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COVID-19

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. Make an appointment to give blood here.
 

COVID-19 Immediate Volunteer Needs:

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Sort & Pack Food

We have a heightened focus on packing our senior boxes right now. We are trying to get a two month supply of boxes into the hands of as many seniors as possible. This should help them stay in their homes longer since they are one of the most vulnerable populations. At this time, we are being extra cautious when it comes to volunteer groups in our facility. Please remember, if you or someone in your household has symptoms of acute respiratory illness we ask that you reschedule your shift until you are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines for 24 hours. If possible, please notify the Foodbank if you are canceling your shift. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding. We appreciate you signing up to volunteer at the Foodbank!

Bridgeton, MO

Through 5/31/20

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.

Bridgeton, MO

Through 6/30/20

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 6/25/20

Call for Masks for Lutheran Senior Services Retirement Communities

Lutheran Senior Services is seeking masks for our 10 retirement communities. Masks are being accepted at the communities or, if you live in the St. Louis metro area, can be taken to our Home Office to be distributed. We are asking for homemade or medical-grade masks (PPE). Please consider helping as we work to serve our most vulnerable population.

St. Louis, MO

Through 6/1/20

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 5/31/20

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 6/1/20

Call for Masks for the St. Louis Arc

The St. Louis Arc is seeking masks for Residential communities. Donations can be dropped off at the St. Louis Arc home office (1177 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132). Masks can be homemade or medical grade. For direct questions, please reach out to the Volunteer Manager. Thank you so much for your support to the St. Louis Arc.

St. Louis, MO

Through 7/8/20

St. Louis Arc Wish List for donations

The St. Louis Arc is dedicated to maintaining our commitment to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families during these challenging times. Our direct care work continues in all 32 residential homes, offering 24/7 support without interruption. We’re taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff, but like many, need the community’s help to continue doing so. Many people have begun to reach out to ask how they can help support individuals at the Arc. If you are able to donate any amount of the below items, it would help immensely. Please contact Lisa Miller at llmiller@slarc.org for information about dropping off items. Medical Temporal thermometers Masks (including hospital masks, cloth masks, bandanas, handkerchiefs that can be formed into bandanas) Basic construction goggles or protective eyewear Vinyl medical gloves - all sizes Paper hospital gowns Cleaning/Household Purel (antibacterial hand sanitizer of any brand) - personal size for staff to carry on their person as well as bottles for the homes Lysol spray disinfectant Paper towels All-Purpose disinfectant sprays (Clorox, etc.) (with bleach preferred) Empty spray bottles for making bleach water Antibacterial hand soap Mr. Clean/Pine-Sol Bleach Rubbing alcohol Baby wipes Disinfectant wet wipes (Clorox or similar) Facial Tissue Plastic Lawn and Garden large trashbags (to be used as gowns in an emergency) Travel size bottles to distribute hand sanitizer to staff Food/Beverage Gatorade Zero or Powerade Zero Disposable plates, cups and utensils Activities 50-100 piece puzzles (unused) Markers/Crayons/coloring books (unused) Basic craft kits for various crafts (wood, yarn, finger paint, etc.) unused Family Care Baby wipes and diapers for our Children’s Services programs – sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 Additionally, an Amazon Wish List has been established for anyone who would like to order online.

St. Louis, MO

Through 7/31/20

Grocery Shoppers Needed

We are in need of volunteers willing to grocery shop for women living in our transitional housing. We shop for the ladies on the 1st and 15th of each month alternating between Schnucks and Aldi. Volunteers will not have any contact with the residents. A staff member from the Center for Women in Transition will be on-site to provide grocery lists and gift cards for payment. Upon returning, someone would be available to get the groceries curbside.

St. Louis, MO

Through 6/30/20

Supplies Needed For Community Women Against Hardship

Due to COVID-19, Community Women Against Hardship is currently in need of the following donations: ​ - Washing Powder - Hand Soap - Dish Washing liquid - Toilet Paper - Paper Towels - Can Fruits - Jello - Oatmeal - Peanut Butter/Jelly - Can Milk - Frozen Vegetables - Can Goods, e.g., Spaghetti - Pancake/waffle mix - Margarine/Butter - Canola Oil - Bread - Sugar or Splendor - Eggs - Any cut of meats for protein All donations can be dropped off at 3963 West Belle Place on Thursdays from12:30 - 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please call (314) 289-7523 prior to dropping items at the location.

