Volunteer Work Opportunities
Hospice Advantage in Boone County and surrounding areas
Volunteer opportunities available! Do you want to do something that is satisfying and of great service to your community? Join our team and become a Hospice Volunteer!
Hospice Advantage Volunteers provide friendship and emotional support to patients and their families during a critical time in life. After volunteers complete the required training, they are prepared to visit private homes or nursing homes to provide respite care for caregivers, offer companionship for the patient or help in other meaningful ways.
Volunteers can provide direct care to patients or assist in the office to better serve our patients and community as a whole indirectly.
For more information please contact Alicia Firman, MSW and Volunteer Coordinator at 573-442-9104 or by email [email protected] Additional information can also be found on our website www.hospiceadvantage.com .
Special Olympics swimming starts at end of January and there is an opening for a volunteer with swim experience in either competitive swimming or as a lifeguard. This is also a hands-on volunteer position.
Volunteers must have knowledge of the sport, a love for coaching/teaching, and commit to help for the entire season. A background check is required and volunteers must complete a Class A application form and bring a copy of their driver's license to the first practice. Please be in touch with us if you can help!
If you're interested in finding an ongoing local volunteer work opportunity, please visit the Office of Career Development to look through the Directory of Community Services for Boone County. This publication will provide you with numerous agencies to contact regarding volunteering. The following is a list of some of the many agencies who are in constant need of volunteers:
Alternative Community Training (ACT)
Contact: Sharla Hyler at 474-9446 ext. 209, or [email protected]
-Assist people with disabilities with activities such as arts and crafts, community integration, socialization and other skills.
American Red Cross
Contact: Brend Andres
-Dedicated to the reduction of disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke
American Red Cross
573-445-9411 or [email protected]
-Need instructors to to teach CPR, First-Aid, Babysitting, Disaster Preparedness.
-Weekday, evening and weekend positions available. Training provided with a minimum time commitment.
American Red Cross
Call 445-9411 or email: [email protected]
-Volunteers for Disaster Teams, Armed Forces Emergency Services, and Health & Safety programs.
-Paid or volunteer instructor
-Local, state, and national service programs focusing on education, health, public safety, and environment
-Opportunities: Tutoring, Fighting illiteracy, Teaching, Building affordable housing
Battered Mothers Resource Fund, Inc.
Contact: Tome Sill
-Need volunteers for the 24/7 hotline
-Help with clerical duties, research, special events, and activities
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Contact: Georgalu Swoboda, Executive Director
-Share time with a child
-Mentor in community-based, school-based, or site-based
Boone County Historical Society
-Volunteers serve as docents at the museum or help serve the community through other volunteer opportunities, such as volunteering at the historic Maplewood Home on Sunday afternoons from 1-4
Boone County Council on Aging
Contact: Diana at 443-1111
-Needs volunteers to assist seniors with yard work.
Boone Hospital Center
Contact: Tina Norris, Manager, Volunteer Services
-Learn new skills while making friends and developing new interests
-Receive the satisfaction that comes from being needed and doing something worthwhile that helps others
-Be a vital part of the healthcare team
Contact: Barb Shettleworth
573-815-3205 or [email protected]
-Volunteer in the gift shop, admissions, and in the volunteer offices
-Shifts available: Fridays 12:30-4:30pm and 4:30-8:30pm, Saturdays 12:30-4:30pm, or Sundays 12:30-4:30pm.
Boone Hospital Home Care and Hospice
Contact: Mary Foster
-Provide a time of relief for caregivers of the terminally ill patients and companionship for the patient
Boys & Girls Club of the Columbia Area
Contact: Vera Reichlin
-Mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring individuals
Opportunities: Tutor/ Program Aide for sports and fitness, health and life skills, character and leadership, art and education, and technology
Boys and Girls Town of Missouri
-Looking for volunteers for the following opportunities: help with various art projects and to meet and speak with the children (for religious leaders of any denomination). If you can help with any of these services, contact Crystal Uthlaut at 874-8686 or [email protected]
-Take leftover food from the Schnucks Deli to a local agency Tues, Wed, Thurs, or Saturday night at 6:45pm.
