and organizes trips and social outings including flat water and white water paddling on local rivers and lakes. The group is involved in education, training, and conservation of river habitat. Trips are scheduled throughout the year. Families are welcome.
The Foothills Philharmonic is an all-volunteer orchestra made up of accomplished nonprofessional musicians from the Upstate region. Orchestra membership includes individuals from many walks of life: part-time musicians, teachers, business and professional people, homemakers, and more.
An organization formed to create and encourage interest in Quilt making and quilts. Visitors are welcome at monthly meetings. The Guild has programs and classes on quilting by nationally known instructors and participates in local festivals, schools, and quilt shows. Monthly meetings are held the 1st Thursday at 7:00 pm at Grace Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (located on the lower level) at 5020 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, South Carolina. For more information on the monthly meetings, please e-mail the Guild at the address below and a reply will be sent as soon as possible.
The Foothills Trail Conference is a member organization that promotes and maintains the Foothills Trail. The Foothills Trail is a 77-mile woodland path along the Blue Ridge Escarpment in Northwestern South Carolina that runs from Oconee State Park to Table Rock State Park.
The Chamber's purpose is to promote Fountain Inn as a viable place to live and work. The mission is threefold including economic expansion, community growth, and member development. The Chamber provides information on industries and businesses in Fountain Inn to business representatives, newcomers, and others.
The Fountain Inn Garden Club is a very active organization in town and at several local schools. The club offers education and “hands-on” involvement in many areas including horticulture, gardening, floral designing, ecology, and more. Come join the group for a meeting.
Furman University is an independent, private, coeducational, liberal arts institution. By stressing the arts and sciences, by fostering Christian character, and by emphasizing the value of a broad foundation for specialized careers, Furman aims to develop individual excellence and to prepare students for living as well as for a livelihood.
The mission of the GACC South is to promote and expand bilateral trade and investment between the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America.
The Girl Scouts of the Old 96 Council are the premier youth development and leadership organization for girls. The council is dedicated to inspiring girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service so that they may become happy and resourceful citizens. In an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.
The purpose of the Chamber is to promote quality development of upstate South Carolina through balanced growth, service to members and to the public, and a community-wide approach to the issues shaping the region's future. Economic development is encouraged through small business services and newcomer services. A variety of business-related services and training opportunities are also available.
The Chamber is an association of businesses in the Travelers Rest area that networks with other members to create a desirable business environment, help develop a healthy community atmosphere, and have a voice in the area’s growth through a relationship with local government.
At Chautauqua, historic figures like Thomas Jefferson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr. come to talk. Scholars, costumed as famous people, bring history and literature to life. And it is not a Chautauqua performance unless audience questions are the most dramatic and exhilarating part. Chautauqua is authentic education that is lively, interactive, and fun! A week-long outdoor Festival is held each June under the Chautauqua tent. The Festival is free and open to the public.
From its beginning, the Chorale has presented great choral orchestral literature to the delight of enthusiastic audiences. Recognized as one of the southeast’s finest symphonic choruses, the Greenville Chorale continues to thrill and inspire both those who perform and those who listen to these presentations of great music. The Chorale’s mission continues, uplifting the quality of life and enhancing the cultural experience of the entire region of upstate South Carolina.
The Parks & Recreation Department offers a comprehensive system of parks, greenways, public facilities, and recreational choices that help enhance the quality of life of its residents and visitors. The Recreation division schedules and coordinates year-round athletic and youth programs and operates five community centers that offer general leisure activities and special summer programs. The Parks & Recreation Department maintains 39 parks occupying 400 acres of land within the city including Falls Park and the largest park in the system, Cleveland Park, a 122-acre site located along the Reedy River that features tennis courts, softball fields, playground areas, a fitness trail and picnic shelters. A main attraction at Cleveland Park is the Greenville Zoo, an exotic animal kingdom rated one of the best tourist attractions in South Carolina.
Civitans are everyday citizens who come together in communities throughout the world to make life better for their neighbors. Family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers meet at local Civitan clubs to socialize, learn, and serve in communities. Civitans seek to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.
