There are many ways to be involved as a volunteer with LifeWise STL. With the wide range of services we offer to the community, we have an equally wide range of volunteer opportunities. Whatever your skills, interests or schedule, you can make a valuable contribution to the mission of LifeWise STL!

Examples of Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Our Infant Center provides high-quality childcare, and our Early Childhood Center provides accredited preschool education for children from low-income families. Our Family Center provides free, short-term childcare to participants in our adult education classes. Volunteers engage children alongside our staff.

Our After School and Summer Camp Programs provide homework help, supplemental educational curriculum and activities (fitness, visual/performing arts, health and nutrition, etc.), and field trips that enrich the minds of under-resourced youth. Volunteers provide tutoring, cooking class instruction, office assistance and more!

LifeWise Academy prepares high school students for post-secondary education and provides valuable job readiness experiences. Volunteers assist with tutoring, chaperoning events, assisting with job readiness and facilitating life skills classes–just to name a few!

The Bodega provides convenient access to affordable, high-quality essentials, which supports families in redirecting money and resources toward other financial goals. If you have a keen eye for fashion and a friendly, outgoing personality, serving as a sorter, stocker or shopping attendant might be the perfect opportunity for you!

City Harvest Market provides a level of access to fresh and healthy foods that would otherwise be too expensive for purchase. Not a traditional food pantry, our market provides a dignified, quality shopping experience. Contact us today if you are interested in picking up and delivering donations to LifeWise STL, shopping for groceries or assisting shoppers in the market!

Our Maintenance Department ensures that our physical space is well-maintained so that our programs run smoothly and visitors feel welcome. Volunteers with skills in the areas of general construction, grounds maintenance, electrical systems, plumbing and gardening are invaluable to our organization and to those we serve.

Our Administration, Communications and Development Departments increase awareness of our mission and raise funds to sustain our programming and services. Volunteers assist in a variety of ways, including preserving our past (documenting and digitizing our history), helping at events (Spring Bling, Golf Tournament, Trivia Night), taking photos and videos, providing administrative support and much more!

Ready to Volunteer?

To get started, please click here to complete an individual Volunteer Application.

Once we receive your application, we’ll contact you to set up a volunteer interview, which will help us match your skills and schedule with a volunteer opportunity. In order to protect the well-being of the children and families we serve, we follow United Way best practices for on-going individual volunteers, which requires three non-family references. Volunteers must also pass a background check through the Family Care Safety Registry and attend orientation prior to volunteering. Thank you in advance for submitting your application, and we look forward to serving with you!

For more information, please contact Alicia Somarriba, Coordinator of Group Volunteers, at or 314-627-9826.