Volunteer – Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club

Organization Name: Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club

Volunteer Tasks Include: The Exchange Club sells advertisements in the Handbook/Directory that is published every year and is distributed to 7,500 property owners. The net proceeds averaging about $115,000 are donated to charitable organizations and youth and education programs on Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island. Our members sell the ads, place flags on certain holidays and volunteer on child abuse prevention programs and other community service organizations.

Mission of the Organization:Community Service, Youth and Education, Child Abuse Prevention and Americanism

Organization Contact and E-Mail/Phone: Roger Steel, vivrog@bellsouth.net, 843-768-7166

Seabrook Contact: Same as above

Volunteer: Edmondston-Alston House

Organization Name: Edmondston-Alston House (administered by Middleton Place Foundation)

Volunteer Tasks Include: Conducting guided tours on the first and second floor. It’s a great way to learn about the history of Charleston, while imparting your new-found knowledge and enthusiasm to visitors. All guides will receive a reciprocal pass for them and one guest to visit other attractions in the area.

Mission of the Organization: To interpret the history of the house and the families who lived here. Constructed in 1825, the house commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor. From its piazza, General P. T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11 of the same year, the house gave refuge to General Robert E. Lee the night a wide-spreading fire threatened his safety in a Charleston hotel.

Address: 21 East Battery, Charleston 29401

Web Link: http://edmondstonalston.com/

Category: Education, Other (Historical)

Organization Contact and E-Mail/Phone: Marguerite Getz, 722-7171, mgetz@middletonplace.org

Seabrook Contact: Do you volunteer with this organization? Click here to submit your name as the Seabrook contact. 

Volunteer: Sweetgrass Garden

Organization Name:
Sweetgrass Garden

Volunteer Tasks: Each Saturday morning from about 8:30AM until noon, we plant, fertilize, compost, weed, and pick produce. Depending on the season, we may mow the lawn, prune blueberry bushes, rake the pecan tree leaves, or tend the honeybees in our hives. No need to call ahead, just show up. You will find Dale or Jennifer there organizing the crew. If you decide to join us of a morning, please wear sturdy shoes and socks, work gloves and a hat! You can call me, if you wish, on my mobile at 843-270-0889. I hope to see you there! Dale

Organization Mission: The mission of Sweetgrass Garden 501(c)3 is to provide food for the poor and the hungry. In our four years of operation we have provided hundreds of pounds of produce to local food pantries and outreach services. The majority of our donations of fresh produce have gone to the Lowcountry Food Bank to serve children in Title 1 schools hot meals during summer school and afternoon programs. We have provided thousands of pounds of produce to this end. Now we would like to expand our efforts to more directly serve the needs of the hungry on Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island.

Located: Off-island

Organization Address:3151 Plow Ground Road Johns Island, SC 29455

Web URL: Facebook Sweetgrass Garden Charleston – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweetgrass-Garden-Charleston-SC/252484084778046

Seabrook Contact: Do you volunteer with this organization? Click here to submit your name as the Seabrook contact. 


Volunteer: Charleston Friends of the Library

Organization Name: Charleston Friends of the Library
Volunteers Tasks: Book Sale volunteers; especially That BIG Book Sale
Organization Mission: The Charleston Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for the Charleston County Public Library system.
Located: Off-island
Organization Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Web URL: http://www.charlestonlibraryfriends.orgCategory: 

Contact:(name/phone/email): Emily Everett, 843-805-6882, director@charlestonlibraryfriends.org

Seabrook Contact: Do you volunteer with this organization? Click here to submit your name as the Seabrook contact. 

Volunteer: Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol

Organization Name: Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol

Volunteers Tasks: Walk one of the 4 zones of the beach one day weekly from May 10 to October at 7:00 AM or before. Training is in April before the season.

Organization Mission: Protect the sea turtles and their nests. To educate our owners and visitors about the turtles and how they can help us protect them.

Located: On-island

Organization Address: 1116 Summer Wind Lane Johns Island, SC 29455

Web URL: http://www.sitrurtlepatrol.com


Contact on Seabrook Island (name/phone/email) Beautsie Zahrn, 843-768-1053, beautsie2@gmail.com

Volunteer: Reading Partners

Organization Name: Reading Partners Charleston

Volunteer Tasks: By becoming a reading partner and volunteering as little as one hour a week at Angel Oak Elementary or 10 other Charleston County schools, you can help a child strengthen their reading skills, build confidence, and discover a passion for reading. We’ll provide ongoing support and a structured curriculum to help you become an effective tutor. Literacy unlocks opportunity. Over the past decade, volunteer reading partners have helped more than 10,000 students become confident readers by using our research-validated curriculum. Our volunteer tutors make a huge impact in the lives of their students. By sharing their passion and knowledge, tutors become mentors, friends, and more to their students. Tutoring one-on-one with a child is a fun, powerful way to help a student succeed in reading and life. No prior experience necessary to make a difference! What: Change a child’s life by joining our team of committed reading partners today! When: 1 hour a week can help a student thrive.

