AmeriCorps St. Louis
The MISSION of AmeriCorps St. Louis is to enhance the professional skills and life-long ethic of the young men and women who serve; to respond to critical unmet needs in the areas of emergency response and environmental conservation; to leverage service of volunteers; and to build the capacity of our partnering agencies and communities we serve.
1315 Ann Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63104
We partner with the U.S. Forest Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the National Parks Service, and local agencies. These environmental stewardship projects include exotic invasive species removal, trail construction, trail maintenance, bridge construction, preserving wilderness areas, maintaining and rehabbing recreational areas, prescribed burns, planting trees and wild land fire suppression. The Emergency Response Team operates as an AmeriCorps national Service Program which is supported at the state level by the Missouri Community Service Commission and at the national level by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. At AmeriCorps St. Louis, we have engaged over 1,600 young men and women in over 3 million hours of service, helping to address critical, unmet needs.
In 2009, a third element was added to our organization. During a particularly cold winter, AmeriCorps St. Louis opened an Emergency Winter Warming Shelter at the urgent request from the City Department of Human Services. For us at AmeriCorps St. Louis, it just made sense! When disasters arise, Members of our Emergency Response Team may be called to respond anywhere in the United States. The team is nationally acclaimed for its ability to set up Emergency Operations Centers, organize and engage unaffiliated volunteers, and manage donations coordination. So, why not use those same skills to address our hometown critical, unmet needs? The shelter opens on nights when the temperature drops below a fatal 20 degrees, or when it's a little above 20 degrees and wet. Partnering with Winter Outreach, we have been able to provide beds for 80 homeless individuals per night, providing shelter, meals, showers, and a welcoming, family friendly environment. This shelter runs solely based on volunteers and donations.