Monday, July 30, 2012
The Salvation Army ran a fashion show at the Moonrise Hotel to raise awareness about homelessness. Designers and models featured fashions made entirely of trash bags and duct tape.
Trash bag couture. That’s what the Moonrise Hotel and The Salvation Army St. Louis served up Friday night at the Garbage Bag Gala. The Project Runway-like event highlighted The Salvation Army's homeless services as models showcased creations made of garbage bags and duct tape, created by some of St. Louis's top fashion designers. Models took both casual and evening wear looks to the runway, turning trash into high fashion. The event was emceed by Heidi Glaus of KSDK. Fashion judges included Debra Bass of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Fox2News meteorologist Angela Hutti and Alive Magazine's Gwen Ragno. All proceeds from the event went to The Salvation Army St. Louis. See our previous Garbage Bag Gala coverage:
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Operation Food Search wants to ensure that children get fed throughout the summer months.
Summer vacation—for most children those are two of the sweetest words in their vocabulary. Nothing could be better than having week upon week stretch before you with no worries whatsoever. But unfortunately that’s not the case for all our community’s children. For thousands of children in the St. Louis region, summer vacation adds one huge worry. Summer vacation means not having enough to eat. The thousands of children that Operation Food Search serves are kids who, September through June, wake up every weekday morning knowing that today at least they will be able to have a nourishing breakfast and a hot lunch, courtesy of their school lunch or breakfast program. But during the summer it’s a much different story. These children open their …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Check out these opportunities to volunteer in the area this Thanksgiving.
As Thanksgiving approaches, remember not only to be thankful for what you have, but to give to others. Below is a list of nearby opportunities to volunteer. Stella Maris Child Center 5183 Raymond, St. Louis 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday Volunteers needed to help with arts and craft activities for the kids. Call 314-367-7950 for more information. Jewish Community Center 2 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday Volunteers needed to set up tables, serve children in the Early Childhood Center a holiday meal and clean up afterward. Call 314-442-3454 for more information. Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry 10950 Schuetz Rd., St. Louis 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday or Monday Volunteers are needed to …
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The support and encouragement you can give a child as a Big Brother or Big Sister is a gift that will be treasured for a lifetime.
When you find yourself wandering the mall this holiday season, consider giving a simple gift that has the power to transform a child’s life—the gift of your time. The support and encouragement you can give a child as a Big Brother or Big Sister is a gift that will be treasured for a lifetime. During this time of giving thanks, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri is so thankful for the many volunteers—more than 2,500 already this year alone—who have shared their time with a child. Our Big Brothers and Big Sisters enthusiastically say this is time well spent. “Jada has really helped me keep in touch with the playful and fun side of myself that can get lost in the busy rush of life with family and career,” shares Big Sister Corinne …
Sunday, October 23, 2011
BBBS is two-thirds of the way to their campaign goal.
Four months ago, Big Brothers Big Sisters launched the Be There Now! campaign with a lofty goal in mind—to identify and recruit 600 new volunteers in just six months. Now, with 402 new Bigs since the start of the campaign, they are just 198 away from reaching that goal. But, with more than 1,100 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister, there’s never been a better time than now to get involved. For the Littles, the impact of having a mentor is powerful. Independent studies conducted by Public/Private Ventures, a national research organization, demonstrate the power of these relationships. Compared to similar youth, Littles who were teamed up with a Big Brother or Big Sister were less likely to begin using drugs or alcohol and less …
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Since 1923, United Way has been a steady partner of Big Brothers Big Sisters, helping to ensure funding for the agency for more than 70 years.
Since 1923, United Way has been a steady partner of Big Brothers Big Sisters, helping to ensure funding for the agency for more than 70 years. And now it is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri’s turn to give back, as agency staff members participate in fund raising events to help the United Way reach the $71 million goal for this year’s annual campaign. With its network of nearly 200 agencies, the United Way invests $1 million in the community every week to child-care agencies, emergency shelters, food pantries and more. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, this funding enables the agency to Be There for a child who needs a caring adult in their life. Big Brothers Big Sisters promises to Be There for its Littles, and that is exactly what …
Sunday, October 9, 2011
One of the many roles that “Bigs” play in “Littles’” lives is to help guide them in making good decisions like staying in school, avoiding drugs or crime and getting good grades.
Until last summer, 17-year-old Thomas had to be the man around the house to his five siblings while also attending classes at the Construction Careers Center and trying to figure out how he would ever get into college. “I’m the oldest of six kids and it’s hard,” Thomas said. “My mom works all the time, and I’ve got to be like their parent.” But in June 2010, he met Mark Winschel, a project manager for S.M. Wilson & Co. and a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. Winschel was paired with Thomas, and they’ve been building a close friendship ever since. They meet at the CCC once a month and then get together outside of school for outings such as lunch, a Rams game, golfing—and a big one for Thomas—his first …
Monday, September 12, 2011
Rhonda Brandon and Mark Cusumano join the BBBS Board of Directors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri (BBBSEMO) announces the appointment of two new members to its board of directors. “We are honored and excited to have such creative, thoughtful and committed leaders on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors," said Becky James–Hatter, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. “We are thrilled about our newest members, whose experience, vision and business sense will add additional insights as we continue to further our mission to build trusting and enduring relationships that encourage and support young people.” Rhonda Brandon, vice president of human resources operations for BJC HealthCare, is responsible for ensuring key human resources business practices, strategies and …
Sunday, July 24, 2011
There are many reasons I volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. But mostly, I do it just to have fun.
Two weeks ago, over pizza, I asked a simple question, but it was one I hadn’t asked in years. "Do you want to spend the night at my house soon? Would that be cool?" My 11-year-old Little Sister could hardly contain her excitement. Deja's face lit up with a smile, and she clapped her hands. "Yes!" she exclaimed mid-bite. It was all she could talk about as we finished dinner and drove back to her house. Can we swim, she asked. Can we go to the movies? Can we go out to eat? Can we watch a movie at home? Can we play? She was bursting with ideas—so many that I actually had to cut her short and explain that she was only spending one night. We wouldn't be able to do everything on her list. Saturday, Deja and I had a good old-fashioned sleepover …
Monday, December 13, 2010
Check out seven volunteer opportunities around Maryland Heights and surrounding area.
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Monday, December 13, 2010
Altruism is an important part of the holiday season. People donate their loose change to the Salvation Army bell ringers, write checks for their favorite causes and give their time to help their fellow man. Organizations within and around Maryland Heights offer volunteer opportunities. We've got a run-down of seven opportunities you can partake in town during the holidays and also some for 2011. Maryland Heights Patch reporter Chris-Rachael Oseland contributed to this reporting.