HOK Volunteer Information

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Thank You for Volunteering!

Thanks for joining hands and working together to make relationships and meet needs across Kirkwood. We could not accomplish all the projects without each and every volunteer. Your time and talents are the key ingredients to a successful Hands on Kirkwood.

We know volunteers have a variety of questions before the big day. Below is some key information that we hope will answer many of those questions. However, if there is additional information you need, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Check-In – We ask that all volunteers (except KiddoPalooza and Electronic Recycling volunteers) check-in at Kirkwood Baptist Church (KBC) located at 211 N. Woodlawn Ave between 7:30 am – 8:30 am. Check-in tables will be located in the Great Hall foyer accessible through the double doors under the portico in the main parking lot on the south side of the sanctuary. Any last minute changes or requests can be handled at the check-in tables.

Coffee and donuts will be available in the Great Hall for all volunteers until 8:30 am.

KiddoPalooza volunteers will check-in at the Kirkwood YMCA (325 N Taylor) between 8:30 am – 8:45 am to receive their assignments. Volunteers are welcome to arrive earlier to help set-up if possible.  Electronic Recycling volunteers will check-in at STLCC (Corner of Big Bend Blvd and Couch Ave) at 8:30 am.

Rally – Following check-in from 8:30 am – 8:45 am, volunteers will gather in the KBC sanctuary for a short rally. The purpose of the rally is to celebrate what Hands on Kirkwood means to our community, to remind ourselves of the impact that serving others can make within our community, and to encourage every volunteer to give their best in the belief that this day reflects the best of our community. Project leaders will be introduced and last minute details about projects and general announcements will be shared. A group photo will also be taken.

We know some volunteers may be scheduled later in the day or may have volunteered for projects prior to Oct. 22nd but, if possible, we hope all volunteers will attend the rally. There is something remarkable about being surrounded by 400 people who have the same purpose; to love and serve their neighbors.

T-shirts – We ask that ALL volunteers wear their HOK t-shirts while they are volunteering. This not only brings attention to the event but also helps neighbors know who is involved and helps project leaders and volunteers keep track of one another. If you already have an HOK shirt, please wear that one. If you do not have an HOK shirt, you can receive your t-shirt in one of three ways. 1) Get in touch with your organization contact who may already have your shirt 2) Stop by Kirkwood Baptist (211 N Woodlawn) prior to Oct. 22nd and pick-up a shirt from the office 3) Pick-up a shirt at the HOK check-in table on Oct. 22nd.

Parking – There are several parking options for the rally on Oct. 22nd. Street parking is available along Adams, Woodlawn, and Jefferson. Volunteers can also park in any of the three Kirkwood Baptist lots. 1) The main lot, south of the sanctuary on the west side of Woodlawn 2) The extension lot across from the sanctuary on the east side of Woodlawn 3) the rear parking lot accessible from Jefferson. If you are working any of the projects at KBC (Dog Park, Winter Car Check, Winter Clothes Store), please do not park in the main lot so we can keep it available for HOK visitors enjoying those events. If for some reason all of these options are full, volunteers can park at Grace Episcopal Church located two blocks south of KBC off of Woodlawn.

Parking for KiddoPalooza volunteers is available in the rear parking lot of UMB Bank accessible from Washington, the First Presbyterian parking lot across from the YMCA accessible from Adams, or street parking along Adams, Washington, and Taylor. We encourage volunteers to use the UMB Bank lot in order to leave the First Presbyterian lot and street parking for KiddoPalooza guests.


Getting Assignments – Following the rally at 8:45 am, volunteers will be dismissed to their project teams. Project teams will gather in different areas of the sanctuary or church to meet with their project leader for instructions. Specific areas for project teams will be clearly marked and announced during the rally.

Lunch – Hands on Kirkwood does not provide lunch for volunteers. Please bring your own lunch or plan to eat after your project is completed. Children and volunteers at KiddoPalooza will have access to the free hotdogs, popcorn, and water. However, please check with your project leader before getting lunch.

What about rain? – Hands on Kirkwood is a rain or shine event. Any changes to projects due to weather will be made in as timely a manner as possible. Check facebook, this site, or call 314-965-2349 for weather related updates.

Celebrations – There are two great ways to celebrate Hands on Kirkwood. On Oct. 22nd, all volunteers are invited to end their day at Station Plaza (141 E Madison) for the Social Justice Festival beginning at 4 pm. Enjoy one of the several great restaurants at the plaza as well as a variety of live entertainment as a part of the festival. On Oct. 30th at 6:30 pm, the community is invited to a HOK Celebration at Concordia Lutheran Church (505 S Kirkwood). This celebration will include a variety of excellent music including the Community Gospel Choir and a combined celebration choir as well as a time to share stories from the great day.

A Final Word – A successful HOK is not simply about completing all of our projects. It is also about our volunteers being placed in areas where they can be productive and empowered to make a difference. And it is about being ambassadors of the best what it means to be community. We hope that in all cases our volunteers will let a spirit of love, compassion, patience, flexibility, cooperation, respect, and understanding being their guide.