Volunteer Programs is located in City Hall, 701 E. Broadway, fifth floor, in Community Development. We can be reached at 874-7499 or volunteer@GoColumbiaMo.com.

Do you enjoy fun, rewarding and new experiences? Then Volunteer Columbia has just the opportunity for you!

Here’s how you can volunteer! APPLY HERE

Volunteer Information Center – SELF SCHEDULE AND LOG HOURS HERE

  •  Recycling Ambassadors Training- ThursdayFebruary 25 6:00pm-8:00pm  at the ARC, 1701 W. Ash Street. The training educates volunteers about recycling,  reuse, and waste reduction. Ambassadors are ask to share a minimum of 12 hours a year promoting recycling. Opportunities include staffing education tables at festivals, giving presentations, community outreach projects, and assisting with education events. For more information, please contact Jody Cook at jfcook@gocolumbiamo.com.
  • Join us for Litter Pickups!  Coming up: 
    • Saturday, Feb. 13 – Canceled! 
    • Saturday, Feb. 20- 10 a.m. to noon- Meet at Wilson and Lee St.
    • Saturday, Feb. 27 – 10 a.m. to noon — Meet at Clark Lane & Hanover Blvd. 
    • Tuesday, March 15 – 3-5 p.m.  — Meet at 3909 Brown Station Road
    • Saturday, March 19 – 10 a.m. to noon — Douglass Park – Park along 5th Street, south of Rogers Street
  • Serve in our parks!  The 2016 TreeKeepers Academy will be held Saturday, March 19 and  CARP (Columbia Aquatic Restoration Project) classes will be held the evenings of March 15 & 22. Following class work, volunteer in our parks on hands-on projects! Both programs will be held at the Parks Management Center, 1507 Business Loop 70 West near Cosmo Park. 

  • Do you have a skill, talent, gift or passion that you would like to share with others through volunteering?  Arts, Music, Health, Sports, Fitness, Support Groups, Hobbies, Crafts, Dance, are just some of the examples.  You can share it with kids, teens, adults, and/or the retirement population.  If so, please contact Camren Cross at Columbia’s Parks & Recreation at 874-6378 or cdcross@gocolumbiamo.com.
  • Keep Embracing Youth (K.E.Y.) Boys Retreat– The Boys Lock-In for April 16 has been changed to a Boys Retreat. Hours are 8:00am-5:00pm at the Armory, 701 E Ash St., shifts are available. Volunteers will assist staff working with youth in attendance at male-only retreat. Positive Role models needed. Background checks are required; prefer volunteers who will return quarterly. The Boys’ Lock-Ins will resume the 3rd Friday of July.  

  • Keep Embracing Youth (K.E.Y.) Girl Lock-insThe Girls Lock-In for  April 23 has been changed to a Girls Retreat.  Hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Armory, 701 E Ash St., shifts are available. Volunteers will assist staff working with youth in attendance at at female-only retreat. Positive Role models needed. Background checks are required; prefer volunteers who will return quarterly.    
  • Do you have happy feet? Find out about volunteer opportunities that need the help of those skilled in dance, cheer and jump rope!
  • The City’s Volunteer Program and the Public Works Stormwater Education Program are partnering on a volunteer program to allow residents to adopt a rain garden
  • Student/Internship 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!
  • Columbia Parks & Recreation Community Recreation Program has several volunteer opportunities including:
      • We are looking for piano instructors!
      • 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. This activity will continue again in the fall.eded for 5-11 year olds and/or age 12 & up. You do not have to be an expert, just willing to teach (instructional materials are provided) and confident. 12 Thursday evening sessions beginning January 24, 2013, 6:15pm til 7:15pm for the younger students and 7:30pm til 8:30pm for 12 & up. 

      • Share YOUR special skill through Community Recreation! If you have a talent or passion that you’d like to share with kids, teens, adults or seniors/boomers but don’t see it listed here, let us know! Contact us to share your idea.

  • Getabout Columbia a project of Columbia Parks & Recreation has opportunities for Trail Ride Leaders and Education Campaign Assistants. Read more!

  • Board & Commission Openings – There are many great ways to serve our City!

  • Special Olympics – Positions are limited and filled weeks in advance so don’t wait to sign up. Must commit to the entire season and have a Class A application form on file. 
  • There are many special events coming up that need the help of volunteers! Visit our web calendar to learn more.         

  • Graffiti Removal: Neighborhoods and individuals are invited to adopt public areas that are frequently tagged with graffiti.

Office of Neighborhood Services

View our Event Calendar to see the many opportunities for volunteers.

Complete a volunteer application, you can fill it out online, or print out and mail it to us. Our address is Volunteer Programs, City of Columbia, P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205.

Office Location Information:
We are located at 701 E. Broadway, in City Hall. We are part of the Office of Neighborhood Services, in the Community Development Department. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Because we have a small staff we recommend calling before you make a trip to our office. We look forward to your visit!

Volunteer Guide for new and existing volunteers

What is Volunteer Columbia?

Volunteer Columbia connects citizens who want to serve with city staff and departments who have opportunities to help! The mission of the City’s Volunteer Programs is to provide valuable opportunities to build community while volunteering in city government.

Why Volunteer?

As a volunteer, you become a partner with Volunteer Columbia to implement programs that benefit you, your neighbor and the community as a whole! At the same time you can meet new people, explore new careers, stay active after retirement, or spend quality time with your family. Best yet — you’re helping others and making a difference in your community.

The City offers innovative volunteer opportunities that foster personal growth, development and satisfaction. The City will work to find a volunteer assignment that will fit both the talents and the time you want to share.

If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities with the city, e-mail us at volunteer@GoColumbiaMO.com or call 874-7499. Volunteer opportunities exist in every department and together we’ll find the right one for you.

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City of Columbia
Community Development Department

Office of Neighborhood Services ~ Volunteer Programs

P.O. Box 6015

701 E. Broadway – 5th floor

Columbia, MO  65205