St. Louis, MO

Through 6/30/20

Urgent Need for Blood Drive Donor 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

You Can Make a Difference: Find a Blood Drive Near You

The American Red Cross is seeking healthy volunteers to donate blood during this critical time. Click "Send me more info" to learn more about how to find a blood drive near you.

St. Louis, MO

Through 6/30/20

COVID-19 Response: Call For Masks for Tenants

Gateway Housing First is currently seeking masks for tenants in our various permanent supportive housing communities. As many of our tenants are very low-income and still rely on public transportation, masks are required for tenants to even be allowed on the bus or metro. We are asking for homemade or store-bought masks for both adults and children. We appreciate your support and we are happy to arrange no-contact pickup options.

St. Louis, MO

Through 6/30/20

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.

St. Louis, MO

Through 12/31/20

COVID-19 Response Phone Operator

The Salvation Army needs your help. We have had an increase in phone callers who need our services. In response, we are opening a phone bank and need volunteers to help! Volunteers will be answering incoming calls to a Covid-19 help hotline at The Salvation Army Midland DHQ. Phone line volunteers will be responsible for providing information about Salvation Army sites and services to the callers as well as tracking basic information about each call via computer. All volunteers will be in a room by themselves when answering calls. Location: The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters- 1130 Hampton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139 Phone line hours: 8:15am-4:15pm. Morning/Afternoon-only shift availability (roughly 8:15 am-12 pm and 1 pm-4:15 pm) are to be determined but are likely. You do not have to volunteer for the entire day. You are able to schedule the day in 4-hour blocks. The ideal number of volunteers needed: 25

St. Louis, MO

Through 6/30/20

Blood Donor Ambassador: Help support during COVID19

All blood drives will now require a pre-screening temperature be taken before a donor can donate either at mobile blood drives or Fixed Sites. The training is very simple and done on the day of the blood drive by the collection team. Would you like to help us keep our vital blood donors continuing to donate their blood by joining our volunteer team of donor ambassadors? As a donor ambassador at our blood drives and/or donor centers help to provide a warm and friendly greeting, assist with reception and hospitality at blood drives and enhance the blood donor experience. The importance is to provide blood donors with a positive experience and encourage them to donate regularly. Great opportunity to meet some incredible people...our blood donors and staff. Also, an interesting way to be part of local companies and organizations that host blood drives. Requirements: - 14 years or older - Training provided - Flexible hours of 3-4 hour shifts to choose from - Available blood drives to choose from are typically during the day Monday - Friday. Weekends and evenings available. - The schedule to choose from is available 8 weeks in advance - Locations available to choose from are all throughout St. Louis City, County, St. Charles County, Illinois Metro East What Our Volunteers Are Saying: “When I needed blood during my cancer treatment, the Red Cross was there for me. I’m so happy to be able to give back by volunteering and thanking blood donors now that I’m recovered.” ~Jackie P. “I may not have money to give, but I have time.” ~Taylor W. “I can no longer donate blood, but this is a way I can help with those who do.” ~Steve J.

Through 6/30/20

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.

Through 5/31/20

Cleaning Supplies and Baby Formula Donations Needed

Helping Hand Me Downs enhances the quality of life for children and families in the St. Louis area by meeting their immediate needs, then connecting them with life-changing resources that foster independence. Currently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, our most critical needs are donations of cleaning supplies, diapers and unexpired formula. Please call (314) 514-5987 intake line to coordinate your donation drop-off before dropping donations off at one of our locations. We have three locations currenlty open House Springs, Pagedale and Crystal City.

Through 5/31/20

Host a Supply Drive for Covenant House Missouri COVID-19

Covenant House MO needs pivotal COVID-19 supplies like masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and gloves. We also have a great wish list on Amazon with everyday supplies to support our youth in need: Check Out Our Amazon Wish List. If you are looking for a quick, tangible way to support our young people, you can host a supply drive, share our wish list, or personally send some supplies our way. All items need to be directly sent to us for the safety of our youth and staff. If you would like an acknowledgment letter for your gift, please e-mail Colleen Daum: cdaum@covenanthousemo.org.

Through 7/3/20

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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St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 539-4063
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