Volunteer Opportunities in the Lowcountry – Get Involved

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There are organizations all around the Lowcountry whose success is based on volunteers that generously give their time and resources to helping others. Here are a few of the organizations that could use a few good people like you!!!

A great resource for short term volunteer opportunities is VolunteerMatch.com.? There are currently 183 locals matches in the Charleston, SC area.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The South Carolina Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation organizes events to raise money for “CF” research. We host many events throughout the year as well as raise awareness in the community.

Address? 215 East Bay Street, Suite 205B, Charleston, SC 29401
Contact? Erin Healy

Phone? (843) 722-6460

Website? http://www.cff.org

National MS Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds more MS research, offers more services to people with MS, provides more professional education programs and advances more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Through its home office and fifty-state network of chapters, the National MS Society provides assistance to over a million people annually in its continuing mission to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

Address? 9801 Southern Pine Blvd. Suite I, Charlotte, NC 28273

Contact? Linda Vanderbosch

Phone? 800-344-4867, option 2

Fax? 704-527-0406

Website? http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ncp

Seacoast Dream Center

The Dream Center, part of Seacoast Church’s North Charleston campus, is modeled after the Los Angeles Dream Center, which has proven to reduce crime in the community by 70%. To give significance to this percentage here are some disturbing statistics regarding North Charleston.

Address? 5505 North Rhett Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406

Contact? Amie Heath

Phone? 843-375-1099

Website? http://www.seacoast.org/campushome.asp?pageID=795

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) is a resource where individuals in South Carolina obtain quality information and referral about disability rights, enabling people with disabilities to be effective self-advocates.

Address ?3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208, Columbia, SC 29204
Contact? Kimberly Tissot

Phone? 803-217-6728

Fax? 803-790-1946

Website? http://www.protectionandadvocacy-sc.org/


Respite Care Ministries

Respite Care Ministries is a groupd of respite programs designed specifically for people with memory loss and their caregivers.

Address 405 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Contact ?Allison Menick

Phone ?843-478-2796

Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.

Address? 29 Leinbach Drive Suite D-5, Charleston, SC 29407

Contact? Jolie Pegg

Phone? 843-556-3654

Fax? 843-556-7826

Website? http://www.mdausa.org

Lowcountry Earth Force

Now is the time to foster a scientifically capable and civically engaged populace. Through Earth Force young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire and understand environmental knowledge, and develop the skills and motivation to become life-long leaders in addressing environmental issues.

Address P.O. Box 22583, Charleston, SC 29413

Contact Kelli Beltran

Phone 843-720-8525

Fax 843-720-1432

Website http://www.earthforce.org/charleston

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries is the primary community resource for training and employment of people seeking economic independence and improved quality of life.

Address? 2150 Eagle Drive, Building 100, North Charleston, SC 29406
Contact Erin Burneyko

Phone (843) 566-0072

Fax (843) 566-0062

Website http://www.PalmettoGoodwill.org

SC Maritime Heritage Foundation

To offer a unique educational platform for students in the Palmetto state, encouraging responsibility, teamwork, and other attributes necessary to become future leaders, while unearthing South Carolina’s maritime past.

Address 10 Wharfside Street, PO Box 22405, Charleston, SC 29401

Contact Christine Haigh

Phone 843/722-1030

Website http://www.scmaritime.org

Charleston County GAL Program

According to the South Carolina Department of Social Services, there were 548 Charleston County children living in foster care on June 30, 2007 . Our volunteers work with these vulnerable children to help them find safe, permanent, nurturing homes as quickly as possible. We work one-on-one with children to learn as much as we can about them, and help them find safety and security by providing advocacy and support.

Address P.O. Box 296, Charleston, SC 29402

Contact Charlene Gadsden

Phone (843) 958-4350

Fax (843) 958-4357

Website http://charleston.scgal.org

Hospice Care of America

Provides one on one care to patients and their families in the home setting. Some volunteer activities may include: running errands; reading to patient; singing to patient; doing crafts with patient; listening to patient and caregiver; providing companionship.

