Engage encourages a spirit of service between the CSU family and the local community. Matthew 20:28 states, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus came to serve the people. When we serve others, we give our lives away to them just as Jesus did for us. Community Service is the link we use to reach our community and fulfill our University vision of integrating faith in learning, leading and serving. Like Elijah, we are not only to serve our CSU community but those in need outside of our borders (Luke 4:24-27).
During 2013-2014 academic year, we will have a monthly emphasis to showcase, partner and celebrate one of the following organizations or ministry partners.
- August - Operation Baby Rescue
- September - E3 Mentoring
- October - A21
- November - Operation Christmas Child
- January - Crisis Ministries
- February - Children's Miracle Network
- March - Water Missions
- April - Eagle Harbor Boy's Ranch
This organization helps poverty stricken and unsanitized areas with relief and hope for malnourished children in countries like Guatemala, Uganda and Haiti. Help us raise awareness and rescue at least one child ($1200).
Contact: Sasha Breeden
September: E3 Mentoring/Dream Center
The e3 program aims to educate, elevate and empower young people in North Charleston to become leaders in their community and in the world. Mentors are trained and equipped to achieve the objectives of educating, empowering and elevating the students of the Dream Center by targeting on issues such as: staying in school, finding part-time work, character development and community service.
Contact: Amie Heath
October: The A21 Campaign
Human Trafficking is a rising and alarming injustice happening in places around the world. You may have heard about it in Africa or Nepal but how about across the street from your childhood neighborhood? Human Trafficking involves the act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them (men, women and children). (Taken from www.unodc.org). We will be working with the A21 East Coast office.
Contact: Aubrey Atkinson
November: Operation Christmas Child
More than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from OCC. CSU partners with Samaritan’s Purse to pack shoeboxes to share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. Celebrate with us at the Packing Party in November.
Contact: Jennifer Roberts
January: Crisis Ministries
Crisis Ministries provides food, shelter, and hope to end homelessness and hunger one person at a time, one family at a time. Along with serving a daily meal to the public, these services include emergency housing, case management, primary health care, legal services, employment services, and veteran services. Crisis Ministries is the largest homeless service provider in South Carolina.
Contact: Brad Cashman
February: Children’s Miracle Network
CMN Hospitals treat one in 10 children in North America each year. They touch lives of children and their families that suffer from common childhood afflictions or bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer. Miss Charleston Southern University partners with CMN and the Miss SC Organization to raise funds for these hospitals.
Contact: Joyce Rea
March: Water Missions International
Water Missions is a Christian engineering organization serving the water and sanitation needs of people in developing countries and disaster areas by providing sustainable access to safe water and an opportunity to hear the “Living Water” message.
Contact: Mike Fessler
April: Eagle Harbor Boys Ranch
Eagle Harbor Boys Ranch is a place of refuge and shelter for children ages 6 to 21 that are orphaned, neglected, abused or abandoned. They desire to empower each child to rise above his past through love, structure and an opportunity to succeed in life.
House #1 – Candy & Steve Cable
House #2 – Jeannie & Joel Wilson
Habitat for Humanity exists to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from Dorchester County, break the cycle of poverty fostered by inadequate housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
Dorchester County H4H - email@example.com
Berkeley County H4H - firstname.lastname@example.org
Summerville Miracle League’s mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball, promote community support and promote the construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of the Miracle League players and their families.
Contact: Debbie Peek
There are also one-time events that you can take part in to help better our community including:
For more information on Charleston Southern University's Engage partnerships:
- Stop by the Campus Ministries office in the Brewer Center
- Visit the Go Center following Elevate (Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the Dining Hall)
- Call Campus Service Learning Coordinator for Campus Ministries, Julie Jogsma at 863-7839 or email email@example.com.