Community Service Clubs

Waterloo has many opportunities to volunteer and make a difference in our community. Join one and make a difference!

Great Ladies of Waterloo (GLOW)
A women’s networking group that meets monthly. This group organizes two events each year: the community-wide garage sale in June and GLOW Holiday Lighted parade on the Saturday evening after Thanksgiving.

Helping Strays of Monroe County
Helping strays is a feline and canine pet adoption center that works to rescue cats and dogs and help them find their forever homes. Located at 4221 Hanover Rd. in Columbia.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge #27
A non-political and non-sectarian international fraternal order. The Waterloo chapter meets twice a month and own its own building, which also houses the MASC community theater. Located at 102 E. Third St., Waterloo.

Monroe County House of Neighborly Service
A group of churches, agencies, schools, civic groups and organizations that have the common mission to empower families and individuals in their lives. Located at 227 S. Main St., Waterloo.

Monroe County Rotary Club
Part of Rotary International, the Monroe County Rotary Club’s motto is Service Above Self. The group is open to anyone residing in Monroe County. They are always seeking activities, suggestions and ideas devoted to the five avenues of service: Club, Community, Vocational, International and Youth.

Waterloo Lions
Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief: to serve their community. The Lions are known for fighting blindness, serving the youth, caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Waterloo Optimists Club
The Waterloo Optimist Club is committed to meeting the needs of young people in Waterloo and the surrounding area. Since 1954, the Waterloo Optimist Club has been “Bringing out the Best in Kids” by conducting positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With a current membership of over 85 enthusiastic individuals, the Waterloo Optimist Club Optimist Club promotes an active interest in good government and civic affairs, inspires respect for the law and encourages the development of youth.

Waterloo Rotary Club
The motto “Service Above Self” holds true as Waterloo Rotary Club members answer the needs of so many people who would be overlooked or pushed back because “maybe somebody else will do it.” The group meets on Tuesday evenings at JV’s Downtown Bar & Grill, 117 N. Main St., Waterloo.

Waterloo Metzger Crook VFW
Post 6504 & Ladies’ Auxiliary Mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts; to serve our veterans, the military and our communities; to advocate on behalf of all veterans; and to ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country. Located at 406 Veterans Dr., Waterloo.

Children’s groups

4-H Clubs of Monroe County
4-H is the largest after-school youth serving organization in the county designed to meet the needs and interests of youth ages 8-19. Located at 901 Illinois Ave., Waterloo. (618) 939-3434

Boy Scouts of America – Okaw Valley Council
Covers all Waterloo area Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops.

Girl Scouts of America – Southern IL
Covers Waterloo area Girl Scout and Brownies Troops