PO Box 16493
Greenville, SC 29606
Current as of July 2013
The Greenville County Democratic Party (GCDP) is the local branch of the state and national Democratic Party. GCDP recruits and supports candidates for local office while helping statewide and national candidates organize within the county and win elections. The party also organizes and connects volunteers with opportunities for involvement during elections and beyond. Between election cycles, the party keeps local Democrats connected with each other and informed about important issues and events.
Greenville County Medical Society (GCMS) works to enhance the patient/physician relationship by assisting the public in selecting a physician through the Physician Referral Service and providing information about health care services in the community as a free community service by the physicians of GCMS. Step Forward For A Healthy Greenville, Project Rx @ GCMS and Easy As 1-2-3 are additional community services supported by GCMS physicians. Physicians are encouraged to join GCMS, their local level of organized medicine, to be more involved in the community, share a common voice for health care advocacy, and benefit from the programs and services for physicians. As the local level of organized medicine, to advance health and well care for all individuals, GCMS serves as the local liaison for the American Medical Association and the South Carolina Medical Association.
The Greenville County Recreation District provides leisure and recreational services and facilities for the citizens of Greenville County and surrounding areas. The mission of the district is to be a leader in providing diverse, dynamic, and ever-improving recreational opportunities in a sustainable manner. The district manages over 55 parks and facilities throughout Greenville County including 8 community centers, 6 historic sites, 3 water parks, an ice rink, an inline rink, a camp and retreat center, and a 17.5 mile rail-trail greenway.
www.greenville.k12.sc.us/district/schools/index.asp (school locator)
The Greenville County School District provides educational experiences in cooperation with the home and community that prepare students for lifelong learning and for ethical, productive participation in a democratic society and the global community. The school locater link leads to a list of schools by their type or level and then in most instances to the individual school’s website.
The Board of Trustees of Greenville County Schools is an elected body. Their mission is to ensure excellence in the governance of a quality educational program by analyzing needs, establishing policies, allocating resources, and monitoring progress. Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees are held the 4th Tuesday of each month, except July, beginning at 7:00 pm.
The Greenville County Solid Waste Division is committed to providing Solid Waste collection, disposal and education services to the citizens of Greenville County. As part of their Solid Waste Management Plan they encourage recycling of wastes through educational programs and by providing recycling drop-off sites throughout the county. The Greenville County Solid Waste Division’s website has information about all of the county’s Solid Waste Services including the Two Chimneys Landfill, the seven Residential Waste and Recycling Centers, and the various Recycling Drops-Offs.
The Greenville Drive baseball team is the South Atlantic League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The team plays in downtown Greenville at West End Field. Modeled after Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, West End Field boasts its own “Green Monster,” a 30-foot high wall in left field, equipped with a manual scoreboard.
The purpose of the Greenville Humane Society is to promote and improve the quality of life and humane treatment of animals by promoting the reduction of pet overpopulation, elimination of animal suffering, and the increased placement of homeless, unwanted animals into quality homes.
Greenville in Harmony Show Chorus is an award winning chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a world wide organization committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. The chorus performs for civic, educational, and community organizations throughout the upstate area. The chorus is comprised of over 60 ordinary women who make extraordinary music. Members range from young adults to seniors and come from more than 7 counties in the upstate. The chorus rehearses each week on Monday night at 6:30 pm at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 2240 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC.
The Greenville International Folk Dancers teach and practice participatory dances from around the world as a fitness and social activity that encourages global understanding. The group meets at the Sears Shelter in McPherson Park at 100 East Park Avenue on Monday nights from 7:00-9:00 pm. The group does not meet in June, July, and most of August.
The purpose of the Greenville Kennel Club is to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of all breeds of purebred dogs; to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials; and to conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows, and obedience trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club.
The Greenville Literacy Association, a community-based adult literacy program, recruits and trains community volunteers to provide instruction for adults in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Pre-GED, and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Greenville Literacy has five fully equipped and staffed learning centers across Greenville County and assists church and neighborhood literacy programs near these centers
The Greenville Little Theatre is the Upstate’s premier regional theatre. Since 1926, the Greenville Little Theatre has showcased this area’s talented performers in a six show main stage season of popular plays and musicals. The Studio 444 series features more offbeat material. Classes are available for all ages.
The Greenville Music Teachers Association comprises over 70 members and holds monthly meetings, teacher and student recitals, and offers scholarships for students of all instruments and voice. GMTA is an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association and South Carolina Music Teachers Association.
