Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing Volunteer Programs

Cleanup Columbia- Canceled

Saturday, April 11,  Cleanup Columbia  has been canceled due to the City of Columbia’s COVID-19 Stay at Home Order.  Volunteer Programs will follow up with all registrants once normalcy has returned. We will support those who wish to do a cleanup at a date and time convenient to them.

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
May 9 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.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  9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Meet at Bear Creak Trail, 3200 Creasy Springs Rd.
Aug.  8 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Meet at Faith Baptist Church, 3909 Brown Station Rd.
Sept. 19 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Meet at Grace Bible Church, 601 Blue Ridge Rd. Volunteers are welcome to work only a portion of the time
Oct. 10 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. TBD
Nov. 14 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Meet at MBS Textbooks 2711 W. Ash St.
Dec. 5 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Meet at corner of Wilson and Lee St.

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.

Medical Reserve Corps-Canceled

The next Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) meeting is Thursday, April 2  for Radiation Monitoring Training. Future meetings will be held the first Thursday of each month; 5:30-6:30 p.m, Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services. 1005 W. Worley Street.  To learn more about  MRC contact Rebecca Estes

TreeKeeper Projects-Postponed

TreeKeeper projects are designed for volunteers who have completed TreeKeepers Academy. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

  • Arbor Day Tree Wrap-Friday, April 3 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Parks Management Center-1507 Business Loop 70 W. 
  • Arbor Day Tree Giveaway-Saturday, April 4 from 7:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Columbia Farmer’s Market-1769 W Ash St

Blue Thunder Track Coach (April-July)

April practices have been canceled. The season is from April-July.  Normal practices are Tues, Thurs (6-7:30 p.m.) & Saturdays (10-11:30 a.m.)  Approximately 3-5 hours a week. Specialty practices (hurdles, jumps, etc) days and times can vary. Meets are most often on weekends, coaches are welcome to attend, but not required. Distance coaches will have the opportunity to coach cross country in the fall if desired. Assistant Track Coaches: Distance, Mid Distance, Hurdles, Sprints, Long Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Throws (shot, discus, javelin) & Race Walk for Blue Thunder Track Club. Volunteer will coach, guide and instruct the young men and women in their continuous pursuit of getting better at their craft. Based out of the Armory Sports Center – 701 E Ash. Practices take place at the high school tracks, early season practices are most often at Stephen’s Lake Park on the lower east side using the Broadway entrance.  For more information contact Camren Cross and check out the Blue Thunder website!

Kite Flying-Postponed

Saturday, April 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. at Douglass Park-400 N Providence. Volunteers will assist staff with helping children learn how to fly kites. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Eggstravaganza-Canceled

Saturday, April 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Douglass Park-400 N Providence & 2:00-4:30 p.m. at Indian Hills-5009 Aztec Blvd. Volunteers will assist staff with various Easter activity stations such as sidewalk chalk, face painting and games. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Cleanup Columbia- Canceled

Saturday, April 11,  Cleanup Columbia  has been canceled due to the City of Columbia’s COVID-19 Stay at Home Order.  Volunteer Programs will follow up with all registrants once normalcy has returned. We will support those who wish to do a cleanup at a date and time convenient to them.

Respite Care Event for Foster Families-Canceled

Friday, April 17, 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 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. The Friday, March 20th Respite Event has been CANCELED.

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, April 15-May 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. Canceled

Wednesdays, July 8-August 12: 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.

Scout-A-Rama-Postponed

Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 12:00-3:00 p.m, Armory Sports Center-701 E. Ash. Volunteers will assist staff with registration in the Pine Derby Cars and Rain Gutter Regatta. Volunteers will also help with setup/clean up and outside activities if needed.  Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The April Collection Dates have been canceled . Volunteers assisted with Paint Consolidation and Traffic and Direction. Shifts are available 8a.m.-10a.m. and 10a.m.-12p.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. Upcoming dates:  May 2, 16, June 6, 20  Self schedule , or email Jody Cook or call 573-874-6271 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. The next training is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 – 6:00-7:30 p.m.  This training will be held online. Please let us know if you are interested and we will send you additional details!

Fit-Tastic Neighborhood Block Party-Postponed

Saturday, April 25, 4:00-8:00 p.m., Clary-Shy Community Park-1769 W. Ash St. Volunteers will assist staff with engaging children in various activities to promote physical activity and healthy eating. Tasks also include help with setup and clean up.  

Rainbow House Spring Fair-Canceled

Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., White Gate and Towne Dr. Volunteers will assist staff with engaging children in various activities and help to promote Parks and Recreation programs. 

Earth Day 

Sunday, April 26, Peace Park-401 S 9th St.- Volunteers are needed to assist staff with Children’s Activities at Kids Park. Shifts are 11:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. & 2:30-4:30 p.m.  Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Family Fun Fest

Every 3rd Wednesday from May-September from 5:45-8:15 p.m. at Cosmo Park-1615 Business Loop 70 W. Entertainment for families including music, food trucks, live performances, and art activities. Volunteers will assist with set up, tear down, and facilitate games and activities designed for children. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Wednesday, May 20 (Kindness Carnival)
Wednesday, June 17 (Fitness is Fun)
Wednesday, July 15 (Explore Outdoors)
Wednesday, August 19 (Around the World)
Wednesday, September 16 (Creative Kids)

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

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

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:          

      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!

            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.

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

            Updated: 3-23-2020