Have a hand? Lend it.

Whether you're starting a New Year's resolution, looking for something to do or have a desire to give back, local charities abound and often are in need of volunteers or donations.


American Cancer Society Nationwide

Community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Funds research, individual care and support and education to promote awareness of the disease. 59 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head. 842-5188; www.cancer.org/involved

American Heart Association

Supports research, education and community programs on cardiovascular disease; 681-2355; www.americanheart.org

American Red Cross

Services include blood donation program, safety training classes and helping victims of fires and other local disasters. 757-7437; www.lowcountryredcross.org

Beaufort County Open Land Trust

Protects land permanently by working with private citizens and communities. Accepts donations of properties and helps landowners establish legal restrictions that limit harmful use and development. 521-2175; www.openlandtrust.com

Bluffton Self Help

Helps individuals in the greater Bluffton area who are in critical need of short-term, documented financial assistance; provides them with the most fundamental needs, such as food and clothing, while urging them to become more self-reliant. 757- 8000; www.blufftonselfhelp.org

Born to Read

Volunteers visit new parents in the birthing centers at Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital and bring the parents a gift bag containing a board book, a bib, a shirt and other items and advise the parents of the importance of daily reading and talking with their babies starting at birth. 379-3350; www.borntoread.org

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry

Nurtures young people’s self-esteem by instilling in them a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence and competence. Programming in five core program areas: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. Hilton Head Island, 689-5565; Bluffton, 757-2845; www. bgchhi.com

Caring Coins

Established by Hargray to provide support to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Participants in the program are Hargray Communications customers who voluntarily round up their monthly bill. 341-COIN; www. caringcoins.org

Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)

Provides prevention and intervention programs targeted at breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect. 524-4350; capabeaufort.org

Children’s Center

Provides high quality, high-impact educational child care; Hilton Head, 681-2739; Bluffton, 757-5549; www. thechildrenscentersc.org

Citizens Opposed to Domestic Violence (CODA)

Provides free and confidential information and help to victims of domestic violence. Services include 24-hour crisis counseling, emergency shelter, victim advocacy, legal assistance, case management, information and referral, support groups, and children’s services. 770-1070; www.codalowcountry.org

Community Caring for Children

Provides mobile health care van for children in the public elementary and middle schools, preschool facilities and children of migrant workers. Strives to assure that all eligible children have their molars sealed, receive fluoride treatments and are screened for active dental disease by X-rays and examinations. P.O. Box 23423, Hilton Head, SC 29925

Community Services Organization

Established in 2009, the Community Services Organization (CSO) is a countywide initiative that brings together government agencies, independent faith-based and nonprofit organizations in Beaufort County under the direction of a unifying authority to track emergency assistance. The mission of this group is to bring about coordinated communication, accountability measures and tracking information, and a collaborative, efficient service environment in Beaufort County. www.csobeaufort.com/

Deep Well Project

The Deep Well project streamlines a broad range of vital social services for the working poor, disabled and infirm within the greater Hilton Head area. 785-2849; www.deepwell project.org

Family Promise of Beaufort

This organization is for families in transition. It is one of over 141 Family Promise networks across the nation, consisting of over 5,000 congregations with more than 120,000 volunteers. Family Promise has served more than 220,000 people nationally. More than 60% of guests are children and 80% of families move on to long-term housing. Funding is by individual donations, grants, and fundraising events. Family Promise recently received the Angel Award for spending the highest percentage of donations directly on client care. They are Beaufort County's only homeless shelter. They can use help in Beaufort in terms of storage space for furniture, furniture and household item donations, an occasional moving truck with muscle to help install a graduated family to their new home. http://www.familypromisebeaufortcountysc.com/ or call (843) 815-4211

Friends of the Beaufort County Library

The organization supports all Beaufort County libraries in order to keep them consistently active and updated. 470-6504; www.beaufortcountylibrary. org/htdocs-sirsi/ allfriends.htm

Friends of the Rivers

Protects the quality of local water resources by providing water quality education and information to residents of the Lowcountry as it relates to a community’s cultural, social, economic or scientific concerns. 227-0004; www. friendsoftherivers.com

Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity

Habitat works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. 522- 3500; www.lowcountryhabitat.org

Heritage Library Foundation

The Foundation is devoted to the study and preservation of national and ancestral history. A not-for-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers, it operates a history and genealogical library and administers two historic sites from the Colonial and Civil War eras. 843-686-6560 ; www.heritagelib. org.

