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COVID-19/Coronavirus Response Volunteering

Ways you can get involved! 

  • Litter Team events are scheduled for:
    • Saturday, Dec. 5 – 10  a.m. to noon meeting at the corner of Lee Street and Wilson in East Campus
    • 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 Bowling: Share your time to help with Special Olympics Bowling, Saturdays at Town & Country Lanes, 1508 N. Providence Rd. 12:00-1:30 p.m. or 2:00-3:30 p.m. Practices will be held Nov.  28. To get involved and learn more, opens in a new windowcontact Tyler Armstrongcreate new email.
  • Letters from Santa:  Help send greetings from the North Pole to local kids!  Volunteers will write personalized letters at the Hillcrest Community Center, 1907 Hillcrest Drive.  Tuesday, November 24, 10-11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, December 2, 10 a.m. to noon.  *All positions are currently filled.* 
  • Holiday Lights:opens PDF file   Serve as a driver or judge to decide the best holiday light display in central Columbia!  We are looking for 10-15 volunteers on Sunday, December 13. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash.  Judging should be complete by 8 p.m.  *All positions are currently filled. Contact us to be placed on the waiting list.* 
  • ROC 7K Trail Run – Saturday, January 23, 2021 – Help with this run that starts and ends at Cosmo Park.  Positions include registration, aid station, course direction and finish lines with shift times 7:30-9 a.m., 8:15-10:45 a.m. or 9-11 a.m.  Individuals, small groups and families are welcome!
  • Stonegrinder 7K – Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Stay tuned for more details! 
  • Looking for a project for a group?  We can help you organize a litter pick up event or park project. 

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