Support Your Community: Find Volunteer Opportunities in STL

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Brightside St. Louis

Make St. Louis neighborhoods cleaner, greener and more sustainable with Brightside St. Louis (Tower Grove, 314.772.4646).

Open Space Council

Conserve and sustain St. Louis’ land, water, and other natural resources with Open Space Council (Tower Grove, 314.835.9225).

Forest Park Forever

Contribute to the revitalization of one of the city’s most beloved urban parks with Forest Park Forever (Central West End, 314.367.7275).

Gateway Greening

Strengthen your neighborhood through urban agriculture with Gateway Greening (Downtown, 314.588.9600).

Little Shop Around the Corner

Support the Missouri Botanical Garden’s research and educational objectives to preserve plant life, conserve resources and slow the efforts of global climate change with Little Shop Around the Corner (Shaw, 314.577.5100).




Voices for Children

Advocate for abused and neglected children in foster care with Voices for Children (Midtown, 314.552.2352).

Friends of Kids With Cancer

Deliver educational and emotional support to children fighting cancer with Friends of Kids with Cancer (West County, 314.275.7440).

Youth In Need

Build positive futures for the city’s most vulnerable children, teens, and families with Youth in Need (St. Charles, 636.946.5600).

Girls on the Run

Empower girls to reach their full potential, and inspire them to be joyful, healthy and confident with Girls on the Run (Multiple Locations).


Tenth Life

Rehabilitate (and cuddle!) rescued kitties with Tenth Life (Cherokee Street, 314.808.2454).

Stray Rescue

Hit the streets and save the lives of abused and neglected animals throughout the city with Stray Rescue (Midtown, 314.771.6121)

Gateway Pet Guardians

Take a stand against animal homelessness through rescue, rehabilitation, and education with Gateway Pet Guardians (East St. Louis, 314.664.7398).


Hands Up United

Join the fight towards the liberation of oppressed blacks and poverty stricken people through education, art, and advocacy with Hands Up United (Florissant).

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Empower African-Americans throughout the region to secure economic self-reliance, social equality, and civic rights with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis (Midtown, 314.615.3600).

Pakt Community Center 

Assist at-risk families to cultivate a hope for a better future though a sense of enhanced independence, self-esteem and well-being with Pakt Community Center (Ferguson, 314.524.2710).

Assistance League 

Develop, implement and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of children and adults in the St. Louis community with Assistance League (Ellisville, 636.227.6200).



The Bridge

Help the homeless secure stable housing with The Bridge Outreach (Downtown, 314.421.3136).

The Horizon Club

Join The Horizon Club and help spread information about available community services such as housing, employment, clothing and transportation (Downtown, 314.421.0090).

St. Patrick’s Center

Volunteer for Meals On Wheels, Food Bank, Clothing Bank, or alternative services at St. Patrick’s Center (Downtown, 314.802.0700).

Food Outreach

Provide nutrition support to men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS at Food Outreach (Grand Center, 314.652.FOOD (3663)).

Peter & Paul Community Services

Provide housing and supportive services to those who are homeless, living with HIV/AIDS or mental illness at Peter & Paul Community Services (Benton Park, 314.588.7111).

Ready Readers

Read aloud to preschool children with Ready Readers (Overland, 314.564.8070).


Magdalene Center

Help women recover from sexual abuse, violence and life on the streets with Magdalene St. Louis (Old North St. Louis, 314.339.5216).

Gateway 180

Reverse homelessness for women, children and families with Gateway 180 (Downtown, 314.231.1515).

The Women’s Safe House

Increase awareness of domestic abuse, provide a non-threatening environment and more at The Women’s Safe House (Downtown, 314.772.4535).


Provide a variety of services to out of state patients and their families with HavenHouse (Olive, 314.434.5858).

Oasis Institute

Teach children to love reading with Oasis Institute (Maryland Heights, 314.862.2933).

Our Lady’s Inn

Assist with child care, meal preparation, clerical or maintenance work and more at Our Lady’s Inn (S. Compton, 314.351.4590).

 Haven of Grace

Instill hope, dignity and pride for young, pregnant and homeless women with Haven of Grace (Old North St. Louis, 314.621.6507).



Disabled American Veterans

Serve our country’s veterans with Disabled American Veterans (Downtown West, 314.552.9883).

Perrenial St. Louis

Teach people do-it-yourself skills to reduce and recycle waste with Perennial St. Louis (Broadway, 314.832.2288).

The J

Support those in need, promote individual growth and encourage an appreciation for Jewish heritage through innovative education, programming and services with The J (multiple locations, 314.432.5700).




DJ, copy edit, engineer audio and more with local radio station KDHX (Grand Center, 314.664.3955).

Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

Connect clients with lawyers and accountants while sharpening your professional skills with Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (Delmar, 314.863.6930).

Ignite Theatre Company

Help out with everything from concession to backstage with the kids and families at Ignite Theatre Company (Brentwood, 314.717.1851).

Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

Run sound, work the door or maintain the grounds at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (Lemp, 314.814.3633).

The Griot Museum of Black History

Serve as a Griot ambassador, a docent or a committee member at The Griot Museum of Black History (Downtown, 314.241.7057).

The volunteer guide originally appeared in the November 2015 issue.

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