Opportunities are listed alphabetically by agency/organization, not by date. For a full schedule and information of our Impact Weekly Service Projects click here.
Central SC Habitat for Humanity
Central SC Habitat for Humanity is kicking-off its fundraising for the WomenBUILD in October with a “Get Tired” campaign in which pink tires will circulate across lawns throughout the Midlands during the last two weeks in October. Participants can pay $20 to place the tires at a specified location. Nominated individuals and businesses will then pay $20 to remove the tires or purchase a “Cup-of-Joe Card” so they don’t “Get Tired” which can be redeemed at local coffee shops for a free cup of coffee. The WomenBUILD committee is seeking volunteers to help with the logistics of this campaign. Volunteers will be given a free “Cup-of-Joe Card” and T-shirt.
To learn more call Cindy Zwolensky, Women BUILD Chair, at (803) 926-0298 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia Parks & Recreation Department’s 15th annual Halloween Haunt
Where: Dutch Square Mall
When: Halloween – Thursday, October 31st
The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Haunt is coming soon, and recruitment is underway to staff the haunted house, haunted hayride, and Halloween-themed carnival games. The event is open to all ages, but geared towards children. Volunteers in the haunted hayride and haunted house will dress in costume and assume various scary roles. Those working the carnival games will take tickets, operate the game, and give out prizes. These areas will be open from 6 until approximately 8:30pm. Contact Joan Sorensen at 545-3091 to sign up, or for more information.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a nonprofit youth development program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Our self-esteem enhancing lessons promote physical, social and emotional health while the girls prepare for a non-competitive 5k event. Click on the links below for upcoming volunteer opportunities. Contact Mary Lohman at email@example.com or (803) 381-0482 with any questions.
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.org and if interested, contact Jessica Olinskas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 41st annual running of the Governor’s Cup Road Race will be held on November 9th and we need some fun and friendly volunteers. The Governor’s Cup features a ½ marathon, an 8K, a 4-mile walk, and a 1-mile Kid’s Run. All events start and finish near the state house and the USC campus at Sumter and Senate Streets.
Volunteers are needed in the days leading up to the race for packet stuffing and packet pick-up, as well as on race day for finish line activities (water, food, band, awards, vendors, etc.). Use the link below to sign-up as an individual: https://govcupsc.eventbrite.com/
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 email@example.com
Healthy Columbia will be hosting a series of health screenings in partnership with the School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Social Work and School of Public Health and is in need of volunteers. Events will be held on Tuesdays from 1-5, and volunteers are especially needed during the 2-4 timeslot. The sites will rotate to various underserved neighborhoods. For more information on these events and to sign up to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lexington 2 – BOSS program
Lexington School District 2 is currently looking for volunteers to work with high school students for a new program that is being offered. BOSS – Bringing Our Social Skills involves a 1-2 hour commitment in the school each month where a volunteer partners with a student in the Occupational Diploma program to work on basic skills such as making eye contact, shaking hands, preparing for an interview, etc. For more information please email or call Susie Hatch, Job Developer. Shatch@lex2.org or (803) 528-7120.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Midlands Reading Consortium
Change a child’s life. Just an hour a week can make the difference that helps a child advance to the next grade. We need your help. The Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC) is a volunteer tutoring initiative targeting pre-kindergarten through second-grade students. Tutors focus on improving language skills and reading proficiency. MRC will provide all the training and tutoring materials you need to be an effective tutor. Register now at uway.org. For more information, contact Kimberly House at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-758-6983.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thenurturingcenter.org
Richland County Library
Are you interested in serving in the community but can’t make a long term commitment due to school and other activities?
We need volunteers for our multi-presentations event on Saturday, November 9th at Richland Library Main at 1431 Assembly Street from 10am until 2pm. Volunteers would greet customers, give directions to presentations and possibly assist presenters. This event will require a commitment the day of the event and most likely a short training/orientation session prior to the event.
For more information please contact Cathy Dolan at 929-3436 or email@example.com
Richland Library Southeast
Are you English and/or Spanish speaking, need to perform service hours or maybe would like to volunteer because you care? Richland Library Southeast is for you. We are currently seeking individuals for our Homework Help Center. Homework assistance will be provided in all classroom subjects for first to twelfth grade students. October: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:45 – 6:45pm, November to April: 4:45 – 6:45pm, Richland Library Southeast, 7421 Garners Ferry Rd. Contact Janice, 776-0855 ext2708, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Opportunities on Campus
Carolina Service Council
Carolina Service Council is a community service organization dedicated to planning campus-wide service and service-learning programs for the Carolina Community. Such events include the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, site leaders for MLK Day of Service, and others. We would love for you to get involved with CSC! Our meetings are Tuesdays at 8 PM in B110 of the Honors Dorm. Hope to see you there!
Cocky’s Reading Express
Cocky’s Reading Express™ is a collaboration of the University of South Carolina Student Government and the University’s School of Library and Information Science. USC students travel the state with their friend, Cocky, visiting elementary schools across South Carolina. The students read to the children, and Cocky helps the children understand the importance of life-long reading.
Cocky’s Reading Express will next travel to schools in the community on Friday, October 25th and again on Friday, November 1st. If you are interested in joining Cocky on CRE please email Christine Shelek at CNSHELEK@mailbox.sc.edu.
Communities in Harmony
Do you want to be a music star for a great group of young people? If so, join Communities in Harmony, a South Carolina Honors College service initiative in collaboration with the School of Music. This initiative gives musicians the opportunity to perform and spread their love of music to young people at family shelters and after-school programs in Columbia. It is open to all students. Participants are expected to commit to performing a minimum of four times throughout the semester.
If you are interested in volunteering with Communities in Harmony, please e-mail email@example.com to set up an informational meeting.
Delta Epsilon Iota Professional Interview Clothing Drive
Delta Epsilon Iota National Academic Honor Society will be collecting professional interview clothing for residents of Transitions Homeless Shelter in Columbia, SC. The society is looking for women’s and men’s suits, jackets, blazers, blouses, dresses, slacks, skirts, ties, dress shoes or heels and briefcases or portfolios. You can drop off donations at the tables in the lobby of the BA or behind Russell House patio during the days of October 22-25 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
If your organization would like to help us collect items we need as much help as we can get! Please email us or contact a DEI member to get involved. We will assign you a representative and drop off a box to your next meeting or chapter space. We can collect this box on or after October 25. If you have any questions or are interested in participating please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Quad has many on-going opportunities for community service. If you are interested in community service through gardening, stop by the Green Quad Community Garden during their drop-in volunteer hours held Monday-Thursday from 9-10:30 am and 3-5 pm, and Fridays 9-10:30 am. There are also great opportunities in our general garden, Arab food garden, orchard, and other areas of the garden. If these opportunities interest you, please contact Renee Ripley at email@example.com.
Walk Home Cocky
Student Government’s safe walk program, Walk Home Cocky, is now looking to accept volunteers for its inaugural year! Beginning on October 21, the program will increase campus safety by providing volunteers to walk students back to requested destinations on campus. The service will run Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and will be based out of Thomas Cooper Library. Any questions can be directed to Missy Torgerson at firstname.lastname@example.org.