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Volunteer at the Black Student Union’s 5th Annual Children’s Carnival

Earn service hours, meet new people, and support the community

The College of Charleston’s Black Student Union is looking for volunteers for their 5th annual Children’s Carnival on November 13th from 11:00am to 2:00pm in the Cistern Yard. Volunteer shifts are available from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

For all students interested in volunteering, please fill out the google form here.

All volunteers should report to Rita 101 at their chosen time; volunteers will be assigned roles upon arrival.

For any questions, please reach out to CofC Black Student Union.

*All volunteers must follow CofC COVID-19 guidelines

Posted on October 21, 2021 in Announcements & Events, Campus Involvement, Clubs and Organizations, Community Engagement

Upcoming volunteer orientation for the Lonon Foundation!

Do you love working with children? Would you like to make an impact in the lowcountry?

Volunteer orientation for the Lonon Foundation’s UPLIFT program is this Thursday!

The Lonon Foundation (TLF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to help children affected by a parent or caregiver’s cancer diagnosis find comfort, heal, and grow from their shared experiences. With the help of undergraduate and graduate students, The Lonon Foundation’s UPLIFT Program provides free monthly events for children ages 6-17 affected by a parent or caregiver’s cancer. UPLIFT provides great VIRTUAL and in person volunteer opportunities and ways to further get involved with the Charleston community. If you are not interested in directly working with kids, we have administrative and fundraising volunteer opportunities as well!

When: Thursday, September 23, 6 p.m. (on Zoom)

How to get Involved: Fill out the volunteer application on our website or email uplift@thelononfoundation.org

 

Posted on September 19, 2021 in Community Engagement

Charleston Miracle is Looking for Future Student Leaders

New leadership program will help student leaders enhance their skills

Charleston Miracle is excited to announce their newest program, the Legacy Leadership Program. The Legacy Leadership Program (LLP) strives to create an authentic experience for first year students at The College of Charleston through the demonstration and cultivation of being a leader on campus. This program is intended for new or incoming students who want to create change in their campus and local community and are passionate future leaders looking to enhance their skills in philanthropic/non-profit organizations management, fundraising, and health promotion.

Read more below to learn how to apply. The Deadline is September 6.

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Students apart of this program will be required to attend weekly meetings, Thursdays at 6:00 pm starting September 23. The Legacy Leadership Program will be limited to 20 students to ensure a personal and valuable experience. During these meetings, students will learn from various directors, student leaders, and staff from The College community.

Students will work on developing leadership skills with special focuses on purpose, time management & organization, branding & social media, fundraising, event planning, and relationship building. Each student will have unique hands-on experience working with Charleston Miracle staff and advisors to complete tasks. Advisors will monitor students progress to ensure a valuable experience. After the completion of the Legacy Leadership Program students will have the opportunity to be considered for a committee position with Charleston Miracle. However, it is not required for students to join Charleston Miracle at the completion of LLP. The Legacy Leadership Program is intended to give emerging student leaders skills in a philanthropic organization, a non-profit, skills in fundraising, and health promotion.

Deadline for applying: September 6th, so apply today!

If you are interested in applying or learning more:

https://cougarconnect.cofc.edu/submitter/form/start/496132 

charlestonmiracleeducation@gmail.com

Posted on September 1, 2021 in Community Engagement, Uncategorized

Y Girls Code is looking for volunteer facilitators (no coding experience required!)

The Y Girls Code program is looking for volunteer facilitators to help walk students through the program’s coding curriculum. The best part? There’s no coding experience necessary! Volunteers receive training that in turn will allow them to help empower young girls looking to learn the key concepts of computer programming.

Volunteer roles begin September 1. For more details, read below or contact Whitney Anderson, Youth Empowerment & Engagement Coordinator (wjanderson@ywca-charlestonsc.org).

Ready to volunteer? Use this link to sign up.

Learn More About Y Girls Code

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF Y GIRLS CODE?

Y Girls Code is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology by increasing the number
of girls interested in technology and creating a pipeline of future tech engineers.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?

Participating girls learn key concepts behind computer programming languages, whether
their goal is to build an app, create a website, or program a robot. Additionally, the club
environment encourages sisterhood. Activities are designed to increase self awareness,
confidence, and esteem.

WHO FACILITATES Y GIRLS CODE MEETINGS?

Club facilitators. These are not required to have a coding background. We encourage afterschool
teachers or other interested staff to support the club by walking the girls through
the online modules. Ideally the facilitator-to-student ratio should be 1 for every 10
students, with 10-12 students in total, and no more than 2 students per computer.

IS THERE A CURRICULUM TO Y GIRLS CODE?

Yes! It’s a curriculum consisting of online modules. Facilitators and volunteers will
complete a course that familiarizes them with this curriculum, and will then walk the
students through it. This will be provided by the Y Girls Code program.

WILL THERE BE ANY ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO COVID-19?

Yes! Each club can decide whether they’d like to operate virtually or in person using
appropriate health and safety measures such as social distancing.

