Contact: Leigh Britt
Neighborhood Services Manager
The City of Columbia will recognize the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who have contributed to municipal government at a lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the CBO Event Center at The Elks, 4747 E. Elk Park Drive. Those who have volunteered with the city since Jan. 1, 2012, have been invited. Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Hoppe and City Manager Mike Matthes are scheduled to share greetings with volunteers and will recognize the City's Volunteers of the Month for 2012.
Volunteers serve the city in numerous ways, including greeting visitors, beautifying streets, picking up litter, teaching the public about recycling, helping at festivals and special events, and keeping the community safe. Volunteers also assist the city in preparing for disasters, maintaining parks and assisting with children's activities.
During the city's 2012 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, volunteers contributed 50,300 hours toward city programs and projects. Based on a national value for volunteer service, these hours are worth more than $1,096,000. This was the largest number of hours given to the city since it began collecting data on volunteer activities in 1996.
Anyone wanting to learn more about volunteering opportunities with the City of Columbia can call Volunteer Programs at 874-7499 or visit the city's website at www.GoColumbiaMo.com.