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Volunteering is a way for future health professionals to learn first hand about problems facing different populations in our community.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, MUSC students participated in volunteer service throughout the Lowcountry and abroad in a variety of ways offering a surplus of 16,000 hours of support.
If volunteering in the Charleston community interests you or your group, but you can't decide where to start, call us at 843-792-5138 or stop by the MUSC GIVES BACK office located inside Student Programs Office at the Harper Center. You can even browse our website at for more suggestions where you can GIVE BACK! Don't forget to LOG your service hours on the website as well!!

NOTE: The MUSC Gives Back program promotes community volunteer opportunities to the MUSC student body that meet the mission of the Gives Back program. Keep in mind that MUSC does not provide any liability coverage for any MUSC student serving as a community volunteer, and that the MUSC student body is not to be solicited for any medical assisting services or advising.  However, MUSC students may volunteer and serve under the active license of another healthcare practitioner who is responsible for this liability. The student volunteer has the responsibility for seeing that this condition is met.


September 10 and November 5, 2016
Adopt- A - Highway Litter Cleanup
Population Served: General Community
Event Time:  8:00 AM - 12 Noon
Event Location: Charleston County
Contact: Angela Crouch,

We need groups of volunteers to adopt a two-mile section of road to clean. SCDOT provides trash bags, safety vests, and gloves for groups.

September 13, 2016
Mt. Pleasant Recreation Special Needs Golf Program

Population Served: People with Special Needs
Event Time: 4:30 PM- 6 PM
Event Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC
Contact: Shelli Davis,
We need partners/coaches to work with athletes and peers (team mates w/o disabilities) on the skills of golf, as well as going out on the course. We meet every Tuesday, 4:30-6PM at Patriots Point Links. Come out whichever Tuesday's you're available!

September 17, 2016
Children's Museum of the Lowcountry FAM/JAM
Population Served: Children/ Youth/ Families
Event Time: 10 AM-3PM
Event Location: Marion Square, downtown Charleston
Contact: Kendra McCabe,
FAM/JAM runs in conjunction with the Farmers Market and is a free famiy festival that promotes the power of learning through play. We need volunteers to paint faces, sticker people coming into the event, moniotr jump castes, and hlep tidy at the museum. Come PLAY with us!

September 22-25, 2016
People Against Rape Victim Advocate Training
Population  Served:  General Community
Event Times: 6 PM- 8:30 (Thr/Fri), 8:30 AM-5:30 PM (Sat/Sun)
Event Location: MUSC
Contact: Janie Lauve, 
In the hours after the trauma of rape, victime need somone to stand by them. That is what PAR has done since 1974. After training, you can make a difference by helping survivors after their assault, by accompanying them to the ED for an evidentiary exam, as well as responding to crisis calls and providing referrals for adult victims of sexual assault.

September 23 and 24, 2016
American Heart Association
Population Served: General Community
Event Time: Event Setup Friday, 9/23 from 1:00-5:00 PM, Event Staffing on Saturday, 9/24 from 6:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Event Location: Liberty Square
Contact: Katherine Jackson,
Seeking 50 volunteers for both Friday and Saturdy to help with activites such as event setup, registration tables, passing our materials, staffing food and beverage stations, cheering walkers along the route, and cleaning up after the event.

September 24, 2016
Charleston Co. Parks Adaptive Recreation

Population Served: People with Disabilities
Event Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Event Location: Folly Beach County Park
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator,
The Wheel to Surf adaptive surfing clinic on September 24 will provide participants with physical limitations the opportunity to try out surfing at Folly Beach County Park with the help of experts and modified surfing equipment. Volunteers are not required to have surfing experience; you just need to be comfortable in ocean water. Training will be provided. This would be a great hands-on experience for therapeutic and medical students/professionals or those who love to surf. 

October 8 & 9, 2016
The Community Outreach Center of St. Matthew's Oktoberfest Fundraiser
Population Served: Low Income 
Event Time: 3 PM - 9 PM
Event Location: 405 King Street
Contact: Lisa Pearce,

This fundraiser will benefit the Center's programs that include food relief, homeless mentoring, ESL classes and computer literacy. Volunteers needed as cashiers, food servers, set up decorators and activity assistants! We prefer a 2 hour commitment on either day in return, we offer a meal and fun atmosphere!  