The Greenville Natural History Association sponsors weekly hikes. The club seeks to promote the enjoyment of the outdoors, teach outdoor ethics, and encourage the conservation of air, woods, waters, and wildlife.
The Greenville Symphony Orchestra is a widely respected professional regional symphony. With more than 100 performances a year, the group remains true to its original vision as it entertains and educates the region's music lovers. Internationally acclaimed conductor Maestro Edvard Tchvizhel has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra since 1999.
Greenville Technical College is one of the largest urban, public two-year colleges in South Carolina. The mission of the college is to provide the highest quality learning opportunities primarily to the residents of Greenville County through exceptional postsecondary programs and services. The college's curricular offerings include technical courses, certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and university transfer courses. Developmental courses are available to prepare students to enter a program of study or to take the General Education Development (GED) tests.
The club aims to assist members with improving their woodworking skill level, to assist other upstate charitable organizations with their skills, and to elevate the public's knowledge of woodworking as an art form. The Guild operates an Education Center Shop: a fully equipped woodworking shop usually open weekdays from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays.
The Greenville Zoo has wildlife from around the world, including giraffes, orangutans, giant tortoises, lions, and elephants. The Zoo also has the popular Reptile Building, which houses lizards, frogs, turtles, and snakes. Rated one of the best tourist attractions in South Carolina, the Greenville Zoo is the most visited “family facility” in the Upstate. The Zoo is open seven days a week, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The Greenville Zoo is a department of the City of Greenville.
The mission of the Greer Cultural Arts Council is to serve the Greater Greer Community by providing affordable cultural arts opportunities. The council offers the highest possible quality of training and events. All activities reflect the highest moral standards. The Greer Cultural Arts Council encourages the participation of all citizens, regardless of age, creed, ethnicity, gender or economic status. Through art, music, dance, and drama, the council hopes to enrich the lives of the citizens of Greater Greer and surrounding communities.
The Greer Development Corporation promotes economic growth and development in Greer, South Carolina. The organization is primarily focused on recruitment and retention of businesses involved in manufacturing, commercial, and office activities.
The Greer Heritage Museum displays historical artifacts related to Greer and its surrounding area. The museum also hosts programs, workshops and special displays. Hours are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
Harvest Moon Folk Society is a community of musicians, dancers, and dance callers whose mission is to promote, sponsor, and encourage participation in folk and traditional dance for people in and around upstate SC. The group holds several public contra dances each month at River Falls Lodge in northern Greenville County, SC as well as a monthly CityDance at various locations in the city of Greenville, SC. Check the website for more information. Also, check the hotline for dance cancellations due to inclement weather which will be recorded by 2:00 pm the day of the dance.
Established in 1847, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the leading body for professional mechanical engineers. With a world-wide membership now in excess of 75,000 engineers, the group is the United Kingdom's qualifying body for Chartered and Incorporated mechanical engineers.
The group promotes fellowship in, and the betterment of, the Performing Art of Magic in Greenville and the surrounding areas. Members can be anyone having a true interest in the art of magic including professional performers, hobbyists, collectors of magic, and historians. Meetings are the 1st Thursday of each month. Occasional exceptions are made for holidays, etc. Sufficient notice will be given of meeting date changes
The International Center of the Upstate is a nonprofit cultural organization devoted to promoting cross-cultural understanding among the local and international residents of Upstate South Carolina. The Center provides social events, language classes in English and 6 other languages, orientations for international newcomers, educational workshops, and business services. The Center also promotes the activities of the various international organizations of the Upstate.
The club has regular Out-To-Dinner and Out-To-Lunch times to enjoy local restaurants, a monthly pot-luck feast, plus an annual picnic and Christmas Party. The Italian-American Club supports worthy charitable organizations. The group is open to anyone who is Italian, of Italian-American heritage, or married to an Italian-American.
Junior Achievement provides programs to elementary, middle, and high school students that educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, understand business and the economy, and be work-force ready. Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina serves Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, and Spartanburg counties.
Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. Kiwanis believes that working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” To locate a Kiwanis club in the Greenville area, click the above link and then select “Find a club near me” link on the center of the page. Clubs can be searched by address, city, or postal code.
