Volunteer

At ECH, we offer many different opportunities to volunteer to help the children and families we serve. Everything from helping children with their homework to working on a fundraising committee, we will match you with the perfect opportunity.

Child Sponsorship

Child Sponsorship involves correspondence with a child, similar to a pen pal. For this reason, individuals, families or groups living some distance from our Home locations find it an excellent way to participate. Due to privacy laws, we encourage regular, dependable correspondence rather than face-to-face contact.

The Child Sponsorship Program is designed to provide additional support for those children in our care who have little or no relationship with their relatives or other adults, or whose relatives are unable to provide financial support. Although it is often difficult for them to admit, these children need to know that someone special cares about them.

Contact Judy Wagganer at jwagganer@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Tutors

Many of our children are behind academically. One-on-one tutoring is the best way to help them catch up. Help residents who may be having problems in subjects such as math, science, English, history, and reading. Tutors need to be willing to commit 2-3hrs. a week for up to 6 weeks, and will need an Abuse/Neglect Background Check and Criminal Record Check. All tutor volunteers will need a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Contact Regina Rodgers at lkilcullin@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Early Education Center

Have fun and be a kid again while working directly with the children in the Early Education Center who range in age from infants to 6 years old. Contact may include story-telling, special activities, or simply playing with the children.

Contact Valorie Holden vholden@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Office Work

Mass mailings are frequent and at times more than our small staff can handle. Often we are in need of volunteers to help stuff envelopes for direct mail sent to our constituents.

Contact Laura Kilcullin at lkilcullin@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Special Events

Assist in fundraising efforts through serving on one of our special event planning committees. Opportunities to plan our annual “Extend a Caring Hand” Dinner & Auction, our annual Golf Classic, or Trivia Night all provide fun ways to meet new people and help raise the resources needed to care for children and families in need.

If serving on a committee is not your thing, we always need help the day of events setting up, staffing the events, and cleaning up. For example, be a cashier at our Auction, a hole spotter at our Golf Classic, or a score keeper at Trivia Night.

Contact Laura Kilcullin at lkilcullin@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Office Interns

Our public relations and development office can provide college credit internships to students interested in gaining experience in the non-profit world.

Contact Laura Kilcullin at lkilcullin@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Archives

Experienced librarians/archivist are always needed to help store and preserve the many archives collected since our founding in 1858.

Contact Laura Kilcullin at lkilcullin@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Ladies Aid

Our women’s auxiliary provides the opportunity for fellowship and education to women dedicated to helping the troubled children and families in our care. The Ladies Aid meets four times annually, and hosts two fundraising luncheons each year. Membership dues are $10 per year.

Contact Ashley Hendley at ahendley@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Hope for Tomorrow

Hope for Tomorrow is a social organization of young professionals who care about children and want to serve and support the mission of ECH Every Child’s Hope. Members enjoy a fun and
social atmosphere while improving our community and participating in networking opportunities. Membership dues are $20 per year.

Benefits of membership include: social gatherings to promote networking with other young professionals; add to your resume; special events geared for fun and to raise funds for ECH; discounts for ECH special events, including Extend a Caring Hand Dinner and Golf Classic.

Contact Laura Kilcullin at lkilcullin@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

In-kind Professional Services

Are you a photographer? Beautician? Musician? Whatever your skills or hobbies are, they may make a difference in the lives of our kids. Consider donating your time and talent to improve and brighten a child’s day.

Contact Laura Kilcullin at lkilcullin@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Campus Wide Beautification

Complete small projects such as painting, clean-up and gardening around campus. These projects do not include working directly with residents. Projects will be on as-needed basis and as weather permits.

Contact Laura Kilcullin at lkilcullin@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Holiday Events

Assist with making the holidays a special time for residents. Volunteer opportunities will range from being the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus, wrapping presents during the Christmas holiday, or passing candy out on campus during our Halloween celebration. The list is endless!

Contact Julie Jennings at jjennings@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Recreation Therapy Activities

Assist with coaching sports teams or assisting the recreation therapist with extracurricular sports activities for our residents. This opportunity includes supervised contact with residents.

Contact Julie Jennings at jjennings@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.