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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of donating my time to take photographs of the different auxiliaries within this organization. They were attempting to get information updated and things like that. I was pleasantly surprised. This organization did so much for so many different people, from children to the elderly. I started off donating my time now I spend time sending people there to get some genuine help. I absolutely love this organization and what it stands for. I will work with them in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Associates Non Profit is a helpful community organization with an emphasis on the underserved, although anyone can benefit from their programs. The volunteers really care about the people they are helping.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. Many family's has benefited from the grass roots pantry and the clothing that's available to everyone. Anything they have they are definitely willing to share..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Volunteered with COLA one day when i was on vacation from work. I was amazed to see how involved they are in so many different communities. I watched them donate a house full of furniture to a family having to start all over. Most of all i was impressed by how many young people come together to make their missison possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit organization has helped me in many ways. I am blessed to have them in my life. They are always positive and they see to people getting the help they need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cola, is a very detailed oriented organization. They give so many countless hours of their time back into the community. They are very knowledgeable when it comes down to the needs of less fortunate in the community, donating books, toiletries, and much more. Above all their members greet everyone with a smile, and genuine heartfelt concern.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great! COLA is full of caring, loving people. One of the best nonprofits there is.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Circle of light associates is a great organization. My son has been a member of their FFL LEGO LEAGUE for the last 3 years. I absolutely love the coaches.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing Organization. Helping so many through out the year with selfless contributions in the St. Louis community. Its good to know non profit like this still exist in 2016

Client Served

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Associates has been of great assistance to my family and me. Members of the COLA organization mentored my son in their tutoring program and several members played a part in helping him to graduate through college. When my spouse was going through drug addiction, he too received mentors that helped him through his sobriety. I can't show enough gratitude for the assistance that this organization has provided.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit has help me for the past several years. No matter what issue I have had, they have always had a resource or solution. They have been in my corner and been a great ligh in my life

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization......committed to building a better community

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Client Served

Rating: 5

COLA is one of the greatest community organizations serving the St. Louis area today. At a time like this, when people are truly suffering ànd in need of help as well as hope for a better and brighter future. Circle of Light Associates shines like a beacon of light in a dark world. Drawing those people who are lost and looking for help. The reason that I know this is because I was one of those people stumbling around in the dark desperately seeking help.My life was changed forever because of COLA and I am forever grateful. God Bless

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Associates (COLA) is a great non-profit organization. This organization is an up and coming staple In the community; assisting citizens with groups like the grass roots food pantry, the greater achievers learning center(daycare), drug support and recovery program, the teen awareness group, along with many other beneficial sectors. COLA is based out of the st.louis city area, but it's arm has reached out and helped hundreds of individuals and families in st.louis city, st.louis county, and all over the state of Missouri. COLA is now and will always be a helpful and beneficial non profit organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

C.O.L.A. is a great nonprofit organization! I've dealt with different people and different departments. The thing I love the most about this organization is they ALL genuinely are doing things in the name of HELP! You can tell that it's a high level of sincerity with this group!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Glad to have them in the local community, they are a positive influence to the neighborhood.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's been a pleasurable experience to encounter such wonderful down to earth people with this charitable org. , that really have their hearts into helping the less fortunate. Their politeness is consistent across the board. They're hard working , striving and growing and have various outreach entities and programs....but wow! they have so many young people involved and that's the future!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love COLA they strive in so many ways to provide services to the community. Lego league for kids, food pantry, as well as a food program that assisted many children over the summer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Circle Of Light Associates provides help to our community in multiple ways. From the food pantry to providing items to those in need they have always been there for the elderly and helped as much as possible. I am truly appreciative for this organization. I was fresh from surgery and they supplied me with a reclining chair that helped me rest since I could not sleep in my bed. THANK YOU

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Circle of light is a truly exceptional organization. They are always helping the community whether it is with the grass roots food pantry, or tutoring for the children!

