This section of Greenville.com is updated frequently, so check back often to see what's new! Volunteer listings are FREE to non-profit organizations. Do you have items we should include here? Email us! Greenville offers a multitude of volunteer opportunities. The following organizations have recently been contacted and are in need of volunteers: (Also, please visit our Social Services Guide; many of the organizations listed have a standing need for volunteers.)
Mental Health Association of Greenville County
Mental Health Association of Greenville County has several volunteer openings. Good listeners are needed to volunteer on CRISISline and TEENline, confidential services providing free community resources information, crisis intervention, and non-judgmental active listening. For more information, please call. “I’m Thumbody,” a self-esteem program for first-graders, needs volunteer presenters.
The ALS Association South Carolina Chapter operates under a shared mission: to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrigâ€™s disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
Ten Thousand Villages
Got retail experience? Enjoy international art?
Ten Thousand Villages needs you to help artisans all over the world by selling their beautiful handicrafts in our Greenville nonprofit store. You can make a difference for families and communities in 38 developing countries in just four hours a week. Sign up for a volunteer training meeting by calling.
Killingsworth is a transitional home for women emerging from crisis situations. The home serves women from across the southeast, including Greenville, Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, and surrounding counties.
Angel Food Ministries
Angel Food Ministries needs volunteers to help bag groceries and load them in vehicles one Friday a month. Help is needed between 8am-7pm.
Loaves & Fishes delivers donations of perishable food to local human services agencies that feed the hungry 364 days a year. More than 60 regular volunteers assist two staff drivers in picking up food donations and delivering them directly to the agency that will use the food. Great family activity, as drivers must be 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance and use their private vehicle.
CARE Outreach is a service of the Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg. They offer Abortion Recovery Support Groups for persons experiencing emotional issues following an abortion.
Greenville Literacy Assocation needs volunteers to work with adult students to improve reading, writing, math and English as a Second Language skills. Training is provided.
St. Francis Hospice Bereavement Support Group
St. Francis Hospice Bereavement Support Group offers free training for volunteers to serve as resources persons for information on hospice and end of life care in their congregations and faith communities.
Hospice Care of South Carolina needs volunteers! What a great way to become involved in the community! Help with patient care, small household chores, or childcare. Groups are also welcome to help with small home repairs, building ramps, yard work, etc. Volunteers are also needed in our Hospice offices, or to bake cookies or make “goodie” bags.
is a Christian housing ministry building simple, affordable homes for deserving, needy families. Habitat homeowners buy their homes at cost with a 20 year, interest free loan – and must perform 400 hours of “sweat equity” building their own home or other Habitat homes. We provide a “hand up” instead of a “hand out”.
Crossroads Group Home programs facilitate emotional healing and growth, physical health, basic education, restorative independent living skills, social and recreational functioning and vocational pursuit. For those served who are emotionally handicapped, the emphasis is on the restorative and/or establishment of competence.
Open Arms Hospice, a ministry of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, provides care, support, and nurturing for patients living with a life-limiting disease. When a cure is no longer possible and the patient has decided to stop aggressive treatment, our team of experts steps in to provide for the needs of the patient and family. Several volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact the volunteer coordinator at 864-688-1713.
Goodwill Industries of Upper SC, Inc.
helps people with disabilities and special needs become fully independent citizens through training and employment leading to job placement. It provides rehabilitation service, training, work adjustment, employment opportunity, and placement in competitive industry for people with disabilities and special needs.
CRISISline is a 24-hour, 7-day a week confidential hotline offering a nonjudgmental sounding board for people to talk about life’s struggles. Trained phone workers are available to offer a listening ear and to provide community resources and crisis intervention.
Generous Garden is a new non-profit organization in Greenville county, growing, harvesting, gleaning and giving fresh fruits and vegetables to area food banks, shelters and agencies. They have a 3 acre garden located between Woodruff and Butler Roads and are in need of volunteers to help maintain this area. Generous Garden also takes groups of volunteers to area farms to glean fresh veggies. So far this year, the group has given away over 25,000 pounds of fresh produce to the hungry in the Upstate.
Safe Home – Rape Crisis serves Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties, giving help, support, and emergency shelter to victims of rape and domestic violence and their children.
The United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-income taxpayers with the preparation of returns and also to help them obtain eligible tax credits and deductions, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credits and Child Care tax deductions. Anyone who files a basic tax return can have taxes prepared at one of the VITA sites.
Can you spare two hours a week? The shelter always needs animal care volunteers. Volunteers work during the shelter’s open hours to feed the cats and dogs, clean the cages,sweep and mop floors, and walk the dogs. We also try to make sure all the animals get love and attention while we’re there. We have a great group of teenagers helping at the shelter, but we need more adults to help with the animal care and adoptions.
