How Do I Volunteer?

The St. Louis Arc has a simple five-step process for becoming a volunteer. Traditionally, this process can be completed within a week:

  1. Complete our Volunteer Interest Form
  2. Interview with Matt Bates, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator
  3. Complete a new volunteer application
  4. Submit to a background screening for people over the age of 18. A reference screening will be conducted for people under the age of 18.
  5. Attend Orientation. At this brief orientation, volunteers receive additional information including the history and philosophy of the Arc, key volunteer policies and procedures, and person-first language and disability etiquette.

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Current Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Scene

This class is designed to help teens learn the social skills they need to develop healthy relationships. Some of the topics include: understanding social cues, improving communication, managing anger, developing healthy friendships, and dating. Volunteers will lead activities, model appropriate behavior, and help teens further develop social skills.

Tuesdays, October 4 – November 8
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friendship FusionVolunteering with children

Friendship Fusion is designed to help children with disabilities work together as a team, while learning social skills and developing friendships. Classes teach social skills, like introductions, engaging in conversation, body language, and making friends, problem solving, and building confidence. Volunteers will lead fun activities for kids to learn social skills, including role playing scenarios.

Tuesdays, October 4 – November 8
Class 1- 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Class 2- 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

“The Artist in You” Assistants

Help people explore hidden artistic talents and express themselves through art! Volunteers provide assistance to individuals as they develop their artistic skills. An annual art exhibit will be held at the end of the session to display the artwork.

Mondays, October 7- November 10
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Kreative Arts for Kids

Kids (ages 7-12) with intellectual and developmental disabilities will enjoy hands on approach to learning art skills. Projects are meant to bring out kids’ creative side and introduce the idea of self-exploration through art. Volunteers have the opportunity to assist participants with following the lesson and using different art media. Volunteers are also asked to assist painting instructor with classroom set-up, clean-up.

Thursdays, October 7 – December 15
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Book Club

The Next Chapter Book Club provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to read, learn to read, talk about books, and make friends in a fun community setting. Volunteers have the opportunity to facilitate reading for individuals of varying abilities and engage readers in conversations about the book and relate to similar experiences. Book Clubs meet in two locations: Ladue and Crestwood.

Thursdays, September 22 – December 15
Class 1- 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Class 2- 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Healthy Relationships

The Arc’s healthy relationships class is designed to give people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the tools to navigate life’s social interactions. Topics covered are: types of relationships, communication, friendships, public and private boundaries, dating and intimate relationships. Volunteers are needed to facilitate discussion, model appropriate behavior, and help adults (ages 18+) develop social skills.

Thursdays, October 6 – November 10
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Bowling Leagues

Volunteers are needed to assist bowlers with score keeping, order of bowling, communicating equipment problems to Program Leader or bowling alley representative, and having fun!

Saturdays: time and location varies by league

Walking ClubWalkers

Volunteers are needed to lead pre and post walking stretches and to explore various St. Louis area parks with participants. Last year, the St. Louis Arc Walking Club took over 600,000 steps! That’s about 300 miles!

Thursdays, September 8 – October 13
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cooking for Comfort

Participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities enjoy hands-on experience in the kitchen, while learning how to prepare easy, delicious meals. An experienced cooking instructor will assist participants in preparing tasty dishes. Volunteers will assist the instructor in teaching adults with disabilities, age 16 and older, how to cook a variety of recipes.

Wednesdays, October 6 – October 20
Class 1- 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Class 2- 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


The Arc’s Soccer Program allows athletes with disabilities to learn the basics of the sport or to perfect their game! Volunteers are needed to support the coaches with teaching athletes. Responsibilities include assisting players with learning and improving their soccer skills and filling in for the head coach, as needed.

Saturdays, September 17 – November 12
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Current Monthly Individual Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Helping ChildSibshops offers an opportunity for brothers and sisters of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to get peer support and education within a recreation context. The program includes a fun mix of games, activities, friends, and discussions. Volunteers are needed to lead activities, games, and discussions.

3rd Wednesday of every month 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Teen Meet Up

Come help with a once monthly Teens’ Meet-Up Group for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 22 of all abilities! This group is for teens who want to socialize and make connections while engaging in social and recreational activities. Activities may include karaoke, board games, Wii, and team sports. Volunteers will assist and participate in the activities.

2nd to last Friday of the month
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

St. Louis Scene

Assist people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they attend exciting recreational events in the St. Louis metro area. Catching a movie, exploring Forest Park, attending sporting events…the St. Louis Scene is out and about! Volunteers will set-up, check-in participants, provide social supports, and participate in the activities alongside the participants.

Saturdays and Sundays: time and location of events vary

20 Something Social Group

Join other people in their 20s at a month social activity. This club provides a comfortable environment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to make friends, enhance social skill, and have fun in a safe and supportive area. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up, checking in participants, cleanup, and assist other in developing skills, while building self-confidence.

Time and location of events vary

Dance Chaperones

Dances are for adults 18 years and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers will set-up, check-in dancers, collect money, serve refreshments, assist people with the food line, and clean-up. During the dance, volunteers are encouraged to socialize and dance with participants.

3rd Friday & 3rd Saturday of every month
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
South City & Creve Coeur

Family Fun Nights

Family Fun Nights are an opportunity for families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to enjoy family-friendly activities. Volunteers are needed to assist with activities, ranging from games to arts and crafts to movie-watching. Volunteers will also assist with serving food and handling money at the concession stand.

Last Friday of every month
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.