Weekly Digest for October 21st

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Civic Engagement Weekly Digest │ October 21st, 2015

Read below to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities in the Charleston community. Volunteer announcements are either one-time events or ongoing service opportunities. Contact information is included with each entry. If you are searching for more volunteer opportunities email our office at: volunteer@cofc.edu. Please make sure to register/sign-up for events you plan on attending!


Recurring Service

  •   Keep Charleston Beautiful! Keep Charleston Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and the City of Charleston, conducts environmental clean ups of debris around the Charleston area. Volunteers go to specific neighborhoods, streets, parks and marshes to help keep Charleston beautiful! Our next clean-up is October 24th from 8:30am to 12:30pm. To sign up or get more information, please email: volunteer@cofc.edu.
  • Lowcountry Food Bank! The Lowcountry Food Bank, located in North Charleston, helps feed children, adults, seniors and families in need along coastal South Carolina. Come pack, sort, clean food while getting to know your fellow Cougars! Your next opportunity is Friday, October 23rd, from 12:30-3:30pm! Limited to the first ten volunteers! Emailvolunteer@cofc.edu to register!


One-Time Service

  • Veteran’s Day! This Veteran’s Day, November 11th, we will be creating a remembrance garden of American flags in the Cistern Yard for all student, staff and faculty veterans (9-10am). We will also serve lunch and play games with veterans at the VA Medical Center’s Patriots Harbor Community Living Center (10:45am-2:15pm, Registration Required). In the evening, we will be screening, “When I Came Home”, the emotional story of coming home after fighting for your country (7-9pm). For more information, how to register and get involved, email: volunteer@cofc.edu.


Community Partner Events and Volunteer Opportunities

  • Thought Leader Speaker Series! South Carolina Community Loan Fund is in search of volunteers for its Thought Leader Speaker Series, October 19th, 2015, featuring Nicholas Kristof, American journalist, author, op-ed columnist, and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. Volunteers are needed to assist with variety of tasks including event set up, registration, and ushering. A volunteer orientation will be held before the event at which time we will detail all available positions, note your preference, and try our best to assign you accordingly. We ask all volunteers to plan to arrive at 8:00 am on the day of the event and stay until the conclusion of the event. For more information about the event visithttp://sccommunityloanfund.org/blog/event/thought-leader-speaker-series/
  • 5 Branches of American Hero’s VFW Fall Festival! The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3433 in Summerville is hosting a Fall Festival fundraiser, Sunday October 18th, from10am-5pm and needs volunteers! Volunteers will help run carnival games, help with the snack bar, as well as clean up and general needs. To sign up or to get more information, email cheftime4zinn@gmail.com or look up the Facebook event here.
  • Fall Fun House! The Fall Fun House Event offers a fun-filled, safe alternative to Trick or Treating this Halloween for families during our after hours on Saturday, October 24th,3:30-7pm. Children will enjoy silly carnival games, prizes, arts & crafts and, of course, candy! Dress up (kid – appropriate) and Come PLAY with us! To volunteer, please register with Kendra McCabe at kendra@explorecml.org or (843) 853-8962.
  • St. Andrew’s Parks & Playground Halloween Carnival! St. Andrew’s Parks & Playground is seeking volunteers for their Halloween Carnival, Friday, October 30th from 4-9pm. Volunteers will help run carnival games and lightly scare kids on the haunted hayride. Transportation from campus and dinner are provided, while kid friendly costumes are highly encouraged. For more information and to sign up contact Amanda Collins at (843) 763-4360 or recreation@standrewsparks.com
  • Sandpiper Activities Volunteers! Sandpiper Premier Senior Living is looking for volunteers to interact with their residents in a multitude of ways! They are seeking motivated and energetic volunteers leading games (bingo, cross words, puzzles, shuffle board, etc.), helping put together socials, bible study and group luncheons. Interested parties should contact Marva Bland, Activities Director at (843) 881-3210 ext. 2215
  • Teacher’s Supply Closet! Teacher’s Supply Closet is a local organization, which allows educators from Title 1, low-income schools access to free classroom supplies. They have multiple volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved, from helping with Teacher shopping (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30pm-6:30pm) or restocking and warehouse work. Tolearn more and sign up or visit their website: http://teacherssupplycloset.wix.com/teacherssupplycloset




Center for Civic Engagement

160 Calhoun St., Lightsey 203

Phone: (843)953-5838

Website: volunteer.cofc.edu

Email: volunteer@cofc.edu

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