Former staff

Rating: 5

COLA has been very helpful to many needed families, they're purpose has been to not only help people to get out of they're dismal state of hopelessness, but to also empower them to become independent and self sufficient and also become a recruiter for others that are still in that same state, I am so proud to be affiliated with a legitimate organization who's not in it for the fame, but the restructuring of lives and spiritual new beginnings.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization truly cares about the clients they are serving. They go above and beyond to try and help those that are in the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that has a strong focus on helping the youth in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an awesome charity!!! They have helped a lot of people...

Volunteer

Rating: 4

C.O.L.A. is a great non for profit organization within our church as well as the community. The organization was formed with the focus of helping those in need as well as being able to provide job skills. Everyone here has the desire to make a difference in the lives of those who stand in the need. Great people, great purpose!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The COLA non profit ia an organization dedicated the empowerment and improvement of the saint louis community and far beyond. Being a volunteer I have seen people served from all areas of the US. They will help anyone anywhere by any means. Never have I seen such a compassion for brotherhood and sisterhood. This foundation is created and administered with the simplest and most need thing, LOVE.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Circle Of Light Associates has been very influential within the St. Louis community. I know of many young men that have been able to build their skills and go on to be responsible dedicated members of society. This organization is doing great thing with tons of young people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The Church is Awesome, and the preacher is truly a God sent/ born again Man, But Lord knows there should be better supervision over the Daycare, that's the most unprofessional business I've ever seen ran in my life, need I say the most GETTO place ever. 98% of the teachers have no education, not even the Director, all are on some form of drugs, and some even have criminal records. So I say this church may need to do some down right good ol praying for the business employees they have.

Sigh a truly born again Christan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GREAT group of people to work with very friendly and kind hearted. I love working and helping this organization they help the community they have a food pantry that is open for the needed. Awesome

Volunteer

Rating: 5

C.O.L.A is a non-profit organization that's located in the Baden Community. This is not just for our church its for everybody in need of assistances. This program has a food pantry, child care, GED, tutoring, restaurant etc. words can't explain how thankful I am for my church and the programs that we have to help those in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not be more appreciative of the C.O.L.A. organization, with great respect for the Greater Achievers Learning Center! I have had 5 children that have attended the GALC and I am very proud of the service and education we have all received through this entity of C.O.L.A. Child care is very expensive especially for someone who has multiple children. The GALC provided me with affordable child care without sacrificing quality. My children were well prepared for elementary school when they entered on every level. The educators there are very attentive to and loving toward the children which is a necessity!!!! I have a new born that will soon enter the center and I am happy to not have the fear of sending my child off to a "babysitter" to watch and HOPE they take good care of my child. Instead I have the luxury of knowing that my child will be well taken care of, given as much love as I myself as a mother would give and will be given the necessary tools to prepare for the school age years and more. Thank you C.O.L.A. for your presence in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but great experiences working with Circle Of Light Associates. The people are wonderful and has your best interest at heart. I have learned soo much working with C.O.L.A and the different organizations within it.. GREAT ORGANIZATION!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Circle Of Light Associates is a great and growing organization in the Baden community. Even though C.O.L.A. is located in the Baden community, any and all that are in need are serviced. I am grateful for the position C.O.L.A. is in to be able to be of service to all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I could not begin to think of or recondite any other organization that is worthwhile to support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer at Circle of Light association is a wonderful experience. The services they provide to the community exceeds far beyond any preconceived expectations. Being able to work with our youth and give alternative outlets other than the streets is very rewarding. Being a volunteer for this wonderful organization is like being a part of an extended family.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Circle of Light is an amazing organization! The food pantry has very nice and welcoming people there.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to receive food from the Grass Roots Food Pantry through Circle of Light during a time when I needed it the most. THANK YOU

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

C.O.L.A is an awesome organization with an array of services available to the community. I would highly recommend this group to anyone looking for assistance.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

