Ways to Get Involved

Shaw is home to several neighborhood non-profit organizations that need volunteers. These organizations provide great opportunities to meet your neighbors while showing your support for Shaw.

> Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation
(www.shawhousing.org)
Established in 1981, the Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible development, affordable housing and architectural preservation in the Shaw Neighborhood. Through its local development and community progress expertise, the organization serves as a resource for developers, real estate agents, current and prospective neighborhood residents and business owners.

There are several opportunities to get involved in the organization, including board positions, committee memberships and volunteering at the organization’s annual for-sale property tours, Fall for Shaw and Shaw on Show. For more information, contact SNHC Executive Director Sean Spencer at (314) 773-SHAW.
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> Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association
(www.shawstlouis.org/snia/)
The Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association (SNIA) is a non-profit organization which serves the residents of the Shaw neighborhood by providing information, facilitating discussion, and acting on solutions. General meetings provide opportunities to personally interact with the Alderman, SNIA Officers, as well as to meet and greet other residents of the community.

The general membership meetings are held quarterly at St. Margaret of Scotland Church basement (39th and Flad). There are many opportunities to participate in the SNIA. Committees are organized to address the specific concerns of our residents, to provide the financial means for the association, or to work for the general betterment of our community. For more information, contact (314) 771-3101.
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> BWorks
(www.stlbikeworks.com)
A Shaw Neighborhood resident founded BicycleWORKS in 1988 to give St. Louis “at-risk” youths a place to develop skills, interact with peers and caring adults, and safely challenge the limits of their abilities. Initially, the organization helped youths by providing them the incentive and opportunity to develop their academic, vocational and social skills through a Fix-A-Bike; Earn-A-Bike Program.

In 1996, the organization’s mission expanding to include a program where youths learned skills about fixing computer. Recently, the organization added a literacy enhancement program where kids improve their reading and writing skills by creating books. The organization is located at 4102 Shenandoah Avenue and its bike store is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 7 – 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, contact (314) 827-6640.
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> Shaw Art Fair
(www.shawartfair.com)
The Annual Shaw Historic Art Fair is the premier Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Fair in the City of St Louis. The Fair, which is held each October, needs help with set up, promotion, admissions, booth sitting, takedown and artist relations, the first weekend in October.

Volunteers get an Art Fair t-shirt and free admission. For more information, contact (314) 771-3101
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> Block Captains
Acting as a block captain is a great way to get to know your immediate neighbors and keep up on the latest news in the neighborhood. Each block unit is unique and is organized according to the wishes of the residents. Some block units have “dues” and officers; others are very casual and just have the occasional block unit meeting or party.

The Block Captain is a key point of contact for each block, acting as a liaison with community organizations and providing information to residents as well as to anyone interested in moving to the block. Block captains also coordinate efforts for the National Night Out Party in August, the Operation Brightside clean-up in the Spring and other fun events for the block.

Block Captains have voting rights at the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association. Board Meetings, are the 3rd Monday of every other month at 7:00 at Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery on Tower Grove and Cleveland. For more information, e-mail shawneighborhood@sbcglobal.net.
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> Shaw Garden Club
The Shaw Garden Club is looking for volunteers who have green thumbs and would like to help maintain a beautiful neighborhood garden at the Southeast corner of Shenandoah and Thurman. The garden features a decorative fence, benches, shrubs, trees and flowers, as well as a tool shed and water service. Every year, the group buys new mulch and spends time weeding and trimming the plants.

The group also hosts an annual plant sale, where neighbors gather to sell and swap plants and share gardening tips. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Moore at shovelady@gmail.com or 664-0119.

For pdfs of the Welcome Packet, please click here.

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