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 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

Want to help? Contact...
618.288.7695
info@africanvisionofhope.org
http://africanvisionofhope.org/get-involved/



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 churchesonthestreets@gmail.com 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.

Want to help? Contact...
Ralph Valdes at 618.251.0041
https://www.facebook.com/ChurchesontheStreetsSTL/info?tab=page_info



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.

When:
Where: Bunker Hill

Want to help? Contact...
Wanda Lucas 618-520-6521
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1489315098002802/



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

Want to help? Contact...
(618) 259-0959
hopecenters@gmail.com
https://communityhopecenteril.org/



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

Want to help? Contact...
(main library number) 618-288-1212
friends@glencarbonlibrary.org
http://glencarbonlibrary.org/friends-of-the-library/



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
Where:

Want to help? Contact...
618-346-1111
smcginn-corona@unityhospice.com
http://www.unityhospice.com/volunteers/



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

Want to help? Contact...
(618) 288-1212
gle@glencarbonlibrary.org
http://glencarbonlibrary.org/friends-of-the-library/



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

Want to help? Contact...
(618) 656-0300
info@mainstcc.org
http://mainstcc.org/



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)

Want to help? Contact...
618-876-0723
twigsforkids@gmail.com
http://twigsforkids.org/



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.

When:
Where: Edwardsville Schools

Want to help? Contact...
Project612@outlook.com
https://www.facebook.com/Project612/



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

Want to help? Contact...
contact@project-ava.org
http://project-ava.org/ava-ambassador/



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

When:
Where: 409 South Buchanan Edwardsville IL 62025

Want to help? Contact...
618-692-1818
stephensonhouse@sbcglobal.net
http://www.stephensonhouse.org/volunteer.asp https://stephensonhouse.shutterfly.com/



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.

When:
Where: 112 South Kansas Street, Edwardsville IL 62025

Want to help? Contact...
http://edwardsvillelibrary.org/index.php?id=18



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

Want to help? Contact...
618-692-7578
http://watershednaturecenter.org/volunteer/