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:

  • Swimming will be held Sundays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Hickman Poolopens in a new window1104 N. Providence RoadFebruary 4 through May 27. 
  • Volleyball will be held on Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. at the Armory Sports Center, 701 E Ash St starting Wednesday March 14 through May 23.
  • Track & Field will be held on Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at West Middle School, 401 Clinkscales Rd starting Thursday March 15 through May 24.

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.  

Wednesday, February 21 & 28-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 or (573) 874-7499.

Saturday, March 3- 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.  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 or (573) 874-7499.

Thursday, March 8- Sign Sweepers– Sign Sweepers is a program dedicated to removing unlawful temporary signs that have been placed in the public right-of-way.  Volunteers are asked to spend a few hours each month removing these unlawful signs from the city’s public right-of-way.  We are looking for volunteers to help in this effort!  If you are interested in becoming a Sign Sweeper volunteer, contact Amber Olson at (573) 874-7499 or  Volunteers must attend a one hour training session.   The next training will be Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 701 E Broadway, Conference Room 1C. 

Saturday, March 10th- Rock Quarry Scenic Roadway Cleanup– Volunteers will meet at 7:15am  at Capen Park to assist with the cleanup of this roadway in need of some TLC. Invest a couple hours of your time making a positive impact on the environment. The City’s Street Division will provide traffic control and support this project. A strong team of volunteers is needed to complete the project quickly during a low traffic period. Self schedule or contact Jody Cook for more information. 

Saturday, March 17- Annual Train Show at Paquin Tower, 1201 Paquin St– 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 12:30-3 p.m. and cleanup from 3-4:30 p.m. 

Saturday, March 31-Egg Hunt EggstravaganzaTwo hunts, two different parks! Bring your children (ages 12 and under) out for a free, fun candy-filled Egg Hunt.   The first Egg Hunt will be at Douglass Park (400 N Providence Rd) from 11:15 AM-1:15PMand the second one will be at Indian Hills Park (5009 Aztec Blvd) from 2:30-4:30 PM.  Volunteers are needed to help with event setup/cleanup and to help manage various children’s activities. Y

Saturday, April 7 & 21- Kite Flying DayBring your kites and let’s have a great time!  Volunteers are needed to help children fly their kites from 11:30 AM-2:15 PM on Saturday, April 7 at Douglass Park (400 N Providence Rd)  and  Saturday, April 21 at  Indian Hills Park (5009 Aztec Blvd). Y

Saturday April 14Cleanup Columbia  is a city-wide trash pick up event where hundreds of local residents work together to make our city a more beautiful place. The city will provide volunteers with trash bags, gloves, safety vests (where needed) and help you find a trash pick up location.  Register here! 

Saturday, April 14- International Day Festival– Enjoy a day to learn about different cultures at the International Day Festival!  The festival will be held on Saturday, April 14  at Smith Park,  3350 Waco Rd.    Volunteers are needed to help with setup/event support from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and event support/cleanup from 11:45-2:15 p.m. 

Saturday, April 21- Columbia Youth Intro to Track Meet- The Columbia Youth Intro to Track Meet will be held on Saturday, April 21 at the Hickman High School Track located at 1104 N Providence Rd.  Participants in this event will gain a good introduction to track and field activities. Volunteers are needed to help with registration from 1-5:30 p.m. and to help with track and field activities (i.e. softball throw, long jump, timers) from 1:45-5:30 p.m. 

Saturday, April 28- MLB Pitch , Hit & Run and MLB Home Run Derby– Both the MLB Pitch, Hit & Run and the MLB Home Run Derby will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Cosmo Park, 1615 Business Loop 70 West at the Antimi Sports Complex.   Volunteers are needed to help with registration and event support for both events. 

MLB Pitch, Hit & Run- Registration help from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and event support from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

MLB Home Run Derby- Event support from 12:30-4 p.m.

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


Updated 2-20-18