African Vision of Hope

Donate a few hours of your time to help at the African Vision of Hope office in Maryville, Illinois. A few ways to get involved are: sorting and packing supplies that will be shipped to Zambia and used in all 5 African Vision of Hope schools; running errands; preparing mailings; calling volunteers; organizing storage; and much more. You may also consider going on a mission trip to Zambia for a life-changing experience where you will help children living in one of the most vulnerable, impoverished countries in the world.

When: Varies
Where: 8 Professional Park Dr. Maryville, IL 62062

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Allison’s Angel Gowns – Sewing in your home

Allison’s Angel Gowns is currently seeking seamstresses in the St Louis and Metro East area to help create our angel gowns. Please fill out the contact form on their facebook page (address below). Wedding gowns can be donated in Edwardsville at Afterwords Books 232 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

When: Anytime
Where: P.O. Box 528 Hamel, IL 62046

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Bridge Bread

Can your church sell Bridge Bread, the proceeds of which benefit a homeless ministry in St. Louis? You will need someone to pick up the bread in St. Louis on Saturdays, and volunteers to sell & keep track of proceeds on Sundays

When: Sundays, OR other days at your workplace or organization
Where: YOUR CHURCH---bread comes from 2639 Cherokee St. Louis, MO 63118

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Chicks with Sticks – Knitting at Troy United Methodist Church

Chicks with Sticks is a group of women who meet once a week at Troy United Methodist Church. Our group is not limited to TUMC members. Anyone is welcome to join us. We have grown to be a faithful group of women who gather for fellowship and support, sharing new ideas and patterns, and knit and/or crochet a variety of items for charity. If you don't know how to knit or crochet but would like to learn, we can teach you. We have the supplies needed to get started.
We also accept donations of yarn for their projects.

When: 2nd, 3rd & 4th Thursdays DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, 5 - 6:30pm
Where: 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy, IL 62294

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(church) 618-667-6241

Christian Crafters

A group of women meet every Monday at First Christian Church on Main Street in Edwardsville to work on projects for others, enjoy each others company, and learn. They make a variety of items for different groups. Such as baby hats, blankets and flannel covers for breathing masks, prayer shawls, pillowcase dresses,

When: Monday 11am - 3pm; bring lunch
Where: 310 South Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025

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(618) 656-7498 (church)

Churches on the Street

We meet every Monday night at 6:00 pm (during the winter) and 6:30 pm during the spring/summer and help those homeless with food, clothing, blankets, toiletries, etc, encouragement, the Word and other practical resources.
We are a faith based non profit organization. A collaboration of Christian people who love God and believe according to His word that we're to help the poor, the lost and the hurting.
We help not only the homeless and the hurting who crosses our paths but our focus is also human trafficking rescue and restore education and disaster relief.
We represent many churches, denominations, races; The Kingdom.
We believe that the Word of God changes lives and through our own testimonies we're able to positively influence those we come in contact with on the streets.
We believe the great commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel and that includes our own backyard.
COTS is here to ignite people out of their church seats and into the streets helping those in need.
All are welcome!!
Contact Ralph Valdes at 618.251.0041 or Angela Valdes at 618.558.6433, Office 618.251.0039 or for more information.

When: Monday & Thursday Nights 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: MONDAY-- 1333 N. 6th St, St. Louis; THURSDAY--- Loretta Hall Park at N. 14th and Carr St, St. Louis.

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Ralph Valdes at 618.251.0041

Cinderella Affair

The Cinderella Affair, based in Bunker Hill, Illinois, is a 501(c)3 charity to help girls that can’t afford to go to homecoming / prom. We do the girls' hair, makeup, nails, shoes, and jewelry, and we provide food for their day of pampering. We also provide formal photographs for the girls, all free of charge!

We also provide suits/ tuxes and shoes for guys!

Hair dressers, Makeup artist. Also, we look for folks who want to join us in pampering these girls, and for volunteer/ amateur photographers.

