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Grant Writer for a Performing Arts Organization

Organization: Make Music St. Louis, Inc. is a growing non-profit organization based in St. Louis that brings a variety of music events and outreach projects to the greater St. Louis area. Our major annual project is Make Music Day STL festival that takes place on June 21st as part of the worldwide Make Music Day celebration. Through our work, we connect musicians, bands, and music groups with their audiences by developing ties between business and arts communities, as well cultivate support for the arts by involving local municipalities and corporate sponsors. We work closely with participating musicians, members of business communities who provide performance venue spaces for Make Music Day STL, local municipal authorities, media outlets, potential private donors and corporate sponsors, and reach out to the general public. The Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for an experienced Grants Writer. Help is needed in researching and identifying potential sources of grant funding, developing and writing proposals, submitting proposals within their deadlines, and completing required reports to funders on the impact of their support. This is a great opportunity to play an important part in the music life of our city as you will help us overcome funding challenges during our growth process. All work may be done remotely with occasional update meetings either at the office or via Skype scheduled as needed.

Through 8/31/20

Advanced WordPress Website Volunteer

The Fit and Food Connection is looking for a volunteer with extensive WordPress website experience. Our current WordPress site is using a Theme specifically designed for Charity organizations. We need volunteer help managing the existing content and to also build new features. Our website is our strongest marketing presence. We are looking for a longer-term volunteer who can potentially lead a small team of volunteers. Experience: Fundamental understanding of how a WordPress website is installed and managed Basic knowledge of PHP and WordPress functions Basic knowledge of MySQL Basic knowledge of how to work in a local environment using a LAMP/WAMP stack (XAMPP, MAMP, etc.) Preferred but not required: Experience using GIT repositories, as our code is controlled on BitBucket The Fit and Food Connection is a non-profit organization serving our neighbors in the St. Louis community. We provide wellness offerings to low-income families and empower our clients to get healthy through our five free fitness and nutrition programs. The connection of food provision, lifestyle programming and coaching, and education is a dynamic solution to address general poverty's impact on health. Are you ready for this challenge? Contact us right away if you are interested in volunteering. Let’s take the first step towards a healthier, stronger future. Come use your creativity and expertise to change lives with us!

Through 7/1/20

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.

Through 6/30/20

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

Through 7/31/20

Help to End Violence!

Ready to take a stand against violence? A simple non-political action can make a world of difference by increasing awareness in a way numbers alone can not. Over 65,000 people are killed or injured by gunfire in the U.S. every year. And that is only from guns. Domestic Violence is climbing with the current Shelter in Place orders. While the numbers are huge, they are abstract. Now imagine over 100,000 origami boxes with the name of someone who has died or been injured by violence. Now imagine them all in one place. Visual impact! St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce is coordinating a national effort arts Heals Violence to create impact, awareness, and solutions to the issue. To help, create a (or many) soulbox(es) and send to the St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce 1511 Mason Hill Ct. St. Louis Mo 63131 to be part of the Art Heals Violence exhibitions. Directions to folding the boxes.

Through 12/31/20

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.

Through 6/30/20

Calling All Talents: Facebook Live

Calling All Presenters: Do you have a special talent or skill that would be interesting to show off? Let us know! With many of the women and men of Emmaus staying home during these times of uncertainty, we are looking for ways to entertain and engage them through our social media outlet, Facebook. We are looking for volunteers who will be able to provide a class or lesson in a variety of areas. These areas may include cooking, live music, yoga, meditation, drawing, or whatever your special talent may be! Anyone seeking to volunteer to be a presenter must have access to a smart device to host a live event that Emmaus can share as a “live contributor” on Facebook. We also ask that the volunteer have access to all supplies needed for their show. It is ideal that some areas (drawing or cooking), clients could do in their home that day or follow along with. We are looking at holding one Live video per day at 11 am from wherever the guest presenter is available (just another way to practice social distancing)! Ideally, each Facebook Live video will last 30minutes – 1 hour. If you are tech-savvy enough to record a Facebook Live and you have a special skill, let us know! We want you to participate! We have had seven weeks of Facebook Live events and everyone loved them. We received great feedback stating that the entertainment helped lift many spirits and brighten everyone’s day. We would like to send a huge thank you to those who have already volunteered and to those who would be interested in volunteering!

