If your family has a passion for helping animals, many local shelters are always looking for volunteers to donate supplies, care for animals and more. Five Acres Animal Shelter in St. Charles has a multitude of volunteer opportunities. With options like walking dogs, going on vet runs, helping to keep up with laundry and dishes at the shelter, and photographing the dogs and cats, it is likely you have a talent that can be put to use. Five Acres requires volunteers to be ages 16 and up to work alone; 13-to-15 year-olds are welcome to help with a parent or guardian. Any age can collect wish list items to bring to the shelter! Five Acres Animal Shelter is located at 1099 Pralle Ln., St. Charles, MO.
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
There are many ways to get the entire family involved in helping the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. By becoming a “Birthday Buddy” to a child in foster care, kids can request that instead of bringing them a gift for their birthday, party guests bring gifts for a peer in foster care. Families can organize clothing and school supply drives. Older children can help in the ReFresh boutique or with tutoring. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is located at 1750 S. Brentwood Blvd., Suite 210, St. Louis, MO.
Great Rivers Greenway
Great Rivers Greenway regularly partners with local municipalities and community organizations for cleanup events, like the annual River Des Peres Trash Bash in mid-October. Events focus on keeping trails, parks and rivers accessible and clean. The Great Rivers Greenway Facebook page is a great way to keep up-to-date with current volunteer opportunities.
LINC St. Charles County
LINC St. Charles County serves St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln Counties. The organization’s mission is to “support disadvantaged families on the path to self-sufficiency.” The group offers a multitude of services such as a community garden, food pantry, summer lunch program, a bike club and a Thanksgiving meal. All require volunteers for a variety of tasks. At LINC they believe in teaching young people to serve and welcome families to volunteer. LINC St. Charles County is located at 9 Love Park Ln., Wentzville, MO.
Meeples for Peeples
A meeple is a wooden character to represent a player in a board game. Meeples for Peeples collects and distributes board games to children's hospitals, educators, group homes, low income families, military families and others. They host fundraising events throughout the year and can use volunteers at the events. Families can also organize a board game drive. Meeples for Peeples can be reached at 636-236-3621.
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
While long-term volunteers are required to be 16 years old and older, there are a variety of ways families with younger children can help contribute to those benefiting from St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s services. Families can collect personal care items, handmade blankets and other items to put in personal care packages that will be given to families with children in the hospital for extended periods of time. The Ronald McDonald Family Room also accepts donations of non-perishable food items and personal care items. St. Louis Children’s Hospital is located at One Children’s Place, St. Louis, MO.
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