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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Coalitions

Mission: Circle of Light Associates (C.O.L.A.) is a non-profit organization located in the Baden community. C.O.L.A. was formed with the commitment, desire, and dedication to enrich the lives of individuals and serve the less fortunate families in the St. Louis area by providing services in child/adult care, education, job readiness, catering, transitional housing, and social awareness.

Target demographics: everyone

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of people within the inner city of St. Louis

Geographic areas served: Saint Louis

Programs: GED, Drug Support and Recovery, Catering, Elderly Care, Grass Roots Food Panty, Teen Awareness, Victory Garden, Scholarships, Mentor and Tutoring, Day Care Services, ETC.

Community Stories

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended the event sponsored by Circle of Light on October 10th and I must say it was awesome. It was a Free giveaway of household items and free food. Wow! The community came out in record numbers. I saw a lot of young people working together which did my heart good. I'm proud to have attended the event and even more proud to report that there were no negative incidents. Again...Awesome.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two of my sons have participated in their Lego League initiative and both have learned so much. It is a great program that benefits this community.

Cieara J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The appreciation and love COLA shows the community is unimaginable and appreciated by the community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps the community who are in need. Available to support at all times and does community work. Awesome nonprofit organization

Client Served

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Food Pantry has been a place of Godsend for people that I know. I came across so many people who actually needed help and had no place to go for extra food and essentials for their families. I personally took them myself and they were able to get so much fresh food, canned vegetables and also personal hygiene items. This non profit organization does so much for people and the community and they should be recognized for it. I love the organization and always send people there when they need things. They actually care

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is definitely an underrated organization that never hesitates to help the community in every way imaginable. I will continue to support and recommend Circle of Light Associates. I’m

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My children attend the Circle of Light Greater Achievers Daycare. The director is attentive to the needs of the parents as well as the children. She works hard to ensure that the kids are in a fun, but safe environment. I appreciate that I can leave my children in a place without having any worries. The teachers are great and they make sure that the kids are constantly learning. I am truly pleased with this business and will not take my children anywhere else!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been a great asset to the community. The daycare is wonderful, I wouldn't trust my kids to be anywhere else. The director is great and will not only do what she can to serve you on a business aspect, but she will also be there with encouraging words and a listening ear. The Grass Roots food pantry, and its workers do an awesome job with feeding those in the community, as well as others in need. I appreciate the organization for its efforts in wanting to help somebody else, and the measures they take in doing so. I am excited to see what things they will venture off into next!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful people doing a great job helping individuals and families in the community! Giving back as much as possible to people in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best organization I’ve ever been a part of! The way they take time and present opportunities to the youth and the caring and loving affection that’s shown to the elders is like no other! Circle of Light has been such a help to me by putting a smile on my face and feeling the love!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are the best at helping with food and different supplies i needed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Your Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2020

I finally gotta chance to see what giving back to the community is all about. This organization did not give cheap, useless gifts but yet things of value,and food that sticks to the ribs.
I want to say thank you circle of light for not only the gifts and food but for being a beacon in the Baden, Missouri community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience was wonderful. I appreciate everything thing the church do for their members and the community. Got a lot of LOVE for the Pastor...thank YOU❤❤GOD Bless ...COLA..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Today was nothing short of amazing. This organization has a simple mission of helping the community and Im proud to say i was able to see the mission first hand. They gave back to the community today in the midst of a pandemic and was able to safely service the public and help the community. They gave away free food and household items to hundreds to people today! Great Job

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has several programs such as the food pantry, daycare, teen awareness, etc that are impactful to the local community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I usually don’t write a review but I was sent a link to write a review about Circle of Light Associates. I am honored that you believe so much in people, love and uplifting the community! Circle of Light Associates I will never forget the contributions you make to others in need! How you are always willing to help and the love you feel when receiving the help. Thank you for all that you do and how you do it!! I am forever grateful.