October 13, 14 and 15, 2016
Roper Hospice Volunteer Training
Population Served: General Community
Event Time: 20 hours, Thursday evening, all day Friday, and all day Saturday.
Event Location: 1483 Tobias Gadson Blvd. Suite 208A
Contact: Laurie Beckman,
We seek to bring on board individuals who will strive to achieve our mission statement of "Healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence." Your objective will be to understanddeath and dying as a normal part of the continuum of human life and healing as a process which is not precluded by a life-liniting illness. Our hospice volunteer training is free of charge.

November 10, 2016
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Lowcountry Light the Night Walk
Population Served: General Community
Event Time: 5 PM
Event Location: The Grove at Patriots Point
Contact:Melanie Baker Matthews,
This event brings th entire Charleston community together as onto support and rembember the lives touched by cancer.  For the event, we will need volunteers to help with registration, boothe, pasing out tee shirts, helping with the walke route and cheering people on!

March 16, 2017
Origin, SC's Money Rocks
Population Served: Children/ Youth/ Teens
Event Time: 8 AM - 1 PM
Event Location: Charleston Southern University
Contact: Jenna Johnson,
Join an amazing team of staff and volunteers to educate teens and young adults on Money Management, college prep, and career prep. Orgin will host close to 600 people at the FREE event, and we need your help!  Learn more at  

August - December 2016
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Population  Served:  Children and Adults with Disabilities
Event Times: AM and PM
Event Location: 2669 Hamilton Road,  Johns Island
Contact: Anja Cain,
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding serves over 150 individuals with disabilities each year.  To accomplish this, we rely on volunteers who share their time, energy and skills with CATR.  Our primary program volunteer roles are as horse leaders or side-walkers in our therapeutic riding program.

September 2016 - May 2017
Be A Mentor Lunch Buddies
Population  Served:  Children/Youth Elementary Students
Event Times: Lunchtime
Event Location: Multiple School Locations
Contact: Megan Schwab,
The Lunch Buddies program is one-on-one mentoring with K-5 grades.  The focus is relationship building between the mentor and th student to develop social and emotional skills through conversaton, arts & crafts, sports & games.



Population Served: Uninsured Greater Charleston Area
Event Time: 6:00 - 9 :00 PM
Event Location:1145 Six Mile Road

On behalf of the CARES Clinic, I would like to invite you to bring your knowledge and skills to the patients of Charleston as a volunteer at the CARES Clinic. It is a great opportunity to gain practical application of everything you're learning.The clinic runs each week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. Four pre clinical students and four clinical students can volunteer each night. Each pre clinical student (1st or 2nd yr COM, 1st yr PA, CON, COP students) is paired up with a clinical student (3rd or 4th yr COM or 2nd yr PA student) and the student team sees patients together.

If you have never volunteered before, please see below for instructions on registering as a volunteer with the clinic.
1.Go to
2. Register as a new volunteer with your MUSC email address [click “volunteer login” then the “new registration” link]. I cannot approve you if you use another email address.
3. Once I approve you, you will have access to the website calendar and can sign up for as many dates as you’d like (enter your name under the PCS slot).If you have previously taken the IP 700 elective course, you are already registered and can go ahead and sign up!

MUSC Urban Farm Volunteer Session
Population  Served:  General Community
Event Times: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Event Location: MUSC Urban Farm Site
Contact: Carmen Ketron,
Held each week to provide opportunities to engage in hands-on learning about sustainable urban agriculture including stewardship, planting, and harvesting while helping to maintain the Urban Farm for the MUSC community patients, and the Charleston community.  Volunteer projects vary each week, generally related to the current season and related tasks.  No farming or gardening experience needed.

Rein and Shine Therapeutic Riding Program
Population  Served:  Disabled Children and Adults
Event Times: Varies
Event Location: 4857 Windwood Farm Road
Contact: Catherine Tallman,
Rein and Shine depends on volunteers to help as side wakers and horse handlers during therapeutic riding lessons. Volunteer are trained and scheduled accordingly.

Dorchester Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Population  Served:  General Community
Event Times: 9 AM - 4 :30 PM
Event Location: 101 Greyback Road
Contact: Malena De La Luz,
Come help out in the  ReStore!  Help with receiving donations, sorting, pricing, displaying of items.  Help customers and have fun! You get 15% discount on anything on the day you volunteers.  Sometimes, we spoil you from time to time with pizza and ice cream parties, too!

Amedisys Hospice Companionship Volunteers
Population  Served:  General Community
Event Times: as needed
Event Location: Tri county patient's homes
Contact: Leah Owens,
Patients and families are in search of compassionate volunteers to sit with their loved ones so that they can go to support groups, doctors appointments, run errands, etc.  Please consider giving a few hours a week or month to change the lives of these deserving people.

