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Hands on Kirkwood Projects 2014
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 will begin towards the end of August.
Projects Prior to October 4th
Greentree Parade (September 13, 9 am, KHS) - Volunteers will walk in the parade to help promote Hands on Kirkwood. The theme is “Disco Comes to Kirkwood”. Flyers will be handed out during the parade listing the events of October 4th. Candy for the kids and dog treats for dogs will also be given out. WEAR YOUR HOK SHIRTS!! Volunteers: (Goal: unlimited). Must be able to walk the distance of the parade.
Neighborhood Bag Drop (September 27-28) – This project will need a large group of volunteers to drop donation bags at homes to collect items for Kirk Care, Nurses for Newborns, etc. Each organization to participate. Volunteers: (Goal: unlimited). Must be outgoing and energetic. Requires standing and walking.
Winter Clothing Drive (September 27, 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 on September 26th. This team will then sort and organize the items. Volunteers: (Goal: 15). Must be able to sit and sort.
Goodie Bag Assembly (TBD, Community Covenant Church) – Volunteers will assemble goodie bags to hand out to senior center residents and homebound residents. Must be able to meet Wednesday evening at Community Covenant Church. Volunteers: (Goal: unlimited).
Lap Robes – Volunteers will make lap robes/quilts/etc. for homebound, nursing home residents and Nurses for Newborns. Kits are available at KBC or you can make your own. Volunteers: (Goal: unlimited). All are welcome.
Projects on October 4th
Neighborhood Donation Pick-Up – Volunteers will go throughout Kirkwood and collect items for Kirk Care, Nurses for Newborns, etc. Volunteers: (Goal: 50). Requires walking and the ability to lift and carry items.
Home Projects – Volunteers will serve Kirkwood residents who are in need of help around the house. There are a variety of opportunities to help these residents such as performing simple household chores, moving furniture and/or boxes, winterizing homes, etc. If you are in need of help around your house, click here. Volunteers: (Goal: 50). Requires lifting, carrying and general yard work.
Recycling (St. Louis Community College at Meramec) – 9:30 – 12 Visitors can bring old computer equipment, batteries, small appliances, etc. and drop off for recycling. Paper shredding will also be available. 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: 15). 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). Will be able to sit and sort.
Nursing Home Bound (Children Pre-K to 3rd grade) – Children from pre-K to 3rd grade children will participate in a “reverse Halloween” at local nursing homes / senior centers to hand out goodie bags previously assembled that include personal hygiene products and hand-made pictures from the children. Children will also provide a musical performance for the residents. Volunteers: (Goal: 60 – includes both the kids and chaperones). Must be able to walk and supervise children. Drivers also needed.
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.
MSD Storm Water Warning Labels – Volunteers will drive throughout Kirkwood installing warning labels on the storm drains to prevent polluting. This is a coordinated project with MSD. Volunteers: (Goal: 20). Must be able to drive and read a map and to follow basic instructions.
Father Dickson Cemetery Clean-up – Volunteers will travel to “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.
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.