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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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Adopting a Child's Wish List for Christmas

To provide Christmas joy for a child living in residential care for the holidays. Many of the children in our care have no family support and would not receive any gifts or presents, other than through donations. By adopting a wish list, you will be giving a child a very special Christmas this year!

Great Circle- Virtual (Virtual)

 

Through 12/23/20

Activity Donations: Children Services

Our mission 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. We work hard to provide the kind of individualized services that can really help make a difference to an adult… to a child… to a family. Services provided are designed to maximize choice and to support people, as they build quality lives within the St. Louis community. The Children Services programs of the St. Louis Arc is accepting donations for various activity items. Items such as handmade sock puppets, bean bags, and sensory blankets. Handouts will be provided explaining directions on how to create these items. Donations will be distributed to children and their families to enjoy. Donations drop off will be coordinated through the Volunteer Manager and COVID safety precautions will be in place.

Please ask (Virtual)

 

Through 12/31/20

Holiday Meal Donations

Our mission 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. We work hard to provide the kind of individualized services that can really help make a difference to an adult… to a child… to a family. Services provided are designed to maximize choice and to support people, as they build quality lives within the St. Louis community. ** We are closed for planning for Thanksgiving meals but will re-open planning for the Holiday season starting the first week in December- thank you! Holiday meals are being accepted for residents to enjoy this upcoming season. Donations of prepared meals from a grocer or restaurant only preferred. Donation drop-offs will be coordinated through the Volunteer Manager and COVID safety precautions will be in place.

Please ask (Virtual)

 

Through 12/31/20

Holiday Cards for Home Bound Meals

Freshly-prepared, healthy, delicious, hot kosher meals that are prepared in the J’s kitchens are provided on a short- or long-term basis to homebound individuals, 60 years and older, who are unable to prepare a nutritionally balanced mid-day meal for themselves. We love to attach handmade greeting cards to the meals when appropriate. If you are interested in creating Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, and/or New Years cards, please let us know. These are to be made off-campus and delivered to the J's Creve Coeur Campus. Details will be given when you express interest.

Jewish Community Center- Virtual (Virtual)

 

Through 1/1/21

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

Christmas Wishes

Volunteers are needed to assist in our annual Christmas Wishes Program which provides over 300 St. Patrick Center clients with Christmas gifts for themselves and their families. Volunteers can assist with gift drop-off on Friday, December 11, or assist with gift distribution on Wednesday, December 16, and Thursday, December 17. Groups are welcome. The following are times and number of volunteers needed on each date: Friday, December 11 - Gift Drop-off 8:30am - 12:00pm: 12 volunteers 11:45am - 3:30pm: 8 volunteers Wednesday, December 16 - Gift Distribution 1:00 - 5:15pm: 8 volunteers Thursday, December 17 9:30am - 12:45pm: 10 volunteers 12:30pm - 4:30pm: 6 volunteers Please take a moment to review our COVID-19 response guidelines, policies, and procedures: Feeling Ill: STAY HOME/GO HOME; contact your healthcare provider and supervisor. Facial Coverings: Wear facial coverings in the building at all times. Wellness Screenings: Complete a wellness screening whenever entering a St. Patrick Center building: Temperature reading (100+ degrees not allowed to enter); Wellness sign-in (consenting to no symptoms experienced and no virus exposure). Social Distancing: Stay at least six feet away from everyone at all times. Personal Hygiene: Take frequent breaks to wash your hands. Cleaning: High touch areas such as bathrooms, doorknobs and common spaces will continue to be disinfected frequently. Building Capacity: The number of individuals in each building is limited based on size (must be able to maintain at least six-foot distance from one another at all practicable times). PPE: Personal Protective Equipment is available as needed and disinfectant, hand sanitizer, etc. are available at various locations throughout each building.

