The 2017 Day of Service at Southern Wesleyan University was one for the record books.

According to Dr. Justin Carter, associate vice president for student life, the 2017 Day of Service has seen an increase in overall participation. The Day of Service had 331 participants, composed of 262 students, along with faculty and staff. Twenty-five projects were completed in Pickens, Oconee, Anderson, and Greenville (South Carolina) counties, a Day of Service record.

“Day of Service is an opportunity for me to get out as an individual, to represent SWU and to represent the Baseball Team and Criminal Justice program, just to come out here and serve and give my time to someone else,” said Drew Carson, a Southern Wesleyan senior and student-athlete. Carson helped with cleanup of the Potter’s Place, a ministry located near Southern Wesleyan’s campus.

“Basically having more people, it relieves the people who work here,” said Taylor Vincent, a senior from West Columbia.

“We think of ministry sometimes as teaching, preaching, singing, working with people but really it’s service, any kind of service; it’s a core value for us,” said Dr. Daryl Couch, professor of psychology and chair of Southern Wesleyan’s Social Sciences Division.