Hands on Kirkwood Projects 2018
Below find the current list of projects including a description of the project and the maximum number of volunteers needed. Projects are filled on a first come first serve basis so if you find a project you like, sign-up as soon as you can. Sign-ups ARE OPEN NOW!
Projects Prior to October 6th
Greentree Parade (September 15, 9:30 am, KHS) – In the spirit of service, volunteers will walk at the back of the parade with trash cans on wheels collecting trash along the route from parade watchers. This is a service that is much appreciated by all. We will also help promote Hands on Kirkwood. Flyers, candy and dog treats will be handed out during the parade. WEAR YOUR HOK SHIRTS!! Volunteers: (Goal: unlimited). Must be able to walk the distance of the parade.
Neighborhood Bag Drop (Sat, September 29, 9 am, Kirkwood Baptist Church) – This project will need a large group of volunteers to drop donation bags at homes to collect items for Kirk Care, Nurses for Newborns, Meremac’s Brown Bag Cafe, etc. Each organization to participate. Volunteers: (Goal: unlimited). Requires walking (or you can be a driver for the workers).
Winter Clothing Drive Set Up (Sat, September 29, 9 am, KBC) -Each participating organization will gather and sort winter clothes starting the beginning of September. Then a group of volunteers will collect all the items and deliver them to KBC the week of September 25. This team will then sort and organize the items. Volunteers: (Goal: unlimited).
Projects on October 6th
Home Projects – This is where we need the most help! Volunteers will serve Kirkwood residents, many of who are widowed, elderly, disabled, or otherwise unable to do things around their homes. We need volunteers who can perform SIMPLE carpentry, electrical, plumbing, wallboard repair and painting. We also need lots of yard work volunteers: weeding, pruning, trimming, raking and bagging yard waste. All the supplies, parts and equipment you’ll need for any of these projects will be provided at the work site. Please bring all of your tools that you may need. You can even request to work with your friends – or make new ones! As stated above, in MANY cases, you’ll be helping folks who either physically can’t do this work, or who can’t afford to pay someone to do it. This is truly hands-on ‘Kingdom Work’, and we thank you for it. If you are in need of help around your house, click HOK – Need help flyer. Volunteers: (Goal: As many as we can get!). Requires lifting, carrying and general yard work.
Neighborhood Donation Pick-Up – Volunteers will go throughout Kirkwood and collect bags from porches throughout Kirkwood of donations for Kirk Care, Nurses for Newborns, Meramec’s Brown Bag Cafe, etc. Volunteers: (Goal: 50). Requires walking and the ability to lift and carry items.
Electronic Recycling (St. Louis Community College at Meramec) – 9:00 am – 12 pm Volunteers will help guide traffic as visitors drop off electronics for recycling. Volunteers: (Goal: 5). Must be personable and able to stand.
Winterize Car Check – Volunteers will inspect cars and provide them with a checklist of items to follow up with their local mechanic. In addition, windshield wiper fluid will be topped off, tires and batteries will be checked. Volunteers: (Goal: 10). Basic auto knowledge is required. Must be able to move around a car.
Donation Distribution – Volunteers will sort through all items collected from the Neighborhood Donation Pick-up team and place in boxes for delivery to the appropriate Resource Centers. Volunteers: (Goal: 20). May be able to sit and sort.
Kirkwood Park Honeysuckle Removal – Volunteers will be go to Kirkwood Park and help cut down overgrown honeysuckle from the park. Volunteers: (Goal: 20). Must be willing to get dirty and be on your feet.
Father Dickson Cemetery Clean-up – Volunteers will work at the historic “Father Dickson Cemetery” to repair, restore and preserve the cemetery. Volunteers: (Goal: 20). Must be willing to get dirty and on your feet.
Winter Clothing Store– Volunteers will oversee a winter clothing shop providing free clothing for members of the community. Store will be operated out of Kirkwood Baptist. Volunteers: (Goal: 15). Must be personable and outgoing.
Baby Blanket and Lap Robes– Volunteers will make lap robes and baby blankets for senior citizens and babies. Glendale Presbyterian Church will host.
Volunteer Celebration Event – Grace Episcopal Church will host the celebration event again this year. Food, entertainment and stories of the day. Volunteers: Members of Grace will support this event.
Projects after October 6th
Kirkwood House Social on Monday afternoon, October 8 – Volunteers will host a social with the residents of Kirkwood House. They will play games and visit with residents.