SC Department of Mental Health News Release


April 23, 2002
For Immediate Release

Contact: Sue Perry, Director of Community Resource Development, (803) 898-8582

Volunteers Help People Walk the Road to Recovery

SCDMH Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Columbia, SC: One lady sews hundreds of cardigans and wheelchair arm rest covers for the elderly residents of C. M. Tucker, Jr. Nursing Care Center.

For almost 20 years, a man has been assisting nurses in the Injection Clinic at Santee-Wateree Community Mental Health Center.

For ten years, a Clemson sorority has spent time with people at Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital, providing everything from make overs to full-blown fall festivals.

They're all volunteers for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. And they all work hard to assist South Carolinians who live with mental illnesses. The duties are as diverse as the individuals they serve, but all the volunteers provide one common service - they help people get better by enriching their lives.

And as they help people recover, these volunteers provide a huge benefit to the state. Below are results from last year's SCDMH Volunteer Program:

  •  Total volunteers: 7,565
  •  Total hours donated: 165,651
  •  Value of donations (material, supplies, space, etc.): $2,960,175
  •  Total value of volunteer investments (hours and donations): $4,579,505

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health joins South Carolinians statewide in saying, "Thank you" to these volunteers. To learn more about SCDMH's Volunteer Program, or to do a story on volunteers in your area, call (803) 898-8582.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health has been serving the mental health needs of South Carolinians since 1821. Its 5,300 employees and 7,565 volunteers offer services from 17 community mental health centers and seven inpatient facilities statewide. (800) 763-1024. Website:

Office of Communications
P.O. Box 485 Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 898--8581



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