Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing Volunteer Programs

Smaller Ballers Tyke Basketball

The Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteer youth basketball coaches for the Tykes Basketball Program. Volunteers will help teach young boys and girls the fundamentals of the game. Volunteers will meet at the Armory Sports & Community Recreation Center located at 701 East Ash St.  Contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Wednesdays, January 8-February 5: 4 & 5 year olds will meet from 5:45-6:45 p.m., 6 & 7 year olds will meet from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Saturday,  January 18, 10:00a.m-12:00p.m. volunteers will meet that the Rainbow Softball Complex lot in Cosmo Park for a cleanup of the park and surrounding areas. Join volunteers around the country in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Day of Service.  Dr. King believed “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a national program to make it ” a day on, not a day off.”  Volunteers are  also welcome to schedule a clean up on another date and time at a location of their choosing. For more information email Jody Cook or call 573-874-6271.

Respite Care Event for Foster Families

ARC-1701 W. Ash. Volunteers will interact and supervise kids. Dinner is served at 6 p.m., followed by a  swim in the ARC pool (bring swimsuit), and a movie or gym activity the last hour of the program. Volunteers must be 16 years of age and may be subject to a background screening. Contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Friday, January 24, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, February 21, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, March 20, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, April 17, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Litter Team Cleanups

Volunteers are instrumental to keeping Columbia’s streets, parks and streams clean. Litter Team events are scheduled monthly. They are leader led with gloves, bags, safety vests and direction provided. Drop ins are always welcome!     Self schedule , or email Jody Cook or call 573-874-6271 for more information.   

Date Time Locations
Jan. 18 10:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Join volunteers across the country in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King with a day of service.  Volunteers will meet in Cosmo Park at the Rainbow Softball complex for a cleanup of Cosmo Park and surrounding Rd.

Jan. 25 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m.

Meet at Grace Bible Church, 601 Blue Ridge Rd. Volunteers are welcome to work only a portion of the time.

Feb.15  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Meet at  MBS Textbook Exchange, 2711 W. Ash  for a cleanup of the surrounding area
March 21 7:30am-10:00a.m.  Meet at Capen Park, 1600 Capen Park Dr for a traffic controlled cleanup of Rock Quarry Rd.
May 9 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Meet off of Hanover Blvd, just north of Clark Ln.
June 13 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Meet at Downtown Optimist Park for a cleanup of surrounding streets
July 11  9:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Meet at Bear Creak Trail, 3200 Creasy Springs Rd.

Litter Event Leaders help us engage  other volunteers in caring for our environment!   Tasks include bringing supplies (provided by the City), checking in volunteers, providing basic instructions, and helping them have a great cleanup!  

Group Specific Litter Events

If you are interested in arranging a litter event specific to your group, we are happy to assign a location and provide all needed supplies. For more information email Jody Cook or call 573-874-6271.

ROC 7K Trail Run

Saturday, January 25 from 7:30-11:00 a.m. at Cosmo Park-1615 Business Loop 70 W. Varying volunteer shifts available. Volunteers will assist staff with registration (7:30-9:00 a.m.), course support (8:15-10:45 a.m.), aid station (8:15-10:45 a.m.), & finish line support (9:00-11:00 a.m.).  THIS OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN FILLED. THANK YOU!

A Dozen Ways to Be Healthy and 12345 Fit-Tastic!

This class will begin on January 29 and will be held on Wednesday nights from 5:15-7:30 until March 4. Volunteers will be helping to implement the “A Dozen Way to Be Healthy” program with children ages 2-5. This program will focus on helping kids learn healthy eating habits, participate in food demonstrations and participate in crafts/physical activity, while their parents participate in the Cooking Matters class. Volunteers will be subject to a background screening. Please commit to at least 3 classes. All classes will be held at Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services-1005 W Worley St. Contact Laura McCulloch for more information. 

Columbia Aquatic Restoration Project Training (CARP)

Thursday, January 30 & Thursday, February 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Classes will be held at Parks Management Center, 1507 Business Loop 70 W. Participants should plan to attend both nights.  All CARP projects will be held in our parks on weekend mornings. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information

Park Patrol training for new volunteers: 

Park Patrol volunteers serve as ambassadors in the City’s parks and along our trails to improve safety and report maintenance issues. Trainings for 2020 are scheduled for:
Friday, February 21 – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 21 – 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Training sessions will be held at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway, in Conference Room 1C on the first floor. Pre-registration is encouraged. Please let us know if you are interested and we will send you additional details! 

