Volunteer

Email Leann Smith for current opportunities.

Please note that we are not offering any volunteer opportunities at this time that involve direct interaction with the youth in our care. If you would like to get involved, please click on the activities below that do not require a background check.

All volunteers who interact with the children in our care must be age 18 or over. The volunteer application process includes undergoing four background checks, Live Scan Fingerprinting and required training on how abuse and neglect impact children. There are some expenses associated with these safety measures:

  • Background checks must be completed on an annual basis and cost $20. They must be submitted through Hope Center for Children to be valid with this organization.
  • Live Scan Fingerprinting is a requirement as of 2019 and is contracted by the state of SC with only one company statewide. The initial cost of this is $42.75 and this is valid for multiple years. Please click here for more information about Live Scan Fingerprinting.

These activities require a background check and volunteer orientation:

  • Hands On/Activity Leader
    Volunteers are needed to spend time with children and teens. Volunteers with unique talents or skills to share are invited to teach, explore and develop potential hobbies or career opportunities with our children.
    Update April 2022: This opportunity is not available at this time.
  • Tutor/Homework Help
    Volunteers are needed to tutor children ages 5-18 from basic levels in elementary school through advanced level courses in high school such as AP sciences and math.
    Update April 2022: This opportunity is available on an as-needed basis.
  • Virtual Tutor
    Volunteers are now able to tutor with our community-based families through Zoom. This can involve children from elementary, middle and high school ages based on a volunteers preference.
    Update April 2022: This opportunity is available on an as-needed basis.
  • Mentor
    Volunteers may take the next step and mentor an individual child in our care. There is additional training and checks that are performed to accomplish this. Please email Leann Smith for more information.

These activities don't require a background check:

  • Provide A Meal
    Volunteers are needed to provide dinner on Saturday to Monday evenings for the children in our emergency shelter. Volunteers are also welcome to schedule a time to provide a meal for our teen girls. The meal must be fully prepared before delivery at 5pm. *If a volunteer would like to interact with the children, going beyond the front door of the home, that will require a background check and training. Please email Leann Smith to discuss this opportunity.
  • Task-Specific
    Volunteers come into a home while children are away and complete a one-time task; i.e. washing windows inside out, deep cleaning the kitchen, reorganizing and labeling cabinets, etc.
  • Mailing Help
    Volunteers are needed during office hours (M-F, 9-5) to help prepare bulk mailings. This is a periodic event.

*If you are part of a large group, we can also create a volunteer orientation on your schedule.

Upcoming Volunteer Orientation dates are:

Orientations are currently being conducted virtually as needed. If you are interested in signing up for future orientations, please email lsmith@hopecfc.org.

Individual & Group Volunteer Forms

Volunteer Information Form for Individuals

Volunteer Information Form for Groups

*If you are part of a large group, we can also create a volunteer orientation on your schedule.

Internship Opportunities

Internships are accepted as needed in Anchor House, Faucette House, Transitional Living, Clinical Support Services and with HCFC as a non-profit organization (full view). If you have any questions about internships with the Hope Center for Children, please contact lsmith@hopecfc.org.

Update 4/20/22: We aren’t able to accept more interns at this time. We will update when intern positions become available.

Current Volunteer Opportunities