Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing Volunteer Programs

Youth In Action is Back for 2019! 

 Learn more about the program and sign up for projects! For more information contact Chris Cole.

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:


  • When: Sunday evenings starting Sunday, February 10 through May 19 
  • Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Hickman Pool@1104 N. Providence Rd, 


  • When: Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday, April 3 through May 22 
  • Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Armory Sports Center@701 E Ash St. 

Track & Field

  • When: Thursday evenings starting Thursday, April 4 through May 19 
  • Time: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Location: West Middle School@401 Clinkscales Rd.


  • When: Monday or Tuesday evenings beginning June 17 and 18
  • Time: 6-7pm or 7-8pm depending on team assignment or preference
  • Location: Again Street Park-Softball Fields@1200 Again St.
  • When: Wednesday evenings beginning July 17th
  • Time: 6-7pm
  • Location: Cosmo Park Tennis Courts@1615 Business Loop 70 W
  • When: Wednesday evenings beginning July 24th
  • Time: 6-7pm
  • Location: Cosmo Park Bocce Courts@1615 Business Loop 70 W
  • When: Thursday evenings beginning July 11th
  • Time: 6-7pm or 6-8pm depending on experience
  • Location: LA Nickell Golf Course@1800 Parkside Dr.                              

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. 

Blue Thunder Track Coach (April-July)

First practice: April 2. Season is from April-July. First practice is April 2. 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. All interested in the sport despite the event, please inquire. Volunteer will Coach, guide and instruct the young men and women in their continuous pursuit of getting better at their craft. Will come to practices and be a positive, encouraging, supportive role model and example to our kids and for our club. Based out of the Armory Sports Center – 701 E Ash. Corner of Ash and 7th street downtown behind the Courts Building. 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 Sabrina Lambrecht and check out the Blue Thunder website!

CARP Projects

All projects will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  and are planned for volunteers who have completed the CARP (Columbia Aquatic Restoration Project) class.  

  • Saturday, August 31-Perry Phillips Lake-5050 Bristol Lake Pkwy
  • Saturday, September 14-Stephens Lake Park-2001 E Broadway
  • Saturday, September 28-Smiley Lane Park-400 Smiley Lane
  • Saturday, October 12-3M Wetlands site along the MKT 

Douglass Youth Baseball League

Douglass Youth Baseball League Coaches, Umpires and Board Members: Practice begins in early May. The League begins June 3. Games will take place on Kelly Field located in Douglass Park, on the corner of Providence & Rogers. 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, June 19 (Explore Outdoors) This event is filled-Thank you!!!

Wednesday, July 17 (Fitness is Fun)

Wednesday, August 21 (Around the World)

Wednesday, September 18 (Creative Kids)

Smaller Ballers

Wednesdays, June 5-July 3: 4 & 5 year old’s will meet from 5:45-6:45 p.m., 6 & 7 year old’s will meet from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Sundays, August 4-September 8: 4 & 5 year old’s will meet from 5:45-6:45 p.m., 6 & 7 year old’s 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. 

Whitegate Block Party

Saturday, June 15: 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Whitegate and Towne Dr.  in partnership with the Columbia Insurance Group. Join us for this fun, family friendly event! Volunteers will assist staff with set up, games, inflatables, food and tear down. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information.

Volunteer Shifts Available:

Set Up Staff: 12:30-2:00

Games Staff: 1:30-4:00 

Food Staff: 1:30-4:00 

Inflatable Supervisor: 1:30-4:00

Clean up staff: 3:30-4:30


Saturday, June 22, 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 contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Fire in the Sky

Thursday, July 4, 1:00-10:00 p.m. in downtown Columbia. Fire in the Sky is presented by Columbia Insurance Group and KOMU 8. Join us for this family friendly event as we celebrate July 4th with food, fireworks, free entertainment and so much fun!  Volunteer positions include assistance with set up, children’s activities, inflatables, stages, parking, park monitoring, information booth and tear down. Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Volunteer Shifts Available:

Set Up at Lucky’s: 1-4:00 

Set Up at Flat Branch: 1-4:00  

Children’s Area @ Flat Branch Park: 5:30-9:00 

Inflatables Supervisors: 5:30-9:00

Children’s Area & Tear Down: 5:30-10:00

Stage Crew @ Flat Branch: 6-10:00

Stage Crew @ Lucky’s: 6-10:00

VIP Parking Lot: 6-9

Park Monitor @ Flat Branch: 6-10

Park Monitor @ Lucky’s: 6-10

Information Booth: 6-9

Indian Hills Block Party Featuring Wacky Water Olympics

Saturday, July 27, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Indian Hills Park-5009 Aztec Blvd. Volunteers will assist with water balloons, water games, and food. Cool off with us and have some fun in the sun!  Self schedule or contact Sabrina Lambrecht for more information. 

Volunteer Shifts Available:

Set Up Staff: 12:30-2:00

Assist with Water Games:12:30-2:00

Games Staff: 1:30-4:00 

Food Staff: 1:30-4:00 

Inflatable Supervisor: 1:30-4:00

Clean up staff: 3:30-4:30

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

  • June 15
  • July 6 Cancelled
  • July 20
  • August 3
  • August 17
  • September 7  Cancelled
  • September 21
  • October 5
  • October 19
  • November 2
  • November 16

ECO Cleanups-Crawdads Stream Team  

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 in are welcome!      

Date Time Volunteer Check-In
July 13 9a.m. -11.am. Bear Creek Nature Area
August  10 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Flat Branch Park and Trail- Meet at playground off of Elm Street
Sept. 14 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Big Bear Ct
Oct. 12 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Five sites TBD
Nov. 9 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. east Campus Neighborhood

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!  

Volunteer of the Month Writer

Volunteers will assist staff with writing a 250 word article on the Volunteer of the Month nominee to be featured in city publications and media.  Credit will be given to the writer in the article. For more information contact Sabrina Lambrecht

Graffiti Removal

Neighborhoods and individuals are invited to adopt public areas that are frequently tagged with graffiti.

 Ongoing Parks and Recreation Volunteer Opportunities Available!                      

  • 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: 6-14-19