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Some of these projects are listed elsewhere, but they require minimal skills— only an able body and a willing heart.


African Vision of Hope

Donate a few hours of your time to help at the African Vision of Hope office in Maryville, Illinois. A few ways to get involved are: sorting and packing supplies that will be shipped to Zambia and used in all 5 African Vision of Hope schools; running errands; preparing mailings; calling volunteers; organizing storage; and much more. You may also consider going on a mission trip to Zambia for a life-changing experience where you will help children living in one of the most vulnerable, impoverished countries in the world. 

When: Varies 
Where: 8 Professional Park Dr. Maryville, IL 62062 

Want to help? Contact...


Churches on the Street

We meet every Monday night at 6:00 pm (during the winter) and 6:30 pm during the spring/summer and help those homeless with food, clothing, blankets, toiletries, etc, encouragement, the Word and other practical resources.
We are a faith-based non profit organization. A collaboration of Christian people who love God and believe according to His word that we're to help the poor, the lost and the hurting.
We help not only the homeless and the hurting who crosses our paths but our focus is also human trafficking rescue and restore education and disaster relief.
We represent many churches, denominations, races; The Kingdom.
We believe that the Word of God changes lives and through our own testimonies we're able to positively influence those we come in contact with on the streets.
We believe the great commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel and that includes our own backyard.
COTS is here to ignite people out of their church seats and into the streets helping those in need.
All are welcome!! 


When: Monday & Thursday Nights 6:00-8:30 p.m. 
Where: MONDAY--- 1333 N. 6th St, St. Louis; THURSDAY--- Loretta Hall Park at N. 14th and Carr St, St. Louis. 

Want to help? Contact...
Ralph Valdes at 618.251.0041 or Angela Valdes at 618.558.6433 or the office 618.251.0039 


Cinderella Affair

The Cinderella Affair, based in Bunker Hill, Illinois, is a 501(c)3 charity to help girls that can’t afford to go to homecoming / prom. We do the girls' hair, makeup, nails, shoes, and jewelry, and we provide food for their day of pampering. We also provide formal photographs for the girls, all free of charge!

We also provide suits/ tuxes and shoes for guys!

Hair dressers, Makeup artist. Also, we look for folks who want to join us in pampering these girls, and for volunteer/ amateur photographers.

We accept donations of prom dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry, makeup, suits/ tuxes, hair accessories, etc. Receipts can be provided on request, for tax purposes. 


Where: Bunker Hill 

Want to help? Contact...
Wanda Lucas 618-520-6521 


Community Hope Center

We are a faith-based non-profit organization that helps those in need with food, clothing, household items, one-on-one ministry time, and educational classes at no charge. We are completely supported by local churches, individuals and businesses.

We need assistance in sorting, packing and distributing donations; praying & providing spiritual care for clients; and office workers and greeters. 


When: variable, usually 9-1 weekdays 
Where: 1201 Hope Center Lane, Cottage Hills, IL 

Want to help? Contact...
(618) 259-0959 


Friends of the Library – Glen Carbon – Adults

The Friends of the Library meet the second Wednesday of each month. The Friends are a group of volunteers who share a common belief that the library is important to the intellectual and cultural growth of the community. The members of this non-profit organization work to increase public awareness of all library services and assist in bringing funds to the library for special needs. 

When: second Wednesday of each month, 6:30-7:30 
Where: Community Room, Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main, Glen Carbon, IL 62034 

Want to help? Contact...
(main library number) 618-288-1212 


Hospice Volunteers – Unity Hospice

Are you ready to make a difference? If so, Unity Hospice wants you! Volunteers are needed to visit terminally ill patients and/or perform office duties. We are also searching for pet-companion volunteers with at least a canine good citizen certification. There are no time requirements; we provide opportunities based on your schedule. Social or church groups, families, retirees, and students— all are welcome. Help us to bring families support and compassion when they need it most. 

When: varies 

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Junior Friends of the Library – Glen Carbon

The Jr. Friends of the Library meet the first Thursday of each month and consist of young adult volunteers (ages 12-18) who meet at the Library to perform community outreach projects. JFOL members organize fund-raising activities. The proceeds from the fund raisers are donated to the Library and other charitable organizations that the JFOLs believe are helping to make a difference in our community. They also provide a safe environment within the Library for young adults to meet and socialize. Membership forms are available in the Youth Services area. 

