Being involved in your community is a great way to give back and help others in need. Volunteer Opportunities are available in every community across the United States and are fairly easy to find if you know where to look. This simple guide will outline several volunteer opportunities in Columbia, SC and will also offer a few easy tips on locating volunteer opportunities in any area near you.
The first volunteer opportunity is for a charity called Children’s Chance. Children’s Chance, a non-profit organization in Columbia, helps children with cancer throughout the entire state of South Carolina with non-medical needs, as stated on www.childrenschance.org. They accept volunteers to assist with events and fundraisers, office duties, and other tasks as needed. Additionally, they have a thrift store that supports their organization by donating 50% of their profits, Palmetto Thrift, which is always in need of volunteers to assist in sorting donations and assisting at the store. The organization has information on their website regarding volunteers and interested people can find out more at their website or by emailing the organization at: [email protected]
Another local volunteer opportunity in Columbia, SC is through Habitat for Humanity’s Central SC Chapter. Central SC Habitat for Humanity is a Christian Housing Ministry with a mission to eliminate poverty housing in their area as explained on www.habitatcsc.org. They offer volunteer opportunities including assisting with building houses, volunteering in their re-store, helping with events, serving on their advisory board, and more.
The last volunteer opportunity that I am going to talk about for Columbia, SC is for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Harvest Hope’s mission is providing for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food, with dignity, compassion and education as stated on their website at: www.harvesthope.org. This organization has multiple volunteer opportunities including assisting at their emergency food pantries, helping with an event, administrative assistance, group volunteering, sorting and inspecting products, special volunteer projects, and more. People interested can visit their website.
There are volunteer opportunities in every community, of every city. I suggest thinking of what you might be interested in, or what you have a passion for. Chances are, there is an organization in your community that relates to your likes, who could use your help!
The internet can be a great resource in finding volunteer opportunities. You can use search engines to research volunteer opportunities in your area. Type in “volunteer opportunities” and then your city and see what you come up with. Also, word of mouth is a great way to find good organizations that might need your assistance. Talk to your friends, family, and co-workers to see what organizations they know of or might be involved in. Lastly, think outside of the box. Sometimes there are small non-profit schools in your community that could use your help, maybe a small church or a start up or small local non-profit group. Make sure you find an organization that is a good fit for you and then all you have to do is start helping at whatever level you can. Now you are set, just go and volunteer!