10 Ways to Make Someone’s Life Better This Month

St. Louis thrives on its spirit of philanthropy. Here are some ways to give back to the community this month.

Photo Courtesy of Recycling On the Go

Photo Courtesy of Recycling On the Go

1/ The second Friday of the month from May to October, Food Truck Fridays in Tower Grove Park bring delicious eats and endless picnic blankets to the park. Experience this community event from a different perspective as a volunteer with St. Louis Earth Day’s Recycling on the Go. This local organization strives to keep waste from landfills and brings their recycling bins to events throughout the area. Sign up here to help on Aug. 12 and keep Food Truck Fridays in Tower Grove Park green!

2/ Missouri is filled with beautiful conservation areas. Many of these sites still rely on human intervention to reverse environmental damages. Operation Clean Stream 2016 is a local response to the need for effective action toward sustainability and environmental health. Join the St. Louis Open Space Coalition on Aug. 27 as they work to clean streams throughout the state of Missouri. The closest sites include Castlewood State Park, Simpson County Park, Greentree Park and George Winter Park. Sign up here to protect Missouri’s waterways.

3/ Kids Vision for Life offers free vision service to children throughout the St. Louis area. They provide everything from free vision screenings to prescription eye-wear, ensuring that children have all of the necessary tools to succeed in school. As the 2016-17 school year approaches, Kids Vision for Life needs volunteers to assist with back to school screenings on Thursday, Aug/ 18. Training is provided onsite so no previous experience is required. Sign up to help here.

4/ Who says fundraising can’t be fun? For a relaxing, literary evening, join Reeling and Healing Midwest at Wine, Wit & Lit on Aug. 14. Join several St. Louis authors for conversation, cocktails and some exciting raffle prizes. Tickets are $25 and all funds support Reeling and Healing’s fly fishing trips for cancer survivors. Visit yapsody.com to purchase your tickets.

5/ For those seeking a long-term commitment, Epworth Children and Family Services has opened applications for their Project XCEL Mentorship Program. Mentors must be at least 21 years of age and commit to a year of service. Relationship development is the focus of the program. For this reason, mentors are asked to meet the mentee regularly in the community. These vital interactions often lead to academic and professional success for mentees and a lifelong relationship of care.

6/ The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis provides support for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. The organization values the rights of people with Down Syndrome and seeks to give them the skills to work, learn, live and play. DSAGSL is holding its annual meeting this month on Thursday, Aug. 11. This event is not possible without childcare volunteers, so families can attend knowing their children are in good hands. If you’d like to lend a hand, contact Abby from the DSAGSL office at abby@dsagsl.org.

7/ Dedicating to greening St. Louis, Brightside St. Louis makes Downtown neighborhoods more livable. With community gardens sprouting up throughout the city, the group contributes to the sustainability of local neighborhoods. Brightside always welcomes new volunteers, whether you want to get some dirt under your fingernails in the gardens or take their Litter Pledge. Fill out the volunteer form to get started and invite your friends!

8/ The Children’s Heart Foundation partners with the Adult Congenital Heart Association to organize its annual heart walk in 30 different US cities. The St. Louis walk takes place this month on Aug. 28. Participants walk to remember those affected by congenital heart disease. Funds raised through the event contribute to research on the local and national level. Donate to the cause, start a team or register as an individual to help fight heart disease in children and adults!

9/ For you animal-lovers, the Wildlife Rescue Center offers several volunteer opportunities for different skill sets. The rescue works to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned animals, restoring them to health and eventually returning them to their natural habitats. The center has several openings including opportunities in wildlife outreach, animal care, fundraising, maintenance and many other areas of interest. Volunteers must commit to at least one five-hour shift per week for at least a three-month duration. Fill out their volunteer application to get started!

10/ Looking for a fun night out that supports a good cause? Smartypants Trivia Night on Aug. 13 could be the event for you. Organized by Voices for Children, a nonprofit focused on advocacy for foster children, this event raises funds to champion the rights of children in the foster system. A silent auction, raffle, door prizes and some delicious food are sure to make this a night of fun. Gather your trivia savvy friends and get a table together. Register online here.

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