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Ways you can get involved! 

  • Piano Instructorsopens PDF file are needed to teach young people through the Community Recreation Program at the Armory, 701 E. Ash. If you have a passion for teaching kids, a few hours a week and experience with piano we would love to talk with you!   Contact Camren Cross to get started. create new email
  • Litter Team events are scheduled for:
    • Saturday, February 27 – 10 a.m. to noon meeting at MBS Textbook Exchange, 2711 W. Ash.
    • Saturday, March 13- 10a.m.- 12p.m. meeting at Grace Bible Church, 601 Blue Ridge Rd.
      • Pre-registration is suggested; due to COVID-19 Litter Teams are limited to individuals and families; groups should contact us about arranging their own litter pick up event. 
  • Special Olympics swimming starts Sunday, January 24 at the Hickman High School pool with practice sessions at 4:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Volunteers who can help each Sunday evening are preferred. Experience with swimming is helpful but not required. Commitment and having a heart to work with the athletes is what is needed most!
    To learn more and to help, contact  opens in a new windowTyler Armstrongcreate new email with Columbia Parks & Recreation.
  • Boards & Commissions:  The next deadline to apply is February 5.  Read more! 
  • Stonegrinder 7K – Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Help with this run that starts and ends at Capen Park.  Positions include registration, aid station, course direction and finish lines with shift times 7:30-9 a.m., 8:00-10:45, 8:30-10:45 a.m. or 8:30-11 a.m.  Individuals, small groups and families are welcome!
  • Looking for a project for a group?  We can help you organize a litter pick up event or park project. 

Email us to help!

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      Ed Kaiser - January 2021 Volunteer of the Month

      Volunteer Columbia celebrates 25 years of connecting residents to service opportunities in local government in 2021.  Throughout the year, we will highlight the efforts of long-time volunteers.

      After an attempt to get into the Air Force, Ed Kaiser subconsciously found himself being a volunteer officer in the Columbia Police Reserves. The reserves were a diverse force of 40 dedicated volunteers serving their community.

      Through the Police Reserves, Ed met a battalion chief with the Columbia Fire Department who requested Ed accompany him on an inspection tour for his company to look for hazardous materials. Ed realized storage and disposal of hazardous materials was ... Read More