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With your help, Civic Engagement at Coastal Carolina University and Catholic Charities-Pee Dee will be donating holiday baskets to families in need in the Grand Strand community for the fifth semester in a row.

 Any individual, group, department or office can participate in filling a basket of food and/or any Christmas items that will be distributed at Catholic Charities’ Thanksgiving Turkey and Trimmings Drive and Christmas Assistance Program.  If you choose to help, please fill a reusable plastic or wicker laundry basket with items from the list below.

 Please consider donating items that most of us take for granted, but would make a difference to our neighbors in the area, especially during the holiday season!  Our hope is that together we can share the compassion of the Coastal Carolina family with hundreds of people this fall.

 To register, complete the “Setting the Table Intent Form” on Coastal Connections: 
https://coastal.collegiatelink.net/form/start/81486.  Forms must be received by Monday, November 2 at 9am.  Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email on Wednesday November 4, with more information about what to include in your basket, the delivery time and date, and delivery instructions. 

Food Items

  • Canned Corn
  • Canned Green Beans
  • Canned Peas
  • Pie Crusts & Canned Pie Filling (Cherry, Apple, Lemon, Pumpkin, etc.)
  • Fresh Potatoes
  • Fresh Yams
  • Fresh Carrots
  • Stuffing Mix
  • Bottled or Canned Gravy
  • Kroger Gift Cards


  • Gifts for teens (13-18):  Hats, Gloves, Ear Muffs, Chapstick, $10 fast food gift cards and stocking stuffers.
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Tape
  • Bows or Ribbons

Civic Engagement seeks to educate students through volunteer opportunities, service learning, and activism who will strive to understand the shared strengths and challenges of the Grand Strand community by engaging in impactful collaborative action on campus and off.

Students will:

  1. Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills in connection with an ability to analyze the complex social issues in the Grand Strand community.
  2. Develop an ability to articulate an appreciation and respect for the dignity of humanity and the efforts to defend it.
  3. Develop the foresight to project and implement activities with a goal of achieving the common good.

Find Your Fit:

Connecting People with Opportunities
to Serve:

Civic Engagement offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to foster an environment where students can learn about themselves and their community by taking action through service, and advocate for lasting social change. Our administrative center is loyal to over 60 nonprofits in the surrounding area and is continuing to grow.There are organizations both on and off campus that fill every niche, including health and human services, arts and humanities, human rights, environmental causes,agriculture, social justice, animal welfare, community building, public policy,and more. 

Past Volunteer Events Include:

  • 9/11 Day of Remembrance 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • Hunger and Homelessness Week
  • Habitat for Humanity Trips
  • Great Day of Service

Our office offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. There are organizations both on and off campus that fill every niche, including health and human services, arts and humanities, human rights, environmental causes, agriculture, social justice, animal welfare, community building, public policy, and more.

Depending on your own values and interests, you may seek a volunteer position with a nonprofit organization that works from a faith-based, political, or specific philosophical perspective. You might consider volunteering with an organization that is working with, or on behalf of, a specific population such as senior citizens, children/youth, individuals with disabilities or chronic illnesses, racial and ethnic minority populations, or the LGBT community.

We are here to help connect you with a volunteer opportunity that is a good fit for you!

Civic Engagement is located upstairs in the Lib Jackson Student Union within the Office of Student Life Suite B-213.


Let's Continue to Make a Difference and Volunteer Now!


Contact Us

Leadership & Civic Engagement

Elaine Giles
Coordinator of Civic Engagement

Daniele Aguilera
Leadership & Civic Engagement Fellow

Chase Cupp
Leadership & Civic Engagement Fellow





"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

-Margaret Mead