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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 2012-2013 academic year, MUSC students participated in volunteer service throughout the Low Country 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 GIVEBACK! Don't forget to LOG your service hours on the website as well!!


Now - November 9, 2013
The Charleston Miracle League or
Project/Event Name:  Fall Baseball Schedule
Population Served:  People with Disabilities
Event Time: Game times = 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1PM, 2 PM
Event Location: 780 West Oak Forest Drive, Charleston, SC 29407
Number of Volunteers Needed: Lots
Event Description/Volunteer Needs: The Charleston Miracle League makes memories by providing a life-changing experience for children and adults with mental and physical challenges through a community supported baseball league. Our children and adults leagues play in a state-of-the-art complex built specifically for them. In addition, the CML teaches volunteers of all ages, who typically serve as buddies for our players, the value of giving back to others and their community. Want to get involved? Become a volunteer!

Now - December 12, 2013
The Community Center of St. Matthew's  or  or 843-579-0420 ext 131
Project /Event Name:    ESL Class
Population Served:    Students wishing to improve English skills.
Event Time:    Tues, Wed, Thurs 9:30-11:30 am or Mon & Wed 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Event Location:    403 King St. Charleston, SC 29403
Number of Volunteers Needed:    10+
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    Teach a day or evening ESL class to adult non-native English speakers from across the world. Create own lesson plan using student text and ESL curriculum.  Gain experience in teaching. No knowledge of a foreign language is needed. Training will be provided.

September 21, 2013
The ALS Association South Carolina Chapter or or 843.971.0933

Project Event Name:    13th Annual ALS H.O.P.E. Beach 5K Run/Walk
Population Served:    400
Event Time:    4:00 p.m.
Event Location:    Isle of Palms Fire Station, 30 J.C. Long Blvd.
Number of Volunteers Needed:    25
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    We need help with set-up, tear down, water stations, registration, etc. Would like volunteers to start at 2:00 p.m.

October 2013
Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline
211@tuw.orgor or 843.566.7186
Project Event Name:    Phone Counselor training
Population Served;    General
Event Time:    Flexible
Event Location:    N. Charleston
Number of Volunteers Needed:    20
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    2-1-1 Hotline is a 24 hour general counseling, information and referral and crisis intervention line. If you are looking to improve your communication skills, learn how to talk to people in times of crisis, and meet like-minded people, this might be a good opportunity for you! We will provide you with 40 hours of training to talk to people from all walks of life dealing with all different types of issues. Training goes over 2 weekends in October. Contact us for more information and details.

October 11, 2013
Hospice of Charleston, Inc.  or  or 843-266-3489
Project Event Name:    Orientation Training
Population Served:    Hospice Patients
Event Time:    9am to 4pm
Event Location:    N. Charleston

Number of Volunteers Needed:    open
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    Volunteer can assist families with shopping, running errands, light household chores, work directy with patients-including emotional support, companionship, spiritual support and assistance with comfort measures. Volunteers to assist with office tasks such as mailing, assembling packets of literature and documents, faxing, datat entry, telephoning and filing. Others plan, organize and staff special events, work health fairs and expos recruit other volunteers and make arts and crafts.

November 2, 2013
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
or or 803-748-7333 x5251
Project Event Name:    Walk Like MADD Charleston
Population Served:    General Public
Event Time:    11:00 am
Event Location:    River Front Park, North Charleston

Number of Volunteers Needed:    unlimited
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    On Nov. 2nd, MADD South Carolina will hold the state's first ever Walk Like MADD (5k) in North Charleston. Walk Like MADD is MADD's signature fund-raising and public awareness event. We could use "day of event" volunteers to help the event run smoothly, but we also encourage you to simply go to our event page and form a team, recruit fellow walkers, and get people to donate to your team. With each step you take, support MADD's life-saving efforts and celebrate with us our past and future successes to stop drunk driving, serve the victims, and prevent underage drinking.

November 2 & 3, 2013
Bitter Lacrosse or or 802-760-9878
Project Event Name:    Palmetto Lax Classic
Population Served:    3,500
Event Time:    8:00am - 5:00pm
Event Location:    6763 Davis Rd, Ravenel, SC
Number of Volunteers Needed:    6
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:   Bitter Lacrosse is looking for volunteers to provide medical support for the young girls and boys playing in the Palmetto Lax Classic tournament Nov. 2 & 3. The players, ages 9 - 16 yrs, are traveling from all over the eastern coast for this very exciting action filled lacrosse tournament. Proceeds from this event support The NAVY SEAL FOUNDATION.

