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Welcome to City Lights

City Lights is an outreach initiative that recruits volunteer and mission groups from around the country to serve in the Charleston area. We provide these teams with accommodations and connect them with volunteer opportunities with local organizations.

We are a ‘receiving’ ministry of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. We host missions and service teams visiting the Charleston area and coordinate local service opportunities with our area partners. We believe the best way to serve a community is by connecting with local partners to foster ongoing, responsible, and values-driven ministry.

Anyone can be a part of the City Lights experience. We encourage adults, college students, and youth groups to come experience Charleston, SC. We ask that youth participants be limited to those 12 and older. Some of our partner organizations have age limits so please contact Stephanie Zartman at 843-744-0283 to coordinate younger volunteers.

We would love to work with your group! Dates are available throughout the year.

Established 2018

The Charleston area is diverse in many ways, with many organizations actively trying to help the community grow. So, in the spring of 2018, we started plans for best connecting mission groups with local work.

Our Goal

The goal of City Lights is to aid in the development of Charleston and surrounding communities by partnering in service with local organizations.

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Typically, City Lights teams will be housed at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The church has a kitchen available to prepare meals and snacks. Mission teams are expected to provide their own meals. The church has an on-site shower facility with both a male and female sides. Aldersgate UMC also has separate male and female bunkrooms. Guests should plan on providing their own sheets, blankets, pillows, towels and personal hygiene products.

 

Typically, City Lights teams will be housed at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The church has a kitchen available to prepare meals and snacks. Mission teams are expected to provide their own meals. The church has an on-site shower facility with both a male and female sides. Aldersgate UMC also has separate male and female bunkrooms. Guests should plan on providing their own sheets, blankets, pillows, towels and personal hygiene products.

It is City Lights Mission’s belief that the mission team’s experience will encompass more than just the time spent on the job site. The entire City Lights experience will include time spent at work sites and in various activities such as preparing meals, cleaning up afterwards, worship opportunities, and community interaction. These are all opportunities for personal and spiritual growth and community building. City Lights teams are encouraged to develop and nurture relationships with the community, the church staff members, and church members. An important way to develop Christian community with others is to worship together. Mission teams are invited to worship with Aldersgate UMC. Do you have your own worked lined up? That is okay too. Have a place to stay but looking for volunteer opportunities? We would love to help you with that too!

At Aldersgate UMC we are able to provide the following accommodations:

  • 2 bunk rooms with up to 30 beds with additional cots to accommodate larger groups
  • On-site showers and restrooms
  • Use of the kitchen for meal preparation
  • Use of classrooms, meeting spaces, and the social hall
  • Use of the sanctuary for evening worship and devotion

​Volunteer teams are invited to have full use of our property and facilities while staying at Aldersgate. Many volunteer teams interact in the evenings with our Food Bank and Clothes Closet, Winter Warming Shelter for the homeless, or some of our other outreach events for the community.

At Aldersgate UMC we are able to provide the following accommodations:

  • 2 bunk rooms with up to 30 beds with additional cots to accommodate larger groups
  • On-site showers and restrooms
  • Use of the kitchen for meal preparation
  • Use of classrooms, meeting spaces, and the social hall
  • Use of the sanctuary for evening worship and devotion

Volunteer teams are invited to have full use of our property and facilities while staying at Aldersgate. Many volunteer teams interact in the evenings with our Food Bank and Clothes Closet, Winter Warming Shelter for the homeless, or some of our other outreach events for the community.

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City Lights could not exist if it were not for our partner organizations and our common goal of helping the Charleston community. There is a great need in the area and they are working hard in their unique ways to help meet those needs. It is our mission to aid them in the work that they do.

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The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston opened its doors 35 years ago as a “Home-away-from-home” where families stay while their children undergo extensive medical treatment. Today, the House is able to serve 32 families every single night.

Here, parents and children lead a life as normal as possible during their traumatic times without the financial burden of costly hotel and travel expenses. Our home offers these families’ comfortable beds, hot meals, a caring staff, and a four-legged friend, Gardy, all just steps from the hospital.
The Ronald McDonald Family RoomThe Ronald McDonald Family Room at MUSC provides a sanctuary within the walls of the hospital where family members can rest, read, shower or have a cup of coffee while still being only minutes away from their seriously ill child.

ABOUT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES®

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of 300 Chapters in more than 63 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs, enable family-centered care, provide a bridge to quality health care, are a vital part of the health care continuum and give children and families the time they need to heal and cope better together.

Habitat for Humanity

​Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Through our 2020 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.

Lowcountry Orphan Relief

Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Inc. (LOR) is a non-profit organization that provides goods and services to children who have been abused or neglected. We work directly with other non-profits, schools, foster parents, and government agencies to identify the individual needs of these and other children in severe situations. We intervene at critical junctures in the lives of these children, with products and services that provide a strong, positive impact.

Lowcountry Food Bank

Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina through distribution centers in Charleston, Yemassee and Myrtle Beach. Their mission is to lead the fight against hungerthroughout the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina

Recycled Love and F.E.D.U.P. Ministries

Recycled Love Thrift Store and F.E.D.U.P Ministries are owned and operated by Nadine Carmon. The Recycled Love Thrift store is connected to the local community on Remount road and helps provide uniforms to Charleston School District 9.

The F.E.D.U.P (For Every Deserving and Underprivileged Person) ministry  provides four meals a month on the ‘Recycled Love’ sidewalk and has future plans of becoming a full fledged soup kitchen.

Homeworks of America

Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina through distribution centers in Charleston, Yemassee and Myrtle Beach. Their mission is to lead the fight against hungerthroughout the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina

We are actively seeking new organizations to partner with in the Charleston area. If you would like more information on what it would look like to be a partner organization of City Lights, please send our Director a message below:

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Location

1444 Remount Road
North Charleston, SC 29406

Contact

Phone: 843.744.0283
Fax: 843.744.0288
Emailoffice@aldersgateremount.org

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