City of Columbia to honor volunteers Friday

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | 2:42 p.m. CDT; updated 5:52 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 15, 2012

COLUMBIA — Those who have contributed time and effort to the city of Columbia will be honored at a luncheon Friday.

The city will recognize its volunteers at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Sunrise Optimist Club Building, 2410 Parker St.

The event is meant to acknowledge the volunteer efforts that citizens have made to municipal government.

The 2012 Howard B. Lang Jr. Award for outstanding volunteer service to the city of Columbia will be awarded to Robert C. Smith, the mayor of Columbia in 1961 and 1962. He has been involved in the community for more than 60 years.

He will be presented with a plaque and $1,000.

Mayor Bob McDavid and City Manager Mike Matthes will be on hand to spotlight Columbia's volunteers of the month from 2011.

During the 2011 fiscal year, volunteers contributed 49,885 hours of service, which amounts to $1,086,000. According to a news release from Columbia's Volunteer Programs, that is the largest number of hours contributed since 1996.

Volunteer activities include picking up litter, teaching the public about recycling, helping at events, maintaining parks and assisting with children's activities.

To learn more about volunteering with the city, call Volunteer Programs at 874-7499 or visit its website at 

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