As the City’s Volunteer Program celebrates 25 years in 2021, we will highlight several long-time volunteers for their service. In February, we recognize Barb Melson. Barb is a volunteer with the Adopt-A-Spot Beautification Program and was previously recognized as the Volunteer of the Month in 2008
Barb cares for a median bed on Park de Ville Drive, just north of Broadway in west Columbia. She started with the program in the spring of 2004 and with the help of her husband, Bob, has shared hundreds of hours of service. Their spot has shared color and beauty for 17 years!
What Barb shared in 2008 continues to be true, “As we work, people are always stopping and thanking us for the beautiful flowers and work we do to help their neighborhood look nice.”
Barb is known for her endless energy! She was a physical education teacher with Columbia Public Schools for 37 years and since has had a career as a realtor. The City of Columbia says a big thank you to Barb and Bob for their work in Park de Ville Drive – it has been enjoyed by many!