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Opportunities are listed alphabetically by agency/organization, not by date. For a full schedule and information of our Impact Weekly Service Projects click here.

Local Opportunities

Abbey Road Hospice

Abbey Road Hospice is in need of volunteers to provide companionship, support, and assistance to patients and their families according to their experience and training and in compliance with organization policies.

Volunteers must complete appropriate training with the organization, and have a variety of opportunity to help the staff and clients of the hospice. Volunteers must also have a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. To request more information, please contact Anna Waldo at 803.551.5552, extension 121.

Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School “Panther Pals”

Volunteer to read to elementary school students and become a “Panther Pal.” We want our 3rd- 5th graders to love to ready, and you can help by sharing with them. We want our students to have positive role models and look up to people in college. You can sign up to read to entire classes or to small groups in the library until the end of the school year. We would also love for you to talk about how reading has helped you as you pursue your career, but this is not required. Please contact Neely Swygert at npswygert@lex3.k12.sc.us for further information.

Children’s Trust of South Carolina – Help with Regional DSS Summits

The Children’s Trust of South Carolina is currently gearing up to host several Regional DSS Summits, and they are currently in need of volunteers to help to assemble the protective factor tool kits and bags for the summit attendees.

These summits will provide a learning opportunity for professionals who work with children and families in promoting the optimal development of all children while protecting vulnerable children from maltreatment. Thus, any help they could get from student volunteers would be very helpful and meaningful!

This volunteer opportunity is currently scheduled to be held on September 16 & 17 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at our office (1634 Main Street, Suite 100 Columbia, SC 29201). The Children’s Trust is able to work with everyone’s schedules, so if you can only volunteer for a select number of hours within the timeframes provided, it will not be a problem.

If you are interested in this great opportunity, please contact Patrece Simmons, at 803.744.4037 or at psimmons@scchildren.org.

Goodwill Industries Mentor Program

Goodwill is in search of volunteer Mentors to serve as a source of encouragement, support, and stability for persons in the Midlands with criminal background looking to get back on their feet.  For more information, visit www.goodwillsc.organd if interested, contact Jessica Olinskas at jolinskas@goodwillsc.org.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Donations Assistant – work with and learn about Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore! By participating in the entire process of how donations are received, processed, used, and tracked, you will be providing a huge help to our organization as well as getting great insight in the world of nonprofits.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, contact Talisha Beha, Volunteer Projects Manager by phone 803.217.3212 or email volunteer@habitatcsc.org

Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium

Volunteer groups are encouraged to join the LCSC “stream team” by volunteering to tag storm drains in Lexington County neighborhoods. The tagging decals bear a “No Dumping”…”Drains to Waterways” message as a simple reminder that anything dumped into a storm drain is deposited to the nearest local waterway. Volunteers will get a kit which includes 20 storm drain tags, glue, and a T-shirt for each volunteer while supplies last.  To learn more call Mary Hite, Lexington County Stormwater Outreach Assistant, at (803) 785-8201 or send an E-mail to mhite@lex-co.com.           

Lutheran Hospice

Share your unique gift, talent, and passion with the patients and staff of Lutheran Hospice. Volunteers help patients to enjoy their final days. The rewards of volunteering are immeasurable. Touching even one life makes a difference. Volunteers can provide companionship to patients at their bedside, assist staff in the office, or provide their personal talents, whatever that may be (sewing, knitting, baking, singing, crafting, etc.). No gift is too small. Please contact us at 803-461-0456.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is looking for a social media intern that will write engaging Facebook and Twitter posts that promote the value of natural resources and strong rural communities.  TNC is also needing an intern that can photograph South Carolina nature, rural resources, and people in nature.  Or you may join TNC’s team as a volunteer to map land use changes from the 1970s through present.  All of these volunteer opportunities can be done remotely and generally on your own schedule.  Please contact Susan Licher, Volunteer Coordinator, at susan.licher@tnc.org for more information.

Nurturing Center

Baby rockers, book readers, and smile makers. The Nurturing Center is a child abuse and neglect day treatment center and volunteers are needed to assist early interventionists on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, 9am to 11am this summer. Volunteers needed in our Infant Room, Toddlers/Twos Room, Preschool Room, and Summer Sibs Room (6-12 yr. olds). Within walking distance of USC. Background check required. Contact Kathye Holder, 771-4160, ext. 10. kholder@thenurturingcenter.org, www.thenurturingcenter.org

Additional Opportunities on Campus

 Truman Scholarship

Are you looking for a scholarship that provides financial support for graduate or professional school? Then you may be interested in the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.It is available to juniors (any major) preparing for a career in public service with demonstrated leadership, academic achievement, service accomplishments, and a commitment to public service. This award is a $30,000 merit-based grant. US citizenship is required. Applicants must be nominated, andthe USC nomination deadline is mid-October 2014.