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.

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


Volunteer at Hilton Head Elementary School:
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. Contact Buck Edwards at buckhhi@aol.com.

Local Outreach
School Uniform Drive: Help with coordinating and sorting of donated school uniforms to children in local school districts;

A Book ‘n a Buck: A spring event when books are collected for elementary through high school age children in public schools in the Corridor of Hope: Jasper, Allendale, Colleton and Hampton counties.  This requires advertising, receiving and distributing books to schools to supplement their libraries;

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. 

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.

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.

GED Program: Help people obtain their General Education Diploma by serving as teacher/mentor in one of the following subjects: math, reading/language arts, social studies and science;

People In Need: Volunteers needed Tuesday mornings in the church office offering assistance to people who need help with rent, food, utilities and medical expenses. Training is provided;

Presbyterian Communities: Volunteer liaison needed for updates and ongoing needs of this non-profit service enabling retirees to live with dignity and independence;

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. 

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.

Thornwell Home for Children: Contact Thornwell to determine items needed. Plan and develop Christmas display with information on how to fill needs for children and cottages. Gifts need to be transported to Clinton, SC prior to Christmas.

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

Community Outreach
Antioch Educational Center (AEC): This unique program supports adults and children through nursing assistance training programs; summer work programs for Jr./Sr. high school students; a scholars pilot program for first graders designed to follow students through high school; also has
developed food distribution with a local BackPack buddies program and assists students with school uniforms. Volunteers and financial support needed;

Bargain Box: Volunteer at the Island’s charity thrift store, which sells gently used, donated items at bargain prices;

Boys and Girls Club: Inspire and enable local young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Help with homework is always needed;

Brain Gain: A summer cultural, educational and recreational program for high-achieving, low-income children which receives FPC financial support;

Deep Well: Help those in need, disabled and infirm to overcome adversity through a range of vital social services;

Habitat for Humanity: Build affordable housing in the upcoming Island project, “The Glen”. Assist with current remodels or volunteer at the ReStore in Bluffton;

Hopeful Outreach (formerly Hope Haven): Assist in providing miscellaneous services for adult and  child victims of abuse;

Literacy Center (The):  Assist in equipping adults with reading, writing and math skills;

Memory Matters: Provides comprehensive services to those afflicted with any type of dementia AND their families;

IMPACT: Mentor a student by providing consistent support, guidance and help to a student in need of a positive role model in local schools through the IMPACT: mentoring program;

Neighbor Outreach Connection (NOC): Addresses community development in underserved neighborhoods. Education is the central focus of the program;

Pockets Full of Sunshine: Serves people with special needs, physical and mental, and has as its mission increasing community focused employment opportunities for special needs young adults. The group receives an  in-kind contribution from FPC.

Volunteers in Medicine: Greet/direct patients, help with medical records or personnel at an all-volunteer medical clinic providing health care to uninsured local residents;

First Presbyterian Day School
Grocery Shoppers: Shop weekly for lunch and snack items;
Handyman: Help with small projects, such as minor construction and painting;
Playground Maintenance: Repair minor breaks and power wash climbing equipment two times/year;
Substitute Teacher: Fill in for teachers when ill or on vacation;
Window Washing: Clean windows in the classrooms by washing two to three times/year.