- Philanthropy Week service projects
- The Holiday toy drive
- Relay for Life
- Race for the Cure
- World Food Day food drive
- Canned food drive at our annual faculty vs student basketball game.
General Service InformationCommunity Service is not required at Porter-Gaud, but is highly encouraged. We try to teach students the importance of giving back and helping others. If you are interested in volunteering for any community service projects, please contact a service leader(s) in charge found on this website or on the service bulletin board located in the S&T Building. If you volunteer more than 15 hours of your time with Porter-Gaud community service projects will earn a service t-shirt at the Spring recognition assembly. If you are interested in service leadership, you are invited to apply in the spring of your sophomore or junior year. Active participation in a service project is a pre-requisite for leadership in the service program. Porter-Gaud students who volunteer for over 120 hours offered by our leaders will be inducted into the Service Society.
The entire school participates in the Charleston County Recycling in Schools Project. Student volunteers empty recycling bins for their assigned areas on a weekly basis and deliver large bins to the curb for bi-weekly pick up. Porter-Gaud's recycling program was recognized as one of the top four in the area and we plan to build this program.
Hours Earned: 10 for the year
Students work with Sea Island Habitat to assist with the construction of new homes for people who are less fortunate. No experience necessary - engineers are on site to train new workers. Volunteers work on houses in all stages of construction. Grab a hammer and come out to Johns Island the third Saturday of every month.
Hours Earned: 3 (each time)
Are you a "Morning Person?" Volunteers meet once a month, to cook and serve breakfast at the Interfaith Crisis Ministry Homeless Shelter on Meeting Street. Students are accompanied by a different faculty volunteer each month. Cooking, serving and clean-up are accomplished in time to go out for breakfast with fellow volunteers and arrive at school early for class. (Fourth Wednesday of each month)
Hours Earned: 2 (each time)
This service project includes collecting and distributing food for World Food Day, the Easter Food Drive, and the Souper Bowl. Volunteers will collect food from the classrooms on the scheduled food collection days and help load it for delivery. Students raise money for the Easter Food Drive through dress down days and the faculty-student basketball game. Student volunteers unload the Piggly Wiggly grocery truck for the Easter Food Distribution, pack the bags for each family and deliver the food to families on James, Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.
Hours Earned: varies
Several times throughout the school year, Porter-Gaud will come together to support the needs of various organizations by collecting gently used clothing and other items. To help keep costs down for parents and raise money for the community, we hold a used uniform drive the first Thursday each August.
Hours Earned: 1
Volunteer with two incredibly important organizations. Miracle League offers recreational opportunities for children with physical and mental challenges (located in West Ashley). Healing Farm Ministries fosters hope, faith, and love in the special needs community at Thornhill Farms in Summerville. Work closely with children and adults with special needs or volunteer at a fundraising event for these organizations.
Hours Earned: varies
The annual Komen Charleston Race for the Cure, the largest 5K race in South Carolina, invites you and your family to participate in this fun and inspirational event on October 18th. The Charleston race includes a 5K Co-Ed Run/Walk and a one mile Family Fun Run/Walk. The Race is held on Daniel Island. The mission of Race for the Cure is to eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.
Hours Earned: 2
This is a unique and challenging way to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Students walk the track in Park West all night to represent that cancer never sleeps. Funds are raised to support life saving research, cancer prevention, and early detection.