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    Make your impact in Aiken

    There are so many wonderful nonprofits here in Aiken that work tirelessly to make our community a better place. Most rely on the support of donations and the efforts of volunteers to continue operating. As you get in the giving spirit this holiday season, consider including one of these organizations in your generosity. Here are just a few of the amazing nonprofits that could benefit from your help! 


    Aiken Equine Rescue

    Mission: To rescue horses who have suffered from abuse and rehome Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds and horses whose owners can no longer care for them. 

    How to Support: 

    • Adopt a horse to rewrite their story  
    • Join Aiken Equine Rescue’s sponsorship program
    • Make a donation 
    • Explore volunteer opportunities 

    First Tee of Aiken

    Mission: To empower children through a lifetime of new challenges by seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum.

    How to Support: 

    • Give a donation 
    • Become a coach
    • Support First Tee through Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards

    Center for African American History, Art, and Culture

    Mission: To preserve the Immanuel Institute building and to be an educational resource that celebrates and demonstrates the contributions of African Americans in Aiken, SC, and our nation. 

    How to Support: 

    • Volunteer your time
    • Make a donation
    • Become a member

    Aiken Senior Life Services

    Mission: To allow seniors to age gracefully in place by providing meals, transportation, and social interaction to older adults. 

    How to Support: 

    • Volunteer with Meals on Wheels 
    • Volunteer with the senior community 
    • Give a financial gift 

    Aiken Center for the Arts

    Mission: To inspire and educate the community through unique visual and performing art experiences. 

    How to Support: 

    • Become a member, donor, or sustainer   
    • Volunteer your time 
    • Register yourself or your children for art classes offered at ACA

    SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare

    Mission: To improve the lives of abused, abandoned, and neglected pets by rehoming them and fighting for their well being through legislative efforts, education, and affordable veterinary care.

    How to Support: 

    • Donate an item from their online wish list
    • Make a monetary contribution
    • Become a volunteer
    • Adopt a pet

    Hitchcock Woods Foundation

    Mission: To protect and preserve the Hitchcock Woods in an ecologically healthy state, maintain and manage equestrian and pedestrian uses, and foster education on the history and resources of the Woods. 

    How to Support: 

    • Donate online
    • Buy books that celebrate & support Hitchcock Woods 
    • Shop through Hitchcock Woods’ Amazon Smile link

    Aiken Civic Ballet Company

    Mission: To encourage dance as an art form, promote outreach education through the discipline of dance, and provide premiere training and performance opportunities for dancers in Aiken and beyond. 

    How to Support: 

    • Attend performances and events as a patron 
    • Support ACBC as a sponsor 
    • Donate the amount of your choice

    Great Oak Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center

    Mission: To provide Specialized Therapeutic and Recreational Riding for individuals with special needs to improve the emotional, cognitive, and/or physical challenges they face. 

    How to Support: 

    • Seed Great Oak’s scholarship fund 
    • Sponsor a pony 
    • Donate your horse
    • Become a volunteer 

    Helping Hands

    Mission: To enrich the quality of life and well-being of children, youth, and families who have been affected by abuse, abandonment, and/or neglect. 

    How to Support: 

    • Volunteer individually or with a group  
    • Gift an experience for a child in need through the Helping Hands website
    • Make a monetary donation 

    Here are a few fun ways to get involved in giving: 

    • Give in honor of a loved one: Make a donation in someone’s name as a birthday or Christmas gift. 
    • Get the kids involved: Allow your child to pick a nonprofit organization that resonates with them and make a donation together.  
    • Team up with friends: Utilize fundraising tools on social media platforms to encourage your friends to support a worthy cause with you. 
    • Volunteer your time: Spend some time at a nonprofit of your choice to provide hands-on support.