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Volunteer opportunities: May

KEY: G=Greenville County; S=Spartanburg County; P=Pickens County

G — TEEN SERVICE DAY is 1 – 4 p.m. May 7 at the Hughes Main Library. Teens work in groups on various projects. To register, call 864-527-9248 or visit

S — VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to assist with Carolina Miracle League. For details, visit

S — VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to assist with the Spartanburg Lions beepball team, a softball league for the blind. For details, call 864-612-7414 or 497-6837.

G — MENTORS age 21 and older are needed to be matched one-on-one with students at Fountain Inn Elementary School. The commitment is 30 minutes per week. For more information and to schedule training, email Lauren Stoddard at

G — AFTER-SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS are needed to help with homework and reading and to help serve snacks and dinner at FIKE in Fountain Inn. The program meets from 2:45 – 5:30 p.m. weekdays during the school year. For more information, email Lauren Stoddard at

G — BACKPACK BLESSINGS provides packs of food for students who may have little or no food at home over the weekend. The program can be supported by clubs, groups and businesses of all sizes. For a list of needed foods and additional information, contact Carolyn Hamilton at

G — WHISPERING HOPE NEEDS VOLUNTEER FAMILIES to help with the therapeutic riding program at Whispering Pines Stables. The program offers confidence through horsemanship skills to children who are disabled or disadvantaged. Visit or call 864-288-7458.

HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK needs volunteers. For more information, visit .

THE S.C. VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM needs volunteers to serve as advocates for children in abuse and neglect proceedings. Extensive training and support are provided. Visit

THERAPEUTIC FOSTER PARENTS are needed throughout the Upstate. For additional information, call Diane Brown at Specialized Foster Home Services, 864-325-8542 or 877-670-3577, ext. 177.

G — DONATIONS ARE NEEDED for God’s Pantry. For current needs, visit

P — VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR 4-H CLUBS in Pickens County. For details, email

G — PARK HEROES, a program of the Greater Greenville Parks Foundation, offers volunteer opportunities for those interested in maintaining Greenville County’s public parks. For details and registration, visit

G — A CHILD’S HAVEN has volunteer opportunities, including providing services for developmentally delayed, abused, and neglected children and their families. Schedules are flexible. There is a charge for background checks. Contact Genean Berggrun for details at or 864-298-0025, ext. 2019.

G — MEALS ON WHEELS GREENVILLE needs volunteer delivery drivers. Children and parents can deliver together. For details, visit or call 864-233-6565.

S — SAFE HOMES - RAPE CRISIS COALITION needs volunteers to serve as advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Contact Karen Martin-Wilkins at 864-583-9803 or visit

S — THE FIRST TEE OF SPARTANBURG teaches life skills through golf. Volunteers are needed. Training is provided. Visit or call 864-583-7084, ext. 7.

G — THE UPCOUNTRY HISTORY MUSEUM needs volunteers to assist with school programs and public tours. Visit

G — THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE has volunteer opportunities for ages 11 and older. Visit

G — THE GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA – MOUNTAINS TO MIDLANDS needs qualified adult volunteers to be troop leaders, camp helpers and volunteer drivers. Call Jeri Kleckley at 864-770-1241, email or visit

G — VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to work with senior citizens through the Senior Companions Program, an ecumenical program of Catholic Charities in collaboration with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. Call Stacey Lazurek at 864-242-2233, ext. 207 or email

G — VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to assist Trees Greenville with projects. Email

G — NEW CLOTHING, SHOES AND TOILETRY ITEMS are needed by the Julie Valentine Center. The items are provided to sexual assault victims at the emergency room when their clothing is retained as evidence. For more information, contact Marie Smith at 864-331-0560, ext. 229.

G — THE JULIE VALENTINE CENTER needs volunteer advocates for crisis response and child care assistance for parent support groups. Volunteers must be 18 years old and have access to a telephone and reliable transportation. Criminal background checks and training are required. Call 864-331-0560 or visit

G — THE GREENVILLE LITERACY ASSOCIATION needs volunteers to serve as tutors in adult basic education and English as a second language (ESL) in downtown Greenville, Greer, Slater/Marietta, the Berea area and the Golden Strip. Call 864-467-3456 or visit