The Pat Conroy Literary Center is essentially an organization of volunteers. We invite you to become a part of our future.
Throughout his life Pat Conroy was profoundly grateful to those who helped him on his path. Like Pat, many of us have been lucky enough to find “other parents”—family friends, coaches, professional mentors—whose generosity of spirit, love, and wisdom enrich our lives in crucial ways.
Named to honor of two of his personal heroes, the volunteers we seek are:
The Julia Randel Volunteers
Pat Conroy came to know Julia Randel following the death of her son Randy, a fifteen-year-old teammate and friend of Pat’s at Beaufort High. In the wake of Randy’s death, Pat grew close to Mrs. Randel who eventually became a second mother to him.
We need men and women willing to help with the daily upkeep of the center, to greet visitors and book groups, and to help organize events and outreach projects.
The Eugene Norris Mentorship Program
Eugene Norris, Pat’s beloved high school English teacher, saw something in Pat before he was able to see something in himself.
Gene nurtured Pat’s ambition by recommending and discussing poetry and novels with Pat. He took him to writer Thomas Wolfe’s home in Asheville, NC, where Gene presented him with an apple from one of Wolfe’s trees, a physical marker of the artistic inheritance Pat might not otherwise have dared to envision.
We seek well-read men and women with some experience in teaching or writing to provide middle and high school students with the kind of mentorship and sympathetic counsel that Gene Norris embodied.
Please fill out the form below.