Mission Opportunities

Isaiah 58 Ministries :”Isaiah 58 Ministries is a cooperative ministry on the near south side of St. Louis.  Since 1970 we have been dedicated to helping our neighbors in the city through our many varied services. In all our work we strive to show people that they are accepted for who they are and where they are in life, that they can work towards changing their current situation, and that Christian love is best expressed through actions, not simply words.” Volunteers spend time with Isaiah 58’s Director, Rev. Brenda Booth, learning about local food justice issues, then volunteer in the neighborhood food bank.

KidSmart : “OUR MISSION is to ensure that children and their classrooms in the Greater Metropolitan Saint Louis Area have the basic tools for learning by transferring, at no cost, the community’s surplus supplies and merchandise into the hands of teachers for school children in need.”

Campus Kitchen at St. Louis University 

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“The Campus Kitchen at St. Louis University is a food re-purposing program.  We get excess food from grocery stores, catering companies and other organizations and turn it into healthy meals for hungry individuals in the community immediately surrounding the University campus.

We create and deliver over 500 meals a week for 300 clients.  In addition to providing food, we attempt through the deliveries to provide fellowship to our clients, many of whom are homebound and do not have much contact with the outside world.

Close-up mid section of woman holding seedlingGateway Greening : “Educating and empowering our neighbors to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture is our passion. Our programs include supporting more than 200 community and youth-focused gardens across the St. Louis area through educational opportunities, grants and technical assistance; urban beautification projects that enhance the downtown St. Louis urban landscape; and our City Seeds Urban Farm, a 2.5 acre farm in downtown St. Louis providing therapeutic horticulture and jobs training programs to individuals who are homeless and underserved.”

International Institute: A neighborhood non-profit, the International Institute is St. Louis’ welcoming center for new Americans. “Our mission is to help immigrants and their families become productive Americans and champion ethnic diversity as a cultural and economic strength.” During the summer of 2017, volunteers will be sort donations for recently resettled families and will also be helping to build the new Global Farm, where immigrants will learn to make profitable crops for the St. Louis market.

St. Louis Area Food Bank: “Our Mission- Feed hungry people by distributing food throughout the bi-state region and engage our community in the fight against hunger.” Volunteers sort and pack food for distribution to St. Louis area agencies.

Social Justice and Conversations on Race: St. Louis has been at the heart of the current  conversation on race and social justice. Teams that have stayed with us since the August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, MO have been invited to join us in this conversation. Oak Hill’s pastor, the Rev. Erin Counihan, offers to lead groups in discussing the events, policies and history of our neighborhood and region, and encourages groups to look into the history, systems, policies and happenings in their hometowns. We are also in the process of building a library of resources for groups to read and reference during their stay at AMEN St. Louis.