Be Grateful: Opportunities To Volunteer This Holiday Season

By Rachel Brandt
In Culture

This Thanksgiving, gather with grateful hearts. We’ve compiled a list of ways to serve the St. Louis community this time of year and volunteer for a worthy cause.

Photo by Christiana Care.

Photo by Christiana Care.

St. Patrick’s Center 
Throughout the year St. Patrick’s Center is in need of hygiene kits, sandwiches, casseroles and other food items. For more information, visit them online.

United Way 
The United Way has an array of unique volunteer opportunities. From planning an event to reading to children, there are a lot of options to consider and if you can’t find one that is right for you, donations are always welcome. Learn more about the United Way of the Greater St. Louis Area.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Big Brothers, Big Sisters is trying to match 300 children with a mentor this holiday season. Learn how to apply.

Kingdom House
Kingdom House manages a Christmas Shop every year providing gifts for those in need around the holidays. Find out how you can volunteer or donate.

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery
The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect. This holiday season they are requesting gifts for families in need. Find out more.

Almost Home
Almost Home inspires teen moms to create better lives for themselves and their children. They have a long list of ways to volunteer and interested St. Louisans can fill out this form for updates on opportunities.

YWCA
From providing childcare to support for victims of assault, the YWCA offers many volunteer opportunities for those eager to help women in need.

YMCA
Whether you are interested in coaching a sports team or serving on a member board, the YMCA of Greater St. Louis has a bevy of ways to get involved year round.

Missouri EnergyCare 
If you are looking for a unique volunteering opportunity, Missouri EnergyCare is a great choice. Home weatherization is a great activity for groups to participate in. Find more information on how to help people equip their home for the cold season.

Brightside St. Louis
Help St. Louis be a brighter, greener place by volunteering for Brightside St. Louis. Graffiti removal and daffodil planting are only a few of their many opportunities.

Youth Learning Center
Become a tutor at the Youth Learning Center and help enrich a child’s life through reading.

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
Help someone who is suffering from a crippling disease get around a little easier. Volunteer to become a van driver at American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge.

Meals On Wheels 
Volunteer drivers for Meals On Wheels deliver hot, nutritious meals to people in need. Find out how you can help on their website.

The Covering House
The Covering House is a place of refuge for girls who have experienced sex trafficking. Their volunteer program was just launched this year. Find out how you can help.

Shalom House
Volunteers are critical to the success of the Shalom House. Their mission is to support homeless women. Find out how you can support Shalom House by volunteering.

Operation Food Search 
Helping in the warehouse, office, cooking and food distribution are all ways you can volunteer for Operation Food Search. Learn more about this organization and how you can help this holiday season.

St. Louis Area Foodbank
St. Louis area families and seniors depend on the food that the St. Louis Area Foodbank volunteers collect and sort. Volunteer to help.

Ronald McDonald House Charities
This charity is in need of maintenance volunteers this season. Find out how to help on their website.

Humane Society of Missouri
Don’t forget our furry friends! Volunteer for a local animal shelter or organization and save a life this season.

Stray Rescue
Stray Rescue of St. Louis is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help at shelters. Find out more on their website.

Missouri Food Pantries
Find a full list of Missouri food pantries to donate to and volunteer for.

Find an even more comprehensive list of current volunteer opportunities. Did we miss a charity or nonprofit organization that you are passionate about? Please tell us. We know there’s no way we could include all of the wonderful volunteering opportunities our city offers. Comment below with how people can help your charity of choice this holiday season. Spread the love.

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