COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

 

The Willcox is actively involved in supporting community based programs, charities and schools. Some include:

 


ACTS 
Area Churches Together Serving provides temporary and emergency aid to local residents who need food, clothing or help paying for utilities, medication, house wares and furniture.


Aiken Board of Realtors
Whether you a local resident searching for the perfect home, relocating to the area or just looking for investment property, one of their real estate professionals are glad to you.


Aiken Center for the Arts
Since 1972 the Arts Center has worked to bring the arts to Aiken through partnerships, and educational and cultural activities. The Arts Center is truly a community entity that offers programs and events for all ages, often at little or no cost to participants.


Aiken Choral Society
As Aiken’s oldest performing arts organization, Aiken Choral Society performs a range of musical styles. The society has performed by invitation at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival for more than 10 years and in 1992 was selected, by audition to perform with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.


Aiken County Animal Shelter
The Animal Services Division of the Public Works & Engineering Department operates and maintains the County Animal Shelter and enforces County Ordinances regarding animal control.


Aiken Department of Public Safety
The function of the City of Aiken Department of Public Safety is to protect and serve the citizens and help protect property within the City of Aiken. The city utilizes Public Safety officers for first responder aid, law enforcement, and fire suppression duties. The Department’s divisions are: Patrol and Fire, Traffic and Maintenance, Investigations, and Records. The Department administers various crime prevention and outreach programs. The Director of Public Safety is appointed by, and responsible to, the City Manager.


Aiken Elementary School
The Mission of Aiken Elementary School is to meet the educational needs of our students through a challenging, innovative, standards-based curriculum in a safe environment supported by parents and the community.


Aiken Equine Horse Rescue
Cares for horses and other animals that have suffered neglect, abuse and abandonment. Its goal is find ‘”forever homes” for as many backyard pets as possible.


Aiken Fall Steeplechase
The tradition of steeplechasing continues in Aiken with the 19th renewal of the Aiken Fall Steeplechase on Saturday, Oct. 30. It is a nationally sanctioned event that annually brings some of the top riders and horses to Ford Conger Field. Each year the event kicks off with a coat-and-tie party to raise money for the Hitchcock Woods Foundation and the Aiken Rescue Squad.


Aiken Horsepower
When formed, the Aiken, SC area was in dire need of an organization for vehicle aficionados to meet to converse with others about their accomplishments and catastrophes concerning their pride and joys. Aiken Horsepower Association was the answer to this problem. Aiken Horsepower Association is open to anyone who has the desire to be a part of a club that  hosts monthly cruise-ins and an occasional special event. A charity is chosen each year. The club collects items and contributes funds that have been collected just for that project.


Aiken Training Track
The Aiken Training Track, with its banked turns and soft straightaways, was considered one of the best tracks in the country upon its completion in 1941.[2][3] Notable surrounding buildings include a stable, shed and grandstand. The track and supporting structures, as well as other (non-historic register) structures may be enjoyed and viewed from the quiet roads that border the large district. The Aiken County Training Track, located in Aiken, South Carolina, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on May 9, 1985.[1]


Aiken Palmetto Kiwanis Club
Serves the greater Aiken, South Carolina, area by volunteering for a variety of service projects and organizing community fundraisers.  The primary focus of the club is to make a difference in the lives of children in our area.


Aiken Land Conservancy
A private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of open, undeveloped space in Aiken County. The ALC has preserved more than 1,300 acres of land.


Aiken Midday Lions Club
The Aiken Mid-Day Lions Club was chartered in April of 1995 by the Aiken Evening Club. Since that time, we have grown to become one of South Carolina’s most active and involved clubs. Through proceeds from our many fundraisers, we address needs on local, state, national and even international levels. Our support goes beyond the financial, offering our time and talents in many hands-on ways.


Aiken Newcomers Club
Representing true southern hospitality and charm, the Aiken Newcomers’ Club (ANC) provides a valuable service to the residents of Aiken, South Carolina and surrounding regions.  ANC does not limit its members to actual newcomers to the area, but rather offers an opportunity for women to socialize, represent Aiken, and give back to the community.