Current as of July 2013
The Lake Hartwell Sail & Power Squadron is a unit of United States Power Squadrons which was organized in 1914 as a nonprofit, educational organization with the goal of making boating safer and more enjoyable. The squadron's activities involve both educational and social aspects. Members continue their boating education through a series of courses in seamanship, navigation, and related nautical subjects. The Squadron also offers free vessel safety inspections to the public.
The Lakeside Concert Band performs on Thursday nights from May-August as part of Furman University Music Department’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series. All concerts are free and held at the lakeside amphitheatre. Restrooms and handicapped parking are available. The rain/heat location is the McAlister Auditorium.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with 1.35 million men and women in 205 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Known for working to end preventable blindness, Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to their communities. Founded in 1917, the volunteer organization’s motto is “We Serve.” To locate a Lions Club, go to the “Find a Club” link on the first page of the group’s website. Search by city and/or state to locate Lions Clubs in the Upstate and the nation.
Current as of July 2013
The association is a fraternal organization of commissioned and Warrant officers of the seven uniformed services of the United States. Membership is open to Active, Reserve, National Guard, and Retired members of all the services. The group sponsors educational assistance, survivor assistance, insurance, travel, and retiree employment services.
The Old Master Painting Collection at the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University beautifully traces the artistic, cultural, and religious history of Western Europe from the 14th through 19th centuries. Works by recognized artists such as Rubens, van Dyck, Reni, Tintoretto, Le Brun, Cranach, Ribera, and Murillo are aesthetically exhibited with the period furniture, sculpture, and tapestries to lend a period ambience to the galleries and give patrons a panoramic view of ages past. Of special note, the Museum and Gallery’s baroque paintings represent one of the most important collections in America.
As an innovative, educational satellite facility of the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University, the Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green provides each visitor, whether an art enthusiast or a beginner, an opportunity to learn about and experience fine art. The Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green rotates special exhibits of works selected from the Museum and Gallery’s world-renowned painting collection plus features interactive, educational displays that bring the art and times of the Old Masters to life for all ages.
Parking for M&G at Heritage Green is available in the Heritage Green Parking Deck located between the Greenville County Library and the Greenville Little Theatre. A minimal fee is charged for parking.
For GPS only: 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, SC 29601.
The purpose of the Music Club of Greenville is to encourage the appreciation of music, to stimulate musical interest in Greenville, and to support education in the field of music. The club is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs and the SC Federation of Music Clubs.
The objectives of NARFE are to sponsor and support legislation to protect the benefits and general welfare of its members on issues such as retirement and health benefits, to keep members informed on legislative issues, and in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management to answer questions related to Federal retirement benefits.
The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) is an office within the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). ODI conducts defect investigations and administers safety recalls to support the NHTSA's mission to improve safety on our Nation's roadways.
The league is an organization for professional women artists, writers, and composers. The NLAPW was founded in 1897 as a professional organization for Women Artists, Composers, and Writers. The Carolina Piedmont Branch was founded in 1951.
The DBE is a charitable, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian voluntary American society. Members join in fellowship, contribute substantially to their local communities, and support four retirement homes for men and women. Membership is extended to women of British or Commonwealth birth or heritage and to women married to men of British or Commonwealth birth. The Redcoat Chapter of the DBE meets at 7:00 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the International Center for the Upstate, 1st floor, City Hall, Greenville, SC.
The Newcomers of Greater Greenville’s purpose is to assist newcomers in identifying with their community, to promote interest in cultural and service programs, and to stimulate new friendships through shared social activities
Furman Learning in Retirement Program (FULIR) has been renamed the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman (OLLI @ Furman) in response to a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, a San Francisco based philanthropic organization. OLLI at Furman continues to serve senior adult learners with classes and activities that stimulate the successful aging process by inspiring students to stay intellectually and physically active. Each term, over 600 people in the Greenville community enjoy the opportunity to make new friends and pursue educational interests on the Furman campus.
The Palmetto Cutlery Club is an organization dedicated to trading and collecting cutlery related items, combating fraud, counterfeiting and opposing misguided and unwise information in the knife collecting circles. The club welcomes anyone with an interest in cutlery. Regular scheduled meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Greer Tennis Club, 226 Oakland Avenue, Greer, SC.
