Date

December 25, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities

21 Sites Available

About the event


In 2010, the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis (JCRC) and its Milford and Lee Bohm Social Justice Center coordinated the first Annual Jewish and Muslim Day of Community Service.

The Day of Service was created to help the St. Louis community on a large scale through service work and charitable projects. The event takes place on Christmas to give recurring volunteers the opportunity to celebrate the holiday with their families, while also strengthening the relationship between the Jewish and Muslim communities.

There will be a wide range of service opportunities available that day - including tasks suitable for young children, direct service at locations across St. Louis, and projects to create items or packages for charitable organizations. Volunteers of all faiths are encouraged to attend.

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Event Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors

Individuals and Small Businesses

Supporting Organizations

Breakfast

Please join us the morning of the Day of Service for a bagel breakfast at Congregation Shaare Emeth (11645 Ladue Rd, St. Louis, MO 63141). Doors open at 8:30 AM and the breakfast begins promptly at 9:00 AM. If you have already signed up for a site and checked that you will be attending breakfast, you do not need to register here.

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Bilingual International Assistant Services

*Volunteers must have access to a reliable vehicle (whether that is driving your own vehicle or riding with a volunteer who has one)*

The mission of Bilingual International Assistant Services is to ensure equal access to healthcare, mental health, and social services for all, regardless of national origin or language ability, through the advocacy, education, and direct multilingual services that we provide.

Volunteers at this site will help deliver gift bags and hot meals to a route of 4-6 senior households located in contiguous neighborhoods.

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Central Reform Congregation

This will be a Make-It site where volunteers help with projects that benefit an organization in the St. Louis area. Volunteers at this site will be putting together toiletry bags for the Ronald McDonald House, no sew blankets for chemo patients, and Valentine Day cards for hospitalized children

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Daar Ul Islam

This will be a Make-It site, where volunteers help with projects that benefit an organization in the St. Louis area. Volunteers at this site will be putting together toiletry bags for Volunteers in Medicine, no sew blankets for Missouri Baptist, school supply bags for Beyond Housing, soup packets for Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry, and lunch bags for Project Downtown.

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Delmar Gardens South

Delmar Gardens in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center serving the St. Louis region.

Volunteers at this site will invite residents to the center's musical programming and help transport the residents to the program. They might also help pass punch at the program and give residents rides back to their rooms after it is finished. This site is good for families, adults and older children that can push wheelchairs.

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Five Star Senior Center (Full)

*Volunteers must have reliable vehicle that day*

The mission of Five Star Senior Center is to promote, maintain. improve and protect the quality of care for older adults and adults with disabilities living in St. Louis City, so they may live as independently as possible with dignity and respect.

Volunteers at this site will help deliver hot meals to clients of the Five Star Senior Center. Meals will be ready to be delivered and volunteers need to be at the center by 9:30 am for a 10:00 am departure. Each route will have 10 to 12 meals to deliver to the South St. Louis area.

Independence Center (Full)

*Volunteers must be okay being on feet for 4 hours and are recommended to wear comfortable shoes*

Independence Center is committed to providing a comprehensive system of high quality programs and services that assists adults in the St. Louis metropolitan area with serious and persistent mental illnesses to live and work in the community, independently and with dignity.

At this site, volunteers will assist in the Center's annual Holiday Brunch that serves nearly 100 people/recipients of their services.

International Institute (Full)

The International Institute of St. Louis provides adjustment services to immigrants from around the world, including hundreds of refugees annually. We are the only refugee resettlement agency currently operating in the St. Louis region. The bulk of the refugees currently being resettled come from The Congo (DRC), Syria, Iraq, and Nepal (Bhutanese). https://www.iistl.org/

Volunteers at this site will be providing and serving a potluck lunch. We will have games, reading books, and activities for the families. Children of volunteers who are at least 10 years old are welcome.

Your site captain will be sending out a potluck/food sign up sheet prior to the event. You must be comfortable with limited English speakers.

Kol Rinah

This will be a make it site, where volunteers help with projects that benefit an organization in the St. Louis area. This site will be putting together projects for Gateway 180 that will benefit the local homeless populations.

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Little Projects Little Hands

*Children must be supervised by adults at all times*

This will be a Make-It site, where volunteers help with projects that benefit an organization in the St. Louis area. Volunteers at this site will be putting together snack packs and cards for Back@You, no sew blankets for Crisis Nursery, holiday cards for hospitalized children, keychains for Project Backpack, and decorate bags for Project Downtown.

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Our Lady's Inn (FULL)

Our Lady's Inn is a maternity home that provides shelter and care to homeless pregnant women and their dependent children and newborn babies. Services include case management for both the moms and the children, medical and mental health assessments, counseling, classes in parenting, budgeting, childbirth, well baby care, etc.

Volunteers at this site will help prepare and serve the Christmas meal and spend some time with the families that have no where to go on Christmas. This could also include spending some time playing some board games or doing activities after lunch with them. Volunteers are welcome to bring a casserole or dish for the meal.

Site prefers volunteers older than 16 years; however, site welcomes a family with children, but it would be helpful if the children were over 10.

Police & Fire Cookie Delivery

*Volunteers must have access to reliable vehicle that day. Please register only the driver of the vehicle.*

Volunteers will deliver cookies or other holiday-related items to area police and fire stations.

We will also be assembling the cookies for delivery on Sunday, December 24th. The Site Captain will contact you about whether you will be able to volunteer and the time for assembly.