Aiken Polo Club
The Aiken Polo Club is one of the oldest and most historic clubs of its kind in the United States. It held its first game on Whitney Field in 1882 and joined the United States Polo Association before the turn of the century. Over the ensuing years, the Aiken Polo Club became the winter playground for many of America’s polo legends, including 10-goalers Tommy Hitchcock, Harry Payne Whitney and Devereux Milburn.


Aiken SPCA
Established in 1935, the Aiken SPCA has placed thousands of needy animals into loving homes. This success was achieved through the dedicated efforts of employees and volunteers. It also hinges on commitment, support and responsibility from the community. Contact the Aiken SPCA today to learn how you can participate in its continued success.


Aiken Technical College
ATC is one of 16 schools in the South Carolina Technical College System, and it has served the community for more than 30 years. Its rich history, commitment to higher education and state-of-the-art facilities provide residents with a first-class, affordable education close to home. Each year The Willcox proudly supports Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Held Oct. 1, the fundraiser benefits the Aiken Techniccal College Foundation Scholarship Fund.


Aiken Technical College Foundation’s Family Giving Campaign
Raises money from private sources to provide scholarship assistance, instructional equipment, and continuing education for faculty and staff.


Alzheimer’s Association
The leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research.


Aquinas High School
Aquinas High School, our mission is “developing Christian leaders” through an excellent Catholic secondary education. The school emphasizes moral/ethical standards and strives for a Christian integration of spirit, mind, and body in each student. Aquinas seeks to foster respect for all persons, to encourage responsibility in each individual, and to promote Christian service among its students.


American Cancer Society
Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Our mission: Save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. We’ve set a bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the U.S. 20 percent by 2025.


The Augusta Ballet
Augusta Ballet is on a mission to foster a culture of dance appreciation and support across a diverse audience of all ages in the Augusta community and across the CSRA. We achieve this mission by presenting high-quality classical and contemporary ballet performances, offering free (or low-cost) educational opportunities to local youth and offering unique events aimed at cultivating the next generation of ballet and dance audiences.


Augusta Gay Pride
The Primary Mission of Augusta Pride is to promote visibility and pride and to provide cultural unity and diversity education for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Ally (LGBTQA) communities of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). A Secondary Mission is to initiate and support efforts to raise awareness of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases in the LGBTQA community of the CSRA and to contribute to efforts to provide resources in support of those living with HIV.


Belmont Childcare Association
Belmont Childcare Association provides early childhood education to the sons and daughters of backstretch workers at Belmont and Aqueduct racetracks at the Anna House, an on-site center at Belmont Park. Children who leave Anna House are ready for kindergarten, have computer skills and can speak fluent English.


Boys and Girls Club of Aiken 
As an offshoot of the Salvation Army and the Boys and Clubs of America, the local chapter has served the city for more than a decade by providing an after-school program and summer day camp for children who normally would be home alone.


Camp Gravatt
Established in 1949, the Gravatt Camp and Conference Center is an Episcopal summer camp and conference center located near Aiken. It offers an outdoor Christian youth camp, hosts conferences, meetings, and retreats, and serves other churches and nonprofit groups.


Charles Hartline Memorial  Annual Charles R. Hartline Memorial Golf Classic


Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County
The Child Advocacy Center is Aiken’s only comprehensive program for the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases. A nonprofit collaboration among more than two dozen public and private agencies, the center provides the specialized forensic interviews and medical evaluations needed to assure a child’s safety and establish the facts of an allegation. The CAC also manages a team of professionals that reviews each child’s case and makes recommendations for further action.


Children’s Place
Treats children with significant developmental and behavioral problems by providing speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health counseling in a licensed pre-school setting.


Children’s Trust of South Carolina 
Strengthen and support public and private prevention efforts that keep South Carolina’s children safe.


Christ Central Ministries, Inc.
Provides food and clothing to Aiken County’s underprivileged


Community Medical Clinic of Aiken
We exist to serve the uninsured in Aiken County, making certain that each and every citizen who walks through our doors receives the quality care he or she deserves.


