Emergency Volunteer Opportunities 

United Way is monitoring the needs of our community and leading the region’s efforts to organize volunteers and coordinate volunteer opportunities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the most timely and safe manner possible. If you are interested in learning about emergency volunteer opportunities that may arise in the near future, please sign up to receive email alerts

We will be updating this page regularly as COVID-19 volunteer response opportunities arise. Please check back for updates and visit the Volunteer from Home page for virtual and do-it-yourself volunteer opportunities.  If your company is wanting to coordinate a food or supply drive click here

Urgent Need: Severe Blood Shortage
Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment with the American Red Cross to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. As of June 15th, all donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies free of charge. Make an appointment to give blood here.

COVID-19 Immediate Volunteer Needs:

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Meal-Delivery Drivers Needed

Urgent: Help needed immediately. Lincoln County has called and LCCOA is answering, but we need volunteers to serve as meal-delivery drivers. Meals can be delivered in your own vehicle or using an LCCOA vehicle. Volunteers are required to be 18+ with a driver's license & proof of insurance (to show you're a driver in good standing). An ideal candidate would be school bus drivers who are already familiar with Lincoln County and vetted. But any safe driver is needed & welcomed! We just ask that you do not come to the center without first calling to schedule a time, thank you.

Troy, MO

Through 11/30/20

COVID-19 Needed Supply Donations

We are carefully monitoring developments regarding the spread of COVID-19. Our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic is changing hourly. What is certain, however, is that children, working adults, and seniors across the region will be affected. Many of our neighbors who never thought they might need assistance will be turning to us for help. As families are preparing themselves and stocking up, please consider picking up a few extra items to donate to local families. Most Needed Items: Toilet Paper Hand Sanitizer Diapers Baby Wipes Formula Feminine Hygiene Products Hand Soap Unsweetened Applesauce Canned Corn Canned Peas Chili w/ Beans SpaghettiOs Canned Peaches Skillet Dinner Canned Tuna Canned Chicken Peanut Butter Instant Oatmeal Packets Cereal You can donate your items to the St. Louis Area Foodbank facility, 70 Corporate Woods Drive Bridgeton, MO 63044, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

St. Louis Area Foodbank- Virtual (Virtual)

Through 8/31/20

Epworth Supply Needs

Epworth is in need of the following in-kind donations durring the COIVD-19 pandemic: - Personal Hygiene Items (ie toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, face wipes, deodorant, etc) - Non-perishable food items (ie crackers, beef jerky, chips, power bars, water bottles, fruit cups, etc) - Cleaning supplies (Lysol wipes, paper towels, antibacterial soap, antibacterial spray) Drop-Off Donations: - You can drop off items at our Webster Groves location (110 N. Elm Avenue Webster Groves, MO 63119) - 7 days a week from 10 am-7 pm - NO contact drop off- our staff will bring the products in, clean them and send them to where they are needed most

Webster Groves, MO

Through 11/30/20

Personal Protective Equipment Needed

To care for the children of Great Circle, there is an urgent need for personal protective equipment: Masks, Gloves, Gowns, Thermometers, Thermometer Sleeves, Alcohol pads. A Supply Drive to collect these items would be wonderful!

Webster Groves, MO

Through 10/1/20

Urgent Need for Blood Drive Donor Temperature Screeners

Did you know blood cannot be manufactured nor used from anyone else other than healthy human beings? Did you know the Red Cross supplies approximately 80% of the blood to the local St. Louis area hospitals? Help keep our front-line workers stay safe so the American Red Cross can continue to deliver vital services for those who depend on us each day. We need your help to ensure our blood drives are safe. It's a simple, potentially life-saving volunteer role. THE ROLE: Ensure each potential blood donor is greeted and thanked Take donor temperatures using a no-touch infrared thermometer Sanitize entry, registration and hospitality areas Gloves, sanitizer, sani-cloths, and masks available at all blood drives Free training provided Volunteers must be 18 years or older. WHERE: American Red Cross Blood Drives located in the following counties: St. Louis City St. Louis County St. Charles County Franklin County Jefferson County St. Francois County

St. Louis, MO

Through 12/31/20

Pick up/Delivery of Donated Items

Center for Women In Transition is looking for individuals to assist with picking up donated items. Locations and times will vary. Volunteers should have a large vehicle and able to lift up to 100 pounds.

