Operation Food Search feeds close to 200,000 people in Missouri and Illinois monthly—and about a third of those in need are children. Gathering and distributing more than 3 million dollars worth of food and necessities to 31 Missouri and Illinois counties requires significant community support. Volunteers are needed to assist with packing backpacks, sorting in the warehouse, helping with special events and more. Donate your time as an individual or family, or volunteer together with co-workers, schools, churches, scout troops or other organizations. Operation Food Search is located at 1644 Lotsie Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63132. Call 314-726-5355 for more information about volunteer opportunities.
No matter what your teen's interests, find the perfect way for him or her to volunteer through VolunTEEN Nation. Administered by teens and young adults, VolunTEEN Nation is designed to help youth find places to volunteer and lead service projects, both locally and across the United States. This site also provides information about scholarships and grant programs, as well as inspiration and empowerment. Visit volunteennation.org for more information.
Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry
Help feed a local family in need through the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, which works to alleviate hunger for people of all backgrounds and faiths. This food pantry helps feed more than 7,000 families each month. Youth and adults can help by planning a food drive or helping in the pantry. The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry is located at 10950 Schuetz Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63146. Call 314-513-1674 to volunteer.
Operation Christmas Child
How does Santa deliver gifts all across the globe? With a little help, of course! Families can play Santa to children in need throughout the world by packing shoe boxes with small toys, books, art supplies, dolls, stuffed animals, non-liquid hygiene items and more. Designate whether the box is for a boy or a girl and drop it off, along with a $7 donation for shipping and handling, to one of several collection points throughout St. Louis. Though collections are offered during the holiday season, many volunteers gather and pack items throughout the year. For a list of recommended items and more information, visit operationchristmaschild.org.
Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis
Help St. Louis children shine by volunteering through Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis. This local organization is committed to helping children with physical and intellectual disabilities reach their full potential through camps, theater programs and more. Work one-one-one with Variety participants through Adventure Camp, a summer and winter camp experience for children with disabilities. Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis is located at 11840 Westline Industrial Dr., Suite 220, St. Louis, MO, 63146. Call 314-720-7700 for more information.
World Bird Sanctuary
Teens who are interested in conservation or veterinary medicine will find rewarding volunteer opportunities at the World Bird Sanctuary, a facility that helps protect endangered species and their habitats through education, rehabilitation, breeding programs and field studies. Volunteers ages 13 and up can assist in these efforts by helping in the education and animal management departments. World Bird Sanctuary is located at 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Rd., Valley Park, MO, 63088.
TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids)
If your family LOVES sports, why not share that love with other kids? TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids) provides athletic opportunities for young athletes with special needs. Volunteers ages 14 and up can work one-on-one with TASK kids on activities like bowling, volleyball and drama. Call TASK at 636-343-8275 for more information.
Great Rivers Greenway
Families can provide loving care for Mother Earth by helping at three annual river and stream cleanups in the St. Louis area. Great Rivers Greenway partners with local conservation organizations to host Confluence Trash Bash in March, Operation Clean Stream in August and River Des Peres Trash Bash in October. The events are a great way for kids to learn about water quality and conservation; volunteers are also treated to lunch, music and contests.
Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article. articles represent the views and the research completed by St. Louis Sprout & About journalists and are not driven by advertising or requests by vendors or venues.
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