Designing Meaningful Lives and More Equitable Futures

“Designing a Meaningful Life” is a new course that guides WashU students in thinking about how to apply a creative approach to designing their own lives. One of the course’s guests and collaborators was Hilary Sedovic, LMSW, Learning & Education Manager at Creative Reaction Lab. In the article below, learn about the course; Hilary’s role as […]

Help Assemble PPE Kits

Help pack and prepare PPE (personal protective equipment) kits for community members, organized by Dr. Laurie Punch through PrepareSTL. The team has already made thousands of kits and hopes to make thousands more over the next 3 months in efforts to educate and protect underserved minority communities that are more at risk of infection and severe […]

Engaged Research in Rural Communities Lecture

Join the Institute for Public Health on June 17 at 11:30am CST for the upcoming session of Know Your Level of Community Engagement: Engaged Research in Rural Communities. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Discuss rural health needs and concerns Identify strategies for building relationships and engaging in rural communities Develop plans […]

Civil Society Scholar Awards

The Civil Society Scholar Awards support doctoral students and university faculty to undertake academic projects that will enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region. Civil Society Scholars are selected on the basis of their outstanding academic record as well as their active engagement with local communities, their potential to champion […]

Grants and Relief Funding for Nonprofits and Small Businesses

Youthbridge Nonprofit Recovery and Resilience Fund: Youthbridge Community Foundation has established a fund to address medium- and long-term needs of nonprofits primarily serving children and families, including recovery assistance and ongoing risk preparedness. Applications will open in June. Neighborhood Solidarity Fund: Invest STL, in consultation with community partners and neighborhood leaders, have developed the Neighborhood Solidarity […]

Apply for Clinton School of Public Service Fall 2020 Cohort

In the spirit of public service toward all impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is launching a special admission cycle for Fall 2020 enrollment. With many programs, fellowships, and internships being suspended or postponed in recent weeks, this new admission cycle provides students and professionals the opportunity […]

Apply to be a WashU Green Ambassador

The WashU Green Ambassador (WUGA) Program is a student-managed, peer-education program supported by the Office of Sustainability that orients new students to sustainability initiatives on WashU’s campus. WUGAs play a critical role in training first year students to adopt behaviors that align with WashU’s culture of sustainability, behaviors that they will carry with them during […]

CityStudioSTL Student Awards

The CityStudioSTL Student Awards, administered through the Sam Fox School’s Office of Socially Engaged Practice, are open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who propose to continue a community collaborative project from a curricular or co-curricular experience. Awards will support students who wish to either complete a project begun in a course, or expand the project’s original […]

NOMA-NAACP-SEED Design Awards for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Based on common foundations and a shared vision, NOMA, NAACP, and the SEED Network announce awards the NOMA-NAACP-SEED Design Awards for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in design, architecture, and land development diversity. Six projects will be selected through a juried process of distinguished experts. Submit your design project for consideration by June 15. […]

Apply to be an AmeriCorps VISTA with Gateway to the Great Outdoors

Gateway to the Great Outdoors is a nonprofit launched by WashU alumni Nadav Sprague (AB ’17) and Ben Aiken (AB ’16). The organization provides underserved students with access to environmental education, outdoor learning, and environmental stewardship. GGO is currently hiring 5 AmeriCorps VISTAs. Learn more about the open positions: —Grant Coordinator (full time, 1 year)—PR & […]

Sustainability Exchange Retreat Invites Students to Dig Deeper as They Collaborate with Community

The Sustainability Exchange is a unique Community Engaged Course that invites interdisciplinary teams of students to tackle real-world energy, environmental, and sustainability problems through an experiential form of education. Guided by a team of faculty advisors from across the university, students collaborate on projects with partners on- or off-campus to explore problems requiring innovative methods […]

Apply for Summer AmeriCorps Position with College Church Outreach

St. Francis Xavier College Church’s Outreach Program is the service and justice arm of the Catholic parish on Saint Louis University’s campus. The program is seeking a summer associate AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer to join a creative, nimble, and dedicated team. College Church’s Outreach Program provides direct assistance with Missouri State IDs and birth certificates to […]

