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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 2015-2016 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!!

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.  MUSC students may volunteer and serve under the active license of another healthcare practitioner who is responsilbile for this liability. The student volunteer has the responsibility for seeing that this condition is met.


September 8, 2015 - On-Going
Rein and Shine Therapeutic Riding Lessons  or or 843-849-0964
Population Served: People with Disabilities
Event Time:  Mornings/Afternoons
Event Location: 4857 Windwood Farm Road, Awendaw SC 29429
Volunteer Need:  Rein and Shine is always in need of lesson volunteers to help as side walkers and horse handlers. Lessons are Mon-Sat starting September 8, 2015. Most lessons are afternoons and Saturday mornings/afternoons. We also are always looking for people with horse experience to do feed shifts. This is a very rewarding experience and does not require you to commit to a weekly time.

September 26, 2015
CCPRC's Adaptive Recreation Surfing /1655volunteering  or 843-762-2172
Population Served: People with Disabilities
Event Time: 8 AM - 12:30 PM  and 12 :00 PM - 4 :30PM
Event Location: 861 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC  29412
Volunteer Need: In shallow water (up to knees) volunteers will assist with enabling participants with physical disabilities to surf. All volunteers will receive training from event organizers. Volunteers should be comfortable in the ocean water.

September 27, 2015
CCPRC's Adaptive Recreation /1655volunteering  or 843-762-2172
Population Served:  People with Disabilities
Event Time:  9:30-AM-1:30 PM,   1:15 PM-6:00 PM
Event Location: 861 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC  29412
Volunteer Need: Volunteers must be a professional or student in the therapeutic/medical field or similar and 18 or older.  Volunteers will assist with programming areas such as paddling, climbing, yogo, archery and more.
September, October, November 2015 ( Saturdays!)
Charleston Miracle League Adaptive Baseball or or 843-763-2513
Population Served: People with Disabilities
Event Time:  Mornings/Afternoons
Event Location: 780 West Oak Forest Drive, Charleston, SC 29407
Volunteer Need: Fan in the Stands = Easiest way to volunteer and highly recommended for your first visit to the Charleston Miracle League. Buddy = You're involved now! As a buddy you are paired up with one of our players and assist that player hit the ball, run the bases, and field as necessary. Announcer = Ever wanted to hear your voice boom out across a ball field? You'll announce each player as they step to the plate and let the crowd know when they score a run - it's super fun!

October 3, 2015
The LowCountry Heart Walk  or or  843-480-4903

Population Served:  General
Event Location:  Downtown Liberty Square
Volunteer Need: The American Heart Association needs 50+ volunteers to help with setup, registration, tents, food and beverage, handing out materials, cheering for walkers, and cleaning up after the event. *Additionally, we seek a group of 18 volunteers to staff points along the Heart Walk routes.

October 3, 2015
Isle of Palms Connector Run for the Child or
Population Served:  Children/Youth
Event Location:  Isle of Palms Connector
Volunteer Need: The IOP Connector Run is a run/walk benefiting the non-profits in the Lowcountry who help children and families.  The Run's main mission stands to prevent child abuse in the greater Charleston area. Volunteers will help set up the race course or cheer and direct participants on race day! Or they could help with packet stuffing and race material preparations the weeks and days before the race. And, of course, we will need help cleaning up after our fabulous race and post-race party on October 3rd.

October 17th, November 21st, December 19th
Fields to Families or  or  864-350-1135
Population Served:  Low Income
Event Time: 12:30 - 2:15 PM
Event Location:  Marion Square Farmers Market
Volunteer Need:  We will pass out empty bins to the farmers and collect the donatd produce at the end of the market.  The food from the market is delivered to the Neighborhood House, downtown. Before volunteering, you must register online.  The volunteer registration is our legal waiver and must be completed for each person volunteering.

October 31, 2015
SouthernCare Hospice Senior Art Show or or 843-569-0870
Population Served:  Seniors
Event Location: Felix C. Davis Community Center
Volunteer Need:  SouthernCare Hospice focuses on providing end-of-life care..medically, emotionally, and spiritually for those in the Tri-County areas.  On October 31, our first Senior Art Show will be cohosted with the City of North Charleston and will celebrate the creativity of seniors ino our communities. This fund raising event will benefit the Alzheimers Association.  Students are needed to hlep out in the planning and preparation of the event.

On- Going

MUSC CARES Clinic or or 843-876-7097
Population Served: Uninsured Greater Charleston Area
Event Time: 6:00 - 9 :00 PM
Event Location:1145 Six Mile Road
Volunteer Need: 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 preclinical students and four clinical students can volunteer each night. Each preclinical 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!


Department of Mental Health or or 843-852-4100

Population Served: People with  Disabilities
Event Time: single events or on going
Event Location: 2100 Charlie Hall Blvd., Charleston, SC 29414
Volunteer Need: We have several volunteer opportunities ranging from one-time community events, to regular scheduled duties with client contact. There is not a minimum hourly requirement, and we will work hard to match your specific interests with the needs of our center! Please contact us for more information.

On- Going

Healing Farms  or  or 843-971-9300

Population Served:  People with Disabilities
Event Time: M - F, 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Event Location: West Ashley
Volunteer Need:  Help young adults with disabilities trainsition from high school to adult life with daily activites and life skills. Rather than going to a "place" and performing a "task", our participants join a small group made up of four to six young adults with disabilities, a facilitor, and a volunteer.  Toghether they go out and experience community together while working on life skills and independent living.

On Going

HALOS or  or 843-935-9539
Population Served:  Children/ Youth
Event Time: 2nd and 4th Thursdays/month;  5:30-7:30 PM
Event Location: 3366 Rivers Ave, N. Charleston
Volunteer Need:  HALOS needs volunteers to assist with our mission of providing support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and kinship caregivers by preparing and serving a dinner, and by providing and engaging children in organizied games, activities and crafts while maintaining a safe environment.



UPDATED:  September 25, 2015


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