This directory provides a list of City Departments that may be in need of volunteers and a list of their programs.
Columbia Hospitality Corps: Volunteers staff the City Hall Visitors Center located in the lobby of City Hall at 701 East Broadway. Tasks include greeting visitors, answering questions, providing information, and restocking brochures. Shift times are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information call 874-7499, or contact us.
Internship: Assist in coordinating special projects and programs such as special events, Arts Express Newsletter, public art programs and general office duties. For more information call 874-6386.
Community Emergency Response Teams or CERT is a program that trains citizens to help themselves, their neighbors, and the Columbia Fire Department in the event of an emergency. Classes are 16 hours in length and participants must attend the entire course to participate. No classes are on the calendar, but we would be happy to notify you of future classes. Contact: Darla Atkins, Columbia Fire Department, 874-7556.
Child Care: Provide child care for children of parents attending Health Department educational programs. Time commitment: 2-4 hours per month. For more information call Volunteer Services at 874-7499 or email volunteer@GoColumbiaMo.com.
Medical Reserve Corps: MRC volunteers will assist in times of disaster and help the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services on public health projects. Volunteer now or contact Dan Schneiderjohn to learn more: DRSCHNEI@GoColumbiaMO.com.
Beginning Guitar Instructors are needed for 5-11 year olds and also age 12 & up. You do not have to be an expert, just willing to teach (instructional materials are provided) and confident. Learn more!
Beginning Piano/Keyboard Instructors and Advanced Piano/Keyboard Instructors needed to teach the basics to the youth involved--a great opportunity for music students and others to share their skills and be a positive role model! This will be an ongoing program with 1-2 meetings per week. Let us know if you'd like to inquire further.
Boy Scout Eagle Scout Projects: If you're interested in doing an Eagle Scout project with the city, visit Parks & Recreation's page dedicated to helping you get started!
Bike Safety Rodeo: This annual event, normally held in May, is an interactive way to teach children bike safety. Volunteers work with the kids as they go through nine bike skills stations. For information call Dayton Grover, 874-7642.
Blue Thunder Track is a youth track program. Volunteer coaches are often needed. To get involved contact Camren Cross at 874-6378.
Boone County Hoppers Double Dutch & Jump Rope Team: Instructors for the Team are needed to lead and organize practices and be a positive role model to the youth involved. Some of the responsibilities are to conduct practices, choreograph routines, and find performance opportunities. Volunteers must be consistent, good with children and at least 20 years of age. Ability to double dutch is not a requirement. For more information, contact Camren at 874-6378.
C.A.R.P. - Columbia Aquatic Restoration Project: Volunteers attended a three week course on lake management, storm water, and aquatic plants and insects and will then share their time to plant and maintain vegetation along Columbia's streams and lakes. Projects are held on Saturday mornings in cooperation with Parks staff.
First Night: Volunteers are needed for children’s activities, admission button sales, and as ushers, coordinators/assistants at multiple downtown venues on December 31, 6 p.m. to midnight. Shifts vary and volunteers receive an admission button to enjoy the event. For more information call 874-7499 or e-mail volunteer@GoColumbiaMo.com.
Fitness Instructors: Instructors are needed for tennis, cardio kick boxing, aerobics, step aerobics, yoga, and any other fitness activity. Youth sports camp coaches are also needed. To find out more call 874-7460.
Heritage Festival: Volunteers are needed for a number of tasks at the annual Heritage Festival held annually in September. Set-up, children’s activities, survey takers are needed each year. Call 874-7499 or volunteer@GoColumbiaMO.com
Kids Triathlon & Duathlon: Volunteer timekeepers, course-helpers and registration assistants are needed for both the Triathlon, held in June, and Duathlon, held in October. To get involved contact Dayton Grover 874-7642 or dqg@GoColumbiaMO.com
WOW - Welcome to Our World Online Newspaper: Volunteer to help with this online publication that features the youth of Columbia. Youth provide the articles, photos, and artwork for WOW, a program of Community Recreation. The program meets on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. at the Armory, 701 E. Ash. Learn more by calling 874-6378.
Paquin Towers assistants: Volunteers can assist residents of Paquin Towers by helping with the Walking program or helping residents on an individual basis with their grocery shopping or other tasks. Great opportunity for college students! There are also opportunities to assist in the office. E-mail Sarah Bowman to volunteer or call 874-6335.