Heroes on Horseback

Fosters safe, professional and ethical equine-assisted activities for individuals with physical, mental or emotional disabilities. 757-5607; www.heroesonhorseback.org

Hilton Head Audubon Society

Promotes awareness and appreciation of nature to preserve and protect wildlife and natural ecosystems and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship. www.hiltonheadaudubon. org; email Clem at clemd@hargray.com

Hilton Head Heroes

Provides weeklong vacations to Hilton Head Island for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and their families. 671-4939; hhheroes.com

Hilton Head Hospital Auxiliary

Sponsors the hospital gift shop, Red Cross Bloodmobile and the “Trolley,” a campus transport golf cart. Assists patients who are without sufficient resources to meet certain health needs; provides scholarships to local residents who wish to pursue nursing careers. 689-8246; www.hiltonheadregional. com

Hilton Head Humane

Provide care and shelter for stray, abandoned and abused dogs and cats; places animals in stable and loving homes; promotes and provides spaying and neutering; educates community on proper care and treatment of animals. 681-8686; www.hhhumane.org

Hope Haven of the Lowcountry

Children’s Advocacy and Rape Crisis Center Provides child and adult forensic interviews, crisis counseling, victim advocacy, family support, law enforcement partnership and educational programs. 524-2256; www.hopehavenlc.org

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry

Offers care, comfort and dignity unconditionally to individuals at the end of life and support for families; 706-2296; www.hospicecarelc.org Island Recreation Center Provides wide variety of programs for children, families and seniors. 681- 7273; www.islandreccenter.org

Junior Jazz Foundation

Philanthropic outreach effort of The Jazz Corner, formed to educate and enable young musicians in the community by supplying instruments, scholarships, classes and seminars. The Village at Wexford C-1, Hilton Head. 681-9100; www.thejuniorjazzfoundation.com

Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island

Learning institute for working and retired adults. 842-8250; www.lifelonglearninghhi.org

Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry

Equips adults with reading, writing, math and speaking skills. Bluffton, 815- 6616; Hilton Head, 681-6655; www. lowcountryliteracy.org

Low Country Legal Clinic, Inc.

Engages community volunteers and retired attorneys in providing free advice, education and legal representation to low-income families. 815-1570; www. lowcountrylegalaid.org

Meals on Wheels

Delivers meals to qualified clients in southern Beaufort County. 689-8334; www.mowblufftonhhi.com

Memory Matters

Helps families who face the challenges of living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease; offers a social day program for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. 842-6688; www.nia.nih.gov/ alzheimers; www.memory-matters.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Beaufort County

Self-help, support and advocacy organization for people with mental illness, and their families and friends. 681-2200; www.NAMIBeaufortCounty.com

Native Island Business and Community Affairs

Sponsors Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, which was designed to create economic development opportunities for minority business owners, to develop the cultural tourism market and to increase tourism in February on Hilton Head Island. 689-9314; www. gullahcelebration.com

Newborns in Need

Whether you sew, knit, crochet, quilt or just want to help, volunteers are needed. For more information, call the Rev. Dr. Nanette Pierson at 843-645-0935 or e-mail nononanette@gmail.com or call Terry Simmons at 843-422-9301 or e-mail terrydimm@yahoo.com.

Operation R&R

Provides our men and women in the armed forces with the opportunity to reconnect with their spouses and children on their return from Iraq or Afghanistan. Local property owners donate their homes and villas on Hilton Head Island for this purpose. www. operationrestandrelax.org

Palmetto Animal League

Promotes humane treatment of animals, rescue and education programs, helps provide spay/neuter services. 645- 1725; www.palmettoanimalleague.org

Penn Center

Promotes and preserves the history and culture of the Sea Islands; acts as local, national and international resource center, and catalyst for the development of programs for self-sufficiency. 838-2432; www.penncenter.com

Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Low Country

Enables women to make responsible choices regarding reproductive health issues. 689-2222; www.pregnancy centerhhi.org

Programs for Exceptional People (PEP)

Serves individuals affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. Provides skills training in the areas of employment, utilization of resources and independent living. 681-8413; www.pephhi.org

Second Helpings

Collects surplus foods that would otherwise have been wasted from restaurants, resorts, caterers, supermarkets and others. Volunteers then deliver this food to agencies serving the disadvantaged in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. 689-3689; www. secondhelpingshhi.org

Snac Spay Neuter

Low-cost spay/neuter clinic. 645-2500; www.snac1.com

Thumbs Up

The non-profit agency provides year-round support to at-risk children in the Beaufort area. Volunteers are needed to help children with homework after school or with a vacation program, to chaperone a field trip or to cook an evening meal. Call Sheila Cole, program director, at 843-379-8882, for more information.