Through 6/8/20

Census Phone Banking Calls

Using STATE VOICES Network, you will be making scripted calls to people in the MetroEast area. We will do a wellness check and a census reminder. Training on how to use the system will be scheduled for the week of May 4. A shift of two hours is recommended. Volunteers can do as many or as little shifts as they can schedule. Must have a computer, phone, and wifi. This is a "work from home" opportunity.

Through 7/4/20

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.

Through 6/30/20

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.

Through 12/31/20

Social Media Volunteer

The Social Media Volunteer will work closely with both the Compliance Officer and Executive Director to help define, implement, and manage a basic social media strategy for the agency. The strategy will include managing existing social media sites tied to the agency as well as campaign creation, distribution, management, and response through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media tools. WHERE This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address. SKILLS Advertising Social Media / Blogging Content Management Systems REQUIREMENTS Background Check ​Must be at least 18 Orientation or Training Hours Needed: 1-2 hours each day or 1 day per week Days Needed: Monday through Friday (flexible)

Through 1/5/21

Volunteer Interviewer/Placement for the Red Cross

The Volunteer Interviewer/Placement volunteer gathers relevant information about prospective volunteer candidates while assessing which positions volunteers are best suited for. Provides an excellent experience for all new volunteers joining the American Red Cross. Great opportunity to get to know the American Red Cross as well as the variety of people who choose to volunteer with the Red Cross. Virtual Position - work from home - will need a phone and a computer with internet access.

Through 1/18/30

Visit-A-Bit Telephone Volunteer

Volunteer Title: Telephone Volunteer Reports to: The Telephone Volunteer will report to the Visit-A-Bit Manager. Time: 1-2 hours a week Summary of Position: To provide a form of companionship via the telephone for a Senior in our Visit-A-Bit Program, that may be experiencing loneliness. Provide tips and techniques to your Senior that will assist them living alone happily, while providing an outlet for conversation, bonding, rapport building, and active listening skills. Responsibilities Call your assigned Senior a minimum of once a week. Call the Visit-A-Bit Manager with any issues, concerns or questions. Be a companion to your Senior. Refer to your training manual if you have questions. Must be respectful, gentle, kind and non-judgmental. Complete and submit a weekly call report. Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years of age. Ability to speak slowly & clearly if needed for communications with your Senior. Must have either a landline or cellphone to make weekly phone calls. No experience required Should exhibit a great deal of patience and provide a peaceful and meaningful experience for the Senior. Volunteer should genuinely want to be there and want to helpful. Ability to commit at least 9 months as a volunteer. No physical abilities or qualifications required to be a volunteer. Environment: Volunteering will take place over the phone.

Through 11/20/20

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

Fundraising Strategist and Manager

Make a difference in the local economy and support local artists and arts organizations managing the COVID 19 crisis while social distancing. The St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce supports artists and small arts businesses to build their business while also creating opportunities for the arts to address issues from conservation to violence in the region. With the shut down of most events at the beginning of the arts season, the financial impact has been devastating. Donors and supporters are willing to respond but the Arts Chamber needs your help to reach them as well. Have you worked with online and in-person fundraisers? Support the local economy now!

Through 6/30/20

Google Ads Manager

Do you understand marketing and Google Ads? Well, you are ahead of me. The St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce has created a city-wide collaboration of artists and others to support arts and arts organizations to develop their business while creating city-wide collaborative marketing opportunities. Your expertise would be appreciated to develop and implement a Google Ad program through Google Ads for Non-Profits to spread the word. This volunteer opportunity can be done remotely. Be part of the solution in St. Louis right from your couch!

Through 6/30/20

Social media strategy and implementation coordinator

Stuck at home with the Covid 19 situation? Itching to do something positive? Join the St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce in developing and implementing its social media strategy to support local artists and work with the arts to address local issues such as conservation and violence. Make a difference from your couch!

