CofCServes

In honor of the College of Charleston’s legacy of leadership in public service and goodwill, CofCServes urges students, alumni, faculty and staff, and parents and families to dedicate time to serve on campus and throughout our communities.

During the College’s 250th anniversary celebration, all members of the CofC community are encouraged to complete 250 minutes (a little over four hours) of service. To track our progress, please complete a short track your hours form and submit a photo of you or your group volunteering that will be included in a CofCServes mosaic.

March is designated as the College of Charleston month of service. In addition to volunteering with your organization of choice or with a CofC Alumni Club, there are many ways to get involved on campus.

Sign up for one of the on-campus service projects: hygiene kit packing sessions, Cougar Pantry food drive, Read Across America reading in local classrooms, The Center for Civic Engagement and The Sustainability Literacy Institute’s Day of Service, and letters to active duty, veterans, wounded soldiers and caregivers of veterans.

Contact us as CofCServes@cofc.edu.

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Total Hours of Service: 679

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Volunteer Spotlight:  David Desplaces 

Picture of David DespacesMeet Dr. David Desplaces, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Director of the Global Business Resource Center who is an active volunteer with the U.S. Coast Guard
 
What attracted you to volunteer with this organization?
My inspirations in life were to join the French Navy as a chef because of my passion for the water and food/culture. When I became a US citizen in 2015, I felt the calling to serve my country, and because I had aged out of reserve duties, I found that the Coast Guard Auxiliary offered me the opportunity to have an impact in the Lowcountry, educating the public about recreational boating safety.
 
When did you get involved with this organization?
I joined the organization in the Summer of 2016. This included completing training requirements and passing a background check.
 
What activities do you perform as a volunteer and what do they involve?
I have been involved as a boat owner/facility owner as a certified crew in support of surface operations (safety zone, search and rescue efforts), earned my trainer and interpreter qualifications, and was elected (Vice Flotilla Commander in 2018) and appointed Division Staff Officer for operations. I contribute an average of 450 hours a year towards the mission of the Coast Guard in support of the local command and sector.
 
What motivates you to stay involved?
People are in need of education yet at the same time our waterways need to be supported and managed. Someone has to do it. Why not me?
 
Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?
I received in 2018, the Commandant Letter Of Commendation for outstanding service and performance in keeping with the tradition and standards of the US Coast Guard. This award was a surprise and came with a personal note from the Captain of the Port of Charleston. Knowing that my action helped Sector Charleston perform better was a reward by itself.
 
How has volunteer work impacted your life?
Knowing that I might be there and able to help members of the public in a time of need (rescue, safety, education, resource, environmental).
 
What advice would you give to those considering volunteering their time to a cause that interests them?
Find what interests you and where you can have an impact and commit.

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