Opportunities are listed alphabetically by agency/organization, not by date. For a full schedule and information of our Impact Weekly Service Projects click here.
The Animal Mission – Mardi Gras Parade
The Animal Mission (www.animalmission.org) is hosting a Mardi Gras parade at City Roots in Rosewood. The Mardi Gras parade has been growing year to year and this year, we would like to include Student organizations in the parade. It would be a great event for a student group to make a float and hop in the parade…floats range from people dressed up in the back of a truck to a trailers decorated out. Participation as a parade krewe is FREE, and helps raise money for a great cause!
To learn more about the parade or how to form a krewe, check out our website at www.partyanimalsmardigras.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 231-3300.
They are also hosting a Dodgeball Event on the morning of Saturday, March 8. Students who are interested in volunteering should contact Deon Wicks at email@example.com for more details.
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
Girls on the Run of Columbia – volunteer for the Color Run
Volunteer for The Color Run and double your impact! In addition to supporting one of the most fun events in Columbia, each volunteer shift earns a $40 donation to Girls on the Run.
Volunteers are needed for packet pick-up (Feb 27 & 28) and on race day (March 1). Click here for more details about each shift or to sign up. Make sure you select “Girls on the Run” for the question “Which are our charity partners are you volunteering in support of?” Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Keep the Midlands Beautiful
KMB is in need of 10-12 volunteers for an upcoming event on March 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Bi-Lo parking lot on Devine Street, and will be helping to lift rain barrels and compost bins into people’s cars. If you are interested in helping, please contact Lauren Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-733-1139.
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 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, email@example.com.
Social Entrepreneur Corps Internship Opportunities—Applications 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 VisionWalk
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Cerebral Palsy – Good Deeds Scavenger Hunt
United Cerebral Palsy is hosting their inaugural Good Deeds Scavenger Hunt! Teams of 4 will meet here at the UCP Day Center (1101 Harbor Drive in West Columbia) in the morning on Saturday March 1st. These teams will pick up a list of good deeds to give back to the community. Some items on the list include: delivering a get well soon card to a stranger in the hospital, returning a shopping cart for someone in a grocery parking lot, and picking up a piece of litter. Each item is designated a point value and teams will try to take photos of the group doing as many good deeds on the list. At 4:00PM, all teams will meet and be awarded for highest score, most heart, and best photos.
Groups of 4 who would like to register to participate can do so by visiting www.ucpsc.org
Walk Like MADD—April 6th
Walk Like MADD is Mother’s 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 Calhoun County this Friday, February 20. 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 email@example.com to set up an informational meeting.
Discovery Day 2014—April 25th
Done something you are proud of? You may be asking yourself – what’s next? DISCOVERY DAY of course! Why keep your experiences to yourself when you’ve got an excellent opportunity to share your pursuits in a professional setting with your peers, faculty or staff mentors, and community members.
ALL undergraduate students, ALL majors, and ALL USC campuses are welcome! Students are invited to participate in Discovery Day more than once, so join us again. AND there is no time limit on when you can present an experience. Activities completed in previous academic years are eligible to be presented at any Discovery Day, up until the academic year of graduation.
DEADLINE: Friday, March 7th to register your poster or presentation by submitting an abstract (description of experience) on-line at www.sc.edu/our/discovery_online.shtml. Participants have the opportunity to make poster, oral, creative, or artistic presentations and visual art displays, including theatrical, musical, or creative writing presentations.
If you’ve been looking for a way to showcase your beyond-the-classroom research, travel, scholarship, leadership, internship, or service experience, Discovery Day is the place for you. For more information, visit www.sc.edu/our/discovery.shtml.
QUESTIONS? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 777-1141
Chefs on the Shoe – March 24
On March 24th the University of South Carolina’s Tourism Festival and Management Class will hold its annual Chefs on the Shoe Fundraiser Event. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Jules Pernell Memorial Scholarship Fund. Chef Jules Pernell was a respected professor that was loved by students and faculty. We have created a scholarship fund in his memory. We are in need of volunteers for this awesome opportunity! If you are free on anytime Monday March 24th please contact us at email@example.com. Just include your name, phone number, and if you would be available in the morning, afternoon, or evening and we will get back to you! There will be volunteer incentives and community service credit! We encourage you to sign up with a buddy the more the better!
Diversity Retreat—March 28-30
Come join other students from Carolina and Columbia College on the Office of Multicultural Student Diversity Retreat. This FREE retreat takes place from March 28-30. Come learn more about your individual identity and how that plays into how you lead in our ever changing world.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Polar Run—February 22nd
Omega Phil Alpha will be hosting the “Polar Run” this Saturday, February 22nd at 9am. This is a 5k on-campus run benefiting the Salvation Army. Each Runny must wear at least 12 articles of clothing that they wish to donate. At each quarter-mile, they will remove a piece of clothing for donation.
Redress to Impress—Donate Dresses to the Young Women at Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter
Many of the young women at Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter* will attend their High School Proms, and are in need of a beautiful dress. Please help make their prom night as special as possible by donating a prom dress anytime during the spring semester. The Honors College will be collecting prom dresses in the Honors Residence Hall Room B112 on Tuesday, February 18th between 7:00 and 9:00 pm. If you have any questions please contact Sandra Greene at email@example.com .
*Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter provides a safe and nurturing environment for abused and neglected children and unaccompanied teens offering them a broad range of services concentrating on personal healing and development.
Service Trip to Honduras over Spring Break
Serve in Honduras this spring break with Students Helping Honduras! Help build a new school, test your Spanish skills, play soccer all night, learn to salsa dance, and meet the kids who will change your life. The last day to register is February 22nd Visit www.studentshelpinghonduras.org to register for the Spring II trip and email firstname.lastname@example.org once registered or if you have any questions. A group flight option, new friendships, and regular fundraising to help pay for your trip are offered. USC’s chapter of SHH, SHH at USC, is a registered student organization on campus.
Walk Home Cocky
Student Government’s safe walk program, Walk Home Cocky, is now looking to accept volunteers for its inaugural year! This 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 email@example.com.