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At USC Lancaster it is our mission to provide excellent community service and support.  Each individual should strive to participate in civic service, not only as a means for community growth, but for personal growth as well.  As you spend your time here at USC Lancaster, we want to make sure that you are provided with the necessary resources to complete and record such tasks.  On this page you will find links that will allow you to research and contact local charity organizations. 

We ask that you also use the provided link to enter any current or previous participation.  We look forward to serving with you! 

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Charitable Organizations A-Z

Adopt A Leader:  
Adopt A Leader is a year-round program that seeks to offer a large array of academic support and supplemental programs for participants. The program provides tutoring, academic enrichment, social, cultural and health awareness that will enable participants to establish and strive toward college and career attainment goals.
http://www.adoptaleader.net/

Alston Wilkes Society:
The Alston Wilkes Society extends a helping hand to those who are most at-risk and helps rebuild their lives through rehabilitation and prevention services. AWS was founded to provide services to adults who were being released from federal correctional facilities, and has grown to increase our service reach to include homeless veterans, at-risk families and disadvantaged and troubled youth.
http://www.alstonwilkessociety.org/

American Red Cross:
American Red Cross offers compassionate services in six areas: aiding victims of devastating natural disasters, community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
 http://www.redcross.org/

Americorps
AmeriCorps is a U.S. federal government program that was created under President Bill Clinton by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 later expanded by 50 percent under President George W. Bush. The work done by these groups ranges from public education to environmental clean-up.
http://www.americorps.gov/

Carolina Community Action:
Carolina Community Action is a local community action agency, offers financial assistance, counseling, and can help people apply for South Carolina and federal government programs. The non-profit agency provides funds for utility bills, clothing assistance, employment and job training, medications and prescription assistance, housing and rent assistance, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) welfare to work programs, TANF, mortgage counseling, and other aid.
http://www.scacap.org/

Catawba Care Coalition:
Catawba Care Coalition is an HIV/AIDS organization in Rock Hill, SC.  CC offers free HIV testing and free/reduced rate medical care and support for people living with HIV.
http://www.catawbacare.org/

Chester – Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs:
This agency helps get services for persons meeting the eligibility criteria for the Mental Retardation Division or the Autism Division of the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). Some service funding may only be available through the MR/RD Home and Community-Based Waiver. Ask the agency for additional information about this waiver. This agency also provides early intervention services and funding for day care for children with disabilities even though the children may not be DDSN eligible.
https://scaccess.communityos.org/sys/profile.taf?profiletype=agency&textonly=&recordid=58053

Children’s Attention Home:
The Children’s Attention Home is a non-profit 24-hour emergency shelter and long term facility for children who have been removed from their homes for abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment.  Their three buildings are licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and together can serve up to 36 children.  The Children’s Attention Home serves children from all counties in South Carolina
http://www.attentionhome.org/

Family Promise:
Works to accomplish their mission through four program areas:
Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHNs) provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services to homeless families; Family Mentoring helps prevent homelessness by training volunteers to be advisors and advocates to low-income families; Just Neighbors, an interactive educational program, raises awareness of the root causes of poverty and homelessness as the first step in establishing community-based responses; Community Initiatives foster local IHN outgrowth programs, such as transitional housing, job training, childcare, and literacy.
http://familypromiselancaster.org/new

Guardian Ad Litem:
The Guardian ad Litem Program encourages men and women of all ages, races, education levels and backgrounds to volunteer.  No special skills are needed, just compassion, caring and common sense.  You must have a sincere desire to help children, and be willing to make a commitment of 4-6 hours per month.  You will be required to pass background and reference checks.  You will then complete the free, 30 hour training program.
http://www.lancaster.scgal.org

Habitat for Humanity:
Through volunteer labor, donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families.  Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.  Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans.  The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
http://www.habitat.org/cd/local/affiliate.aspx?place=81

HOPE in Lancaster, Inc.:
HOPE is a non-profit organization that provides short-term emergency financial assistance, counseling, and other aid to Lancaster County residents who are facing a hardship or who are in a crisis situation. The assistance provided includes free food, funds for utility bills, prescription vouchers and medications, as well as rent and mortgage payments.
http://hopeinlancaster.org

