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Becoming a 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.ballroomdancecharleston.org/

Charleston Area Ladies Tennis Association http://www.caltatennis.net/

Carolina Lady Anglers (Fishing)  http://www.carolinaladyanglers.org/

Charleston Beach Volleyball & Social Club  http://www.charlestonvolleyball.net/

Charleston Chess Club  http://www.charlestonchess.org/

Charleston Horticultural Society  http://chashortsoc.org/

Charleston Metro Sports Council  http://www.sportscouncil.org/

Charleston Mens Senior Baseball League  http://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/?u=CMSBL&s=baseball&t=c

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  http://www.coastalcyclists.org

IOn Village Walk & Pond Polo Assoc  http://www.ionvillage.com

Lowcountry Paddlers Canoeing Kayak Club  http://lowcountrypaddlers.net/

Omar Shrine Temple  http://www.omarshriners.org/

Rotary Club of Charleston  http://www.charleston-rotary.org/

Rotary Club of Summerville  http://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.  http://mysistershouse.org/volunteer-opportunities/

South Carolina Arts Commission http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/

South Carolina Aquarium http://www.scaquarium.org/volunteer

South Carolina Historical Society  http://www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org/

SPCA http://www.charlestonanimalsociety.org/volunteer/

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.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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