ALMOST HOME -- Near Jefferson and Park in St. Louis city. A challenging volunteer place for mature girls over 17 only. This agency takes care of homeless young mothers. Volunteers baby-sit the children (infants and toddlers) while the mothers attend classes, etc. Afternoons and evenings. Call: 314.771.4663.

ANNIE MALONE CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICE CENTER. This center provides a wide range of social services to a wide range of families in need. In addition to regular volunteering opportunities, they have several annual events for which they need many volunteers for a certain period of time. Many of these events are in May. Call: 314.531.0120.

CENTER OF CREATIVE ARTS (COCA) -- 524 Trinity. University City, MO 63130. Be a teacher aide in classes for younger children in dance, art, drama, etc. Opportunities throughout the summer and more. Call: 314.725.6555.

CHILDGARDEN SCHOOL-- 4150 Laclede, midtown. Operated by SLARC. An educational/daycare program for developmentally disabled and other toddlers and children up to age 6. Operates year round, Mon.-Fri. call: 314.531.8148.

CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY OF MISSOURI -- This agency houses and rehabilitates children with multiple disabilities. Volunteers are needed to help children access various community activities and to help them with socialization. Minimum age for volunteers: 14. Volunteers need strength to push wheelchairs. Call: 314.968.2350

EDGEWOOD CHILDREN'S CENTER. 330 North Gore Ave. St. Louis, MO 63119. This is a residential and day treatment center for severely emotionally disturbed children, ages 5 - 16. It could use help with yard work, furniture restoration. Evenings and Saturdays available. Training necessary. Call 314.968.2060 1000 N. 19th St.

GATEWAY HOMELESS SERVICES 314-231-1515 Gateway Homeless Services is the largest 24-hour emergency shelter for single women and families in the state of Missouri. The shelter provides 110 beds and three home-cooked meals a day to residents.

Volunteers are needed to help with the care of our facility, provide supervision, deliver child and adult programming, strengthen events, and empower residents through friendship, partnership, and encouragement.

GIRLS, INC.- Operates an after school enrichment program and an educational and recreational summer program. 7:30 am -5:30 pm, June to mid-August. flexible volunteer hours. Age 14 and up. Girl volunteers only. 314.385.8088

GOOD SHEPHERD SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN -- 1170 Timber Run Dr., off Olive in Creve Coeur area. This school is dedicated to providing quality inclusive education for children with special needs and typically developing children from ages six weeks to six years. They are looking for teacher aide volunteers, who are needed year-round, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Minimum age: 16 Call: 314.469.0606.

GRACE HILL NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES -- 7925 Minnesota (south side) and 2708 N. 22nd Street (north side). A United Way agency which uses teenage volunteers in its two day care centers. Call the volunteer manager: 314.539.9522

Sponsored by Children's Hospital. Other opportunities include a summer basketball class and year round dance, swimming, and martial arts classes. This organization also sponsor a sports intensive day camp for young people ages 7-18 with cerebral palsy which runs in one week sessions during the summer. or call 314.454.2604

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE -- agency helps immigrants and refugees coming to the St. Louis area by helping them learn English and by offering a wide variety of services. Volunteers can help in the teaching and practicing of English with adult immigrants. Operates all summer. Call the coordinator of the English as a Second Language(ESL) program. 314.773.9090.

KIDS PLACE -- University United Methodist 6901 Washington Ave. MO 63130 Kids Placeprovides a safe and nurturing after-school experience that includes nutrition and mentoring at no cost to families of at-risk children in the Delmar-Harvard neighborhood in University City. The program operates on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-7:30 p.m. A snack is served each day and dinner is served on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kids Place offers a one to two-week full day free summer camp during August. The camp is intentionally offered after summer school is completed so as not to interfere with the children’s continued academic achievement during the summer. (314)863-8055

LEMAY CHILD AND FAMILY CENTER Provides early childhood education for kids ages 2-5 and care for school age children ages 5-12. Dates and times up to volunteers. Volunteers work with children on a variety of activities. phone 314-544-3338 or email

LYDIA'S HOUSE -- Provides shelter, education and other support services for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Volunteers needed to watch the children while their mothers take classes, etc. The locations are undisclosed to protect the residents. Male and female volunteers are welcome. Call about volunteer opportunities: 314.771.4411

MATHEWS DICKEY BOYS CLUB -- (girls, too). 4245 N. Kingshighway (off I-70). Operates all summer, from 8 am - 4 pm. Very flexible in working out volunteer time (all week, once per week, etc.) Can use any talent you have: tutoring, sports, dance, crafts, etc. Call volunteer coordinator: 314.382.5952.

