Community Service Sites

On Campus Sites

Carolina After Dark
Carolina After Dark provides substance-free programming to all USC students. Once a month Carolina After Dark hosts movies, events, activities, games and more in the Russell House. Students may volunteer their time to assist with the management of Carolina After Dark. Because these events occur on a limited basis, students must be assigned to Carolina After Dark.

Maintenance within the Residence Halls
Phone: 803-777-6320 Many incidents cause damage to not only our shared Carolina community, but also the buildings in which we live, work and play. Our maintenance staff can always use helping hands within our residence halls. This form of community service can include such tasks as cleaning, basic upkeep, room inventory, and minor repairs.

Sustainable Carolina- Carolina Community Garden
The Community Garden is a collaborative project that began in July 2007 and provides a tangible statement of how food and agricultural issues are part of green living. Green Quad now has more than 1,000 square feet of vegetable garden, surrounded by fruit trees, berries and aquatic habitat. The garden is based on permaculture practices that use applied principles of ecology, such as water conservation methods and homegrown fertility, to create a sustainable and low-maintenance garden.

USC’s Division of Law Enforcement and Safety
Phone: 803-777-4215
Location: 1501 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29208
Many of our students struggle with fully understanding the purpose, jurisdiction, role and philosophy of USC’s Division of Law Enforcement and Safety. Completing community service with our police promotes a greater understanding of the role these officers play to keep our campus safe.

Off-Campus Sites

Belser Arboretum
Phone: (803) 777-3934, Dr. Patricia DeCoursey
Location: 4080 Bloomwood Road, Columbia, SC 29205
Distance: 2.84 miles
You do not need to have any special experience or training to become a volunteer. Typical activities include planting trees, tending to the gardens, weeding, pulling vines, spreading mulch and soil, acting as a greeter at Monthly Open House events and assisting with the flow of tours for visiting groups. Volunteers and volunteer groups are always needed and always welcomed; those groups or individuals who can commit to service on a regular basis are particularly helpful.

Harvest Hope
Phone: (803) 254-4432 ext 1115, contact Eric Roberts
Location: 2220 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201
Distance: 3.80 miles away
Please note that all individual volunteers will have to attend a 1 hour food safety training and orientation before being able to volunteer. Orientations are offered at each branch on a regular basis. Please sign up for one of these sessions. *Harvest Hope will not accept referrals involving incidents of theft or violence.

Habitat for Humanity
Phone: 803.252.3570
Location: 209 S Sumter, Columbia, SC 29201
Distance: 1.37 miles
If you are interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in any capacity, just fill out the volunteer interest form.

Habitat ReStore
Phone: 803.936.0088
Location: 483 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, 29169
Distance: 2.40 miles
To volunteer: First, schedule an orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator. Orientations are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3:00pm-5:00pm and last about 15 minutes. The Volunteer Coordinator may be able to work with you if your schedule conflicts with orientation times.

Humane Society
Phone: 803.783.1267
Location: 121 Humane Lane, Columbia, SC 29209
Distance: 5.48 miles
"The vision of the Humane Society is to offer affordable spay/neuter services to the public and to treat our customers with respect and professionalism in order to spread our mission of reducing animal overpopulation, abuse and neglect." Community service hours can be spent cleaning animal cages, giving baths to animals, taking them for walks or just playing with the rescues.

Oliver Gospel Mission
Phone: (803) 254-6470 x 1200
Location: 1100 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Distance: 1.38 miles away
To volunteer: All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation class, which are held the second Tuesday of every month from noon – 1:00pm. Due to space limits and meal planning, all attendees must register. Please provide your name, telephone number and email address. Once you have completed this training session, turned in the application, and participated in the phone interview, you will be able to volunteer at the times coordinated with the volunteer coordinator.

The Salvation Army
Phone: 803-667-4943, contact Seth Taylor
In order to begin volunteering, one must have a meeting with the volunteer coordinator at the Midlands Salvation Army headquarters (3024 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC 29203 – 2.85 miles away ). Most volunteers serve at the Salvation Army Family Store (1312 N. Millwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29204 – 1.43 miles away).