KARE (Kershaw Area Community Resource Exchange):
KARE’s focus is to provide assistance to neighbors who find themselves in need.  KARE provides utility, rent and mortgage assistance, a food pantry and a clothing closet.  Community service opportunities:  clothing sales, clothes sorting, food pantry workers, food courier, administrative/clerical, and Youth Serve program for teens.
803-475-4173

Lancaster County Council on Aging:
Most of the Councils on Aging are private non-profit organizations with boards of directors that are representative of the communities they serve.  A few COAs are part of local county government functioning with a great degree of autonomy.  The programs and services rendered by each Council on Aging range from Congregate Meals to daily exercise programs, home-delivered meals to transportation.
http://www.aginginsc.org/index.htm

Lancaster County First Steps:
First Steps is a comprehensive, results-oriented statewide education initiative to help prepare children to reach first grade healthy and ready to succeed. First Steps partnerships examine unmet needs in their communities to help local young children and their families. Through its 501(c) 3 status, First Steps mobilizes resources beyond state-allocated dollars, leveraging local private and public funds, federal grants, planned gifts, in-kind contributions, and volunteer time.
http://www.scfirststeps.org

Lancaster County Literacy Council:
The Literacy Council of Lancaster Lebanon is a private, non-profit 501 (c) 3 education agency that provides high quality basic education to adults in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Our mission is to promote literacy and help adults reach their reading, writing, math and English communication goals through personalized instruction.
803-285-7660

Lancaster County Outreach Project:
Lancaster County Outreach Project provides opportunities and resources to abused and neglected children and their caregivers as identified by Department of Social Services (DSS) through a collaborative community partnership.
http://www.lcoutreachproject.org

Lancaster County Partners for Youth:
Lancaster County Partners for Youth offers scholarships to both students and teachers across Lancaster County. Through partnerships with business and individuals, as well as Lancaster County School District, LCPFY is able to award thousands of dollars worth of scholarships; encouraging further education, and enriching the community with talented individuals for the future.
http://lcpartnersforyouth.org

Lancaster Fatherhood Project:
Established in 1999, we are dedicated to strengthening families in Lancaster and Chester County through father engagement. Our goal, to empower the father to change his life by changing the way he thinks, has been accomplished through  Fatherhood Development Training, which includes but is not limited to personal development, education, employment preparation training, and mediation.
http://www.lanfatherhood.org

P CASA:
Palmetto Citizen against Sexual Assault is a community service organization that provides the following services to sexual assault victims; counseling/support groups for victims and families, sexual assault education, and medical/ legal education.
803-286-5232

Pregnancy Care Center:
Pregnancy Care Center offers life-affirming options to women and families facing unplanned pregnancy or past abortion, and promotes a Godly view of sexuality and the sanctity of life.  PCC is solely funded by individuals, churches and businesses in our community that allow them to provide free services to those in need.
http://lancasterpregnancy.com

Safe Passage:
Safe passage was established for the purpose of offering supportive services to families living in abuse so they could make changes in their lives and eliminate violence. Safe Passage domestic violence services are available for victims/survivors in York, Lancaster and Chester counties. Program services include emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their minor children, adult and child counseling, advocacy, community referrals, children’s program, education, support groups, and parenting classes. Services which are offered for residents are also available for non-residential clients.
http://www.safepassagesc.org

United Way:
United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.  Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts — 1.2 million students, every year — in half.  Help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families — half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable — on the road to economic independence.  Promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.  Our goals are ambitious, but with your help, and by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve them.
http://liveunited.org


Organizations by Category

Abuse
Children’s Attention Home:
The Children’s Attention Home is a non-profit 24-hour emergency shelter and long term facility for children who have been removed from their homes for abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment.  Their three buildings are licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and together can serve up to 36 children.  The Children’s Attention Home serves children from all counties in South Carolina
http://www.attentionhome.org/

Guardian Ad Litem:
The Guardian ad Litem Program encourages men and women of all ages, races, education levels and backgrounds to volunteer.  No special skills are needed, just compassion, caring and common sense.  You must have a sincere desire to help children, and be willing to make a commitment of 4-6 hours per month.  You will be required to pass background and reference checks.  You will then complete the free, 30 hour training program.
http://www.lancaster.scgal.org

