Volunteer

More than 4,000 volunteers help Catholic Charities of St. Louis federated agencies each year! 

Catholic Charities volunteers help assist our neighbors in need, touching hearts with compassion and care.

Rather than a single social services agency, Catholic Charities of St. Louis is a federation of eight different agencies. Below you’ll find descriptions of each agency, along with contact information and typical volunteer opportunities (with typical timeframes in parentheses).

You can learn more about each agency’s in-kind donation needs here.

    • Opportunities
      • Activities Aide-assists the activities department in providing social, educational and/or recreational activities and supervision of activities for residents.  (one time or recurring)
      • Friendly Visitor-Designed to enhance the quality of life of a resident through socializing, active listening, support and concern.  (one time or recurring)
      • Gardening/Landscaping Assistant-assists staff with maintenance and beautification of various areas of the facility. Perfect for individuals, families, youths and groups.  (typically one time but can be recurring)
      • Clerical Support-assists staff in basic general office duties and filing. (recurring)
      • Resident Escort-assists staff in transporting and accompanying residents in the community. (one time or recurring)
      • Eucharistic Minister-provides supportive spiritual care to CRSS residents. (recurring)
      • Gift Shop Attendant-assists staff in managing and stocking Mary, Queen and Mother Center’s gift shop. (recurring)
      • Reader-reads to residents who have poor vision, blindness or another health condition which prevents a resident from being able to read. (recurring)
      • Special Event-assists in the preparation work and participation in special events through the year. (one time)
    • Opportunities
      • Event Volunteers (one-time)
      • Babysitters and Tutors in the Maternity Shelter (recurring)
      • Group Opportunities include sorting donations, outdoor maintenance, or other projects as needed (one-time)
    • Opportunities (both individual and groups)
      • Mentor (Make a difference in the life of a child and establish a positive and supportive one-on-one relationship by serving as a visiting resource, mentor, friend, confidant and role model.)
      • Tutor (Work with on-campus teachers and staff on a weekly basis to assist students with general studies which includes helping resident’s complete homework assignments and school projects and study for test/quizzes/exams.)
      • Administrative Support (Weekdays from 9am – 4pm for various administrative support which may include filing, making phone calls, sending and responding to emails, copy work, computer work, shredding, scanning, assist with bulk mailing and other related duties as assigned.)
      • Donation Sorting (Sort all donations as appropriate on Thursdays of each week from 8am – 11am.)
      • Intern / Practicum Student (Responsibilities will vary depending on the Intern / Practicum student’s school requirements, but all positions will be to provide support for the Marygrove residents and staff.)
      • Event Support (Volunteers will assist with setup, raffle sales and more at off-site events benefiting Marygrove.)
      • Young Professionals Board (Consisting of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40, Marygrove’s Young Professionals Board was established in 2012.  The mission of Marygrove’s Young Professionals Board is to engage and inspire young professionals to raise awareness and funds that help children, youth and families in need find hope and healing within our community.)
      • Day of Service (Spend the day with us at Marygrove, assisting our staff with various campus-related projects such as painting or simple landscaping.  We’ll work with your group to design a time period and project that suits your interests. Available between May and October, Monday thru Friday.)
    • Opportunities (both individuals and groups)
      • Direct Service Volunteers commit to do more than 60 hours of service per calendar year and often volunteer in the Nurturing Networks Therapeutic Childcare Program (i.e. teaching a class or being a Teacher’s Aide).
      • Indirect Service Volunteers often assist with painting, yard work, donation sorting, cleaning and other tasks as needed.
  • Saint Martha’s Hall Please contact Maura B. to learn more about volunteer opportunities. 314-533-1313; maurab@saintmarthas.org 
  • Saint Louis Counseling Please contact Blake Hildwein to learn more about volunteer opportunities. 314-748-5647; bhildwein@ccstl.org 
  • St. Francis Community Services helps individuals and families in need through community-based, culturally sensitive programs, helping people to recognize their strengths, overcome obstacles, and achieve a better tomorrow. http://sfcsstl.org/get-involved/volunteer/  Jane Jung: 314-932-3304; jjung@ccstl.org.
    • Opportunities
      • Tutoring children, providing professional services, or answering the phone at an office (recurring)
      • Event Volunteers (one-time)
  • St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to build permanent, positive change in their lives through safe and affordable housing, sound mental and physical health, and employment and financial stability. http://stpatrickcenter.org/volunteer/  Katie Joseph: 314-802-1976; kjoseph@stpatrickcenter.org.
    • Opportunities (both individual and groups)
      • Serving and Preparing Meals (every day)
      • Administrative tasks (office work and sorting donations) (weekdays from 9am to 4pm, flexible)
      • Volunteering from Home, such as making salad kits, putting together hygiene kits, and more (evenings and weekends)
  • Catholic Charities of St. Louis Central Office may have a limited number of one-time service or ongoing clerical volunteer opportunities available.  Contact Padraic McGrath at pmcgrath@ccstl.org or (314) 256-5934 for more information.

Please note that the Archdiocese requires any volunteer working with children to undergo Protecting God’s Children training.  Additionally, each agency can share with you its own volunteer requirements, which may include, for example, background checks and training.