Camp Hickory Hill
Contact: Ken Luraas at 289-6792 or [email protected]
-Needs volunteers to help with maintenance of the facility and volunteers for clerical/office work such as typing, filing, newsletters, and mailings.
Catholic Network of Volunteer Service
-National membership organization of Christian volunteer and mission programs that fosters and promotes full-time national and international service opportunities for people of all backgrounds, ages, and skills
-Excellent opportunity to network with directors of faith-based, post-graduate, summer and spring/winter break service programs
Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
-Provides equestrian therapy for disabled students to help improve balance, coordination, strength, and muscle tone
-Opportunities: Preparing horses, groom, parades, fair, ride-a-thon
-No horse experience required
-Volunteers will be leaders and sidewalkers
Central Missouri Food Bank
Contact: John Wampler
573-474-1020 ext. 114, or [email protected]
-For every dollar donated, the food bank can acquire 20 pounds of food
-Help sort, inspect, label, and repackage food items donated
-Training provided at the beginning of each shift
-Flexible hours, days, nights, weekends
City of Columbia Public Works
Contact: Rachel at [email protected] or 874-6271
-Needs Household Hazardous Waste volunteers to direct traffic and dispense information at the HHW facility on the 1 st and 3 rd Saturdays of the month. -Volunteers work in 2-hour shifts (9-11am or 11am-1pm)
City of Columbia Office of Neighborhood Services
- Semester Projects with the Office of Neighborhood Services: We have an opening for a student assistant this fall to help us with our mission of supporting residential life in Columbia . Some positions are flexible and range from 2-5 hours or more each week. If you are looking for a rewarding semester-long experience please talk to us!
- Beginning Piano Instructor: Parks & Recreation is seeking instructors to teach beginning piano. An Advanced Piano Instructor is needed as well. To learn more, contact Camren Cross at 874-6378 or email him at [email protected] .
- Flag Line instructors are needed to work with young women through the Parks & Recreation community recreation program. Volunteers should have experience with dance and flags and work with the participants to develop routines. Two to four hours are needed each week with a flexible schedule.
- The “Reflections Poetry Society” is looking for leaders to help with this program the first and third Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. at the Armory, 701 E. Ash.
- Sho-Me Show-Stoppers Hip-Hop Dance Club is in need of instructors to teach young men and women in the art of Hip-Hop dancing!!! Put your skills to use and get some practice in yourself! You will be expected to put together routines and find venues for performances—a great opportunity for dance students! To learn more about this opportunity, contact Camren Cross at 874-6378 or [email protected] .
- Boone County Hoppers Jump Rope and Double Dutch Team seeks instructors to be positive role models who will lead and organize practices for the youth involved with the Jump Rope and Double Dutch Team. Instructional materials can be available to help with program development. For more information, Camren Cross would be glad to speak with you at 874-6378 or you may email him at [email protected] .
- Do you have dance and cheer skills? If so Parks & Recreation is looking for Cheer Group Instructors as part of the Lil' Lady Bulldogs Cheer/Dance Group . We have a great dance instructor and are seeking a cheer instructor to round out the classes. If you are interested contact Camren Cross at 874-6378 or [email protected] .
- Community Recreation is looking for adult leaders to work with youth on WOW – Welcome to our World online newspaper . Volunteers with an interest in working with youth and journalism are appropriate for this opening. If you are interested contact Camren Cross at 874-6378 or cdcross@GoColu[email protected] .
- Stream Cleanup volunteers spend time on the local streams removing urban litter and restoring the streams. All materials provided. “Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream” decals are placed by volunteers on storm drains in the city to educate citizens about storm water pollution.
- Park Patrol: Help keep our trails and parks safe by serving as a Park Patrol volunteer. Volunteers serve as extra eyes and ears and are asked to report suspicious activity and maintenance issues. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, agree to a background check and participate in training.
