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:

    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!

    Saturday, December 2-The Stonegrinder 7K Trail Run is 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.  

    Saturday, December 2The Junior NBA Skills Challenge is 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-Saturday  December 9-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

    Saturday, January 27-Rhett’s Outdoor Challenge (ROC) 7K Trail Run at Cosmo Park 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. 

    Wedneday, 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.

    Saturday, March 17- 5th 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 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. and cleanup from 3-4:30 p.m. 

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


    Updated 11-20-17