Sarah340

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! I watched them give away so much stuff to the community today, from lunch to home goods, electronics, self care products, school supplies, etc.! The list is endless! I am so grateful to be able to volunteer with such a caring organization who gets out there with the people and demonstrates their generosity!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

COLA is an awesome non-profit! The programs they have for children are amazing. Specifically speaking of the Lego-STEM initiative. My son has had self esteem issues for as long as I can remember and it had me
Very concerned. Since he's been a part of the STEM/lego program, his self esteem has gone through the roof. He is making better grades and is a much happier kid. I'm forever grateful for this nonprofit!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization!! The caring and knowledgeable people are a definite God send.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization doesn't just say it they do it! They have many programs that are designed to help people and our community! Not only has it helped me and my family but I've witnessed thousands of other being helped! Love it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has been nothing short of amazing! I am so glad to have had the opportunity to services by these amazing people. So professional and nuturing. I encourage anyone to stop by and see what they available to suit your needs

Shyra

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for this organization because it saved my life!! I would tell anyone who is in need, this is the organization that can help.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Circle of Light has been around for years and is always looking for ways to help and serve the community. They have a food pantry for those in need as well as a GED program. I am grateful that they are in the Baden community and always there to help!

Mr.wynn

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been helped many times by this organization. I love them because they treat you like family. They take away all shame that you are in the situation you are in by letting you still keep dignity and respect of being a human being.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

C.O.L.A is one of the best organizations of its kind. I have been helped from many situations. The people who run and organize the organization make you feel as though they really want to help. Some organizations make you feel worse than you did before entering their doors. This organization is one of non judgmental opinions. I have noticed when people get on their feet, they pride themselves in coming back to this organization to show the volunteers their improvements. I found it so rewarding to show them that because of their help and encouragement, I am now able to reach out and help volunteer with them to help others when I can.

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Pearlene C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been a help to me and my family. Thankful for such an Amazing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome programs! This charity offers a ton of community options that are very helpful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great non- profit, many programs offered from food pantry, teen awareness, to community gardening. Worth supporting through service or donation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my family and other people from the community from food and clothing, shelter, child care service and assistance, transportation and have helped with bill payment. There is none like it! I’m grateful for it and the volunteers that support!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people here helped me with food from their pantry and are always nice and ready to help someone in need. Whenever I come across someone needing any help I send them to Circle of Light

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Circle of Light is a great organization that focuses on people that really need help. I was recently laid off for over a year and I went to Circle of Light for help with food, bills and also just peace of mind. The people there make you feel better just by being around them. I love the organization for the willingness to help and not judge.

Vanessa W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has always been helpful to me and my family in out times if need . Just a Amazing organization

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is awesome!!! Words could never explain the help and Love I personally receive from this place . Pastor Jeff Johnson Jr is a Man Truly send from God . Blessed to have come across a God sent Preacher !!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity has helped me and family tremendously. I don’t know where I would if it wasn’t for COLA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I volunteer with this organization. I seen complete compassion towards everyone. Everybody was always friendly and very helpful. This organization has 1 goal and that's to help anybody in need. I've seen first hand on how amazing this organization is. They have help so many different people from different walks of life. I'm happy I was able to be apart of something great.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always doing great things in the community! If you are a volunteer looking for new opportunities, I highly recommend this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome organization! I have volunteered for almost 10 years and I am always in awe of all the resources they provide to the community. Great staff as well!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Associates Non-Profit Organization continues to provide many programs to the under-served in the community. I work with the COLA STEM Initiative which is a program that utilizes FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and LEGOs to teach children ages 4 - 14 science, technology, engineering, and math skills, as well as social skills. This program reaches children and makes a permanent difference in their lives. The volunteers are wonderful to work with and truly have a heart to help someone in need. I appreciate all COLA has accomplished with volunteers and the work they have done in the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Associates Non Profit continues to do great work in the community! I volunteer with the COLA STEM Initiative that teaches kids ages 4-14 about science, technology, engineering and Math, as well as social skills. I work with a great bunch of folks with the desire to help!

