Spartanburg County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program

Children who enter the foster care system are in need of caring adults to speak up for them in Family Court. The Guardian ad Litem is a strong child advocate for children. If you are over 21 and can give 4-5 hours a month to visit a child, you can change a child’s life. You do not need a college degree, or a legal or social work background. The very best child advocates are people who care about children.

Bethlehem Center

The Bethlehem Center, established in 1930, is currently a multi-service Agency providing an array of programs to residents in Spartanburg County. Volunteers are needed to assist with the following activities:

  • Volunteers for Boy and Girl Scouting programs
  • Academic tutors for adults and children
  • Coaches for sports
  • Help with senior programming
  • Professional services (i.e. legal, printing, artistic)
  • Help with necessary repairs and building maintenance
  • Board membership
  • Fundraising help
Piedmont Community Actions, Inc.

Piedmont Community Actions (PCA) is a private non-profit agency which serves Spartanburg and Cherokee counties in the upstate of South Carolina. Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment in which low-income families can seek assistance that helps them to become less dependent upon government assistance. PCA strives to give low-income families a “hand up” in the direction of self-sufficiency, not a “handout”.

Southside Unity in the Community

Southside Unity in the Community is dedicated to promoting volunteerism within the Southside community. The program intends to make available in one central location resources, training, and opportunities that will encourage volunteerism.
Southside Unity in the Community strives to lead by example. Volunteerism is rarely taught in the Southside Community; it is our hope that this program managed entirely by volunteers will inspire volunteerism in present and future generations.

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve

Hatcher Garden is a community supported urban garden located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Started by a man with a dream, the garden has grown to become a beautiful woodland preserve that provides a home for wildlife and a display for the nature’s beauty. The mission of Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve is to be a place for the public to come for inspiration, enjoyment and education through the study of nature. The Garden is home to over 10,000 trees, shrubs and flowers. Admission is free.

Appalachian Council of Governments

The Appalachian Council of Governments is looking for volunteers in Spartanburg County who enjoy visiting with others, improving lives through communication, and have as little as one hour per week available to join the team and enrich the lives of the long term care community.

To become a volunteer, the candidate must be 18 years or older and needs to be able to communicate with vulnerable adults, have problem-solving skills and have a genuine care and concern for long term care residents.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Amanda Plumley at (864) 242-9733 or email [email protected]. You may also visit our website for more information.

Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg, Inc.

is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian ministry that builds affordable housing for residents of Spartanburg. Habitat has two ways you can serve your community: the construction site and ReStore. If interested or for more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator (864)591-2221 ext. 105 or [email protected]

Spartanburg Park It! Day

Our community parks are mostly empty (as far as playground equipment) and are rarely used by the community residents. Instead of hangouts for trouble, these parks can become hangouts for success! Our vision is to create a playground at Irwin Park and inform our children in the “at-risk” communities of Spartanburg that we will UNITE TO MAKE IT RIGHT!

Agape Hospice

Help us make a difference…one life at a time. Agapé Hospice is a faith based ministry looking for compassionate and caring volunteers to provide support to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers will be trained at no charge at a convenient location to accommodate the volunteer. They will be an integral part of the team of care and will be appreciated and supported by the Agapé Hospice staff. Our volunteer opportunities help patients and their caregivers live with hope, dignity, and awareness that there is additional support and that someone cares enough to give them unconditional love, agape. Agapé Hospice Volunteers are needed to: Provide caregiver relief, Visit patients for companionship or socialization, Listen to memories or record life stories, Share music, magazines, books, photos or scriptures, Hold a hand, dry a tear or share a smile and Offer support simply by just being present. Contact Grace Waddell at 803-329-4544, 1-877-617-7616 or [email protected]

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Volunteers are the lifeblood of MADD—full of passion and compassion for our mission. Join our army of ordinary citizens who have become extraordinary activists in saving lives and preventing injuries. Whether you’re interested in volunteering a couple of times a year or a couple of times a week, there’s a place for you at MADD. And we have a wide variety of opportunities to match your interests and expertise.

Animal Allies

If you have a skill, we have a need for it! Animal Allies facilitates a low-cost spay/neuter program for cats and dogs. Our services are available to anyone who wants to spay/neuter their pet, however, our focus is on targeted surgeries for low-income families. Volunteers are needed in our clinic and to help with community awareness efforts. SPARTANBURG HOTLINE: 864-576-6971.

Safe Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition

Safe Home – Rape Crisis serves Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties, giving help, support, and emergency shelter to victims of rape and domestic violence and their children. Safe Home – Rape Crisis will offer training for volunteers to assist with their 24-hour crisis line during weekends, evenings and holiday. Training is provided free by community agencies. Call 864-583-9803 or 800-273-5066. Southern Care Hospice is in need of volunteers. If interested, call 877-486-6721.

Mobile Meals Service of Spartanburg

Mobile Meals is a home-delivered hot meal service for the homebound of Spartanburg County who are unable to prepare their own food. No charge is made for the meals, delivered Monday through Friday, and there are no income or age restrictions for potential recipients. Volunteers are the “life line” of Mobile Meals; it takes at least 150 volunteers per day to see that meals are delivered to the 2,000 recipients served each weekday.

Operation Comfort

is a special program in Army Community Service (ACS) that was established to support deployed service members of Fort Gordon, Augusta and their families. Support through Operation Comfort may come in the form of respite childcare, outings or other events that boost morale, family members directly purchasing goods for service members and their families.

American Red Cross-Piedmont Chapter

is looking for a youth volunteer coordinator for the Piedmont Area Chapter for 5 to 8 hours a week. This is a good opportunity for individuals who work well with middle and high school age students and who want to make an impact on the quality of life for youth. The Piedmont Chapter is also looking for an Armed Forces Case Worker, volunteers for the Community Education Speaker’s Bureau, Health or Information Fairs, Disaster Services, Administrative Support, Hospital Volunteers, Special Events Volunteers, and First Aid/CPR Instructors. Contact Linda Burns and Casey Sanders at 864-583-8000 for more details.

HALTER (Healing and Learning Through Equine Relationships)

HALTER is an affordable Therapeutic Horseback Riding program that has been serving citizens with disabilities from the Spartanburg area and students from the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind since 1987.

HALTER is a PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) member-center, so volunteers are required to receive training before they are able to work with the program in order for volunteers and HALTER’s riders to have a safe and successful experience. Only those 15 or older are allowed to work directly with clients, however, those ages 10 – 14 who are accompanied by a parent volunteer may volunteer as a Pony Pal. Experience and knowledge of horses is not necessary.

For more information, please visit or email [email protected].

Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate

Your help is needed! Be an office helper or a homework helper! Call 864-583-4867 x110 for more info. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place for kids to learn and grow — all while having fun. It is truly “The Positive Place For Kids”.

Killingsworth, Inc.

Killingsworth is a transitional home for women emerging from crisis situations in Columbia, SC. The home serves women from across the southeast, including residents of Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, Laurens, and surrounding counties. They are looking for volunteers in the Columbia area.