When: third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 
Where: Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main, Glen Carbon, IL 62034 

Want to help? Contact...
(618) 288-1212


Main Street Community Center

Main Street Community Center is committed to providing a broad range of group and individual activities and services that respond to the needs and interests of the community, focusing on individuals aged 50+.

Volunteers are always needed at the Community Center to help deliver meals, to assist with maintenance and gardening, and to help at the front desk.


When: variable 
Where: 1003 N. Main Street Edwardsville, IL 62025 

Want to help? Contact...
(618) 656-0300 


Maryville Food Pantry / Grandma’s Attic

The Food Pantry and Grandma's attic are staffed by volunteers from local churches. Volunteers are always needed during operating hours. You can choose your hours, days and tasks. Occasional help is needed to pick up groceries or to help disposing of items no longer needed for resale.

Volunteers are needed to occasionally to pick up bread at the Schnuck’s grocery store in Collinsville on Fridays.
Extra help is always needed to put together special baskets for food pantry clients for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Hours of Operation
Tuesdays: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesdays: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Thursdays: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturdays: 10:00 AM to 12 Noon 


When: Varies 
Where: 504 E. Division, Maryville, IL 

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TWIGS Mobile Market

We unpack, sort and distribute food to the needy in Granite City on the first Tuesday of every month. 

Those coming to volunteer will help unload and sort the pallets of food delivered by the St. Louis Foodbank and will help distribute it beginning at noon. Help is also needed to load up vans and trucks and go distribute food at the second location. 


When: first Tuesday of every month, approx 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Where: 2542 E 25th St. Granite City(parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church) AND Triangle Park on the Rock Road(West Granite) 

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Project AVA – Called for Kindness

Project AVA’s mission is “To support at-risk children and parents by aligning with established community agencies, providing financial resources and a community of dedicated volunteers."

We are looking for AVA Ambassadors to:

Raise awareness – we need people to know we exist and understand what our mission is!


  • Share social media updates

  • Invite friends to “like” our page

  • Promote project AVA events and projects

Raise money – we need funds to help others!

  • Help promote our fundraising efforts via social media and both personal and professional networks. where applicable.

  • Collaborate with the fundraising committee to create and implement fundraising ideas.

  • Volunteer at project AVA fundraising events in your community. 


When: Flexible 
Where: Edwardsville, IL 

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Restore Décor – Moving Furniture

Restore Decor is a nonprofit resale shop, restoring and repainting donated furniture and selling it to the public to raise money for many worthy causes in our area.

We need movers to pick up donated furniture (Monday nights), help with moving and staging furniture (Thursday nights) for sale in the shop, and move furniture out as it is purchased (Saturdays). We own a van, but having your own truck is a plus. 


When: Monday & Thursday Nights 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturdays during sales hours(8-1 summer; 10-3 winter) 
Where: 111 Second St. AND 223 N. Main St, Edwardsville, IL 

Want to help? Contact...
618-980-1278 OR 


Stephenson House

The Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House is an historic landmark and an important link to the history of Edwardsville. Our goal is to provide a quality, educational experience for our guests as well as a fun opportunity for our staff and volunteers. 

We need volunteers who can serve in the areas of:
Educational Guides and Historic Interpreters
Gift Shop Attendants
Construction of Period Clothing
Maintenance of historic garden & grounds

Informational/training sessions are held periodically to help volunteers be confident with any activities in which they choose to serve. 


When: variable 
Where: 409 South Buchanan Edwardsville IL 62025 

Want to help? Contact...



Teen Advisory Board – Edwardsville Public Library

Teens - make a difference at your library! Board members will share ideas for future teen activities, help decorate the Teen Section of the library, and will have opportunities to volunteer at children's programs!
Visit website to print off application. 


When: every 3rd Thursday at 7 p.m. 
Where: 112 South Kansas Street, Edwardsville IL 62025 

Want to help? Contact... 


Watershed Nature Center

The Watershed Nature Center is dedicated to providing environmental education, passive recreation, and enjoyment of native habitats for Edwardsville and surrounding communities.

We welcome enthusiastic volunteers who are committed to maintaining our native habitats and enhancing our community. We need helpers to staff the Welcome Center, facilitate educational programming, and assist with event planning. In addition, we need gardening volunteers every Monday morning from late spring until September, to improve the local habitats by removing invasive species and replacing native plantings. 


When: varies 
Where: 1591 Tower Ave 

Want to help? Contact...

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