The Office of Student Involvement provides a wide variety of opportunities to get involved in volunteering in the community. Whether you need to complete hours for a student organization or you simply enjoy giving back to your community, there are many ways to get involved through our campus.
To inquire about service opportunities or get involved with any of the programs listed below please contact Dr. Deb Kladivko with the Office of Student Involvement at 864-503-5106 or by email
There are hundreds of agencies and organizations in the Upstate that are looking for volunteers. We have compiled a list of some of the volunteer agencies (University login required) who welcome student volunteers, but this list is not all-inclusive. It may, however, be a starting place as you think about the type of service that you are interested in. The United Way of the Piedmont also provides a connection to many agencies that are seeking volunteers. Access volunteer needs.
IMPACT is a student-led service organization that connects students with the Upstate community through bi-monthly service projects that address local issues. IMPACT offers its members the opportunity to participate in direct service, explore diverse societal needs, and develop leadership skills.
IMPACT has served at a variety of agencies in Spartanburg and the surrounding community. Past projects have included assembling hygiene bags for the homeless, creating sock puppets to go with children’s books that were donated to an after-school program, conducting a lake sweep at Lake Bowen, assisting at the Salvation Army Thrift store, and playing games with residents of a nursing home. If you are interested in learning more about or getting involved in IMPACT, send an email to IMPACT@uscupstate.edu
The Alternative Break (AB) program provides USC Upstate students with an opportunity to participate in volunteer and educational trips to culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged communities throughout the Southeast. They provide service-learning opportunities working with important issues such as the environment, education, immigration, poverty and other unmet human needs. The AB program exposes students to communities and immersion experiences that cannot be replicated on the USC Upstate campus.
We currently offer Alternative Fall Break (AFB) and Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips. Trips are open to all USC Upstate students and are student-led! For more information about the AB program and how to get involved, contact the Alternative Break Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can also gain valuable experience working with community agencies by enrolling in service-learning courses. For more information visit The Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement (OSLCE)