Service Opportunities

 If you know of a place looking for help, please let me know and I can add it to my list. Please include location, expectations, and contact information.
 Here are a few ideas for places to think of for service activities:
 – look in your parish bulletin for opportunities to help in your parish
-Help your grandparents out with yard work.
-Clean out the basement, garage, or attic at home
-Volunteer once a week or once a month at a nursing home
-help a neighbor by playing with the kids while they go grocery shopping or do yard work for the elderly
-help at an animal shelter.
-Catholic Charities has a variety of ways to help, and there are links at their home page to various ministries.
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Campus Kitchen at SLU
At a CKSLU, we use on-campus kitchen space, located at 303 S. Grand, and donated food from a local grocery store and SLU’s dining halls to prepare and deliver nourishing meals to people who are food insecure in our SLU neighborhood.  In a week, we are recovering on average 1,200 pounds of food and using it to make about 400 meals.  In addition, we donate excess fresh food to several community partners.
 
There are various shifts that people can work during the week, including food recovery on Sunday mornings and cooking on Sunday afternoons.  Delivering meals takes place Monday – Thursday afternoons, and is a valuable opportunity for service of presence (which is popular with the SLUH men).  Also, we have had groups come together to volunteer, for example, various churches, Girl Scouts, Raising Cane’s, the SLU IT Department.  It always seems to be a fun and productive bonding activity, and Mrs. Apprill-Sokol is happy to try and coordinate a “group shift” if that is of interest to St. Gabriel families. You can contact her at  (314) 665-0324 or   melissa.apprill@slu.edu.
They are trying out SIgnUp Genius for this semester, and volunteers can see the different shifts and sign up at  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054fafab28a2f49-ckslu.
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Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition Service Information

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN

ReFresh
ReFresh: A Fashion Forward Resale Boutique provides clothing for youth in foster care at 90% off and is also open to the public.

Youth who are 13 years or older
Youth who are 13 years or older can volunteer at ReFresh as part of a volunteer group of 5-10 individuals. We require 1 adult chaperone for every 4 youth volunteers in a group.

ORGANIZE A CLOTHING DRIVE
Most children enter foster care with only the clothing on their backs, so the Coalition always
appreciates new and gently-used clothing donations for all seasons. ReFresh: A Fashion Forward Resale Boutique stocks clothing for older youth and young adults, while Resource provides gently-used clothing to foster and adopted children from newborns to 12 year olds.

THROW A BIRTHDAY PARTY
You can follow the lead of an innovative girl scout troop – they supported our Birthday Buddy
program by inviting other girls at their school to attend their “birthday party”.  Over 60 girls attended their birthday party, each bringing a gift card or birthday present for a foster child.  The girls had a blast playing games, doing arts & crafts, and enjoying a snack.  Through the gifts collected, the girls sponsored the birthdays of three foster children who were likely to receive few or no gifts on their birthdays.

Contact Shelley Thomas-Benke, Director of FosterServe Volunteers at
shelleythomasbenke@foster-adopt.org or 314.367.8373 for more information about these and other volunteer opportunities.

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Show Me Care Bags  

This organization  provides care bags filled with simple items that provide comfort and entertainment to patients who are receiving treatment for cancer. They deliver these care bags to local Missouri hospitals and treatment facilities.

You can help by collecting materials to donate for the bags, helping assemble the bags, and more. Contact Jennifer Preston at 314-492-4098 or visit the following webstie for a list of all the items they accept and for a wish list of other goods and services they can use.

https://www.showmecarebags.org/

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St. Anthony Food Pantry

This outreach welcomes help with serving meals and other assistance.

  • Contact: Sr. Connie & Sr. Marie
  • Phone: (314) 352-1460

In the church basement (3130 Meramec St.); entrance at the back end of the parking lot. Provides food and clothing for the neighborhood needy from zip codes 63118, 63111, 63116: Mondays & Thursdays from 10 AM – Noon, and Wednesdays from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

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Twenty four days of the month St. Peter & Paul Parish in Soulard feeds between 150-200 homeless and hungry people of St. Louis.
St Gabe’s parishioners are invited to prepare a meal and feed the homeless each month on the 7th and 10th. This would be a good activity to do with a sponsor, or get a small group of friends and go together. 
Please call Patti Wilson (503-5445) or Margie Uxa,  uxamr@swbell.net   314-303-9338 for questions & about what to bring.

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http://stlfoodbank.org/  This is the web address for The Food Bank, which serves the Greater St. Louis area. They provide food to many smaller organizations that feed those in need all St. Louis and surrounding counties. There are MANY ways you could help with this effort. Visit their website for more information about their mission and how you can help.

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SSM Sweet Babies service opportunity  

Volunteers atSSM St.Mary’sHealthCenter are helping new born babies to go home warm, clothed and knowing people care.New or slightly used onesies and sleepers, sized newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-12 months are needed.  Small diapers are essential and would be most appreciated. A gift bag stuffed with love, onesies, sleepers (in each size) diapers, bibs, socks, hats, sweaters and outfits is given to each mommy and new baby in need.  We are proud to recycle.  The volunteers are asking for your help with this small program.  We give away about 60 bags a month. Please consider giving a shower or hosting a diaper drive to support this program.  We also will be happy to host a service group, scouts, parishioners, or anyone wanting to help wrap and pack gift bags. We also need help sorting all the donated items, which could be done after school or on a Saturday morning. We will be happy to pick up anything you have or items can be sent to St. Mary’s Volunteer Office,6420 Clayton Road,Richmond Heights,Mo 63117. Contact Alice (314-647-4991) to arrange a time to help or if you have questions. *****************************************************************

Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis–Kids Helping KIds

While we require that volunteers be at least 18 years old, here are some ways that kids and teens can help us provide a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children.

Collect coins
A dime here. A quarter there. Your small change can make a big difference! Collect loose change and donate the funds to help RMHC families!
Recycle for RMHC
Aluminum tab tops, old keys and electronics can all be recycled and turned into a monetary donation to RMHC! Learn more at rmhcstl.com/recycle.
Collect Wish List items
RMHC relies on donations of everyday household items to operate our Houses and Family Rooms. To download a Wish List, visit rmhcstl.com/wishlist.
Donate new toys
Help make our Houses and Family Rooms feel like home to seriously ill children and their siblings by donating new, unwrapped toys for all ages.
Host a fundraiser
Whether it’s a lemonade stand or garage sale, hosting a fundraiser on behalf of RMHC is a great way to help. To get started, visit rmhcstl.com/thirdpartyfundraisers.
Prepare a meal
Children ages 12+ can help cook meals for our guest families with the help of adult chaperones. Visit rmhcstl.com/meals for more information.
Join Team RMHC
Go the extra mile to help seriously ill children by joining Team RMHC and running on our behalf at your next race. Visit rmhcstl.com/ teamrmhc to sign up!
Get creative
Show off your arts-and-crafts skills by creating cards, blankets, care packages or other heartfelt items for our guest families!

Help at the holidays
Donate new, unwrapped items to our McGift Shoppe, where RMHC families can shop for loved ones free-of-charge each December. Visit rmhcstl.com/holidays to download a Holiday Wish List.

For more information, please email McKenna Cooper, Volunteer Coordinator, at mcooper@rmhcstl.com.