HARTSVILLE, S.C. – On Saturday, April 18, Coker College will team up with the Darlington County Habitat for Humanity and the Hartsville campus of Florence Darlington Technical College to host the second annual Hands on Hartsville community service event.
The mission of Hands on Hartsville is to provide leadership development for college students while bringing together all sectors of the community in support of local non-profit agencies. From 8 a.m to 12 p.m., volunteers and project coordinators from throughout the Hartsville community will come together to support local non-profit agencies with various service projects.
This year, the event will benefit SC First Steps, the Hartsville Community Garden and the New Vision Community Development Corporation. SC First Steps is South Carolina’s comprehensive early childhood education initiative that helps young children prepare for success in school. The Hartsville Community Garden aims to bring people together, promote healthy eating habits and enhance community pride, purpose and values. The New Vision Community Development Corporation’s mission is to improve the quality of housing for low-to-moderate income persons by way of area development, redevelopment or renewal, and to impact the overall quality of life in Darlington County through other neighborhood or community benefit activities such as child day care, economic development, adult day care and a teen life center.
Caitlin Vance, Coker’s coordinator of engaged learning programs, leads the college’s participation in Hands on Hartsville and will also be volunteering on the day of the event. “There are so many dedicated individuals working in our local non-profit organizations,” she said. “They work tirelessly serving the needs of our community, and this initiative is really about giving back to those who give so much to Hartsville. Coker College is devoted to our community and we are always happy when we get a chance to serve.
Release written by marketing and communications intern Ericka Contreras.
Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.