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Many opportunities for volunteering exist in the Columbia area
Thursday, December 4, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:24 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Voluntary Action Center will need volunteers for two-hour shifts Monday through Friday, Dec. 8 through Dec. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will be assisting in the collection and distribution of the holiday gifts and food for VAC’s 20th annual Christmas Program at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Call Cindy Mustard or Nancy Finke at 449-6959.

Boone County Council on Aging needs volunteers to assist low-income seniors with snow shoveling this winter. There is also a need for a volunteer to assist a disabled gentleman with grocery shopping during the morning or early afternoon hours. Another senior adult needs a couple of volunteers to waterproof her deck — this would just take a couple hours. If you can help with any of these projects call Andrea Kolb at 443-1111 or e-mail her at

Project Linus needs volunteers to make and donate homemade blankets for children at University Hospital and Boone Hospital. If you are interested or want to make a donation, call Lori at 474-2449 or Missy at 499-1971. Blankets can be dropped off any time at Satin Stitches.

Salvation Army has numerous volunteer opportunities for the coming holiday season. Volunteers are needed for bell ringing through Dec. 24. Call Vi at 442-3229 to get all the details to help out.

First Night Columbia will need volunteers on Dec. 31 in downtown Columbia to sell admission buttons, serve as ushers and assist in the children’s area. Call 874-7499 to get involved.

Boone Hospital needs volunteers to serve as patient companions to provide compassionate care. Shifts are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Volunteers are also needed for special events at the hospital. Call Tina Norris at 815-3205 to share your time.

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking volunteers for the new Columbia Hospitality Corps program. Volunteers will assist at the Lake of the Woods Visitor Center, Columbia Regional Airport and special events. The center is open seven days a week, and there are many flexible schedules for which to volunteer. To learn more, call the Office of Volunteer Services at 874-7499.

Lincoln-Unity-Hicks Resident Activity Center needs volunteers to help with after-school tutoring, especially with reading. The center is located at 212 Lincoln Drive. The center is owned by the Columbia Housing Authority, but the community runs the day-to-day operations. Call Almeta at 256-1543 to volunteer either before or after school.

Toys for Tots need volunteers to help at its toy collection spots at Target and other stores in Columbia in the upcoming months. If you have some time to share to help kids at Christmas, call Danny Weddle at 446-5192 or e-mail for all the shift times and other information.

Hallsville Care Packages for soldiers

Soaps, travel sized lotions and mouthwash are some of the toiletry items citizens of Hallsville raised to send to local soldiers serving in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. (ANDREA TAYLOR/Missourian)

The Columbia Area Senior Center needs volunteers to help with serving food, answering telephones, assisting in the office, meal ticket sales, yard work, building maintenance, Bingo from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and a variety of activities. Call 874-2050.

The SHARE Program is looking for Columbia families to have high school students from Germany, Brazil, Japan, Poland and other countries. Call 1 (800) 296-3738 for details.

The Boone Retirement Center needs volunteers to enrich and interact with the lives of its elderly residents. The center offers flexible hours, however, volunteers are especially needed on Saturdays. Call John at 449-6105 if you have the time to share to make that difference.

Volunteer Service Organization of Columbia Regional Hospital needs volunteers for a wide variety of positions. Call Melinda at 875-9218.

Community Hospices of America needs volunteers for patient support, respite care for families, office assistance, bereavement assistance and other opportunities. Extensive training is provided. Call Tiffany at 443-8360.

Columbia Residential Center needs volunteers to assist residents with a variety of activities at the center. Call Lisa at 815-9111.

— Source: the Voluntary Action Center

If your organization has need for volunteers, contact the Voluntary Action Center at 449-6959.

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