Volunteer

More than 4,400 Volunteers helped Catholic Charities of St. Louis federated agencies impact more than 103,000 lives last year!

Catholic Charities volunteers help assist our neighbors who are poor and vulnerable, touching hearts in need of 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.)
      • Rummage Sale Support (Set up and work the bi-monthly rummage sales. Rummage sales take place in the months of January, March, May, July, September and November from 7am – 12pm.)
      • Donation Sorting (Sort all donations as appropriate on Thursdays of each week from 8am – 11am.)
      • Intern / Practicum Student / High School Service (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.)
      • Special Friends /Sharing Program (The Special Friends program provides spiritual enrichment for Marygrove residents ages 6-13.  Volunteers who serve as Special Friends work with children to learn about and find God in personal discussions, art activities, group exercise and other creative ways.  Each Wednesday evening, Special Friends visit the residential cottages to share experiences that bring God’s loving presence to life.)
    • 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.
  • 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/  Samantha Decker: 314-802-0681; sdecker@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)
  • St. Martha’s Hall and St. Louis Counseling do not have volunteer needs at this time.
  • 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.