Toys for Tots

U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. 912-315-4760; www. toysfortots.org

Treat the Troops

Home-baked cookies and other items, including a note of thanks, are sent to members of the armed forces. Started by Jeanette Cram, the “Cookie Lady.” www.treatthetroops.org

United Way

Supports a variety of social services, including information and referral for emergency or non-emergency needs such as counseling, food and shelter, suicide prevention, emergency shelter for children and battered women, and other human service needs. 837-2000; www.uwlowcountry.org

Volunteers in Medicine

Retired medical professionals provide quality health care services in free clinics that focus on serving the needs of the working uninsured. 689.6612; www.vimclinic.org

Service Groups

Junior Service League of Beaufort (JSLB)

The JSLB is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism. Membership in the JSLB offers an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with others who share a desire to give back to our community. They need volunteers for non-profit organizations, community agencies and service providers that are focused on families. For more information, e-mail jslbwm@gmail.com.

Junior League of Savannah-South Carolina Lowcountry Projects

An organization of women committed to promoting volunteering, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. 912-790-1002; www.jrleaguesav.org 


Members work to develop future generations of leaders. They help revitalize neighborhoods, organize youth sports programs, tutor, build playgrounds and perform other projects to help children and their local communities. Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head - Palmetto: http:// palmettokiwanisclub.org; Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island: www.hiltonheadkiwanis. com; 686-8130.

Knights of Columbus

Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. Council 12263-Cardinal Bernardin, Bluffton; Council 10668-Thomas D. Reilley Sr., Hilton Head; Council 7289-Raymond G. Bennett, Hilton Head; www.kofc.org


Conducts vision screenings, equips hospitals and clinics, distributes medicine and raises awareness of eye disease. Clubs on Hilton Head and in Bluffton. www.sclions.org


Provides service to others, promotes high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Local clubs include: Bluffton; Hilton Head; Hilton Head – Sunset; Hilton Head – Van Landingham; Okatie. www.rotary7770.org

Women’s Association of Hilton Head

Promotes natural and cultural beauty of the island, encourages projects which benefit the community, and facilitates communication among the women of the island. 837-5138; www.wahhi.com


Organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta members volunteer their time, talents and money to local and international service projects as well as scholarship award programs aimed at furthering women’s education, leadership and youth development. Zonta Club of Bluffton: www.zontaclubofbluffton. com; Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island: zontahhi.org


There are hundreds of foundations throughout Southern Beaufort County. Here are just a few:

Celebrity Golf

Foundation 16 children’s organizations share in the proceeds from the annual celebrity golf tournament. www.hhcelebritygolf.com; 842-7711

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Makes grants to local nonprofits that benefit the area. www.cf-lowcountry. org; 681-9100

Curry Foundation

Provides emotional and financial support to individuals or families who have experienced a life-altering tragedy such as a serious or terminal illness or death of a parent or spouse, creating tremendous financial hardship. www. curryfoundation.org

David Carmines Foundation

Supports cancer research, cancer patient support and public recreation. www.davidmcarmines.org

Heritage Classic Foundation

Nonprofit organization that became the general sponsor of the Heritage. Proceeds left over from the tournament are donated to local charities. www. heritageclassicfoundation.com

The Arts/Museums

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Broadway-style theater, pop, jazz and classical concerts, children’s events and more. 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head; 842-2787; artshhi.com

Art League of Hilton Head Island

Promotes and supports the visual arts through education, exhibitions and partnerships. Ste. 207, Pineland Station, Hilton Head; 681-5060; www.hhal.org

Coastal Discovery Museum

Hands-on exploration of the history, wildlife and heritage of coastal Carolina. 100 William Hilton Parkway (Honey Horn Plantation), Hilton Head; 689-6767; www.coastal discovery.org

Hilton Head Choral Society

Variety of musical performances at various venues. 341-6468; hiltonheadchoralsociety.org

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

Music by the masters, pops programs, youth orchestra and more. Performances at First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head, and various venues; 842-2055; www.hhso.org

Main Street Youth Theatre

Provides theatrical experience to amateur local young talent. 689-MAIN (6246); www.msyt.org

May River Theatre Company

Musical revues, various theater productions. Corner of Bridge and Pritchard streets (in Bluffton Town Hall), Bluffton; 815-5581; mayrivertheatre.com

The Sandbox — An Interactive Children’s Museum

Hands-on interactive children’s museum filled with unique, entertaining and educational play areas to explore. 18 Pope Ave., Hilton Head; 842-7645; thesandbox.org

South Carolina Repertory Theatre

Broadway-style theater, musical theater and more. 136 Beach City Road, Hilton Head; 342-2057; hiltonheadtheatre.com


Beaufort Branch Library

The Homework Center has suspended all activity because they need volunteers to tutor children. For more information, call Patricia Porter at 843-470-6521.

Beaufort Pajama Drive

This organization rovides new pajamas and new books to children who are waiting to be adopted. Participating locations will receive a "Nurture Bin" for donations. For more information, call 843-252-6309 or visit www.beaufortpajamas.com.