Summer Weekends Donated




City schools, Beyond Housing, Forest Park Forever among organizations supported

ST. LOUIS, June 29, 2009 - More than 375 young women, their fathers and families are devoting 14 Saturdays this spring and summer to working on a number of projects in support of Operation Brightside, Beyond Housing, the St. Louis Public Schools, Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club and Forest Park Forever. The workdays began on Saturday, May 9, with Operation Brightside and will end on August 22.

Organized by the Veiled Prophet Foundation, this summer's projects include planting of flowers for Operation Brightside; the renovation of a home and other assistance for Beyond Housing; landscaping, painting and other work at several St. Louis Public Schools; and landscaping work for Forest Park Forever.

The workdays, totaling more than 3,000 volunteer hours by the end of the summer, will be led by young women who are to be honored for their civic involvement at the Veiled Prophet Ball in December, along with their fathers. 

Supporting the Veiled Prophet Foundation are Commerce Trust Co., Imo's Pizza and Schnuck Markets.

"For the last seven years, our volunteer program has achieved a tradition of improving housing in St. Louis, providing playgrounds for children, and helping city schools," said Arthur G. Hailand III, chairman of the Veiled Prophet's Community Service Initiative.  "With the continued support of our sponsors, Mayor Slay, and the City of St. Louis, these young women and their fathers will be able to direct their skills to the improvement of our community."

In addition to the summer workdays, the Foundation's community service initiative will include Red Cross blood drives on September 12 and January 23, 2010.

Operation Brightside (

The first two workdays are devoted to Operation Brightside's annual spring planting of flowers along Market Street, Tucker Boulevard and Lake Louie near Highway 40.  Celebrating its 26th year, Operation Brightside makes St. Louis neighborhoods more livable, downtown more vibrant and the entire region more sustainable.  The region's oldest and most comprehensive non-profit cleaning and greening initiative, Operation Brightside enriches St. Louis by restoring, maintaining and growing the community landscape.

Beyond Housing (

Beyond Housing is one of the region's leading providers of housing and support services for low-income families and homeowners.  The organization owns and rents 230 houses in 23 St. Louis area municipalities, and is the only group in the region that offers access to affordable housing together with a comprehensive array of educational, employment, youth development and other support services.  Two years ago, the Veiled Prophet Foundation was honored with the "Transforming Lives, Building Communities Award" by Beyond Housing for its community service efforts.

St. Louis Public Schools (

A number of workdays also will be spent at St. Louis schools including Woodward Elementary, Walbridge Elementary, Dewey Elementary and Yeatman Middle School.  Work will include landscaping, general clean-up, painting and other improvements.  The work for SLPS continues a four year relationship that has completed projects from constructing an outdoor playground, painting the interior of schools, landscaping and creating inspiration murals within the schools.

Forest Park Forever (

One day will be spent helping Forest Park Forever, a private, non-profit organization founded in 1986 to work in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to make Forest Park a premier urban setting. Over the past decade, more than $94 million has been invested in the restoration of this community treasure.

Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club (

One day will be spent with Herbert Hoover, which has been providing a safe place for St. Louis youngsters to learn and grow since 1967.  Founded on the site of the old Sportsman's Park, the club is a source of hope and opportunity for more than 3,500 youths.

Other groups the Veiled Prophet Foundation has supported over the years include Habitat for Humanity (, Rebuilding Together St. Louis (, Annie Malone Children's Home (, and St. Louis County Parks (

The Veiled Prophet Foundation's Community Service Initiative coordinates and focuses the resources of the Veiled Prophet Organization in a continuing, sustainable effort to enrich the quality of life in the St. Louis region.  Since its founding in 1878, the Veiled Prophet Organization's mission has been to make significant economic and social welfare contributions for the benefit of the Saint Louis area.  Its members provide financial support and leadership for various civic projects and not-for-profit agencies, including conducting the annual VP Parade, one of the oldest and finest parades in the nation (now in its 132nd year), as well as Fair St. Louis and Live on the Levee (now in its 28th year since its founding as the VP Fair in 1981). The Veiled Prophet organization has also provided significant funding for the lighting of the Eads Bridge; the Riverfront Promenade, the Arch Grand Staircase, and other civic projects that enhance our citizens' and visitors' enjoyment of downtown St. Louis.


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