Lancaster County Outreach Project:
Lancaster County Outreach Project provides opportunities and resources to abused and neglected children and their caregivers as identified by Department of Social Services (DSS) through a collaborative community partnership.
http://www.lcoutreachproject.org

P CASA:
Palmetto Citizen against Sexual Assault is a community service organization that provides the following services to sexual assault victims; counseling/support groups for victims and families, sexual assault education, and medical/ legal education.
803-286-5232

Safe Passage:
Safe passage was established for the purpose of offering supportive services to families living in abuse so they could make changes in their lives and eliminate violence. Safe Passage domestic violence services are available for victims/survivors in York, Lancaster and Chester counties. Program services include emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their minor children, adult and child counseling, advocacy, community referrals, children’s program, education, support groups, and parenting classes. Services which are offered for residents are also available for non-residential clients.
http://www.safepassagesc.org

Basic Needs
American Red Cross:
American Red Cross offers compassionate services in six areas: aiding victims of devastating natural disasters, community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
http://www.redcross.org/

Carolina Community Action:
Carolina Community Action is a local community action agency, offers financial assistance, counseling, and can help people apply for South Carolina and federal government programs. The non-profit agency provides funds for utility bills, clothing assistance, employment and job training, medications and prescription assistance, housing and rent assistance, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) welfare to work programs, TANF, mortgage counseling, and other aid.
http://www.scacap.org/

Family Promise:
Works to accomplish their mission through four program areas:
Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHNs) provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services to homeless families; Family Mentoring helps prevent homelessness by training volunteers to be advisors and advocates to low-income families; Just Neighbors, an interactive educational program, raises awareness of the root causes of poverty and homelessness as the first step in establishing community-based responses; Community Initiatives foster local IHN outgrowth programs, such as transitional housing, job training, childcare, and literacy.
http://familypromiselancaster.org/new

Habitat for Humanity:
Through volunteer labor, donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families.  Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.  Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans.  The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
http://www.habitat.org/cd/local/affiliate.aspx?place=81

HOPE in Lancaster, Inc.:
HOPE is a non-profit organization that provides short-term emergency financial assistance, counseling, and other aid to Lancaster County residents who are facing a hardship or who are in a crisis situation. The assistance provided includes free food, funds for utility bills, prescription vouchers and medications, as well as rent and mortgage payments.
http://hopeinlancaster.org

KARE (Kershaw Area Community Resource Exchange):
KARE’s focus is to provide assistance to neighbors who find themselves in need.  KARE provides utility, rent and mortgage assistance, a food pantry and a clothing closet.  Community service opportunities:  clothing sales, clothes sorting, food pantry workers, food courier, administrative/clerical, and Youth Serve program for teens.
803-475-4173

Education
Adopt A Leader:  
Adopt A Leader is a year-round program that seeks to offer a large array of academic support and supplemental programs for participants. The program provides tutoring, academic enrichment, social, cultural and health awareness that will enable participants to establish and strive toward college and career attainment goals.
http://www.adoptaleader.net/

Americorps
AmeriCorps is a U.S. federal government program that was created under President Bill Clinton by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 later expanded by 50 percent under President George W. Bush. The work done by these groups ranges from public education to environmental clean-up.
http://www.americorps.gov/

Carolina Community Action:
Carolina Community Action is a local community action agency, offers financial assistance, counseling, and can help people apply for South Carolina and federal government programs. The non-profit agency provides funds for utility bills, clothing assistance, employment and job training, medications and prescription assistance, housing and rent assistance, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) welfare to work programs, TANF, mortgage counseling, and other aid.
http://www.scacap.org/

Children’s Attention Home:
The Children’s Attention Home is a non-profit 24-hour emergency shelter and long term facility for children who have been removed from their homes for abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment.  Their three buildings are licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and together can serve up to 36 children.  The Children’s Attention Home serves children from all counties in South Carolina
http://www.attentionhome.org/

Lancaster County First Steps:
First Steps is a comprehensive, results-oriented statewide education initiative to help prepare children to reach first grade healthy and ready to succeed. First Steps partnerships examine unmet needs in their communities to help local young children and their families. Through its 501(c) 3 status, First Steps mobilizes resources beyond state-allocated dollars, leveraging local private and public funds, federal grants, planned gifts, in-kind contributions, and volunteer time.
http://www.scfirststeps.org