Address 9217 University Blvd, Suite C1D, North Charleston, SC 29406

Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross

Nonprofit organization utilizing volunteers in Armed Forces Emergency Services, International Services, Disaster Services, Health & Safety, Volunteer & Youth Services, Blood Services, & RSVP.

Address 8085 Rivers Avenue, Suite F, North Charleston, SC 29406

Contact Lisa Wills

Phone 843-764-2323 Ext 364

Fax 843-764-2318

Website http://www.LowcountryRedCross.org

Charleston Habitat for Humanity

Charleston Habitat for Humanity provides affordable homeownership opportunities for working families of moderate income in the cities of Charleston and North Charleston. Families can qualify for either new homes or home repair programs.

Address 731 Meeting Street, PO Box 21479, Charleston, SC 29403
Contact Laurel Prichard

Phone (843)722-7145

Fax (843)722-7142

Website http://www.charlestonhabitat.org

Carolina Lowcountry RSVP

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service. RSVP volunteers contribute anywhere from a few to over forty hours a week, serving through schools, day care centers, police departments, hospitals and other nonprofit and public organizations to help meet critical community needs.


8085 Rivers Avenue., Suite F, North Charleston, SC 29406

Contact Pam Dillon

Phone (843) 764-2323 ext. 381

Fax (843) 764-2318

Website http://www.lowcountryredcross.org

Senior Companions

Senior Companions receive not only a tax free stipend and gas allowance but get paid during pre-training and in-service training as well as ten paid holidays. This income does not affect any of your social security or other pensions. In addition, you are providing a vital service to your community that you yourself might need someday. Senior Companions are doing extraordinary things and their service to the elderly gives back more heartfelt love that we can spread around.

Address 259 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401

Contact Thelma Gaillard

Phone (843) 722-4127

Fax (843) 722-3675

Website http://www.charlestonareaseniors.org/seniorcompanion.html

Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project

The Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project works to provide kids with a community-based outdoor learning experience. Most of our gardens are planted in neighborhoods where problems such as crime, poor health, or financial hardship are part of everyday life for many youngsters.

Address P.O Box 13302, Charleston, SC 29412

Contact Darlena Goodwin

Phone 843-478-3748

Website http://www.childrensgardenproject.org

The Sustainability Institute

The Sustainability Institute is a nonprofit environmental organization with a focus on energy conservationadn the built environment. We pursue our mission by offering a variety of services and programs. Our programs include workshops, trainings, and community outreach dedicated to teaching homeowners, building professionals, and community leaders the benefits of sustainability and environmentally conscious practices.

Address 1441 East Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
Contact Renee Patey

Phone 843-529-3421

Website http://www.sustainabilityinstitutesc.org

SCMF final logo copyPeople Against Rape

PAR provides free intervention and advocacy services for adult and child victims of sexual assault, adult survivors of childhood sexual assault, and victims of domestic violence. PAR also helps families and friends learn how to provide support to victims.

Address 2154 N. Center Street Suite 302, N. Charleston, SC 29406

Contact Volunteer Coordinator

Phone 843-745-0144

Fax 843-745-0119

Website http://www.peopleagainstrape.org

Communities in Schools

Communities In Schools works within the schools to help at-risk youth stay in school and be successful.

Address MSC 1201, 701 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Contact Courtney Winders

Phone (843) 720-2346

Fax (843) 720-2338

Website http://www.CISCharleston.org

East Cooper Community Outreach

ECCO provides food, clothing, dental, medical, education and financial help to assist our clients out of generational and situational poverty.

Address 1145 Six Mile Rd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Contact Paul Suchy

Phone 843-849-9220

Fax 843-849-0943

Website http://www.eccocharleston.org/site/c.8pLJLVPxEaLSH/b.8343465/k.BE7D/Home.htm

Noble Ones Bully Breed Rescue

We are a rescue dedicated to the rehabilitation and re-homing of abandoned, stray, and neglected bully breed dogs. Noble Ones Bully Breed Rescue hopes to transform the undeserved negative image that society has of these animals through education.

