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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

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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

Circle of Light Associates has a wide array of programs that have been created to service the intercity community. There is a special focus to help the disadvantaged youth. The Grassroots food pantry had serviced thousands and partner with various organizations to provide assistance when needed.

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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.

Cieara J.

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

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.

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people within the organization are nice, professional and always there when the community needs something.

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!