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At ECH, we offer many different opportunities to volunteer to help the children and families we serve. Everything from helping childen with their homework to working on a fundraising committee, we will match you with the perfect opportunity.

Child Sponsorship
Child Sponsorship involves correspondence with a child, similar to a pen pal. For this reason, individuals, families or groups living some distance from our Home locations find it an excellent way to participate. We encourage regular, dependable correspondence rather than face-to-face contact.

The Child Sponsorship Program is designed to provide added support for those children in our care who have little or no relationship with their relatives or other adults, or whose relatives are unable to provide financial support. Although it is often difficult for them to admit, these children need to know that someone special cares about them.

Contact Judy Wagganerat jwagganer@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Tutors
Many of our children are behind academically. One-on-one tutoring is the best way to help them catch up. Help residents who may be having problems in subjects such as math, science, English, history, and reading. Need to be willing to commit 2-3hrs. a week for up to 6 weeks. Will need an Abuse/Neglect Background Check and Criminal Record Check. Need bachelors degree or higher.

Contact Regina Rodgers at rrodgers@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Early Education Center
Have fun and be a kid again while working directly with the children in theEarlyEducationCenter who range in age from2 to 6 years old. Contact may include story telling, special activities, or simply playing with the children.

Contact Valorie Holden vholden@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Office Work
Mass mailings are frequent and at times more than our small staff can handle. Often we are in need of volunteers to help stuff envelopes for direct mail sent to our constituents.

Contact Laura Kilcullinat lkilcullin@echmail.org or Sharon Fenoglio at sfenoglio@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Special Events
Assist in fund raising efforts through serving on one of our special event planning committees. Opportunities to plan our annual “Extend a Caring Hand” Dinner & Auction, our annual Golf Classic, or Trivia Night all provide fun ways to meet new people and help raise the resources needed to care for children and families in need.

If serving on a committee is not your thing, we always need help the day of events setting up, staffing the events, and cleaning up. For example, be a cashier at our Auction, a hole spotter at our Golf Classic, or a score keeper at Trivia Night.

Contact Laura Kilcullinat lkilcullin@echmail.org or Sharon Fenoglio at sfenoglio@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Office Interns
Our public relations and development office can provide college credit internships to students interested in gaining experience in the non-profit world  

Contact Laura Kilcullinat lkilcullin@echmail.org or Sharon Fenoglio at sfenoglio@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Archives
Experienced librarians/archivist are always needed to help store and preserve the many archives collected since our founding in 1858.

Contact Laura Kilcullinat lkilcullin@echmail.org or Sharon Fenoglio at sfenoglio@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Ladies Aid
Our women’s auxiliary founded more than 120 years ago provide the opportunity for fellowship and education to women dedicated to helping the troubled children and families in our care. The Ladies Aid meets four times annually, and hosts two fundraising luncheons each year. Membership dues are $10 per year.

Contact Laura Kilcullinat lkilcullin@echmail.org or Sharon Fenoglio at sfenoglio@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

In-kind Professional Services
Are you a photographer? Beautician? Musician? Whatever your skills or hobbies are, they may make a difference in the lives of our kids. Consider donating your time and talent to improve and brighten a child’s day.

Contact Laura Kilcullinat lkilcullin@echmail.org or Sharon Fenoglio at sfenoglio@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Campus Wide Beautification
Complete small projects such as painting, clean-up and gardening around campus. Will not be working directly with residents. Projects will be on as needed basis.

Contact Laura Kilcullinat lkilcullin@echmail.org or Sharon Fenoglio at sfenoglio@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Holiday Events
Assist with making the holidays a special time for residents. Volunteer opportunities will range from being the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus. Wrapping presents during the Christmas holiday. Passing candy out on campus during our Halloween celebration. The list is endless.

Contact Regina Rodgers at rrodgers@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.

Recreation Therapy Activities
Assist with coaching sports teams or assisting the recreation therapist with extracurricular sports activities for our residents. Supervised contact with residents.

Contact Regina Rodgers at rrodgers@echmail.org for more information or call (314) 427-3755.