We accept donations of prom dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry, makeup, suits/ tuxes, hair accessories, etc. Receipts can be provided on request, for tax purposes.

Where: Bunker Hill

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Wanda Lucas 618-520-6521

Community Hope Center

We are a faith-based non-profit organization that helps those in need with food, clothing, household items, one-on-one ministry time, and educational classes at no charge. We are completely supported by local churches, individuals and businesses.

We need assistance in sorting, packing and distributing donations; praying & providing spiritual care for clients; and office workers and greeters.

When: variable, 9-1 weekdays
Where: 1201 Hope Center Lane, Cottage Hills, IL

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(618) 259-0959

Faith in Action – Drivers Needed

Faith in Action volunteer activities may include shopping for groceries, providing rides to medical or other appointments, cooking meals, doing light housework, running errands or providing companionship through visiting or phoning. Volunteers may also provide respite care and relief for family caregivers. With the assistance of volunteers, community members with long-term health needs maintain their independence for as long as possible.

How do I become a Volunteer for Faith in Action? “Be an Angel, Help a Senior” Do you have a caring spirit? Do you like helping others? Do you want to make a difference? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Do you have two or more hours of free time each month?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity: Faith in Action-Edwardsville/Glen Carbon!

To volunteer with Faith in Action, contact us! You will only need to complete a few simple steps:

Complete a 1-hour orientation
Provide a valid driver’s license and proof of car insurance
Provide references
Complete a police background check

Please contact Faith in Action if you or someone you know would like to get involved. Staff members will provide you with further details and walk you through the process!

“Even if it is a little thing, do something for those in need of help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.” -Albert Schweitzer

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When: Varies
Where: Edwardsville, IL and Glen Carbon, IL

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(618) 692-0480

Free Lunch Fridays

We cook and serve lunch every Friday at Immanuel United Methodist Church(Edwardsville)---come feed the hungry in our community! Individuals may sign up to serve, or groups may take responsibility for planning and preparing a meal. Everyone is welcome to eat lunch and fellowship!

When: Fridays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Immanuel United Methodist Church in Edwardsville, 800 North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL

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Friends of the Library – Glen Carbon – Adults

The Friends of the Library meet the second Wednesday of each month. The Friends are a group of volunteers who share a common belief that the library is important to the intellectual and cultural growth of the community. The members of this non-profit organization work to increase public awareness of all library services and assist in bringing funds to the library for special needs.

When: second Wednesday of each month, 6:30-7:30
Where: Community Room, Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main, Glen Carbon, IL 62034

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(main library number) 618-288-1212

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. You can shop, donate, or volunteer to work in the store!

When: Tues-Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 101 E. Clay St.(Rear), Collinsville, IL

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Hospice Volunteers – Unity Hospice

Are you ready to make a difference? If so, Unity Hospice wants you! Volunteers are needed to visit terminally ill patients and/or perform office duties. We are also searching for pet-companion volunteers with at least a canine good citizen certification. There are no time requirements; we provide opportunities based on your schedule. Social or church groups, families, retirees, and students— all are welcome. Help us to bring families support and compassion when they need it most.

When: varies

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Junior Friends of the Library – Glen Carbon

The Jr. Friends of the Library meet the first Thursday of each month and consist of young adult volunteers (ages 12-18) who meet at the Library to perform community outreach projects. JFOL members organize fund-raising activities. The proceeds from the fund raisers are donated to the Library and other charitable organizations that the JFOLs believe are helping to make a difference in our community. They also provide a safe environment within the Library for young adults to meet and socialize. Membership forms are available in the Youth Services area.

When: third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main, Glen Carbon, IL 62034

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(618) 288-1212

Main Street Community Center

Main Street Community Center is committed to providing a broad range of group and individual activities and services that respond to the needs and interests of the community, focusing on individuals aged 50+.

Volunteers are always needed at the Community Center to help deliver meals, to assist with maintenance and gardening, and to help at the front desk.

