Volunteer Programs


Volunteer Programs is located in City Hall, 701 E. Broadway, fifth floor, in Community Development. We can be reached at 874-7499 or Volunteer@CoMo.gov.

Do you enjoy fun, rewarding and new experiences? Then Volunteer Columbia has just the opportunity for you!

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Cleanup Columbia is Saturday, April 14!  Cleanup 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! 

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.   

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 Amber.Olson@CoMo.gov or (573) 874-7499.

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. You must be a trained TreeKeeper volunteer to attend the projects except as a TreeKeeper volunteer’s guest. 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 Amber.Olson@CoMo.gov or (573) 874-7499.

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 Amber.Olson@CoMo.gov.  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. 

Rock Quarry Scenic Roadway Cleanup– Saturday, March 10th, 7:15am-9:30am. Volunteers are needed 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. Volunteers will meet at 7:15am at Capen Park. 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. 

Annual Train Show at Paquin Tower, 1201 Paquin St on Saturday, March 17- 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. 

Smaller Ballers  is basketball program for youth ages 4-7 where they will learn the fundamentals of basketball.  We are looking for dedicated individuals who will be able to commit to one or both sessions. Volunteer coaches will need to be at least 21 years old or older, have a passion for working with youth and must be able to participate in a background screening. 

Date: Su: Mar 25-May 6 1-2p

Su: Mar 25-May 6 2:20-3:20p

W: Jun 6-Jul 18 5:45-6:45p

W: Jun 6-Jul 18 7-8p

*No class 7/4

For more information, contact Caleb Floyd at Caleb.Floyd@CoMo.gov or (573) 817-5077.

Blue Thunder Track Team is looking for Assistant Track Coaches to help guide and instruct the young men and women in their continuous pursuit at their craft!  Practices will begin in early April and typically run on Tuesdays/Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m.  Volunteer coaches will need to be at least 21 years old or older, have a passion for working with youth and must be able to participate in a background screening.  For more information, contact Camren Cross at (573) 874-6378 or Camren.Cross@CoMo.gov. 

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 on Saturday, March 31.  Volunteers are needed to help with event setup/cleanup and to help manage various children’s activities. 

 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)

The Douglass Youth Baseball League is looking for several volunteers to serve as Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Umpire and Board Member for this upcoming season.  Practices will begin in early May with coaching clinics starting in late April.  If you love baseball and have a passion for working with youth then we are looking for a volunteer like you!  Volunteers must be at least 21 years old or older and participate in a background screening.  For more information, contact Caleb Floyd at (573) 817-5077 or Caleb.Floyd@CoMo.gov

Litter Event Leaders help us engage  other volunteers in caring for our environment!   Tasks include bringing supplies (provided by the City), checking in volunteers, providing basic instructions, and helping them have a great cleanup!  

Columbia Parks & Recreation Community Recreation Program has several volunteer opportunities including: 

  • We are looking for piano instructors and guitar instructors!!
  • Foreign Language Instructors: Share your foreign language skills  with children and/or adults – 3 program choices available, great opportunity to change someone’s life! E-mail Mary Dewey to volunteer or call 817-5077. This activity will continue again in the fall.  You do not have to be an expert, just willing to teach (instructional materials are provided) and confident.
  • The Armory Science Klub (ASK) is looking for a teacher to work with young scientists.  Projects may include: making volcanoes, discovering chemical reactions, launching rockets, etc.  Experiments will vary each session.
  • The Sho-Me Sho-Stoppers are looking for dance instructors!  If you have the skills and energy for this amazing opportunity, contact Mary Dewey with Community Recreation in Parks & Recreation.
  • Hoppers Double Dutch Team is looking for a Double Dutch instructor! If you enjoy double dutch/jump rope then contact Mary Dewey to find out how to get started!
  • Share YOUR special skill through Community Recreation! If you have a talent or passion that you’d like to share with kids, teens, adults or seniors/boomers but don’t see it listed here, let us know! Contact us to share your idea.

Getabout Columbia a project of Columbia Parks & Recreation has opportunities for Trail Ride Leaders and Education Campaign Assistants. 

The City’s Volunteer Program and the Stormwater Education Program are partnering on a volunteer program to allow residents to adopt a rain garden

Graffiti Removal: Neighborhoods and individuals are invited to adopt public areas that are frequently tagged with graffiti.

Student/Internship projects: We have a variety of semester (or longer!) projects ideal for students including sidewalk snow removal and recycling education. Contact us to learn more!

Board & Commission Openings – There are many great ways to serve our City!   

Office of Neighborhood Services

View our Event Calendar to see the many opportunities for volunteers.

Complete a volunteer application, you can fill it out online, or print out and mail it to us. Our address is Volunteer Programs, City of Columbia, P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205.

Office Location Information:
We are located at 701 E. Broadway, in City Hall. We are part of the Office of Neighborhood Services, in the Community Development Department. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Because we have a small staff we recommend calling before you make a trip to our office. We look forward to your visit!

Volunteer Guide for new and existing volunteers

What is Volunteer Columbia?

Volunteer Columbia connects citizens who want to serve with city staff and departments who have opportunities to help! The mission of the City’s Volunteer Programs is to provide valuable opportunities to build community while volunteering in city government.

Why Volunteer?

As a volunteer, you become a partner with Volunteer Columbia to implement programs that benefit you, your neighbor and the community as a whole! At the same time you can meet new people, explore new careers, stay active after retirement, or spend quality time with your family. Best yet — you’re helping others and making a difference in your community.

The City offers innovative volunteer opportunities that foster personal growth, development and satisfaction. The City will work to find a volunteer assignment that will fit both the talents and the time you want to share.

If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities with the city, e-mail us at Volunteer@CoMo.gov or call 874-7499. Volunteer opportunities exist in every department and together we’ll find the right one for you.

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City of Columbia
Community Development Department
Office of Neighborhood Services ~ Volunteer Programs
P.O. Box 6015
701 E. Broadway – 5th floor
Columbia, MO  65205
(573) 874-7499