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Below are many opportunities for you to invest your time and talents to help United Way and our partner agencies. Be sure to also look at our Committees, where you will find many other opportunities to help our organization and our community.

Community Investment Committee
Who decides where the money United Way raises each year goes? Concerned, caring people like you make that decision, and YOU can be one of them by volunteering to serve on our Allocations Review Panel. United Way’s allocations process is a great place to learn about our community, meet interesting and committed people from all walks of life, develop leadership skills and help one in three people in the region. Interested in making a positive difference? Contact Elizabeth Shelton or call 573-334-9634 for information about this volunteer opportunity. Click here to complete our Volunteer Interest Form.

Marketing and events COMMITTEE

This committee serves year-round with meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 12-1 pm. We need ambassadors who bring a variety of talents and passions! We need help planning and promoting our fundraising and annual events: Kickoff, Golf Tournament, Giving Tuesday, Local Acts of Love, Celebration, and Over the Edge. We can use great organizational and project management skills, marketing communications writing, graphic design, and media experience, and crafty individuals with creative ideas! For more information please email Community Relations Manager, Raechel Reinitz.

Read to Succeed
Read to Succeed volunteers read with a student one on one for 30-40 minute time periods four days a week. Volunteers can donate a minimum of one day per week of their time or more depending on their schedule. A maximum of 24 students are selected by their teachers to participate in the program each semester. Each school operates their reading program on a specific time schedule, and volunteers may select the times that fit their schedule. For more information please contact Robin Koetting or visit our Read to Succeed pageThe time commitment is a minimum of 30 minutes per week with various options between 8:30 am - 2:00 pm Mon.-Thurs.

American Red Cross

 Volunteer at the Red Cross!

The Red Cross is in need of dedicated volunteers to help fill the following positions:
Blood Transportation Specialist
Blood Donor Ambassador
Disaster Action Team (DAT) Trainee
Disaster Workforce Engagement (DWE) Team Member
Recovery Team Member
Disaster Mental Health Team Member

For more information contact Pamela Kaplan directly.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Missouri

Volunteers are always welcome at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Missouri. There are always opportunities for volunteers to gain hours by helping our members with homework, planning/partaking in an arts and crafts, physical or other programming activities or creating a special event for a group of volunteers, staff and members to participate in. For more information contact Stephani Schuchart.


Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

 Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is looking for experts in our region who can offer programmatic opportunities to our 13,000 girl and adult members! We partner with businesses, organizations, and content area experts who can offer industry-leading programming. If your business is looking for a way to connect with girls and give back to your community, consider partnering with us. 

´╗┐As a program partner, you can help girls gain important skills in four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout program: S.T.E.M., Outdoors, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship. We invite you to join us in our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 

Contact for more information.


Boy Scouts of greater st. Louis

The Shawnee District of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, serves youth in Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger, and north Scott and Stoddard counties. We are looking for volunteers and businesses to help teach Merit Badges to youth. There are over 130 Merit Badges to choose from. Merit Badge Counselors can teach up to 5 per year. Becoming a Merit Badge Counselor is easy! Click here for details and here for an application. Submit applications to


The Boy Scouts of America’s Exploring program provides exciting activities and mentorship to youth in specific career fields. By partnering with local businesses and organizations, we are able to provide a hands-on experience to high school students that can potentially lead to an internship, job, and more. If your business would like to give youth in our communities this experience, contact Ashley Metelski, District Executive at


Habitat for Humanity-New Builds
Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to help work on homes being built throughout Southeast Missouri. You might get to work with the family members waiting to move in, as they are required to put in sweat equity hours. Volunteers will be informed of the location and work that needs to be done when they inquire. For more information contact Reginald Jennings.


Habitat for Humanity-Restore
Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers to help with customer service and/or merchandise sorting at their ReStore located in Cape Girardeau. For more information contact  Reginald Jennings.

