The Department of Mental Health encourages volunteer involvement and the development of community resources to enhance the state's mental health care programs and to build closer ties with the community.
VOLUNTEERS have traditionally been an integral part of programs. They enhance care and help to build closer ties between the community and the mental health system. In addition to providing extra "hands" and support to clients and their families, volunteers help dispel the stigma and misconceptions often surrounding mental illness.
Individual volunteers and groups are needed. People of all ages are encouraged to become involved in a variety of challenging and rewarding activities.
2012-2013 Fiscal Year Statistics:
Hours worked by volunteers: 183,862
- Retired persons
- Mother and daughter teams
- Father and son teams
- Family Units
- Civic Groups
- Church Groups
Types of Volunteers:
REGULAR-SERVICE VOLUNTEER- any person or group engaged in specific voluntary service activities on an ongoing or continuous basis.
OCCASIONAL-SERVICE VOLUNTEER-any person or group providing a one-time or occasional voluntary service.
DONOR-ANY PERSON OR GROUP PROVIDING FUNDS AND/OR MATERIALS will receive a tax receipt for tax purposes. All Department of Mental Health hospitals and centers throughout the state accept and appreciate contributions and donated items. These donated items may include gently used clothing, household items, bingo prizes, plants/supplies, furniture, magazines/books and at Christmas always new gift items male and female, child and adult , and decorations.
A Sample of Volunteer Opportunities:
- Tutors and Readers
- Library Assistants
- Horticulture Assistant
- Clothing Store Managers
- Meal Time Aides
- Community Resource Leaders
- Sewing Instructors
- Adopt-a-lodge Program
- Reception and Clerical
- Activity Aides
- Party Hosts
- Pet Therapy Program
- Cooking Instructors
- Compeer Programs
Where Do I Volunteer?
To volunteer at any of the following hospitals or mental health centers, please contact the Community Resource Development Office at the hospital or mental health center phone number listed below:
|Bryan Psychiatric Hospital||803-935-7871|
|Tucker Nursing Care Center
|Hall Psychiatric Institute||803-898-1731|
|Harris Psychiatric Hospital||864-965-9752|
|Mental Health Center||Phone Number|
|Aiken-Barnwell MH Center||(803) 641-7700|
|Anderson-Oconee-Pickens CMHC||(864) 260-2220|
|Beckman Ctr. For MH Svcs.||(864) 229-7120|
|Berkeley CMH Center||(843) 761-8282|
|Catawba Mental Health Center||(803) 328-9600
|Charleston/Dorchester CMHC||(843) 852-4100|
|Coastal Empire-MHC||(843) 524-8899|
|Columbia Area MH Center||(803) 898-4800|
|Greenville MH Center||(864) 241-1040|
|Lexington MH Center||(803) 996-1500|
|Orangeburg Area MH Center||(803) 536-1571|
|Pee Dee Mental Health Center||(843) 317-4089|
|Piedmont Ctr. For MH Services||(864) 963-3421|
|Santee-Wateree CMH Center||(803) 775-9364|
|Spartanburg Area MH Center||(864) 585-0366|
|Tri-County MH Center||(843) 454-0841|
|Waccamaw Center for MH||(843) 347-5060|
Volunteering is a rewarding experience for both the volunteer and the recipient.
For further, information about volunteering, please contact Ms. Sue Perry at (803) 898-8582.