Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are at the heart of mission work.  If you wish to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the global and local communities, contact the church office at 843-681-3696.

Helping Hands and hearts


More information about volunteering at First Presbyterian is on the Every Member in Ministry volunteer page on the website, at this link.


Local Outreach volunteer opportunities:

Tutors Needed:  Tutors are needed for the children at Ridgeland Elementary School. 

Book Club Buddies: Book groups are needed to adopt classes at Ridgeland Elementary School.  The program gives children the opportunity to read books and write letters to their adult book club friends. The purpose of the program is to promote a love of reading and writing with a special reading buddy who enjoys reading and talking about books.

Reading Buddies: Volunteers are needed to work with children who need help with reading in Jasper County. We have all the books and supplies that you need. Training is available. 

Volunteer at Hilton Head Elementary School:
To learn more about these opportunities, contact Sarah O’Brien, Local Outreach, gobikegar@sbcglobal.net or 715-2247.
1.    Tutor a first or second grader in reading for half-hour periods, one day a week Monday through Thursday and help a child learn the love of reading.
Time commitment:  1-2 hours per week; materials and training provided.
2.    Be a Passport Checker who makes sure students locate their countries correctly on the provided map, with encouragement and positive feedback.
Time commitment:  2 hours one Thursday a month
3. Become an IMPACT mentor, meeting with a student identified by elementary school counselor in need of additional adult presence and encouragement, to listen and share positive life experiences with the student.
Time commitment:  1 hour per week during school hours; training provided

BackPack Buddies: This organization started the Backpack Buddies program which now supplies backpacks of weekend food to 220 children on Hilton Head during the school year and 25 children in Jasper County. This past summer on three occasions it also supplied 50 families with food boxes.  Other local churches have joined this effort.  

Feed My Sheep: Our Feed My Sheep monthly donations of food reach hungry and homeless people at Deep Well, Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, Bluffton Self Help and Hardeeville Thrift Shop. 

People In Need: Our own PIN (People in Need) program helps sustain those in need with rent subsidies, gasoline cards and food from our own church food pantry.   

Holiday Food Baskets: At Thanksgiving and Christmas, youth and adult members deliver 50 holiday food baskets to families designated by Deep Well, an endeavor which opens eyes and touches hearts of those who deliver.  Volunteers pick up the baskets from Piggly Wiggly and organize delivery teams.

Soup Kitchens: In conjunction with Holy Family Catholic Church and St. Luke’s Church, FPC members help prepare and serve noon meals two days a week at Holy Family Church through the Helping Hands Ministry, and FPC helps support the St. James Baptist Church soup kitchen.  Other soup kitchens are at Campbell Chapel AME Church in Bluffton and  St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church on Hilton Head Island.  Contact the churches listed for information about how to volunteer.

Family Promise: Addressing homelessness more directly, through the Family Promise program we lovingly open our church four weeks a year to welcome, feed, house and express respect and love for local families who currently are without a home.