Through 6/30/20

Virtual Volunteerism - Share Community Kindness

As we all begin to move into a time of social distancing, a singular act of kindness and care to one another can make the world of a difference. We want to encourage you to stay connected to your community now, more than ever! The Y has always been a convener of people and we encourage you to find ways to seek connection to those around you from where you are because we are all in this together. We know one of the most helpful things that we can do at this time is to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate the services provided by essential personnel who are providing healthcare, ensuring we have utilities and food and cleaning our hospital and streets. By staying home, we keep all of them safer. We know our community wants to do something to care for each other and our most vulnerable. Virtual volunteering allows you to commit your time and services from the comfort and safety of your home. Here are some ways we can support our community in a time of social distancing: Help Meet Basic Community Needs - Closing the Gaps • Ask your neighbor if they need anything when you have to make a trip to the store (leave those items on doorsteps to retrieve at a safe distance) • Help plant a garden (make sure to follow the 6-foot guidelines) • Buy a gift card online to a local business for someone who needs support • Stay Socially Connected - Connecting Communities • Schedule a digital dinner date with friends or family • Read a book to a special child in your life digitally • Schedule a social hour with your neighbors from each of your backyards • Plan a Netflix Party • Support Your Medical Community • Make wellness calls to vulnerable community members • Practice social distancing/self-quarantine We want to hear how you have been showing your support! Please tell us by clicking HERE to log the kindness in our community. Send your stories of kindness to caroline.mitchell@gwrymca.org.

Through 6/30/20

STORIES OF THE PANDEMIC: A ST. LOUIS COVID-19 DIGITAL ARCHIVE

The Missouri Historical Society (MHS) is working to document how the St. Louis region is experiencing the historic COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. For now we’ll share these stories in a digital archive through social media and online. Down the road, we’ll consider some of this digital material for our permanent collections. Sharing stories is a way we can begin to understand what is happening from an individual perspective. Please use the form to type a story or upload a photo or short video that illustrates how St. Louisans have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. This could include a photo of a sign announcing a business closure, your experiences of working from home or not being allowed to work from home, ruminations on social distancing, stories of community engagement and resilience, experiences with the healthcare system, and any and all observations of how the St. Louis area has responded to the pandemic. Whatever you choose to contribute, we hope you will join us in helping document this historic event in St. Louis. We also encourage you to think about holding on to videos, photographs, documents, or other objects related to the COVID-19 pandemic that you might wish to donate to MHS in the future. Share Your Story!

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

Write Thank You Notes to Covenant House Staff

Covenant House Missouri is serving over 300 youth a year who are experiencing homelessness across the state in the St. Louis region. Each night in St. Louis, there are over 600 youth experiencing homelessness who don’t have a safe place to sleep. Their need for shelter, food, access to health care, unconditional love, and absolute support has not ceased in the face of this community health crisis; it is needed now more than ever. Write a thank-you note to our staff who are on the front lines with our youth day in and day out. You can mail your notes to our campus, Attn: Covenant House Staff 2727 N. Kingshighway Blvd. St. Louis, MO. 63113

Through 7/3/20

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 will purchase the supplies, complete the project, and drop off the completed project to a nonprofit of your choosing. Need help identifying a nonprofit? Browse our list of community partners.  Please make sure to contact the nonprofit before dropping off to make sure they are still open and able to receive your donation. Some of the Do-It-Yourself projects are great to complete now and save to deliver at a later time. 
 
                  Homemade Mask                                            COVID-19 Emergency Relief Box                
                Cards for Seniors                                                        First Responder Kit 
           
                           Animal Shelter Blankets                                                         Community Clean Up                                                         Nurse Appreciation Kit                                                     First-Aid Kits                                Reusable T-Shirt Bags                                              Backpacks for Kids in Foster Care
                                    Financial Literacy Kits                                                         Blessing Bottles
            
                    Make Dog Toys                                                       Dinner Baskets 

             

                                                                   Cozy Cocoa Kits

 

 

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