Carolina Service Council

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Carolina Service Council

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The purpose of the Carolina Service Council is to organize service events and social awareness campaigns in the community surrounding the University of South Carolina. CSC is committed to the development of students through leadership and service to others, and to its community through the organization of a wide range of service projects held throughout the year. CSC is comprised of an executive board, committee members, and general service representatives. These roles provide students with a variety of ways in which to participate and serve as leaders in the organization while making valuable contributions to their community.

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Venture Field

Youth Volunteer Service

Year of Venture Launch

2006

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John

Role in the Venture:

Treasurer

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Venture Description:

The purpose of the Carolina Service Council is to organize service events and social awareness campaigns in the community surrounding the University of South Carolina. CSC is committed to the development of students through leadership and service to others, and to its community through the organization of a wide range of service projects held throughout the year. CSC is comprised of an executive board, committee members, and general service representatives. These roles provide students with a variety of ways in which to participate and serve as leaders in the organization while making valuable contributions to their community.

Venture Origin:

Several students saw a need for a group committed to planning large-scale service events for USC students and organizations. While many small groups existed, we felt that a single group devoted solely to the development of events in which smaller groups could participate would be a more effective agent of growth for a culture of service at USC.

Innovation

CSC is unique in that its purpose is to spread service to others in a variety of ways. While many college service organizations serve their communities as a group, CSC organizes events and encourages the entire student body to participate. By providing a variety of events throughout the academic year, CSC gives students more opportunities to serve in the manner and at the time that they choose.

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Impact:

<ul><li class="entry-label">Impact: <span class="entry-text">Since January of 2006, CSC?s members have performed over 3000 hours of service in the state of South Carolina. Service projects have focused on issues such as hunger, homelessness, the environment, poverty, HIV/AIDS awareness, children, and the elderly. The homeless have been fed, one of the poorest schools in the state has been cleaned and painted, and nature areas have been made cleaner and safer, to name just a few examples.</span></li><li class="entry-label">Engagement with the community: <span class="entry-text">CSC makes it a goal to provide a wide range of service activities by working with some of the many non-profit organizations around the city of Columbia. Service events are held at least once a month, with the number of participants per project ranging from 20 to more than 400. Our executive board and planning committees consist of more than 35 students working to make service a way of life at USC.</span></li><li class="entry-label">Impact and engagement progress since launch: <span class="entry-text">In spring of 2006, CSC operated in conjunction with the office of Community Service Programs at USC in the organization of service projects. In the fall, however, CSC began organizing all events independently while maintaining its strength of participation numbers. We consider this to be a great stride forward in solidifying CSC as a permanent and significant organization on USC?s campus.</span></li><li class="entry-label">Impact and engagement strategy: <span class="entry-text">CSC plans to increase advertising and to organize more ambitious service projects. We hope to establish some events as traditions on campus which other groups can take over, allowing us to plan more events. For example, a canned-food drive in which students built creative structures from their donations was so successful that the USC Homecoming Commission plans to adopt the event in the future.</span></li><li class="entry-label">Awards: <span class="entry-text">CSC won the 2006 Outstanding Student Organization Award at USC for its ?outstanding contribution to the community and university through service.?</span></li></ul>

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<ul><li class="entry-label">Amount of Youth Venture seed grant: <span class="entry-text">$800</span></li><li class="entry-label">Money raised: <span class="entry-text">As an affiliate of CSC, USC?s Residence Hall Association gave $3000 in support of CSC?s 2007 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service.</span></li><li class="entry-label">Creative ways of raising resources: <span class="entry-text">CSC requested funds from a partner organization, USC?s Residence Hall Association, for our largest event, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. CSC will be funded by USC Student Government for the 2007-2008 academic year.</span></li></ul>

Strategy:

<ul><li class="entry-label">Expansion plan for next 6 months: <span class="entry-text">CSC now holds meetings more frequently with the goal of keeping members more involved. We will continue partnerships with groups such as RHA and increase campus awareness of service through publicity. We hope to soon hold events on a weekly basis.</span></li><li class="entry-label">Plans for sustaining the project: <span class="entry-text">CSC will be funded by USC Student Government in the future. A competitive application process will be held each spring for executive board positions for the following academic year. Participation in annual events will be strengthened by the sense of tradition at the university.</span></li><li class="entry-label">Vision for three years from now: <span class="entry-text">Regular service to the community will have become a part of USC?s culture. The size and frequency of events will increase as the organization gains experience in planning and develops stronger partnerships with groups at USC and around Columbia. We hope to take a place among the most well-known and recognized student organizations on campus. Columbia will be a noticeably better place to live.</span></li></ul>

Project impact:

During the Spring of 2006, all of CSC?s events were done in cooperation with USC?s office of Community Service Programs. CSC helped organize and hold the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service on January 16, 2006. Nearly 400 USC students, staff, and faculty spent the day serving those in need. In February, CSC helped organize and hold the Day for Dillon, for which students traveled to Gordon Elementary School in Dillon, SC, to help one of the poorest school districts in the state by painting the hallways and breezeway and by doing general cleaning around the school. CSC also participated in and helped plan two Service Saturdays during the Spring of 2006. For these events, students worked with the SC Wildlife Federation, Keep the Midlands Beautiful, and the City of Columbia?s Operation Neighborhood to clear trails, construct deck railing, pick up litter, and clean neighborhoods near USC. In the Fall of 2006, CSC began holding events independent of CSP. In September, CSC participated in the United Way?s Day of Caring, where students visited Palmetto Richland Children?s Hospital to organize closets, clean windows, and prepare information packets for the United Way?s Walk for Life. In October, CSC organized the Moore Garden Clean-Up, which involved a total of 75 students and made an overgrown nature park much safer and more inviting. Students spent time between classes trimming brush and removing overgrowth from park entrances and a pond?s edge. In November, CSC organized Canned Creations, a competitive event for which students built creative structures from canned goods. Over 3700 donations were made to the Harvest Hope Food Bank. Also in November, CSC organized Carolina Cares, a holiday event which collected and donated to the Salvation Army over 1200 stuffed stockings. On January 20, 2007, CSC held USC?s 10th Annual MLK Day of Service. Volunteers turned out in record-breaking numbers (over 400 students) to serve their community at nine locations around Columbia.

Sustainability
Youth Venture movement - what it means and how you can contribute:

The Youth Venture movement is a perfect illustration of the power of groups. Cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, ?Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.? Youth Venture enables these small groups of individuals to realize their visions of a world changed for the better. CSC and other Youth Ventures lead those around them through the example that creating a better world for a few creates a better world for everyone, and a better world for everyone means a better world for the individual. By setting this example and making a visible difference in the world around us, we hope that others will come to agree that the path to improvement is a path of caring and cooperation. As organizations such as Youth Venture cooperate with and encourage the development of organizations such as CSC, this message will be spread to those who observe, to those who serve, and to those who are served.

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