St. Louis, MO

12 spots available on 

12/11/20 8:30 AM + more

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

Drive Thru Grocery Giveaway

The pandemic has increased the demand for necessities like food. With help from our community partners, we are hosting a drive-thru grocery giveaway for families and individuals that are facing food insecurity. Volunteers will be provided personal protective equipment while the participants will remain in their vehicles to maintain social distancing guidelines. Volunteers can assist with: Preparing the boxes of food (prior to the event) Food distribution

East St. Louis, IL

15 spots available on 

12/12/20 9:00 AM

Season of Giving Delivery Volunteers

Due to COVID-19, our annual Day of Giving will be transformed into a Season of Giving, beginning in late December (date TBD) and extending into winter/spring 2021. Volunteers will have the option to choose a day or days and time, between Christmas and New Year's, arriving at our office to pick up gift tote bags for a route of 4-6 households located in St. Louis City or County. Only one volunteer and anyone else accompanying them will be scheduled for specific time slots. Deliveries will be contactless, with clients notified in advance to be home to receive the tote bags, which will be placed on their porch or other designated area. Volunteers will need to wear a mask, have their temperature checked upon arrival to our office, and sign a waiver regarding COVID indicators. Tote bags will include handcrafted winter scarves, hats, and other items, as well as nonperishable food, household, and personal care essentials. Meals will NOT be included this year. Volunteers who choose may be on call to make additional deliveries during the winter and/or spring 2021.

St. Louis, MO

 

Through 12/21/20

Bellringing with The Salvation Army

Christmas is quickly approaching, and The Salvation Army is still here to help those in need in the community. Due to job loss and increased hardship this year- we are projecting the need to assist even more families this Christmas season. Please help us continue assisting the community this Christmas by Bellringing at a participating local retail store. The look of Bellringing will change some for 2020 with safety and social distance in mind. Cleaning and protective equipment will be supplied. We have bellringing sites throughout Metro St. Louis.

St. Louis, MO

 

Through 12/24/20

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

2020 Delta Gamma Center Shining Light Tree Lot Opening Day

OPENING DAY: Friday, November 27: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Regular Weekly Hours: Tuesday- Friday 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM At our annual Tree Lot, we sell several different types of trees and wreaths. There is also a holiday boutique where customers can purchase gifts or decorations for their homes. This event requires volunteers to be outside during winter conditions and also requires some heavy lifting. We need over 300 volunteers throughout the time the lot is open. For each shift we need the following volunteers: Shift Leader - Overall lot management, orient, and supervise tree lot volunteers, assist customers, and support the cashier. The early and late shift leaders are responsible for opening and closing the lot including; securing the trailers and running the checklists for the day. Must be 18 years of age. Prefer someone who can manage a chainsaw. Tree Hauler/Helper - Assist customers with tree selection, move trees to cutting station, help load trees onto or into cars, take family photos, etc. Tree haulers/helpers are also responsible for general lot and trailer clean up. Must have great customer service skills. Strong Arms - Assist customers with tree selection, use chainsaw to give the tree trunk a fresh cut, lift and tie trees onto cars, and restock inventory of trees and wreaths. Must have great customer service skills. Cashier - Assist customers with boutique purchases, manage tree and boutique sales transactions in cash, and with mobile payment system on tablet. The early and late shift cashiers are responsible for opening and closing the register. Must be 18 years of age. Must have great customer service skills. Greeter – New for 2020! Greet customers as they enter the lot. Assist shift leader with tree express checkout and help manage COVID procedures/precautions with boutique trailer and throughout the lot. Take photos throughout shift to capture event and volunteers working. Must be 18 years of age. Working the tree lot is an opportunity for teams, churches, schools, civic organizations, and families to come together in the spirit of the holidays.

St. Louis, MO

0 spots available on 

11/27/20 9:00 AM

2020 Delta Gamma Center Shining Light Tree Lot Saturday Shifts

OPENING DAY: Friday, November 27: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Regular Weekly Hours: Tuesday- Friday 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM At our annual Tree Lot, we sell several different types of trees and wreaths. There is also a holiday boutique where customers can purchase gifts or decorations for their homes. This event requires volunteers to be outside during winter conditions and also requires some heavy lifting. We need over 300 volunteers throughout the time the lot is open. For each shift we need the following volunteers: Shift Leader - Overall lot management, orient, and supervise tree lot volunteers, assist customers, and support the cashier. The early and late shift leaders are responsible for opening and closing the lot including; securing the trailers and running the checklists for the day. Must be 18 years of age. Prefer someone who can manage a chainsaw. Tree Hauler/Helper - Assist customers with tree selection, move trees to cutting station, help load trees onto or into cars, take family photos, etc. Tree haulers/helpers are also responsible for general lot and trailer clean up. Must have great customer service skills. Strong Arms - Assist customers with tree selection, use chainsaw to give the tree trunk a fresh cut, lift and tie trees onto cars, and restock inventory of trees and wreaths. Must have great customer service skills. Cashier - Assist customers with boutique purchases, manage tree and boutique sales transactions in cash, and with mobile payment system on tablet. The early and late shift cashiers are responsible for opening and closing the register. Must be 18 years of age. Must have great customer service skills. Greeter – New for 2020! Greet customers as they enter the lot. Assist shift leader with tree express checkout and help manage COVID procedures/precautions with boutique trailer and throughout the lot. Take photos throughout shift to capture event and volunteers working. Must be 18 years of age. Working the tree lot is an opportunity for teams, churches, schools, civic organizations, and families to come together in the spirit of the holidays.