NOTE:The MUSC Gives Back program promotes community volunteer opportunities to the MUSC Student Body that meet the mission of the Giveback program. Keep in mind that MUSC does not provide any liability coverage for any MUSC student volunteers and that the MUSC Student Body is not to be solicited for medical assisting services, unless students already hold an active healthcare license, i.e.. RN, EMT, PA, or MD. Otherwise, MU students may volunteer and serve under the active license of another healthcare practitioner for those types of requests.  As the volunteer, you are responsible for seeing that this conditions is met.

November 9, 2013
American Lung Association or  or 843-556-8451
Project Event Name:    Fight For Air Run/Walk
Population Served:    Coastal South Carolina
Event Time:    8:00 am
Event Location:   Folly Beach
Number of Volunteers Needed:    30
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    We are in need of volunteers at the Fight for Air Run/Walk 5K and 10K at Folly Beach. Volunteers are needed for various duties. One primary need is route volunteers. Volunteers stand along the route and watch for traffic and encourage participants. Volunteers are welcome to enjoy the post race party afterwards by Locklear's

November 9, 2013
Palmetto Project or 843.577.4122
Project Event Name:    Daniel Island Park Day
Population Served:    Families in Crisis
Event Time:    11am-4pm
Event Location:    Governor's Park at Seven Farms Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492
Number of Volunteers Needed:    5-10
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    Come out and play at Daniel Island Park Day! It's a big day of fun celebrating the City of Charleston's newest park on Daniel Island. Volunteers will be recruiting sponsors and donors to benefit Palmetto Project's Families Helping Families, a program that supports Lowcountry families in crisis.

December 2-20, 2013
Palmetto Project or 843.577.4122
Project Event Name:    Families Helping Families
Population Served:    Community Families in Need
Event Time:    8 AM- 7 PM
Event Location:  1031 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Suite 5
Number of Volunteers Needed:    Groups up to 20
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    The Palmetto Project's Families Helping Families warehouse is holiday central for receiving and distributing gifts to 3,000 needy Lowcountry children and their caregivers. Elves are needed to receive, sort, log, wrap, and distribute gifts to families in crisis. We will put your muscles to good use as we turn a dull warehouse into a toy-filled workshop that will eventually make children's wishes come true! Every person involved with FHF makes a difference!

Now - October, 2013
Mount Pleasant Recreation

sdavis@tompsc.comor 843-884-2528
Project Event Name:    Unifed Programs
Population Served:    People with Special Needs
Event Time:    Varies
Event Location:    Varies in Mt. Pleasant
Number of Volunteers Needed:    Varies
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:

Unified Soccer
Cheryll Woods Flowers Field (Patroits Point)
Saturday’s 9am/10am
August 17-October 26
All ages/All abilities

Unified Golf
Patriots Point Links
Tuesday’s 4:30-6pm
August 13-October 29
Ages 10+/All abilities

Unified Friday Socials
Third Friday of every month 6-8pm


Lowcountry Orphan Relief  or  or 843.747.7099
Project/ Event Name:    Clothing Closet
Population Served:    Children
Event Time:    9am-4pm
Event Location:    LOR building
Agency Street Address:    1850 TRUXTUN AVE, City    NORTH CHARLESTON,  Zipcode    29405
Number of Volunteers Needed:    10
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    The mission of Lowcountry Orphan Relief is to provide services and aid to meet the needs of abandoned, abused and neglected children in the Lowcountry, and specifically intervene where government aid ends. We are looking for volunteers to help fill orders of clothing, school supplies, toiletries, etc. and sort donations for these children.

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired-Charleston  or  www.abvisc.orgor 843.723.6915 
Project /Event Name:    Working with the Blind
Population Served:    Blind and Visually Impaired
Event Time:    9am-2pm
Event Location:    On-site at ABVI
Agency Street Address: 1 Carriage Lane,  Building A, Charleston, Zipcode    29407Number of Volunteers Needed    2/day
Event Description/Volunteer Needs    We are looking for people to come spend time with and aid our blind and visually impaired clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in September.
Tuesdays and Thursday mornings until about 1pm are the busiest times. We need people who are willing to help the art teacher, read to the clients when needed, help with iPad class and just to be there and enjoy spending time with some wonderful people. We can take a person or two on Wednesdays for fitness, nutrition lunches and when we have Bingo... the clients love Bingo! Also... we always need people when we have special events, and we would love to get contact information from people who are interested in helping for these as well.

