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Community engagement activities from HSA, LOI, and more

ECOllective Student Project Committee (ESPC)

Each semester, students pay $10 as a Green Tax as part of their tuition that will end up in a large fund to be governed by the ECOllective Student Project Committee (ESPC), a committee headed by an intern at the Office of Sustainability.

Students from any major can apply for a grant through ESPC for up to $5,000 to be used for any sustainability-related initiative, such as research, implementation of sustainable equipment, or expenses related to event planning. Grants are approved or denied by a committee of 5-9 students from multiple backgrounds. Duties include attending meetings regularly, providing feedback to the committee chair, serving as a case manager to help proposers through the grant writing process, and communicating via email with other committee members.

We are currently accepting applications for both grant proposals and committee members. This committee meets once or twice a month, depending on the volume of proposals, and turns over in the spring semester. This is a great opportunity to add both grant writing and professional experience to your resume as well as get your foot in the door at the Office of Sustainability.

For more information, please visit the Office of Sustainability’s website or contact Trevor Leach at

Posted on September 18, 2018 in Clubs and Organizations, Community Engagement

Volunteer at Charleston Pride

Charleston Pride Festival takes place from September 15-22, 2018. Please consider volunteering as the LGBTQ+ community is celebrated.

Charleston Pride Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity with a mission to promote the visibility of the LGBTQ community by educating society, honoring its heritage, advocating for its culture, and celebrating its diverse society.

More details on volunteer registration is available here

Posted on September 16, 2018 in Community Engagement

Submit a proposal for the Sturcken Oratorical competition

The Inaugural Sturcken Memorial Oratorical Competition provides students with a platform to share their experience with marginalization on campus. After crafting a 300-word proposal and submitting it here, you may be selected to expand and share your ideas on progress with the broader CofC community. The winners will receive a cash prize and an institutional commitment to see the project through, with the support and resources of the Provost’s Office, Student Affairs, the Sustainability Literacy Institute, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Submissions close on September 21, 2018. For more information on the competition, visit the event website

Posted on September 7, 2018 in Announcements & Events, Community Engagement

Charleston 7in7


It can be overwhelming to think about a city being unified and what our individual part is in making that happen. So we decided to start the conversation. We’ve invited 7 local community leaders from various industries to come together and share their perspective on how we can take action today to see our city become united.

WHEN: September 20, from 7-8pm (doors will open at 6:30)
WHERE: Sottile Theater
HOW MUCH: $10 (with code cofcstudent)

All proceeds from this event will go to local nonprofit and Honors College partner, Charleston Hope!

For more information, go to or look for us on Facebook and Instagram (@charleston7in7)!


Posted on September 5, 2018 in Announcements & Events, Community Engagement

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to make an impact in the community? Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach is recruiting for compassionate volunteers for our Johns Island and downtown sites! We assist our neighbors in need, regardless of faith or creed, helping them achieve their desired path to self-sufficiency. We work to address the root causes of poverty and create systemic change by providing basic and emergency resources, education, and specific health programs, as well as coordinated services in the broader community.

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Yes, I Can! After School Tutor
Description: Volunteers help students in 2nd-5th grade complete their homework assignments. Volunteers must have reliable transportation and must be enthusiastic about working with elementary-aged children. Volunteers must complete the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training.
Times: Monday-Thursday from 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: 1684 Brownswood Rd., Johns Island

ESL Tutor
Description: Volunteers teach English to non-native speakers. Teaching experience is preferred. A semester-long commitment is required.
Times: Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: 1684 Brownswood Rd., Johns Island

GED Tutor
Description: Volunteers teach individuals who are obtaining their GED. We are looking for volunteers with expertise in Language Arts. A semester-long commitment is required.
Times: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: 1684 Brownswood Rd., Johns Island

Food Pantry Assistant
Description: Volunteers assist individuals make selections in our client choice food pantry, as well as keep the pantry stocked and organized.
Times: Monday-Thursday 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: 77 America St., Charleston, SC 29403

Administrative Assistant
Description: Volunteers assist staff with administrative tasks such as data entry and mailings.
Times: Varies
Location: 79 America St., Charleston, SC 29403

Front Desk Volunteer
Description: Volunteers answer phones, greet clients and visitors and complete clerical tasks.
Times: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9am-11:30am
Location: 79 America St., Charleston, SC 29403
Times: Fridays from 9am-1pm
Location: 1684 Brownswood Rd., Johns Island

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Meshanko at or 843-559-4109 Ext. 106. More information can also be found on the program’s website.

Posted on August 30, 2018 in Community Engagement

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