Park Cleanup: Help keep Columbia's parks clean! Groups or individuals can work in a park site identified by parks staff. This is an excellent one-time project. Contact us at 874-7499 or volunteer@GoColumbiaMo.com.
Recreation Leaders: Lead community recreation activities at various locations. Activities include music, arts & crafts, cheerleading, baton twirling, pottery making, tae kwon-do, women's health, modeling, etc. Assist in activities involving individuals with disabilities, Special Olympians, senior citizens, and inter-generational activities. Time commitment: flexible. For information call 874-7499.
Santa Hotline: Volunteers take gift requests on the phone from area children posing as Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves. This is a great event for groups and individuals. This event is held on either the first or second Saturday each December from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Shifts are two hours with three people per shift, with the last shift being 3 hours.
Spanish Instructors: Share your skills in the Spanish language with children and/or adults - 3 program choices available, great opportunity to change someone's life! E-mail Mary Dewey to volunteer or call 817-5077.
Sports Officials: Officials for adult and youth softball, baseball, and basketball are needed. To get involved call 874-7706.
Swim Instructor: Parks & Recreation is looking for responsible adults and youth (at least 12 years old) to assist with swim instruction. Aides will be paired with a certified instructor to instruct young swimmers. If you would like to volunteer call 874-7700.
Special Olympics: Special Olympics provide year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for people with disabilities. Contact the Office of Volunteer Services to get involved. Our calendar will also include upcoming Special Olympics activities. Read more about Special Olympics. Special Olympic opportunities for training, competition and tournaments are offered through these programs. To volunteer contact Jody Cook of the Parks and Recreation Department on JFCRANE@GoColumbiaMO.com or 874-7312. It is helpful for volunteers to have a sports background as you will be interacting with the athletes during practices. Programs offered are Aquatics, January through May; Bocce, Tennis and Track & Field, March through May; Softball, May through August; Golf, June through August; Volleyball, Soccer, July through October; Bowling, August through December; and Basketball, November through March.
Adapted Youth program: The Adapted Youth program provides activities similar to Special Olympics for children younger than 18 years of age. For more information call 874-7312.
Tiger Night of Fun: This annual event is held inside the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse on Halloween night. Volunteer groups provide activities to 6th grade and younger children. Individual help is also needed. Contact Janel at 874-7467 or JLT@GoColumbiaMO.com
Tons of Trucks: This annual April event needs general volunteers, who will be assigned duties as needed. Call Erin Carrillo at 874-6341 or e-mail EDCARRIL@GoColumbiaMo.com to help.
TreeKeepers: Volunteers are taught about tree identification, care and maintenance during the TreeKeepers course. In exchange, volunteers agree to donate 36 hours of volunteer service toward City of Columbia tree projects. For information and an application call 874-7499 or e-mail volunteer@GoColumbiaMO.com
Cadets: Cadets provide assistance to police officers in non-enforcement activities, allowing the officers to concentrate on enforcement activities. For information on how to apply contact Officer Anthony Ash.
Columbia Police Volunteers: Community volunteers become an extension of the police department by assisting in a variety of ways. Volunteers must be 18 years old and undergo a criminal background check. For more information please call Officer Jill Wieneke at 874-7448 or JAWIENEK@GoColumbiaMO.com.
Neighborhood Watch: Citizens are trained to be the eyes and ears of their neighborhood. Volunteers are needed to start Neighborhood Watch groups and to participate in existing groups. The Police Department is also looking for volunteers for the Neighborhood Watch Volunteer Corps to assist with revitalization efforts and communicate with block captains.
Reserve Officer: Columbia Police Reserves act in some capacity as a full time Columbia Police Officer. Services include responding to 911 calls and staffing special events. Reserves work directly with Columbia Police Officers in enforcement activities. Requires the same training as a full time Columbia Police Officer.
Crime Blockers: Join neighbors to reduce crime in their neighborhood. Volunteers participate as map and sign aides, on the speaker's bureau, as a telephone caller, office assistant, computer clerk and board of directors. Time commitment: flexible. Call the 874-7405.
