Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Volunteering

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 as we respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will be sharing needs that have arisen from this situation.  

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.

CoMo Crisis Shelter at the Welcome Inn:  Columbia residents living on the streets are extremely vulnerable during the Coronavirus pandemic – it is essential for their welfare and for the entire community that we step up quickly to provide a safe shelter for those without anywhere else to stay.  In the last few days, the Trapps have worked a minor miracle in reaching an agreement with the Welcome Inn and setting up complex health and safety procedures to open up the CoMo Crisis Shelter last night.   If you are not in a high-risk group sign up here for training , and sign up here to volunteer.

Making Masks from MU Healthcare: Thank you for your interest in helping us overcome the mask shortage caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the community’s support and desire to help. Due to strict regulations regarding infectious disease control, we are unable to accept outside masks. However, our team is actively working to put sewing kits together with approved materials and a pattern with detailed instructions to distribute to those interested in helping.
Please note: masks must be made in a smoke- and animal-free environment.
If you would please provide information regarding the best way to contact you, we will reach out as soon as kits are available.
Sign up to make masks at this link:
Contact:  Lauren Kile, Business Support Coordinator, Marketing, One Hospital Dr, DC406.00 | Columbia, MO 65212
P: 573-882-1008 | E: | F: 573-882-7611

This need is currently filled:  The Food Bank/Central Pantry is looking for 15-20 volunteers to assist with food distribution which includes packing carts/boxes, loading food into vehicles, assisting with sorting of grocery rescue items, checking-in shoppers and directing traffic flow in the parking lot.  Volunteers must be able to lift 20+ pounds, able to reach and bend, and able to stand for extended periods of time.
Dress:  Comfortable clothing and shoes; jeans and tennis shoes for example; Dress appropriately for the weather (rain, cold)
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 2:30 pm
1007 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202
Contact: Chase Wyckwood, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Volunteers are encouraged to register online at
573-874-7848,  573-447-6620

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

For more information or questions, contact Volunteer Programs at