MUSC Heart Health, Pediatric Cardiology  or  or 843-792-4717
Project/ Event Name:    Heart Health Volunteer
Population Served:    Obese Pediatric Popultion
Event Time:    5pm and 6pm weekdays, 9am and 10am Saturdays
Event Location:    The Citadel on weekdays and Park Circle on Saturdays

Number of Volunteers Needed:    10
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    Heart Health is a pediatric weight management program offering nutritional guidance, counseling, and fitness sessions. The volunteer aspect of the program revolves around fitness sessions, which are held at the Citadel and Park Circle. Volunteers generally have a background in some form of exercise, fitness, or sports, and use that knowledge to help Heart Health kids through strength and conditioning workouts, wrapping up each workout with a game.

Active Day Adult Day Center   or   or   843-762-5291
Project/ Event Name:    Activities
Population Served:    physically & mentally impaired
Event Time:    10:00-3:00
Event Location:    915 Folly Rd
Number of Volunteers Needed:    3-5
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    Volunteers are needed to assist with our recreational activity program for individuals with physical and mental handicap. Ages range from late 20's to 103! Looking for individuals who are creative and want to have an exciting time playing and "giving back" to our community! On average we have 40 clients per day so we can always use an extra hand! The hours are 10:00-3:00 Monday thru Friday. Thank you so much for considering volunteering at our Center!

Metanoia or  or 843.529.3014
Project/ Event Name:    Volunteering
Population Served:    Poverty stricken neighborhood/children
Event Time:    Various
Event Location:    2005 Reynolds Ave
Number of Volunteers Needed:    varies
Event Description/Volunteer Needs:    Metanoia has various opportunities. For individuals interested in an ongoing opportunity we have an after school program and always like good roles models to work with our students as mentors or homework helpers. We also have opportunities for groups to help in our community garden as well as on a building we are renovating and other various light, unskilled projects!

HALOS (Helping and Lending Outreach Support)
volunteer@charlestonhalos.orgor  or 843.953.3715

Project/ Event Name:    HALOS Kinship Care Volunteers
Population Served:    Abused and Neglected Children
Event Time :   Ongoing
Event Location:    Various
Number of Volunteers Needed:    Multiple
Event Description/Volunteer Needs :   The HALOS mission is to provide resources and special opportunities to abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based and other community organizations. Because of our small size, we rely heavily on our volunteers to help us support this mission. There are several ways to assist us in our work. Specifically:

1. Special events - from time to time, we have special events that require 'all hands on deck!' We have several seasonal and annual opportunities that require only a few hours of help but have a huge impact on our organization and families alike! Many of these opportunities are listed in a monthly e-newsletter that is distributed throughout the community. If you would like to be added to the newsletter mailing list, please let us know and we would be delighted to add you!

2. Food donations - As a facet of our Kinship Care program, we offer support groups for our kinship caregivers twice per month on the second and fourth Thursday evenings. These evenings serve as a respite opportunity for our caregivers as well as a chance to network with others and gain personal knowledge and insight. Through the grace of others, we are able to provide the evening meal for our families - typically up to 20 adults and 30 children. If you enjoy cooking or would like to purchase a meal, you may sign up at:

3. Support group childcare - In addition to the meal served, we also provide free childcare during our support groups. Up to 30 children can attend each session and it always promises to be an exciting event with scheduled activities and FUN! Because our volunteers work directly with the children at these events, we do require that all of our childcare volunteers are aged 18 or older, undergo a SLED background check (a $10 fee applies) and attend a volunteer orientation prior to these events. Our volunteer orientations are held at the DSS Building Annex (2036 Cherokee St. N. Charleston). Please feel free to contact me directly to sign up for orientation or to discern future sessions.

If you have any questions or concerns or would like additional information, please contact Andrea Thames.

Keep Charleston Beautiful  or   or  843-579-7501
Project/ Event Name:    Community Cleanup
Population Served:    City of Charleston
Event Time:    Open
Event Location: 
Locations include- Marshes, Parks, and urban areas. 
Number of Volunteers Needed:    2-30






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