South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Volunteer Services

HandshakeThe 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.


Who Volunteers? 


  • Students
  • Homemakers
  • Retired persons
  • Professionals



  • Mother and daughter teams
  • Father and son teams
  • Family Units
  • Civic Groups
  • Sororities/Fraternities
  • Church Groups
  • Businesses







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
  • Pianists
  • Horticulture Assistant
  • Entertainers
  • Clothing Store Managers
  • Puppeteers
  • Meal Time Aides
  • Community Resource Leaders
  • Sewing Instructors
  • Adopt-a-lodge Program
  • Reception and Clerical
  • Activity Aides
  • Visitors
  • Party Hosts
  • Escorts
  • Pet Therapy Program
  • Drivers
  • 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:

Hospitals Phone Number
Bryan Psychiatric Hospital 803-935-7871
Tucker Nursing Care Center
Hall Psychiatric Institute 803-898-1731
Harris Psychiatric Hospital 864-965-9752
Morris Village 803-935-6688

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 the Department of Mental Health's main phone number: (803) 898 - 8581.

Updated 8/17/15