Volunteering with Saint Martha’s Hall

“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
-Elizabeth Andrew

Nothing great can be achieved on our own and that is why we need your help.

There are many different ways to provide service to Saint Martha’s Hall and each is of vital importance to the operation of our shelter. Please find our brief listing of available opportunities below along with our volunteer requirements, expectations, and application.

Volunteer opportunities at the shelter

  • Childcare and Tutoring: Volunteer must be 18+ and experience with children is required.
  • Donation Management Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to pick up, sort through, and organize the donations we receive.  
  • Clerical/General Support Volunteer: There is always plenty of clerical work to do at the shelter. This often includes photocopying, filing, designing forms and signs, entering into our database, shredding, and putting together our newsletter.
  • Special Skills: Sometimes our volunteers bring special skills to the shelter. In the past, these have included massage therapy, yoga, health-related topics, resume writing, organizing donation drives, and arts and crafts for residents. If you have a special skill you would like to offer, the Volunteer Coordinator would be happy to discuss possibilities with you.
  • Showers: Have a “shower” for the shelter. We will give you our wish list and you invite your family, friends, co-workers, book club, etc. to come to your home or out in the community and bring a needed item. If you wish, a staff member from the shelter can attend and give a brief talk about the shelter.
  • Court Watch Monitor: Court Watch Project sends trained volunteer monitors into civil adult abuse court proceedings in the St. Louis Circuit Courts.  The mission is to make the judicial system more effective and responsive to domestic violence victims.   

Requirements for Volunteers

We have high standards when it comes to the work that we do, including our volunteer program. You will be working with a vulnerable population and for that reason we have a rigorous volunteer screening and training process. Our goal is to ensure that you are well equipped to work with our residents and that you feel comfortable and confident working independently.

We also take our volunteer training a step further by providing you with domestic violence awareness training. We consider ourselves a social justice organization, not a social service organization. We want to bring violence against women to the forefront of people’s minds and we do this by our community awareness education presentations. You will receive this presentation along with a volunteer training so you too can work to bring awareness to your community.

If you want to join in the movement to end violence against women then we want to speak with you!

Our expectations are as follows:

  • 18+ years old
  • 1 year commitment to volunteering at least once per month for at least two hours
  • Phone-screening with Volunteer Coordinator 
  • Application: Click here to download a volunteer application form and send via mail to P.O. Box 4950 Saint Louis, MO 63108; fax to 314-533-2035; or email to our volunteer coordinator.
  • Face-to-face interview with Volunteer Coordinator
  • Background check with Family Care Safety Registry (paid for by volunteer) Online registration is $15.25 ($14 one-time fee and $1.25 processing fee)
  • Domestic Violence & Volunteer Group Training at St. Martha’s Hall (4 hrs)- must sign confidentiality agreement
  • Protecting God’s Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention & Detection Training (3 hrs). Register for training.

Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (314) 533-1313