- Adopt-A- Spot : The City has two great Adopt-A- Spot programs – one for beautification, caring for landscaped beds along city streets, and another for picking up litter. We can also take groups at anytime for a special one-time trash pickup in a park. Help keep our city looking good!!
- Eco-cleanups - Groups or individuals may do a one-time litter-control cleanup of an area in Columbia . The Public Works Volunteer Program can help you select a spot for the size of your group (or you can select one yourself), provide bags, gloves, safety equipment and arrange for collection of the filled bags by City staff.
City of Columbia – Office of Neighborhood Services
3601 South Providence Road
P. O. Box 6015 - Columbia , MO 65205
874-7499 w [email protected]
Visit us online at www.GoColumbiaMo.com/Volunteer
Columbia/Boone County Health Department
-Needs childcare volunteers twice a month to care for children while their parents attend classes.
COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY'S (CHA'S) REWARDING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
-Helping Children and Youth Succeed & Strengthening Families
-Supporting Economic Self-Sufficiency & Promoting Independent Living
Individuals and/or groups are needed to:
-Work one-on-one or with small groups assisting children and youth with their homework (K-7th grade); Monday through Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center (301 N. Providence Rd.)
-Share their time and talents with up to 50 children and youth; Monday through Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (opportunities include once a week, once a month, or just one time) in the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center (301 N. Providence Rd.)
-Work one-on-one with adult participants assisting them with office and computer skills training, math, reading, and personal development, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center (301 N. Providence Rd.)
-Mentor financial management/home ownership class participants; help them create budgets, etc.
-Oversee the distribution of food at CHA's Annie Fisher Food Pantry (200 Boone Dr.) on Tuesdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. and/or Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
-Help unload the truck and stock shelves at the Annie Fisher Food Pantry on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
-Assist elderly residents and those with disabilities with housekeeping needs that will help them remain living independently in their own homes at Oak Towers (700 N. Garth Ave.) or Paquin Tower (1201 Paquin St.)
-Help teach basic computer skills to elderly residents and those with disabilities at Oak Towers (700 N. Garth Ave.) or Paquin Tower (1201 Paquin St.)
-“Adopt” the landscaping areas and planters located around the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center (301 N. Providence Rd.)
-College and University interns and practicum students are welcome
-CHA has many different opportunities for individuals who have been required to perform community service
For more information on how you can help make a difference, please contact Ron Schmidt at (573) 443-2556, ext. 1112 or [email protected]
Columbia Farmer's Market
447-0220 or [email protected]
-Needs volunteers on Saturday mornings from 8:00a to noon to help at the Information Booth and for other volunteer opportunities.
Columbia Regional Hospital
Contact: Kay Perry
573-875-9218 or [email protected]
-Join their Volunteer Services Team
-Current Positions: Mail Courier, Information Desk Assistant, Gift Shop Retailers, Registration Escorts, and Waiting Room Assistants
Community Hospices of America
-Non-medical volunteers needed to provide support to terminally ill patients and respite for their caregivers/families
Columbia Hospitality Corps
-Volunteers staff the Lake of the Woods Visitors Center
-Tasks will include greeting visitors, answering questions, providing information, and restocking brochures
-Recognized leader in the field of international volunteering
-Operates volunteer programs around the world
-Opportunities: Volunteer Abroad, International Internships, Field Work & Research
Cultural Canvas Thailand
Contact: +66 (0) 53 808 279, mobile +66 (0) 69 202 451
-HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness
-Burmese refugee education
-Hill tribe education and development
Family Counseling Center of Missouri
-Light yard work and painting
-Contact Susan at 443-2204
Fire Department: Community Emergency Response Teams or CERT
Contact: Darla Atkins 874-7556.
