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 the following sports:

  • Bowling will be held on Saturdays, from 12-3:30 p.m. at the AMF Town & Country Lanes, 1508 N Providence Rd, starting Saturday, October 6 through Saturday, November 17.
  • Basketball will be held on Mondays & Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. at New Haven Elementary, 3301 New Haven Rd, starting Monday, November 26-Monday, March 4, 2019.

If you are looking for an exceptional volunteer experience, please contact Brian Higginbotham. Volunteers must commit to the entire season and have a Class A Application on file.   

Saturdays –  November 3 and November 17- Household Hazardous Waste Collection- Volunteers are needed to assist with Paint Consolidation and Traffic and Direction. Shifts are available 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Traffic volunteers greet citizens and direct to the proper lane. Paint volunteers open cans of water based paint and consolidate into five gallon buckets. It’s a bit messy, but people really enjoy it. Aprons, gloves and shoe covers are provided. HHW takes place at 1313 Lakeview.

Bring Your Own Big Wheel: Saturday, October 27, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the ARC, 1701 W. Ash.  Eight to 10 volunteers are needed to assist with registration, set up, event supervision and tear down. 

Join the Stormwater Utility in honeysuckle removal at the El Chaparral Riparian Restoration project site for projects on Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, November 17, 8 a.m. to noon. Meet near the site addressed as 2267 S. Alamos Place. 

Saturday, November 3– Downtown Optimist Park and Surrounding streets, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Volunteers will meet at Downtown Optimist Park, 100 E. Forest  Volunteers are instrumental in keeping Columbia’s streets, parks and streams clean, we hope you will join us. Y

Volunteer to assist at a respite event hosted by Columbia Parks & Recreation to support Central Missouri Foster Care.  The event will be Friday, November 9 from 5:30-9:30 p.m at the ARC. Volunteers will be working with kids as foster parents enjoy an evening to themselves.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age; there is a need for male volunteers. 

The Stonegrinder 7K will be Saturday, December 1 starting at Capen Park, 1600 Capen Park Drive. We have volunteer openings for help with registration, course support, aid station and finish/post race!

Fix It Fair:  January 26:  The City of Columbia and the Mid Missouri Solid Waste Management District are partnering to host Fix-it Fairs. These events bring together expert repair volunteers with participants interested in learning how to fix their broken stuff.  The next event is  January 26th, 1-4pm, Daniel Boone Regional Library. We have helped folks fix small appliances, electronics, tools, clothes, bags, bikes, outdoor gear, small furniture, and many other items. Our first three events were successful and our volunteers are ready to take on more participants, we are also always looking for more volunteers.  To help, contact or call 573-817-6422. 

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

Updated 10-22-18