The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons
The Cumbee Center provides free, 24-hour emergency services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, along with crisis and long-term counseling, temporary emergency shelter, legal advocacy, referrals to social service agencies, support groups, emotional support and community outreach programs.


CSRA Society for Human Resource Management
We welcome HR and business professionals and those with a vested interest in the field of Human Resources and encourage your attendance at our meetings.  We are certain you will find them professionally and personally rewarding!


Danny and Ron’s Rescue
Rescues abused, abandoned and starving dogs in the Camden, S.C. area.


Dream Equine Therapy Center
Dream Equine Therapy Center, headquartered in York, S.C., provides emotional support and wellness to the terminally and chronically ill through rescued and rehabilitated horses. Volunteers visit hospitals, nursing homes and rehab facilities, or patients can ride at the farm with a doctor’s referral.


Ducks Unlimited Aiken Chapter
DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Its mission: habitat conservation.


Episcopal Day School
The Episcopal Day School is a mission of the Church of the Good Shepherd and exists to guide children to discover their place in God’s world for lives of wisdom, love, and service. Informed by a Christian perspective, we offer an education that attends to the nurture and development of the whole child, so that each may form a sure foundation for life.


EZ-GO Golf Classic
The tournament benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta, which offers after-school centers for more than 3,000 at-risk children and their families.


Family Y of Aiken
The Family YMCA of Aiken County strengthens your physical health as well as your spiritual health. In addition to this location functioning as a Family YMCA that opened in 2012, this branch is also the home of Cedar Creek West Church.


Friends of the Animal Shelter
Supports homeless pets of the Aiken County Animal Shelter and helps promote successful adoptions, spay and neuter programs, and transfers pets to no-kill shelters.


Georgia Regents Transplant Center
Based in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta University Health is a world-class health care network, offering the most comprehensive primary, specialty and subspecialty care in the region.


Goodwill Retail Stores 
Goodwill® strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.


Gulf Coast Humane Society
Our mission is to provide humane care for surrendered animals by offering refuge, providing medical care, and facilitating an adoptive home. Each year we take in more than 1,000 animals in need of compassionate care.


Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School cultivates creative and critical thinking, develops leadership and social skills, and promotes service to others over the pursuit of self-interest through a rich academic and extracurricular program in a supportive community of talented educators and engaged students.


Helping Hands, Inc.
A United Way agency that serves as a 24-hour emergency home for abused, abandoned and neglected children in South Carolina. The annual Chef’s Extravagana is one of many charitable events The Willcox takes part.


Historic Preservation in Augusta and Richmond Counties
The Historic Preservation Commission is given its legal authority through Title Seven, Chapter Four of the Augusta-Richmond County Code.


Hitchcock Healthcare
A not-for-profit group that provides medical and rehabilitation services to residents of Aiken and surrounding communities. Children and adults receive physical, occupation and speech therapy.


Hospice of Tri-County in Orangeburg
Hospice Care of Tri County helps individuals and their families as they deal with a life-limiting illness. The focus is to provide support and comfort-oriented (palliative) care to reduce the fears of pain, losing control, being alone and being a burden to others.


Julliard in Aiken
Juilliard, America’s premier conservatory, has joined with Aiken to create a one-of-a-kind event that celebrates the arts and quality of life for residents. Aiken hosts students and faculty from the Juilliard School who perform publicly, teach workshops and master classes, and visit Aiken County public schools.


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
JDRF is the leading global organization funding promising T1D research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.


Kennedy Middle School PTO
The goal of Kennedy Middle School is to provide young students an opportunity to develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically in a safe, positive, student-centered environment in order to become productive members of society.


Knights of Columbus Aiken Chapter
The Knights were formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.


Leadership Aiken County
Leadership Aiken County is operated by volunteers, and each year a diverse group of residents learn about their community, participating in field trips related to local government, education, health care, law enforcement and social services. Each class completes a project that benefits the community, whether it is a fundraiser for a local charity or lobbying for changes to legislation or budgets.


Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center
Life Choices promotes the pro-life message and God’s design for love and sex for young men and women.


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, finding a cure and improving the lives of patients and their families.


Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
The only black history museum in the Central Savannah River Area. Opened in 1991, it is the former home of Lucy Craft Laney, who started the first school in Augusta, Ga. for black children. The school opened on January 6, 1883, in the basement of the Christ Presbyterian Church, then on 10 and Telfair Street with little money and only six students.


The Lydia Project 
Lydia provides free services to women who are coping with cancer. This support includes ongoing correspondence and monthly encouragement for at least 12 months. Women in Aiken (South Carolina) and Burke, Columbia, McDuffie and Richmond counties (Georgia) also qualify for rent, utility and prescription drug assistance.


Mead Hall Episcopal School
Mead Hall has served the Aiken community for over 50 years and emphasizes a rigorous academic curriculum rooted in God’s truths and in Christ’s love. Beyond academics, students are expected to set high standards for personal character and integrity. The Strawberry Festival held in April is the school’s annual fundraising event.


Megiddo Dream Station
Through Christ-centered services, education, job training and life skill classes, the Megiddo Dream Station moves families towards self-sufficiency.


Memory Ride Hunter Show
Each year the equestrian community comes together to make an indelible imprint while raising money for Alzheimer’s disease. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina and supports programs for those with Alzheimer’s, their family members and caregivers.


Mental Health America of Aiken County
The mission of Mental Health America of Aiken County is to serve as an advocate and a community resource by promoting positive mental health in Aiken County.


MOMS Club of Aiken
The primary purpose of the MOMS (MOMS Offering Moms Support) Club is to offer all mothers an opportunity for networking within a community.  We hope to provide you with a chance to find other moms, like yourself, facing the same challenges.  Another bonus is that this club welcomes children!


Morris Museum of Art in Augusta
Over the years since its founding, the museum has adopted a simpler “purpose statement,” to wit: The Morris Museum of Art exists for the purpose of collecting the art of the American South and interpreting same in regional, national, and global contexts. This guideline is intended to distill and forcefully express the museum’s core mission-the creation, maintenance, and interpretation of a collection of works of art that serve as a visual correlative to the culture of the South.


National Wild Turkey Federation
Dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of America’s hunting heritage


Neonatal ICU at Children’s Hospital of Georgia 
The Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Level IV (highest level) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit offers some of the most advanced technology and skilled physicians in the Southeast. As a leading regional perinatal center, the unit treats patients who need highly specialized care that many other regional perinatal centers cannot provide. Its staff gives the tiniest patients a fighting chance at life by delivering skilled and coordinated care to meet the complex needs of premature babies and their families.


North Augusta Junior Women’s League
The North Augusta Junior Women’s League is an organization that empowers women to serve the community in a positive way. This group of women strives to combine their time, talents, and energies to meet the needs of the schools and families in North Augusta. The NAJWL makes a positive impact on the children of North Augusta through fundraisers that help to support North Augusta schools and the needs of the children attending those schools.


Opera Carolina
Opera Carolina is the premiere professional opera company in the Carolinas, presenting three main-stage productions and education and outreach programs that reach more than 65,000 people each year in North Carolina, South Carolina and northern Georgia.


Palmetto Animal League
One Love Animal Rescue, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization so all donations will be tax-deductible.   We rely solely on donations, fundraisers, and often times, our own money. Only through your support and generosity are we able to rescue and care for many abused, neglected, injured and abandoned dogs and cats. In some cases, extensive medical treatments are required in addition to the routine spay-neuter, veterinarian care, grooming, and day to day expenses.  We understand the choice is yours in supporting your cause and we are grateful and humbled by your generosity


PAR for Parkinson’s 
An estimated one million people in the United States and over five million worldwide are living with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s affects one in 100 people over the age of 60. While Parkinson’s is a movement disorder, it also brings non-movement related symptoms. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s. We are fortunate to live in the CSRA which is home to one of the National Parkinsons Foundation Center’s of Excellence, the Movement Disorder Program, at GRU in Augusta, GA.


Rally for a Cure at Cedar Creek Gold Club
Money raised at the tournament supports the American Cancer Society and its mission to reduce the risk of cancer, provide free programs and services for cancer patients and fund groundbreaking research.


