Opportunities for YOU to volunteer!

To get involved with any of the events listed below, contact us at 874-7499 or   Self schedule for many of our events online!!

Special Olympics is looking for volunteers to help with sports in the new year:

  • Bowling-Saturdays, starting September 9 – A commitment to a sports season is NOT required. Bowling will be on Saturdays from 12-3:30 p.m. at AMF Town & Country Lanes, 1508 N. Providence.  Volunteers can choose which shift they would like to work and are assigned to a lane to keep bowlers on task.   Shifts are available- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Volunteers are welcome to stay the entire time!
  • Basketball will be held at New Haven Elementary School,  3301 E New Haven Rd on Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. starting on November 27 until March 6.

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.  Learn more about Special Olympics by taking a look at their September Newsletter!

Wednesday, September 27Neighborhood Park Fun Day at  Lange Park,  2011 Smiley LnCalling all families! Set aside an evening for fun and get to know your neighbors. Variety of activities and games provided.  We are looking for volunteers to help with setup/cleanup and supervise the kid’s games and craft areas from 5-7:30 p.m.   The next Neighborhood Park Fun Day will be at on Wednesday, October  11 at the Downtown Optimist Park, 100 E. Forest Ave.  Y

Saturday, October 7Household Hazardous Waste Collection-Volunteers are needed to assist with traffic and direction and paint sorting. Shifts are available 8:00am-10:00am and 10:00am-12:00pm.  Household Hazardous Waste is located at 1313 Lakeview. This is an ongoing opportunity the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month April through November. Self schedule or contact Jody Cook for more information. 

Saturday, October 14Bear Creek Run Albert-Oakland Park-The Bear Creek Run Half Marathon has quickly become a favorite race in Mid-Missouri.  Runners and walkers have come to love the scenic course along the Bear Creek Trail. The race will take place on Saturday, October 14 starting at Albert-Oakland Park.   We need volunteers to support the following positions: Course Support: 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. , 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m. and 8-10:30 a.m. 

Saturday, October 14  The Hinkson Clean Sweep is a city-wide stream cleanup event where volunteers work together to clean area streams that are part of the Hinkson watershed. The result is a healthier watershed and attractive community. Volunteers are provided with mesh and trash bags. Sites are led with trained volunteers and supporting staff. Select the location appropriate for you, your family, organization or group. Everyone can participate!  This event is appropriate for individuals and groups of all sizes, and people of all ages and abilities and will start at 10 a.m.- and volunteers should expect to end by 12 p.m.   Volunteers may choose to serve the following sites: 

Moon Valley– 2100 E. Broadway. Stephens Lake Office building lot, east of Eastgate
Flat Branch Park meet by the playground near Elm St

Capen Park, 1600 Capen Park Drive

West Worley, meet in Five Guys/Pet Smart lot
MU Hinkson Field– Recreation Dr off of Mick Deaver Dr

Saturday, October 28Bring Your Own Big Wheel~Ghosts & Goblins will be held at the ARC, 1701 W Ash St.  This is a great event for kids to bring their fanciest Big Wheel, tricycle or other pedal powered vehicle to cruise the ARC track!  We need volunteers to assist with registration and course setup/cleanup and support from 8:30-11 a.m.

Saturday, November 18 –Homeless Youth Awareness Month Dodgeball Tournament will be held  at the Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash St.  This tournament is a partnership with the Rainbow House and Columbia Parks and Recreation as a way to raise awareness about youth homelessness.   Volunteers are needed to support this event by serving as referees, timers, court support,  and bracket trackers for the entire tournament from  10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or shifts available from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:15-2:30 p.m. 

Y indicates an event appropriate for youth volunteers. To learn about these volunteer activities, call 874-7499 or e-mail


Updated 9-26-2017