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Students interested in legal placements should contact the Public Service Coordinator for more information.

Gateway Legal Services 

Gateway is a non-profit legal aid law firm dedicated to helping the poor and disabled, focusing primarily on consumer and social security issues.

  • Opportunities: client intake interviews and obtaining case files and medical records
  • Requirements/Qualifications:  approximately 3-4 hours per week; reliability

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

LSEM is a private, non-profit organization providing legal assistance and equal access to justice for low-income people in civil cases. Some of the areas addressed by the office include: domestic violence/family law, subsidized housing, homelessness (including homeless adolescents), homeowners' mortgage default and foreclosure, elderly issues, AIDS, health and welfare, immigration, access for children to appropriate educational services, and the volunteer lawyer program.

  • Opportunities: legal interns needed for above departments; tasks include: client intake, drafting pleadings and motion, filing at courthouses, research, assisting with interviewing clients, setting court dates, case management, drafting financial agreements, investigation, and advocacy
  • Qualifications/Requirements: positions for all level students, some positions have preference for Rule 13, immigration unit prefers students who have had immigration class(es) and speak a second language; initial screening and then interview with attorney in desired unit; hour long orientation required

Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

The organization supports families in their care-giving roles to help people with a severe mental illness to experience more positive treatment results, advocates for better delivery systems and for better services to benefit people with a mental illness, and provides support/education/advocacy.

  • Opportunities: HELP-Line referral and advice regarding housing and commitment issues, Legislative Committee, work with volunteer director at psychiatry hospital to help families
  • Qualifications/Requirements: background check and ½ hour individual orientation, must be open to learning about mental illness; time commitment will depend on the task but probably about 4 hours per week
  • Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 134 West Madison Ave., St. Louis, MO 63122, 966-4670, fax 966-4672,

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross Chapter helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.  It does this through services that are governed and directed by volunteers and are consistent with the corporate Congressional charter and the principles of the International Red Cross.

  • Opportunities: Disaster Volunteer provides relief services to victims off disasters; teaching lifesaving skills; blood drive worker; HIV/AIDS instructor; adult day care aide; leadership volunteers; fund-raising event volunteers; first-aid station team; speakers bureau.
  • Contact Information:  American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter, 10195 Corporate Square, St. Louis, MO  63132; 516-2800; fax: 516-2821;

Hosea House

Hosea House is an interfaith agency that provides emergency assistance and direct services to the needy of south St. Louis.

  • Opportunities: Client Intake volunteers are needed to assist in the interviewing of clients as they come in for their appointments to update their records and reassess their needs; the Food Pantry and Thrift Store need help in sorting through donations and helping clients; volunteers are needed with receptionist and clerical skills to assist with general office functions, filing, mailings, and answering phones and typing; assistance with a community garden; multiple volunteers are needed for planning, set-up, execution and cleanup of special events
  • Qualifications/Requirements: child abuse background check; volunteers needed sometime during the hours of operation (Tuesday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm, and Saturday 8:30 am-noon)
  • Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 2635 Gravois, St. Louis, MO 63118, 773-5438, fax 773-6140,

Missouri NARAL

NARAL's mission is to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women's health and make abortion less necessary. NARAL works to educate Americans and officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government.

  • Opportunities: community organizer internship; political organizer internship; volunteer coordinator; event organizer.
  • Qualifications/Requirements: interview, training; 10 hours per business week during business hours (9:00-5:00).  Must be pro-choice with organizing experience.
  • Contact: Meg Ullman, 4144 Lindell Blvd., Suite 505, St. Louis MO 63108, 531-8616, fax 531-8615

St. Louis Area Foodbank

The Foodbank solicits and purchases food, organizes food drives, supplies food for an entire moth to needy families moving from shelters into permanent homes, and provides meals to needy children so that they may become self-sufficient adults in the future.

  • Opportunities: repackaging in salvage area (boxing items donated to foodbank)
  • Qualifications/Requirements: 3-hour shifts are available Monday-Saturday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Contact: Lenora Young, Food Drive Coordinator, 5959 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis 63120, 383-3335 x3101, fax 383-1371,

St. Louis Cares

A program of the United Way of Greater St. Louis Volunteer Center, St. Louis Cares is based on the programs of City Cares of America, a network of organizations that engage over 100,000 individuals in direct, hands-on service to their communities each year. St. Louis Cares knows that your time is valuable, so they help identify volunteer opportunities that are satisfying, safe, fun and make the most efficient use of your time--often, projects are completed in two hours or less.

  • Opportunities: numerous and varied, and take little time
  • Qualifications/Requirements: orientation/training required; call for more information
  • Contact: Rick Skinner, Director of the Volunteer Center, 539-4284, 

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