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 offers students service opportunities with local nonprofit organizations that range from one-day events to long-term programs. Our office also organizes the Alternative Break 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.

The College of Charleston's Bonner Leader Program is currently accepting applications for its Class of 2025! 

The Bonner Leader Program is a unique leadership development program for students with an interest in service and civic engagement. The program provides students an avenue to impact their campuses, their local communities and the world through leadership and excellence in service. Applicants are chosen based on their demonstrated leadership potential, and all students with an interest in meaningful and significant service are encouraged to apply. The application process is competitive and highly selective. Seven incoming first-year applicants will be selected to be a part of the Bonner Leader Program. Click here to find out more information including how to apply. Applications are due by June 4, 2021. 

Virtual Volunteering Opportunities

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Civic Engagement will not be encourgaing one-time, in-person volunteer opportunities. We will be advertising various virtual and remote volunteer opportunities. For volunteering opportunities that you can do from home, check out our "Volunteer Opportunities" Tab. 

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How do I sign up?

We ask that you sign up through Cougar Connect. You can log in using your MyCharleston username and password. Then, just pick the service event that most appeals to you and RSVP! You'll receive a reminder email the day before the service event. 

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Still looking for more ways to get involved?

Consider signing up for our Weekly Digest for even more volunteer opportunities. Find instructions on our "Volunteer Opportunities" tab. 

Want to learn more about the CCE?

If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities, please stop by our office in room 203 of the Lightsey Center, give us a call at 843.953.5838, or email Stephanie Visser at


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