St. Louis, MO

Through 12/31/21

COVID-19 Supplies Needed

During the COIVD-19 pandemic, children and families served by Unleashing Potential's Early Childhood Education, Afterschool and Summer Enrichment Programs (grades K-5) need: Personal Hygiene Items (i.e. hand sanitizer, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) Cleaning supplies (Lysol wipes, paper towels, antibacterial soaps, and sprays) For the return to on-site services (suspended 3/20/2020), the agency will need the following for staff and children: Personal Protective Equipment/Supplies (i.e. touch-free thermometers, powder-free latex/vinyl gloves, disposable masks for youth and staff, hand sanitizer, etc.) Drop-Off Donations: You can drop off items at the Early Childhood Education Center at Caroline Mission (2828 Caroline Street, St. Louis, MO 63104). Thursdays from 10 am-2 pm NO contact drop off - Our staff will bring the products in from the concrete entry area near the main entrance. Simply ring the bell (with your elbow) to let those inside know you have dropped off. Please provide your name, address, phone number, and list of items if you would like an in-kind tax receipt.

Caroline Mission- Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/31/20

COVID-19 Urgent Need Food Drive

The St. Louis bi-state region is witnessing unprecedented, extraordinary demand for emergency food resources during the pandemic. You can help Operation Food Search nourish neighboring families and seniors across our region with a food drive. Most Urgently Needed Items Pop-top cans are especially appreciated! Canned Chicken Cans/Pouches Tuna & Salmon Soup/Chili/Stew with Meat/Beans (a meal in a can) Canned Fruit (in natural juices) Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Paste/Sauce, Canned Spaghetti Sauce Boxed Meal Kits Instant Brown Rice Oatmeal Breakfast Cereal Whole Wheat Pasta Dried Spices: Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Italian Seasoning Please no glass containers NO CONTACT Drop Off Donations Anytime: 1644 Lotsie Blvd; St. Louis 63132 Please place your donations in the white donation bin in our north parking lot. Thank you!

Operation Food Search- Virtual (Virtual)

Through 8/31/20

Virtual Opportunity - Host a DIY Supply Drive

Host a DIY Supply Drive to support the youth at Covenant House Missouri! You can help raise awareness and vital supplies/ funds to help provide relief to young people overcoming homelessness. Use the power of social media and tap into your circle of friends - it's all about getting the word out! To host a DIY Supply Drive, check out the Covenant House MO In-Kind Donations site and Amazon Wish List for our latest supply needs. You can also host a themed supply drive to focus your efforts, like one of the following: Laundry Drive - baskets, detergent (pods or powder, not liquid as it gets used too fast), and dryer sheets Bedding/Bedroom Items - sheets, pillows, comforters, etc. Kitchen Items - pots/pans, dishes, silverware, and kitchen tools Shower Basket Drive – fill shower caddies with flip-flops (all sizes and genders), bath towels, loofahs, and razors Hygiene Items - shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. (big demand, but we do get these in more regularly) Note: If you would like an acknowledgment letter for any in-kind donations, please reach out to the opportunity coordinator.

Virtual Opportunity (Virtual)

Through 7/14/21

Be Vital to Life - Register Donors at MVRBC Donor Center in Crestwood, MO

Register Donors for Blood Donation at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Crestwood, MO. Shifts are available Tuesday through Saturday. Times vary during donor hours. Volunteers should have great data entry skills, a love for working with the public, be outgoing, and have customer service experience. Masks are mandatory for volunteers, staff, and donors. Age: 20+ After completion of orientation, training will be held at the Crestwood donor center.

St. Louis, MO

Through 12/31/20

COVID-19 Company Food or Supply Drive

If your company is interested in providing food and supply donations during the COVID-19 pandemic please express interest in the opportunity. The United Way will reach out directly to you to coordinate next steps.

United Way of Greater St. Louis- Virtual (Virtual)

Through 10/31/20

Request Volunteers

If your agency is in need of emergency volunteers, visit the Request Volunteers page to learn how to post your opportunities on our website. 

COVID-19 Update: STLVolunteer Volunteer Opportunities 

COVID-19 Update: Until further notice, we are deferring judgment for all volunteer needs and projects to our nonprofit, school and corporate partners. We’ve been in contact with all of them and will update our volunteer calendar, programs, and needs of our community as requested. We encourage you to contact the organization directly to confirm if a volunteer project is still happening or to let them know you will not be in attendance. And, we are asking any volunteers or volunteer family members that may have been exposed to COVID-19 or who are not feeling well to NOT volunteer with any organization for at least 14-days. 

Non-Volunteer Related Needs 

For non-volunteer related needs, Remember, you can always call United Way 2-1-1, 24/7 simply by dialing 2-1-1 or 800-427-4626.

Questions? Contact Katelind Hosie at katelind.hosie@stl.unitedway.org 


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