Volunteer Programs


    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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    Do you enjoy helping out at our Special Events and Festivals?  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!

    Special Olympics is looking for volunteers to help with the following sports:

    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.   Check out their November Newsletter!


    The Stonegrinder 7K Trail Run is Saturday, December 2 at Capen Park, 1600 Capen Park Dr  Enjoy the beauty and challenge of the Grindstone Nature Area at the Stonegrinder 7K Trail Run!  Volunteers are needed between 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to provide assistance with registration, course support, managing an aid station, and cheering on participants as they cross the finish line.  Shifts are generally 2.5 hours in length and times vary based on position.  

    The Junior NBA Skills Challenge is Saturday, December 2 at the Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St– Boys and girls will have the chance to showcase their dribbling, shooting and rebounding skills.  Volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:15-3:30 p.m. to help as timers and court officials.

    Columbia Crawdads are volunteers who care about our environment by picking up litter.  Crawdads events are scheduled the 2nd Saturday morning of each month.  The December Crawdads Cleanup will be Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the East Campus Neighborhood.  Volunteers will meet the site leader at the corner of Lee St. and Wilson Ave

    Rhett’s Outdoor Challenge (ROC) 7K Trail Run at Cosmo Park on Saturday, January 27- Start off the New Year with a challenge at the 5th Annual ROC 7K Trail Run! Join us at Cosmo Park’s Rhett’s Run for this 7K (4.3 mile) trail run where runners will take in the scenic twists and turns along this well-maintained single track course. Volunteers are needed to assist with the following positions:

    • Registration from 7:30-9 a.m.
    • Course Support from 8-10:45 a.m.
    • Finish Line Support from 9-11 a.m. 

    Columbia Aquatic Restoration Project (C.A.R.P.)– CARP is a volunteer program designed to support the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department in implementing an aquatic and shoreline management program.  The 2018 C.A.R.P. Course is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st and Wednesday, February 28th from 6-8 p.m. at the Parks Management Center, located at 1507 Business Loop 70 West.  To register, contact Amber Olson at Amber.Olson@CoMo.gov or (573) 874-7499.

    TreeKeepers Academy-TreeKeepers trains volunteers in proper care and maintenance of trees. Not only will you gain knowledge, but you will also receive field training and experience to reinforce what you have learned. You must be a trained TreeKeeper volunteer to attend the projects except as a TreeKeeper volunteer’s guest. The 2018 TreeKeepers Academy is scheduled for Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Parks Management Center, located at 1507 Business Loop 70 West.  To register, contact Amber Olson at Amber.Olson@CoMo.gov or (573) 874-7499.

    5th Annual Train Show at Paquin Tower, 1201 Paquin St on Saturday, March 17- All aboard! Come to the Train Show and see a wide variety of displays involving trans and the early days of transportation as well as video and photographs on rail travel.  Volunteers are needed to support this event by assisting with setup from 8:30-10 a.m.; event support from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. and cleanup from 3-4:30 p.m. 

    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!  

    Columbia Parks & Recreation Community Recreation Program has several volunteer opportunities including: 

    • We are looking for piano instructors and guitar instructors!!
    • Foreign Language Instructors: Share your foreign language skills  with children and/or adults – 3 program choices available, great opportunity to change someone’s life! E-mail Mary Dewey to volunteer or call 817-5077. This activity will continue again in the fall.  You do not have to be an expert, just willing to teach (instructional materials are provided) and confident.
    • The Armory Science Klub (ASK) is looking for a teacher to work with young scientists.  Projects may include: making volcanoes, discovering chemical reactions, launching rockets, etc.  Experiments will vary each session.
    • The Sho-Me Sho-Stoppers are looking for dance instructors!  If you have the skills and energy for this amazing opportunity, contact Mary Dewey with Community Recreation in Parks & Recreation.
    • Hoppers Double Dutch Team is looking for a Double Dutch instructor! If you enjoy double dutch/jump rope then contact Mary Dewey to find out how to get started!
    • 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. 

    The City’s Volunteer Program and the 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.

    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!

    Board & Commission Openings – There are many great ways to serve our City!   

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    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!

    Volunteer Guide for new and existing volunteers

    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
    (573) 874-7499