Volunteer Opportunities in the Lowcountry – Get Involved

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There are organizations all around the Lowcountry whose success is based on volunteers that generously give their time and resources to helping others. Here are a few of the organizations that could use a few good people like you!!!

A great resource for short term volunteer opportunities is VolunteerMatch.com.  There are currently 183 locals matches in the Charleston, SC area.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The South Carolina Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation organizes events to raise money for “CF” research. We host many events throughout the year as well as raise awareness in the community.

Address  215 East Bay Street, Suite 205B, Charleston, SC 29401
Contact  Erin Healy

Phone  (843) 722-6460

Website  http://www.cff.org

 

National MS Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds more MS research, offers more services to people with MS, provides more professional education programs and advances more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Through its home office and fifty-state network of chapters, the National MS Society provides assistance to over a million people annually in its continuing mission to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

Address  9801 Southern Pine Blvd. Suite I, Charlotte, NC 28273

Contact  Linda Vanderbosch

Phone  800-344-4867, option 2

Fax  704-527-0406

Website  http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ncp

 

Seacoast Dream Center

The Dream Center, part of Seacoast Church’s North Charleston campus, is modeled after the Los Angeles Dream Center, which has proven to reduce crime in the community by 70%. To give significance to this percentage here are some disturbing statistics regarding North Charleston.

Address  5505 North Rhett Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406

Contact  Amie Heath

Phone  843-375-1099

Website  http://www.seacoast.org/campushome.asp?pageID=795

 

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) is a resource where individuals in South Carolina obtain quality information and referral about disability rights, enabling people with disabilities to be effective self-advocates.

Address  3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208, Columbia, SC 29204
Contact  Kimberly Tissot

Phone  803-217-6728

Fax  803-790-1946

Website  http://www.protectionandadvocacy-sc.org/

 

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Respite Care Ministries

Respite Care Ministries is a groupd of respite programs designed specifically for people with memory loss and their caregivers.

Address 405 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Contact  Allison Menick

Phone  843-478-2796

Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.

Address  29 Leinbach Drive Suite D-5, Charleston, SC 29407

Contact  Jolie Pegg

Phone  843-556-3654

Fax  843-556-7826

Website  http://www.mdausa.org

 

Lowcountry Earth Force

Now is the time to foster a scientifically capable and civically engaged populace. Through Earth Force young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire and understand environmental knowledge, and develop the skills and motivation to become life-long leaders in addressing environmental issues.

Address P.O. Box 22583, Charleston, SC 29413

Contact Kelli Beltran

Phone 843-720-8525

Fax 843-720-1432

Website http://www.earthforce.org/charleston

 

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries is the primary community resource for training and employment of people seeking economic independence and improved quality of life.

Address  2150 Eagle Drive, Building 100, North Charleston, SC 29406
Contact Erin Burneyko

Phone (843) 566-0072

Fax (843) 566-0062

Website http://www.PalmettoGoodwill.org

 

SC Maritime Heritage Foundation

To offer a unique educational platform for students in the Palmetto state, encouraging responsibility, teamwork, and other attributes necessary to become future leaders, while unearthing South Carolina’s maritime past.

Address 10 Wharfside Street, PO Box 22405, Charleston, SC 29401

Contact Christine Haigh

Phone 843/722-1030

Website http://www.scmaritime.org

 

Charleston County GAL Program

According to the South Carolina Department of Social Services, there were 548 Charleston County children living in foster care on June 30, 2007 . Our volunteers work with these vulnerable children to help them find safe, permanent, nurturing homes as quickly as possible. We work one-on-one with children to learn as much as we can about them, and help them find safety and security by providing advocacy and support.

Address P.O. Box 296, Charleston, SC 29402

Contact Charlene Gadsden

Phone (843) 958-4350

Fax (843) 958-4357

Website http://charleston.scgal.org

 

Hospice Care of America

Provides one on one care to patients and their families in the home setting. Some volunteer activities may include: running errands; reading to patient; singing to patient; doing crafts with patient; listening to patient and caregiver; providing companionship.

Address 9217 University Blvd, Suite C1D, North Charleston, SC 29406

Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross

Nonprofit organization utilizing volunteers in Armed Forces Emergency Services, International Services, Disaster Services, Health & Safety, Volunteer & Youth Services, Blood Services, & RSVP.

Address 8085 Rivers Avenue, Suite F, North Charleston, SC 29406

Contact Lisa Wills

Phone 843-764-2323 Ext 364

Fax 843-764-2318

Website http://www.LowcountryRedCross.org

 

Charleston Habitat for Humanity

Charleston Habitat for Humanity provides affordable homeownership opportunities for working families of moderate income in the cities of Charleston and North Charleston. Families can qualify for either new homes or home repair programs.

