volunteers

"We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give."
                      — Winston Churchill
S.C. Baptist Association volunteers filling gift bags for inmates.
Department of Corrections’ Volunteers:
Changing the Future
Volunteers are special people who unselfishly donate their time and energy towards inmates in need. They are the cherished resources of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. They supplement staff, provide programs and services that might not otherwise be available, and bridge the gap between the community and the correctional setting. There are no special education, race, sex, religion, or marital status requirements — just a desire to work with those less fortunate and a willingness to learn and follow the rules.

What do prison volunteers do?
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Counseling: Individual, group and family.
  • Education: Volunteers serve as; tutors teaching inmates basic reading and writing skills, teaching classes and vocational skills. Volunteers also provide educational assistance in adult education and SCDC’s Correctional Learning Network Program.
  • Mentoring: Volunteers serve as role models by mentoring an inmate who has not received an outside visit in the last year.
  • Pre–Release training classes for inmates.
  • Recreation: Volunteers serve as coaches or referees for numerous team sports. Also, community teams compete against inmate teams in various sports.
  • Re–Entry Classes: Volunteers assist inmates in learning life skills such as financial management and job application/interviewing.
  • Religious Programs: Volunteers serve as leaders of worship services, study groups and instructional classes. They also participate in religious celebrations.
  • Seminars: Volunteers serve as instructors who teach a variety of classes on how to cope with incarceration and how to effectively re–enter into one’s community. For example, topics include anger management, self–esteem, stress management, job interviewing skills and parenting skills, etc.
  • Special Events
  • Staff Assistance: Volunteers help perform clerical and administrative functions.
  • Substance Abuse: Volunteers serve as sponsors of Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups that help inmates cope with the problem of addiction.
How can you become a volunteer?
  • Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, who is generally the Chaplain, at the institution where you wish to provide volunteer services.
  • Upon approval from the Chaplain/Volunteer Coordinator submit an application and agree to go though a personal interview.
  • Attend an orientation/training session that is appropriate to the services rendered. Regular Volunteers are trained in the rules, regulations and needs of the institution. Guest Volunteers are briefed prior to providing their services.
  • Abide by all Agency policies, in particular, the contraband policy, the employee/inmate relationship policy, the hostage policy and the media contact policy.
  • Recognize that correctional employees will monitor your contact with inmates.
  • Respect all inmates’ privacy.
  • Ask questions if you have them.
As a volunteer, you can work with inmates directly by becoming either a Regular or Guest Volunteer. Regular Volunteers commit to scheduled weekly visits, whereas, Guest Volunteers perform a specific service either on a one–time–only or once–a–month basis. You can also serve inmates indirectly, for example, by assisting the Volunteer Services Branch with projects or an institution with chapel fund raising efforts, etc.

NOTE: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or have written parental consent and be accompanied by an adult who is an approved Department of Corrections’ volunteer.

Questions: Call Angela Geohaghan at
(803)896–8776.


Contact Information
Chaplains
Headquarters
P. O. Box 21787
4444 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Lloyd Roberts (803) 896–1229
Branch Chief of Pastoral Services
Islamic Affairs Headquarters
Broad River Road
P.O. Box 21787
Columbia, S.C. 29210
Omar Shaheed (803) 896–1234
Tamir Mutakabbir (803) 896–1231


Allendale Correctional Institution
1057 Revolutionary Trail
Fairfax, SC 29827
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 1151
Fairfax. SC 29827
Cleveland Stokes (803) 734–0653
John Porter (803) 632–2498


Lower Savannah Pre–Release Center
361 Wire Road
Aiken, SC 29801
Capt. Tina Syphertt, Volunteer Coordinator (803) 648–8865
Broad River Correctional Institution
4460 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Glenn Sherman (803) 896–2192
Reggie Cruse (803) 896–2893


