(843) 345-6074

Becoming a Charleston Local

New to the Charleston community?  The best way to meet new friends is to join an organization, become a member of your neighborhood association, volunteer, start a new career, and/or or learn a new hobby.

Charleston offers hundreds of community programs and is home to 18 institutions of higher education.  At age 60 there is free tuition at all state supported educational institutions (depending on space restrictions and the usual entrance requirements).  So why not learn a new language or expand your computer skills?  This is your time to take advantage of the diverse offerings of Charleston.

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS
Ballroom Dance Club of Charleston  http://www.ballroomdanceclub.org
Charleston Area Ladies Tennis Association http://www.caltatennis.net/
Carolina Lady Anglers (Fishing)  http://www.carolinaladyanglers.org/
Charleston Beach Volleyball & Social Club  http://charlestonvolleyball.net/home.html
Charleston Chess Club  http://www.charlestonchess.org/                                 
Charleston Group of Southern Off-Road Bikers  http://www.clubmtb.com/
Charleston Horticultural Society  http://charlestonhorticulturalsociety.org/
Charleston Metro Sports Council  http://www.www.sportscouncil.org 
Charleston Mens Senior Baseball League  www.charlestonmsbl.com 
Charleston Mens Adult Baseball League http://www.cmabl.com 
Charleston Miracle League http://www.charlestonmiracleleague.org 
Charleston Ocean Racing Association  http://www.charlestonoceanracing.org/
Charleston Outlaws Rugby Football Club http://www.charlestonrugby.com/
Charleston Pro Tennis League, Inc  http://www.cptltennis.com/
Charleston Rugby Football Club  http://www.charlestonrugby.com 
Charleston Running Club  http://www.charlestonrunningclub.com 
Charleston Triathlon Club  http://www.charlestontriathlonclub.com 
Coastal Cyclists  www.coastalcyclists.com 
Executive Womens Golf Association www.ewgacolumbia.org 
IOn Village Walk & Pond Polo Assoc  http://www.ionvillage.com 
Lowcountry Paddlers Canoeing Kayak Club  http://lowcountrypaddlers.net/
Omar Shrine Temple  http://www.omarshrine.com/
Rotary Club of Charleston  http://www.charleston-rotary.org/
Rotary Club of Summerville  www.summerville.rotary-clubs.org
SC Eastern Surfing Association  http://ssc.surfesa.org/
SC Marine Association  http://www.scmarine.org/
SC Racquetball Association  http://www.scracquetball.org/
SC Wildlife Federation  http://www.scwf.org/

COMMUNITY CENTERS
Berkeley County Family YMCA… 843-761-9622
Charleston Jewish Community Center…843-571-6565                                                     
Summerville Family YMCA…843-871-9622
Summerville YMCA Gymnastics…843-821-2727
YMCA, Charleston…843-571-9622
YMCA, Charleston…843-722-1644
Jewish Community Center…843-571-6565
Christian Family Y…843-723-6473
North Charleston Community Service Center…843-554-1176

VOLUNTEER OR BECOME A MEMBER
Charleston Habitat for Humanity  http://www.charlestonhabitat.org/
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity  http://www.dorchesterhabitat.org/
East Cooper Habitat for Humanity  http://www.eastcooperhabitat.org/
Historic Charleston Foundation  http://www.historiccharleston.org/involved/volunteer.html
Hospice of Charleston  http://www.hospiceofcharleston.org/volunteer/application.shtml
Center for Women http://www.c4women.org
Lowcountry Food Bank http://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/
My Sisters House, Inc  mysistershouse.org/volunteer-opportunities
South Carolina Arts Commission http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/
South Carolina Aquarium www.scaquarium.org/volunteer
South Carolina Historical Society  www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org
SPCA www.charlestonanimalsociety.org/how-you-can-help
Additional Charities www.charity-charities.org

JOB SEARCHING
Statistics show more and more retirees decide to return to the workforce during their retirement years.  The intellectual stimulation, money, and sense of purpose are all reasons why you might decide, too, to reenter the workplace. 

http://www.charleston.net/classifiedmain/
http://www.charlestonjobmarket.com/

But do remember that if you decide to work before or after you reach the FRA (full retirement age) make sure you check out the governments social security website regarding if your income will reduce your social security benefits:  http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/COLA/RTeffect.html

RELIGION
Charleston, known as the Holy City, has more than 350 churches, synagogues, temples, mosques in the tri-county.  For an up-to-date list, please visit:  http://www.sciway.net/org/religcharleston.html

SENIOR CENTERS

Charleston County
Charleston Area Senior Citizens, Inc.
259 Meeting Street  Charleston, SC  29402
(843) 722-4127

Lowcountry Senior Center/Roper Saint Francis:
865 Riverland Drive  Charleston, SC  29412
(843) 762-9555
http://www.ropersaintfrancis.com/seniorcenter/Default.asp

South Santee Community Center
710 S. Santee Road  McClellanville, SC  29458
(843) 546-2789

Berkeley County
Hanahan Senior Center
3100 Mabeline Road  Hanahan, SC 29406
(843) 266-0958
http://www.cityofhanahan.com/seniorcenter.cfm

Berkeley Seniors, Inc.
103 Gulledge Street  Moncks Corner, SC  29461
(843) 761-0390 
http://www.berkeleyseniors.org/

Moncks Corner Senior Center
222 Heatley Street  Moncks Corner, SC 29461
(843) 761-0390

South Berkeley Senior Center
103 Thurgood Road  Goose Creek, SC 29445
(843) 572-2423

St. Stephen Senior Center
117 Bay Street  St. Stephen, SC 29479
(843) 567-2674

Dorcheester County
David Sojourner Senior Center
5361 E. Jim Bilton Blvd.  St. George, SC 29477
(843) 563-3709

Dorchester Seniors:  Faith Sellers Senior Center
312 North Laurel Street  Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 871-5053
http://www.dorchesterseniors.com/

Other Useful Contacts and Links:
Area Agency on Aging/Elderlink Inc:  (843) 554-2275
SC Office on Aging  http://www.aging.sc.gov
SC Senior Citizen’s Handbook  http://www.aging.sc.gov/docs/SrCitGuide.pdf
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) http://www.aarp.org
National Council of Senior Citizens  http://www.ncsinc.org
National Council on the Aging  http://www.benefitscheckup.org
National Institute on Health  http://www.nih.gov
Eldercare http://www.eldercare.gov/
United States Government Resources for Seniors http://www.seniors.gov

UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES
Below please find a document outlining the Colleges and Universities in the Charleston area courtesy of the Center for Business Research.

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