Physical Labor

AMERICAN RED CROSS -- The Red Cross is dedicated to the support of international humanitarian law by saving lives and alleviating suffering around the world. It also works to educate others about their basic human rights, to promote respect for fundamental laws, and to serve as a bridge among nations.

BEYOND HOUSING/NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES -- 4156 Manchester Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110. - This group helps provide housing for working families in St. Louis who are looking for affordable housing to rent. Our own local version of Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers are needed to help with construction, landscaping, painting, and cleaning properties to be rented; to adopt families during the holidays; to make repairs in BH homes; to serve as after school tutors; to help collect and distribute school supplies and books to children in the fall; and to help with their summer camp. Call: 314.533.0600

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.

ENERGYCARE -- 2758 Wyoming. This organization helps low income residents manage their heating and cooling costs and tries to make sure that those who need weatherstripping, air conditioning, blankets, etc. receive what they need to make their homes livable. During the summer, they will most likely be locating and installing air-conditioning. They could also use some office assistance. Call: VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR at 314.773.5900.

GATEWAY GREENING -- Various locations in the city. This organization converts abandoned lots into working gardens so that urban residents and local schools and other institutions that want a garden of their own can plant flowers, vegetables right in their own neighborhood. We have worked for them for years.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. This international organization provides new and renovated housing for low income families. they also provide followup services for new homeowners. Volunteers can help with construction, fundraising, special events, and office work. Call at 314.371.0400

HABITAT RESTORE. 3763 Forest Park Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63108. This store "recycles" donated items at a low cost to area residents looking for building and decorating materials. Volunteers are needed to help pick up, load and unload donations, to stock the shelves, and to work at the cash register. Check Habitat website or call 314.531.4155.

OPERATION FOOD SEARCH-- 6282 Olive Blvd. Sorting and moving boxes of food, preparing for distribution to food pantries. This agency distributes food to more than 200 agencies each month and helps feed more than 9000 people monthly. Call: 314.726.5355.

REBUILDING TOGETHER. 357 Marshall Ave. Suite 2. St. Louis, MO 63119. This group sponsors a once a year blitz-build, called REBUILDING DAY, that renovates between 80 and 90 homes per year and also works on community projects such as parks. The day is near the end of April or beginning of May each year. Ages 14 and up are welcome. Come as groups or as individuals. Call: 314.918.9918

ST. LOUIS AREA ON AGING. 634 N. Grand, 7th floor. St. Louis, MO 63103. This city organization offers services of all sorts for residents age 60 and over. Programs include in-home services, home repair, nutrition assistance and more. Call: 314.612.5918.

ST. LOUIS BICYCLE WORKS/BYTEWORKS Earn-A-Bike classes are held throughout the year with most classes offered during the summer. The classes are designed to teach bicycle mechanics, maintenance, and safety. In addition to these hands-on skills, youth also learn responsibility and positive conflict resolution. Youth who successfully complete the program earn a bike and helmet. These youth are more confident, possess a greater sense of respect and respectability, and have a stronger desire to serve and improve their community. Volunteers are needed to assist in class room activities and/or Bicycle repair. If you're into kids, computers, bikes, education, social activism, or the city, BicycleWORKS is a great way to use your talents to help make the world a better place and have fun in the process. Phone: (314) 664-0828

TRAILNET-- Promoting active living, fostering active communities and healthy people through innovative programs, planning and policies that promote walking and bicycling throughout the greater St. Louis region. No minimum age requirements. Office work and weekends, too. (314) 416-9930