Adopt-A-Trail Training

Tuesday, February 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Parks Management Center-1507 Business Loop 70 W. Volunteers are asked to care for a quarter mile section of trail to remove invasive species and litter, and work to establish new plants. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Recycling Ambassadors Training

Tuesday, February 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the ARC, 1701 W. Ash. Recycling Ambassadors help to educate the community to reduce waste and the importance of recycling correctly. Trainees are asked to share 12 hours of service promoting waste reduction and proper recycling.  Opportunities include staffing education booths, giving presentations, community outreach projects and assisting with waste audits and education events. For more information email Jody Cook or call 573-874-6271. The registration form can be found here.

Stonegrinder 7K Trail Run

Saturday, February 29 from 7:30-11:00 a.m. at Grindstone Nature Area-2011 Old 63 S. Varying volunteer shifts available. Volunteers will assist staff with registration (7:30-9:00 a.m.), course support (8:15-10:45 a.m.), aid station (8:30-10:45 a.m.), & finish line support (9:00-11:00 a.m.).   Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Teens in Action Lunch 

Save the Date! Saturday, March 7, 2020! If you are in grades 10-12 and would like more information on how you can get involved with your community in 2020, join us for lunch at the Waters House-2104 Hillcrest Dr. from 12:00-2:00 p.m.  Entree and drinks will be provided, attendees are asked to bring a side or dessert. Contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information or to sign up. 

TreeKeepers Academy

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Parks Management Center-1507 Business Loop 70 W.  At Treekeepers Academy volunteers will learn about tree identification, pruning and planting. TreeKeeper volunteers can assist on tree projects in our parks on Saturday mornings. Lunch will be provided! Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Opportunities to volunteer & intern with CARE: Career Awareness Related Experience

CARE has several opportunities related to human resources, education, social media, marketing and evaluation. Read more   Volunteers must be 18 years of age and can choose their hours!

Neighborhood Watch Board of Directors

Columbia Neighborhood Watch has openings on the volunteer Board of Directors and is looking for community minded individuals that would like to serve. The MISSION of Columbia Neighborhood Watch is to inform, train and encourage residents to work together to establish neighborhood watch programs with the goal of reducing crime.  It promotes community involvement in fighting crime by connecting people, information and ideas through our website, annual events and training sessions. If you are interested in being considered for the Board please email col.neighwatch@gmail.com.

Special Olympics 

Volunteer with Special Olympics through Columbia Parks & Recreation!  Experience or sport specific knowledge is not required. Volunteers are needed to assist with the following positions:          

    Basketball

    • When: Monday & Tuesday evenings, Nov 18-Mar 10
    • Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    • Location: New Haven Elementary, 3301 New Haven Rd

      Swimming

      • When: Sunday evenings, Feb 9-May 3
      • Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
      • Location: Hickman High School, 1104 N Providence Rd

        Track & Field

        • When: Thursday evenings, Apr 2-May 21
        • Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
        • Location: West Middle School, 401 Clinkscales Rd. #1123

          Volleyball

          • When: Wednesday evenings, Apr 1-May 20
          • Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
          • Location: West Middle School, 401 Clinkscales Rd. #1123

            Get started by contacting Brian  Higginbotham. Commitment to the entire season is required for most sports. A Class A Application on file is required for all Special Olympics volunteers. 

            Would you like to teach a course or start a program?

            Do you have a talent, skill or passion that you would love to share with other Columbians? There are opportunities with our existing programs. But it is very possible that a program can be built around your abilities, and for the population in which you would like to serve. Click here to learn more!

             Ongoing Parks and Recreation Volunteer Opportunities Available!

            For any of these volunteer instructor opportunities please contact Mary Dewey or call 573-817-5077 for more information.

              Student/Internship/Service Learning projects: We have a variety of semester (or longer!) projects ideal for students including sidewalk snow removal and recycling education. Contact us to learn more!

              Board & Commission Openings :There are many great ways to serve our City!  

              Updated: 1-13-2020