The Palmetto Pleaters are a local nonprofit chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America. The group organized in 2002 with the purpose of offering exciting opportunities for anyone interested in heirloom needlework. Guests are invited to visit one of the monthly meetings to learn more about the art and improve skills while sharing the group’s love of many types of needlework, especially smocking. Beginners or experts are encouraged to join. Please email the club for information on joining.
The Palmetto Statesmen is the Greenville and Spartanburg, SC area Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society or, historically, the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, with the acronym SPEBSQSA. The chapter has a long history; it is the oldest chapter in South Carolina. It participates in the District of the Society called the Dixie District which supports barbershop chapters and quartets in six Southeastern states.
The Peace Center presents the world's finest performing artists, sustains state-of-the-art venues, and provides quality services to support local arts organizations while fostering life-long appreciation for the arts through comprehensive education and outreach programs.
The mission of the Piedmont American Indian Association (PAIA) is to be a source of information for the public and a social contact for Indian people and for people who have an interest in Indian culture; to be a visual presence of Indians in the Upstate; and to offer cultural and social activities for Indian people of all nations. PAIA is a state recognized Native American Indian organization. The association has a tribal office, a library, a museum, and a craft store.
Piedmont Area Mensa is a local chapter of American Mensa Ltd., centered in Greenville and serving the Upstate. Mensa is an international society for which the sole requirement for membership is a score of 98th percentile on any of a number of standard IQ tests. Anyone seeking more information or interested in joining is invited to contact the group.
A truly unique brass quintet, the Piedmont Brass is at home in any environment – from concert stages to church services to festivals. The Piedmont Brass group is actually three distinctly different bands. There is the Piedmont Brass Quintet, the Steubenville Tootlers (a German band) and the Steamboat Band (a New Orleans Style Dixieland Jazz band).
The club promotes wood carving as an art form and teaches interested persons to carve. Activities include weekly and monthly meetings and an annual competition show in the fall. The club meets on the 3rd Saturday for a carve-in from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The club also meets on Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings from about 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Meetings are at the Mauldin Cultural Center, Room 17, 101 E. Butler Rd. Mauldin, SC.
Established in 1977 as the protection and advocacy system for the State of South Carolina, P&A is a member of the National Disability Rights Network and is mandated by state and federal law to protect the right of people with disabilities in South Carolina.
The primary mission of the center is to foster enhanced learning and growth opportunities through educational excellence and high quality instructional programs for students, teachers, and the general public. The center is owned by the School District of Greenville County, which provides the full-time staff and operational support. The nature trails, arboretum, and butterfly garden are available to the public any time the main gate is open.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
RoundTowners is an independent non-political, non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the active participation in, and support of projects that help to maintain and enhance the vitality and viability of Metropolitan Greenville, South Carolina. The mission statement of the RoundTowners is to provide leadership and professional volunteerism.
SCORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the small business community through no-fee mentoring and business counseling and low-cost/free workshops.
The Slater Hall Citizen’s Committee (SHCC) is a group of concerned local area residents dedicated to the restoration of the Slater Hall property. Initially formed in 2005, the committee is comprise of people from all walks of life—long time residents, as well as people new to the area that want to see this historic property restored.
The Small Business Development Center provides confidential consulting and management training courses tailored to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Key areas of assistance include business planning, financial planning/loan packaging, starting/expanding a small business, marketing and resources for procurement and international trade.
The SCA is a nonprofit, educational, re-creational international organization founded in 1966. Its purpose is to study, enjoy, and promote a better understanding of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (AD 600 to AD 1600). The Society welcomes anyone (as members or visitors) who is interested in romanticism, history, or culture.
Soroptimist is a service organization for professional women, dedicated to “improving the lives of women and girls.” If you are interested in attending a meeting or need help with directions please contact the group by email or at (864) 640-1532. Guests are welcome to arrive early for socializing and networking anytime after 5:30 p.m.
The South Carolina Society of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has been active since 1891. Since the beginning, the organization has worked to serve God, Home, and Country and promote the objectives of the DAR. More information on DAR chapters in Greenville is available at the State website above.