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Vernita Nevergiveup N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm very thankful for the services provided not only in the Baden area, but surrounding communities. If the need is there and resources are available many leave thankful. The food panty is helping many families as resources in the household becomes scarce. The people associated with this organinzation are professional and willing to go out of their way to make things happen. Although obtaining resources can be challenging, the volunteers never stops helping those in need. I also know that many have been helped with the educational opportunites provided throughout the years. We need more people to reach out in our communities and provide support for those that are willing to help... It's greatly needed in these times. Vernita

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best place to go if looking to be apart of something genuinely designed to help the public.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having a food pantry in the neighborhood really helps the whole community were we are able to get help in our own neighborhood instead of going to others for help it's like a 1 stop shop were you are able to get clothes and food all in 1 place place

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization with the well-being of the community as it's main focus. We need more organizations like this!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Circle of light daycare is the PERFECT place for your child/children...the director is awesome and very caring and loving....I have 5 children ages 11 months -9 years of age, they all attended/still attend circle of light daycare at a very young age the teachers treat the kids like their they own kids! They teah them everything they need to know before entering kindergarten I have 3 kids in school and they all are at the top of they classes and I give thanks to circle of light daycare I don’t know what I would do without you guys....Thank You

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never felt so complete, so thankful
for the love and spiritual advice that I have received from the Preacher and all of the members I have a better understanding of God’s purpose for my life

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that is always willing to lend a helping hand.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This food pantry offers more than just food! They have household supplies, personal hygiene products, clothes, a loving caring environment, and a friendly staff. They also give great hugs and lots of love! Walking into the doors of this church you can feel peace in the air! I appreciate them for all they have done for my family in our time of need. I would highly recommend not only this pantry, as well as their church to anyone in need of any assistance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place as truly been a blessing to me and my family. Every time I've need them , The Pastor Jeff Johnson Jr. I shown nothing but the and help to me. I can't thank him enough.

Cee J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

COLA has helped so many in need! When there is a place that you can come to for help it leaves a great impact. Food pantry, gentle clothing and all around encouragement is what the world needs everyday and it’s something that COLA provides! Will always appreciate a organization as such

Client Served

Rating: 5

C.OL.A is an excellent non-profit organization. Through its many programs (Transitional Housing Project, Grass Roots Food Pantry, Greater Achievers Learning Center, etc) it has reached out and helped thousands of families who otherwise would have been left destitute. I myself have been in need of different things and each time i reached out to C.O.L.A they rendered a helping hand. It also has given young people an opportunity to make an honest living and gain experience in several different fields. Without the support of C.O.L.A some of these same young people may have resorted to more shameful, and even illegitimate means of making ends meet. C.O.L.A will forever be a staple in the St Louis MO community, and with continued support it will reach out to other communities nationwide.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

C.O.L.A. is a great non-profit organization in the city of st.Louis. It has served over 10,000 families from It's grass roots food pantry and also has provided sufficient child care through it's Greater Achiever's Learning Center. C.O.L.A is an organization that has been a continuous help to the Baden community, the St.Louis area, and has the potential to benefit the entire nation.
I have learned a great deal by volunteering with C.O.L.A.

cjhite

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Love this organization has helped me out in so many ways at my lowest point in life it gave me life

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with COLA has been great. I have worked with several other non profits in the Saint Louis area. COLA stands out to me because it is the only SELF SUSTAINING non profit that I have worked with. Most other orgs have serveral sources of funding that come from outside vendors. They are willing to help anybody anytime anywhere.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This pantry is a blessing to the surrounding community and I am very thankful for it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is a life saver! They have many different programs that can help in all aspects of life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome experience everytime
Great business men. Well taught respectfull. Clean cut

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Awesome experience!! The attentiveness shown was more than I could ever ask for. The many services provided are truly a God send! I will definitely recommend to others in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely the BEST None profit organization!!!! COLA is all about helping and giving back to the community while spreading Love!

