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Center for Civic Engagement

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Whether you’re a College of Charleston student or member of our faculty and staff, the Center for Civic Engagement can work with you to serve the community! 

The Center for Civic Engagement refers students to local nonprofit service opportunities that range from one-day events to ongoing opportunities to long-term programs. Our office also organizes the Alternative Break, service immersion experiences, and the Bonner Leader program. In addition to the variety of projects initiated each year based on current events, there are several annual events hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement.

If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities, please stop by or contact our staff by calling 843.953.5838 or emailing us at or visit our blog for upcoming events at

"Overcoming poverty is not just a gesture of charity it is an act of justice."- Nelson Mandela

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Upcoming Opportunities

  • Spring Into Service Looking for ways to get involved and give back this spring? Join the Center for Civic Engagement in some awesome spring service events. Transportation provided - registration required. 
  • Active Citizenship Service Grants Does your club, organization, or class have a great idea for a service initiative? The Center for Civic Engagement is excited to offer the opportunity for aspiring active citizens to apply for funding to offset the costs associated with service-based initiatives in the Charleston community. Application deadlines are March 13, 27, and April 10. 
  • Alternative Break April Weekend Are you interested in participating in Alternative Break? Join us for the last opportunity to experience Alternative Break during the 2014-15 academic year with our April Weekend trip. We will be traveling to Charlotte, NC to explore issues related to human trafficking and abuse in the US. Applications due Friday, March 20th. 
  • Alternative Break Drive-In Conference On Friday, March 27th, the Center for Civic Engagement will host a drive-in conference experience at the College of Charleston for other Alternative Break schools in the state of South Carolina. The staff at Break Away will facilitate a number of workshops over the course of the day to enhance Alternative Break curriculum and programs in the next academic year. There will also be opportunities to participate in round-table discussions and network with other student leaders across the state. Registration closes Thursday, March 19th 

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Charleston, SC- A glimpse of poverty in our community
Posted on 11 March 2015 | 6:27 pm
At first glance of the Charleston community, most see rich history, elegant architecture, a booming restaurant industry and stunning coastlines. What many fail to see is poverty. When asked to consider poverty, many North Americans call to mind images of developing countries without recognizing the poverty in their own backyard. Poverty is generally defined as the state of lacking the … Continue reading Charleston, SC- A glimpse of poverty in our community
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February 2015 Newsletter
Posted on 1 March 2015 | 11:00 am
Cougars Taking Action Cougars Taking Action is the service initiative component of the Homecoming Spirit Cup Challenge. Each year teams of students compete to show the most cougar pride. Cougars Taking Action provides students with the opportunity to gain points and give back to the Charleston community. While teams are encouraged to participate as part … Continue reading February 2015 Newsletter
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