Opportunities for YOU to volunteer!

To get involved with any of the events listed below, contact us at 874-7499 or   Self schedule for many of our events online!!

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

  • Softball will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. at the Softball Field at Again Street Park, 1200 Again St.,  starting on June 18 through September 25.
  • Bocce will be held on Tuesdays, from 6-7 p.m. at West Middle School, 401 Clinkscales Rd., starting on July 10 through September 25.
  • Golf will be held on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at the L.A. Nickell Golf Course at Cosmo Park, 1615 Business Loop 70 West starting on July 12 through September 27.
  • Tennis will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Tennis Court 6 at Cosmo Park, 1615 Business Loop 70 West, starting on July 18 through September 26. 

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.   

Saturday, June 2 & 16- Household Hazardous Waste Collection- Volunteers are needed to assist with Paint Consolidation and Traffic and Direction. Shifts are available 8:00a.m.-10:00a.m. and 10:00a.m. -12:00p.m. Traffic volunteers greet citizens and direct to the proper lane. Paint volunteers open cans of water based paint and consolidate into five gallon buckets. It’s a bit messy, but people really enjoy it. Aprons, gloves and shoe covers are provided. HHW takes place at 1313 Lakeview.

Saturday, June 2- Tire and E-Waste Collection- Volunteers are needed to to assist with Traffic and Direction at Mid Missouri Solid Waste Management District’s Tire and E-Waste Collection. Shifts are available 8:00a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served to volunteers at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 7- Bike Safety Rodeo–  Kids ages 3-16 will go through a 9-step course to learn bicycle safety rules at the Lange Middle School parking lot for the annual Bike Safety Rodeo.  Volunteers will assist on the course to direct youth participants along the safety course while teaching them about bicycle safety.  Volunteers are needed on Thursday, June 7 at Lange Middle School, 2201 Smiley Ln from 5-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 9- Columbia Crawdads-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 June Crawdads Cleanup will be Saturday, June 9 from 9-11 a.m. in the East Campus Neighborhood.  Volunteers will meet a Litter Pickup  Event Leader at the corner of Lee St. and Wilson Ave. near the Lee Street Deli.   The next Crawdads Cleanup will be Saturday, July 14 from 9-11 a.m.  The location for this cleanup will become available a week before the cleanup. 

Wednesday, June 20-Family Fun Fest– Family Fun Fest is a series of five themed festivals with activities and entertainment for the whole family.  Volunteers are needed to help supervise inflatables and may be assigned others tasks.  Volunteers are needed from 5:45-8:30 p.m. at Cosmo Park (1615 Business Loop 70 West)-Burford Shelter on Wednesdays July 18, August 15 and September 19. Y

Saturday, June 30-SPLAT! Junior Obstacle Course Mud Run–  Volunteers are needed to help with this youth mud run on Saturday, June 30 at Gans Creek Recreation Area, 3360 E. Gans Rd.   Positions include: Registration (7 a.m.-12 p.m.), Course Support (7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 7:30 a.m. -10 a.m. ; 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.),  Aid Station assistance (7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) and assisting with the Finish Line from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Y

Wednesday, July 4Fire in the Sky– Help celebrate Columbia’s 66th Annual Fourth of July celebration.  Volunteers are needed on Wednesday, July 4 to assist with event setup at Flat Branch Park and Lucky’s parking lot from 1-4 p.m.; supporting the children’s activity area from 5:30-9 p.m. at Flat Branch Park; joining our Special Events Safety Crew to secure the fireworks zone from 5:30-10 p.m.; providing parking assistance at the VIP Parking Lot at the Walton Building from 6-9 p.m. ; assisting the stage crew with setup/cleanup from 6-10 p.m. at Flat Branch Park and Lucky’s and monitoring Flat Branch Park or Lucky’s from 6-10 p.m. Y (children’s activity area).

Y indicates an event appropriate for youth volunteers. To learn about these volunteer activities, call 874-7499 or e-mail


Updated 5-22-18