TO VOLUNTEER OR NOT?
Volunteering is a way for future health professionals to learn first hand about problems facing different populations in our community. During the 2007-2008 MUSC students participated in volunteer service throughout the Low Country in a variety of ways offering 17,890.50 hours of support.
If volunteering in the Charleston community interests you or your group, but you cannot decide where to start, call us at 792-5138 or stop by the MUSC GIVES BACK office located at the Harper Center. You can even browse our website at www.musc.edu/muscgivesback for suggestions where you can GIVEBACK!
SCHEDULED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
May 1, 2009
Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation, 792-0719
We will be providing free oral, head and neck, cancer screenings on Wednesday, 4/29 and Friday 5/01. Medical and dental students needed to assist physicians, set-up, direct and assist with general education. Interested students should provide e-mail to contact so they may attend planning meetings in December.
May 16, 2009
Family Connection of South Carolina, 556-5010
The Family Connection First Annual Disability Awareness Walk will be a celebration of individuals with special needs at Riverfront Park from 9am-1pm. Individuals and families will organize teams to walk in this event in honor of an inspiring individual with disabilities. The walk will have music, refreshments, educational materials, a jump castle, and much more!!
May 30, 3009
Adopt A Highway, 722-5940 x132
Community Pride, Inc.
We need groups of volunteers to adopt a two-mile section of road to clean. We schedule four cleanups a year and ask groups to complete a report card after the cleanup and return the card to us. SCDOT provides trash bags, safety vests and gloves for groups to use.
June 13, 2009
Tour de Cure- American Diabetes Association, 803-799-4246
email@example.com or www.diabetes.org
We are currently looking for volunteers to help with our Annual Tour de Cure event. This is a cycling even to raise
money for the American Diabetes Association. We need help with the following areas: Registration, Food, Rest,
Stops, Cheer Section and Set-up/Break down crew.
June 21-26, 2009
Camp Puff N Stuff, 556-8451
Volunteers needed to stay at overnight camp and serve as camp counselors to asthmatic children ages 7-11. Come help the children of the Lowcountry learn how to prevent and cope with asthma episodes. Lots of fun-room and board provided for the work as well as lots of diverse activities. Call for more details!
June 27- July 2, 2009
Camp Can Do, 792-7065
Sponsored by the MUSC Burned Children's Fund and the SC Firefighters we will be supporting children and teens with burn injuries on Seabrook Island. We invite you to volunteer your time and counseling skills for the children. Plenty opportunities are available! Contact Betsy McMillian for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 27-July 4, 2009
Camp Happy Days, 571-4336
email@example.com or www.camphappydays.com
Camp Happy Days: June 27-July 4 is a week filled with FUN!! You will be helping children with CANCER!! Area Helpers, Administrative Assts. are needed, but you must be at least 20 years of age. For additional information contact Teresa Bishop, Applications are now being accepted!
Charleston Area Children's Garden Project, 406-3993
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.childrensgardenproject.org
Join the CACGP in our mission to create safe and beautiful places in our community while working to eradicate childhood obesity and hunger. No gardening experience necessary, just a big heart and open mind. Garden sessions are Mon. through Sat. Please visit our website for detailed schedule and more info.
SC Gear Up, 803-799-4601
SC Gear Up Speakers Bureau: This program is designed to schedule volunteers to speak with students and parents about the importance of education and making right choices. Discussions will focus on decisions and consequences, goal setting and time management, and career/education choices. Please feel free to contact for any additional questions.
Twenty First Century Community Learning Center
After School Program, 937-6423
After school academic enhancement and enrichment program which provides educational, social and recreational alternatives for elementary, middle and high school students. Volunteers can provide assistance with homework and art and recreational activities.
Noisette Foundation Lunch Buddies Program, 554-6399
Kids want a mentor/friend to look up to! Spend 1 hour each week on your lunch break with students at North Charleston, Mary Ford, and Chicora Elementary Schools and Morningside Middle School.
Big Brothers Big Sisters, 266-5256
www.becomeabig.org or email@example.com
Want to make a positive difference in the life of a child? Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is about the magic of little moments. Brighten your world through friendship with a child. A variety of Volunteer opportunities are available to fit your schedule. Call about volunteering 3 to 4 times a month in your community or one hour a week at a local school. No special skills are required and training is provided.
HALOS- Helping and Lending Outreach Support, 953-3715
Your assistance is needed to organize our Resource Closet, our storage unit, and in organizing events to raise funds/or supplies for various programs. Volunteers may assist with specific administrative tasks like mailings, or by serving as a liaison between their group or social network and HALOS. We also need childcare providers during workshops, and help with food preparation or pick-up.
