Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Volunteering & Donations

Volunteer Columbia is cooperating with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health & Human Services, the Boone County Office of Emergency Management and other local agencies to help coordinate volunteers and share the needs for donation of items as we respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will be sharing needs that have arisen from this situation. 

Donating items to local non profits 

Let us know if you want to help!

How does the stay at home order impact volunteering? 

The City of Columbia and Boone County stay at home order does not necessarily prevent people from volunteering in the community. You can still volunteer at organizations which provide essential services. Volunteer opportunities on this page can be assumed to be with providers of essential services.  If you are unsure about whether or not an organization provides essential services, please ask the organization.

Columbia Housing Authority – Annie Fisher Food Pantry: Thank you for your interest – this opportunity has been filled. 

CoMo Crisis Shelter:  Columbia residents living on the streets are extremely vulnerable during the Coronavirus pandemic. To learn more or help, visit  CoMo Crisis Shelter.  

Making Masks from MU Health Care:  Thank you for your interest MU Health Care has been overwhelmed by and grateful for the community’s support and desire to help sew masks. Due to strict regulations regarding infectious disease control, we have developed guidelines around the production of our home sewn masks. Our team is working to assemble sewing kits with approved materials and a pattern with detailed instructions to distribute to those interested in helping. If you or others are interested in being added to our volunteer list, please  opens in a new windowfill out this form, and we will reach out as soon as kits are available.

The Food Bank/Central Pantry is no longer taking volunteers for 10 weeks starting April 6.  They have received a grant to employ  those whose job has been affected by COVID-19.

Services for Independent Living is seeking volunteers to help with shopping for low income seniors and those with disabilities.  The schedule is flexible. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and agree to a background screening.
Hours: flexible
Contact:  Madison Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator
1401 Hathman Place l  Columbia, MO  65201
Phone: 573.874.1646 Fax: 573.874.3564 
manderson@silcolumbia.orgcreate new email

Show-Me Response – Missouri’s Registry of Volunteer Healthcare Professionals;  If you are available to assist with Alternate Care Sites across the state, please apply with Missouri’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

For more information or questions, contact Volunteer Programs at volunteer@CoMo.govcreate new email