Apply to be a Development Intern with Girls in the Know

Girls in the Know provides an educational four-week speaker series workshop led by licensed female professions delivered to pre-teen girls and the ones who love them. Support their fundraising and marketing initiatives as a Development & Marketing Intern for summer 2020. To apply, email resume to and enter “Development & Marketing Intern” in the […]

Volunteer for Virtual Tutoring Opportunity

Learning Lodge is an volunteer organization offering free online tutoring to elementary and middle school students. COVID-19 has caused school closures around the nation, creating a great demand for at-home learning. This organization connects college students from WashU to elementary and middle school students to tutor them in math, science, English, social studies, and foreign […]

Apply to be an AmeriCorps Member with Saga Education

The worldwide pandemic has affected everyone, but low-income communities and communities of color will be hardest hit by this crisis and feel the ripple effects for months to come. With students experiencing a significant interruption in their education and lives, one thing is very clear—our students and schools will need talented people to support closing […]

Join Nationwide Student Movement to Get Out the Vote

In a time of global pandemic, the 2020 presidential election is in peril. Students can and must help protect our democracy this year. Freedom Summer 2020 gives students from universities across the nation a chance to be part of a virtual movement for voter engagement ahead of the 2020 election. Join with others in helping build […]

Access Foundation Directory through St. Louis Public Library

View resources online from St. Louis Public Library, including access to Foundation Directory Online Professional and Grants to Individuals, the databases generally available only at Central Library, which allow community partners to search for grant funding remotely on their own during the COVID-19 emergency. Learn more here. 

Request Volunteers through United Way

United Way’s Volunteer Center refers volunteers to support community-based organizations in their COVID-19 response efforts. United Way of Greater St. Louis is focused on placing volunteers to meet the needs of their partner organizations in order to maximize the impact of volunteer support. Learn more here. 

Apply for COV-AID Student Engagement Award

The COV-AID Student Engagement Award is a pilot grant program from the Talloires Network to respond to the unfolding global pandemic, COVID-19. The award will publicly recognize and support undergraduate students who are currently engaged in their local communities in ways that contribute to more equal and more inclusive societies. Ten awards of up to […]

Support KIPP Schools in St. Louis

KIPP (The Knowledge is Power Program) is a national nonprofit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school scholars. You can support St. Louis KIPP students and their families during this time in the following ways:  Distribute meals during pick-up times from 8am-12pm, Monday-Friday. (Social distancing guidelines are followed to protect […]

Join the Folding@Home Project

Folding@Home is a crowdsourced supercomputing project based at Washington University Medical School. Volunteers can help with disease research by using their home computers to run essential calculations. Getting involved is easy! Just download the software and let it run while your computer would otherwise be idle. You can choose a cause that is personally meaningful […]

Transcribe Documents for Newberry Library

Volunteer from home by transcribing handwritten documents for the Newberry Library.  Newberry Transcribe is a digital transcription site that allows visitors to view and transcribe over 50,000 pages of letters and diaries from archival collections. Ranging from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, these manuscripts include business records of Revolutionary-era army suppliers, descriptions of life by nineteenth-century midwestern […]

Leave It To Us—Fee Free Senior Shopping

Leave It To Us – Fee Free Senior Citizen Shopping is a nonprofit that aims to help the most vulnerable during COVID-19 quarantine get needed groceries or pharmacy items safely. Volunteers retrieve groceries, then go to older adults’ homes and swap the groceries for payment, which is placed in a secure location on the porch. […]

Apply for AmeriCorps VISTA Positions with DeSales Community Development

DeSales Community Development is a nonprofit that serves Fox Park and Tower Grove East neighborhoods in St. Louis. They develop and manage affordable housing, connect residents to social services, and provide community programs such as youth sports, art programs, yoga, cooking classes, etc. DeSales Community Development is currently hiring for five AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Two […]

St. Louis Quarantine Support

Do you or a neighbor need help because of the pandemic? Can you volunteer or donate to support our community? St. Louis Quarantine Support is a group of volunteers who are delivering groceries and other necessities so that individuals at highest risk from COVID-19 and those currently experiencing symptoms may remain quarantined.Request assistance here. Volunteer here. Donate here. 