Organization Mission: Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. We work in Title I elementary schools to support students from low-income communities who are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade-level. We recruit and train community volunteers to work one-on-one with students for 45 minutes twice a week, following a structured, research-based curriculum.

Located: Off-island

Organization Address: Local Address is 5880 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, but volunteer opportunity is at Angel Oak on Johns Island

Web URL: http://www.readingpartners.org


Seabrook Contact: Do you volunteer with this organization? Click here to submit your name as the Seabrook contact. 

Volunteer: Begin With Books

Organization Name: BEGIN WITH BOOKS

Volunteer Tasks: (1) Manage enrollment table/display at occasional school, community, and public events on Johns/Wadmalaw Islands to tell parents about BWB and help them enroll their children. EASY and FUN! Best way to receive notification is to sign up for BWB volunteer listserv via beginwithbooks@gmail.com. (2) Help track “lost” families through telephone calls and emails. Can be done at volunteer’s convenience.

Organization Mission: To deliver age-appropriate books by mail to pre-school children to improve school readiness and family literacy habits. 1 book/month from birth through age 4 by mail via Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (currently 750+ children enrolled on Johns/Wadmalaw).

Located: Off- Island

Organization Address: BEGIN WITH BOOKS PO Box 183 Charleston SC 29402

Web URL: http://www.beginwithbooks.org


Contact on Seabrook Island (name/phone/email): Kathy Melchiorre, 768-7291, 2misskat@bellsouth.net

Volunteer: Pet Helpers

Organization Name: Pet Helpers

Volunteer Tasks: To operate smoothly, Pet Helpers relies on the commitment and energy of its uniquely talented volunteers. Volunteers assist the Pet Helpers staff with many of their responsibilities. These responsibilities include adoption counseling, kennel cleaning, cat socialization, event management, and much more. We love our volunteers! Volunteering at Pet Helpers is fun and rewarding! As a volunteer, you contribute to the success of Pet Helpers as you facilitate adoptions, fundraising, and general public awareness of Pet Helpers. Our ultimate goal is you integrate yourself into the Pet Helpers programs and services and truly become part of our family. EXAMPLE VOLUNTEER ROLES: Tour Guide Photographer Animal Care Support Dog Walker Cat Socialization Clinic Support Development/Fundraising Marketing Special Events Adoption Counselor Administrative Support Community Outreach

Organization Mission: Pet Helpers is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 Rescue and Adoption Center and low-cost Spay/Neuter & Veterinary Center that serves communities across the Lowcountry. Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries; offering humane education programs; pursuing animal-cruelty prosecution; and initiating animal-welfare legislation. et Helpers was founded in 1978 by Carol Linville (pictured above left), now President of Pet Helpers, after she learned that 8,000 pets were being euthanized each year at local shelters. It began as a weekly “adopt a pet” column. More than 30 years later, that column has grown into Pet Helpers Rescue and Adoption Shelter, one of the foremost animal rescue organizations in South Carolina. Pet Helpers has slowly evolved into a widely recognized and innovative shelter that offers caring solutions to the serious problems created by pet overpopulation. For 36 years, we have focused on the needs of homeless animals. Through a commitment to quality sheltering and required spay/neuter, we have worked tirelessly to save those animals that are without human guardianship. We service the entire Lowcountry, where we are the only independent adoption shelter and veterinary center of our kind, that is fully-staffed and maintains regular business hours. We answer 20,000 calls a year to provide assistance and information to the public concerning animal issues. Pet Helpers is preparing to take our next steps- completing our building footprint to increase animal-holding capacity and expand our life-saving programs. We invite our community supporters to join us as we embark upon the next chapter in our journey.

Located: Off-island

Organization Address: 1447 Folly Rd. Charleston, SC 29412

Web URL: http://www.pethelpers.org

Category: Education, Animals

Seabrook Contact: Do you volunteer with this organization? Click here to submit your name as the Seabrook contact. 

Volunteer: Johns Island Regional Library

Organization Name: John’s Island Regional Library

Volunteer Tasks: We would love to have volunteers come out and help during our signature events, including De Gullah Roots Festival, Big Trucks and More! and other annual events. Some are for adults, families, and/or children.

Organization Mission: Charleston County Public Library connects our diverse community to information, fosters lifelong learning and enriches lives.

Located: Off-island

Organization Address: John’s Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway, John’s Island, SC 29455

Web URL: http://www.ccpl.org


Contact (name/phone/email): Michele Hammes, 843-559-1945, hammesm@ccpl.org

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Volunteer: One80 Place

Organization Name: One80 Place

Volunteer Tasks: Guests Services Host at our Front Desk -Donation Center Steward -Non-perishable Food and Supply Donations -Financial Contributions

Organization Mission: To provide food, shelter and hope one person at a time one family at a time.

Located: Off-island

Organization Address: 35 Walnut Street

Category: Education, Hunger, Other (Homelessness)

Contact (name/phone/email): Brad Cashman, Director of Community Engagement, 843-737-8369, bcashman@one80place.org, http://www.one80place.org

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