Charleston Area Seniors & Meals on Wheels of Charleston
Population  Served:  Seniors
Event Times: Mon- Fri 8 AM- 9:30 AM and 9:30 AM - 2 PM
Event Location: 259 Meeting Street, Downtown Charleston

Contact: Bill Ludwig,
Volunteers will help package meals in our kitchen from 8-9:30 AM; assist a driver with their daily route by taking meals to the homes of seniors from 9:30- 2 PM; drive your own vehicle and delver a short meal route.

Lutheran Hospice Volunteer Program Training
Population  Served:  General Community
Event Times: On Going
Event Location: 1885 Rifle Range Road, Ste 46

Contact: Jessica Skinner,
Volunteers are the heart of hospice. They are an integral part of our interdisciplinary team, and play an important role in helping to provide quality, end-of-life care to our patients and their families. When training is complete, volunteers are ready to work directly with patients and their families, participate in community programs and special events, or help with office projects.  Contact us if you are interested in attending an upcoming hospice volunteer training session.

My Sister's House Volunteer
Population  Served:  Domestic Violence Survivors
Event Times: On Going
Event Location: PO Box 71171

Contact: Damitra HIlton,
After your application is received, watch for a from or  The email will provide you with more information about the volunteer program and will invite you to a Volunteer Information Session. Volunteer roles include Telephone Counselors, Victim's Advocates, Children's Aide, Shelter Aides, Spainsh-Speaking Interpreters and Speaker's Bureau Representative.  Group volunteer projects are available that don't involve direct services to our residents, and these projects are available to approved groups.  If you are a part of a group, do not fill out the volunteer application.  Instead, please email and we will provide you with a list of current projects so you may choose which one(s) are of interest.

Tri-County Family Ministries
Population Served: Low Income
Event Times:  On Going
Event Location: 3349 Rivers Avenues, North Charleston
Contact:  Marsha Alterman,
Since 1983, we have relied on the generous time and talents shared by our volunteers.  To begin the process to become a volounteer at Tricounty Family Ministries, please complete our online form.  You will find details on all volunteer positions on our website volunter page. Check us out at

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Neighborhood House
Population Served:  Low Income
Event Time:  Various Saturdays
Event Location: Marion Square Farmers Market and 79 America Street
Contact:  Jennifer Meshanko,

The Neighborhood House participates in the Fields to Families program.  This program provides fresh produce gleaned from the Marion Square Farmers Market for our lunch program clients the following Monday.  We could use help from a group of 4/5 volunteers to help gather produce donations and transport them to the Neighborhood House on 79 America Street.

MUSC Heart Health Fit Kids Exercise Program
Population Served:  Children/Youth
Event Times:  On Going
Event Location:  Deas Hall, The Citadel (weekdays) and Park Circle (Saturdays)
Contact:  Janet Carter,
This is a very flexible volunteering opportunity, as volunteers can adjust their volunteering each week based on their availability.  Volunteers are required to have some sort of background in physical fitness, even if infomal, and a desire to help overweight kids and teens adopt healthy lifestyle habits.  Volunteers will go through an on-boarding process that involves a background check and orientation specific to our sessions and will need to provide documentation of immunizations and OSHA training.

Heartland Hospice Volunteer Program
Population Served:  General Community
Event Times:  9 AM - 5 PM( flexible hours )
Event Location:  Charleston County
Contact:  Marissa Lyttle,

Heartland Hospice has an immediate need for a volunteer who is 18 years of age or older and is interested in learning more about hopsice services or care of individuals at the end of life.  Hours can be flexible to suite your school schedule. Contact us for more information on how to start volunteering at Heartland Hospice.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach After School Tutor
Population Served: Children/ Youth
Event Times: Monday - Thursday from 4-5 PM during school year
Event Location:  1684 Brownswood Road
Contact:  Jennifer Meshanko,
Volunteers will assist 2nd to 5th grade students with their homework. Responsilbilites include providing a safe and educational workspace, providing positive feedback to struggling children, teaching skills that are applicabe in school and leading educational activites when homework is finished.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Childcare Volunteer
Population Served: Children/ Youth
Event Times: 9 -11:30 AM, Mondays & Wednesdays & 6- 8 PM, Tuesdays & Thursday during school year
Event Location:  1684 Brownswood Road
Contact:  Jennifer Meshanko,

Volunteers will care for the children of the ESL and GED students at the Outreach.  Responsilbilities will include keeping watch of the children, and providing positive and educational experience. 



UPDATED:  September 20, 2016


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