MacDougall Correctional Institution
1516 Old Gilliard Road
Ridgeville, SC 29472
Lance Neal (803) 734–0459
Camille Griffin Graham Correctional
Institution
(Womens Facility)
4450 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Kimberly Campbell (803) 896–1525

Manning Correctional Institution
502 Beckman Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
Thyra Adams–Briggs (803) 935–6081

Campbell Pre–Release Center
4530 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Benjamin McCullum
(803) 896–8560


McCormick Correctional Institution
386 Redemption Way
McCormick, SC 29899
James Lee Burkholder (803) 734–0330
Bobby Hankerson (803) 734–0330
Nedenia Parker–Barber (803) 734–0330


Catawba Pre–Release Center
1030 Milling Road
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Donald Harrell, Volunteer Coordinator
(803) 324–5361


Palmer Pre–Release Center
2012 Pisgah Road
Florence, SC 29501
Norma Bartelle, Volunteer Coordinator
(803) 734–9487


Coastal Pre–Release Center
3765 Leeds Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405
Jamie Rowell, Volunteer Coordinator (843) 740–1630

Perry Correctional Institution
430 Oaklawn Road
Pelzer, SC 29669
Andy Cooper (803) 737–1752
Aaron Adams (803) 737–1752
Alexander (803) 737–1752
Tom Lauritzen (803) 737–1752


Evans Correctional Institution
610 Highway 9 West
Bennettsville, SC 29512
Mailing Address:
P.O. 2951202
Bennettsville, SC 29512
Fredrick Yebuah (803) 896–4931
Michael Cannon (803) 734–1425


Ridgeland Correctional Institution
Route 2, Box 7, East Frontage Road
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 2039
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phillip Wren (803) 896–3248
Pollak (803) 896–3248


Goodman Correctional Institution
4556 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Jefferson Lewis (803) 896–1796

Stevenson Correctional Institution
4546 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Reid White (803) 896–1878

Kershaw Correctional Institution
4848 Goldmine Highway
Kershaw, SC 29067
Jeffrey Cockrell (803) 896–3354
Gerry Potoka (803) 896–3354


Trenton Correctional Institution
84 Greenhouse Road
Trenton, SC 29847
Victor Thomas (803) 896–3051
Stephen Stolzfus (803) 896–3052
Jerold Martin (803) 896–3052


Kirkland Reception and
Evaluation Center

4344 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
John Houser (803) 896–2063
Joe Yoder (803) 896–2240
David Utley (808) 896–2062


Turbeville Correctional Institution
Highway 378
Turbeville, SC 29162
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 252
Turbeville, SC 29162
CGeorge Windley (803) 896–3454
Bennie Coclough (803) 896–3454


Leath Correctional Institution
(Womens Facility)
2809 Airport Road
Greenwood, SC 29649
Delcinia Jamison (803) 896–1029

Tyger River Correctional Institution
100–200 Prison Road
Enoree, SC 29355
Yakubu Otijele (803) 896–3632
Allen Edmisten (803) 896–3632


Lee Correctional Institution
990 Wisacky Highway
Bishopville, SC 29010
W. C. Wilks (803) 896–2485
Leonard Cain (803) 896–2509


Walden Correctional Institution
4340 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
James Abrams (803) 896–1612

Lieber Correctional Institution
136 Wilborn Avenue
P.O. Box 205
Ridgeville, SC 29472
Durward VanBedder (803) 896–3711
Eddie Morris (803) 896–3711


Wateree River Correctional
Institution

Highway 261
Rembert, SC 29128
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 189
Rembert, SC 29128
Charmaine Ragin (803) 896–3428
James Taylor (803) 896–3429


Livesay Correctional Institution
104 Broadcast Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 580
Una, SC 29378
Rennie Campbell (803) 734–1375
Jason Kersh (803) 734–1375
Jimmie Keller (864) 594–4915
Watkins Pre–Release Center
1700 St. Andrews Terrace
Columbia, SC 29210
Danielle Brown, Volunteer Coordinator (803) 896–2305