When: variable
Where: 1003 N. Main Street Edwardsville, IL 62025

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(618) 656-0300

Maryville Food Pantry / Grandma’s Attic

The Food Pantry and Grandma's attic are staffed by volunteers from local churches. Volunteers are always needed during operating hours. You can choose your hours, days and tasks. Occasional help is needed to pick up groceries or to help disposing of items no longer needed for resale.

Volunteers are needed to occasionally to pick up bread at the Schnuck’s grocery store in Collinsville on Fridays.
Extra help is always needed to put together special baskets for food pantry clients for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Hours of Operation
Tuesdays: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesdays: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Thursdays: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturdays: 10:00 AM to 12 Noon

When: Varies
Where: 504 E. Division, maryville, IL

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Mobile Market

We unpack, sort and distribute food to the needy in Granite City on the first Tuesday of every month.

Those coming to volunteer will help unload and sort the pallets of food delivered by the St. Louis Foodbank and will help distribute it beginning at noon. Help is also needed to load up vans and trucks and go distribute food at the second location.

When: first Tuesday of every month, approx 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 2542 E 25th St. Granite City(parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church) AND Triangle Park on the Rock Road(West Granite)

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Mosaic Pregnancy Center

Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Center empowers women, men & teens to make life-affirming pregnancy & sexual health decisions by providing free health services, education & Christ-centered support. We need volunteers with many skills to accomplish this:

DRIVERS for the our C2 mobile unit, taking service out into the community. Must have a Class B or CDL license.

CLIENT ADVOCATES and CHURCH LIAISONS to communicate with the community, or to connect directly with clients.

OFFICE/ ADMINISTRATIVE volunteers to organize supplies, answer phones, and enter data.

"FIRST STEPS" LEADERS to prepare clients for pregnancy, delivery and beyond.

DISCIPLESHIP LEADERS and PRAYER WARRIORS to pray for needed requests and lead Bible study groups

When: varies
Where: 2019 Johnson Rd. Granite City, IL 62040

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Pack a Sack – Twigs

DURING SCHOOL YEAR: On Thursday nights, we pack non-perishable food items which are sent home for the weekend with school children who are at risk of not having enough to eat. Drivers are also needed to deliver sacks to schools on Fridays during the school year.

When: Thursday evenings, Friday mornings during the school year
Where: Multiple locations: Brighton, Granite City, Hartford, Mt. Olive, South Roxana, Wood River,

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Prayer Shawl Ministry – Knitting

The prayer shawl ministry at Our Lord's Lutheran Church in Maryville, will meet to knit, crochet and quilt prayer shawls for those in need of comfort, whether due to illness, loss of some other issue. Anyone may participate.

Where: Our Lord's Lutheran Church, 150 Wilma Drive, Maryville, IL

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Project 612 – Edwardsville School District Lunch

Uneaten prepackaged food, destined for school cafeteria trash bins, is collected & distributed to the needy through local public aid agencies. We intend to minimize wasted cafeteria food by redirecting it to those in need.
Edwardsville school district parents are needed to help on select dates. Please contact via facebook.

Where: Edwardsville Schools

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Project AVA – Called for Kindness

Project AVA’s mission is “To support at-risk children and parents by aligning with established community agencies, providing financial resources and a community of dedicated volunteers."

We are looking for AVA Ambassadors to:

Raise awareness – we need people to know we exist and understand what our mission is!

Share social media updates
Invite friends to “like” our page
Promote project AVA events and projects

Raise money – we need funds to help others!

Help promote our fundraising efforts via social media and both personal and professional networks. where applicable.
Collaborate with the fundraising committee to create and implement fundraising ideas.
Volunteer at project AVA fundraising events in your community.

When: Flexible
Where: Edwardsville, IL

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Restore Décor – Haul Furniture

Restore Decor is frequently in need of people & vehicles to haul furniture that has been donated. Contact them at

When: can be arranged to fit your schedule
Where: Restore Décor

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Restore Decor – Painting

Restore Decor seeks volunteers who are willing to paint, sew, re-invent, decorate, move furniture, remodel - no prior skill is necessary, only a willing heart and giving spirit.

