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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

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.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands

The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands is seeking volunteers at their Ben Arnold Campus to help assist with with homework and activities any time between the hours of 2:30-6:30 Monday through Friday. Anyone who is interested in volunteering should contact June Booth at jbooth@bgcmidlands.org or (803) 231-3300.

Camp Read-a-Rama

Camp Read-a-Rama is a day camp for children ages 4 to 11 and Young Adults ages 12 to 17 that uses Children’s and Young Adult Literature as a springboard for all other camp activities.

Strong applicants should have had coursework or academic learning experiences in children’s literature and/or recreation management, sciences, engineering, or art education and previous experience working with children.   Staff must have excellent people skills, enthusiasm, patience, positive energy, openness to new ideas, and a love for reading and literature.  Highly desirable are Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification and/or Water Safety Instructor Certification.

Applications must be available to attend pre-camp May 27th – 30th and professional development activities (to be scheduled during the last half of spring semester; dates pending, according to participants’ schedules).  An interview is required.  Camp will run from June 2nd- August 1st. Some sites may not run on Fridays, and camp will not run during July 4th week.

To apply, contact:

Dr. Michelle H. Martin

Email: campreadarama@gmail.com

Camp Work Day: M-F 8:30-4:30 (the camp day for the children is 9-4) with once or twice weekly extended before/after care duties (7:30-8:30; 4:30-5:30).

Salary: $8.50/hour.  Interns will earn a stipend.

Applications will be reviewed until all positions are filled.

Visit us at: www.read-a-rama.org

Curing Kids Cancer – Fire Truck Pull, Saturday, April 5

Curing Kids Cancer will host its first fire-truck pull on Saturday, April 5. “Pull for Curing Kids Cancer” will benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Cancer & Blood Disorders Clinic. The event will take place at the MAD Performance Training gym at 608 South Saluda Ave. off of Rosewood Drive. Volunteers are needed to work the event.  Contact:  gina@curingkidscancer.org with the following info:

•    T-shirt sizes (small, medium, large, XL, 2XL)

•    Team Captain with email and phone number

•    Organization/Team Name (or ask to be assigned a name)

EdVenture Seeking BiLingual Educator

EdVenture is currently looking to hire an early childhood educator who is also fluent in Spanish. In addition to leading our signature programs (ie Toddler Takeover, ‘Shake, Rattle, and Read’, Giggle Science, Toddler Tuesdays, etc,), the educator will support the expansion and implementation of the museum’s early childhood programs. This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in working in the world of informal education, providing in-house and outreach school programs, professional development programs, exhibit-related programs, special events, and grant-funded initiatives, including bilingual programing to support Hispanic/Latino outreach and educational programs supported by a grant from IMLS.

Interested educators may learn more by visiting our Web site at

http://edventure.org/employment.aspx

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 jolinskas@goodwillsc.org.

Green Is Clean Month  – Lexington County

E-waste collection,  April 12th from 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Lexington County Administration Bldg. 212 S. Lake Dr.  (4 volunteers needed) to unload electronic equipment (TVs, computers, etc.) from vehicles.   Household Hazardous Waste Collection (5 volunteers needed) April 22, 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to help with registration, checking items to make sure they are compliant, and unloading items.

Contact Amanda Edwards, Recycling Coordinator at AEdwards@lex-co.com (803) 785-3340 for more information on both events.

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

Indie Grits Film Festival

Indie Grits is April 11-20 this year. We have a lot of volunteer opportunities during the festival. For every event that you volunteer, you could get a free ticket to an event of your choice. We are also for the first time this year offering a student discount to all film screenings during the festival at $5 a ticket. To register to volunteer, please visit: http://www.indiegrits.com/volunteer/volunteer-info/

Healthy Columbia

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 healthycolumbia@gmail.com.

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 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

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.  November to April: 4:45 – 6:45pm, Richland Library Southeast, 7421 Garners Ferry Rd. Contact Janice, 776-0855 ext2708, jsurginer@richlandlibrary.com.

Social Entrepreneur Corps Internship OpportunitiesApplications are now available!

Social Entrepreneur Corps is a social enterprise that leads innovative and dynamic international internship programs in Guatemala, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. Program length is flexible – participants can spend from one to eight weeks abroad.

For more information, click here.

South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys – Trial Academy April 25

The South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association is holding its annual Trial Academy in Columbia at the Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Federal Courthouse. The SCDTAA is currently seeking volunteers to serve as jurors for these mock trials which will take place before circuit court judges at the courthouse on Friday, April 25. This is a great opportunity to experience a live trial as a juror and interact with a circuit court judge and other lawyers from around the state.  Anyone is welcome and everyone is encouraged to attend, so sign up a friend as well.