Collective Impact Grant Recipients Discuss Collaboration, Uncertainty, and Shared Passion

Ask any Civic Scholars Program alum what they valued most about the program, and they will most likely share something about the community they built or the experience of learning as part of a cohort. Although the Civic Summer experience is sometimes emphasized in elevator pitches about what Civic Scholars is, the true heart of […]

Information Literacy: Stay Informed about COVID-19

Staying informed about the current crisis is one important forms of engaged citizenship. But how do you know that the information you are consuming is reliable and accurate? This is an ideal time to develop your information literacy. The American Library Association defines information literacy as “a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information […]

Find Opportunities through United Way of St. Louis

United Way of Greater St. Louis is on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, helping to deploy funding where resources are needed most. United Way mobilizes donors and volunteers, community organizations, and companies with the goal of helping people live their best possible lives. Find ways to volunteer from home and other ways to support […]

Make a Philanthropic Donation to Support WashU Crisis Funds and Local Efforts

Looking for a way to share financial resources with the most vulnerable in our region during the pandemic? Below is a list of funds seeking donations with the specific goal of supporting those impacted during this time in St. Louis. WashU Crisis Response Student Fund: To help cover emergency expenses for vulnerable students. WashU Crisis Response […]

Support Older Adults at Long-Term Care Facilities 

With long-term care facilities across the country under complete lockdown, residents can feel increasingly isolated and forgotten. Send cards to your local long-term care facilities. Include a message of hope to remind residents that you’re thinking of them. Volunteer to make phone calls to check-in on residents/other older adults in the community. Sign up as a […]

Support Local Farmers through Known & Grown STL

Local farmers are being particularly impacted by the pandemic. Known & Grown exists to help farmers within the St. Louis foodshed spread the word about their practices, their products, and the principles that ground their food. Known & Grown offers resources to help you order from local farmers, shop at markets that stock local produce, and […]

Donate or Sort Supplies for Local Food Banks

The CDC recommends having a 14-day supply of food on hand. For those who are already food insecure, this is a near impossibility, and current circumstances add to their strain. Donate to your local food bank or volunteer if you’re healthy and able! There are also volunteer opportunities across the country through Meals on Wheels. In […]

Donate Masks and Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Providers

Washington University medical students are asking researchers to collect extra personal protective equipment from their labs to be donated to frontline health-care workers. Needed items include: Eye protection, including face shields and goggles (glasses are not effective) N-95 respirator masks Masks Gloves Gowns Items to be donated should be labeled clearly and left in lab spaces. […]

Donate Blood

Although the Gephardt Institute will not be hosting March blood drive on campus, eligible donors are encouraged to give at permanent blood donor locations across the country. There is currently an ongoing critical need for donations of lifesaving blood and platelets. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, blood drives continue to be canceled at an alarming […]

Provide Childcare for Healthcare Providers

Sign up to provide childcare for healthcare providers. Healthcare Workers Childcare Co-op is matching students with healthcare workers in need. Please be extra cautious and avoid signing up if you are showing any symptoms of sickness or have traveled to a high-risk area within the last fourteen days.Follow these steps to sign up: Register here. Find […]

Work or Volunteer with Little Medical School

Little Medical School works with educators, healthcare leaders, and community organizations to inspire healthy lifestyles in children as they learn about medical careers.  Little Medical School is looking for motivated individuals to lead a series of one-hour classes featuring interactive demonstrations, crafts, and games, which will teach kids about how the body and organs work, […]

Apply for Internships with Encore! Theater Group

Encore! Theater Group is a small performing arts company located in south St. Louis dedicated to making theater accessible to everyone and providing arts-based youth development programs. Encore! has the following internship opportunities currently available: Marketing Specialist Intern (Summer/ Academic Semester):  Be a part of the marketing team and assist in developing and executing campaigns […]