You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer–no exceptions (sorry).
Young people under 16, need to have a parent with them.
Fort Gordon, Augusta, GA
Operation Comfort is a special program in Army Community Service (ACS) that was established to support deployed service members and their families. Support through Operation Comfort may come in the form of respite childcare, outings or other events that boost morale, family members directly purchasing goods for service members and their families.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of MADD—full of passion and compassion for our mission. Join our army of ordinary citizens who have become extraordinary activists in saving lives and preventing injuries. Whether you’re interested in volunteering a couple of times a year or a couple of times a week, there’s a place for you at MADD. And we have a wide variety of opportunities to match your interests and expertise.
Greenville Sexual Trauma Center
Greenville Sexual Trauma Center is seeking individuals to be “on call” at least twice a month to respond to phone calls to the hotline and to be available to go to the Emergency Room when there are sexual assault cases. The training for this volunteer opportunity begins on September 17th.
864-591-0004, 864-989-8010, 800-237-6914
The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is to end the devastating effects of MS.
United Minsitries is an extension of the servant ministry of local cooperating congregations. United Ministries assists poor people in emerging from hurting situations by providing for basic needs and by creating environments which allow people to make positive life changes.
is the oldest and largest U.S. organization devoted to restoring the lives of people affected by leprosy, is a non-denominational Christian non-profit organization. We support projects throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Located in downtown Greenville, we need volunteers for switchboard relief, mailings, general clerical, and maintenance.
MEALS ON WHEELS is a home-delivered hot meal service for persons who are unable to prepare their own food, primarily the frail elderly who are confined to their homes.
Animal Allies facilitates a low-cost spay/neuter program for cats and dogs. Our services are available to anyone who wants to spay/neuter their pet; however, our focus is on targeted surgeries for low-income families. Prices range from $30 to $60 at our clinic, located at 1097 Asheville Highway, Spartanburg.
Hugs for Hounds is an organization devoted to rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of unwanted/uncared for Giant Breed Dogs and All Breed Puppies.
House of Hope councils people on all types of cancer situations. They help people with grief counselling caregivers group, and a newly diagnosed patients group. Call (864) 232-8439 for more information.
Volunteers are needed in the Columbia and Greenville area to assist with our growing Assistive Technology Re-Use Program. Volunteers would be responsible for delivering donated assistive technology including wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, power wheelchairs, hospital beds, stair lifts, etc. to people with disabilities to assist them with maintaining their independence! Call Kimberly Tissot for more information.
Ayusa is a non-profit high school student exchange organization. Each year, Ayusa places about 1300 foreign exchange students with volunteer American host families for the academic school year or a semester. Open your home to an exchange student this fall! This is a wonderful way for families, parents and couples to give back to their community and broaden their borders by bringing a foreign culture into their homes. Make a difference! Host!
SouthernCare has volunteer opportunities ranging from office assistance to visiting with patients in their private residences and care facilities. It is easy and fun and you will know you are making a difference. No special skills are needed, and we will give you the training and support you need. Please contact Barbara Stacy, Volunteer Coordinator
Senior Action, Inc.
Senior Action, Inc. is seeking volunteers who would enjoy making a difference in the community. Volunteers of all ages are needed. A wide range of individual and group volunteer opportunities are available. Project also available in the evenings, weekends, or from home. For more information, call Dana L. Davis, Volunteer Coordinator.
Women Build, a subsection of Habitat for Humanity, is a group of all-women volunteers who unite each year to raise funds and gather workers (female only) to build a home for a needy single woman with children. The local chapter of Women Build has been selected as one of 15 charities to work the Fall for Greenville festival on October 12, 13 and 14 and they need 80 – 100 people (400 volunteer hours) to represent Women Build by working a shift at FFG. Anyone at least 16-years-old (including guys) is eligible to volunteer. Please sign up by going to our website.
Gentiva Hospice is seeking volunteers Ages 16+. Please contact Melissa Henderson, Volunteer Coordinator,
The Bair Foundation
Faith based therapeutic foster care agency seeks foster parents for daily care and respite care.
For more information, call (864) 250-0607.
This website allows you to search for volunteer opportunities in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, and surrounding counties.
The American Red Cross, Upstate Chapter needs volunteers.
National Mental Health Association
National Mental Health Association can be contacted at (800) 969-6642.
Greenville County Guardian ad Litem Program
Greenville County Guardian ad Litem Program trains volunteers to represent abused children in Family Court