In the last year, more than 19,000 volunteers have helped the St. Louis Area Foodbank feed hungry families by sorting and repackaging food here at our facility in Bridgeton.
We’d like to share that good fortune by encouraging folks to volunteer around the holiday season at any St. Louis-area agency who could use the extra help.
The United Way of Greater St. Louis has compiled a great list of places to volunteer between October and January.
There are a lot of cool things you can do on that list, from making Christmas cards and baking cookies with the kids at Epworth Children and Family Services to celebrating Kwanzaa at St. Louis Crisis Nursery.
Check out all the volunteer opps here:
On Christmas Day, you can participate in the annual STL Jewish & Muslim Day of Service.
The goal of this annual project is “to bring together people of different faiths to volunteer their time on Christmas Day” and to “build stronger ties among people of different backgrounds.”
Learn more here: https://www.stljewishmuslimdayofservice.org/
Here are just a few more places where you can lend a hand:
Agency Name: Good Samaritan Ministries in Carbondale
Volunteers needed: To help hand out food to families in need.
Dates/times: 8 a.m. Dec. 20, 2013
8 a.m. Dec. 23, 2013
Good Samaritan Ministries Food Pantry
University Baptist Church
700 S Oakland
Carbondale, IL 62901
Contact: JoAnn Grammer or Patty Mullen at 618-458-5794
Organization website: www.goodsamcarbondale.org
Agency Name: Salvation Army
Volunteers needed: This is toy town/ toys for tots volunteer opportunity where toys and food vouchers are prepared and issued.
Dates/times: Now through Dec. 20, 2013
3949 Forest Park
St. Louis, MO
Requirements: Must be able to lift 20 pounds
Contact: Sheila Davis at email@example.com
Joshua Kamer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization website: www.stlsalvationarmy.org
Agency Name: Lansdowne Washington Park Food Pantry
Volunteers needed: Sorting donated food.
Dates/times: Dec. 20, 2013
Dec. 23, 2013
Dec. 27, 2013
Dec. 30, 2013
AmeriCorps East Saint Louis
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
1274 N. 37th Street
East St. Louis, IL 62204
Requirements: Must be over age 18
Must have valid driver’s license
Must be able to lift 20 lbs or more
Must be able to work outside
Contact: Naisha N. Bailey, pantry supervisor at email@example.com or 618-271-2522
Organization website: https://www.lessiebatesdavis.org/
By Bethany Prange
Communications coordinator at the St. Louis Area Foodbank