Address Ladson, SC 29456

Contact Jennifer Lopez

Phone 843-771-3997

Website http://www.NOBBR.org

Crisis Ministries

Each year 2,000-3,000 volunteers help Crisis Ministries provide the basic human needs of food, shelter and hope to the hungry and homeless in the Charleston community.

Address 573 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29413-0038

Contact Brad Cashman

Phone 843-723-9477

Website http://cooper.palmettosoft.com/~chashome/

Trident United Way

Trident United Way invested more than $1 million on programs that measurably help children succeed in school.

Address 6296 Rivers Avenue North Charleston, SC 29406

Phone (843) 740-9000

Website http://www.tuw.org

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge – Carol Grotnes Belk Campus

The Hope Lodge offers room and board to cancer patients and families of cancer patients with extended hospital stay in downtown Charleston.? It is run and operated by volunteers that offer time and resources to maintain the facility.

Address 269 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Phone (843) 958-0930

Website http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/hopelodge/charleston/charleston-about-our-facility

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Magic of Christmas in Charleston (Christmas Through the Eyes of Charleston)

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By Minta Pavliscsak

I took to some of the known local hangouts around Charleston to mix and mingle with the people who make up the core of our fair city in hopes find out what they love about the holidays here in the Lowcountry. At any given time of the year, there is no shortage of activity in and around the Holy City. Somehow we pack in additional events, concerts, plays, specialty markets, home tours, and more on top of the traditional parades, last minute shopping, visits with Santa, decking the halls, card writing, baking cookies, and wrapping presents into the wee hours of the morning.

Having grown up in a small town in Georgia where we did not have all of these awesome extra things to do, you can imagine that I was, well like a kid at Christmastime when I spent my first holiday season here in Charleston! This year makes my thirteenth Christmas in Charleston, and each is just a little bit more magical than the last. A couple of weeks ago, as I listened to two wide-eyed children excitedly recount the details of the previous night’s Holiday Festival of Lights Run, I tried to imagine what it might be like had every Christmas been a Charleston Christmas. These boys are 5 and 7 years old and have been attending this special preview of the light display at James Island County Park with their mom and dad for the past few years, and each year on the following morning I get that same wide-eye, enthusiastic view through their eyes.

This led me to wanting to get to know our wonderful Charlestonians a little better. I wanted to see Christmas through the eyes of those who got to experience it here from childhood. So off I went with pen and paper in hand, and to no surprise, met some really nice folks! (Bear in mind that while each response had a unique story with it, a few of them were repeated, thus making the list on the shorter side.)

The question I asked went as follows:
What is your favorite thing to do during your Charleston Christmas that never loses its magic?

-“The downtown Christmas parade.”

-“The Sound of Charleston Holiday Concert at the Circular Church.”

-“Taking the whole family to Boone Hall Farms to pick out the perfect Christmas tree.”

-“Waiting for the coldest night to go see the Holiday Festival of Lights.”

-“Baking lots of cookies, and trying a new recipe every year.”

-“Every year growing up in Mt. Pleasant, my brother and I would get together with all of the other neighbor kids and go house to house singing carols.”

-“My family would take this time of year to finally get around to visiting a historical church downtown.”

-“The Parade of Boats.”

-“Go and see The Nutcracker. We particularly enjoy the Russian ballet.”

-“It was always important to my parents that we bought extra toys for the Toys for Tots drive. Now my kids pick out the extra toys.”

-“Hot chocolate and attend the tree lighting in Marion Square.”

-“My dad and I still go check out the trainset in Charleston Place.”

-“Finding an Angel Tree and playing Santa for someone else.”

-“Starting the season off by visiting the house at Boone Hall Plantation and arguing with my sister about whose house would look more like it when we got older.”