Posted on August 5, 2021 in Community Engagement

Bike Share Study Recruitment – Participants Wanted for Data Collection

 

If you like biking and are interested in participating in research data collection, this may be for you. As a part of the Charleston Bike Share program, research is being conducted to find the differences in energy needed to use a regular bike versus an electric pedal-assist bike.

To become a participant you must be 18-40 years old, physically active, and free of any underlying health conditions. You will also have to complete a baseline fitness test and complete two 1-hour bicycle rides. 

All participates will receive a Fitness and body composition analysis, a water bottle, and $25! 

If you are interested or want more information, please contact Jenny Sella at sellajn@g.cofc.edu.

Posted on June 2, 2021 in Campus Involvement, Community Engagement, Research

AmeriCorps VISTA at the Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement at the College of Charleston is currently looking for a Charleston Area Service Collective AmeriCorps VISTA for June 2021- June 2022. VISTAs come from numerous backgrounds with different professional goals, but all are prepared to take on leadership roles in planning and facilitating service projects and inspiring students, faculty, staff, and community members to take action together. VISTAs act as change agents on their prescribed campus and in the surrounding community and have a demonstrated commitment to community service and social justice.

The program is seeking candidates with strong written and verbal communication skills who will empower communities, leverage institutional resources, and build capacity for sustainable social change.

More information able to the position and application can be found on Handshake.

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VISTA Assignment Objectives and Member Activities

Goal of the Project: The goal for the Center for Civic Engagement VISTA will work to build the capacity of programs that engage volunteers in anti-poverty-related initiatives within the Charleston community that specifically align with the Healthy Futures focus area. The VISTA will focus efforts on building relationships with community partners specifically dedicated to supporting access to care and access to food within impoverished communities in Charleston through recurring service opportunities engaging students affiliated with the Center for Civic Engagement. The VISTA will focus efforts on recruiting, guiding, and educating volunteers from the College of Charleston in activities that support the initiatives of community partners to alleviate poverty and to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the community.

Objective of the Assignment
The VISTA will work with local community partners to provide recurring service and one-time service events throughout the academic year specifically focused on supporting access to care, food, etc. within the community.

Member Activities:

  • Work in partnership with Charleston-based community organizations to provide ongoing volunteers by facilitating regular service and educational opportunities.
  • Coordinate Healthy Futures focused service opportunities and events in conjunction with Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in November and QEP Day of Service in the spring. The VISTA will also manage an online presence for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week that provides a context for community members and local organizations to share problems and strategies related to providing access to care for those experiencing food insecurity and a lack of affordable housing.
  • Recruit student volunteers to participate in these recurring service initiatives.
  • Coordinate logistics and intentional education, orientation, training, and reflection for volunteer participation in service and education opportunities.

Objective of the Assignment
Through VISTA activities, outreach initiatives will be created and maintained to develop and sustain civic engagement partnerships within the community.

Member Activities:

  • Assist with the implementation of a volunteer “fair” to highlight local community organizations’ volunteer needs. Engage with participating community partners to identify ongoing volunteer opportunities for recruitment initiatives. This may be designed as an in-person fair, a virtual event, an ongoing social media feature, etc.
  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of education, service activities, and critical reflection regarding issues related to community development
  • Re-establish community communications throughout the year:
    • a) Update volunteer opportunities;
    • b) Produce quarterly community partner newsletters;
    • c) Manage social media outlets (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to promote and support the work of community organizations and recruit informed student volunteers;
    • d) Create a weekly volunteer digest email to distribute across the CCE volunteer listserv to share service needs requested by community partners
  • Meet with students to discuss service opportunities and respond to inquiries regarding service involvement in the Charleston community.

Objective of the Assignment
The VISTA will focus on alleviating the negative impacts of poverty at the College of Charleston where about 30% of College of Charleston are housing insecure and 30% are food insecure.

Member Activities:

  • The project will allow the VISTA to locate and create resources that are available to College of Charleston students. In turn, they will share these resources widely through our website, social media, listserv, tabling, etc.
  • Work with other departments on campus to ensure the availability and promotion of an on-campus pantry.
  • The VISTA will work with the Bonner Leader Program which focuses on creating educational access to students who are first-generation, high need, and/or students of color.

Program Benefits: Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Relocation Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Health Benefit, Training, and Professional Development, Parking pass.

Posted on April 7, 2021 in Community Engagement, Internships & Jobs

Volunteer with the UPLIFT Program!

The Lonon Foundation (TLF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to help children affected by a parent or caregiver’s cancer diagnosis find comfort, heal, and grow from their shared experiences. With the help of undergraduate and graduate students, TLF’s UPLIFT Program provides free monthly events for children ages 6-17 affected by a parent or caregiver’s cancer.

UPLIFT provides great VIRTUAL volunteer opportunities and ways to further get involved with the Charleston community. If you are not interested in directly working with kids, we have administrative and fundraising volunteer opportunities as well! To get involved, visit our website and fill out the volunteer application, or email dombrowskieg@g.cofc.edu.

Posted on March 1, 2021 in Community Engagement
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