This section of the South Carolina Department of Education website provides information on homeschooling in South Carolina. Included on this page are PDF links on Home Schooling law from the SC Code of Law as well as links on the three Home Schooling options available in the state.
This section of the South Carolina Department of Education website provides links to groups with information on private schools on both a state and national level.
jobs.scworks.org (Virtual One-Stop)
The South Carolina Employment Security Centers Commission is now the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce with a newly designed website. The department provides job placement to all individuals who are legally able to work. Employment assessment and guidance is also utilized to assist individuals with job placement and to help determine an individual's interest and skills. The department also has a new job search engine in the Virtual One-Stop system for jobseekers and employers.
The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services provides community supervision of criminal offenders placed under their jurisdiction by the courts and the Parole Board.
The South Carolina Firefighters’ Association provides services such as education, training, benefits and representation to the fire departments of the state. The association enhances the professionalism and capabilities of the fire service in dealing with incidents involving fire, rescue, hazardous materials, acts of terrorism, and natural disasters.
The Greenville Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society offers educational programs and workshops as well as publications of genealogical data. The chapter promotes the collection and preservation of records as well as stimulating general interest in genealogy and family history.
The Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities is South Carolina's premier school for artistically talented high school students. Utilizing the state's rich cultural heritage and diversity, the school serves as a laboratory for developing new and innovative concepts and programs in the arts, humanities, and other academic studies.
The South Carolina Knitting Guild is a group of hand knitters of all levels of experience who meet to learn and have fun. Programs address areas of interest to the group and include new techniques, ways to improve knitting, and exchange of ideas. The group contributes hundreds of hand-knitted items to various charity groups each year. Meetings are the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:45 pm at the University Center in the Old McAllister Square at 225 South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, S.C.
South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free legal assistance in a wide variety of civil (non-criminal) legal matters to eligible low income residents of South Carolina. SCLS is a non-profit corporation funded by grants from the federally funded Legal Services Corporation, the South Carolina Bar Foundation, local United Ways, state court filing fees, and other federal, state, and local funding.
The South Carolina Native Plant Society is a 501c-3 non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and restoring native plant species and communities. The group works through educational efforts and active engagement in plant community rescue and restoration. Education offered includes monthly meetings with speakers and assisting in curriculum development. The Society is also engaged in advocacy for native plant communities and other environmental issues.
The South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind is a specialized instructional and resource center providing services statewide for individuals who are deaf, blind or sensory multidisabled, their families, and the professionals who work with them
Organized in 1889, the South Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution today has 17 chapters in the state. They promote the American Spirit through fraternal meetings, commemorative observance of events and battles, educational materials, projects, lectures, tours, and publications. The society joins in effort with all patriotic and historical groups in keeping alive the ideals of the ancestors who gave us the United States of America.
South Carolina State Parks protect over 80,000 acres of land from the mountains to the sea. Parks located in the upstate are Caesars Head State Park, Jones Gap State Park, Paris Mountain State Park, and Table Rock State Park.
South Carolina Works Centers provide numerous resources for job seekers and employers via co-located partner agency staff and/or auxiliary services. Individuals seeking a new job or interested in advancing their career may access a wide array of information on training programs, education, and employment services. Employers may post job openings, locate qualified job applicants, and receive outplacement and recruitment assistance. Services are federally funded through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and free of cost to the public.
The Special Olympics program offers training and competition in 15 different sports. Two full-time Recreation staffers direct these programs with help from hundreds of community volunteers. There are no fees for Special Olympics programs.
The Alumni Association membership is for any former student, faculty or staff member of Sterling High School. The purpose of the association is to maintain and preserve the history of Sterling High School and to encourage and promote communication among alumni of Sterling High School. The association also plans, organizes, and conducts programs and events that commemorate the legacy of Sterling High School
Team Greenville is a year-round swim club for all ages. Team Greenville exists to provide the people of the Greenville area with a full service, competitive swimming program sanctioned through the Greenville County Recreation District. The program offers the opportunity for each individual, novice through masters, to reach his or her full potential as a swimmer and as a person.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. The nonprofit organization offers a proven and enjoyable way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.
This chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was organized in Greer, S.C. in 1911. The goals of the organization are educational, benevolent, patriotic, and historical.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy is the outgrowth of many local memorial, monument, and Confederate home associations and auxiliaries to camps of United Confederate Veterans that were organized after the War Between the States. It is the oldest patriotic organization in the country because of its connection with two statewide organizations that came into existence as early as 1890 – the Daughters of the Confederacy (DOC) in Missouri and the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Confederate Soldiers Home in Tennessee. Membership is open to women no less than 16 years of age who are blood descendants, lineal or collateral, of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy, or Civil Service of the Confederate States of American, or gave Material Aid to the Cause.
The EEOC enforces the following federal laws against job discrimination: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (forbids employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin); The Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.
The Social Security Administration administers the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs as required by law while serving the public with fairness, courtesy, integrity, and understanding. The Greenville Office is located on Pelham Road between East North Street and Haywood Road.
The United Way believes that the best way to help the most people is to focus on the underlying causes of the most serious problems. The United Way brings together people from all across the community including local businesses, nonprofit groups, faith groups, government, and concerned citizens to tackle issues concerning the community.
The mission of the Upcountry Museum is to promote, present, and preserve the history of Upcountry South Carolina through education, research, and service. Located on Heritage Green in downtown Greenville, the Upcountry History museum is a non-profit, independent entity operated by Furman University. Exhibits include touch screen displays, oral histories, multimedia presentations, and replicated buildings. Cast figures of prominent Greenvillians such as Richard Pearis and Vardy McBee provide interesting stories available at the press of a button, and the various temporary exhibits offer something new for frequent visitors.
The Upper Piedmont Tennis Association Foundation is a nonprofit organization and an umbrella Community Tennis Association (CTA) group that promotes and assists the growth of tennis through sponsorships, providing competitive league play for adults 18 and up. The group helps sponsor junior tennis and works with the school systems to provide tennis as part of their Physical Education curriculum. The foundation also works with adaptive and wheelchair tennis and with underprivileged kids throughout the Upstate.
The guild promotes the art and tradition of basketry through instruction, public service, and community awareness. Guild meeting are the place to find instructors and mentors who help individuals learn and refine their skills. Monthly meetings are held at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior at 2600 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors, SC. Check the website for the date and time of the next meeting. Members participate in seminars and the bi-annual convention called Weave-In which brings together basket makers of every level to share techniques, to marvel at each other’s talents, and to collect new supplies from the vendors.
Upstate Forever promotes sensible growth and the protection of special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina. The membership-based, nonprofit organization covers Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union counties.
The Upstate Community Mediation Center is a nonprofit organization that offers a voluntary alternative to the adversarial court process by resolving disputes through the use of mediation. The Center provides mediation services on a sliding fee scale based on income and never turns anyone away for inability to pay.
The Upstate Senior Band is an official program affiliated with Senior Action of Greenville County. The band has been organized for over 12 years and has grown to 40 members. The group averages 40 performances a year. The band’s philosophy has always been to have fun learning and playing music and then to share this with the community. The Upstate Senior Band has always found this to be both rewarding and special. Please feel welcome to inquire and participate. Just started is a beginners program for Seniors who have always wanted to discover the joy of music.
Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to assist any veteran in receiving their earned benefits. The organization is a Vietnam Veterans group that stands by the motto – “Never again will one group of veterans abandon another.”
The Western Carolina Sailing Club is a family-oriented place on Hartwell Lake which serves the community with benevolence. The club has a harbor, docks, and grounds and also offers sailing lessons for people who share a common interest in the sport of recreational sailing. The club is located at 5200 West Wind Way, Anderson, SC.
The Western South Carolina Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. of Greenville, SC was organized June 15, 1955 and has as its purpose the study and enjoyment of all fields related to gems, minerals, and earth science. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7:30 pm. (Refreshments from 7:15-7:30 pm) at Northside United Methodist Church, 435 Summit Drive, Greenville. Visitors are welcome and are invited to become members of the organization.
The YWCA Greenville was established in 1917. The mission of the YWCA is eliminating racism and empowering women. No easy task. No ordinary organization. The Vision of the YWCA is to build and maintain a strong community by combining: Early School Success and Student Success Preparation and Family Financial Security to equal an Inclusive Community.
An international nonprofit organization with over 100,000 professional women around the world, Zeta prides itself on volunteerism and community service activities.