Our Community Partners

Partner Organizations:

The Green Heart Project
The Green Heart Project pairs Honors College students with elementary students to tend a school-run garden. General activities include weeding, planting seeds, harvesting produce, digging, building, watering, and helping teach the students sustainable practices. No prior gardening experience is necessary. Placement options are available at multiple elementary schools, both in-school and after school. View available options here.



The CofC REACH Program
The CofC REACH Program is dedicated to ensuring students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities have a quality college experience that includes academics, social experiences, career development, and independent living, while honoring their dignity and worth, and fostering their self-determination. Participants will be paired with students in the REACH program as social and academic mentors. First and foremost, the mentorship will be a friendship between two college peers.  Activities include engaging in appropriate college social activities such as eating together in the dining hall, studying at the library, meeting for coffee at a local coffee shop, attending sports events, participating in CofC sponsored activities, joining a club or organization together, or just hanging out.


Communities in Schools of Charleston
Communities of Schools in Charleston (CIS) is a dropout prevention program serving the Charleston County School District. Honors Engaged students will partner with with students in local schools  to provide academic and social support. Schools include Mitchell Elementary, Sanders-Clyde Elementary, and Burke High.




Kids on Point
Kids on Point introduces young people to the world of opportunity outside of their under-resourced neighborhoods through after-school academic, athletic and enrichment activities. Kids on Point participants receive rigorous homework help sessions, academic tutoring and life skills development from dedicated volunteer mentors. In addition, students participate in daily fitness activities – primarily through instruction in the sport of squash – while learning about healthy eating and active lifestyles. Kids on Point also promotes civic engagement by organizing monthly volunteer and service learning projects in collaboration with other charitable organizations in Charleston. Activities take place on the College of Charleston campus in Silcox Center.


Metanoia‘s Young Leader’s after-school program offers academic assistance and character development to elementary school students who have shown leadership potential in the classroom. As a mentor, Honors Engaged students will work with one MYLA student for a year by assisting with homework, creating rapport, and playing games.



Reading Partners
Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit organization dedicated to improving literacy in schools. By becoming a part of the organization, students will be paired with one elementary student and undergo a brief training before becoming a tutor. Reading Partners is looking for patient, passionate, and dedicated students to become a part of this program. At the end of the semester, they will have built strong communication skills and a meaningful relationship with their partner.



The Lonon Foundation
The mission of The Lonon Foundation is to help children affected by a parent or caregiver’s cancer diagnosis find comfort, heal and grow from their shared experiences. Students placed with the Lonon Foundation through Honors Engaged will assist in the planning and execution of UPLIFT, The Lonon Foundation’s FREE monthly program designed for children ages 6-17 who have been affected by a parent or caregiver’s cancer.​ Throughout the year, the UPLIFT program meets at various Lowcountry, kid-friendly venues to engage in fun and healthy activities with a community of people dedicated to helping them grow and heal from their experiences.



CofC’s Center for Sustainable Development 

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) is a collection of students, staff and faculty who are concerned about and invested in addressing the many problems that plague today’s society. Collectively, we focus on applied research, experiential learning, operational management and public engagement – on campus and in the greater Charleston community.



Trident Literacy Association

Trident Literacy Association was founded in 1972 by Pat Gibson who used a shoebox of index cards as a system to keep up with tutors and the students they served. Since that time it has evolved into a well-respected, leading agency in adult education with a mission to help adults reverse the cycle and impact of generational poverty and illiteracy through the acquisition of vital life skills.



Carolina Youth Development Center

Our Mission: To empower and equip our community’s most vulnerable children by providing a safe environment, educational support, and career readiness, in collaboration with families and community partners. Founded in 1790, Carolina Youth Development Center is an important part of Charleston’s historic and cultural heritage, a direct descendant of the Charleston Orphan House, America’s first publicly-funded orphanage. Today, CYDC provides programs reaching over 900 children, youth and their families locally each year. We care for young people who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment, as well as providing resources and support to area families at risk of having their children removed from their home.


My Sister’s House

Since 1978, My Sister’s House has worked to bring advocacy, education, shelter, counseling, and support groups to the Lowcountry.  Our mission is to to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing comprehensive support, services, and education to our clients and community.  College of Charleston students are working to create an on-campus student group to share this mission with the local undergraduate community.


Neighborhood House, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

The mission of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach is to build equitable communities and empower individuals to reach their full potential by providing basic and emergency needs, education, employment and health services. Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach is committed to using the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion to guide our daily work, community interactions, and business practices. These principles also influence how we create and cultivate our teams and how we deliver our mission. We celebrate differences. We welcome and value all. We seek to help remedy inequity amongst marginalized identities and bring balance to uneven starting points in the lives of many.


Lowcountry Local First

Lowcountry Local First cultivates an economy anchored in local ownership, because local-independent businesses are the cornerstone of our culture, economy and character.



Charles’ House

Charles’ House is a local grassroots, nonprofit group advocating for the rights of tenants that have experienced housing issues in Charleston, SC. We are dedicated to ensuring that all residents have affordable, safe, and decent living situations.




Cuisine Rescue

Cuisine Rescue aims to reduce food insecurity and minimize food waste in the Lowcountry.  Volunteers pick up prepare, leftover food from restaurants and caterers and deliver it to local nonprofits.




Charleston Area Justice Ministry, CofC Chapter

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM), is a growing network of congregations and organizations who are culturally, economically, geographically and religiously diverse who come together to make the Charleston area a more just—in other words, a safer, more affordable, more accessible, more equitable—place to live, work, and do business. The CofC Student Chapter will function as a part of the larger CAJM network, composed of over 30 other congregations and organizations. 


Charleston Climate Coalition

We at the Charleston Climate Coalition invite you to work with us on making Charleston the climate action leader of the Southeast. That means reassessing public policy, improving our infrastructure, and incorporating environmental justice into decision-making. We work to provide the community with opportunities for activism and support the voices of local disenfranchised communities to work towards a just and equitable future.


College of Charleston Office of Student Wellness and Wellbeing

The Office of Student Wellness and Well-being aims to help students improve their quality of life while you’re at the College of Charleston. We help students to realize their abilities, strengthen their ability to cope with stress, be more productive, seek opportunities for play and enjoyment, and contribute to their community.  As a student working with us, you will enhance the wellness and wellbeing of your fellow students.


More updates coming soon!