My conclusion is that if there is such thing as “Christmas Magic” we definitely have lots of it right here in Charleston, South Carolina. Your traditions may be exactly the same from year to year, or perhaps it is your tradition to do something different every year. Regardless of what you do there is no doubt that you will always have plenty to choose from right here where we call home, and the following day you will meet your friends with wide eyes and excitedly tell them all about it.

Happy Christmas Charleston!
Merry Everything!

12 Wonderful Volunteer Opportunities to Bring Hope and Goodwill to the Lowcountry

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Lowcountry Food Bank – Fight hunger in the Charleston community. Donate food or host your own food drive.

One80 Place – Serve lunch to the homeless in One80 Place’s Community Kitchen.

Habitat for Humanity – Help build homes and shelters for those in need.

MUSC Children’s Health – Volunteer opportunities ranging from playrooms to pet therapy.

Ronald McDonald House of Charleston – Wonderful opportunities to help families that need your support.? Must be 18+ to volunteer

Windwood Family Services – Every year, Windwood provides volunteer opportunities for over 500 people through workdays, special events, and engagement and learning opportunities



Charleston Surfrider – Protect and clean our oceans and tributaries by participating in beach and marsh sweeps.

Keep Charleston Beautiful – Take part in ( or even organize!) a community clean-up – anything from just picking up litter to planting a beautiful garden.

SC Aquarium – Help keep our waters safe and clean for all its inhabitants


Charleston Animal Society – Give some love to dogs and cats that are homeless, abused, or sick.

Vets for Pets – Be a?foster home for shelter pets waiting to be paired with an American veteran in need of a best friend.

Pet Helpers – Always looking for special loving people to give love to pets in need.

Iconic Images of the Lowcountry

Beautiful home on Rutledge Avenue

Each day in the Lowcountry is a magical journey of discovery.? From every angle, we are blessed with a beauty and serenity.? It is a way of life where nature and humanity come together.? This tapestry of architecture, history, decor, nature and all its elements makes for a place honored for its rich and historic traditions.

Enjoy this visual gallery of iconic Lowcountry imagery.

In flight – Sunrise on Folly


Pineapple Fountain stands proud


Zero George


Churches of of James Island


Brittlebank Park Pier


Calm on the Charleston Harbor


Morris Island Lighthouse


Early morning on Waterfront Park


Clouds over Park Circle (North Charleston)


Sky and ocean come together as one


Our friends at Carnival Cruises


Rainbow Row


White Point Garden Sunrise


Boat at rest on Stono River


St. Michael’s Church at night


Patriotism in the Lowcountry


St. Philip’s Church


Sunrise over the marsh


Love in Charleston


College of Charleston Cougar


Breathtaking sunset at Bowens Island


Cooper River Bridge from up above


Folly Beach Pier – Sunrise


Residence in Historic Charleston, SC


Ansonborough Neighborhood Home


Downtown Charleston


Dock Street Park



*Photo Credit:? Mark A. Leon

Survey Request: Battery to Beach Program Seeking Opinions of Bike Riders in the Lowcountry to Guide Next Steps

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. —?The Town of Mount Pleasant has been involved with the Battery to Beach program from its conception and continues to work with its committee the goal of a safe, bikeable infrastructure to and from the beaches and the peninsula.

Battery to Beach is currently conducting a survey of the Charleston bicycle community to try to gauge usage of bicycle lanes and guide the next steps of their program and your participation would be appreciated.

Following is a link to the survey: tinyurl.com/btobsurvey

11 Great Wedding Photo Shoot Locations in the Charleston Area

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The Lowcountry is a magical place for love or at least capturing those precious moments forever.? It is no surprise that Charleston is one of the top five U.S. destination wedding spots.? With the nature beauty of the Lowcountry, Charleston blends the natural aesthetics of flowers, trees, history, elegance and Southern Charm to create a photographers dream and every couples fantasy.

We would like to provide 11 incredible places to capture forever those moments of pure love along with the talented photographers who brought the magic to life.

Each of these wonderful talents are happy to answer any questions you have by reaching out via Instagram.

