Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the cornerstone of ECCO’s ability to serve our neighbors. With over 250+ active individuals, ECCO volunteers inspire hope and encourage personal improvement with compassion and dignity. Last year our volunteers dedicated over 20,000 hours of service for a total value to the community exceeding $612,000!  

ECCO is lucky to have an average of 160 volunteers in the building each week, filling roles that are critical to our daily operations. Standard shifts are Monday through Friday at 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm with no restrictions as to the number of days or shifts a volunteer can serve. There are various opportunities to serve at ECCO – from positions that bring you in direct contact with clients, to helping support our Golf Tournament and Gala fundraising events. Training is provided. All are important to advancing the mission of our organization, including the following:

Client Interviews
Client Interviewer welcomes and interview clients visiting ECCO to ascertain their situation and needs. A file is created to help track actions and outcomes of each visit and may include information regarding other organizations and/or agencies contacted to further assist the client.

Food WarehouseVolunteer
The ECCO Food pantry resembles a grocery store and volunteers play a critical role in keeping the shelves stocked with food and other household products (diapers, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.). Additional responsibilities include filling client orders and with essential items for individuals and families. The volunteers help bring the groceries to the client’s vehicle or ride. This provides an opportunity to again welcome and interact with the client and perhaps address a special food or household supplies requests.

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The community is extremely generous in donating clothing in good condition to help provide. These items are sorted and given away at no charge to those in need. Volunteers separate clothing into gender, size, and season. Clients can then look through these items in a dignified way and are asked to adhere to an honor system of taking only what they need and leaving the rest for their fellow neighbors.

If you would like to join the ECCO Volunteer team please contact Rachel Vane, Director of Volunteer Engagement, at rvane@ECCOcharleston.org or (843) 416.7111 or submit the following online form.

Click the link to open a new window and view the materials from our  Volunteer Stakeholder Meetings 2015