St. Louis, MO

5 spots available on 

12/5/20 9:45 AM + more

2020 Delta Gamma Center Shining Light Tree Lot Sunday Shifts

OPENING DAY: Friday, November 27: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Regular Weekly Hours: Tuesday- Friday 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM At our annual Tree Lot, we sell several different types of trees and wreaths. There is also a holiday boutique where customers can purchase gifts or decorations for their homes. This event requires volunteers to be outside during winter conditions and also requires some heavy lifting. We need over 300 volunteers throughout the time the lot is open. For each shift we need the following volunteers: Shift Leader - Overall lot management, orient, and supervise tree lot volunteers, assist customers, and support the cashier. The early and late shift leaders are responsible for opening and closing the lot including; securing the trailers and running the checklists for the day. Must be 18 years of age. Prefer someone who can manage a chainsaw. Tree Hauler/Helper - Assist customers with tree selection, move trees to cutting station, help load trees onto or into cars, take family photos, etc. Tree haulers/helpers are also responsible for general lot and trailer clean up. Must have great customer service skills. Strong Arms - Assist customers with tree selection, use chainsaw to give the tree trunk a fresh cut, lift and tie trees onto cars, and restock inventory of trees and wreaths. Must have great customer service skills. Cashier - Assist customers with boutique purchases, manage tree and boutique sales transactions in cash, and with mobile payment system on tablet. The early and late shift cashiers are responsible for opening and closing the register. Must be 18 years of age. Must have great customer service skills. Greeter – New for 2020! Greet customers as they enter the lot. Assist shift leader with tree express checkout and help manage COVID procedures/precautions with boutique trailer and throughout the lot. Take photos throughout shift to capture event and volunteers working. Must be 18 years of age. Working the tree lot is an opportunity for teams, churches, schools, civic organizations, and families to come together in the spirit of the holidays.

St. Louis, MO

3 spots available on 

12/6/20 10:45 AM + more

2020 Delta Gamma Center Shining Light Tree Lot Weekday Shifts

OPENING DAY: Friday, November 27: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Regular Weekly Hours: Tuesday- Friday 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM At our annual Tree Lot, we sell several different types of trees and wreaths. There is also a holiday boutique where customers can purchase gifts or decorations for their homes. This event requires volunteers to be outside during winter conditions and also requires some heavy lifting. We need over 300 volunteers throughout the time the lot is open. For each shift we need the following volunteers: Shift Leader - Overall lot management, orient, and supervise tree lot volunteers, assist customers, and support the cashier. The early and late shift leaders are responsible for opening and closing the lot including; securing the trailers and running the checklists for the day. Must be 18 years of age. Prefer someone who can manage a chainsaw. Tree Hauler/Helper - Assist customers with tree selection, move trees to cutting station, help load trees onto or into cars, take family photos, etc. Tree haulers/helpers are also responsible for general lot and trailer clean up. Must have great customer service skills. Strong Arms - Assist customers with tree selection, use chainsaw to give the tree trunk a fresh cut, lift and tie trees onto cars, and restock inventory of trees and wreaths. Must have great customer service skills. Cashier - Assist customers with boutique purchases, manage tree and boutique sales transactions in cash, and with mobile payment system on tablet. The early and late shift cashiers are responsible for opening and closing the register. Must be 18 years of age. Must have great customer service skills. Greeter – New for 2020! Greet customers as they enter the lot. Assist shift leader with tree express checkout and help manage COVID procedures/precautions with boutique trailer and throughout the lot. Take photos throughout shift to capture event and volunteers working. Must be 18 years of age. Working the tree lot is an opportunity for teams, churches, schools, civic organizations, and families to come together in the spirit of the holidays.

