"UCCC allows children at a very early age to form friendships an share experiences with others from different backgrounds." - Elena, volunteer


UCCC is honored to welcome so many different kinds of volunteers who contribute in a variety of capacities. Whether serving in the classroom or outside the classroom, our volunteers are invaluable contributors to the life and health of the school. We welcome students from a number of high schools in the area who are completing service projects, as well as individuals who generously donate their time. Corporate groups have facilitated the construction of many of our structures and maintenance of our facilities. Some of our volunteers hold regular positions, supporting in administrative capacities or in the classroom. Even our Board of Directors serves voluntarily. The possibilities are endless, and requests for help with new projects are always being considered. If you are able to donate a unique skill or talent to our volunteer base, we would love to hear your suggestion!

Contact us at volunteer@uccc.org or 314-726-0148


Volunteer Structure - Click to view

Due to licensing regulations set forth by the State of Missouri, Department of Health and Senior Services, UCCC is only able to accept volunteers who are 13 years of age or older. Additionally, specific guidelines apply to young volunteers between the ages of 13 and 15: a parent or legal guardian must attend the interview and orientation, and give express written consent on the young volunteer’s Commitment Plan. It is up to the parent or legal guardian to supervise the young volunteer whenever he or she is not attending to their assigned task. We are not equipped to provide supervision for children over the age of 12, thus it is up to the discretion of the parent or legal guardian to determine whether the potential young volunteer is mature enough to act responsibly on their own. UCCC reserves the right to dismiss any young volunteer who does not demonstrate such maturity: a parent or legal guardian will be required to collect the young volunteer immediately. Additionally, a very limited number of young volunteer positions are available at any one time at the Center, which may interfere with our ability to accept candidates. During the summer months, a special reading opportunity for young volunteers exists between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The same supervision requirements apply. If you would like to be considered for this program, please make a note on your Volunteer Application.


Volunteer Timetable - Click to view

Volunteers who function outside of the classroom are supervised and coordinated by the Development team. These are usually time-limited projects of one or a few days, or leading up to an event. No health or licensing forms are required; however, safety and emergency protocol is part of the mandatory orientation, and a signed Commitment Plan ensures efficient planning of the project. 

Examples of TASKS performed by volunteers OUTSIDE the classroom: 

  • Development
  • Maintenance
  • Building
  • Painting a room or rooms
  • Working in the gardens
  • Assisting with a project or event
  • Organization of the storage area


Volunteers who function in the classroom must be approved by the Director and are supervised by administration and teachers. Classroom volunteers are generally short-term, seasonal, and time specific. The required documentation and paperwork is determined by the amount of time an individual volunteers with the Center, as outlined in the flow chart above.

Examples of TASKS performed by volunteers IN the classroom:

  • Reading to children
  • Playing outside
  • Cleaning toys
  • Holding babies in the infant and toddler classrooms
  • Conducting art or music programs

Contact us at volunteer@uccc.org or 314-726-0148