Salvation Army
Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to assist with the after-school program. Individuals would mentor, tutor, and build relationships with students in the 5th through 12th grade. 3:30 to 4:30 is reserved for study time, while from 4:30 to 7:00 students will go over life lessons, including social skills, etiquette, job skills, career exploration, nutrition, physical fitness, and more. For more information contact Lt. Matt DeGonia.

  • The Salvation Army needs a Community Center Program Aide. 
    • Join a team that enjoys "Doing the Most Good." The Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau, MO has an immediate opening for a Community Center Program Aide. In this part-time position, you will be working 15 hours per week with a starting pay of $9.45 per hour. Visit here for more information.
  • The Army also needs volunteers to help with UWSEMO-funded program, Meals with Friends, and in other areas. Visit here for more info.


Jackson Senior Center

The Jackson Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help with meal delivery and dish washing. Volunteers are needed all days of the week for various times. When you deliver meals to a senior, sometimes yours is the only smiling face they will see all day.

Contact Janet Hitt at 573-243-4241 to learn more!


Voices for Children

Voices for Children/CASA of Southeast Missouri recruits, trains, and mentors community volunteers to become Court Appointed Special Advocates. These advocates then provide support and guidance to abused and neglected children within the 32nd and 33rd Judicial Circuits of Missouri, so these children can be safe, establish permanence, and have the opportunity to thrive. Volunteers undergo 30 hours of training before they are sworn in as officers of the Court. Once the volunteers are sworn in, they are assigned to a case and their job is to advocate and focus on the best interest of the child/children. Volunteers investigate the case, get to know the principals of the case, the facts, and the current situation. They facilitate the delivery of services that have been mandated for the child and family. At each court hearing they advocate for the child to the Court, sharing the progression of the case since the last hearing. They continue to monitor the case for the duration until the Court terminates jurisdiction. For more information contact

Fostering Futures
The Fostering Futures Program is a supplemental program to CASA’s advocacy program, which is designed to serve youth ages 14-18 who will, most likely, age out of foster care. The program is designed to assist youth in a successful transition from foster care to adulthood. Fostering Futures volunteers undergo the mandated thirty-hour CASA training program and an additional eight-hour Fostering Futures training to guide them in dealing with issues faced by transitioning youth. Fostering Futures volunteers will spend more one on one time with the youth in their cases, setting and working toward goals, assisting youth in acquiring practical knowledge, such as budgeting, setting doctor’s appointments, finding jobs and housing, and engaging in healthy relationships, how to locate and access community resources, and in general, developing knowledge and skills to facilitate a successful transition to adulthood. For more information contact Sharon Hileman.

hope for one more

Help Around the House for Kids in Foster Care

Hope For One More believes that everyone has something to give when it comes to supporting our local children in foster care and their families. From providing meals or after-school tutoring to clerical work to yard work, we ALL have something special to offer these kids. We invite anyone who is interested in volunteering to join our Caring Adult Network today!

If interested please contact Amber Bockhorst.

epic pals

Train Puppies while Teaching Youth

Each EPIC Pals volunteer is matched with a young person and the foster dog they work with for about 90 minutes twice a week for seven weeks. Volunteers help EPIC with logistical needs, contribute to group discussions, serve as positive adult role models for young community members, and help the young people they are paired with to stay on task with the daily training lesson. In addition to EPIC Pals volunteers, we need foster homes for EPIC Pals pups. Fosters agree to provide a temporary home for a dog in need while he or she completes the EPIC Pals program. 

Contact Shelly at or 573-587-1921 to learn more.  


Work with Horses, Help Humans!

There are jobs for horse people and non-horse people alike. Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship needs help with everything from leaders and side walkers to maintenance and administration. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to see miracles happen right before your eyes.

You can make a difference in someone's life at MVTH. There is always a need for volunteers to assist with the lessons, but have you considered the impact you could have as a MVTH instructor? The interaction of our instructors as they work with the riders is what MVTH is all about, helping each individual rider reach their potential and reap the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship.

If you are interested working with MVTH as an instructor please visit for details. To inquire about volunteering or instructing email MVTH or call at 573-788-2100 (barn phone) today.

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