Support Elementary School Clean-Up Day

The Mason Elementary PTO is hosting an open day-of-service on Saturday, March 21 from 8am until 12pm. Volunteers from the school, neighborhood, and local gardening groups will execute a large-scale grounds clean up, work in the garden beds located in the school’s community garden, distribute mulch throughout the playground area and sides of the school, […]

Apply for Summer Internships with Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability is seeking applications from individuals interested in joining their team for the summer, beginning in June 2020. Student Associates will work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Office of Sustainability staff and will engage in a broad range of projects including renewable energy, alternative transportation, waste diversion, sustainable […]

Attend Panel on Medicare

Can we make everyone happy and keep Medicare healthy? Dr. Lindsay Hayes (political speechwriter, communication strategist, and professor) will be presenting on Medicare, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and discuss solutions. Free Chipotle will be provided. This event will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 7:15pm in Louderman 458. Please RSVP here. Hosted […]

Civic Engagement Fund: Fall 2019 Recipients

The Gephardt Institute’s Civic Engagement Fund supports WashU students, faculty, and staff working to strengthen the fabric of their communities. Grantees collaborate with community partners to develop initiatives and Community Engaged Courses that catalyze positive change and student learning. The institute offers four grant categories that support different kinds of community engagement: Course Development Grants, Grants for St. […]

Apply for Summer Opportunities with Alberti Program

Through a special partnership between the College of Architecture & Urban Design, the Center for Humanities, and the Divided City Initiative, the Alberti Program seeks undergraduate teaching assistants and a graduate student coordinator for its 4-week summer camp. This program allows St. Louis students grades 4 through 8 to explore architecture and design through hands-on […]

Volunteer with Run to Benefit ALS Association

The Creve Coeur St. Paddy’s Half Marathon & 7k benefiting the ALS Association is right around the corner! The race organizers are seeking volunteers for the day of the event, Saturday, March 7, at Creve Coeur Park. For more information on the event you can visit the website or email

Register for Community Development Academy

The Community Development Academy is a series of three intensive, experiential, five-day courses offered by the University of Missouri Extension Community Development Program. Combining leading edge thinking with practical applications, we enhance the capacity of people to work effectively with a broad range of community issues. Course participants learn how to deal collectively with their […]

Attend Absentee Voter Parties

Join us to: —Get your absentee ballot notarized (Note: Do not sign your absentee ballot beforehand. Bring it and a government- issued ID so the notary can properly notarize your ballot.) —Get postage for your absentee ballot —Get information about voting in MO or your home state —Get “I Voted” stickers —Take pictures at our photo […]

Attend Prison Education Project Film Screening and Panel

The Washington University Prison Education Project (PEP) presents excerpts from the recent PBS documentary College Behind Bars, a film that highlights students pursuing college degrees through the Bard Prison Initiative. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the voices of current PEP students, PEP student alumni, and members of the PEP community. The […]

Participate in Our Names, Our Stories Production

Our Names, Our Stories (ONOS) is a one-hour production hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion during Bear Beginnings that highlights the values of our campus, specifically those related to fostering a supportive, diverse, and inclusive community to our incoming students. The production centers four student stories representing the intersections of identities and experiences before […]

Apply for AmeriCorps VISTA Position with MidTown Cleveland

MidTown Cleveland, Inc. (MTC) is a nonprofit community and economic development organization whose mission is to leverage MidTown’s diverse assets to develop a dynamic neighborhood that unites the city’s downtown and innovation districts. Inspired by changing dynamics in the neighborhood and an internal imperative to pursue racial equity and inclusion, MTC is pushing beyond its historic roots as a […]

Serve as an Office Volunteer for VITAS Healthcare

VITAS Healthcare is seeking an Administrative/Office Volunteer and a Medical Supply Volunteer to help at their Westport office location. Office volunteers promote hospice care by helping perform special projects in an office setting. The Medical Supply Volunteer would assist staff with putting together medical supplies for hospice patients and supporting with other projects such as […]

Facilitation Workshop Fosters Campus-Community Partnerships

In October of 2019, the Gephardt Institute collaborated with the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health, the Office for Socially Engaged Practice at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and University of Missouri Extension to hold an introductory workshop on group facilitation for campus and […]