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Santa's Helpers (Full)

*Volunteers must have reliable vehicle to use that day*

Volunteers at this site will help deliver holiday gifts for the homeless, ill children and their families. This includes putting together and delivering bags on Christmas morning. Bags go all over St. Louis city and county (police escorts available for safety).

United Hebrew

This will be a Make-It site, where volunteers help with projects that benefit an organization in the St. Louis area. Volunteers at this site will be putting together toiletry bags for the Ronald McDonald House/Mercy Hospital, no sew blankets for Children's Hospital, school supply bags for Beyond Housing, soup packets for Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry, and keychains for Project Backpack.

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Center for Women in Transition (volunteers must be 18 years+)

Women in Transition assist women in the criminal justice system in making a successful transition to their families and communities through positive programming and promoting restorative justice.

Volunteers at this site will assist with a Christmas dinner for residents and are asked to bring some side dishes for the dinner. (i.e., vegetables, rolls, salad and drinks). Some of the residents do not get the opportunity often to sit, play games and share a meal with others /members from the community. We have some board games, and cards at Schirmer but we truly welcome the volunteers to bring some. Donations of silverware, pots and pans, face towels, and bath towels are welcome.

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Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (18+ Years)

*Volunteers at this site must be at least 18 years old*

JF&CS provides a range of mental health and social services covering the entire community. The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry program, a program of JF&CS, provides food and personal care items to 6,500 people each month.

Volunteers at this site will help with sorting donated food, stocking shelves and packing bags of food for pantry guests.

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St. Louis Juvenile Detention (volunteers must be 18 years+)

It is the mission of the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center to treat all juveniles who enter through its doors with compassion, dignity and respect, and to provide a safe and secure environment for all residents and staff.

Volunteers at this site can opt to play basketball, table games, or make cards with the youth. Volunteers will need to complete a brief volunteer orientation prior to the program.

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St. Louis Crisis Nursery (FULL)

*Volunteers at this site must be at least 16 years old*

St. Louis Crisis Nursery provides free crisis care for children ages birth through 12 and follow up counseling and support to their families.

Volunteers at this site might help around the house doing things such as light housework or helping to sort, organize and put donations away. There will also be an opportunity to do holiday arts and crafts, sing songs, activities, games with the nursery kids that day.

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Youth In Need (volunteers must be 21 years+)

Youth In Need provides a continuum of care for ages birth to young adulthood thru crisis intervention, therapeutic recovery, and prevention services. Their programs include street-based outreach, an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children and youth, transitional living programming for homeless youth, Head Start education, as well as positive youth and family development services.

The volunteers at this site will be helping prepare lunch for the Emergency Shelter residents that day.

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Epworth Children & Family Services (volunteers must be 21 years+)

Epworth's mission is to help children, youth and families move towards self- sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education and employment.

Volunteers at this site are asked to bring a dish or two that will help provide a holiday dinner to make the holiday brighter for homeless youth. Any food must be purchased precooked or cooked in a certified kitchen. There is a kitchen on site, but it is small and more effective for warming up pre-cooked food.

After lunch, games with the youth are welcomed and encouraged for anyone who would like to stick around. Please keep in mind, these are youth who are homeless in a shelter on a family oriented holiday. Please keep the conversation light, don’t ask personal questions and focus on having a positive time. You are welcome to explain briefly each of your faiths and say a blessing for each.

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Central Reform Congregation

This will be a Make-It site where volunteers help with projects that benefit an organization in the St. Louis area. Volunteers at this site will be putting together toiletry bags for the Ronald McDonald House, no sew blankets for chemo patients, and Valentine Day cards for hospitalized children

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Daar UI Islam

This will be a Make-It site, where volunteers help with projects that benefit an organization in the St. Louis area. Volunteers at this site will be putting together toiletry bags for Volunteers in Medicine, no sew blankets for Missouri Baptist, school supply bags for Beyond Housing, soup packets for Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry, and lunch bags for Project Downtown.

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Little Projects Little Hands

*Children must be supervised by adults at all times*

This will be a Make-It site, where volunteers help with projects that benefit an organization in the St. Louis area. Volunteers at this site will be putting together snack packs and cards for Back@You, no sew blankets for Crisis Nursery, holiday cards for hospitalized children, keychains for Project Backpack, and decorate bags for Project Downtown.

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United Hebrew

This will be a Make-It site, where volunteers help with projects that benefit an organization in the St. Louis area. Volunteers at this site will be putting together toiletry bags for the Ronald McDonald House/Mercy Hospital, no sew blankets for Children's Hospital, schooly supply bags for Beyond Housing, soup packets for Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry, and keychains for Project Backpack.

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Day of Service Volunteers

We need help with volunteers for the set up on the Day of Service! Please contact Alyssa Banford at abanford@jcrcstl.org if you are available to help with any of the following:

  • - Breakfast Set Up – Arrive at 8:00 to help decorate and set up food
  • - Breakfast Clean Up – Stay until 11:00 to help clean after the breakfast
  • - Breakfast Registration Table – Arrive at 8:00 to help check people in when they arrive for breakfast
  • - Drop In Site Registration Tables

Donate

The Jewish and Muslim Day of Service would not be possible without support from the community. By making a donation, you help us purchase hygiene items for toiletry kits, fleece for Chemo Care Kit blankets, school supplies for children, and so much more. Thank you!

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