C.O.L.A. is an organization that is truly dedicated to helping the community. This is evident through the programs and services available such as the food pantry, teen awareness, support and recovery, and quality affordable child care to name a few. I currently volunteer on the finance committe and can attest that C.O.L.A.'s efforts are sincere and they genuinely care about the well-being of others.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

C.O.L.A. is an AMAZING organization. This organization provides assistance to our community in any aspect of your life...this includes a daycare for the children, a food pantry for the hungry, GED classes to enhance your education, Mentoring and Teen Awareness to help guide our youth, Drug Support and Recovery programs to help those who struggle with drug/alcohol addition, and more importantly a place to go when you are seeking something spiritually(Circle of Light Church). C.O.L.A is an organization very worthy to be recognized and is an asset to the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

C.O.L.A IS THE BEST NON-PROFITABLE ORGANIZATION OUT THERE!! The experience I had with these guys were phenomenal.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit organization is among the best!! It is specifically designed to help the community. Through the Circle Of Light Assocates organization there are numerous programs such as the food pantry that anybody in need can benefit from. I'm so grateful & thankful for this organization. I have personally been apart of the Teen Awareness group which helps mentor young women & girls, giving them something positive to do with their time on the weekends & teaching them valuable life lessons.

Donor

Rating: 5

Working with the Circle of Light Associates non profit organization has been an awesome experience for my business. I became acquainted with this organization through an advertisement a few months back. A company promised me they would pick up some damaged goods but never showed.. Circle of Light Associates contacted me and stuck to their word. They told me they would pick up the items in two days and they did so. They picked up the items with professionalism and neatness. I've donated to them several times now and they are a pleasure to work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is very good organization!!!!!! word cant express there kindness. How they pour there hearts out too the poor and youth. I am very blesses to have been apart too witness great things!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is very inspiring and gives me the opportunity to share my background and knowledge with other individuals seeking the same goals, helping those in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for this organization. I go where ever I'm needed and look forward to assisting in any entity because I work with some courteous, friendly, and fun people. What I like about them most is the passion they have for helping people that are less fortunate. And since I share that same passion, it’s self-gratifying to know that I work with a group of humble, passionate, young people, like myself, doing something positive and making an impactful difference in the community and abroad.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Associates has helped many people in the community. I enjoy seeing the smiles on faces when they see that someone cares.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with Circle of Light Associates i am extremely appreciative of our efforts to assist the community. We have multiple programs available to people in need and people wanting to ehance themselves mind, body, and soul. Investing in Circle of Light is investing in your future. We love working with other orgaizations to assist and we look forward to meeting organizations with the same objective as C.O.L.A. Under the leadership of our pastor we are not only able to help others but help ouselves in teh process. If you need help and want a real answer come to Circle of Light!!!!!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Circle of Light has been a great help to my family. We have been able to receive food from their Grass Roots Food pantry. Their organization has tons of young people that are very polite and willing to help in whatever way possible. They go above and beyond to help people. THANK YOU

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Associates are an exceptional non profit organization that assists whomever is needed. The people involved are phenomenal and go above and beyond to get the job done. The impact they have on their community is beyond what words can say.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Associates has been known to be a great help to their community. They are a great asset to the surrounding area and their help stretch far and wide. Circle of Light Associates has funded many programs, and they have assisted those in need. Circle of Light Associates has caring, passionate people that seeks out to help whoever they can, whenever they can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Circle Of Light Associates has been a great one. This organization is for the "people" regardless of the financial stability, I have done numerous of volunteer work and left with a smile. Recently in STL there was a big event called "The Taste Of STL", not enough words will express how great this organization did and the great feedback people were given. I would recommend my friends to work with this organization that has MANY great things to offer. Thanks to this organization my life has changed for the better. Extremely blessed to be apart of an organization that is growing, youthful, and continue to shower people with love. There has never been dual moment for me with this organization and it would make me elated to see more and more great things happen for this organization.