We have many great organizations that are serving our Tower Grove East community and many residents that are involved in community organizations!  Below are several organizations, along with their websites and volunteer opportunities.  If you or your agencies would like to add or update this list, please emailobrienkr@gmail.com

  • Stray Dog Theatre – a theatre located in TGE that offers several community programs and is committed to sharing the art of theatre and community service in the St. Louis areawww.StrayDogTheatre.org and www.TowerGroveAbbey.orgVolunteers needed for Sewing /Set Construction / Ushering / Advertising / Marketing / Graphic Design / Filing / Office Work /Data Base Management. Please Contact Gary F. Bell @ 314-865-1995 or email GFBell@StrayDogTheatre.org for further information.
  • Book Works http://www.bookworks.bworks.org/Program seeks volunteers to work one-on-one with children in literacy improvement program, assisting them to learn to read and write by creating books.  Bookworks happens from4:30-6:00 pm, Monday thru Wednesday; however, schedule is based on tutor availability and can be changed or expanded.  Age ranges of children include 7-12 but there is no age or level requirement.  For more info, look at website and to volunteer, email Phoebe Love at bookworks@bworks.org
  • Gateway Greening http://www.gatewaygreening.org/index.asppromotes urban neighborhood vitality and stability, healthy living and quality of life through community food projects, education and wellness programs, and civic greening. For volunteer opportunities, please check out: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/VolunteerOpportunities.asp
  • JDC Garden – garden club at a local Juvenile Detention Center (on Enright). Donations of any garden items are appreciated.   Also, volunteers are needed for leading cooking and educational workshops (such as “pollination” “composting” “eating healthy” etc.)  For more information, email Cara – caramarie@gmail.com
  • St. Louis City Open Studio and Gallery –  www.scosag.org – provides hands-on artistic education through classes, camps, workshops, and community events in Tower Grove Park and at festivals and events throughout St. Louis. Volunteers needed for festivals and events.  Duties vary depending on the event.  Contact Lori Allen for more information. (Phone:  314-865-0060;  Email: scosag@gmail.com )
  • St. Elizabeth Academy www.stelizabethacademy.org Volunteer opportunities:  The Annual SEA Golf Tournament is on July 16, 2010 at Forest Park. Please contact Amanda Marmer for more details.  (Phone Number:(314) 771-5134 ext. 230 or email amarmer@stelizabethacademy.org )

  • Justine Petersen Mortgage Assistance www.justinepetersen.orgAgency provides credit building and mortgage assistance and small business services.  The goal is to provide opportunities for people to create new futures for themselves and their families by helping them become and stay homeowners, start and run businesses, access education, manage personal savings programs.  For volunteer opportunities, please look here: http://www.justinepetersen.org/content/volunteer.php
  • Active Minds Charter School  Active Minds Charter School will be an elementary school serving the 63116, 63118, and 63104 zip codes which will open in July of 2011.  The mission is to “engage a diverse community of students to foster academic excellence and civic engagement through a hands-on, inquiry based, individualized approach to education. Currently seeking community members & parents in service zip codes to join community engagement committee.  This committee meets the third Tuesday of every month and assists AMCS in indentifying potential students and educating the community at-large about AMCS’ programs.  Volunteers act as liaisons toneighborhood associations and community groups, and assist with staffing booths at the many community events in which AMCS participates.AMCS is additionally seeking Board members, specifically who are parents, from our target zip codes as well.  For more information: http://www.mindsinaction.org/get-involved-amcs
  • Juice Project seeks to combat disease mortality in inner cities by providing one-stop shop for nutritious yet affordable food and media-health literacy education.  Located at Gravois and Arsenal.  For further information, call (314) 667-5248.
  • Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Services – http://www.irwp.net/ – Seeks to increase independence and reduce isolation of immigrant and refugee women by teaching basic English and living skills.  Become a tutor!  http://www.irwp.net/teachers.html
  • DeSales Community Housing Corporation www.desaleshousing.com – Promotes the ongoing growth of neighborhoods as healthy, diverse urban communities with quality housing.
  • African Mutual Assistance Association of Missouri –  http://www.amaamus.org/ Provides supportive, complementary and educational services to African refugees.  See website for more information and volunteer opportunities.
  • Horizon Housing Development Company – http://hhdc-stl.org/ – Assists in providing housing services to St. Louis City residents who are developmentally disabled
  • Niakumba Center for Black WomenWomen’s spirituality centerFor further information, call #771-2074
  • Salvation Army (2740 Arsenal) – http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/usc/www_usc_midland.nsf/vw-sublinks/bc0d84fc995d884a8625727b004d4829?OpenDocument&Click=
  • South Grand Community Improvement District   http://www.southgrand.org/
  • St. Pius/ New Americans – http://www.stpiusv.org/groups-and-ministries/social-outreach
  • Urban Future – http://www.urbanfuturestl.org/ – Volunteers needed for youth programs.  http://www.urbanfuturestl.org/volunteer/
  • Five Star Senior Center – http://www.5starcc.org/ – Programs for local seniors
  • Operation Brightside – http://stlouis.missouri.org/501c/brightside/Specific volunteer opportunities can be found at:  http://stlouis.missouri.org/501c/brightside/enter-operation.html