Some of these projects are listed elsewhere, but they require minimal skills— only an able body and a willing heart.

African Vision of Hope

Donate a couple hours to help at the AVOH offices to help sort shoes, sort and pack supplies for shipping to Africa, prepare mass mailings for our volunteers and sponsors, update the AVOH website with information, etc.
Use your office’s special talent to help AVOH. For example, we are in need of specialized skills in the area of: website development, marketing and advertising, leadership training, medical training etc., computer technical
Go on a mission trip for a life-changing experience.

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

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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

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Ralph Valdes at 618.251.0041

Cinderella Affair

The Cinderella Affair, based in Bunker Hill, Illinois, is a charity to help girls that can’t afford to go to homecoming / prom. We do the girls hair, makeup, nails, shoes, jewelry and provide food for their day of pampering. We ask for nothing in return. If you know of a girl looking for a dress please let us know!

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

They accept donations of prom dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry, makeup, hair accessories, etc.

Where: Bunker Hill

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Wanda Lucus 618-520-6521

Friends of the Library – Glen Carbon – Adults

The Friends of the Library meet the second Wednesday of each month FOL-scholarship
from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Community Room. 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. Membership forms are available at the Help Desk. Join us, there’s always room for you!

Where: 198 S. Main, Glen Carbon, IL 62034

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Project AVA – Called for Kindness

Job Title: AVA Ambassador

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 volunteers who would like to further dedicate themselves to our efforts: we are looking for AVA Ambassadors. At project AVA we recognize that your time is precious. We, too, value our time with our family and friends and are honored that you’ve considered donating some of your time to us. Your donation of time can be in whatever amount you choose it to be to fit into your lifestyle.

As one of AVA’s Ambassadors you will have the following opportunities to contribute back to your community, all benefiting at-risk children and families:

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

Fundraising – 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.

Have you been “Called for Kindness?” If you feel you would liked to dedicate time as one of AVA’s Ambassadors, please fill out the application information below to be considered for a volunteer position.

When: Flexible
Where: Edwardsville, IL

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Project AVA – Director of Fundraising

ob Title: Director of Fundraising

At project AVA, we search for team leaders and members who will embrace and align with our vision, our values and our mission statement: “To support at-risk children and families by aligning with established community agencies; providing financial resources and a community of dedicated volunteers.”
Position Description:

project AVA seeks a volunteer Director of Fundraising to be responsible for securing new sponsors and donations, through executing fundraising events, developing community relationships and heightening awareness for project AVA.

This volunteer will report to the project AVA Board and work closely with all levels of the project AVA team.

At project AVA we recognize that your time is precious. We, too, value our time with our family and friends and are honored that you’ve considered donating some of your time to us. Your donation of time will be scheduled by you, and in a manner that is cohesive to your lifestyle.

• Work closely with the project AVA board to determine annual fundraising budgets for each chapter and for the overall organization.

• Recruit and manage a team of local and remote Fundraising Coordinators to create and implement fundraising activities, promotions, and special events, on both community-based and national levels.

• Create and present fundraising proposals to the project AVA Board. These proposals will include anticipated costs, estimated revenue, and profit projections.

Have you been “Called for Kindness”? Do you think you’re a good candidate for this role?

When: Flexible
Where: Edwardsville, IL

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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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