Volunteer

Engagement Opportunities

The mission of Engaging Creative Minds is to inspire the creative and innovative potential of all students to achieve academically and become imaginative, adaptable, and productive adults resulting in stronger communities and an increasingly competitive South Carolina workforce.

Engaging Creative Minds is involved in the education and cultural arts communities in many ways. ECM is proud to have strong community support from our tri-county region. From our energetic and passionate volunteers to our generous public and private donors, we appreciate the support and time given by all!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

Get Engaged!

Are you civic minded?  Does your teen need service hours?  Do you want to support an AMAZING non-profit?   Then we invite you to become part of Engaging Creative Minds’ team of volunteers! We need all kinds of assistance so chances are you’ll find the right match for your interests and strengths. We can’t wait to hear from you! If you have questions, contact our volunteer coordinator, Paula Anastopoluo, at paula@engagingcreativeminds.org or 843-270-2016.

Here’s how Engaging Creative Minds’ volunteer program works…

  • Complete the volunteer application.
  • Once your background check has cleared, ECM will contact you to match your interests with our needs.
  • ECM welcomes volunteers who desire weekly scheduled hours and those who want to help with periodic events.
  • There are age restrictions on some volunteer opportunities.
  • You can opt out of our volunteer program at any time by notifying us in writing or email.
  • You must schedule your volunteer hours ahead of time. We cannot accept unscheduled walk-ins.

Volunteer Application

Click below to fill out a Volunteer Application Form.

Community Outreach Events

Our Community Engagement ARTvocates promote ECM at a variety of community events around the Lowcountry.  Volunteer roles include, but are not limited to: setup/breakdown of booth, interacting with visitors, assisting ECM art partners and promoting ECM!

ECM provides training so that you are:                                  

  • Knowledgeable and well versed about ECM; mission, board, donors
  • Comfortable talking with groups/visitors
  • Excited and engaged with ECM

Time commitment:  Event times/dates vary.  Most are 3+ hours.

Here are a handful of Community events in which ECM participates:

  • Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup
  • Charleston STEM Fest
  • Senior Volunteer Fair
  • Storm the Citadel! Trebuchet Competition
  • CofC Education Day
  • WonderFest at the Cooper River Bridge Run
  • Charleston Marathon (see below)

In-School Experiences

ECM’s goal is to provide equal access to quality learning opportunities based on curriculum standards in all interested schools in the tri-county region.  The School ARTvocate position is perfect for a former teacher or administrator.  You will visit our ECM roster schools during an ELE (Engaged Learning Experience) and observe/assist art partners, take photos for social media and/or deliver the ELE supplies.  It is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with students, teachers and staff.

Qualifications: Own transportation; must pass SLED background check

Time commitment:  Time dependent upon ELE schedule

End of the Year School Festivals

Engaging Creative Minds hosts an End of Year (EOY) Festival at each of our roster schools.  Typically, the festival is part of an end of the year school event such as Field Day or End of Year performances.  This is an additional benefit to all of our schools!  Most EOY festivals occur during the month of May.

Most often,  students circulate through artists in groups of about 10-15 students with a volunteer or teacher.  Sometimes there are larger groups of students and sometimes smaller. Students can stay with an artist anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on what the school needs.  You will greet them, check them in and assist with their load-in/load-out.  This is a hands-on position.

Qualifications: Must love students and creativity!  Our Festival ARTvocates are the on-site contact for ECM partners.

Time commitment:  Festivals commonly range from 2 to 4 hours per school.

Office

Assist office staff in everyday office procedures including answering phones, typing, copying, filing and data entry.

Qualifications: 16 years or older; excellent customer service skills; flexible schedule and able to type. Computer skills desirable.

Time commitment: 1 – 2 hours/week, 3+ months.

Summer STEAM Institute

Calling all High School Students!

Join ECM every summer for an exciting weeklong adventure with kids in grades 3-8.  Bring your energy and enthusiasm!  Each volunteer will be assigned to a small group of 5-8 students and will assist one counselor.  You will participate in science experiments, art projects, performances and MORE!  Don’t miss out.  It is a great opportunity to complete your service hours in one week.

Qualifications: High School student, love of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math).

Time commitment: 40 hours, one-week commitment, and 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

Interns

Come join ECM as a semester intern and gain hands-on experience in various aspects of a non-profit.

Qualifications: Enrolled in college, flexible schedule.

Time commitment: Dependent on college requirements, class schedule.

The Charleston Marathon

The Charleston Marathon is a volunteer-driven annual Engaging Creative Minds fundraiser. We cannot produce an event of this magnitude without the commitment of hundreds of volunteers!!!  You have a choice of pre-race or race day opportunities.

Pre-Race Volunteer Opportunities

Pre-Event Marathon Promotion
June – January
4-8 hours a month

Registration Bag Assembly/Medals Preparation/Packet-Pick Up Preparation
Two – Three days prior to event
3-5 hour shifts

Registration Packet-Pickup/Expo/Youth Marathon/Pre-Race Dinner
Day before event
4-6 hours shifts

  • Registration Set-up
  • Pre-Race Registration Area/Packet-pick up/T-shirts/Race Bag
  • Expo
  • Youth Marathon Registration and Course
  • Information Attendants
  • Pre-Event Night Logistics
  • Volunteer/Vendor Check-in Coordinator

Race Day Volunteer Opportunities

  • Parking Area & Shuttle Bus Attendants
  • 5k Start/Finish Line Volunteers/Medals
  • Volunteer Check in Coordinator
  • Late Registration/Packet-Pick-up/Registration Clean-up
  • Marathon/Half Marathon Start Line Volunteers
  • Clothing Drop/Pick-up Volunteers
  • Aid Stations
  • Course Marshalls
  • Marathon/Half Marathon Finish Line Volunteers/Medals
  • Recovery Food Prep/Set-up/Distribution & Clean-up
  • Awards Volunteer
  • Post Race Festival Celebration
  • Information Attendants
  • Clean-up Volunteer

Post-Race Volunteer Opportunities

  • Deliver Student Thank you notes to homes/businesses on race route

Ways To Get Involved

POWER-ON YOUR IMAGINATION AT THE SUMMER STEAM INSTITUTE!
YOUR CONTRIBUTION MAKES A DIRECT IMPACT