Beginning March 17 and until further notice, we are suspending all onsite volunteer activities, including meal service. This is a strategic effort to practice social distancing in order to protect our clients and staff.

Although you cannot volunteer onsite, you can still support our mission. The most impactful way to contribute right now is by making a monetary donation. For more information, visit our donate page.

We also have an urgent need for staple grocery items to continue our meal distribution efforts in the days and weeks ahead. Please see our new “grocery store wish list” for how you can help. You can deliver these donated food items to the back of our building Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. Thank you! Take care of yourselves and each other.

Volunteer with St. Patrick Center to help end homelessness

Over 3,800 St. Patrick Center volunteers donate nearly 40,000 hours each year, sorting donations, working fundraising events, performing administrative duties, serving lunch, making casseroles and salads, and more.

The first step to volunteering is to fill out our volunteer interest form.

St. Patrick Center is not licensed to book court mandated hours at this time. For on site volunteering we require volunteers to be 14 with a chaperone, 16 to volunteer alone.

Meal service is our most popular volunteer opportunity and dates can fill up quickly. Please take a look at our meal service calendar here to view open dates. This calendar is liable to change and is updated weekly.

Please note we use up to 7 volunteers to serve lunch and up to 6 volunteers to prepare and serve dinner. Dinner is prepared at volunteers’ own expense for 20 women in our Women’s Night Program.

Seasonal Opportunities

Irish Open Gala

We need more than 60 volunteers on Saturday, May 30, 2020 to help run our Irish Open Gala at the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. Job assignments include: event set-up, gala registration, silent auction crew, live auction raffle sales, and live auction spotter. Excluding set-up, all volunteers will be asked to adhere to a semi-formal dress code. To sign up to volunteer, fill out the registration form here. Groups are welcome. All volunteers must be 18 years or older.

Volunteer from Home

Can’t volunteer during regular business hours? We have other opportunities to help in the evenings and on weekends. These include making salad kits, putting together hygiene kits, and more. For ways to volunteer from home click here.

Donations can be dropped off at St. Patrick Center’s donation center dock located at the back of our building on Hadley Street. Items are accepted Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. On weekends and holidays from 9am-11am, we only accept salad kits and casseroles. Please call 314-802-1976 before dropping off prepared food to ensure refrigeration space is available.

Want to advocate for our clients? Sign up for our advocacy e-list.

Members of the St. Patrick Center Young Friends Board and Development Coordinator Crystal Cox volunteering for the St. Patrick Center Irish Open Gala.
Left to right, top row then bottom: Joe Blume, Rachel Tangen, Chelsea Reiter, Zack Folk, Crystal Cox, Mike Brecht, Abby Matusiak, Leah Folk, and Stacy Broner

St. Patrick Center Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is comprised of dedicated volunteers interested in deepening their engagement with St. Patrick Center and providing a consistent and reliable source of support in three areas: leadership, giving, and advocacy. Click here to learn more.

St. Patrick Center Young Friends Board

St. Patrick Center Young Friends Board offers individuals under the age of 40 opportunities to get involved with St. Patrick Center. Click here to learn more.

Jess Cox, Steve Grass, and Mary Ginther volunteering at St. Patrick's Irish Open Dinner Gala

Jess Cox, Steve Grass, and Mary Ginther volunteering at St. Patrick’s Irish Open Dinner Gala

“St. Patrick Center is the best place to volunteer because you get to witness and share in the staff’s dedication to serve people in need,” said Steve Grass, a regular volunteer at the agency, taking on just about any task that needs to be completed.

For more information about volunteering contact St. Patrick Center Volunteer Services at 314-802-0681 or