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Leadership and Service Center

  • Volunteers show-off their reflective vests during a clean-up day.


Whether you have a few hours or a whole week to give, we can connect you with a meaningful service opportunity. Find a program or an event that'll help you assist people in need locally and in other areas of the nation.

Connect your skills with those who need them most.

We couldn't agree more with what professional boxer and social activist Muhammad Ali famously said, "The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” If you have time to give, we can help you find the volunteering fit that syncs up with your skills, availability or personal interests. Or, if you're part of a local nonprofit program or organization, learn about a potential community partnership with the University of South Carolina.

NEW! Community Partner Map 
Search for local service opportunities by browsing the location and focus areas of our community partners.


Find the Perfect Volunteering Fit

The Big Event

The Big Event is a unified day which mobilizes USC Columbia students to preform service projects in the surrounding community. The primary goal of the Big Event is to simply say “Thank You” to the surrounding Columbia community and to improve social sustainability within the City of Columbia.

Service Saturdays

Once a month, you'll find good-hearted Gamecocks all over Columbia. For this half-day volunteer adventure, you just register, pick a site during sign ups and serve. We'll provide your transportation and lunch, too!

Alternative Break Program

Transform your fall, winter, or spring break into a unique opportunity. Spend your break helping others in need through the university's Alternative Break program.

Community Service Ambassadors

Leadership and Service Center staff members will help students identify a non-profit based on the student’s specific interest area and it will be their responsibility to work with that non-profit to serve 50 hours over the course of a semester.

Gamecock CommUnity Shop

The CommUnity Shop's mission is to increase accessibility and provide holistic support to individuals experiencing basic needs insecurities. Students, faculty, and staff can access free food, clothing and supplies with a valid CarolinaCard.

Impact Weekly

Impact Weekly is an opportunity to serve the local community for the course of the semester. Students will travel to a local community partner to serve for a few hours the same time every week. Students who engage in this program commit to serving weekly for the whole semester. Transportation is provided.

Community Partnerships

The University of South Carolina has built relationships with a number of community agencies so students can learn about the struggles and shortages many communities and fellow residents face in everyday life.



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