St. Clair County Community Mental Health provides public mental health services and supports to individuals with mental illnesses, intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-occurring substance use disorders, focusing on integrated health care and recovery. Individuals supported by SCCCMH range in age from infancy to the elderly. We recognize that all people have the capacity to discover, recover, grow and positively change their thinking, beliefs and behaviors. We believe in the idea that treating all people well - with dignity, respect, equality, and with expectations of growth and development - is fundamental to providing excellent services. We expect our staff and volunteers to share in this philosophy.
Making A Difference
Last year, approximately 62.6 million people nation-wide spent time volunteering in their communities, averaging 52 hours each. At St. Clair County Community Mental Health (SCCCMH) we see value in the skills and talents of community members and provide a variety of opportunities for people to share those gifts with the individuals supported by SCCCMH.
Volunteers at SCCCMH must be at least 18 years of age (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian), pass a background check and (if transporting individuals) pass drug screenings and driving record check. Some positions may require that volunteers participate in Recipient Rights, Recovery and other trainings. Most trainings occur during our regular business hours, Monday through Friday.
- Studies have shown volunteers tend to be happier and healthier than non-volunteers.
- Later in life, volunteering has been shown to be beneficial to your health, much like exercising and eating well.
- Volunteers develop strong relationships with other volunteers and those whom they are assisting.
- Volunteering alongside family members and friends strengthens those bonds.
- Volunteering provides a sense of purpose.
- Volunteering provides the satisfaction of knowing you have helped others.
- Read All About It program
- Front door greeters at the Welcome Desk
- Assisting with CMH Players theater productions
- Assisting art, writing, or drama classes
- Work with The Galley food service training program or the Sail In Cafe and Convenience Store
- Helping transport individuals to and from appointments
- Helping with special events, fundraisers and community events
- Basic office work; such as assist with mailings, making copies and putting together meeting packets
Interested in getting more information?
Fill out the Volunteer Opportunity Form and someone from our Human Resources Department will contact you.
Making your donations Count
St. Clair County Community Mental Health has several special funds to assist us in providing services and supports to individuals where funding is otherwise not available. The good works made possible through these funds have an enormously positive impact in the lives of recipients. Often the generous contributions of the general community to these funds make the difference in permitting an individual to begin or continue their recovery journey. Please consider including one or more of these funds in your charitable donations.
Caring for Kids Fund
St. Clair County CMH created the Caring for Kids Fund in 2010. Monies donated to this fund are designated to provide for the special needs of children and families service by CMH that cannot be funded using other sources. These expenses may include, but are not limited to, purchase of equipment, clothing, personal care items, holiday gifts, or enrichment items or activities.
Community Foundation Endowment Fund
The Community Foundation Endowment Fund was created in 2015. Donations made to this fund are used to provide basic needs for individuals who receive CMH services, but are unable to be funded through other sources. The fund supports the programs, projects, and operations of CMH.
Good Neighbor Fund
St. Clair County CMH created the Good Neighbor Fund in 2010. Monies donated to this fund are designated for gestures of good will, which means so much on a community and/or personal level, but are not generally funded through other channels. Examples include, but are not limited to, the Read All About It! Elementary school anti-stigma project, CMH sponsored holiday celebrations, and other community involvement activities intended to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
Housing Assistance Fund
St. Clair County CMH created the Housing Assistance Fund in 2010. Monies donated to this fund are used to assist individuals currently receiving services from CMH who have no other source of payment available and who have exhausted other resources for funding. Examples include, but are not limited to, environmental modifications for accessibility, security deposits and/or first month’s rent, short term housing needed prior to transitioning into permanent housing, and deposits for utility hook up.
St. Clair County CMH created the Lifeline Fund in 2010. Donations made to this fund are used to provide basic needs for individuals who receive CMH services, but are unable to be funded through other sources. Examples include, but are not limited to, emergency housing expenses, dental care, medical needs, mental health treatment, funeral costs, adaptive equipment, or environmental modifications.
Gift of Knowledge
The Gift of Knowledge project purchases books about recovery, mental illness, developmental disability, and substance use disorders for the St. Clair County Library system.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead