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Below is a searchable database of the non-profit agencies that are seeking volunteers. You may search based on the population category the organization works with and services they provide.

Each menu allows you to click on a specific agency and bring up their profile. Profiles include contact information, a link to their website, a brief description of their mission and objectives, service opportunities, any requirements and directions. Please note that some agencies may be listed in multiple menus.

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Remote Opportunities: Agencies under each category that are marked with a * indicate that remote opportunities are available.

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Brightside St. Louis
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • N
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

At Brightside St. Louis, our mission is to improve the quality of life in our community by educating, engaging and inspiring St. Louisans to make our region cleaner, greener and more environmentally sustainable.

Service Opportunities:

- Urban Beautification Program (planting gardens, flowers and trees in the city)

- Recycling Center assistance

Days/Times:

- Urban beautification takes place generally on Saturday mornings;

- Recycling center assistance Monday - Friday, anytime during the day

Volunteer Prerequisites:

None

Butterfly House
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Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

The mission of the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is to foster a greater understanding of plant and animal relationships in the environment in order to promote the conservation and restoration of natural habitats.

Service Opportunities:

https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/visit/family-of-attractions/butterfly-house.aspx

Days/Times:

- Guest Services Volunteers: Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

- Education (Docent): Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m..

- Gift Shop Volunteers: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-Noon or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

- Bug Bureau of Investigations: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-Noon or Noon-4 p.m.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Application

- Orientation Session

EarthDance Farms
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Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands on education and delicious experiences

Service Opportunities:

Field Volunteer: We have about 2 acres of vegetables, fruit and herbs in production. Field volunteers assist our farm manager with the daily tasks associated with operating a small-scale organic farm and garden.

Days/Times:

Field Volunteer: Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Application

Earthday365
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

To inspire and mobilize a collaborative movement towards an equitable and environmentally sustainable St. Louis region – every day.

Service Opportunities:

Recycling on the Go Team: Attend great St. Louis metro events, as a part of our ROG team, and collect recycling and compost waste to keep it out of landfills.

Remote Opportunity: Research to find energy efficiency and water conservation strategies for restaurants with our Green Dining Alliance program. Ways to help them save money in their operations as well as reduce environmental impacts.

Days/Times:

Days and times vary and up to schedule of volunteer!

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Application

- Orientation

Flora Conservancy of Forest Park
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • N
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

The Flora Conservancy of Forest Park was formed as a partnership with the City of St. Louis Parks Department. The conservancy is committed to beautifying and maintaining landscaped areas of the park as identified in the Forest Park Master Plan. Its mission is to create a supplemental volunteer labor force focusing on volunteer and community education and fund raising to support these activities through broadly based corporate and individual support.

Service Opportunities:

Volunteers for various landscaping and gardening activities throughout Forest Park.

Days/Times:

Tuesays, Thursdays, and Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m..

Volunteer Prerequisites:

None

Forest ReLeaf of Missouri
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Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • N
Mission Statement and Objectives:

Our mission is, “to provide trees for public and not-for-profit plantings and present educational programs to promote stewardship of the trees and forests in Missouri and other communities in the region.”

Service Opportunities:

- Nursery Volunteer: Help maintain the tree nursery by assisting with the overall care of the seedlings, including potting, fertilizing, pruning, and weeding. They also help with nursery maintenance – upkeep of the irrigation system and cleaning and repairing tools. In addition, some volunteers may assist the forester with taking tree inventory, tagging trees, supervising “short burst” volunteer groups, and harvesting trees for community distribution.

Days/Times:

Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m.-Noon, with occasional Saturdays.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Application

- On-Site Training

Gardens to Tables Teaching Garden at SLU
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • N
Transportation Needed:
  • N - SLU Shuttle
Mission Statement and Objectives:

Saint Louis University’s garden was established in 2002 to address the disconnect between the food people eat and their knowledge of where it originated. It has been fulfilling its mission to improve access to healthy, local foods by providing nutrition and garden education to the St. Louis community ever since.

Service Opportunities:

- Garden Assistant: Help with with weeding, harvesting, and all aspects of growing produce.

Days/Times:

Any day Monday-Friday, anytime in the morning.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

COVID-19 Vaccine

Gateway Arch Park Foundation
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Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • N (MetroLink)
Mission Statement and Objectives:

Gateway Arch Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to ensure the Gateway Arch, its grounds, neighboring public spaces, and attractions will be a vital, welcoming, and well-supported resource for the community and nation for generations to come.

Service Opportunities:

- Museum Visitor Service Volunteers: Be a friendly face for visitors when they enter the Park and offer valuable information to make their experience the most enjoyable. Volunteers may be asked to occasionally assist in educational programming or provide hands-on interpretation for visitors using touch table displays in the museum galleries.

Days/Times:

- Museum Visitor Service Volunteers: Any day, 7 days a week from either 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Application

- Orientation

*Gateway to the Great Outdoors*
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • N
Mission Statement and Objectives:

GGO partners with low-income public schools (currently in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO) to provide extensive environmental, outdoor, and STEAM education. GGO’s curriculum combines hands-on, inquiry-based classroom STEAM instruction, and nature-based outings & overnight trips, with year-round mentorship provided by university students. GGO partners directly with the classroom science teachersto assure that the curriculum augments traditional classroom learning.

Service Opportunities:

- Mentor: GGO volunteers will go to a grade school in St. Louis once a week to facilitate STEAM lessons and encourage student learning. The curriculum is already outlined so students need only meet one other time per week to discuss and plan for the session that week with their mentor groups. SLU students act as mentors to the grade school students through education, engagement, and having fun. Remote opportunities include virtual weekly STEAM lessons.

Transportation can be provided, although volunteers with their own transportation are desired.

Days/Times:

Days and Times vary, please fill out our availability form:

For new volunteers: https://forms.gle/d1CJ68e7o2o54pAn7

For current GGO volunteers: https://forms.gle/KHeFAzTVYJWWZjac9

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Availability Form

- Orientation Session

Good Life Growing
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

Good Life Growing is an urban community develo p.m.ent organization that supports the advancement of an agricultural zone in the 4th Ward of the city of St. Louis. It is our mission to revitalize the 4th Ward by directly tackling the issue of food insecurity that is pervasive in North St. Louis. Good Life Growing supports the advancement of economic and communal revitalization that is for and with the local residents of the neighborhoods in which we operate. We encourage healthy living, community life, and economic and community growth.

Service Opportunities:

- Farm Assistant: Assist in various areas of routine maintenance vital to sustaining grow operations.

- Grow Technician: Assist in the continuous seeding, transplanting, and maintenance of product across all methods of growing used.

Days/Times:

Weekdays or weekends, anytime 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Orientation

Great Rivers Environmental Law Center
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • N (MetroLink)
Mission Statement and Objectives:

Our mission is to provide free and reduced-fee legal services to individuals, citizens’ groups and organizations that seek to protect the environment and public health.

Service Opportunities:

- Air Quality Research Intern: Engineering students needed to conduct tests on the quality of air and water in certain areas of St. Louis.

- Pollutant Health Effect Research Intern: Public Health students needed to research effects of pollutants on the health of St. Louis residents.

- Economics of Pollution Control Intern: Business students needed to research economic factors involved in pollution control policies.

- Community Organizing and Outreach Intern: Assist in the building of grassroots support for pollution reduction among the community.

Days/Times:

Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Resume

Great Rivers Greenway
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • N (MetroLink)
Mission Statement and Objectives:

Great Rivers Greenway is the region's parks and trails district, created by a vote of the people to connect St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. We’re making St. Louis an even better place to live by connecting our region with greenways so you can be active, get around town and enjoy being outside.

Service Opportunities:

- Volunteer: Help sustain and improve the greenways by picking up trash, removing invasive plants, planting trees and more.

Days/Times:

- Volunteer: Please check out event calendar for this opportunity: https://greatriversgreenway.org/events/

Volunteer Prerequisites:

None

Missouri Botanical Garden
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

The mission of the Missouri Botanical Garden is to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment, in order to preserve and enrich life.

Service Opportunities:

- School Program Education Assistants: Volunteer will assist staff in preparing materials to be used in school programs. The volunteer will also assist in storing and organizing.

- Scout Program Volunteer: Assist staff instructor with Girl and Boy Scouts groups who visit the Botanical Garden.

- Gift Shop Volunteer: Provide customer service to shoppers and complete sales transactions. Provide general assistance with product display.

Days/Times:

- School Program Education Assistants: Any day of the week Monday-Friday, 2 hours.

