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COVID-19/Coronavirus Response Volunteering

Ways you can get involved! 

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection kicks off on April 3 and runs the first and third Saturday through November.  Volunteer shifts are 8-10 and 10-noon at the Grissum Building, 1313 Lakeview. 
  • Help with Kite Flying Day at Douglass Park, Saturday, April 10, noon – 1:45 p.m.  Help families enjoy a spring day in the park!
  • Volunteer with the CARE Program this spring. Read more
  • Registration for Cleanup Columbia 2021 is now open!  Individuals and groups of all types are invited to pick up litter and keep our City looking good any day you choose in April!
  • Apply to serve on a City of Columbia Board or Commission!  The next application deadline is April 2. 
  • Blue Thunder Trackopens PDF file with Columbia Parks & Recreation is looking for assistant coaches for their spring season.  Practices start Tuesday, April 6. Normal practices are Tuesday & Thursday (6-7:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (10-11:30 a.m.). 
  • The Columbia Youth Trackopens PDF file meet will be Saturday morning, April 24  at Hickman High School, 1104 N. Providence. 
  • Volunteer with the MLK Home Run Derby and Pitch, Hit & Run Competition at the American Legion Park (602 Legion Lane, off of WW, east of US 63) on Saturday, May 1. 
  • Help with the Heritage Dayopens PDF file event on the afternoon of Saturday, May 8 at Douglass Park.  We are looking for 15-20 volunteers to help with activities, food, set up and tear down. 
  • Volunteer with the Mom & Son Sports Challenge on Wednesday, May 12 or the Father & Daughter Sports Challenge on Wednesday, June 9.  Volunteers are needed from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Armory, 701 E. Ash to help with set up, tear down and assist during the competition!
  • Be a Jump Rope/Double Dutch Instructoropens PDF file with Community Recreation!
  • Hip Hop Dance Instructorsopens PDF file are needed to work with youth in the Community Recreation Program of Columbia Parks & Recreation.  
  • 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:
  • Special Olympics offers a rewarding experience for volunteers!  To learn more and to help, contact  opens in a new windowTyler Armstrongcreate new email with Columbia Parks & Recreation.
  • Looking for a project for a group?  We can help you organize a litter pick up event or park project. 

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      Downtown Optimist Club - March 2021 Volunteer of the Month

      Rick McKernan has lived in Columbia since 1992. Encouraged by his good friend and fellow Optimist, along with his experience as a youth camp counselor in France during his college years, he joined the Downtown Optimist Club in 1998. 

      The  Downtown Optimist Club employs many projects, such as their oratorical contest, essay contest, Bicycle Safety Class, Soap Box Derby, as well as providing financial support for local sports, food, and scholarship programs. 

      One particular project that Rick is especially proud of is Homes For Computers. “Before COVID-19, a substantial number of Columbia students did not have regular access to computers at home   to help with school work. The Homes For Computers project ... Read More