NURSERY FOUNDATION -- 1 916 N. Euclid, Central West End. Day Care Center. Call: 314.533.0671.

OUR LITTLE HAVEN -- P.O. Box 23010, St. Louis, MO This agency provides residential treatment for abused, drug-exposed, or HIV positive children whose parents are unable to take care of them. Call: 314.533.2229.

Maryland Heights, MO 63043. Serves children who are recuperating from illnesses or accidents. . Call: 314.872.6400 or email:

READY READERS. This organization’s mission is to inspire at-risk preschool children to become readers. Volunteers read aloud to young children in charitably subsidized preschools throughout the St. Louis once a week. Call: 314-991-1903

RECREATION COUNCIL OF GREATER ST. LOUIS - 314.726.6044 -- Call this number to find out about volunteer opportunities in summer recreation programs that serve residents with developmental disabilities

SOUTHSIDE DAY NURSERY -- 2930 Iowa Ave. , south St. Louis (near Jefferson and Arsenal). Operates daycare for young children all year, and summer programs for kids ages 6-12. A United Way agency.They could use Spanish speaking volunteers. Call: 314. 865.0322.

ST. LOUIS FOR KIDS. 1415 Olive Street, Suite 150 This organization provides children in need with after school programs suited to their needs and works to assure quality services are being offered by organizations that provide direct service to children after school. 314.241.0011.

ST. LOUIS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL-- Fills up quickly, so call early. Volunteers age 15 do non-patient work. Over 16 -- patient contact on floors. Call: 314.454.6145.

ST. LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY -- Four locations. Agency provides emergency 24 hour care for infants and children under age 8. Volunteers must be mature if under age 16. This agency operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long. You could volunteer any day or evening. Call: 314.768.3898 (St. Louis) ) ; 636.947.0600 (St. Charles).

ST. LOUIS HEARING-SPEECH CENTER. 9526 Manchester Rd. St. Louis, MO 63119. . This is a not-for-profit United Way organization that offers speech and hearing services, including hearing screenings, to students in St. Louis. One job involves helping administer screening tests. Office work and computer use jobs available, also. Contact: 314.968.4710

STELLA MARIS CHILD CENTER -- A United Way agency. A day care center for children ages 6 months to 6 yrs. old. Operates 6 am to 6 pm all year, Monday - Friday. Help in classroom, playground, child care. Minimum age: 14. Flexible volunteer schedules. Call: 314.367.7950.

THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP-- Wessel Stables in St. Charles County, 6948 Weldon Spring Rd. This is a riding program for the disabled. you do not have to ride to be a helper in this fine program, BUT if you are familiar with horses, you will be a real asset. Agency operates spring, summer and fall. Call: 636.441.9944

TOUCHPOINT AUTISM SERVICES . Formerly called the Judevine Center, this organization provides a variety of services to folks of all ages with autism. Special summer programs are offered for children. Call: 314.432.6200.

UNIVERSITY CITY CHILDREN'S CENTER -- 6646 Vernon, University City, MO 63130. This is a daycare center that serves children of all income levels. They need volunteers to serve as children's aides and to work in their kitchen. Call: 314.726.0148

WEBSTER GROVES CHILD CARE CENTER -- (United Way Agency) 624 Lohmann Forest Lane (off 709 Laclede Station Rd.). Day care for children 6 months to 6 years. Operates from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday, all year. Call volunteer supervisor: 314.968.3189.

YWCA CHILD CARE DIVISION. Before and after school care for elementary school age children is offered at several University City and other schools. Help is needed supervising kids and/or tutoring. Call: 314.725.7203.