Working with our Community Partners
- Neighborhood House/Farmer's Market
Neighborhood House, part of Our Lady of Mercy Outreach, works with the homeless, hungry and others in need of assistance. They have partnered with Fields to Families and the Charleston Farmer’s Market in Marion Square, to bring food to those in need. The Farmer’s Market Gleaning (gleaning is the act of gathering left over produce after a harvest) opportunity, select Saturdays from 1-3pm, is collecting food from selected Farmers’ booths, collecting information and learning about other aspects of the Farmer’s Market. The Monday following the gleaning, there is Neighborhood House’s Monday Market, from 11am-1:30pm. This opportunity focuses on the distribution of the gleaned food, as well as meal preparation and preservation techniques.
- Lowcountry Food Bank
The Lowcountry Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, has been collecting, inspecting and distributing food products from manufacturers, supermarkets, farmers and wholesalers. They help feed over 200,000 individuals and families annually in 10 coastal South Carolina counties. This Recurring Service opportunity has volunteers helping food bank workers pack, clean and sort food products, to get ready for distribution. These opportunities take place on select Friday afternoons, from 12:30-3:30pm.
- Keep Charleston Beautiful
Keep Charleston Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and PalmettoPride, works to preserve the natural beauty of Charleston and its surrounding areas, by picking up human-made waste. The debris can be harmful to the environment, people and wildlife. This Recurring Service opportunity will take place on specific Saturdays and differing times.
One80 Place is a homeless shelter located in downtown Charleston. Their mission is to provide food, shelter and hope to end homelessness and hunger one person at a time, one family at a time. They envision that each person who enters their care will gain the skills and resources they need to move beyond homelessness. One80 Place has served 2,182,039 meals, returned 7,498 people home and sheltered 39,473 people since its inception. Our service opportunities with One80 Place include serving dinner at their Community Kitchen on select nights throughout the semester.
MUSC Urban Farm’s mission is to improve health and maximize quality of life through education, research and patient care. MUSC has a half-acre educational garden with the goal of creating opportunities for the community to learn how to eat for health. The Urban Farm is designed to be a living classroom where students, faculty, staff and the community come together to explore the connection between food and health through hands-on learning about the varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs grown in South Carolina. Our volunteer times with MUSC Urban Farm take place throughout the semester on weekdays and a few weekends.
For more information contact Christopher Ciarcia