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Community engagement activities from HSA, LOI, and more

Lowcountry Community Leadership Summit

 What: The Lowcountry Community Leadership Summit is an event designed to act as a venue for conversations to construct and sustain a productive, equitable Charleston community. The program will begin with a student poster session, where students interested in community engagement and social justice will
present their findings in projects exploring and summarizing their development within and through their project involvement. Following the poster session, there will be two keynote panel discussions surrounding critical social issues within the Charleston area, with two breakout discussions between. Lunch will be provided, and there will be an “after-party” at Juanita Greenberg’s (439 King St) for community members to network and connect.

When: Saturday, March 31st from 9am to 3:30 pm

Where: Stern Center Ballroom

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets must be registered in advance. Register here.

For more updates, follow the discussion on the event’s Facebook Page!

Posted on February 27, 2018 in Announcements & Events, Community Engagement

Attend former Charleston mayor Joe Riley’s course on International African American Museum

This spring Citadel professor and former Charleston mayor Joeseph P. Riley, Jr. is teaching a new course that is open to the public. The course is titled “Why and How: The Making of the International African American Museum”. The class takes place on Tuesdays from 3:30-5pm in various locations and features different guest speakers.

The course aims to be as much a study of history learned through the culmination of decades of work by church historians, genealogists, and storytellers as it is a business case study of what goes into taking on a major public project of this kind.

See full course schedule here.

Posted on February 12, 2018 in Announcements & Events, Community Engagement

Volunteer at Festival of Houses and Gardens

Volunteers requested for the historic Charleston house and garden tours

The Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens takes place in the spring, when the gardens are traditionally in their full glory and warm breezes offer a respite from winter weather. The Festival is generally held mid-March through the third week of April, with the Charleston Antiques Show kicking off opening weekend in mid-March.

The Festival provides both visitors and volunteers with the rare opportunity to explore the private gardens and interiors of some of the finest residences in America, and proceeds support the Foundation’s preservation programs. Over 650 volunteers help make the Festival and the Antiques Show possible!

Sign up here! If you have questions, please contact, Liz Caldbeck, Manager of Volunteers and Communications, 843.723.8292.

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Volunteer Requirements:

  • Attend Training & Assignment Distribution: All volunteers should plan to attend a one-hour training session in early March.
  • An eagerness to learn! Prior knowledge of history, architecture and decorative arts is not necessary to volunteer during the Festival nor during the Antiques Show. Materials and training will be provided by the Foundation.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Landmarks Pass: A temporary pass to numerous local historic sites will be mailed to you with your Festival tour assignment confirmation in February. The Landmarks Pass will be valid from the end of February through mid-March.
  • 20% Discount at The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation: Receive your discount from March 1 through April 30 using your Landmarks Pass as identification, at The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation, 108 Meeting Street.
  • Walking Tour of Historic District: Sign up during one of the Volunteer Training and Assignment Distribution meetings (see information below) to take a complimentary guided walking tour of the Old and Historic District in March.
  • Annual Pass to the Aiken-Rhett and Nathaniel Russell House Museums: A pass for you and a guest through February of the following year will be mailed to you after the Festival.
  • Complimentary Festival Ticket: A free Festival ticket good for any of the Festival of Houses and Gardens afternoon and evening house and garden tours, including Glorious Gardens. Free tickets are not available for Morning History Walks; Charleston Antiques Show (admission and special events); Festival special events (all special events where food and beverages are served, concerts, etc.). You must volunteer for both dates of one tour to qualify for a free ticket. You will receive one free ticket for every tour (two dates) you work.

Posted on February 12, 2018 in Community Engagement

Volunteer with the Green Heart Project!

The Green Heart Project (GHP) is a local Charleston nonprofit that builds garden-based experiential learning projects to educate students, connect people, and cultivate community through growing, eating, and celebrating food. This program has partnered with the Honors Engaged program for the past few years, and has been a valuable community partner to the Honors College. The GHP has also expressed an appreciation for the hard work and dedication of CofC Honors students. Please consider joining the Green Heart team to further your initial Honors Engaged experience and continue your community involvement.

The GHP is still in need of buddies at the following sites:

  • Mitchell Elementary School on Tuesday Mornings (9:30-11:30am) *about 1 mile from campus
  • Sullivan’s Island Elementary School on Thursday Mornings (8:30-10:30am)

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Volunteers, called Green Heart Buddies, serve as role-models and group leaders to carry out the tasks associated with the day’s lesson and to make a positive impact in the lives of local Charleston elementary school students.

Green Heart Buddies are expected to volunteer once a week, typically for two hours, during an in-school or after-school program, and are also encouraged to join the Crop Mob team, through which they will help maintain the school gardens and ensure that they are lesson ready.

If you are interested in joining the Green Heart team or would like to find out more information, explore the website ( or apply online by following this link. Volunteers who provide 10 or more service hours will receive complimentary tickets to the High Water Music Festival in April.

Please apply or reach out ASAP, as many of the programs have already begun, and the kids are eager to meet their new Green Heart Buddies!

Happy Gardening!

Posted on February 8, 2018 in Announcements & Events, Clubs and Organizations, Community Engagement

After School Volunteers Needed

What:  Cusabo Scholars, a subsidiary of Cusabo Nation Lacrosse (CNL), started in 2016, was developed to bring CNL’s vision to fruition by supporting players off the field. Cusabo Scholars attend peninsula elementary schools and come to CofC from 3:30-5:30 Monday through Thursday for programming with CofC mentors/advocates under the direction of a Cusabo Scholar site coordinator. Fall 2017 will consist of 10 Cusabo Scholars, and Spring 2018 will serve up to 20 Cusabo Scholars.

Needed: 4-8 CofC student volunteers IMMEDIATELY  to serve as mentors/advocates for Cusabo Scholars for the 2017-2018 school year. Ideally, CofC students commit for a semester on M/W or T/TH schedule. However, if you are interested and can only commit one day a week, please let us know. Mentors/advocates will be trained in youth development, advocacy, mentorship, culturally relevant practices, reflective listening, and communication skills, including conflict/resolution and supported by the Site Coordinator and Program Developer.

Contact: Dr. Margaret Hagood, Professor of Literacy and Cusabo Scholars@CofC Program Director (


Posted on September 19, 2017 in Community Engagement

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