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Finding Opportunities

 Coastal Carolina University has relationships with many local community partners. There are several ways to access information about available community service positions with these partners.

  1. Get Connected on Coastal Connections.   If you have not yet set up a profile it will take you two minutes to sign up.  Then check out our database under the ‘Documents’ tab on the left-hand side of the page and there will be several flyers available to you. These flyers are descriptions of volunteer opportunities that you can sign up for and the contact information to get a hold of the agencies. Furthermore, under the ‘News’ tab are various events that are happening (typically these are onetime events) that you can volunteer for.
  2. Come by our Civic Engagement office in the Lib Jackson Student Union Suite B-215 to talk to one of our Leadership & Civic Engagement Fellows or Coastal Service Specialists between the hours of 10 am - 7 pm Monday - Friday.  

Tracking Hours

Avoid a headache later trying to remember when you served and where. You can track your hours through Coastal Connections! On the very top of the page, there is a tab that says ‘My Involvement’. If you click on that tab, there is a section that says ‘Service Hours’. On the service hours page you can log your hours as well as print out an involvement portfolio. The involvement portfolio is essentially a volunteer transcript which can be a supplement to your resume. This is a very neat and organized way to track your hours and know exactly what you did, where you did it and for how long.

So, I’ve got a place in mind… now what?

To set up your community service activity, use the following checklist

  1. Contact the agency.  You are strongly encouraged to call them on the phone to speak with someone about their volunteer opportunities.  Telephone is the best way to contact a nonprofit organization.
  2. Don’t get discouraged if it takes some back and forth to connect to an agency.  Our partners wear many different hats so be patient as you are waiting to hear back.
  3. Ask about any necessary training or background checks.
  4. Often an agency will have multiple volunteer opportunities.  If you really like the agency or the cause but don’t think the volunteer job they describe is right for you, ask about other opportunities.

Did You Know?

More than three quarters (79%) of volunteers said that their volunteer activities helped them with their interpersonal skills,such as understanding people better, motivating others, and dealing with difficult situations. -National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP), Canada