Engage with Community Partners at the Bonner Leader Program’s Engage & Empower Event

Interested in earning some community service hours and helping out local non-profits? Head to the Bonner Leader Program’s “Engage & Empower” event on February 24th!

The Opportunity: During this immersive service experience, students will have the opportunity to learn more about and engage with community partners/organizations such as Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Hope Lodge, Metanoia, and the CofC Gender Sexuality Center. Students will also be able to take part in dialogue and learning more about Charleston and the issues the city faces such as food deserts, K12 education, and more.

When & Where: The event will be…

To AttendRSVP for the event with this link by Tuesday, February 20th.

If you have any questions about the event, email volunteer@cofc.edu.

Clinic Volunteers Needed at MUSC Neurology Clinic

MUSC is looking for students to volunteer in a clinic setting!

Details: This volunteer position involves volunteering at a clinic located in North Charleston. Neurologists at MUSC volunteer their time one Saturday a month from 8am-12pm to see this patient population. The day of the clinic, you’ll work to manage the front area and flow while patients are waiting for their appointment as well as scheduling follow-up appointments while working with MUSC physicians and medical students.

Benefits: As a volunteer, you’ll work closely with a variety of medical personnel and learn from them. The position involves working to coordinate patient care through the Dream Clinic and MUSC. The is a great opportunity to interact with patients and the professional healthcare providers within the clinic and has potential to be a longitudinal position.

Great Fit For: Pre-med students wanting to gain clinical experience.

To express interest or ask any questions, contact Tiffany Vereen (vereente@gmail.com) or Jade Doolittle (doolittj@musc.edu).

Celebrate Black History Month at CofC with These Opportunities Including Private Dinners with Speakers!

February is Black History Month, and to celebrate, CofC is hosting tons of events and opportunities, including the Office of Institutional Diversity’s Signature Speaker Series!

The Series: Three South Carolina professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences will be featured; each presentation is open to the public and will take place in SSMB 129 at 5:30pm on the dates indicated.

Essay Details: After each public presentation, the Office of Institutional Diversity will host a private dinner with the speaker and a small group of students. Any student interested in having dinner with the speaker is invited to submit an essay explaining your career goals, why you would like to have dinner with the speaker and what you hope to learn. Please submit a separate essay for each speaker. Essays should be submitted to oid@cofc.edu by the deadlines indicated below. Selected students will be notified via email.

Speaker Details:

  • SC Senator Deon Tedder, recently elected and youngest member of the SC Senate, will present about diversity in higher education and civic engagement on February 12th. Essays for this opportunity are due February 5th.
  • Dr. Dante Pelzer, Associate Director of Student Diversity at MUSC, will present about diversity and under-representation in the health professions on February 20th. Essays for this opportunity are due February 13th.
  • Etu Evans, celebrity footwear and accessories designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. will present on February 22. Essays for this opportunity are due February 14th.

For more information and to learn about all the events celebrating Black History Month throughout February, check out the provided flyer.

Habitat for Humanity Build Day!

Start the new year off with a helping hand! Grab a few friends and join the Center for Civic Engagement for their first Habitat for Humanity build of the Spring semester. Lunch and transportation will be provided but registration is required.

To Register: Click here and choose ‘Norwood Construction PM Volunteer’ to reserve your space by Friday, January 19th.

When & Where: The event will be…

  • On Saturday, January 20th, from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • At the Habitat for Humanity Norwood build site in North Charleston

For more information, go to the registration link, check out the provided flyer, or contact Anne McGrath at volunteer@cofc.edu.

The Center for Civic Engagement is Rocking the Vote at CofC on Wednesday, January 17th!

Did you know 41 million members of Gen Z will be eligible to vote in 2024, making this generation of the most powerful forces in local, statewide and national races? Learn more about the power of Gen Z to impact change at the Center for Civic Engagement’s first Pop-Up Service of the semester! They’ll also help you make sure your voter registration is up-to-date, help you apply for an absentee ballot (if needed) and more.

When & Where: The event will be…

  • On Wednesday, January 17th, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • At the Sottile Clock

For more information, please contact Anne McGrath at volunteer@cofc.edu.

Volunteers Needed: Be a Green Heart Buddy in Spring 2024

The Green Heart Project is looking for volunteers to serve as Green Heart Buddies for the spring 2024 semester.

What’s a Green Heart Buddy? They play a key role in helping grow our gardens, our community, and our students through volunteering with one of our in-school and/or after-school programs. Buddies…

  • Commit to one of our school garden programs for a semester, volunteering once a week for 1+ hours.
  • Are urban farmers, teachers and mentors, working alongside our students, connecting, encouraging and supporting.
  • Do not need to have any gardening experience!

How to Apply: Complete the online interest form by January 18.


Three Weeks in Greece with the Sea Turtles? Yes Please!

The Center for Civic Engagement is offering a 2024 Maymester Alternative Break trip to Greece focused on wildlife rehabilitation and sustainable Tourism.

Alternative Break? An immersive educational travel experience that connects students with thought leaders and community organizations who are serving their communities in forward-thinking ways.

The Maymester Trip: Travel to Zakynthos, Greece from May 14 – June 4, 2024, and support sea turtle conservation efforts on the island. During the trip participants take part in strong direct service, educational programing, daily reflection, and leadership development.

How to Apply: Submit the application form to vissers@cofc.edu by Sunday, November 26 at noon.


The Center for Civic Engagement is Hosting Service Opportunities for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month!

November is Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month, and to participate, CofC’s Center for Civic Engagement is hosting four service opportunities next week!

Make Fleece Scarves: Join them for a minute, five minutes, or as long as you’d like to help make easy, no-sew fleece scarves for the unhoused in our community. This pop-up service event will be on Monday, November 13th, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Cougar Mall.

Assemble Food Kits: Stop by to help put emergency food kits together for those dealing with food insecurity in our community on Wednesday, November 11th, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Cougar Mall.

Habitat for Humanity Build Day: Help build hope and a home for a Charleston family. Tools, food and transportation provided for this nearby Charleston Habitat for Humanity build day. This event will be on Saturday, November 18th, from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Register here by Thursday, November 16th.

Clean Windwood Farm: Get your hands dirty and dig in to help spruce up Windwood Farm, a residential site that provides hope and healing to boys affected by neglect, abuse or other trauma, on Saturday, November 18th, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Food and transportation included. Register here by Wednesday, November 15th.

For more information about the first three opportunities, email Anne McGrath at mcgratha1@cofc.edu. For more information about the Windwood Farm opportunity, email Alani Boyd at boydar@g.cofc.edu.