Our typical painting times are Tuesdays and Thursdays, with both daytime and evening shifts. Watch our Facebook page for details.

Individuals and groups are welcome to assist with this ministry in our community.

When: Tuesdays 10AM-noon and 6:30-8PM, Thursday noon-2PM and 6:30-8PM watch facebook for other dates
Where: 223 N. Main St, Edwardsville, IL 62025

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Restore Decor – Sales

working Saturdays 10-3 (which involves meeting people, selling neat stuff, and being an ambassador for Faith Coalition). Restore Décor is a resale shop for used/ refurbished furniture; all profits go to support Faith Coalition ministries.

When: Saturdays 10am - 3pm
Where: 111 Second St, Edwardsville, IL

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Restore Decor – Shop Saturdays

Restore Décor

Restore Décor is a non-profit resale shop for gently used furniture and home accessories. We differ from other shops in the area in that 100% of our proceeds support the ministries of our parent organization, Faith Coalition - Edwardsville. Come shop for neat stuff and help our community!

When: Saturdays 10am - 3pm
Where: 111 Second St, Edwardsville, IL 62025

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Soup for the Soul

Serving food, prayer and spiritual support every Monday-Wednesday at the Community Hope Center in Cottage Hills

When: Monday-Wednesday, 10-1
Where: 1201 Hope Center Lane, Cottage Hills, IL

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(618) 259-0959

St. John’s Mission Garden

St. John's(Edwardsville) Mission Garden needs people to plant, weed & pick, AS WELL AS transportation to take produce to pantries.

When: variable(March thru October)
Where: 7372 Marine Road Edwardsville, IL 62025

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Stephenson House

Volunteer Areas:
Historical Interpreter (for house tours), Gift Shop Attendant, Education Guide (for school field trips), Research, Historical Clothing Construction, Maintenance, Historic Garden & Grounds
Informational/training sessions are held periodically to help volunteers be confident with any activities in which they choose to volunteers. See site for application

Where: 409 South Buchanan Edwardsville IL 62025

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Teen Advisory Board – Edwardsville Public Library

Teen Advisory Board
Grades 6-12

Teens - make a difference at your library! Board members will share ideas for future teen activities, help decorate the Teen Section of the library, and will have opportunities to volunteer at children's programs!
Visit website to print off application.

Where: 112 South Kansas Street, Edwardsville IL 62025

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Watershed Nature Center

The Watershed Nature Center welcomes enthusiastic volunteers who are committed to maintaining our native habitats and enhancing our community. Volunteers have a direct impact on our mission and goals; they participate in dozens of projects that help to preserve our wetlands, prairies, and forests. We value the skills, abilities, and time of all our volunteers, and hope to provide each one with a rich and rewarding experience.

Restoration Monday's - Late Spring - September
Join an elite group of volunteers that include Master Naturalists and Master Gardners every Monday morning from 9:00 am to 11:00 am s in helping help improve Watershed’s local habitats. Long pants, sturdy shoes required, and long sleeves recommended. Bring gloves & loppers if you have them. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and all minors under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Contact the Watershed Nature Center office 618-692-7578 with any questions.

Plant Native Species
Occasionally the addition of native plants is necessary to preserve our habitats. We always appreciate the help of anyone with a green thumb.

Remove Invasive Species
Work off some stress, get a great workout, and help maintain our three native habitats, all at the same time.

Help at an Event
Do you like to meet people and interact with the public? Greet people, serve refreshments, and help with crafts at one of our events.

Serve on a Committee
If you are passionate about the environment, sustainability, or native habitats, please consider serving on one of our committees.

Lead a Wildlife Walk
Are you a naturalist with expertise in wildflowers, trees, amphibians, reptiles, or any other area of nature? Ask us about leading a program or workshop.

Assist with Mailings
From time to time the Watershed sends out large mailings. Assistants are always welcome to help with folding, labeling, and stamping.

When: varies
Where: 1591 Tower Ave

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