Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area would not be able to provide support and assistance to its students and their families without the help of our volunteers. CIS offers many opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved and help kids succeed in schools.  Volunteers with a variety of skillsets are welcome to participate in group and individual opportunities within the program as well as professional leadership roles on our board and event and community outreach committees.


Individual Volunteer Opportunities:

Individuals volunteers help CIS “lean” in and support the school district with obtaining crucial goals in attendance, behavior and coursework (ABC’s).  For more information on individual opportunities contact Aimee Lassor at alassor@cischarleston.org



  • Lunch Buddies:  Every day the Student Support Specialists identify students that are struggling with self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and/or bullying.  The lunch buddies program pairs a caring adult with an elementary or middle school buddy to help them overcome these issues and begin to build and identify self-worth.


  • Math Mentors:  Are you your own TI84? We need you!  Lowcountry scholars need you. Math mentors work individually or in teams to support students needing a little extra support in getting the equation right. You + Students = Success!


  • Literacy Leaders:  Extra! Extra! Read all about it.  CIS Literacy Leaders are helping CIS lead Lowcountry students in the right direction in their reading and comprehension skills. We want you on the front page of our students desire to read!


  • Classroom Champions:  Find yourself looking for a way to do the little things for someone and have a giant impact?  CIS Classroom Champions support our Lowcountry Educators at the elementary and middle school level with their classroom needs.  Don’t have time to go it alone? Grab a group of your friends and champion on our scholars as a team. Many hands make light work!


*Volunteers working one-on-one with students must be 18 years of age and must complete volunteer application, Darkness to Light training and background check.


Corporate/Group Volunteer Opportunities:

Many community businesses, churches and civic groups can have a massive impact on organizational success through volunteer hours.  Opportunities for groups of 4 or more are offered in annual, quarterly or monthly form. For more information on corporate partnerships contact Aimee Lassor, Community Engagement Coordinator at alassor@cischarleston.org


Group project opportunities are vast in their offerings but can include:

  • Work in the school clothing closet

  • Basic need drives

  • Schoolwide birthday parties

  • Coordinate and execute Teacher Appreciation Weeks

  • Bus Line Welcome!

  • School Beautification projects

  • Day of Caring Project!


How Do You Get Started?

  • Fill out the online application above or download our pdf version here.  Completed applications can be emailed to Aimee Lassor at alassor@cischarleston.org

  • Once we receive your completed application, we will contact you to coordinate the next steps in our volunteer process.


Professional Volunteer Opportunities

Board of Directors:  

The CIS Board of Directors accepts resumes for consideration from March through May each year.  Applicants looking to join the CIS board of directors should send a resume and cover letter to Jamie Cooper, Executive Director, at jcooper@cischarleston.org.


Special Forces:

The Special Forces Committee at CIS is a powerhouse group of professionals with access to wealth, power and influence.  These committee members, made up of board and non-board members, support the organizations annual resource development efforts in the summer and spring months.  These are people comfortable and excited about supporting the efforts of CIS and are willing to share their passion and excitement with others to aid the financial stability of the organization. To be considered for this committee contact Jamie Cooper, Executive Director, at jcooper@cischarleston.org


Special Events 

Love planning events, securing auction items, engaging sponsors and selling out an event? We want you! From the fancier setting of the Chocolate Affair (Feb.) to the mission driven Push Up & Up (Oct.) CIS is always seeking new members of their event committees.  Event committees are a yearlong commitment but boy are they fun! For more information on joining a CIS special events committee contact Jennifer Harris at jharris@cischarleston.org



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