Lancaster County Literacy Council:
The Literacy Council of Lancaster Lebanon is a private, non-profit 501 (c) 3 education agency that provides high quality basic education to adults in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Our mission is to promote literacy and help adults reach their reading, writing, math and English communication goals through personalized instruction.
803-285-7660

Lancaster County Partners for Youth:
Lancaster County Partners for Youth offers scholarships to both students and teachers across Lancaster County. Through partnerships with business and individuals, as well as Lancaster County School District, LCPFY is able to award thousands of dollars worth of scholarships; encouraging further education, and enriching the community with talented individuals for the future.
http://lcpartnersforyouth.org

Lancaster Fatherhood Project:
Established in 1999, we are dedicated to strengthening families in Lancaster and Chester County through father engagement. Our goal, to empower the father to change his life by changing the way he thinks, has been accomplished through  Fatherhood Development Training, which includes but is not limited to personal development, education, employment preparation training, and mediation.
http://www.lanfatherhood.org

P CASA:
Palmetto Citizen against Sexual Assault is a community service organization that provides the following services to sexual assault victims; counseling/support groups for victims and families, sexual assault education, and medical/ legal education.
803-286-5232

Elderly
Lancaster County Council on Aging:
Most of the Councils on Aging are private non-profit organizations with boards of directors that are representative of the communities they serve.  A few COAs are part of local county government functioning with a great degree of autonomy.  The programs and services rendered by each Council on Aging range from Congregate Meals to daily exercise programs, home-delivered meals to transportation.
http://www.aginginsc.org/index.htm

Family
American Red Cross:
American Red Cross offers compassionate services in six areas: aiding victims of devastating natural disasters, community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
http://www.redcross.org/

Carolina Community Action:
Carolina Community Action is a local community action agency, offers financial assistance, counseling, and can help people apply for South Carolina and federal government programs. The non-profit agency provides funds for utility bills, clothing assistance, employment and job training, medications and prescription assistance, housing and rent assistance, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) welfare to work programs, TANF, mortgage counseling, and other aid.
http://www.scacap.org/

Chester – Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs:
This agency helps get services for persons meeting the eligibility criteria for the Mental Retardation Division or the Autism Division of the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). Some service funding may only be available through the MR/RD Home and Community-Based Waiver. Ask the agency for additional information about this waiver. This agency also provides early intervention services and funding for day care for children with disabilities even though the children may not be DDSN eligible.
https://scaccess.communityos.org/sys/profile.taf?profiletype=agency&textonly=&recordid=58053

Family Promise:
Works to accomplish their mission through four program areas:
Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHNs) provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services to homeless families; Family Mentoring helps prevent homelessness by training volunteers to be advisors and advocates to low-income families; Just Neighbors, an interactive educational program, raises awareness of the root causes of poverty and homelessness as the first step in establishing community-based responses; Community Initiatives foster local IHN outgrowth programs, such as transitional housing, job training, childcare, and literacy.
http://familypromiselancaster.org/new

Guardian Ad Litem:
The Guardian ad Litem Program encourages men and women of all ages, races, education levels and backgrounds to volunteer.  No special skills are needed, just compassion, caring and common sense.  You must have a sincere desire to help children, and be willing to make a commitment of 4-6 hours per month.  You will be required to pass background and reference checks.  You will then complete the free, 30 hour training program.
http://www.lancaster.scgal.org

Habitat for Humanity:
Through volunteer labor, donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families.  Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.  Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans.  The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
http://www.habitat.org/cd/local/affiliate.aspx?place=81

HOPE in Lancaster, Inc.:
HOPE is a non-profit organization that provides short-term emergency financial assistance, counseling, and other aid to Lancaster County residents who are facing a hardship or who are in a crisis situation. The assistance provided includes free food, funds for utility bills, prescription vouchers and medications, as well as rent and mortgage payments.
http://hopeinlancaster.org

