The Heller Service Corps cultivates a spirit of giving by providing diverse service opportunities that build relationships between the Furman and Greenville communities. We offer opportunities for students to volunteer both on and off-campus with our Community Partners.
History of Heller
Max and Trude Heller, known in the Greenville community as “doers” not “accumulators,” devoted their lives to public service. Possessing a strong moral and ethical compass, they led with humility, steadfast love, mercy and justice with others. In 2002, friends of Max and Trude established an endowment in their honor for the purpose of encouraging service to the Greenville community. Furman University’s Collegiate Educational Service Corps, founded in 1966, became the beneficiary of this endowment, allowing Furman students to expand and diversify their opportunities to serve Greenville. We are inspired to continue Max and Trude’s legacy of changing lives and communities, one person at a time. At its advent, Heller consisted of six loyal students. Now, Heller is one of Furman’s largest student organizations with 1200 students (and always counting).
Above all, Heller Service Corps is dedicated to serving others through life-changing work. Students coined the phrase: “A hand up; never a handout.” Heller truly embodies that attitude. We are dedicated to a life of discovering passions and providing opportunities to learn. Heller channels our student body’s benevolence by bridging the gap between Furman’s campus and the Greenville community. We are here to foster relationships, cultivate a spirit of giving, and, ultimately, provide service both on and off campus.
Our Community Partners
Heller coordinates volunteer opportunities for Furman students with our Community Partners in Greenville to serve a variety of those in need. Our Coordinators can help you find an partner to volunteer with based on your interests and schedule.
Programs and Events
Heller hosts on-campus programs and events in collaboration with many of our Community Partners. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to participate in any or all of these events to serve and help better the Greenville community without even stepping foot off campus.
Volunteer with Heller
Heller's partnership with Greenville agencies allows students the opportunity to connect with local service organizations. Whether you are interested in volunteering on or off campus, we have opportunities for you.
55Years of Impact
3000+Yearly Hours of Service