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Xavier Winter Inn - College Church

What: Each winter, the St. Francis Xavier College Church transforms into a hospitality inn for those living on the streets of St. Louis when it drops below 20 degrees at night.  Volunteers are needed to assist full-time staff to help serve food, prepare beds, clean, etc.
When: Trainings will be held on Wednesday, November 14 or Saturday, December 1 (you only need to attend one).  
Where: St. Francis Xavier Church, on campus.
Contact: Click below to register.  For questions, contact Emily Edwards at

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Southside Early Childhood Center

Early childhood center serving low-income families in South St. Louis.
What: Volunteers are needed for our annual SouthSide Thanksgiving Dinner, helping to prepare and serve food for our children and their families.
When: Thursday, November 15th from 10am-1pm
Where: 2101 S. Jefferson Ave. (directions via Google Maps).
Contact: Cleo Fisher at 314-333-7111 or

Sherwood Forest

Non-profit that provides youth camp programs for low-income families and their children in the St. Louis region.
What: Volunteers are needed for our Kindle Event, to celebrate our 4th grade campers for completing the summer reading program.  Help run activities, read books, and generally assist with event management.
When: Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Barr Library at 1701 S. Jefferson (directions via Google Maps).
Contact: Libby Sunkari at  

OWL Seniors

Community organization that provides an array of social services to low-income older adults in South City.
What: Volunteers are needed for our Thanksgiving Celebration, serving our residents a meal, engaging with them in conversation, etc.
When: Tuesday, November 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: 5800 Arsenal St. (directions via Google Maps).
Contact: Sharon Anderson at 314-645-3567 or  

Saint Louis Zoo

What: Volunteers are needed for Wild Lights, an animal-themed holiday lights experience for children and adults.  Assist the  Zoo with children's activities, monitoring fire pits, helping direct guests, and more. 
When: Any day November 23 - December 30, volunteer shift of 4:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Saint Louis Zoo (directions via Google Maps).  
Contact: Rachel Drochter at 314-646-4670 or

Family Hospice

What: Volunteers are needed for our annual Tree of Memories fundraiser.  Members of surrounding communities purchase handmade angel ornaments in memory of loved ones.  Assist with the sale of ornaments, as well as in listening to customers share stories of their loved ones.
When: Any day November 26 - December 20, 2-hour shifts anytime 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Claire Square Mall Food Court (directions via Google Maps).  
Contact: Caryn Meder at 618-558-4641 (text is fine) or  


Christian Friends of New Americans

Non-profit organization that provides social services to recently arrived immigrants and refugees.
What: Volunteers are needed for a monthly Health and Wellness Clinic, where we provide immigrants and refugees with basic health screenings, nutrition education, etc.  No medical background required.
When: Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Where: 4019 S. Grand Blvd. (directions via Google Maps).
Contact: Laura Brink at 314-249-9219 or

Ride On St. Louis

Non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted therapies and activities to people with developmental disabilities.
What: Volunteers are needed for our farm workday, helping out with various maintenance work to improve the grounds.
When: Saturday, December 1 from 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Where: 6008 Windsor Harbor Ln. (directions via Google Maps).
Contact: BriAnn Session at 636-464-3408 or

Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis

What: Volunteers are needed for our annual Holiday Party, helping engage children (both those with Down syndrome and their siblings) in games and activities.
When: Sunday, December 2 from Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Spazio Westport, 12031 Lackland Rd. (directions via Google Maps).
Contact: Abigail Beckord at or 314-961-2504.

Mission St. Louis

Non-profit organization that provides social and educational services to those in need throughout St. Louis.
What: Volunteers are needed to help sort toys for our Affordable Christmas event.
When: Tuesday, December 2 through Thursday, December 4 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: 3108 N. Grand Blvd. (directions via Google Maps).
Contact: Nikki Kamp at 314-210-9116 or

The Open Space Council

Non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of our natural resources.
What: Volunteers are needed for Operation Clean Stream Winter Cleanup along the Meramec Greenway, assisting with trash pickup and removing debris from entering our streams and waterways.  Tools provided - wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.
When: Saturday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon.
Where: Lower Meramec Park, 4800 Meramec Bottom Rd. (directions via Google Maps).
Contact: Caitlin Zera at 314-835-9225 or

Salvation Army Midland Division

What: Volunteers are needed for our annual Toy Town, where we give the parents and guardians an opportunity to shop for their youth.  Assist with greeting, stocking the shelves, handing out food and drinks to shoppers, etc.
When: Any day Monday, December 17 - Friday, December 21, anytime 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Old Schnuck's Store at 1225 S. Florissant Rd. (directions via Google Maps).
Contact: Charity Powell at 314-646-3085 or