-A program that trains citizens to help themselves, their neighbors, and the Columbia Fire Department in the event of an emergency
Head Start, Central Missouri Counties; Human Development Corporation
Contact: Mernell King, Head Start Program Director
-Early Childhood Development Program
-Adult literacy; parent training; health and nutrition services; mental health and disability services
Health Department: Day Care
Contact: Maureen Coy at 874-7559 or [email protected]
-Provide child care for children of parents attending Health Department educational programs
-Time commitment: 2-4 hours per week
Heart of Missouri CASA
573-442-4427 or [email protected]
-Needs volunteers to act as advocates for children in the foster care system
Contact: Dana Batterson at 817-0089
-Volunteers commit 1 hour per week to work with youngsters
-Tutor, teach classes in such subjects as dance, art, cooking, sewing, etc.
Contact Jules Rains at 874-1139
-Needs volunteers to operate the air board M-F, 8am-Noon, or M-F, Noon-3pm; and to DJ from 3-5:30am.
Medical Reserve Corps - MRC
Contact: Frank Barfield at 874-6318 or [email protected]
-Volunteers will assist in times of disaster and help the Columbia/Boone County Health Department on public health projects
Mid-Missouri Crisis Line
Contact: Teresa Brisley, Program Director
573-445-5035, [email protected]
-24 hour general telephone crisis line
-Answer phones and help caller in crisis re-establish equilibrium, help work out problem
-Give out resources at end of call
-Crisis training provided
Mid-Missouri Furniture Bank
573-808-2757 or 573-356-5853
-Needs volunteers with trucks to help pick up and deliver donated furniture on the second and fourth Saturday of each month between the hours of noon and 5pm
Missionary Cencacle Volunteers
-Help Catholics become apostles
Monte Saino Natural Resource Conservation Center Volunteer Program
Fax/Telephone Quito: EcoCiencia 011(593-2)252-2999/254-5999/223-1624
email: [email protected]
web page: www.ecociencia.org
-Forest restoration, collection of native forest seeds, quality control inspection of seeds, experimental management of crawfish as an income generating project, etc.
Oakland Sewing Bee/Blanket Makers
Contact: Janis Stober
-Volunteers needed who can do cutting, sewing, and/or quilting
Paquin Towers assistants:
Contact: Sarah Buckert 874-6335
-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
-There are also opportunities to assist in the office
Parks and Recreation: Custodial
-Assist with the custodial duties of Park Management Center and recreational facilities
-Volunteers are needed two times per week, April through October, and one time per week during the rest of the year
Parks and Recreation: 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
Parks and Recreation: 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
Parks and Recreation: Sports Officials
-Officials for adult and youth softball, baseball, and basketball are needed
Parks and Recreation: Swim Instructor:
-Responsible adults and youth (at least 10 years old) to assist with swim instruction
-Aides will be paired with a certified instructor to instruct young swimmers
Parks and Recreation: Special Olympics Sports Programs
Contact: Jody Crane at 874-7312 or [email protected]
-Helpful 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
“PARTNERS IN FIGHTING HUNGER”
• Eight groups (2-3 persons each time) are needed to “adopt” the Annie Fisher Food Pantry (200 Boone Drive) one day each month:
- 1st Tuesday of each month from noon to 3:00 p.m.
- 1st Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- 2nd Tuesday of each month from noon to 3:00 p.m.
- 2nd Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- 3rd Tuesday of each month from noon to 3:00 p.m.
- 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- 4th Tuesday of each month from noon to 3:00 p.m.
- 4th Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
• Individuals are needed to help unload the truck and stock shelves at the Annie Fisher Food Pantry (200 Boone Drive) on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Fifty-two groups are needed to host a food drive one week per year. Items needed include:
- Baby carrots
- Bags of microwave popcorn
- Bottles of sports drinks (i.e., Gatorade, PowerAde, etc.)
- Boxed dinners (hamburger helper, tuna helper, etc.)
- Boxes of macaroni and cheese
- Bread, buns, bagels, etc.
- Canned fruit
- Canned meat (chicken, tuna, etc.)
