Community service opportunities in the Lowcountry

calendar@islandpacket.comSeptember 1, 2013 

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Agape Senior Hospice: Volunteers needed to offer care and support to patients and families receiving hospice services throughout the Lowcountry. 843-441-1507

American Red Cross: Seeking volunteers.

Art League of Hilton Head: Seeking volunteers for gallery sitting, writing press releases and articles of interest, social media skills for Facebook, events, committee members and/or board members. 843-681-2399.

Beaufort History Museum: Docents needed. 843-812-1294

Bluffton library: Seeking volunteers interested in teaching computer and technology classes, including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Publisher, Introduction to Facebook, and Digital Photography. 843-255-6503

Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine: Seeking volunteers. The clinic is in need of additional doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and administrative personnel. As we have expanded our clinic site, we are able to provide care for more patients. To meet this need, we are seeking qualified volunteers to add to our energetic and generous volunteer staff. 843-706-7090

Bluffton Self Help: Volunteers needed 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Computer skills a plus for administrative/reception positions. Males are definitely needed for receiving/possible driving positions. 843-757-8000

Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store: Looking for volunteers and donations at 1211 Harrington St., Beaufort. Donations are tax deductible and accepted by the IRS. 843-379-6350

Ghost story storytellers for CAPA: Seeking volunteers. If you know a great ghost story or if you can retell a local legend in a wonderfully Lowcountry voice, contact CAPA. CAPA is producing CDs and digital media of Lowcountry ghost stories in conjunction with the annual Exchange Club of Beaufort Ghost Tours. 843-524-4350.

Caring Neighbors of Bluffton: Seeking volunteers who enjoy helping people and making friends in the process. Drivers and those who enjoy spending time with the older people. 843-368-2096

Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse volunteer training classes: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24; 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 26-28. 843-770-1074, ext. 225.

The Deep Well Project: Needs substitute office volunteers to interview the client regarding the present need and record all information in the computer database. In between interviews, the office volunteers do follow-up work with the requests: calling landlords, confirming employment, and checking with utility companies to validate the need. Only rudimentary computer skills are needed. Training is provided. Office volunteers work a four-hour shift from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 843-785-2849Encore Professionals Group: Volunteers needed to participate on strategic, business and knowledge-based short-term project teams for Beaufort County nonprofits. Project list and application online. 773-725-2750.

Family Promise of Beaufort County: Front-desk volunteers needed to answer phones, greet guests and handle light office work in four-hour shifts Monday-Friday. 843-815-4211

Girl Scouts: Adult volunteers needed to start new troops in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island. Help build courage, confidence and character for girls ages 5-18 in the area. No experience is required. Background checks required. 843-681-3646

God's Goods Thrift Store: You do not need to be a member of The Church of the Cross to volunteer. All welcome. Thrift store located at 53 Persimmon St., Bluffton. 843-757-2024

Habitat for Humanity: Seeking volunteers for construction projects. 843-384-9939.

The Habitat ReStore: Volunteers needed at 2 p.m. June 26, The Habitat ReStore, Old Piggly Wiggly, S.C. 46, Bluffton. 843-384-9939

HELP of Beaufort: Volunteers sought to help sort and hang donated clothing 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1910 Baggett St., Beaufort. 843-524-1223

The Heritage Library History and Genealogy Research Center: Seeking volunteers. Opportunities exist from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. 843-686-6560

Heyward House: Volunteer docents needed to give tours and information to visitors. Heyward House Historic Center, 70 Boundary St., Bluffton. Morning and afternoon shifts available. 843-757-6293

Hilton Head Island Elementary School tutoring: Help kids learn to read. Tutor first- or second-graders. Established program, all materials provided, flexible hours. 843-342-6640

Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour: Volunteers needed. 843-671-7233.

Historic Beaufort Foundation Verdier House: Seeking volunteers to greet visitors and conduct the tours. Three-hour shifts are available: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, either weekly, biweekly or monthly. 843-379-6335

Hospice Care of America: Direct patient care and administrative volunteers are needed. No experience necessary. 843-785-5901 on Hilton Head Island; 843-322-0063 in Beaufort

Hospital Auxiliary of Hilton Head Hospital/Coastal Carolina Hospital: Volunteers sought for both hospitals, as well as the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center in all departments. 843-689-8201.

