40+ ways to give back in Charleston, SC

Maybe you already give back year-round, or maybe practicing thankfulness this holiday season has got you in the giving spirit. All we know is there are more than enough great causes in Charleston to give your time to. Whether you’re an animal lover, an outdoorsy type, a bookworm, or a holiday enthusiast, there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you.

Here are 40+ Charleston organizations to show a little love to this holiday season:

🦃 If the holidays are your favorite time of the year

○ Donate turkeys, hams, grocery store gift cards + monetary contributions during One80 Place’s annual Turkey and a $20 drive
Help feed families during the holidays with the Lowcountry Food Bank
Participate in the Charleston Angel Tree
○ Support the SC Aquarium by purchasing holidays gifts

🍎 Natural-born teachers + mentors

Empower students to reach their full potential through Be a Mentor
Teach English as a Second Language (ESL) through Trident United Way
Be a lunch buddy to a Charleston County School District student

💙 If you want to be there for abuse victims

Help children feel safe + comfortable while at Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center by becoming a Child Advocate
Volunteer as a domestic violence crisis line worker through My Sister’s House 

♿ If you have a passion for disabled community members

Help those who are blind or visually impaired practice braille through the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC 
From helping community members with cognitive to physical disabilities, find your perfect placement through the Disabilities Board of Charleston County 

🏠 If you want to stay in your home

Contact a local assisted living facility to ask about becoming a pen pal with a resident
○ Donate airline miles (+ other gifts) to children participating in South Carolina’s Make-A-Wish program
Arrange contactless pick-up of donated items via Salvation Army Charleston
○ Give to your favorite local charity or nonprofit virtually

💚 If you’re a mental health advocate

Participate in various anti-stigma community events through Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center
Become an instructor or facilitator of support groups through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Charleston

🗓️ If you’re on a tight schedule 

Choose a time to donate blood through The Blood Connection
Be matched with an event that works with your schedule during Trident United Way’s Days of Caring 

🎨 The artsy types

Create scrub hats, therapy dolls + knitted blankets for children at MUSC Health 
Become a Creative Champion + encourage both children and adults to explore various artistic concepts + mediums at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
○ Instill the love + appreciation of art in others by joining the Gibbes Museum of Art’s Museum Educators team 

😷 If you’re interested in healthcare

Teens can develop career skills through Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s SCRUBS mentoring and career exploration programs
Give babies the comfort + touch they need for emotional and physical development through MUSC Health’s Special Care Nursery

🐶 If you’re an animal lover

Adopt an animal at the SC Aquarium and help keep the aquarium’s animals healthy
Help shelter animals feel loved through Charleston Animal Society, Pet Helpers or Dorchester Paws

🌳 The outdoorsy types

Participate in beach sweeps through Charleston Surfrider Foundation
○ Maintain your green thumb by becoming a garden volunteer with The Green Heart Project or Charleston Parks Conservancy
Help keep our roads clean by participating in PalmettoPride’s Adopt-a-Highway program

🏳️‍🌈 If you’re passionate about supporting local minority groups

Participate in community outreach for Charleston’s LGBTQ+ youth through We Are Family
Help create a space of integration, culture + education through Art Pot Multicultural Group

🍍 If you live + breathe Charleston

Become a member of the Preservation Society of Charleston
Assist with educational programs through the Historic Charleston Foundation

📚 Self-proclaimed bibliophiles

Assist with Charleston Friends of the Library’s annual book sales
○ Donate gently used books to the Charleston County Public Library
Participate in literacy programs through SC Reading Partners

🦋 The social butterflies

Join a volunteer organization like Junior League of Charleston
Serve South Carolina’s nonprofit community by participating in SC Together’s Advocacy Allies

🔨 The handymen + women

○ Build homes for the community through Habitat for Humanity
○ Transform the living spaces of those in need by delivering furniture with Hope to Home Furniture Resource

Don’t see anything that fits your interests? Check out VolunteerMatch – a resource that helps you find local volunteer opportunities suited to your preferences.