Seek out organizations in your community that are making a difference by developing affordable and accessible housing, promoting health, and/or reducing violence. Examples include:
- Grace Hill Settlement House works to ensure that every community has the opportunity to succeed. Its place-based community hubs bring together resources to collaborate with neighborhoods for a stronger, healthier future. Grace Hill delivers programs based on research and best practices that offer connections to services and partners.
- St. Louis Metro Market is a non-profit mobile farmer’s market that serves all St. Louis neighborhoods that lack grocery stores. It provides direct access to fresh, healthy, affordable produce and advocates on issues related to food justice, hunger, and health.
- The St. Louis Initiative to Reduce Violence (SIRV) brings together neighborhoods, law enforcement, non-profits, faith-based organizations, schools, and community leaders to implement solutions to curb violence. SIRV aims to empower neighborhoods to take a stand against violence, and educate kids and young adults in positive conflict resolution techniques.
Donate your time to organizations that improve housing access and affordability, invest in neighborhood development, or support health promotion programs. Examples include:
- Beyond Housing strives to help entire communities become better places to live by focusing on housing, health, education, job access, and economic development. Volunteers assist in a number of ways, from beautification and home repair to advocacy and youth mentoring.
- Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Volunteers can help with home builds or work in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
- Better Family Life has a number of programs aimed at improving the quality of neighborhoods, including housing development, workforce training, crime prevention, and youth outreach, with offices in City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.
- Rise works with community-based groups to revitalize neighborhoods, offering capacity-building assistance, housing development services, and access to financing. In addition to donating, volunteers are invited to serve on the organization’s Young Professionals Board.