College of Charleston Students Spring into Service for Local Non-Profits

Starting March 23, 2013, students and staff at the College of Charleston roll up their sleeves to assist three non-profit organizations in the Charleston community. Spring into Service is a program organized by the Center of Civic Engagement to provide one-time service opportunities that inspire advocacy and intentional dialogue among students.

According to Maggie Szeman, the assistant director at the College’s Center for Civic Engagement, “Our Spring into Service series is intended to engage students in direct service and educational conversations pertaining to issues that are salient to our community. This year’s community partners were selected in the hope of engaging a diverse group of volunteers with a broad range of interests and skill sets.”

Spring into Service is planned by four student leaders who are responsible for recruiting student teams and planning orientation, education, and reflection components pertaining to each service event. Each service opportunity can accommodate approximately 10-15 student volunteers.

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. students will volunteer with the Charleston Miracle League, an organization that celebrates and supports adults with mental and physical challenges through a community sports baseball league. Students will assist players and serve as cheering fans.

On Sunday April 7, 2013, from 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. students will work at the Green Heart Project at Mitchell Elementary School by installing chicken coops for baby chicks.

Charleston’s Center for Women will receive help on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. when volunteers will be painting and working on special projects to at the Center for Women’s facility.

To get involved or for more information, contact the College’s Center for Civic Engagement at 843.953.5838 or by e-mail at