- Scout Program Volunteer: Saturday mornings or afternoons.

- Gift Shop Volunteer: Sundays from 12-4 p.m.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Application

Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y (But a short bus ride down Grand)
Mission Statement and Objectives:

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment works to protect and restore the environment through education, public engagement, and legal action. We focus on clean water, clean air, open space, and sustainable food and farm policies.

Service Opportunities:

- Legal/policy research

-Office Work – filing, mailings, data entry

- Event planning

- Outreach – tabling at MCE events

- Graphic design

- Develo p.m.ent

Days/Times:

All opportunities, except special events and outreach, are available Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m..

Volunteer Prerequisites:

None

New Roots Urban Farm
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Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • N
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

New Roots challenges our current food systems by creating urban agriculture models, teaching and empowering inner city youth through food production and cooking, and feeding and nourishing ourselves and others in the St. Louis community.

Service Opportunities:

Community Garden Volunteer: Gardening/farming work; harvesting vegetables, weeding, planting, etc

Days/Times:

Mondays from 3-5 p.m.

Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-1 p.m.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

None

Perennial
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Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

Our mission is to build a creative culture of sustainability in which discarded items are transformed into valued and cherished resources.

Service Opportunities:

- Community Event Education Volunteer: Perennial is seeking volunteers to assist with various community events, teaching upcycled craft projects to children through adults. We use reclaimed materials to make fun projects like wearables, wands, instruments and more. You would assist Perennial staff at a booth or table to teach the crafts to community members at different events throughout the year.

Days/Times:

Varies, but typically Saturdays or Sundays.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Application

Refab
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

Refab promotes the collective and creative re-use of our built environment.

Service Opportunities:

- Deconstruction Volunteer: Assist Refab staff with dismantling structures, processing reclaimed materials, and loading up trucks.

- Warehouse Helper: Sort and organize incoming donations of building materials, reassemble or disassemble items before they are stocked, assist customers / donors with loading / unloading donations.

Days/Times:

- Deconstruction Volunteer: Tuesdays-Saturdays, anytime 9 a.m.-3 p.m..

- Warehouse Helper: Fridays anytime 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or Saturday anytime 10 a.m.-4 p.m..

Volunteer Prerequisites:

None

Seed St. Louis (formerly Gateway Greening)
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • N (walking distance and MetroLink)
Mission Statement and Objectives:

To Empower People and Communities to Grow Food

Service Opportunities:

- Bell Garden: 3871 Bell (WALKING DISTANCE TO CAMPUS ) Gain experience in garden maintenance and interact with Master Gardeners who are on the cutting edge of gardening practices at Gateway Greening’s demonstration garden and plant distribution site!

- City Seeds Urban Farm: 2200 block of Pine (WALKING DISTANCE TO METROLINK) Work alongside clients to help with general maintenance and provide leadership opportunities on this 2.5-acre vegetable farm that provides jobs training and horticulture therapy to St. Patrick Center clients!

- Bilingual Volunteers: Our Senior Garden Program supports a garden at Crown Center for Senior Living. This program currently needs bilingual volunteers (English and Chinese and/or Russian) to assist the GGI Community Educator and seniors during gardening programs.

Days/Times:

- Bell Garden: Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

- City Seeds Urban Farm: Any day of the week, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

- Bilingual Volunteers: Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Application

Sierra Club
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the country, working to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

Service Opportunities:

- Signature Gathering Volunteer: Help us collect signatures on local petitions and sign-on letters from community members, students, professors, and local community leaders in support of moving away from dirty fossil fuels and transitioning to cleaner energy sources.

- Resolution Leader: Help us gather support for a "Beyond Coal" resolution throughout the St. Louis community. Help gather signatures, host letter writing parties with fellow students, and speak out publicly for a clean energy transition.

Days/Times:

Days and times vary - up to schedule of volunteer.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

None

St. Louis County Parks
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

To provide high-quality parks, facilities and recreation services that enhance St. Louis County residents' lives through responsible and effective resource management.

Service Opportunities:

- Trail Crew Volunteer: Help repair trail--limb removal, erosion control, tree trimming and general maintenance--or build new trail or extension to existing trails. Tools, gloves, training, water and lite lunch provided for all volunteers.

