“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
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
- 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