Marsha and Johnny Nelson started volunteering with the City of Columbia in 2006 when they joined the Adopt-a-Spot Beautification Program. This program provides volunteers an opportunity to maintain landscaped beds located in the public right-of-way. Marsha said “why we volunteer for the Adopt-a-Spot program is fairly simple, we are Columbia natives and wanted to give back to our city in the way of the beautification program.”
Marsha said that there are many challenges to maintaining their bed such as the Missouri weather. They enjoy researching Missouri’s native flowers that are appropriate for their spot. Most importantly, Marsha said they continue to volunteer because the positive responses they receive from citizens as they drive by mean a lot to them.
Marsha and Johnny have dedicated hundreds of hours toward beautifying Blue Ridge Road over the past 12 years. We want to thank Marsha and Johnny for their continued service to ensure that Columbia is the best place for everyone to live, work, learn and play.
To learn more about the Adopt-a-Spot Beautification Program and other ways to volunteer, contact the City’s Volunteer Program at (573) 874-7499 or volunteer@CoMo.gov.