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Community engagement activities from HSA, LOI, and more

Virtual Volunteer Opportunity: The Turning Leaf Project

The Turning Leaf Project is looking for virtual outreach volunteers to help promote their mission and work in the community. TLP is a non-profit in North Charleston dedicated to helping men think and act differently so they stay out of prison. The organization provides intense therapy, transitional employment in an in-house screenprinting shop, and job placements for graduates. TLP is looking for students and community members to promote the organization on their social channels and assist with tabling and in-house events. For more information and to apply, click here.

Questions? Contact Katie Hill at hillkb@g.cofc.edu.

Posted on May 21, 2020 in Clubs and Organizations, Community Engagement

Positively Impact Your Community During COVID-19

CofC Alumni Nora Grossman and Lydia Ford from the Class of 2015 are working to ease the struggles caused by the coronavirus pandemic though a Mutual Aid organization called Covid Assist. Nora co-founded the organization, while Lydia is supporting the organization by coordinating volunteers.

The organization provides a platform for volunteers to give help and those in need to get help in areas such as grocery and medication deliveries, homecooked meals, chatting over the phone, and more.

If you are interested in joining over 1,000 volunteers currently making a difference through Covid Assist, need assistance yourself, or know someone who could benefit from the organization’s work, visit the Covid Assist website.

Posted on May 11, 2020 in Community Engagement

Paid Public Service Fellowship Opportunity in Aiken, SC

Lead For America works to ensure that our nation’s most dynamic and diverse leaders are working on our communities’ toughest challenges. Its core program is a paid two-year Fellowship for outstanding leaders ages 21-30 to work on the toughest challenges facing local governments and non-profits nationwide, particularly in Fellows’ hometowns and communities struggling to attract and retain talent.

Aiken, SC Fellowship. The Fellow will work with the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department to revitalize the city’s public spaces. In this role, they will redesign and update the strategic plan for the city’s parks and public spaces, engaging with a broad cross-section of local government officials, community leaders, and other local residents to envision and articulate the path to a more vibrant Aiken. Learn more here.

Learn More about Lead for America: Lead for America Website

Get to Know Us and Ask Your Questions: Email us at reed.shaferray@lead4america.org

Apply Today: Apply here by April 30th at 11:59pm PST to learn more and join the Lead for America 2020 Fellowship cohort.

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Why should you apply for the Fellowship?

From addressing the opioid crisis in Appalachian West Virginia to designing affordable housing policy in East Los Angeles, Lead for America Fellows are truly working on most intractable issues facing our country. And because they work alongside the leadership in the community and are doing the work at the local level, it’s really possible to see progress and lives changed.

Receive training from leading institutions. All Fellows receive 4.5 weeks of graduate level public administration, leadership and equity training prior to beginning their Fellowships. In Lead For America’s first year, this training was led by partners and staff at the UNC School of Government, the Harvard Kennedy School, Boston University’s Initiative on Cities, Tufts University’s Tisch College for Civic Life, and Georgetown University’s Baker Center for Leadership & Governance. All Fellows also meet up for retreats over the course of the two years. The most recent retreat was focused on civil rights at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

Join a cohort of incredible peers. Lead For America’s first class of 54 Fellows are serving in more than 40 communities in 21 states nationwide. Over half are people of color, 60% are women, 1/3 are first-generation college students, and more than 40% were pell-grant recipients in college. 1/3 of Fellows are also serving in rural communities and towns of less than 10,000 people, adding to the experience of the entire cohort. The class includes Truman, Gates & Udall Scholars, Marine Corps Veterans, D1 Athletes, and former Student Body Presidents.

Help co-create a growing, national program. Lead For America’s goal is to train, place, and support 50,000 leaders by 2040. The organization is on track to have more than 90 Fellows in its second year, and to scale up to 1,000 Fellows in the next 4 years. Fellows serve at every level of the organization, including the National Board of Directors. Help shape the program for years to come!

Launch your career as a civic leader. Lead For America is less about what happens during the first two years than it is about building a community of lifelong civic leaders. From a digital alumni network and alumni reunions to training and financial support for alumni who decide to launch nonprofits and businesses or even run for office, Lead For America will focus on helping you advance in your leadership and service for the rest of your life.

Posted on April 9, 2020 in Community Engagement, Internships & Jobs

Volunteer at This Year’s Lowcountry Citizens’ Summit

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Lowcountry Citizens’ Summit has been postponed until further notice. Please stay tuned for updates. 

Volunteers will be needed to assist with the Lowcountry Citizens’ Summit. Potential volunteer roles include:

  • Setup
  • Registration
  • Q&A Facilitators
  • Poster Session Setup
  • Breakout Organizers
  • Breakdown

Email Robby Maynor at maynorra@cofc.edu indicating which role(s) you are interested in. The timing of your volunteer shift will be dependent on the role you choose, but will be sometime between 4:00-7:30pm.

Posted on March 3, 2020 in Announcements & Events, Campus Involvement, Community Engagement

RSVP for the 2020 Lowcountry Citizens’ Summit

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Lowcountry Citizens’ Summit has been postponed until further notice. Please stay tuned for updates. 

The Lowcountry Citizens’ Summit is a venue for conversations regarding the construction and sustaining of a productive, equitable Lowcountry community. Th goal of the Summit is to bridge the gap between the College of Charleston campus and the broader Charleston community by engaging students and local community members in timely, meaningful conversations.

Thanks to the following co-sponsors for their support: Department of Political Science, Department of Teacher Education, Office of Institutional Diversity, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, School of the Arts, Urban Studies Program, and Women’s & Gender Studies Program.

Read more details about the event here, then register here!

Posted on March 2, 2020 in Announcements & Events, Community Engagement

Camp Rise Above Seeking Spring/Summer Intern

Camp Rise Above is a local nonprofit that serves children with special medical needs and life challenges by providing life-changing camp experiences. The organization is currently seeking a motivated, passionate, and organized student to serve as its intern for the 2020 summer camp season!

The right fit for this position will:

  • Be passionate about working with children and in an outdoor environment.
  • Be available for 5-10 hours per week from April 1 – June 5, and for full days during our camp season (June 8 – July 9; see schedule below).
  • Take initiative in assisting planning games, crafts, and activities for our camp sessions.
  • Help with administrative tasks (making nametags, sorting t-shirts, etc) associated with the success of camp.
  • Have reliable transportation to commute to our offices and camp on James Island.
  • Have working knowledge of Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Google Docs, and be comfortable making phone calls to families (they love hearing from us!).

    To apply, please email erinu@campriseabove.org with your resume, two references, and contact information.

    CRA Summer Camp 2020 Schedule

    June 8 & 9 – Children with Asthma
    June 11 & 12 – Children with Autism
    June 15 &16 – Children with Transplants, Heart Disease and Kidney Disease
    June 18 & 19 – Children with Sickle Cell Disease and Children from Beyond Our Walls Neighborhood Learning Center in North Charleston
    June 22 & 23 – Children with Brain Tumors, their siblings, and children affected by a parent’s cancer diagnosis
    June 25 & 26 – Children with Epilepsy, Tourette’s, and TBI
    July 6 & 7 – Children with Down Syndrome
    July 8 & 9 – Children with Cerebral Palsy and Craniofacial Differences

    *One camper with CF invited to each camp, as well as siblings from Ronald McDonald House

Posted on March 2, 2020 in Community Engagement, Internships & Jobs

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