LowCountry Habitat for Humanity: Seeking volunteers for family services committee. 843-522-3500.

LowCountry Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Volunteers are needed at 612 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. The store is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 843-525-0055.

Lowcountry Legal Volunteers: Retired attorney volunteers needed to assist with legal advice, representation and education for local income qualified residents in Bluffton. An active South Carolina license is not required. 843-815-1570.

Memory Matters: If you enjoy music, art, crafts, games, camaraderie and companionship, your help is needed at Memory Matters adult dementia specific day center on Hilton Head Island. Schedules are flexible, two to four hours a day or four hours a month. Training in dementia care provided for all volunteers. 843-842-6688.

NAMI Beaufort County: Seeking volunteers to assist office staff with basic office duties, marketing campaigns, as well as upcoming outreach initiatives and fundraising events. Morning and afternoon shifts available. 843-681-2200.

Palmetto Animal League Thrift volunteer recruitment: Supports Palmetto Animal League Adoption Center in Okatie. Volunteers may complete an application and sign up for training at the store in Sheridan Park in Bluffton. Volunteers are needed for all shifts to manage inventory, serve as cashier, help merchandise and assist customers. 843-837-6369

Palmetto Animal League Thrift: Seeking donations. Clothing, jewelry, furniture, kitchenware, artwork. Donations may be dropped off at the store 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Located in Sheridan Park in Bluffton. 843-837-6369

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry: Perishable and nonperishable food donations, especially for diabetics, sought for the pantry, which is open Tuesdays and Fridays. 8 Hunter Road, Hilton Head Island. Send donations to Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 5061 Hilton Head Island. 843-645-0935.

Second Helpings: Rescues food from supermarkets that would otherwise be discarded and delivers it to agencies, senior groups, churches and Boys and Girls clubs in Beaufort and Jasper counties. Volunteers are needed in Sun City Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island and Beaufort. 843-689-3689

Service Corps of Retired Executives: Volunteers with past careers in finance/accounting and sales/marketing needed in the Beaufort office. SCORE provides mentoring for small businesses, nonprofits or anyone considering starting either. 843-470-0800

St. Helena Island Library: Seeks Mac Media Lab Volunteers. No Macintosh computer experience required, just basic computing skills such as: operating a mouse, keyboard, and surfing the Internet. Come show off your tech skills with us and pick up some new ones. 843-255-6547

Tabby House: Volunteers needed to help a few hours each week to clean the facility, feed, and socialize adoptable cats. You may also help adopters select the right cat for their household and complete paperwork and reference checks for potential adopters. Particularly need help in the afternoons and early evenings. 843-255-5031

THA Group Hospice: Volunteers needed for patient socialization and caregiver respite. Also looking for non-patient-contact volunteers who can contribute by providing services including but not limited to office work, crafting, sewing, light yard work and light housekeeping. Interested in volunteers who would like to play guitar for patients. 888-842-4663.

Thumbs Up: Seeking volunteers for academic tutoring and other support. 843-379-8882.

Tidewater Hospice: Looking for administrative and patient care volunteers to assist in Lowcountry locations. 843-757-9388

United Way of the Lowcountry: Seeks local volunteers with knowledge of home repair to join 375 high school students from across the nation, and provide simple home repair services for needy Beaufort and Jasper County residents June 23-29. Approximately 60 projects in Beaufort, Bluffton, Ridgeland, Hardeeville, Hilton Head Island and other outlying areas will be completed. United Way conducts this program in partnership with The Catholic HEART Work camp as an effort to achieve one of its strategic priorities, to provide safe shelter for people who live and work in Beaufort and Jasper counties. Local nonprofit agencies, organizations and churches are encouraged to send referrals of people in need of simple home repairs to Bethany Marcinkowski at United Way of The Lowcountry. 843-837-2000 or

Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island: Seeking volunteers in patient relations, patient care services, development and translation services. Patient relations includes roles such as greeters, admission interviewers, appointment schedulers, document scanners and administrative assistants. Patient care volunteers include active, semi-retired or retired health care professionals, such as doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and therapists. The development department is looking for help with community fundraising and clerical needs. Translators are needed in the clinic, particularly those with fluency in Spanish. Volunteer orientation and training is available for all new volunteers. 843-689-6612.

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