Outreach Learning Center at St. Matthews, 579-0420
Volunteers are needed for the following programs:
1. AS Kids (after school program): Help with homework Mon-Th 3:00-5:30PM during the school year.
2. ESL for adults. Knowledge of another language is not necessary.
Training is provided. Classes meet Tues, Wed and, Th from 9:30-11:30AM and
Mon/Wed from 6:30-8:30PM
Communities In School, 740-6793
Make a difference in the life of a child, become a mentor or tutor with Communities in Schools! We have plenty of opportunity to become mentors or tutors. Please contact for details.
Heart Health- MUSC Children's Hospital, 792-4717
Heart Health is a pediatric weight management program. We offer fitness sessions for our participants and need volunteers to work out with the kids. Help overweight kids learn to move their bodies and lose weight! Work with 4-5 children at a time within gym setting (this does not happen often). Sign up for your preferred time! If you are interested in volunteering please feel free to contact Janet at 792-4717.
Eagle Harbor Boys Ranch, 843-688-5995
www.eagleharborkids.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighten a child's day by simply sending an encouraging card. You can make a difference in a child's life by encouraging him to excel in school, sports, and most importantly LIFE. We have many volunteer opportunities to help make a difference in a child's life. Please contact for more information.
Carolina Youth Developmental Center, 266-5218
email@example.com or www.cydc.org
Volunteers are needed to help decorate the childrenÕs rooms. Duties will include painting, hanging, shelving,
organizing, and decorating. Please contact Betsy if interested. Dates and times will be determined based on student
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Special Olympics South Carolina, 795-6226
We will need volunteers to act as Running Club Coaches and Running Partners. Please come join a great group of athletes with intellectual disabilities to run or walk, meetings are held Monday at 6pm. Contact us for any questions or concerns.
City of Charleston Dept. of Recreation, 769-8284
Theatre: Thursdays 6PM-7:15PM at St. Julian Devine Community Center
Volunteers are needed to facilitate activities. Please visit http://www.calendar.yahoo.com/shellicityofcharleston
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc; 559-6040
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding at CATR Farms on John's Island provide quality therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities. Volunteers needed throughout the week for hands on assistance. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary!
Charleston Miracle League, 763-2513
Charleston Miracle League 2009 Spring Season!!
Volunteers needed on March 7-May 2, Every Saturday from 9AM-1PM and Thursdays at 3:30PM. Duties included: Buddy with Players, Be a Fan in the Stands, Assist with Registration, concessions, and announcing. Also come participate in Bridging the Gap through basketball Fundraiser with the Cooper River Bridge Run on April 4th, this year Run or Walk the Bridge for something more than the view!
Center for Women, 763-7333
We are an educational and developmental center dedicated to making personal and professional success an everyday occurrence in the lives of women in the lowcountry. We would love for you to visit our website and submit a volunteer application as we have events for this coming year. Please see www.c4women.org
The Ark, 832-2610
Respite volunteers needed for conversations, activities, games, crafts and special projects for our clients who are memory impaired.
Sweetgrass Court Memory Care, 971-7756
Come and adopt a grand parent (s). Our residents love new smiling faces. Come share, talk, walk or play with them. Make any day a special day for a senior, but especially weekends.
Charleston Area Senior Citizens, Inc. 722-4127
Charleston Area Senior Citizens provides a family environment for those Senior Citizens who benefit from our services. We need volunteers to assist in the kitchen, office, various activities, lunch duty, etc. Please contact the office for further detail.
Carolina Youth Developmental Center, 266-5218
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cydc.org
Volunteers are needed to help decorate the children's rooms. Duties will include painting, hanging, shelving, organizing, and decorating. Please contact Betsy if interested. Dates and times will be determined based on student availability.
LOW INCOME and INDIGENT
Fields to Families, 881-6798
Volunteers needed in the tri-county area to clean (pick) vegetables at farms for distribution agencies that feed the hungry. Volunteers need to bring nutrition activities and information to low income residents of the lowcountry.
*Volunteers need to bring health and nutrition activities and information to low income residents of the Tricounty Area.
Noisette Foundation Prison Ministry, 554-6399
Provide faith-based Outreach to Ex-Offenders who are seeking a healthy new life. Group Mentoring and Faith Sharing at Star Gospel Mission, Fridays, 7-9 PM. Help someone reach their potential!
Charleston Habitat for Humanity Building and ReSTORE, 722-7145
Volunteers are needed at Charleston Habitat for Humanity worksite on Wednesday, Thursdays, and Fridays (one half day shifts available.); Charleston home goods ReStore, Mondays - Saturdays.
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, 851-1414
Volunteers are URGENTLY needed on Thursdays and Saturdays all day or just morning or afternoon. We welcome skilled and unskilled individuals and groups. ReStore volunteers are needed Wednesday - Saturdays. (cashiers and pick-up and delivery help)
East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, 881-2600
Jobsite: Volunteers needed to help build. NO Experience necessary and we provide the tools. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 8:30 AM -12:30 PM.