KARE (Kershaw Area Community Resource Exchange):
KARE’s focus is to provide assistance to neighbors who find themselves in need.  KARE provides utility, rent and mortgage assistance, a food pantry and a clothing closet.  Community service opportunities:  clothing sales, clothes sorting, food pantry workers, food courier, administrative/clerical, and Youth Serve program for teens.
803-475-4173

Lancaster County Outreach Project:
Lancaster County Outreach Project provides opportunities and resources to abused and neglected children and their caregivers as identified by Department of Social Services (DSS) through a collaborative community partnership.
http://www.lcoutreachproject.org

Lancaster Fatherhood Project:
Established in 1999, we are dedicated to strengthening families in Lancaster and Chester County through father engagement. Our goal, to empower the father to change his life by changing the way he thinks, has been accomplished through  Fatherhood Development Training, which includes but is not limited to personal development, education, employment preparation training, and mediation.
http://www.lanfatherhood.org

Pregnancy Care Center:
Pregnancy Care Center offers life-affirming options to women and families facing unplanned pregnancy or past abortion, and promotes a Godly view of sexuality and the sanctity of life.  PCC is solely funded by individuals, churches and businesses in our community that allow them to provide free services to those in need.
http://lancasterpregnancy.com

Safe Passage:
Safe passage was established for the purpose of offering supportive services to families living in abuse so they could make changes in their lives and eliminate violence. Safe Passage domestic violence services are available for victims/survivors in York, Lancaster and Chester counties. Program services include emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their minor children, adult and child counseling, advocacy, community referrals, children’s program, education, support groups, and parenting classes. Services which are offered for residents are also available for non-residential clients.
http://www.safepassagesc.org

Health
American Red Cross:
American Red Cross offers compassionate services in six areas: aiding victims of devastating natural disasters, community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
http://www.redcross.org/

Carolina Community Action:
Carolina Community Action is a local community action agency, offers financial assistance, counseling, and can help people apply for South Carolina and federal government programs. The non-profit agency provides funds for utility bills, clothing assistance, employment and job training, medications and prescription assistance, housing and rent assistance, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) welfare to work programs, TANF, mortgage counseling, and other aid.
http://www.scacap.org/

Catawba Care Coalition:
Catawba Care Coalition is an HIV/AIDS organization in Rock Hill, SC.  CC offers free HIV testing and free/reduced rate medical care and support for people living with HIV.
http://www.catawbacare.org/

Chester – Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs:
This agency helps get services for persons meeting the eligibility criteria for the Mental Retardation Division or the Autism Division of the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). Some service funding may only be available through the MR/RD Home and Community-Based Waiver. Ask the agency for additional information about this waiver. This agency also provides early intervention services and funding for day care for children with disabilities even though the children may not be DDSN eligible.
https://scaccess.communityos.org/sys/profile.taf?profiletype=agency&textonly=&recordid=58053

HOPE in Lancaster, Inc.:
HOPE is a non-profit organization that provides short-term emergency financial assistance, counseling, and other aid to Lancaster County residents who are facing a hardship or who are in a crisis situation. The assistance provided includes free food, funds for utility bills, prescription vouchers and medications, as well as rent and mortgage payments.
http://hopeinlancaster.org

Pregnancy Care Center:
Pregnancy Care Center offers life-affirming options to women and families facing unplanned pregnancy or past abortion, and promotes a Godly view of sexuality and the sanctity of life.  PCC is solely funded by individuals, churches and businesses in our community that allow them to provide free services to those in need.
http://lancasterpregnancy.com

Rehabilitation
Alston Wilkes Society:
The Alston Wilkes Society extends a helping hand to those who are most at-risk and helps rebuild their lives through rehabilitation and prevention services. AWS was founded to provide services to adults who were being released from federal correctional facilities, and has grown to increase our service reach to include homeless veterans, at-risk families and disadvantaged and troubled youth.
http://www.alstonwilkessociety.org/

Family Promise:
Works to accomplish their mission through four program areas:
Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHNs) provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services to homeless families; Family Mentoring helps prevent homelessness by training volunteers to be advisors and advocates to low-income families; Just Neighbors, an interactive educational program, raises awareness of the root causes of poverty and homelessness as the first step in establishing community-based responses; Community Initiatives foster local IHN outgrowth programs, such as transitional housing, job training, childcare, and literacy.
http://familypromiselancaster.org/new

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