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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.

Sign up to participate!

If you are a faculty or staff member and are interested in serving as a site supervisor, contact the Office of Institutional Events at

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions that are not answered below, contact the Office of Institutional Events at

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, unless otherwise noted. School buses will pick volunteers up at 8:15 a.m. in the RAS circle drive. 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.

There will be transportation provided to the COGIC Health Fair. 

How do I know which bus to ride?

Communication will be sent out the week of Founders Day telling volunteers which bus to board. Beth Casagrand, institutional events manager and Alex Gargano, events and scheduling coordinator, 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 handed 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 the Office of Institutional Events at

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 what to wear listed. 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 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 2020 STLCOP C.A.R.E.S., contact

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

Each site lists 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. 4. 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?

STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. is a great way to give back to the community. All P1, P2 and P3 students are required to volunteer as part of their curriculum. 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. 

What else is happening on Founders Day?
For a full list of Founders Day events, visit

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