Volunteering is a very important part of life, especially life here in the Lowcountry. We seek to improve our community on a day-to-day basis.
Volunteering is not simply helping others, or adding a few service hours to your résumé. Volunteering is serving the community by bringing people together for a common cause. You are strengthening your community’s foundation and building relationships.
Volunteers have a much larger impact than they may realize. From delivering critical services, keeping our neighborhoods and bike paths safe, promoting educational and mentoring opportunities and even protecting wildlife by creating nature reserves, volunteers are a critical aspect of any area, and especially our area here in the Lowcountry.
Volunteering helps a person gain new experiences and insights while giving back and helping others. It creates connections, reduces stress, saves resources, promotes personal growth and helps you make a difference in your community.
So it no surprise that there are many volunteer outlets in the Lowcountry area. If you are looking for a way to get involved and give back, a few of our many service clubs are listed below. It’s never too late to give back, and you may meet some friends along the way who share a common passion for helping others!
There are five Rotary Clubs in the Hilton Head, Bluffton and Okatie area, including: the Rotary Club of Okatie-Bluffton, Rotary Club of Bluffton, Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island-Sunset and Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island-VanLandingham. Although all of the clubs meet separately, they all share the common goal of serving our community. Rotary Clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships and take action.
Programs for Exceptional People is a group that seeks to empower adults with special needs in southern Beaufort County by promoting independence and offering opportunities for social growth and maturity. They provide many opportunities for their members, including: work enclaves with instructors, creative arts activities, outings in the community, recreation, events, attendance at local sporting events, movie outings and cultural activities in the community. The group believes that independent outings away from caregivers provide opportunities for members to create valuable friendships and important socialization. PEP encourages people in the community to volunteer with the group to help create a more inclusive atmosphere.
The Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island is part of a global network of professional women whose mission is to advance the status of women through service and advocacy. The group donates to and supports women in need through service projects and fundraisers, along with working to put an end to human trafficking, domestic violence and rape.
Heritage Classic Foundationis the general sponsor of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing and several other prominent golf events. The group donates thousands of dollars generated from ticket sales and sponsorships to charitable organizations that enhance the quality of life for our citizens.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry
The organization operates six clubs in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry — and clubs in every corner of the United States — is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens." The clubs operate on an annual budget of nearly $3 million, which is invested in the futures of our community’s children.
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is a tax- exempt public charity that serves people with a common goal of improving the quality of life in the area. The foundation helps the nonprofit sector grow by creating grants, holding fundraisers and leading philanthropic activities. It fosters academic achievement, builds economic prosperity, achieves healthy ecosystems, encourages healthy lifestyles and supports social enrichment. It is the largest source of unrestricted philanthropic resources dedicated to the Lowcountry area, with more than $54 million in grants and scholarships supporting worthy causes and local students.