Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing Volunteer Programs

Introducing Teens in Action in 2019!

This summer we are piloting opportunities for older teens (those going into grades, 10, 11, or 12). Contact Sabrina Lambrecht if you would like to get involved or to learn more.

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:                    

Bowling

  • When: Saturdays beginning October 5th
  • Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m. and/or 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: AMF Town & Country Lanes Bowling Alley, 1508 N. Providence Rd.

Basketball

  • When: Mondays & Tuesdays beginning November 18th
  • Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Location: New Haven Elementary, 3301 New Haven Rd

Swimming

  • When: Sunday evenings beginning February 9th
  • Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Hickman High School, 1104 N Providence Rd

Track & Field

  • When: Thursdays beginning April 2nd
  • Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Location: West Middle School, 401 Clinkscales Rd. #1123

Volleyball

  • When: Wednesdays beginning April 1
  • Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Location: West Middle School, 401 Clinkscales Rd. #1123

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

TreeKeepers Projects

All projects will be held from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and are planned for volunteers who have completed the TreeKeepers class. 

  • Saturday, October 26-2011 Old 63 S-Grindstone Nature Area. Volunteers will assist staff with the removal of invasive honeysuckle.

Youth Cross Country Coaches

Tues/Thurs & Saturday’s, August 27-mid November: 6-14 year old’s will meet Tuesday’s & Thursday’s  from 6-7 p.m. & Saturday’s 10-11 a.m. 

The Community Recreation Department is looking for volunteer youth cross country coaches!  Volunteers will help teach young boys and girls interested in the sport. Based at the Armory Sports & Community Recreation Center located at 701 East Ash St.  Practices take place at local parks. Contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Respite Care Event for Foster Families

5:00-9:00 p.m.-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 your 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. Please consider committing to a minimum of two events. 

Friday, November 8

Smaller Ballers Tyke Basketball

Wednesdays, October 16-November 13: 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.

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.

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. 

XBox with a Cop

Saturday, October 19 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at intersection of White Gate and Towne Dr. Volunteers will assist staff with timing and ensuring that each child is allowed a turn on the Xbox. Volunteers will also assist with food. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Bear Creek Half Marathon

Saturday, October 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with varying volunteer shifts. Volunteers will assist staff with course support, direction and encouragement as runners navigate this 13.1 mile trail run. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Hinkson Clean Sweep

Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: This annual litter event focuses on the cleanup of waterways throughout Columbia. Individuals and groups of all types and ages are welcome. Volunteers are welcome to choose their location. The five locations are as follows:

Flat Branch Park: This location is full with the maximum number of volunteers.
Grindstone Nature Area: Meet at the parking lot at 2011 Old 63 S.
MLK Gardens trail head: Meet in the trail head parking lot, 800 Stadium Blvd
Moon Valley Road: Meet at the Stephens Lake Building, 2100 East Broadway
MU Hinkson Field: Meet at Hinkson Field on Recreation Drive off of Mick Deaver Drive

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

This class will begin on October 23 and will be held on Wednesday nights from 5:30-7:30 until November 26. 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 McCullough for more information. 

Bring your Own Big Wheel

Saturday, October 26 from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the ARC track-1701 W. Ash St. Volunteers will assist staff with set up, course safety and lap counts, and tear down. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Homeless Youth Awareness Month Dodgeball Tournament 

Saturday, November 16 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Armory Sports Center-701 E. Ash St. Volunteers will serve as timers and court officials. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Holiday Lights Contest

Sunday, December 8 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Armory Sports Center-701 E. Ash St. Volunteers will assist staff with judging holiday lights in central Columbia. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Junior NBA Skills Challenge

Saturday, December 14 at the Armory Sports Center-701 E. Ash St. Four volunteers are needed to assist staff from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to serve as timers and court officials. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection 

Volunteers are needed to assist with traffic and direction and paint consolidation. Shifts are available 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  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. 

 Household Hazardous Waste Schedule

  • October 19
  • November 2
  • November 16

Crawdads Stream Team  & ECO Cleanups

Volunteers are instrumental to keeping Columbia’s streets, parks and streams clean. There are multiple opportunities for individuals and groups to help. Self schedule for any of the following, or contact Jody Cook or call 573-874-6271 for more information.  These litter events are leader lead with gloves, bags and safety vests provided. Drop ins are always welcome!      

Oct. 19 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Five Sites: Flat Branch Park This location is full, MLK Gardens trail head (800 Stadium), Moon Valley Rd (meet at 2100 East Broadway Stephens Lake Building), MU Hinkson Field (meet at Hinkson Field on Recreation Dr off of Mick Deaver Dr),  Grindstone Nature Area (meet at the parking lot at 2011 Old 63 S)
Nov. 9 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. East Campus Neighborhood, meet at the corner of Wilson and Lee St
Dec. 14 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Smiley Ln & N. Providence, meet on Arctic Wolf Ct

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!  

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!

  • Lil’ Lady Bulldogs Dance and Cheer Instructors wanted! Contact Mary Dewey to volunteer or call 573-817-5077 for more information.                   
  • We are looking for guitar instructors!! Contact Mary Dewey to volunteer or call 573-817-5077 for more information.
  • Flag Line Instructors needed! Would like to meet on Thursday’s from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Volunteer will instruct young women in flag routines, organize routines and secure venues for performances. Contact Mary Dewey for more information. 
  • Foreign Language Instructors: Share your foreign language skills  with children and/or adults – 3 program choices available, great opportunity to change someone’s life! Contact Mary Dewey to volunteer or call 573-817-5077 for more information. This activity will continue again in the fall.  You do not have to be an expert, just willing to teach (instructional materials are provided) and confident.

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: 10-15-19