ReSTORE: Volunteers needed to help organize and set up the store.
Cares Clinic @ East Cooper Community Outreach, 876-7097
The C.A.R.E.S. Clinic is a student-run clinic, in which the students see uninsured patients from the greater Charleston area. We need students from PA and MD programs to interview and to examine patients before presenting to our volunteer physicians. We also need volunteer physicians to help keep our clinic open. We also have pharmacy students who are welcomed to volunteer. We need additional pre-clinical students to help run the office. Please sign-up online at www.thecaresclinic.org
Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, 559-4009
Restorevista@seaislandhabitat.org or seaislandhabitat.org
Restore needs 2 volunteers for Receptionist positions on Saturdays. 2 Shifts including: 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm
Restore also needs a Myspace & Facebook Professional 1 day per week for a minimum of 4 hours. Restore store
hours are Mon. - Sat. 9am-5pm.
Lowcountry Food Bank, 747-8146 ext. 113
Volunteers needed to inspect, sort, sanitize, and repackage donated food for distribution to 300 plus non-profit agencies. Serving the poor and hungry of coastal South Carolina.
Volunteers are needed to help with donor acknowledgement letters on Tuesday Nights from
MUSC Medical Center and ART, 792-3580
Join us for un-limited volunteer opportunities to serve all areas of the Medical Center and Ashley River Tower. Go to www.muschelath.com/volunteer
American Cancer Society- Hope Lodge, 958-0931
Join us at Hope Lodge if you would like to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Volunteers are needed weekdays (various shifts available) to assist with checking guest in/out, answering phones, sharing fellowship, etc. Volunteers (individual/group) are needed weeknights to provide nutritious meals.
Parents Anonymous of SC, Inc., 747-0480, x 26
Volunteers are needed to facilitate support groups for Parents Anonymous of SC, Inc. in the Tri-County area. Training is required and provided at no cost. Meetings are held weekly. Volunteers must provide own transportation. Parents Anonymous is the oldest child abuse prevention organization in the US. Join us today to help strengthen families in the Tri County Area!
Meals on Wheels, 881-9350
Meals on Wheels are in need of volunteer regular and substitute drivers to deliver meals to our homebound recipients. Driving routes are approximately 2 hours, Monday - Friday. Please contact for any additional information.
People Against Rape, 745-0144
People Against Rape is looking for dedicated and passionate people to become volunteer victim advocates for the Tri-County area. Volunteers answer PAR 24-hr Crisis Hotline and accompany sexual assault victims @ the Hospital. The next volunteer training is Jan.-Feb. of 2009, check out our website, www.peopleagainstrape.com.
Adopt-A-Highway, 722-5940 ext.132
We need groups of volunteers to adopt a two mile section of road to clean. We schedule four cleanups a year and
ask groups to complete a report card after the cleanup and return the card to us. After we get a signed agreement form and the group participates in a cleanup, SCDOT will put up a sign at the adopted section with the group's name on it. SCDOT provides trash bags, safety vests and gloves for groups to use. Contact Angela Crouch for additional information.
Ronald McDonald House Charities, 723-7957
Volunteers are always needed to prepare meals, including nightly dinners and Saturday brunches! House volunteers are also always needed. Call or visit website to get started!
Southern Care Hospice, 569-0870
Southern Care Hospice is a special kind of caring for terminally ill patients and their families in our area. If you have a little time to donate and would truly like to make a difference in your life and others, become a member of our Circle of Care.
Odyssey Healthcare, 554-4048
Dependable and compassionate volunteers to provide support to families involved with hospice care are needed. Are you available? We're flexible! Training provided.
Lutheran Hospice, 296-3647
If you have a few hours to spare each month, we would love to work with you in helping provide quality, end of life care to our patients. Training provided.
Carolina Hospice Care, 849-5910
Volunteers are needed to provide compassionate care for our patients and their families. Contact Katie Hume, volunteer coordinator, for information about training.
Sweetgrass Court (Oakdale Heights), 971-7756
If you can give a little time to make a senior laugh and smile that is the best reward. We are in search for volunteers to spend valuable and quality time with our residents. Our residents love to sing, dance, and meet new people.
A Caring Heart Hospice, 637-1558 or 225-2331
We need volunteers to support and be an advocate to the hospice mission. Student volunteers who love people, have a compassionate heart, and are interested in providing support to patients and families are encouraged to volunteer.
If you can spare 1-3 hours a week, we are flexible! Call for more information!
Winyah Community Hospice, 554-7161
Volunteers greatly needed to provide direct patient care, administrative work, and bereavement support through the
tri-county area. If you have a few extra hours, you can truly make a difference in our patients lives. Look forward to meeting you! Training is provided. Please contact Rachel Clary for additional questions or concerns.
ISSUE: May 2009