Catholic Charities of South Carolina- Piedmont Office

Catholic Charities provides services for immigrants, older adults, and persons in need of emergency financial assistance, and more. They work with local and national organizations, parish communities, and like-minded religious institutions from a variety of denominations to help all people in need, regardless of their faith, race, or history.

Volunteer Opportunities

Resource Development Committee Volunteer:  The volunteer will serve on a committee charged with implementation of fundraising, special events, and grant writing. Other committee activities include community outreach to create awareness of the food pantry which will start client intake in September and food distribution by appointment in October. Volunteers can determine how they want their talents to contribute to the committee. Five hours weekly, flexible hours. Resource development experience is helpful.

Save-a-Smile Dentures Program Volunteer Coordinator:
Oversee the Save-a-Smile program which provides dentures for people in need and will coordinate the Save-a-Smile volunteers (see below) and services with dental providers. Time needed: weekly Wednesdays, three-hour shift from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  A two-hour orientation and a four-hour save-a-smile program training session are required. Volunteer should have the ability to interact with people of diverse backgrounds, communication and organization skills, and basic computer skills.

Save-a-Smile Dentures Volunteer:
Volunteers can determine how they want to contribute their talent. Some of the ways they can help include: greeting clients in person (or over the phone); registering clients and obtaining intake information; adding client data to user-friendly database; calling clients to enroll them for dental workshops provided by partner organizations and following–up with clients who ready for denture services. Time needed: weekly on  Wednesdays, three-hour shift from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. A two- hour orientation and a four-hour save-a-smile program training session are required. Volunteer should have the ability to interact with people of diverse backgrounds, communication and organization skills, and basic computer skills.

Reception and Client Intake Volunteer:
Greet clients in person (or over the phone) to determine their needs, and refer them to the appropriate staff member. Responsibilities include answering and making phone calls, assisting clients with intake forms, and data entry. Time needed:  Shifts are 3 hours from Noon to 3 p.m. or 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. A two-hour orientation is required and volunteer should have the ability to interact with people of diverse backgrounds, communication skills, and basic computer skills.

Marketing Committee Volunteer:
Assist with the development and implementation of strategies to communicate the vision and mission of the food pantry to the community and potential donors. Responsibilities include creating brochures, flyers, community calendars and newsletters, press releases, direct mail and email campaigns, and social media promotion. Volunteers can choose how they wish to participate. Time needed: one-two days a week for three-four hours based on volunteer’s availability. A two-hour orientation is required and volunteer should have good computer skills, including internet, and social media skills.

Donation-Pickup Volunteer:
This volunteer will assist with donation pick-up at different community sites. Time needed: Weekly, 3 – 4 hour driving shifts on Monday from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm or Wednesday from 10:45 am to 2:45 pm. A 2- hour orientation is required, and volunteers should have the ability to drive a large box truck. A valid driver’s license is required, no CDL needed.

Shopping Assistants:
This volunteer will assist with shopping with the client, bagging client’s food, and supporting client’s wellness goals and engagement with pantry wrap around services. Time needed: 1 or 2 days each week, Shifts are 3-4 hours from 12 pm to 3 pm or 3 pm to 6 pm on Tuesdays, and 12 pm to 4 pm on Thursdays. A 2-hour orientation is required, and volunteer should have the ability to provide peer support with better choices and engage clients with self-defined lifestyle changes.

Receiving and Storing Volunteers:
This volunteer will assist with receiving, sorting, and storing of food pantry items. Time needed: Weekly, 3 – 4 hour shifts on Monday from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm or Wednesday from 10:45am to 2:45 pm. A 2-hour orientation is required, and volunteers should have the ability to lift up to 45 pounds, bend, walk, and stand for extended periods of time.

PCE Coordinator: Mariola Leja-Peden