S.Bams

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Its great to still have non profit organizations like this in the community. The food pantry is one of many services provided and it offers so much to those in need. Keep up the great work COLA

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been around this originazation for quite sometime and I have nothing but positive things to say. I have watched each division of C.O.L.A grow and continue to help so many people in the area and community. They welcome the public with open arms and its always a pleasure to support them in anyway possible.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

COLA is an awesome organization. I really like what they stand for and how they help in the community

Client Served

Rating: 5

Circle of Light is awesome! They helped me feed my babies. The food in the pantry is always fresh and good. Thank you so much Circle of Light!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really enjoy the professionalism and caring nature of the people with this organization. I have found myself down on my luck a few times and the people here never think twice about helping me. They make you feel like you are family.

Joy N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Grassroots food pantry is always very professional and helpful. Every experience is a warm and welcoming.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I get the chance to volunteer with a great group of people every time I come. I receive much more than just being able to help those in need. I am able to meet different people and share life experiences to keep moving forward in my day to day life.

Sandra W.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

COLA is an excellent source of help and assistance for the community. I have had assistance with food in an emergency basis. I have also used the daycare. I recommend COLA as a five-star organization willing to assist the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just recently I was down on my luck, and found myself in a bad situation where my money was very low and I needed some help with food. I didn’t want to ask my mother or anyone because I didn’t want to be judged. I seen a post that someone shared on social media about the food pantry at Circle of Light being opened and they had a lot of the more expensive items. I was able to get milk, bread, vegetables and snacks. I didn’t feel any shame because everyone was there picking up items and they never single you out. I’m glad Circle of Light was there for me and they are a blessing to that community

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The definition of charity is defined as love and whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the needy or suffering for their relief. I have had the opportunity to deal with Circle Of Light Associates for years and they have superseded this definition. Thank God for them

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great non profit. I love working with them and all of their endeavors

Client Served

Rating: 5

COLA has excellent programs that are a true help in times need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They Are A Great Organization To Go Through, Anything You Need, COlA Has It , The People There Are Nice n Respectful And Know How To Handle Buisness When Its Time !!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great Non Profit Organization that can and will help where help is needed

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the chance to volunteer in the food pantry for Hurricane Harvey Relief packaging and the garden that supplies fresh produce to the pantry. I'm pleased to say that I had wonderful experiences at both locations. with nice people from this non profit, I will volunteer in the near future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This nonprofit exemplifies the meaning of community outreach. From the members to the staff as well as all of the wonderful programs offered. They are beneficial to St Louis and all its surrounding areas. If you are in need of any assistance let Circle of Light Associates be your first and only resource. You will not be disappointed!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Associates is a wonderful organization. They have helped so many people. The different services they offer are very resourceful for the local area and beyond. This is the type of organization that metro St. Louis really needs!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This nonprofit exemplifies the meaning of community outreach. From the members to the staff as well as all of the wonderful programs offered. They are beneficial to St Louis and all its surrounding areas. If you are on need of any assistance let Circle of Light Associates be your first and only resource. You will not be disappointed!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

COLA is far from your average non-profit organization. The spiritual standpoint is unbelievable, it has lifted countless heads, and changed many lives. The "Teen Awareness" program is one of COLA organizations that broadens teens horizons, by introducing the teens to people, places, and activities outside their comfort zone. COLA's childcare doors are always open and the director is heavily involved with making sure everythings going according to all guidelines. The pantry is always open taking care of the needy, also providing them with clean clothes. The list go on, not to mention proper etiquette classes for all employees are a must. COLA go beyond to make sure that ones affiliated with this organization is allowing their light to show. I've been welcomed with open arms, and offered help with things I may need assistance with. I am forever great fully.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I think this is a good organization and I love being a part of this cause

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Cola has been a great help in the community.....striving to save young people. Working to help families stay together and rebuild their lives.