Free lunch and CLE Credits will be provided.  Further, the Supreme Court has agreed to provide one (1) Rule 403 civil jury trial experience credit for those who qualify and serve as jurors. Qualified candidates for Rule 403 credit are those who have completed one-half of the credit hours needed for law school graduation.  The trials typically last from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and will be completed in one day.

 Please sign up as a juror by sending your full name and email address to: Trey.Watkins@WallTempleton.com  with a copy to  Sandra.Schultz@WallTempleton.com

South Carolina VisionWalk – May 17

Are you interested in helping find a Cure for Blindness?  If so we would love to have you volunteer at our 1st Annual South Carolina VisionWalk on May 17th, 2014 at Riverfront Park!  The Foundation Fighting Blindness raises funds for rare retinal degenerative diseases such as RP, AMD, and Usher’s, all which affect your vision.  Our signature event is the VisionWalk and we are so excited to have our 1st Annual South Carolina walk next year!

If you are interested in helping us find a cure by volunteering your time please email me at tsalottolo@blindness.org or call our office at (919) 781-8014.  Some of our positions are helping with Registration, T-Shirts, Setup, Refreshments, Kids Zone, Route Monitors, and Clean-up.  You can also form a team and walk to fight blindness!  We hope the amazing Gamecock Community can help us make this Inaugural South Carolina VisionWalk a huge success!!

United Way of the Midlands –Day of Action Saturday, April 5

Join the United Way of the Midlands for our Day of Action as hundreds of volunteers take on projects across the Midlands. Volunteer with your family, friends, or student organization! Registration for this Day of Action will open on Friday, March 14th, and will be available at www.uway.org. For more information, please email Emerald Anderson-Ford at eford@uway.org.

Walk Like MADD—April 6

Walk Like MADD is Mothers Against Drunk Driving signature event to celebrate a brighter future without drunk driving and underage drinking. This event helps us raise both awareness and funds to stop drunk driving and underage drinking, and provide support to victims and survivors.

South Carolina had 828 traffic fatalities in 2011, of which 309 were DUI-related.  In 2012, the state recorded 863 fatalities with 358 of them attributed to DUI, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash statistics.

The annual event will be held April 6th from 2p-6p at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia, SC.

Form a walk team in to promote your organization! To set up a walk team go to: http://support.madd.org/site/TR/WalkLikeMADD/WalkLikeMADDwlm_?pg=entry&fr_id=3551

There are also many volunteer opportunities available for USC students and its organizations! To volunteer or for further information contact Steven Burritt at 803.748.7333 x5251 or Steven.Burritt@MADD.org.

 

Additional Opportunities on Campus

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 be travelling to Richland County next Thursday, April 10.  To view the schedule and join Cocky’s Reading Express, please visit the CRE website.

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 communitiesinharmony2@gmail.com  to set up an informational meeting.

EMPOWER

On Thursday, April 24th, EMPOWER will be hosting a Diversity Dialogue titled, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Join us for lunch and great discussion about the access of education, activism in all forms, and the strength of a young woman in a society that values men in Russell House 302 at 12 PM. Participants that preregister for the dialogue with this link, https://sawebdev.wufoo.com/forms/diversity-dialogue-registration/, will receive a copy of the book to further enhance conversation. Limited copies of the book are available and will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Jillian Sitjar at jsitjar@mailbox.sc.edu with any questions.

Green Quad

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 Mondays 10 – 11am, Tuesday/Thursdays 9-10am & 3:30 – 5:30pm, Wednesdays 4:30 – 6pm and Fridays 10 – 11am & 1 – 3pm.

For more information please contact Seth Guest at guestsi@mailbox.sc.edu.

Relay for Life

The fastest growing collegiate Relay for Life in the nation and USC’s largest student-run philanthropy wants you to join their team! Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s 12-hour event that raises money for cancer research and patient programs.Sign up to join us April 4 at 7 p.m. on Blatt fields and spend the night fighting cancer! Students can form a new team or join an existing one by signing up at www.relayforlife.org/uscsc.

Relay for Life is also collecting canned goods to be donated to the GameCock pantry.  Drop off your canned goods on Greene St. between 11am and 2pm March 31st through April 4th!

Vernon Scholars

3 or 4 students have the opportunity to receive funding ($3,000 – 4,000/year) through Trinity Cathedral for work in the student’s area of educational interest in the 2014-15 academic year.  This is a new program, similar to one at U. Virginia with the St. Paul’s Episcopal parish near campus.  Proposals may address any area of educational interest, but the Cathedral has a record of involvement with sustainability projects, music programs, and service outreach in the community.   Vernon support allows a student to engage in meaningful work about which they are passionate, receive some funding, and share their engagement with the Cathedral community.

Applications must be in by April 15 and should be sent directly to the Cathedral.  Students may apply online: http://trinitysc.org/Grow/Adults/College-Students/