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Help at a Food Pantry, Give Back Through Send Me Saturday

Check out this round up of volunteer opportunities.

Send Me Saturday

Lutheran Congregations and faith-based organizations will go out to 14-area community based projects to volunteer for four hours Oct. 27. Additional volunteers are needed. Each project site provides light breakfast and lunch. Individuals interested in participating must pre-register for a project at www.SendMeStLouis.org

Projects include: Lutheran Senior Services at Dunn Road Manor, 3399 Dunn Road, Florissant, MO. Contact Audrey Spencer, 314-830-2774 or register here to sign up. Lutheran Senior Services and approximately 10 volunteers will host a Harvest Party for the residents of Dunn Road Manor. In addition to assisting with party activities (crafts, entertainment, refreshments), there will be plenty of time for friendly visiting. 

Help Affton Food Pantry

Do you have a few hours free on either Monday or Thursday mornings, and are able to lift up to 30 pounds? You could help the Affton Christian Food Pantry fill a real hole in its volunteer capacity. Twice a week, ACFP receives donations from area grocery stores, including produce and meat. Help is needed to get the food from the van into the pantry, and stored properly. Volunteers are welcome once a month, twice a month or more often. For more information, or to complete a Volunteer Information Form, please see www.AfftonChristianFoodPantry.com/volunteer

Help Seniors with Tax Preparation

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service in need of volunteers to help taxpayers prepare their 2012 tax returns. Volunteers receive free tax training. Training starts in November through December and volunteers are needed February through April 15. For more information on how you can join the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide team, visit our Website at www.aarp.org/tavolunteer8.

Mentor a Middle School Student

Volunteer one day per week for an hour to mentor a 6th-8th grade student on a day of your choosing Monday through Thursday. Use set UrbanFUTURE curriculum as a guide. Almost 200 UrbanFUTURE kids are waiting for a mentor. Please contact Jennifer at jennifer@urbanfuturestl.org or 314-480-3725 to attend a short volunteer orientation session to learn more. Working with an urban student has proven to have major impact on his or her life.  For more information visit www. urbanfuturestl. org

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and Lutheran Senior Services, 9321 Litzsinger Blvd, Brentwood, MO. Contact Tim Gorline, 314-749-0191 or register here. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and volunteers will assist five local seniors with minor home repair and yard work to help them stay safely housed and independent. Activities include raking, painting, cleaning and general handywork.

Lutheran Senior Services at Laclede Groves, 723 S. Laclede Station Road, St. Louis, MO. Contact Juakena Callian, 314-446-2322 or register here.  Lutheran Senior Services and approximately four volunteers will host a Halloween Party for the residents of Laclede Groves. Volunteers will help set up; assist less mobile residents with getting to the event; serve refreshments and assist with games. There will be plenty of time for visiting.

Feed My People Needs Volunteers

Feed My People has a continuing need for volunteers at its Help Centers and Thrift Stores. Volunteers are needed at the High Ridge Office in the store on Thursday and Friday, driver helpers on Tuesday through Saturday and pantry workers on Friday and the first and fourth Saturday of each month. Volunteers are asked to work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Truck driver's hours are from 7:30 a.m. to noon.  On Saturdays volunteers are needed in the Thrift Store only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, call Ted West at the Lemay facility (314-631-4900) or Mary Hettenhausen in High Ridge (636-677-9885).   

The Lemay location needs help passing out Christmas gifts to the needy. FMP will start start passing out gifts after Thanksgiving and continue through December 23rd. If you would like to help, please call 631-4900 and ask for the Giving Tree Coordinator. 

Does your group need volunteers? Email Editor Kalen Ponche at kalen.ponche@patch.com or submit your volunteer needs in our announcements section. 

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