Mitzvot from the heart: Max Baron

Max Baron

Max Baron

United Hebrew Congregation

Max’s Aunt Cory has developmental disabilities and has greatly benefited from the services provided by the St. Louis Arc, a non-profit, United Way agency. Following in his grandparents’ and father’s footsteps, Max decided to volunteer his time there, too.

Son of Shari and Andy Baron of Chesterfield, Max spent every Thursday night for five months as a book club facilitator. His assignments were at the Creve Coeur Borders and Ladue Barnes and Noble, two of the eight book clubs sponsored by St. Louis Arc. Each week the group members, ages 18 and up, took turns reading out loud and discussing the book they chose. The participants’ abilities ranged from not being able to read to readers who were quite proficient.


Max enjoyed interacting with the Arc clients. “They were fun-loving and very social,” he said. Helping others gives Max, a student at Parkway Central Middle School, a feeling that he is contributing to society. He knows how much his Aunt Cory enjoys the programs provided by St. Louis Arc. Max is happy he is able to give back to an organization that has helped his family.

St. Louis Arc provides lifetime support and services to more than 3,000 adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and their families, throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Founded in 1950, their services are designed to maximize choice and to support people as they build quality lives. It is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of the United States . 

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