20+ ways to volunteer in Charleston, SC

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It’s National Volunteer Week, Charleston. To observe this time, here is a list of reader-submitted volunteer opportunities:

🧠 Advocates for mental illness + health awareness
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center | Join various anti-stigma community events
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) | Become a facilitator of support groups

💙 Aiding abuse + assault survivors
Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S | Provide support services for victims + survivors of sexual assault
Dee Norton Center | Become a child advocate

🐶 Animal lovers
Unchain Charleston | Build fences for chained dogs
Pet Helpers | Help end euthenasia by keeping all animals until they find their fur-ever home

🍼 Assisting with basic needs
Our Lady of Mercy | Help with food, clothing, women’s health, and dental needs
Tricounty Family Ministries | Assist with drive-through + in-person pickup of food, toiletries, diapers, and more 

📚 Bibliophiles
Charleston County Public Library | Donate gently-used books
Charleston Friends of the Library | Assist with annual book sales

🛠 Chip + Joanna Gaines types
Habitat for Humanity | Build homes for members of the community
Hope to Home Furniture Resource | Transform living spaces of those in need by delivering furniture

🩺 Healthcare heroes
MUSC Kids Special Care Nursery | Give babies comfort + touch for emotional and physical development
MUSC Kids | Create scrub hats, therapy dolls, and knitted blankets for children at MUSC Health

🐕‍🦺 Helping disabled community members
Friends of Joseph Floyd Manor | Assist elderly + disabled residents
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC | Help blind or visually impaired community members practice braille

🌿 Outdoorsy folks
Greenheart | Teach children how to grow vegetables + build gardens locally
Charleston Parks Conservancy | Try gardening or being an Aqua Angel

🦋 Social butterflies
Junior League of Charleston | Women promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and more
13th Annual Chef’s Potluck | Proceeds from this event benefit Proceeds go to Lowcountry Local First’s Good Farming Initiative 

🌈 Supporting the local LGBTQ+ community
We Are Family | Community outreach for Charleston’s LGBTQ+ youth
Art Pot Multicultural Group | Help create a space of integration, culture, and education

🎒 Teachers + mentors
Be A Mentor | Empowering students to reach their full potential
Trident United Way | Teach English as a Second Language

Don’t see anything that fits your interests? Check out VolunteerMatch — a resource that helps you find local volunteer opportunities suited to your preferences.