Savannah River Cancer Foundation
The Savannah River Cancer Foundation provides help to anyone affected by cancer in our communities, the South Carolina counties of Aiken, Edgefield, Allendale and Barnwell, and to promote the early detection and prevention of cancer.


Shepeard Community Blood Center
To collect, process and distribute blood and blood products.


Saratoga Warhorse Foundation
Saratoga WarHorse Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering veterans a three-day experience that has proven to be effective and invaluable for those struggling to adjust to life after military service, will be participating in the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium organized by the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP).


South Carolina State Office of Veteran’s Affairs
The mission of the Division of Veterans’ Affairs is to be the advocate for the state’s 420,968 veterans in all matters that pertain to veterans.


Special Olympics of South Carolina
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.


St. John’s United Methodist Church of Aiken


St. Mary’s Help of Christians Catholic School


St. Mary’s On the Hill
In a Christ-centered atmosphere, the mission of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School is to teach, to learn, and to become faith-filled servants of Jesus.  By having Christ as the center of our school and in partnership with parents, we are teaching our students to become the next generation of Christian leaders.


STAR Riding and Driving
Equestrian therapy (also known as equine therapy or Equine-Assisted Therapy [EAT]) is a form of therapy that makes use of horses to help promote emotional growth. Equestrian therapy is particularly applied to patients with ADD, anxiety, autism, dementia, delay in mental development, down syndrome and other genetic syndromes, depression, trauma and brain injuries, behavior and abuse issues and other mental health issues.


That’s What Friends Are For, Inc.
Have you ever seen a homeless cat or dog and wished you could do something about it? Now you can! Join That’s What Friends are For, Inc., a network of caring and compassionate people.


The Preservation Society of Newport County
Great Houses connect people to a nation’s heritage and open windows to another age.
The Preservation Society of Newport County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, preserve, and present an exceptional collection of house museums and landscapes in one of the most historically intact cities in America.


Tri Development
A not-for-profit oganization that coordinates community activities for Aiken County residents with autism, head and spinal cord injuries, and intellectual disabilities.


Toys for Tots
The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys October through December and distributes them as Christmas gifts to underprivileged children.


United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
Our mission: To promote research and education for the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of mitochondrial disorders and to provide support to affected individuals and families.


United States Equestrian Team Foundation
Established as a not-for-profit organization, the USET Foundation helps fund the High Performance competition. Money is provided to America’s elite and developing athletes and horses to pay for training, coaching, travel expenses and educational needs.


United Way of Aiken County
United Way of Aiken County is a volunteer-driven organization that raises and distributes funds for community needs. Volunteers from all walks of life work in partnership with private businesses, governments and nonprofits to pinpoint and address critical community issues.


University of South Carolina Aiken
Founded in 1961, the University of South Carolina Aiken (USC Aiken) is a comprehensive liberal arts institution committed to active learning through excellence in teaching, faculty and student scholarship, research, creative activities, and service. In this stimulating academic community, USC Aiken challenges students to acquire and develop the skills, knowledge, and values necessary for success in a dynamic global environment.


Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Gordon Government Organization · Fort Gordon, Georgia


Westminster Schools of Augusta
Westminster seeks to glorify God by providing an excellent education that equips students to live extraordinary lives for Jesus Christ.


Women Beyond Cancer
Women Beyond Cancer hosts free retreats for women who have been diagnosed with cancer. Several are held at a local horse farm, where the group is headquartered, and a few are organized in national locations including Maine and Utah.


Women of Woodside
Raises money for charities and helps members of the Woodside golf community connect with volunteer opportunities. Over the past 25 years, the Women of Woodside have contributed more than $500,000 to local charities and combine give 25,000 hours to the community each year.


Wounded Warrior Project
Began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.


Wreaths Across America 
Wreaths Across America would not be successful without the help of volunteers, active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industry, which offer invaluable support to WAA’s mission to remember the men and women who served our country, honor our military and their families, and teach our children about


Yahweh Wilderness Expeditions
We are building relationships, with people, with God, with families.