- Honeysuckle Removal Volunteer: Help remove invasive bush honesuckle, which is destroying ofrest understory by blocking sunlight from other species. Tools,gloves, training, water and lite lunch provided for all volunteers.

Days/Times:

Select Saturdays in Fall and Spring at various sites; most projects run 9 a.m.-1 p.m..

Volunteer Prerequisites:

None

The Green Center
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

The Green Center is an arts and environmental organization dedicated to helping people experience the wonder of nature, to protecting the ecosystems of our world, to encouraging the creation of art inspired by nature, and to building a spirit of community with the natural world.

Service Opportunities:

- Outdoor Habitat Volunteers: Volunteers assist Green Center staff with planting, weeding, collecting seed and general maintenance of outdoor gardens, wetland, prairie and woodland areas.

- Youth Education Classes Volunteer: Assist staff in teaching the basics of the environment to young children

Days/Times:

- Outdoor Habitat Volunteers: Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

- Youth Education Classes Volunteer: Days and times vary, generally anytime Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m..

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Application, available at the above website

- Orientation

The Open Space Council
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

The Open Space Council works to conserve, protect and sustain land and water resources in the St. Louis Region.

Service Opportunities:

Operation Wild Lands Volunteer: Volunteer land stewards assist with the proactive management of public open space to improve wildlife habitat and nature-related outdoor recreation.

Operation Clean Stream Volunteer: Volunteers help to keep our local rivers clean by removing trash, debris, and tires from local waterways.

Days/Times:

Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

None

*Trailnet*
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Varies- office is near MetroLink stop
Mission Statement and Objectives:

Trailnet is a St. Louis based non-profit organization with a 20-year history of Promoting Active Living * - a way of life that encourages people to integrate physical activity into their daily routines. Trailnet’s mission is to lead in fostering healthy and active communities through innovative programs, planning, and policy that promote walking and bicycling throughout the St. Louis bi-state region.

Service Opportunities:

- Trailnet hosts bike rides, walking events and walk to school events throughout the bi-state region. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, bike repairs, mark routes, research trails, photography,grant writing and office rescue.

- Advocacy Support: phone calls, letter writing, and educating the general public about the benefits of non-motorized transportation alternatives.

Remote opportunity: Phone Calls. You will be giving a list of donors to call and say thank you; while also asking them what would they like to see in our non profit and what they like about Trailnet.

Days/Times:

Days and times vary; trail and riverfront clean-ups occur most Saturday mornings.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

COVID-19 Vaccine

*Urban Harvest*
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • N (MetroLink)
Mission Statement and Objectives:

Urban Harvest STL grows organic, healthy food for people who need it most in our communities. We put peoples need for food first, and welcome community members of all ages to participate in our urban farming programs, opportunities, and experiences.

Service Opportunities:

- Farming Assistant: Work under the direction of one of our farmers on farming projects. May include watering, weeding, planting, harvesting, pest management, soil amending, etc.

- Education Assistant: Work under the direction of the Education and Community Engagement Manager to provide weekly Wednesday garden education curriculum to Flance Early Learning Center. Task include helping with the 3 year olds garden classes, preparing materials, light farm work, helping with teacher professional development activities, etc. Background check required to work with children.

Remote opportunities include:

- Social Media and Marketing Intern: Work under the direction of the Marketing and Events Coordinator to develop and post appropriate social media content on our various platforms, develop content for monthly newsletter, and help promote opportunities on campus.

Days/Times:

- Farming Assistant: Any day Monday-Friday, anytime 9a-5pm; Saturdays 9am-Noon.

- Education Assistant: Wednesdays anytime 9am-3pm

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Background Check (if working with children)

Wits, Inc.
Contact: Share this Link:
Address/Mapped from SLU: Internships:
  • Y
Transportation Needed:
  • Y
Mission Statement and Objectives:

To keep electronics and household items out of the landfills by putting them back into the community and using men and women who need a "Hand Up" to appropriately recycling the items that cannot be reused. We are one of the US largest nonprofit reuse/recycling charities.

Service Opportunities:

- Computer Technician: Repair computers and image them using our MS software image. Need some hardware and software experiences but training provided.

- Donation Sorting: Organizing donated goods, checking to make they work, cleaning, etc.

Days/Times:

Hours are flexible; open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteer Prerequisites:

- Application

- Training

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