Address 731 Meeting Street, PO Box 21479, Charleston, SC 29403
Contact Laurel Prichard

Phone (843)722-7145

Fax (843)722-7142

Website http://www.charlestonhabitat.org

 

Carolina Lowcountry RSVP

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service. RSVP volunteers contribute anywhere from a few to over forty hours a week, serving through schools, day care centers, police departments, hospitals and other nonprofit and public organizations to help meet critical community needs.

Address 

8085 Rivers Avenue., Suite F, North Charleston, SC 29406

Contact Pam Dillon

Phone (843) 764-2323 ext. 381

Fax (843) 764-2318

Website http://www.lowcountryredcross.org

 

Senior Companions

Senior Companions receive not only a tax free stipend and gas allowance but get paid during pre-training and in-service training as well as ten paid holidays. This income does not affect any of your social security or other pensions. In addition, you are providing a vital service to your community that you yourself might need someday. Senior Companions are doing extraordinary things and their service to the elderly gives back more heartfelt love that we can spread around.

Address 259 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401

Contact Thelma Gaillard

Phone (843) 722-4127

Fax (843) 722-3675

Website http://www.charlestonareaseniors.org/seniorcompanion.html

 

Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project

The Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project works to provide kids with a community-based outdoor learning experience. Most of our gardens are planted in neighborhoods where problems such as crime, poor health, or financial hardship are part of everyday life for many youngsters.

Address P.O Box 13302, Charleston, SC 29412

Contact Darlena Goodwin

Phone 843-478-3748

Website http://www.childrensgardenproject.org

 

The Sustainability Institute

The Sustainability Institute is a nonprofit environmental organization with a focus on energy conservationadn the built environment. We pursue our mission by offering a variety of services and programs. Our programs include workshops, trainings, and community outreach dedicated to teaching homeowners, building professionals, and community leaders the benefits of sustainability and environmentally conscious practices.

Address 1441 East Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
Contact Renee Patey

Phone 843-529-3421

Website http://www.sustainabilityinstitutesc.org

 

SCMF final logo copyPeople Against Rape

PAR provides free intervention and advocacy services for adult and child victims of sexual assault, adult survivors of childhood sexual assault, and victims of domestic violence. PAR also helps families and friends learn how to provide support to victims.

Address 2154 N. Center Street Suite 302, N. Charleston, SC 29406

Contact Volunteer Coordinator

Phone 843-745-0144

Fax 843-745-0119

Website http://www.peopleagainstrape.org

 

Communities in Schools

Communities In Schools works within the schools to help at-risk youth stay in school and be successful.

Address MSC 1201, 701 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Contact Courtney Winders

Phone (843) 720-2346

Fax (843) 720-2338

Website http://www.CISCharleston.org

 

East Cooper Community Outreach

ECCO provides food, clothing, dental, medical, education and financial help to assist our clients out of generational and situational poverty.

Address 1145 Six Mile Rd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Contact Paul Suchy

Phone 843-849-9220

Fax 843-849-0943

Website http://www.eccocharleston.org/site/c.8pLJLVPxEaLSH/b.8343465/k.BE7D/Home.htm

 

Noble Ones Bully Breed Rescue

We are a rescue dedicated to the rehabilitation and re-homing of abandoned, stray, and neglected bully breed dogs. Noble Ones Bully Breed Rescue hopes to transform the undeserved negative image that society has of these animals through education.

Address Ladson, SC 29456

Contact Jennifer Lopez

Phone 843-771-3997

Website http://www.NOBBR.org

 

Crisis Ministries

Each year 2,000-3,000 volunteers help Crisis Ministries provide the basic human needs of food, shelter and hope to the hungry and homeless in the Charleston community.

Address 573 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29413-0038

Contact Brad Cashman

Phone 843-723-9477

Website http://cooper.palmettosoft.com/~chashome/

 

Trident United Way

Trident United Way invested more than $1 million on programs that measurably help children succeed in school.

Address 6296 Rivers Avenue North Charleston, SC 29406

Phone (843) 740-9000

Website http://www.tuw.org

 

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge – Carol Grotnes Belk Campus

The Hope Lodge offers room and board to cancer patients and families of cancer patients with extended hospital stay in downtown Charleston.  It is run and operated by volunteers that offer time and resources to maintain the facility.

Address 269 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Phone (843) 958-0930

Website http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/hopelodge/charleston/charleston-about-our-facility

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