Citizens Police Review Board seeks Volunteer Advocates. Persons filling these positions will be trained to assist citizens who have lodged a complaint or who may want to lodge a complaint against a City of Columbia police officer. Schedule is varied; volunteer advocates will meet with complainants as needed and may attend meetings regarding the complaint. Volunteers should make a minimum of one-year commitment to this program. To learn more: Contact the City of Columbia Law Department at 573-874-7223.
Adopt A Spot Litter Control: This clean-up program is designed for groups or individuals who want to help keep Columbia clean. Adopters pick up trash along a street or in a park and are asked to commit to a minimum of four pickups over one year. One-time litter control projects are also available.
Compost Trainer: Teach others about composting so they can help the environment, too. You will be trained to lead workshops held in the spring and fall.
Graffiti Removal: Groups and individuals are needed to remove graffiti from public property including light boxes, street light poles, and parking meters particularly in the downtown. Projects can be arranged through the Office of Volunteer Services who will provide you with instructions and supplies.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Aide: Volunteers greet citizens, answer questions about the materials being delivered. Collection days are held on the first and third Saturdays of the month, April through November, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Vermi Composting: Public Works is looking for volunteers interested in introducing children and their teachers to worm composting. Volunteers are needed to deliver and collect the bins. The schedule would be flexible, mostly weekday mornings.For information on any Public Works - Solid Waste volunteer opportunity contact Rosemary to learn more: 874-6271 or pw-volunteer@GoColumbiaMo.com
Stream Cleanups: Each
spring and fall, volunteers spend time on Columbia's
streams, sprucing up the banks and removing trash
from the stream bed. No experience necessary! Volunteers
and groups are needed to clean streams for approximately
two hours, flexible days and hours. Supplies are
provided. Contact Michael Heimos or call him at 817-6447.
"Dump No Waste...Drains to Streams" Decals: Groups or individuals may volunteer to place colorful blue and green decals on local storm drains as a reminder that whatever goes into a storm drain comes out in a stream. No experience necessary. Supplies and directions are provided. You may apply as many or as few decals as you want. Related informational door hangers are also provided. Contact Michael Heimos or call him at 817-6447.
Adopt-A-Spot Beautification: Individuals or groups volunteer to care for city landscaping in beds throughout Columbia. A four-year commitment is required. Volunteers can adopt an existing bed or propose a new site. Responsibilities include weeding, watering, mulching, and planting annual flowers in the spot.
Adopt-A-Spot Bed Reviewer: 1-4 individuals are needed to serve for a 12-month period as Reviewers for our many Adopt-A-Spot beds. Reviewers will be assigned an area to evaluate 3 times during the growing season, and will provide feedback that praises or encourages the adopters about the status of their beds. Time commitment flexible.
Cleanup Columbia: This annual springtime city-wide cleanup is perfect for groups, churches, businesses or individuals.
Mayor’s Challenge: Bike, Walk, Wheel Week: This annual May event challenges Columbia area residents to walk, wheel or bike to their destination at least once a week. Volunteers are needed to operate breakfast stations throughout Columbia for participants. To learn more, check our web site in the spring or call 874-7499.
Neighborhood Pride allows citizens to keep their neighborhood safe and clean. While walking throughout their neighborhood, participants are asked to pick up trash, report any suspicious activity and let the city know about any repairs that are needed on public property.
Park Patrol: Park & trail volunteers are needed to monitor our trails during daylight hours to help keep them clean, safe, and in good repair. Volunteers must be 18 years of age, pass a criminal history review and attend a training session. Call 874-7499 or email: volunteer@GoColumbiaMo.com.
Photographer: Volunteer photographers are used to record our events. We supply a disk to transfer digital photos onto and you take the photos. Opportunities are ongoing and held throughout the year.
Publication Assistant: Help write, design and produce publications to market city programs. Hours are flexible--work on an as needed basis. Target locations appropriate for distribution of City program material, and distribute that information to those locations. Time commitment: flexible.
Youth In Action: This summer volunteer program, designed for kids ages 12 to 15, gives youth an opportunity to assist with a number of activities within the city and community. City staff organize and oversee all projects.
For information on any Office of Volunteer Services opportunity contact us at 874-7499 or volunteer@GoColumbiaMO.com. You may also contact us about any volunteer opportunity listed in this directory and we would be glad to assist you.