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Holiday Volunteer Guide 

Go from ordinary to extraordinary by helping those in need this holiday season. Giving your time has never been easier.  Check out our online Holiday Volunteer Guide featured below choice from Do-It-Yourself projects to opportunities at different nonprofits.

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Making Games for Seniors

The Adult Day Center (ADC) at the J has been providing quality full-day programming for adults for nearly 40 years. Our participants include seniors and other adults with Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, brain injuries, cognitive or physical disabilities, or diseases that result in the need for a supported environment. The center is always looking for fun games to engage our participants. We are currently hoping for volunteers to help with these ideas (but other ideas are definitely welcome): Design and create a Jeopardy Game Board Design and create a Mini-Golf Course (3-6 holes or more) Record simple, step-by-step How-To videos for using smartphone apps Develop and record a "Passion Presentation" Select a topic that you are interested in or passionate about then create and deliver a virtual presentation around that topic. The work should be done off-site. We will make arrangements for drop off.

Jewish Community Center- Virtual (Virtual)


Through 1/31/21

Donation Drives

If you're looking for a virtual way to support Cornerstone Center for Early Learning, consider hosting a Donation Drive! You can host a drive for any number of in-demand items to donate to the center, such as diapers, classroom supplies, toys, household items, and more. We’d be most thankful for your generosity. This is a completely virtual volunteer opportunity. All Donation Drives take place off-site, and the location, orchestration, and duration of the drives is entirely determined by the drive hosts, on behalf of Cornerstone Center. The delivery of the items will be arranged with Cornerstone Center for Early Learning directly. If in-person contact is required to facilitate the item drop-off, the following guidelines will be adhered to as necessary. In light of COVID-19, we are asking all volunteers to wear masks and to social distance when present at the Cornerstone facilities. When volunteers arrive, we will take their temperature. For the protection of volunteers, staff, and children alike, volunteers are not permitted to have direct contact with children or staff. If necessary, only one volunteer will be allowed in the building at a time, and their indoor access will be limited to sections of the Cornerstone facility where there are no children present.

St. Louis, MO


Through 1/1/23

Epworth Food Pantry

Epworth started a food pantry amidst the COVID pandemic for families who were directly impacted. We serve Tuesdays from 9 am to noon. We adopted a no contact drive-through method. Collect a small group (no more than 6) and reach out to schedule a time to come out and serve. For more information reach out! *During the COVID 19 pandemic, volunteering will look different. The opportunity coordinator will share instructions on COVID-19 policies prior to volunteering.

St. Louis, MO


Through 11/11/21

Repacking and Sorting Donated Food

This is a summary of general tasks. These will vary based on the needs of the foodbank. Sorting and repacking donated food Checking food for expiration dates Assisting with cleaning Taping and/or breaking down cardboard boxes Must be at least 16 years old to volunteer independently. Children ages 3 and up are accepted when volunteering with a parent or guardian. Groups are welcome. Will be standing most of the time. May be asked to lift and/or move boxes of food weighing up to 50 lbs. Commitment to the mission of the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Each shift is 3 hours. We do NOT accept court-ordered community service.

Bridgeton, MO


Through 12/31/21

Holiday Do-It-Yourself Project Guides

Select a step-by-step guide with all the information you need to complete meaningful volunteer projects on your schedule. You or your team will purchase the supplies, complete the project, and drop off the completed project to a nonprofit of your choosing. 

                               Dinner Baskets                                                                                                Cozy Cocoa Kits


                              Blessing Bottles                                                                                                 Greeting Cards for Seniors 


Recruit Holiday Volunteers

If your agency is in need of volunteers this holiday season November 1 - December 31, visit the Holiday Volunteers page to learn how to post your opportunities on our website. 

Non-Volunteer Related Needs 

For non-volunteer related needs, Remember, you can always call United Way 2-1-1.


United Way of Greater St. Louis
910 N. 11th Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 539-4063

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