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Community engagement activities from HSA, LOI, and more

Halsey Institute: Cry Joy Park—Gardens of Dark and Light

Cry Joy Park—Gardens of Dark and Light is now on display at the Halsey Institute and we encourage you to visit the gallery this summer.

The exhibition is an investigation into the construction of a utopia, inspired by the history of Charleston, South Carolina: a cultural and artistic capital of the American South, and an exemplar of its opulence and beauty. The installation presents both an alluring, gorgeous and otherworldly garden, and its darker counterpart, via an immersive multisensory experience that utilizes various forms of communication to convey its message.

Information on the exhibition is available here. Information on other Halsey events, including programming related to this exhibition, is available here.

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11AM – 4PM, Open until 7PM on Thursdays, Closed on Sundays


Posted on June 5, 2019 in Announcements & Events, Community Engagement

Volunteer with MUSC Heart Health program

MUSC’s Heart Health Program is looking for volunteers! Duties include playing with children affected by childhood obesity to encourage an active lifestyle. This is a great way to improve a resume while making great connections at MUSC!

Location: Park Circle, North Charleston
Times: Monday-Friday, 5:30-6:30pm and Saturday, 9:30-10:30am
No weekly time commitment required

Questions? Call 843-792-4717 or email

Posted on May 28, 2019 in Community Engagement

Two AmeriCorps VISTA positions available at Camp Happy Days

What: Camp Happy Days’ mission is to offer support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by providing cost-free year-round programs, special events and access to crisis resources. The organization’s goal is to improve the physical, emotional and psychological health of the entire family facing pediatric cancer. The organization is currently searching for two Americorps VISTAs. More information can be found on the following job descriptions:

Research and Evaluation Coordinator

Young Adult Program Manager

An AmeriCorps VISTA position is ideal for a gap year, as it is a one-year appointment and is considered a kind of domestic Peace Corps, meaning that it looks really good on grad school and job applications. Additionally, the program allows you to stall some student loans, and also provides a $6,900 stipend for educational expenses at the end of the appointment (in addition to the salary). Learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program here.

When: Mid-June or Early July 2019 – 2020

Where: Camp Happy Days in Charleston, SC

Posted on May 13, 2019 in Community Engagement, Internships & Jobs

The Green Heart Project seeks AmeriCorps VISTA

The Green Heart Project is now a placement site for the Charleston-area AmeriCorps VISTA program.

The AmeriCorps VISTA position at The Green Heart Project will focus on developing plans for a new program for Green Heart: a youth internship program for a new Urban Farm at Enston Homes. The youth internship program will address a need for paid employment opportunities and for workforce training among low-income youth in Charleston, while also promoting health through healthy foods and physical activity, and education through partnership with local schools. By developing a full plan for the new program, including curriculum, evaluation, outreach, and funding, the VISTA member will help to lay the foundation for the success of the program for years to come.

The VISTA member will develop a Youth Internship: Program Plan and Curriculum, including the development of goals, objectives, performance measures, and lesson plans; Outreach & Recruitment Strategy; Monitoring and Evaluation Plan; Funding Plan; and help to recruit for and implement the inaugural Youth Internship program.

More information on this position and how to apply is available here. Questions? Please contact Amanda Howell at


Posted on May 7, 2019 in Community Engagement, Internships & Jobs

Attend The Green Heart Project’s Harvest Dinner

The Green Heart Project, an Honors Engaged project partner, is hosting its annual Harvest Dinner on Thursday, May 16th from 6-8pm at Mitchell Elementary School. The Harvest Dinner is their end of year celebration where students, families, volunteers, and supporters are invited to celebrate another season of growing food and minds, through a farm-to-table dinner.

Tickets are $20, $10 for students, and children under 12 are free. Tickets are available here.

Posted on May 7, 2019 in Announcements & Events, Community Engagement

Volunteer with the Charleston Parks Conservancy

Volunteer with the Charleston Parks Conservancy
Garden in the Parks
Tuesdays & Thursdays at Colonial Lake | 9-11am

From watering to weeding, planting to pruning, our volunteers work alongside Conservancy staff to keep our parks looking beautiful. (No experience necessary!). For more information, visit the website. To sign up, please fill out the volunteer waiver.

Posted on April 26, 2019 in Community Engagement

Honors Engaged Liaison Applications

Honors is seeking students to serve as Honors Engaged Liaisons for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students will be selected based on an application, and in some cases, an interview. The complete job description for this position can be found here.


Honors Engaged Liaisons…

  • Commit to at least 3 work hours per week in the Fall, and at least 6 work hours per week in the Spring.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact between the Honors College and community partners.
  • Are required to engage directly with the community through the project they lead.
  • Mentor freshmen, helping them to adjust to their new roles in the community and guiding reflection on their experience.
  • Engage in extensive written communication with students, community partners, and project directors.
  • Track project attendance, read and comment on assignments, and host multiple reflection meetings throughout the year.
  • Are required to attend team meetings and prepare for them by completing assigned readings.
  • Are required to complete an academic project related to their work in the community and present their research at the Lowcountry Citizens’ Summit.


  • Member of the Honors College in good standing
  • Completed Honors Engaged requirement
  • Strong desire to engage in the community
  • Strong desire to serve as a peer mentor
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Time management and prioritization skills

To Apply: Apply using the online application.

Posted on April 24, 2019 in Community Engagement, Honors Leadership

AmeriCorps VISTA Position with CPN

What: Charleston Promise Neighborhood is seeking one (1) AmeriCorps VISTA to support the “Miseducation of Gentrification” project. This individual will help CPN build a program to recruit and engage residents in the conversations around gentrification, and through research, offer ways to connect them to resources and opportunities which will provide benefit through economic development, social and community advocacy. The VISTA will research different cities and their experiences with gentrification to build CPN’s organizational knowledgebase, compile a list of the resources available to residents that may provide economic, financial, and well-being supports, recruit community residents and potential partners interested in this work, and develop program materials and marketing collateral to support future programs. The VISTA will also receive a modest living stipend from AmeriCorps and $100/month in rental assistance from CPN.

When: June 10, 2019 – June 9, 2020

Where: Charleston, SC

To Apply: Please complete the online application here

For a complete description of the position, please check out the full job posting. If you have questions, please email with “AmeriCorps VISTA Member” in the Subject Line.

Posted on April 8, 2019 in Community Engagement, Internships & Jobs

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