St. Louis, MO

5 spots available on 

12/1/20 3:30 PM + more

Provide Christmas Joy for a Family in Need

Many of the children attending the Great Circle school come from families who are struggling to make ends meet. This year, more than ever, many of these families will not be able to provide a Christmas holiday for their children. We are asking volunteers to adopt a family's "Wish List" so they can provide some holiday joy for their children.

Webster Groves, MO

 

Through 12/23/20

Trevisano Teddy Bear Christmas Land

We're recruiting volunteers for Trevisano Teddy Bear Christmas Land in November and December. The Trevisano family’s display in Crestwood includes thousands of lights, 100+ teddy bears, animations, and, of course, Christmas music. We need a maximum of 6 volunteers to manage the St. Patrick Center donation box outside on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm or 6:30-8:30 pm, from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Please take a moment to review our COVID-19 response guidelines, policies, and procedures: Feeling Ill: STAY HOME/GO HOME; contact your healthcare provider and supervisor. Facial Coverings: Wear facial coverings while at all times while volunteering. Social Distancing: Stay at least six feet away from everyone at all times. Personal Hygiene: Take frequent breaks to disinfect. Cleaning: Wipe down high touch areas such as donation bin and supply cooler. Capacity: The number of volunteers is limited to 6. PPE: Personal Protective Equipment is available as needed - masks, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, etc.

St. Louis, MO

3 spots available on 

11/27/20 6:00 PM + more

Christmas Toy Town Distribution (Drive Thru)

For more than a decade, the popular Toy Town program has helped ensure more St. Louis children wake up to a present under their tree on Christmas morning. We are able to accomplish this through the generosity of our volunteers. This year we will continue the tradition, but with social distance in mind. More families will be applying for our assistance this year. We need the help of the community to meet those needs. What’s New: Client Drive-Up Experience The shopping experience this year has been updated with Social Distance in mind. The clients will complete the application process online. Volunteers will fill those requests at our Toy Town location. During the week of December 14, 2020 clients will arrive at the distribution center at appointed times. The gifts will be placed in the client’s trunk. How can you help? We need volunteers Elves for: Traffic Workshop Check-in Table Delivery Parking Director Adopt A Family Assistance *Personal Protective Equipment and snacks provided Location: 103xx Saint Charles Rock Rd, St Ann, MO 63074 (Full address given in confirmation email.) Dates: Monday, December 14, 2020– Friday, December 18, 2020 Operating Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 am– 5:30 pm; Wednesday 8:30 am– 7 pm Shifts: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 am– 11:30 am, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm; Wednesday 8:30 am –Noon, Noon– 3:30 pm, 3:30 pm– 7 pm

Northwest Plaza, MO

13 spots available on 

12/14/20 8:30 AM + more

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

Social Distanced Caroling for the Holidays

We are moving our Holiday festivities outside this year but what better way to do it than caroling outside. Bring the holiday cheer to our senior residents through song. You let us know when your group is available and we will work with you to coordinate this wonderful opportunity for all.

Weldon Spring, MO

 

Through 12/25/20

Holiday Food Drive

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE Help nourish families and seniors this holiday season! High Demand Shelf-Stable Donations Most Needed: Cans/pouches of fish and meat Soups, Chilis, Stews with meat and/or beans Canned Vegetables Canned Fruit (in natural juice) Bisquick Mix Please no glass containers, open food containers or expired items. All donations can be dropped off anytime, 24/7, at Operation Food Search (1644 Lotsie Blvd, 63132). Please drop your donations in our large white metal donation bin next to our north (Page Avenue side) warehouse. Thank you for brightening the holiday season for our neighbors in need!

 

Through 12/31/20

Light up with cheer for the Holidays!

The Holiday season will soon be here and we are not going to let the pandemic dim our spirits. Our Senior residents, along with so many others, have had a rough year and we want to brighten their spirits with outdoor holiday lighting. Typically, we welcome groups to help put up indoor decorations but this year, we want to provide a safe and enjoyable activity for all to see and enjoy.

 

Through 12/19/20

 

Holiday Do-It-Yourself Project Guides

Select a step-by-step guide with all the information you need to complete meaningfully 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.

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