White Point Garden (www.instagram.com/itgovandrebauer)


Lagere Waring House (www.instagram.com/amfiorello)


Middleton Place (www.instagram.com/charlestonweddingguide)


Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (www.instagram.com/thehappybloom)


Edisto Beach (www.instagram.com/tanyakukharets.photography)


Harborside East Event Venue (www.instagram.com/nicholasgoreweddings)


Oak Point Plantation on the Stono (www.instagram.com/alowcountrywed)


Kiawah Island (www.instagram.com/rachelredphotography)


Ribault Club (www.instagram.com/katirosado)


Boone Hall Plantation (www.instagram.com/bestdayeverbridal)


The Gadsden House (www.instagram.com/sweetgrasssocial)

To all the future brides and grooms, congratulations and good luck.


5 Ways the Charleston Government can make the Lowcountry liveable again

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Yesterday’s flooding was not a wake up call for most that live in the Lowcountry, but the harsh reality of life on the coast in the heart of a targeted hurricane area.? Not only did the flooding cripple drivers throughout the area, but it has created concern on the health of our waters and the unsafe bacteria that can cause harm to children and adults enjoying basic recreational activities.

Mayor Tecklenburg and his staff made promises of “Better Liveability” in the Lowcountry if elected.? That is a subjective term and has room for multiple interpretations.? At its core, it is defined as:

1. suitable for living in; habitable; comfortable: to make a house livable.
2. worth living; endurable: something to make life more livable.
3. able to be lived with; companionable (often used in combination with with): charming but not altogether livable-with.
Many have voiced concerns that with the flooding issue still a critical area of worry, bridge structural and design issues in play, traffic continuing to spiral out of control, safety issues in the waters and cost of living in excess of the national inflationary rate due to a priority on tourism, we have not had any of our promises met.
We would like to take a stab and make a few proposals on how to provide the necessary funding to turn the tide and try and make this a place worth living for our residents that call Charleston home.


5 Ways to Raise Budgetary Funding to Provide Solutions to our Growing Liveability Struggles
  • Stronger zoning restrictions and higher zoning fees – Hotels, condominiums, housing, apartments and massive retail complexes are the new norm in Charleston.? When you leave the downtown Charleston area in any direction, cranes are a part of the scenery in all directions.? Construction seems to be running amuck with no signs of slowing down.? One Solution:? Add more zoning restrictions and higher zoning fees to raise more revenue and curtail the speed of expansion.
  • More in-depth land surveys on the long term effects of construction on specific plots of land – There is a growing concern of development in areas that have long term concerns around structural safety, flooding and destruction of wildlife homes and preserves.? With development going up on marshes and traditional flooding areas, there seems to be a lack of ethics and an abundance of greed.? We need to put safety and long term sustainability first.? When will this start to happen?
  • Non-resident tolls for Lowcountry beach entrance – Charge a tool for the entrance to Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and Edisto Beach for non-residents.? If tourism is our bread and butter, we should gain additional revenue to fund projects that will help our residents and justify the 5 million plus tourists we have to see flood our area each year.
  • Higher property tax for a period of 3 – 5 years for all new construction – For all new commercial and hospitality construction, we should levy additional property tax for the first 3 to 5 years and then stagger back to the current rates.? Charleston is a commodity and there is a lot of profit to be had here.? We need to acknowledge that.
  • Increase luxury tax on high end items – Some argue Charleston has two classes, rich and poor with a very limited, almost non-visible middle class.? With some hotels charging up to $600 plus a night and high end retail throughout the city, we have an opportunity to levy increased luxury taxes to help fund our local projects.

There are our proposals.? We welcome all comments as well.

Lowcountry on the Table Releases Findings From Pilot Program

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Community dialogue highlights education, affordable housing and transportation

Charleston, S.C. (May 7, 2018) – Lowcountry on the Table, a community-wide conversation about issues that matter in the Lowcountry, is pleased to share findings from a successful pilot program launched on May 1. The initiative drew a variety of civic discussions from over 400 Lowcountry residents across 63 tables in private residences, local restaurants and workplaces.

