Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of the women and children at Safe Harbor. We rely on both individuals and volunteer groups to partner with our staff as we carry out our mission.

From child mentoring opportunities to representing Safe Harbor at health fairs, there are countless ways for you to join the Safe Harbor volunteer family. If you're interested in volunteering with Safe Harbor or would like to learn more about our volunteer opportunites listed below, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa Nalley, at lisa.nalley@safeharborsc.org or (864) 385-7182. 


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Help Line Advocate

    Safe Harbor's 24/7 help line is the first touchpoint with callers who are seeking help and support. Help Line Advocates will answer calls in a trauma-informed manner, answer questions, assist with safety planning and complete intake forms. Help Line Advocates should be able to handle crisis situations, while providing emotional support, information and referrals in an empathetic and non-judgmental manner.

    Shifts: 8:30am-4pm (2- to 4-hour shifts) Monday-Friday in the intake room at Safe Harbor's Community Offices (Greenville)

  • "Sidekicks" Mentoring Program for Children & Youth

    The “Sidekicks” Mentoring Program connects children and adolescents of Safe Harbor clients to a safe and caring adult volunteer. After completing Safe Harbor’s basic volunteer training, Sidekicks will receive additional training on how to effectively build connections with chidren/adolescents, and be given resources for creating fun, supportive interactions.

    Sidekicks may also receive requests for specific dates and times that clients have a need for childcare (i.e. court dates, job interviews, therapy appointments, etc.)

    Shifts: 9am-7pm, seven days a week

  • Childcare Volunteer for Empowering Survivors Support Group

    Volunteers will provide on-site childcare during Empowering Survivors, Safe Harbor's support group for anyone who has experienced domestic abuse. 

    Shifts: Monday evenings from 5:45-7:40pm in Greenville

  • Resale Shop & Facility Support Volunteer

    Resale Shop & Facility Support Volunteers help process and sort donations, transport donations from the community to the Resale Shop and/ or client homes (during client move-outs) or provide general shelter maintenance (i.e. yard work and minor shelter repairs.)

    Shifts: varied

  • Ambassadors

    Ambassadors provide knowledge of domestic violence and Safe Harbor services by conducting speaking engagements, representing Safe Harbor at outreach events (health and resource fairs, etc.) or by forming a contact group for distribution of Safe Harbor outreach materials.

    The goal of Safe Harbor's Ambassador team is to educate the community about the issue of domestic violence, raise awareness about Safe Harbor's services, and elevate the voices of survivors. 

    Many Safe Harbor Ambassadors are survivors committed to raising awareness about domestic violence and available resources through sharing their own experiences. 

    Shifts: varied

  • Welcome & Orientation Advocate

    Welcome & Orientation Advocates welcome and orient new clients and families as they arrive to shelter. The Welcome & Orientation advocate will greet clients, review shelter orientation paperwork, give shelter tours and help clients settle into their room.

    Shifts: weekday evenings and weekends

  • Groups

    Small groups of volunteers (10 or fewer) are needed to assist with various projects across Safe Harbor's three shelters (Greenville, Anderson and Oconee.), Projects include yardwork, painting, sorting donations, and cleaning/organizing play rooms and other spaces.

    Volunteer groups are also needed at Safe Harbor Resale Shop to process and sort donations, tag clothing and household items, and help clean and organize the Shop.

    Shifts: varied

  • Meal Train Volunteers

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted our shelter set-up and protocols to comply with CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of illness. Our bed space has been reduced in order to comply with social distancing. Therefore, we are also utilizing hotel stays for some families needing shelter when our shelter spaces are full. 

    We have set-up a meal train for volunteers to donate meals and funds to purchase meals for families staying in a hotel during this time. Please volunteer to make, order or fund a meal for families in our program!

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