SC Department of Mental Health News Release

September 18, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Hutto, Director of Communications

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DMH Honors Outstanding Volunteers of the Year

Columbia, SC – The S.C. Department of Mental Health honored its Outstanding Volunteers for 2003 at a reception held in Columbia September 10.

Joel A. “Buddy” Wier, III, received the individual Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominated for this award by Columbia Area Mental Health Center, Weir volunteers as a member of the Center’s Board of Directors. He has served on the Board of Directors since July 2000 and has served as chairman for two consecutive terms since July 2001.  He has provided exemplary leadership and advocacy for those living with serious mental illness.

Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church’s Vivian Senn Circle and Hope Circle received the Volunteer Group of the Year Award.  They were nominated by the Lexington County Community Mental Health Center.  These two circles have volunteered as two groups to provide one service for the center and have been volunteering their time to serve clients since 1977.

Prime Care Vision of Columbia, S.C., nominated by Columbia Area Mental Health Center, received the Distinguished Service Award. Prime Care vision is one of the top one-hundred largest retail optical chains in the United States. In August 2000, they provided eye examinations and eyeglasses to clients of Columbia Area Mental Health Center at a considerably reduced fee. This community outreach program is called Prime Care Personal Vision Discount Plan. 

The monetary value of the hours and donations by the 8,199 volunteers at the S.C. Department of Mental Health totaled about $4 million for the past year.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health provides services through a network of 17 community mental health centers, five hospitals, and two nursing care centers.

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