“One of our main goals is to engage people in conversation with those they would not otherwise meet,” said Library Foundation President George Stevens. “After analyzing the surveys, we were delighted to see that 87 percent of participants met someone new while candidly sharing ideas on how to improve our community.”

Initial analysis of social media responses and online questionnaires indicate that 99 percent of participants were satisfied with the quality of the conversations while 75 percent personally committed to taking action to improve the community as a result of the program. The most frequent issues included education, followed by transportation, affordable housing, traffic, flooding and growth. Survey demographics represented residents a mix of ethnicities from rural, suburban and downtown areas in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties.

Janet Segal, Chair of the Library Foundation of the Lowcountry said, “We look forward to expanding the program’s diversity and carrying this momentum into September’s public-facing event.”

Lowcountry On the Table continues this September and is open to all Charleston residents. For more information visit www.lowcountryonthetable.org, call (843) 608-1223 and follow updates on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

About The Library Foundation’s Lowcountry on the Table

Lowcountry On the Table is a region-wide initiative to explore the ways in which we have the power to collaborate in order to make our communities stronger, safer, and more dynamic The initiative allows community members to come together, collaborate and to become more involved and committed to our community. While we know that there’s no “quick fix” to the issues facing the Lowcountry, progress will result from residents and organizations listening to each other and working together to create changes that will add up to help unite the place we call home. For more information, visit www.lowcountryonthetable.org.

Featured Charleston Artist: Discover the Lowcountry Paintings of William R. Beebe

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Discover the Lowcountry Paintings of William R. Beebe

The magic of the Lowcountry has grabbed a hold of me and filled me with inspiration.? I seek to infuse my paintings with that magic! One of the joys of being an artist is having the freedom to follow my passion.? That freedom has recently brought me to Charleston. I am passionate about capturing the essence of Charleston, as it is today, whether it’s painting iconic scenes, historic architecture or indigenous shorebirds.

William R. Beebe bio:

William is a graduate of the University of Maryland in Fine Art. For close to three decades William has developed his recognizable painting style of Realism with touches of Impressionism, producing original oil paintings found in many private and corporate collections throughout the country. William’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous gallery and museum shows throughout the years.?They have often been referred to as “museum quality”.

For William, achieving a painterly work is a high priority. ?He approaches each new work with fresh eyes, allowing himself moments of spontaneity in the painting process and appreciating it when the paint surprises him. His new series of Lowcountry paintings are uniquely his own. William has partnered with a local printer to produce fine art paper and canvas giclées of his Charleston paintings, which are very true representations of his original oil paintings.

Website: www.williamrbeebe.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/williamrbeebe
Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/williamr.beebe

Lowcountry Go, South Carolina’s First Commuter Service Program Launches on February 27, 2018

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WHAT: Commuters in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties will have access to a better trip to work with the launch of the Lowcountry Go commuter services program. Lowcountry Go, or Low Go, connects tri-county residents with real commuting solutions such as carpools, vanpools, emergency rides home and more via a website, web app and BCDCOG staff guidance. The program launches this week.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m.

WHO: Event speakers:

  • Ron Mitchum, BCDCOG Executive Director
  • Doug Frate, SCDOT Deputy Secretary of Intermodal & Freight Programs
  • Anton J. Gunn, MUSC Health Chief Diversity Officer & Executive Director of Community Health Innovation
  • Vic Rawl, Charleston County Council Chairman

WHERE: MUSC Greenway at 101 Doughty St, Charleston, SC 29403. To arrange interviews, please email dbrock@rawlemurdy.com or call (919) 820-2612.

WHY: A regional partnership between BCDCOG, SCDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, large employers and stakeholders, Lowcountry Go’s goal is to reduce congestion on area roads and improve quality of life. Non-fun fact: a recent regional survey found 90 percent of workers commute alone.

NOTE: Parking is available in the President Street and Jonathan Lucas Street garages.


Daniel Brock
Rawle Murdy Associates
(919) 820-2612