The mission of the St. Louis Arc is to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to lead better lives by providing a lifetime of high-quality services, family support, and advocacy.
In Cooking for Comfort, participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities will enjoy hands-on experience in the kitchen, while learning how to prepare easy, delicious meals. An experienced cooking instructor will assist participants in preparing tasty dishes. Volunteers will assist program leader in teaching adults with disabilities age 18 and older how to cook a variety of recipes. New volunteers are expected to commit to the whole session of this program.
Class 1- 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Class 2- 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(Please specify which you would like to help with)
Annie’s Hope - The Bereavement Center for Kids hosts Family Support Groups that welcome children, teens, and adults who are grieving the death of someone significant. Groups meet one night a week for eight weeks and are facilitated by trained volunteers. Annie’s Hope will provide all necessary training. The groups meet from 6:30 - 8:00 pm with typical volunteer time being from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. All newer volunteers will be paired with an experienced volunteer to support them in their facilitation role.
At each session, the children and teens are divided into several groups by their age while the adults meet in their own group. Each session is tailored to the group’s developmental level and the struggles the members are encountering. No two group sessions are identical and there will be at least one Family Night during the eight weeks. Topics that may be discussed could include coping skills, feelings, memories, change, communication skills, grief rituals, or other topics that fit the needs of the families.
Dates of the September 2018 Family Support Group are listed below.
September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Any child suffering from a food allergy has more tricks than treats during Halloween.
Kids with Food Allergies and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America- St. Louis chapter are here to change that with Teal-O-Ween!
AAFA-STL is painting Teal-O-Ween pumpkins to sell at our Annual Trivia Night Silent Auction.
We need painters to paint and decorate 25 small pumpkins and stuff allergy friendly toy bags for families to hand out on Halloween.
We will provide the pumpkins, paint, brushes, toys and toy bags. You provide the creativity!
Volunteer professional people are needed to come out and mentor elementary students!!
Volunteers will facilitate a lesson on perseverance with the classroom teacher and talk about your career or former career. You will have breakfast first with one student from a classroom. After breakfast that student will escort you to his/ her classroom with 20 other students to facilitate the lesson with the teacher.
Secondly, volunteers will talk about their own education and complete a hands-on lesson discussing how other professionals have persevered and discuss how students should focus on school task to excel.
Come out and have breakfast with one student from a classroom and then be escorted to student's class to facilitate a lesson with the classroom teacher of 20 students. Volunteers will talk about their education, profession, and work with the teacher discussing the importance of persevering in school.
The lesson will focus on people in our community that persevered, thrived and were rewarded for excellence. During this time, volunteer mentors will discuss how they had to persevere to complete their education, resist obstacles, and discuss the importance of a strong work ethic.
This is a good lesson to start off the school year!
Another session(different lesson) is scheduled for Feb 14, 2019 from 8:00-9:30 am. not mandatory to come to both, but hope you can attend!!
Work with our Hope Prep scholars at Jennings Middle School. Tuesday and Thursday (prefer 9-2pm, but flexible). These are kids that need help preparing to enter the college prep track in Jennings High School.