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 begins Saturday, April 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. 
  • New Opportunities with Community Conservation! In late 2016, the Office of Sustainability added Danielle Fox in the position of Community Conservationist. She has some projects coming up soon where you can help!!  
    •  There is another project on Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to remove invasive winter creeper, bush honeysuckle and Japanese honeysuckle from the tree preservation site off of Lynn St.  To get involved, self-schedule online or for more information, contact Danielle Fox.       
  • Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza will be held on Saturday, April 15 at Douglass Park, 400 N Providence Rd. (corner of Providence Rd and Rogers St)  Volunteers are needed from 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to assist with various children’s activities.   There will be an additional egg hunt at Indian Hills Park, 5009 Aztec Blvd where we will need volunteers from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Recycling Ambassadors Volunteer Training: Monday, April 17, 6:00-8:00 pm at the ARC, 1701 W. Ash St. Recycling Ambassadors help to educate the community to increase our recycling rate and reduce waste in Columbia. Trainees are asked to give 12 hours of service promoting recycling and waste reduction. Opportunities include staffing tables at festivals, giving presentations, conducting community outreach projects and assisting with waste audits and education events. The registration form can be found here. For more information contact Jody Cook, or 573-874-6271.
  • Columbia Youth Track Meet will be held Sunday, April 23 at Hickman High School, 1104 N Providence Rd.  Volunteers are needed to assist with registration and field activities between 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Shift times vary).  
  • Earth Day Celebration at Peace Park is Sunday, April 23. Volunteers are needed to act as Waste Monitors directing citizens to proper bins for composting, recycling and trash and to assist with children’s recycling awareness activities in the the Kid’s Park area. Shifts are available from 11:45pm-2:00pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm, and 4:00pm-6:00pm.  Self schedule or contact Jody Cook for more information.  
    • Volunteers are also needed to help with bicycle parking from 10:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. and 2:30-7 p.m. as well as to help with the children’s activity area from 11:45 a.m.- 2:45 p.m. to engage children with various activities planned by Parks and Rec staff.  Contact Amber Olson if you would like to help out!
  • MLB Pitch, Hit & Run-This is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.  Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 29 to help with registration from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and to help with the competition from 9 a.m. to noon.  Volunteers will need to meet City staff member, Camren Cross at the Red Field at Cosmo Park’s Rainbow Softball Complex, located at 1615 Business Loop 70 West. 
  • 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 February 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 Blue Thunder Track Team is looking for assistant track coaches to help with a variety of track events.  Volunteers must commit to an entire season (April-July), have a passion for the sport and for working with youth.   Practices are on Tues/Thurs from 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. and will be held at the high school tracks.  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