- Canned soups and chili
- Canned vegetables
- Fresh fruit (bananas, apples, oranges, etc.)
- Frozen dinners
- Frozen fish sticks
- Frozen hot dogs
- Frozen meats
- Frozen pizzas
- Granola bars
- Individual bags of chips
- Individual fruit cups
- Individual fruit snacks
- Individual juice boxes or juice bottles
- Lunch meats
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Baby food
- Baby formula
- Dish soap and laundry detergent
- Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, etc.)
- Tooth brushes and toothpaste
For more information on how you can help the Columbia Housing Authority fight hunger, please contact Ron Schmidt at 443-2556, ext. 1112 or [email protected]
Phoenix Programs, Inc.
Contact: Jennifer at 356-4529 or visit www.phoenixprogramsinc.org.
-Needs volunteers to help with food preparation, serve meals on weekends, and transport outpatient clients.
-Need volunteers to act as friendly visitors, phone buddies, and provide support to Hospice patients and their families. Training provided.
Rainbow House Emergency Shelter
Contact: Lori Stoll
573-474-6600 or [email protected]
-Needs caring volunteers to help with daily activities and general care of the children and with light office work in the Advocacy Center. Other opportunities include outreach, special projects in the yard and home, and general maintenance.
-Training and orientation will be provided.
Ronald McDonald House
Contact: Jennifer Miller at 443-7666 or [email protected]
-Needs individual volunteers to help in their guestrooms, family rooms, and common areas.
-Groups interested in hosting snack drives or meal providers are also needed.
-Also need a group of about 5-12 people to spend a weekday deep cleaning guestrooms.
Contact: Cindy Chapman at 573-442-3229, [email protected]
-International Religious and Charitable Movement
-Provides needy people the most basic necessities of food, shelter, and clothing
-Social Development Programs, Disaster Relief, Nursing Home Visitation and Outreach
Contact: Shirley Hargis at 449-1771
-Pack food boxes and carry them to cars for the elderly and disabled.
The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Contact: Cherice Fleming Togun
573-875-1369 or [email protected]
-Assist the agency in empowering women, men, and children on their 24-hour hotline in court, at local hospitals, and at The Shelter.
Show-Me Central Habitat For Humanity
-International, ecumeniacl, Christian housing ministry dedicated to providing simple, affordable housing to low income families
-Opportunities: Help build a house, Staff the ReStore, Serve lunch to construction crews, Help locate building sites
St. Francis Home
Contact: Lana Jacobs
-Needs new or gently used towels for their homeless residents to have for showers
-Please bring them to either the Day Center at 616 Park or St. Francis Home at 901 Rangeline
State Historical Society of Missouri
Contact: Seth Smith 573- 882–1187 or [email protected]
“Volunteers can assist with exhibits and special events, help build our electronic databases, or work on indexing projects, among other assignments.
Strategic National Stockpile Distribution Volunteers
Contact: Frank Barfield at 874-6318 or [email protected]
-In the event of a national emergency there may be a need to vaccinate large numbers of people in a short time period
-Volunteers will be needed to collect data, administer medication, and share instructions with the public
-Volunteers with or without medical experience are needed
Theater Reaching Young People & Schools
Contact: Jill Womack
-Volunteer to be an usher, build or paint sets, or sew and/or repair costumes
Trinity Mission Center
-Offer short-term and long-term service opportunities for young adults, some of which could also serve as summer internship possibilities
Toys For Tots
Contact: Dannie Weddle
-Assist the Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas
-Volunteer to work with children and the elderly
-Become a role model, friend, mentor, and tutor to Columbia youth
-Become friends with senior citizens
-Work with preschool children at local United Way day care center
Voluntary Action Center
-Opportunities: Education, Childcare, Arts, Literacy, Administration
-Located at 715 Park
-Needs individual or group volunteers to help sort items and hang the clothing.
Contact: Tia Felts at 886-2006, or got to www.youzeum.org for an application
-Fundraising, events, gift shop, tours, exhibit demonstrators and more!