Student Life

Community Service

Want to give back to your community? Many clubs sponsor worthy causes such as blood drives, school projects, telethons, and benefits for children among others.

Communities in Schools of the Midlands

  • Communities In Schools of the Midlands (CIS-M) is a local non-profit agency that is a part of the nation's leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life.

    CIS partners with families, schools, businesses and community leaders to broker resources into the schools and create a support system for students. CIS has a unique philosophy. We believe that every child needs and deserves the Five Basics:

    • A personal, one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
    • A safe place to learn and grow
    • A healthy start and a healthy future
    • A marketable skill to use upon graduation
    • A chance to give back to peers and community

    Volunteer Opportunities available:

    • Tutors
    • Mentors
    • Lunch Buddy program
    • Shadow Day Hosts
    • Guest Speakers
    • Special Event Volunteers

    Contact Name: Ashley Baldwin
    Phone: (803) 254-9727

    Post Office Box 2403
    Columbia, SC 29202
    (803) 254-5223

    A Statewide nonprofit organization, established to raise and distribute grants to AIDS organizations that provide direct service to South Carolinians with HIV/AIDS or organizations, which provide AIDS education and awareness.

    Contact Name: Matt Chisling
    Phone: (803) 749-3388

    Areas of Service Needed:

    • Artist against AIDS, silent auction fundraiser, Oct.26th
    • Halloween Costume Affair (volunteers needed to help w/ set-up, etc. Contact: Todd Burkett, 252-4201 and/or Burgin Burgin, 777-9444).
    • Dining with Friends, in April (this is the foundations primary fundraiser. *Perhaps Staff Councilcould host a "dessert hour" in April to collaborate with the Foundation's "dessert hour.")
    Best time for service: October and April
    Special training needed: None
    *FYI… the foundation is totally dependent upon volunteers, as there is no paid staff. No real estate. Every dollar raised works it's way back into the community.

  • Bryan Psychiatric Hospital
    Alyce Kemp-DeWitt,
    Volunteer Services Coordinator
    (803) 935-7824 or (803) 935-7871

    • Adopt-a-Lodge: A lodge has 35 patients each. Quarterly, monthly and/or special days (such as Easter) volunteers can visit patients one-on-one in the lodge, mail them cards and/or provide refreshments.
    • Christmas Gift Wrapping: This one-day event is held two days before Christmas, to wrap donated gifts for the patients. Patients get to select a gift for a friend or family member. The gifts (at least 800 are needed) are then tagged and wrapped for patients to give on Christmas day.
    • JOY TO THE WORLD Christmas Project
      This project for the mentally ill ensures that each patient receives a gift on Christmas morning.

        WOMEN'S LIST:
        Coin purses w/ Change
        Combs and Hair brushes
        Denture cream
        Games and puzzles
        Gift pack toiletries
        Knit hats and gloves
        Lotions and creams
        Nail polish and remover
        Stationery and stamps
        Stuffed animals
        MEN'S LIST
        Baseball caps
        Coin purses w/ Change
        Combs and Hair brushes
        Denture Cream
        Games and puzzles
        Gift pack toiletries
        Knit hats and gloves
        Lotion and creams
        Non-dairy creamer
        Stationery and stamps
        Stuffed animals

      Please Note the Following:

      • New Gifts only
      • Men's gifts are always in short supply
      • Do not wrap gifts
      • For safety reasons, do not include matches, pins, glass, mirrors, glass containers, glassware, razors, razor blades, scissors, metal files, needles or disposable lighters.
      • Monetary donations are welcomed.
      • A tax receipt is given for all donations. Checks should be made payable to: B.P.H. Volunteer Services Christmas Fund

    • Library-Volunteer:
      Teachers, Social Workers, Librarians and/or any individual willing to work in the Library, it's a critical need. Volunteers are needed, daily, especially Saturday's and Sunday's.

    • Patients Clothes Closet
      • Male and female clothes in all sizes: (Large and up to several X's are always a need.)
      • Male and female shoes: (Men's shoes are always a need)
      • Used and new clothing are accepted.
      • Furniture and anything needed to set up living quarters for patients being discharged with no place to go.
      • Items that can be used for bingo prizes.
      • Snacks and other food items.
      *A tax –receipt is given for all donations.

    Contact: Rachel Edwards
    Phone: (803) 790-6541 ext. 216

    Carolina Children's Home is a private nonprofit, non-denominational residential treatment center for abused, abandoned and neglected children and teenagers. The general purpose of the organization is to provide counseling and therapy in a group home setting for the young victims of abuse and neglect.

    • Special Events Volunteers assist with the planning and coordination of events like the annual BBQ festival fundraiser, Homecoming/CCH Reunion every few years and Christmas gift-wrapping. These volunteers do not interact with the residents but do provide much needed assistance in making the events successful.

  • Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services (PALSS)
    Contact Person: Ms. Anita Bonnette or Brian Morgan
    Phone: (803) 779-7257

    1. Areas of Service Needed:
      1. Golf Tournament Fundraiser
        • Help with registration
        • Help with cleaning out warehouse
      2. Living Center -activities, games, educational workshops (9-6)
      3. Holiday packages for clients (lotion, shampoo and etc)
    2. Best times for rendered services: as available
    3. Special training needed: If doing a workshop, experience in and/or in depth knowledge on the subject being addressed.

  • Personal Touch Volunteer
    Palmetto Health Baptist
    Contact Person: Kristin Hill, Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator
    Phone: (803) 296-5570

    1712 Hampton Street
    Columbia, SC 29201
    (803) 733-5430

    PCASC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of children in our state. Direct collaborative services are proved to children and families.

    How Can You Help:

    • Parents Anonymous (support group for parents led by parents)
    • Baby Basics (home based visitation program that offers free support and information for first time parents)
    • Parent Education/Parent Support (facilitators for weekly workshops)
    • Parent Aide Services (provides home visitation and needed intensive support services)
    • Public Information (represent agency at health and community fairs and provide assistance in the creation of materials for statewide distribution)
    • Support Services (*primarily before April which is Prevent Child Abuse Month, to help with assembling blue ribbons and prevention packets. All year-round, volunteers are needed to help plan special events)
    • Speakers Bureau/Public Awareness (raise public awareness about the agency and the services offered)
    • Fundraising

    Provides housing for homeless families or families in danger of becoming homeless. Adults are required to work while residing in the facilities for a very low rent.
    Contact Person: Scarlett Benjamin
    Phone: (803) 256-3999
    (*This is a general e-mail for St, Lawrence Place)

    Areas of Service Needed: After school tutors, Life skills program facilitators (Monday evenings), Apartment adoption program (repairs, painting etc. for new resident move-in), Mentors (for children, parents and older adults), Family & Friends Fun Days, quarterly birthday parties, plan scheduled activities for children (agency has transportation) and any other suggestions volunteers may have to offer.

    Best time for services: As available
    Special training needed: None with the exception of a general orientation to the organization and its purpose.

  • United Way of the Midlands Banner
    United Way Volunteer Opportunities Booklet (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required)

  • Boys and Girls
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. We offer after school and summer programs for youth 6-18 years old. Those youth participate in programs that are run out of our five core program areas which are The Arts, Health & Life Skills, Education, Sports Fitness & Recreation, and Character & Leadership. Volunteer Opportunities:
    • Tutors
    • Mentors
    • Assist in planning and implementing programs
    Contact: Vanessa Hall
    Phone: 803-231-3355