About Us

Who We Are

The Center for Engaged Learning is a department of Coker College that provides opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning while providing service to the Hartsville community.  Coker College students serve as project team leaders for the Hands on Hartsville project.

Darlington County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communities and hopes. 

Florence Darlington Technical College (FDTC) Hartsville Campus offers quality educational programs that support economic development.  FDTC offers degree, diploma and certificate programs and opportunities for students with aspirations of transferring to a four-year institution.  The Hartsville Campus supports a team of student leaders, affectionately known as The Swarm.  The Swarm members serve as project team leaders for the Hands on Hartsville project.  

How We Came Together
Hands on Hartsville was established in November, 2013. Sarah Fraser of Coker College's Center for Engaged Learning and Aimee Cox-King, formerly of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, both had experience working with an organization called "Work on Wilmington", in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Both had a similar vision to bring this service model home to Hartsville.  The Swarm of Florence Darlington Technical College Hartsville Campus joined the effort in response to the student lead movement to develop leadership skills and engage in the Hartsville community.  Darlington County Habitat for Humanity joined the partnership in 2015 as the fiscal conduit and brings extensive project and volunteer management expertise to the team. The diversity of ages, skill sets, and backgrounds of the many volunteers coming together to launch the first Hands on Hartsville service day event (April 5, 2014) has developed into an intriguing and inspirational movement.