There are so many Things to Do on Edisto but while you’re here, you may choose to give back to Edisto by volunteering with a local charity, conservation group or fundraiser. Whether you are a long-time resident, new to Edisto or just visiting for a short while, there are many non-profit organizations you can join to meet people and give back to the community. Here are just a few:
Animal Lovers of Edisto – Animal Lovers of Edisto (ALOE) is Edisto’s non-profit, “no-kill”, all-volunteer canine rescue devoted to finding homes for stray and found dogs on the Island and surrounding communities. ALOE needs volunteers to exercise and care for dogs at the shelter and help find homes by promoting available dogs to the community. ALOE also welcomes donations, either one-time or recurring on their website.
Edisto Art Guild – The Edisto Art Guild sponsors monthly programs that promote the arts and local artists including two annual art festivals ( Spring & Fall), Arts in the Park during the summer months on the second Sunday and an annual Spring play featuring local resident players.
Edisto Beach Loggerhead Turtle Project – EBLTP is the official sea turtle preservation team for endangered sea turtles in the Town of Edisto Beach. EBLTP consists of a group of dedicated volunteers who spend their mornings during turtle season walking the town’s beaches to locate, mark and protect our sea turtle nests and hatchlings.
Edisto Beach Volunteer Fire Department – The Edisto Beach Volunteer Fire Department supports the Edisto Beach Fire Department. The department prides itself in its ability to provide services not available in most other beach communities such as loaning beach wheel chairs, unlocking vehicles, relocating lost pets and turtles, helping citizens get in and out of their house (lift assist) as needed, station tours for children and adults.
Edisto Belles/Breast Health Advocacy – Edisto Belles is a non-profit organization funded strictly from donations and all funds go directly to fund the help they provide in assisting others. These ladies distribute comfort pillows to anyone that is going through breast cancer treatment or surgery. They have a Beachwalk fundraiser every year in September and have the most fun on their pink float at the Edisto Beach Christmas parade!
Edisto Island Community Association – The Edisto Island Community Association provides its membership with information about the political, social, economic and environmental issues that directly relate to the development of Edisto Island.
Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society –Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society is a non-profit organization that works to preserve and exhibit the history of Edisto, and to educate the public in these endeavors. To fulfill this mission, the Society operates the Edisto Island Museum and works in concert with other organizations and homeowners to preserve Edisto’s unique culture and natural and built environment.
Edisto Island Open Land Trust – Edisto Island Open Land Trust is an organization focused on preserving and protecting the land that makes Edisto Island special.
Edisto Island Youth Recreation – Edisto Island Youth Recreation Club is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for the youth of Edisto Island and neighboring communities to participate in athletics.
Edisto Lion’s Club – The Edisto Lion’s Club is a highly active civic club dedicated to the betterment of Edisto Island. They sponsor and participate in numerous events and fund-raising activities throughout the year, including the highly popular Bingo Night at the Lion’s Club (2907 Myrtle Street) from June through August.
Edisto Seniors – Edisto Senior Center provides a place for senior citizens to socialize, engage, create, and learn. Each day, a diverse group of seniors come together to play games to help keep their minds active, have a nutritious meal, and do art projects. The food, paper goods, arts and crafts supplies, as well as insurance, marketing, and utilities expenses are paid through donations. The Center is run by volunteers.
Edisto Women’s Club – The Edisto Women’s Club is a non-profit group promoting social activities and fellowship for Edisto Island residents and visitors.
FRESPACE (Friends of the Edisto Beach State Park and ACE Basin) – FRESPACE is a non-profit group that solicits volunteers and raises funds for educational and recreational park projects for the public by enhancing State Park systems, the Environmental Learning Center, the Ranger station and State Park grounds.
Keep Edisto Beautiful – Keep Edisto Beautiful is an anti-litter organization, dedicating itself on maintaining the pristine beauty of Edisto Beach & Edisto Island. Get involved by helping with beach sweeps and river sweeps through annual cleanups, organize your own group or individual litter cleanups, or participate in one of the “adopt” programs.
King’s Daughters – The Whatsoever Circle Chapter of the King’s Daughters organization sponsors community projects and services through their annual King’s Daughters Bazaar in May of each year. They also hold monthly meetings (September through May) featuring talks on topics of interest to the community.
Lowcountry Food Bank – The Lowcountry Food Bank is run through Allen AME Church on the Island. Re-opened after COVID in 2020, it is currently managed by Marie and Percy Meggett, along with a staff of volunteers. They serve 277 families (555 people) each week. They receive meat, produce, dairy, bread and bakery goods, and dry goods. Some food is donated by Food Lion; the rest is provided through food and monetary donations.
The Good Samaritan Clinic – The Good Samaritan Clinic is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing no cost healthcare and dental care to need-based residents.
Just looking to help wherever you’re needed? Join our Edisto Chamber of Commerce Volunteer team! We will help connect you to community groups that need help including the Town of Edisto Beach or we might ask for your help at a Chamber event. Just call or drop us an email with your contact details.
Thanks for getting involved and helping to make Edisto better!