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Lowcountry Food Bank

Thirty cadets served Lowcountry Food Bank, assisting in tasks such as sanitizing donated bottled beverages, sorting meat and bread donations, bagging produce, and sorting items to be reclaimed.  Lowcountry Food Bank is a food distributor that provides inventory for local food pantries.

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Charleston Parks Conservancy

Thirteen cadets served Charleston Parks Conservancy, which is responsible for the maintenance of Charleston's city parks.  They assisted in the planting of 125 plants at Hazel Parker Playground on East Bay Street and then with cleaning out of landscaping beds at Elliotborough Community Park on Line Street.

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity

Twenty cadets served Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, an organization that works towards the Habitat for Humanity vision in the sea islands of the Charleston area.  Cadets worked on construction at a new site on Laurel Leaf Lane on James Island.  This development site utilizes cluster development, which features homes placed close together to foster a sense of community, as well as plenty of open green space.  Cadets helped break ground on the site on September 22nd and continued work on the site on October 20th and on Leadership Day.

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Lowcountry Orphan Relief

Twenty cadets served Lowcountry Orphan Relief, which serves children and adolescents removed from the custody of their guardians because of abandonment, abuse, or neglect.  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides them with necessities such as clothing and shoes.  Cadets assisted in yard work, including clearing Spanish moss from trees, raking leaves, and cleaning up landscaping beds.  They also helped sort donations, fill orders, and stock and straighten the inventory of the site.

Miracle League Field

Sixteen cadets assisted Charleston Parks Conservancy and Charleston Unified Sports on a joint project at the Miracle League Field in West Ashley.  Cadets cleared brush from trees and fences to help improve the site's visibility and safety, fixed sponsorship signs, pressure-washed surfaces, laid mulch, and cleaned up the grounds.  The cadets teamed up with adults with disabilities and special needs who participate in Unified Sports, which was a great opportunity to create a sense of inclusion in community service.

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Crisis Ministries Soup Kitchen

Five cadets served at Crisis Ministries in downtown Charleston, assisting in the preparation and serving of a meal to clients in the organization's soup kitchen.  Crisis Ministries provides a number of services to individuals and families who are homeless and/or living in poverty.  After serving lunch, the team completed an afternoon shift at Lowcountry Food Bank, a local food distributor that provides inventory for food pantries in the Charleston area.

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Military Magnet Academy

Eighteen cadets served at Military Magnet in North Charleston.  Military Magnet has a high poverty index and serves local students who wish to finish high school and attend college.  It adopts a military structure and lifestyle that is similar to The Citadel.  Cadets conducted SHARE heroism outreach with the students and were able to talk with them about attending college.  Several Citadel cadets have weekly tutoring commitments at Military Magnet, so this was another fantastic opportunity to reach out to Military Magnet's students.

Water Missions International

Ten cadets served at Water Missions International, located in North Charleston.  Water Missions intervenes in the global water crisis by producing water pumping systems that help developing nations secure adequate access to sanitary water.  Cadets assisted in sorting and readying parts for assembly.

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Charleston Animal Society

Fifteen cadets served Charleston Animal Society, located in North Charleston, by assisting with cleaning up inside and outside of the facility and yard work.  Once they were done with cleaning up, the cadets helped socialize the animals.  The Charleston Animal Society's main focus is to promote responsible guardianship of domestic animals and advocate for the correct treatment of them, and cadets had a chance to witness that firsthand.

Salvation Army

Fourteen cadets served at the Salvation Army in West Ashley.  The cadets helped sanitize toys that the children play with on a regular basis.  They also helped clean up the grounds and organize the facility's supplies.  Salvation Army provides afterschool programs to local elementary school children.  Several Citadel cadets have made weekly commitments to tutor and mentor the children served by Salvation Army's afterschool programs, so this was a great opportunity to help maintain this strong partnership.

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Jenkins Academy

Eighteen cadets served at Jenkins Academy in North Charleston, by assisting with making 4 putt-putt golf courses and 4 corn hole game courses.  Also, the cadets were able to break up into groups and talk to the students about heroism.  Jenkins Academy is an alternative school for students who have been expelled from previous schools; its goal is to ensure its students finish high school and attend college.

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VA X-ray

Fourteen cadets served the VA by assisting in clearing a storage space that housed hard copies of x-rays.  This was part of the VA's transition to medical records that are fully electronic, and cadets assisted in this by sorting x-rays designated for shredding and electronic scanning.

Jenkins Orphanage

Fourteen cadets served at Jenkins Orphanage in North Charleston, by assisting with painting and clearing trees and brush from around the site of a new butterfly garden.  The cadets also were able to sit down with the facility coordinator and learn about the history of the Orphanage.  Jenkins Orphanage provides housing and other services to young people who have been removed from the custody of their guardians.

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Cannon St. YMCA

Thirteen cadets served at Cannon St. YMCA in Charleston by helping maintain the facility and help ensure it continues to be safe and clean for the children who are served by its programs.  Cadets cleaned the playground from top to bottom and made sure every piece of trash and leaves were picked up.  Like Salvation Army, Cannon St. YMCA provides afterschool programming to local children, providing another weekly commitment opportunity for Citadel cadets to serve.

VA Medical Center

Twenty cadets served at the VA Medical Center in Charleston by interacting with veterans, serving coffee and doughnuts, and being their helper to and from different locations in the hospital.  The cadets were also able to spend time with veterans who needed someone to keep them company and help pass the time.

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