Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing Volunteer Programs

Litter Team Cleanups

Volunteers are instrumental to keeping Columbia’s streets, parks and streams clean. Litter Team events are scheduled monthly. A volunteer or staff leader provides gloves, bags, safety vests and direction. Drop ins are always welcome!     Self schedule , or email Jody Cookopens an email link or call 573-874-6271 for more information.   

 With the orders loosening, this is an excellent opportunity to get outside and team with others to spruce up Columbia!  

Date Time Locations
Aug.  8 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Check in- 3909 Brown Station Rd. Faith Baptist Church
Sept. 19 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Check in- 601 Blue Ridge Rd, Grace Bible Church
Nov. 14 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Check in- MBS Books, 2711 W. Ash
Dec. 5 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Check in- The Corner of Wilson and Lee Streets

Litter Event Leadersopens PDF file  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 Cookopens an email link or call 573-874-6271. 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection- 

Volunteers assisted with Paint Consolidation and Traffic and Direction. Shifts are available 8a.m.-10a.m,  10a.m.-12p.m.  and 10a.m. -1p.m. Paint consolidation entails opening cans of water based paint, stirring to determine if its good or not, and pouring into 5 gallon buckets. Its a bit messy, but people really enjoy it. Gloves aprons and shoe covers are provided.  Those working traffic, greet cars and direct to the proper lane. When the collection resumes measures will be in place to keep volunteers, staff and the public safe. Upcoming dates:  Aug. 1 & 15, Sept. 5 & 19 Self schedule , or email Jody Cookopens an email link or call 573-874-6271 for more information. 

Blue Thunder Track Coach (April-July)opens PDF file

The Blue Thunder track season has been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19 and the lack of access to a practice facility. The club looks forward to the 2021 season and the return of the volunteers who help shape the lives of their young athletes.  For more information contact Camren Crossopens an email link and check out the Blue Thunder website!

Smaller Ballers Tyke Basketballopens PDF file

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 Volunteer Columbia for more information. 

Smaller Ballers has been postponed – stay tuned for future dates! 


This event has been moved to Saturday, August 15. Saturday, July 11, 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Gans Creek Recreation Area-3350 E Gans Rd. Volunteers will assist staff with various positions for this children’s event organized by Columbia Parks & Recreation. This is a fun filled event designed for children ages 4-15 yrs. Volunteer positions include course support, aid station and finish line support. Volunteer will need to be able to walk approximately 1/2 mile and be able to stand for long periods of time. Self schedule or email Volunteer Programs or call 573-874-7799 for more information. 


Postponed to Saturday, September12, 6:45-11:00 p.m. at Flat Branch Park-300 S Providence Rd. Volunteers will assist with course support and general support and direction. With support from Walt’s Bike Shop, this non-competitive, family friendly night time bike ride takes participants from Flat Branch Park to Twin Lakes Recreation Area and back for an approximately 8 mile round trip ride. Self schedule or email Volunteer Programs or call 573-874-7799 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 evaluationopens PDF file .   Volunteers must be 18 years of age and can choose their hours!

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 Deweyopens an email link 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!opens an email link

    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.comopens an email link.

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

    Updated:  7-7-2020