STLCOP C.A.R.E.S.

STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness Reaching Everyone in St. Louis) is a student-organized day of community service held during the fall semester. Students and faculty provide health screenings at local pharmacies, clean up the lush green space of Forest Park and participate at other locations throughout the metro area.

STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. was established in 2001 by members of the Student Pharmacists Association as a community day of service.

It remains an annual student run event which has grown to include hundreds of students, faculty and staff volunteering their time each fall at sites across the region.

Learn more about this year's volunteer sites and sign up to participate.

FAQs

Do I need to volunteer the entire time?

You must remain at your site from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., unless otherwise noted when you sign up.

Will there be transportation to the my site?
Transportation will be available to every social site. School buses will pick you up at 8:15 a.m. outside Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. Buses will drop off volunteers at their sites and will return to pick them up, starting at 11:15 a.m.  Due to the vast amount of professional sites, volunteers at community pharmacies will need to provide their own transportation.
How do I know which bus to ride?

A communication will be sent out the week of Founders Day telling you which bus to board. Macy Russell, institutional events manager, will also be at the bus stop to assist.

Will there be breakfast/lunch provided?

Breakfast pastries and coffee will be available in the dining hall from 7:30-8:15 a.m. A free lunch will also be provided on campus from 12-1 p.m.

I’m volunteering at a site that requires work gloves. Where do I get those?

Your STLCOP site supervisor will bring the gloves to the site. All other tools needed for the sites will be provided by the nonprofit host. All materials needed for professional sites will be handing out during professional site training.

How do I sign up to volunteer for the on campus activity?

If you are unable to leave campus, but would still like to volunteer please contact Macy Russell, institutional events manager, at macy.s.russell@stlcop.edu.

What’s the difference between a social and professional site?

Social sites are non-pharmacy focused volunteer opportunities, such as stocking food at a local food pantry, walking dogs at shelters, or performing greenway cleanup. Professional sites will be at specific community pharmacies and are offered to P2 and P3 students and pharmacy faculty.

What should I wear?

When signing up for social sites, each site will have listed what to wear. Long sleeved STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. shirts will be distributed during the week of Founders Day. If at a professional site, please dress business casual and wear your white coat.

Who do I check in with at the volunteer site?
Each social site will have a STLCOP site supervisor. They will have a check-in list and serve as the main contact with the nonprofit and bus driver. If you would like to be a site supervisor, send an email to stlcopcares@stlcop.edu. At professional sites, check in with the pharmacist at the store to get your table set up.
I would like to volunteer at a site not listed. Can I do that?

All students, staff, and faculty should volunteer at the selected sites. If you would like to recommend a site for 2018 STLCOP C.A.R.E.S., contact stlcopcares@stlcop.edu.

When I signed up, it asked me to list a student organization. Why is that?

Each volunteer can list a student organization they are involved with. After Founders Day, each student organizations name will be put into a raffle for $200, which can be donated to a nonprofit of their choice or used for organizational funds.

Are there limits to how many volunteers each spot has? If so, how do I know if it is full?

Each site has listed how many volunteers they can take. Once that site is full, it will lock.

When is the latest I can sign up?

Everyone must be signed up by Monday, Nov. 6. After that date, you will be locked into your site. If you sign up to volunteer, please don’t cancel the day before! These volunteer sites are depending on you.

Do I have to volunteer?
This is the second year that STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. has been a part of Founders Day and it’s a great way to give back to the community. All P1 and P2 students are required to volunteer as it’s part of their curriculum while all freshman can receive a community service involvement point for the Foundations of Learning seminar. All students, faculty and staff are highly encouraged to participate in the morning of service. Our goal is to have 500 volunteers this year!
What else is happening on Founders Day?
For a full list of Founders Day events, visit stlcop.edu/foundersday.