Volunteer Programs is located in City Hall, 701 E. Broadway, fifth floor, in Community Development. We can be reached at 874-7499 or Volunteer@CoMo.gov.

Do you enjoy fun, rewarding and new experiences? Then Volunteer Columbia has just the opportunity for you!

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  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday, July 1st. Volunteers are needed to assist with traffic and direction and paint sorting. Shifts are available 8:00am-10:00am and 10:00am-12:00 p.m.  Household Hazardous Waste is located at 1313 Lakeview. This is an ongoing opportunity the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month April through November. Self schedule or contact Jody Cook for more information. 
  • Family Fun Fest at Cosmo Park, 1615 Business Loop 70 W near the Steinberg playground. Volunteers are needed to assist with inflatables and other kids areas from 5:45-8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19. Future Family Fun Fests will be held the third Wednesday of each month! Join us July 19 and August 16!
  • Fire in the Sky- Volunteers are needed to help with the children’s activity areas from 5:30-9 p.m., assist at the Parks and Recreation Information Booth from 6-9 p.m.,  and staff barricades from 6-10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. 
  • SPLAT! Youth Mud Run– Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions such as registration, course support, aid station support, and finish line support.  Shift times vary based on volunteer position but will be needed between 7 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  on Saturday, July 8.  Contact us to learn more and/or to sign up! 
  • Crawdad’s Stream TeamVolunteers will meet at the MLK trail head, 800 Stadium Blvd at 9:30 a.m.. Columbia Crawdads are volunteers who care about our environment by picking up litter. Crawdads events are scheduled the 2nd Saturday morning of each month. Y
  • Recycling Ambassadors Training– Tuesday, September 19th 6:00pm-8:00pm at the ARC.  The Recycling Ambassadors program trains volunteers on the City of Columbia’s Recycling Programs. The trained volunteers help to educate the community to increase our recycling rate and reduce waste. Opportunities include staffing tables at festivals, giving presentations, conducting community outreach projects and assisting with waste audits and education events. The next training is Tuesday, Sept 19, 6:00pm-8:00pm at the ARC. The registration form can be found here.
  • Special Olympics is looking for volunteers to help with sports in the new year:

If you are looking for an exceptional volunteer experience, please contact Jessica Sida. Volunteers must commit to the entire season and have a Class A Application on file.  Learn more about Special Olympics by taking a look at their May Newsletter!

  • Join our Special Events Team!  We are looking for volunteers to join our Special Event team and agree to provide support for our many special events!  Team members agree to help with three events during the calendar year.  In exchange, we will provide you with a special t-shirt to wear during events and other perks and recognition along the way!  Join the team!
  • Smaller Ballers Program is looking for volunteer basketball coaches!  Volunteers who are 18 years old or older,  have good energy, can work well with children, have a general knowledge of the game, and are willing to lead a group are needed.   The program will take place at the Armory Sports and Community Recreation Center, 701 E Ash St.  For more information,  contact Camren Cross.
  • The Health Support Group is a brand new program looking for volunteer group leaders. Volunteers must be 21 years old and older, energetic, consistent, caring and have a passion for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Sessions will be held the first and second Tuesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at the Armory, 701 E. Ash Street beginning August. For more information, contact Camren Cross.
  • Litter Pick Up Leaders help us engage  other volunteers in caring for our environment!   Tasks include bringing supplies (provided by the City), checking in volunteers, providing basic instructions, and helping them have a great cleanup!  
  • Park Pacers is a brand new program with Parks and Rec!  We are looking for volunteers with a good energy and can work well with others to serve as leaders of this new walking group program.   Groups will meet 1st Thursdays at Auburn Hills Park, 2nd Thursdays at Downtown Optimist Park, 3rd Thursdays at Douglass Neighborhood Trail, 4th Thursday each Month Indian Hills Park .  If you are interested in becoming a group leader, please contact Camren Cross.
  • Columbia Parks & Recreation Community Recreation Program has several volunteer opportunities including: 
  •  Share YOUR special skill through Community Recreation! If you have a talent or passion that you’d like to share with kids, teens, adults or seniors/boomers but don’t see it listed here, let us know! Contact us to share your idea.
  • Getabout Columbia a project of Columbia Parks & Recreation has opportunities for Trail Ride Leaders and Education Campaign Assistants. Read more!
  • The City’s Volunteer Program and the Public Works Stormwater Education Program are partnering on a volunteer program to allow residents to adopt a rain garden
  • Graffiti Removal: Neighborhoods and individuals are invited to adopt public areas that are frequently tagged with graffiti.
  • Opportunity in Cultural Affairs:  Help us measure the impact of the arts by serving as a Survey Collector for our Arts & Economic Prosperity Study.  There will be opportunities throughout the year.  Read the position description. To learn more, contact Sarah Dresser in the Office of Cultural Affairs. 
  • Student/Internship projects: We have a variety of semester (or longer!) projects ideal for students including sidewalk snow removal and recycling education. Contact us to learn more!
  • View our Event Calendar to see the many opportunities for volunteers.
  • Complete a volunteer application, you can fill it out online, or print out and mail it to us. Our address is Volunteer Programs, City of Columbia, P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205.
  • Office Location Information:
    We are located at 701 E. Broadway, in City Hall. We are part of the Office of Neighborhood Services, in the Community Development Department. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Because we have a small staff we recommend calling before you make a trip to our office. We look forward to your visit!

What is Volunteer Columbia?

Volunteer Columbia connects citizens who want to serve with city staff and departments who have opportunities to help! The mission of the City’s Volunteer Programs is to provide valuable opportunities to build community while volunteering in city government.

Why Volunteer?

As a volunteer, you become a partner with Volunteer Columbia to implement programs that benefit you, your neighbor and the community as a whole! At the same time you can meet new people, explore new careers, stay active after retirement, or spend quality time with your family. Best yet — you’re helping others and making a difference in your community.

The City offers innovative volunteer opportunities that foster personal growth, development and satisfaction. The City will work to find a volunteer assignment that will fit both the talents and the time you want to share.

If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities with the city, e-mail us at Volunteer@CoMo.gov or call 874-7499. Volunteer opportunities exist in every department and together we’ll find the right one for you.

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City of Columbia

Community Development Department

Office of Neighborhood Services ~ Volunteer Programs

P.O. Box 6015

701 E. Broadway – 5th floor

Columbia, MO  65205