Community Links

SC211 can serve as a guiding light when times get dark. This essential service can help people and families access the local resources that are all around them. The 211 guides on the other end of the phone line are caring navigators that connect callers to resources for food, healthcare services, mental health and other resources available in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties.

Call 211 for immediate assistance with referrals, download the 211 app on your mobile device or visit for more information.


Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority

CARTA connects Charleston-area transit riders to work, school, healthcare, tourist attractions, the airport and more.

Lowcountry Food Bank

Founded in 1983, Lowcountry Food Bank strives to fulfill our mission to lead the fight against hunger throughout the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina. We are headquartered in Charleston with a Southern Regional Distribution Center in Yemassee and a Northern Regional Distribution Center in Myrtle Beach. We invite you to learn more about what we do.

Charleston County Parks and Recreation Parks and Facilities

Charleston County Parks

and Recreation

SC State Parks Finder

South Carolina State Parks

Whether you’re looking for an adventure in the mountains or a relaxing weekend by the sea, our interactive map and filters help you navigate through all 47 South Carolina state parks to find the perfect park that meets all of your desires.


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) – Charleston  

Community supported agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer while also investing in their agricultural community.

Local First Farmers Markets and CSA's

Farmers’ Markets provide excellent opportunities to meet farmers directly and learn more about their products, practices, and methods of sale, while also allowing you to stock up on fresh groceries! Fortunately for us, the Lowcountry is full of great markets that are located all over, allowing locals to find ones that are most convenient for them. There are more markets opening every day – this is by no means an exhaustive list! Let us know if you see one missing.

SCDA Certified Roadside Markets


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John J. Tecklenburg, Mayor of Charleston, SC

A Message From our Mayor

Welcome to Lighten Up Charleston!

The health of each of our residents is essential to the quality of life of our city and region. As Augusten Burroughs once said, “When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.”

I want to congratulate you on taking the first step toward a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re on this website because you want to lose weight, find a group to exercise with or learn healthy recipes, you will find many community resources to help you reach your goal. Together, we can Lighten Up!

John J. Tecklenburg, Mayor