Image to the left taken from the South Carolina Aquarium website
Whether you’re interested in giving back to the community or lending a hand in wildlife conservation, there are a wide variety of volunteer organizations and programs offered all across the Lowcountry.
Out of the dozens upon dozens of Charleston volunteer opportunities available, here are just a few of our favorites that offer fun and creative ways to help out in the community and / or assist injured or orphaned wildlife:
1. South Carolina Aquarium Volunteer Programs: Do you wish you could spend (almost) every moment of your free time exploring the diverse wildlife of the South Carolina Aquarium? Perhaps you’re interested in educating kids and adults, alike, on South Carolina’s wildlife and conservation efforts. If so, then you should absolutely consider becoming a volunteer for the Aquarium.
Aquarium volunteers are a vital component to the Aquarium’s operations in terms of both customer service and wildlife care. Some of the opportunities available for volunteers at the South Carolina Aquarium include Aquarist, Aviculture Assistant, Diver, Exhibit Guide, Horticulture Assistant, Mammal Assistant, School Programs Assistant, and Water Quality Lab Assistant. For a full description of each of these exciting positions, visit the South Carolina Aquarium volunteer program page.
Teens and young adults also have the opportunity to volunteer at the Aquarium, through their SPLASH program and Aquateen program! More information on these rewarding programs can be found at the South Carolina Website.
2. Ronald McDonald House: Just outside of MUSC Hospital is one of the most precious assists to the Charleston community: The Ronald McDonald House Charities. Here, needy families with sick children, being treated at MUSC, are provided with comfortable lodging, food, and support.
Volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House can assist in cooking meals for families, putting together meals to go, donating goods and offering financial assistance, as well as promoting the efforts of the Ronald McDonald House via social media, soliciting businesses, and more.
To learn more about volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House, visit their website.
Image to the left taken from the Charleston Animal Society Facebook page
3. Charleston Animal Society: For anyone who lives in the Lowcountry, I’m sure you know just how hard the Charleston Animal Society works to assist and rehabilitate injured, abused, and neglected animals, and find them happy homes in the Greater Charleston area. So if you have a passion for helping the animals of the Lowcountry become healthy and happy, then you’ll definitely want to check out the volunteer opportunities at the Charleston Animal Society.
Volunteers at the Charleston Animal Society are vital components in the organization’s operations. With nearly 700 animals in the shelter at any given time, it’s impossible for each and everyone to have a second chance at life without volunteers like you!
From fostering animals to walking dogs, and socializing cats and kittens to assisting with laundry and special events, YOU can make a difference in the lives of so many animals in need, just by offering some of your time.
And if you find that volunteering hours or opportunities aren’t the right fit for you and your schedule you can always donate animal food, toys, and bedding!
4. Lowcountry Food Bank: Passionate about joining the movement to end hunger? So is Lowcountry Food Bank and their donators and volunteers.
It is the Lowcountry Food Bank’s mission to feed the hungry and poverty-stricken throughout the coastal regions of South Carolina by bringing in donated food and distributing it to nonprofit hunger organizations.
Some of the volunteer opportunities at the Food Bank include sorting and repackaging food, assisting the office in administrative duties, conducting community workshops in order to educate the Lowcountry on nutrition, solicit donations from businesses in the Greater Charleston area, organizing events and food drives, and assisting at events.
Also, feel free to donate canned goods to the Lowcountry Food Bank, even if you cannot volunteer! Any help is appreciated.
Learn more about the Lowcountry Food Bank and their volunteer opportunities here.