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Assistance League® of Mid Missouri
Upscale Resale Shop
1729 W. Broadway, Suite 1A, Columbia, MO 65203
573-445-4803 (shop)   573-445-3848 (office)

www.almm.org

All proceeds from the Upscale Resale Shop go to support the Assistance League of Mid Missouri’s 10 philanthropic programs, which have goals ranging from providing grants to local teachers for enriching the classroom experience to supporting local victims of domestic abuse.



American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter
Columbia Branch Office, 1805 W. Worley St., Columbia, MO 65203
573-445-9411

www.redcross.org

The American Red Cross provides compassionate care to those in need through disaster relief; supporting America’s military families; lifesaving blood services; health and safety services; and international humanitarian work. The Heart of Missouri chapter covers 21 counties.




Big Brother Big Sister of Central Missouri
4250 E Broadway #1067, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 874-3677  
Fax: (573) 874-3679
sarahg@bigsofcentralmo.org

Hours: 8 am-5 pm Monday through Friday
Services: Provides volunteers to mentor children in need of an adult role model. Mentors children of single parents or prisoners; children in Columbia Public Schools grades k-9 and in after school community centers; Teen works program mentor teen parents and older teens.
Eligibility: Age 6-14, single parent family, foster children, or children of incarcerated parents
Fees: None



Camp Hickory Hill
P.O. Box 1942, Columbia, MO 65205
573-445-9146

www.camphickoryhill.com

Founded: 1976  Program expenses are 100 percent of total expenses.
Who’s in charge: Frank La Mantia, development director
How it serves: The camp’s mission is to teach children ages 7 to 13 who have juvenile diabetes how to manage and control their disease with help from their families and health providers. The camp is also a place where the campers find peer support.




The Center Project
515 Hickman Ave, Columbia, MO 65201
573-449-1188  
info@thecenterproject.org
www.thecenterproject.org
https://www.facebook.com/thecenterproject/

Hours: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (M-T) – check website for other hours; voice messages can be left at any time at 573-449-1188
Services: Social activities and support groups for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, and ally residents of Mid-Missouri, meeting space for other LGBT and ally organizations. 
Volunteer applications are on website
Fee: Free except for some fundraising and educational activities
Eligibility: All gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, and ally residents of Mid-Missouri
Geographic Area Served: Mid-Missouri (Boone and the seven surrounding counties)



Central Missouri Humane Society
616 Big Bear Blvd. Columbia, MO 65202
(573)443-3893    Fax: (573)875-6155
Hours: 8-5 pm daily; Animal Area 11-4:30 pm, 7 days a week
staff@cmhspets.org
www.cmhspets.org
www.facebook.com/cmhspets

Services: Adoption counseling and placement of unwanted animals into new homes; lost/found animals; emergency rescue service for animals in distress or injured (no treatment); educational programs; low income/low cost spay and neuter program; all unwanted animals are accepted
Eligibility: None
Fees: Donation for adoption; rescue services fee; spay and neuter program for animals of persons
who meet income requirements intake fee $20.00



Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition
601 Business Loop 70W, Columbia, MO 65203
866-590-5959  Text: 866-590-5959
help@stophumantraffickingmo.com
www.stophumantraffickingmo.com

Hours: This volunteer-run organization has no regular office hours, but inquiries for information and services can be made as needed by calling or texting the toll-free number, or by email.
Services:  Direct services to victims of human trafficking include financial assistance for urgent or unmet needs, advocacy, and support to connect with resources throughout their journey toward wholeness.  Services also included education and training on human trafficking, available to any professional or civic group.



City of Columbia Office of Neighborhood Services
701 E. Broadway, 5th Floor, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 874-7499
Hours: 8-5pm Monday through Friday

Coordinates, recruits and refers volunteers for various department and special events of the City of Columbia, administers Park Patrol,  adopt a Spot beautification, Tree Keepers, the Columbia Hospitality Corps, and Cleanup Columbia.  The Office also administers rental property inspections in the city, enforces the property maintenance code, and conducts the Neighborhood Response Team. 



City of Columbia Volunteer Program
1313 Lakeview, Columbia, MO 65201
573-874-6271   Fax:  573-449-9641
https://www.como.gov/volunteer/

Coordination of waste reduction and recycling projects using volunteers; distribution of information concerning waste reduction, recycling, and environmental issues; education and outreach to schools, community groups , families, and individuals with waste reduction message; books on volunteerism and environmental issues. 



Central Missouri Community Action
800 N. Providence Road, Columbia, MO 65203
(573)443-1100  Fax: (573)443-1117
Hours: 8 - 5, M - 5

Services: Community outreach social services intake, referral and follow-up; emergency utility assistance for low-income families; weatherization services (utility assistance and weatherization both subject to availability of funds and program guidelines); Family Resource Program of in-home case
management including parenting skills, budgeting nutrition, employment counseling, housing
assessment, and life skills; parenting workshops; volunteer opportunities
Eligibility: Based on income and varies by program, call for information
Fees: None for income eligible recipients



Columbia Area Senior Center
1121 Business Loop 70 East, Columbia, MO 65201
(573)874-2050   Fax: (573)875-8864
Hours: 9-4 pm (Monday through Friday); Lunch 10:45-1pm (Monday through Friday); Sunday
Meal: 11-1 pm
columbiaseniorcenter.com/

Services: Meals, recreation; volunteer opportunities; information and referral; room rental available
Eligibility: Senior: 50 years of age and over for activities; anyone can attend meals
Fees: Meals: $5.00 Monday through Friday and $6.00 Sunday; $1.00 donation for most
activities-higher for group room rental.



Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
P.O. Box 1742, Columbia, MO 65205 (mailing)
1610 Paris Road, Columbia, MO 65201 (office)
1209 Smith St. Columbia, MO 65201 (urban farm)
573-514-4174

www.ColumbiaUrbanAg.org

The Opportunity Garden program provides low-income families and schools with the resources to grow a personal backyard garden and a three-year mentorship program. The larger Columbia community is served through tours, educational programming, workshops, potlucks, farm and gardening volunteer opportunities, internships, environmental landscaping and public advocacy.
How many served past year: 2,000



Columbia Public Schools - Community Relations 
1818 W. Worley Columbia, MO 65203
573-214-3960

Services: Partners In Education program; volunteers for grades pre-K to 12; district communications; and community programs
Eligibility: Community volunteers must complete an application and background check
Intake Procedures: Phone or e-mail for information
Required Documentation for Services: Volunteers: application and background check
Geographic Area Served: Columbia Public Schools area
Fee: Free of charge 



Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home
9501 Coyote Hill Road, Harrisburg, MO 65256
573-874-0179
Abused and neglected children of mid-Missouri are provided a stable, safe place to live and grow.




Daniel Boone Regional Library
Columbia Library: 100 West Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
Southern Boone County: 109 Main St, Ashland, MO 65010
Callaway County Library: 710 Court Street, Fulton, MO 65251
Columbia Hours: 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. Friday, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Saturday, 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Sunday
Southern Boone Hours: 9:00a.m.-7:00p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00a.m-3:00p.m. Friday and Saturday
Callaway County Hours: 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-5:00p.m. Friday and Saturday
Columbia (573)443-3161, Ashland (573)657-7378, Fulton (573)642-7261
Fax: Columbia (573)499-0191
https://www.facebook.com/yourdbrl/

Services: Free access to books, audiobooks, magazines, music CDs, newspapers, DVDs, electronic resources and other library material; ESL and Spanish language materials; consumer and government information; telephone and e-mail reference information; public access computers; story times for children; summer reading program for children, teens and adults; One Read community reading program; events and classes for children, teens and adults; tours; bookmobile service to rural communities, neighborhoods and licensed child care centers; home and nursing home visits for homebound persons; liaison with Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, comic books, streaming music, TV shows & movies, continuing education classes, genealogy resources, yearbook archive and other online resources
Fee: None 
Eligibility: Open to citizens of Boone and Callaway Counties 
Intake Procedures: Call Outreach Department for mail, bookmobile, and shut-in service; walk-in or phone for other services 
Required Documentation for Services: Proof of residency required for library card, some services available without a library card (reference services, magazines & newspapers, tax forms, etc.) Adults can apply online: www.dbrl.org/library-card-application 
Geographic Area Served: Boone, Callaway Counties; Locations: Columbia, Ashland, Fulton 
Foreign Languages Spoken: Spanish is spoken by some staff 
Other Names/Acronyms: Columbia Public Library



Food Bank for Central and Northwest Missouri
2101 Vandiver Dr., Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 474-1020

To volunteer at The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri as an individual or family of four or under, complete the following form on our website. If you need to volunteer for court-ordered or school disciplinary community service, you must contact Melanie Lake, volunteer coordinator, directly at (573) 447-6609 or melaniel@sharefoodbringhope.org




Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital 
800 Hospital Dr., Columbia, MO 65201
573-814-6000  

Truman VA in Columbia, Missouri, serves 43 counties in Missouri as well as Pike County, Illinois, and is one of seven medical center facilities in the VA Heartland Network, a Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN). Truman VA provides a full continuum of care in both inpatient and outpatient settings and is committed to excellent patient care, education and research. The facility offers comprehensive care including primary care, medical and surgical specialties, behavioral health, physical and occupational therapy and pharmacy services. 



Heart of Missouri CASA 
1316 Old 63 S, Suite 104,Columbia, MO 65201 
573-442-4670 

Services: Court-based child advocacy. CASA volunteers are assigned to an abuse or neglect case by judges. Each volunteer is carefully screened, trained, and supervised. Volunteers conduct thorough research on the background of the case, reviewing documents, and interviewing everyone involved, including the child. They make reports to the court, recommending what they believe is best for the child, providing the judges with information that will help them make an informed decision. CASA volunteers can be instrumental in assuring that a child and/or family receives services which the court has ordered – things like substance abuse counseling or special education testing. During the life of a case, a CASA volunteer monitors the child’s situation to make sure they remain safe and have a voice in court.
Fee: None
Eligibility: Children in state custody due to abuse or neglect  
Geographic Area Served: The 13th Judicial Circuit of the State of Missouri (Boone and Callaway Counties)



Heart of Missouri United Way Inc.
105 E. Ash, Ste. 300, Columbia, MO 65203
573-443-4523

The Heart of Missouri United Way works to improve lives of people in need by mobilizing and coordinating the caring power of community resources in mid-Missouri. In 2013, the organization will focus its financial support and strategies to make a measurable impact on at-risk youth and families through its Community Impact service model.



March of Dimes Missouri Chapter
2409B Hyde Park St., Jefferson City, MO 65109
573-635-5350 Fax 573-659-7722
aclouse@marchofdimes.com

March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. More than 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and March of Dimes helped each and every one of them though 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. It is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.



Meals on Wheels of Columbia, Inc.
800 Hospital Dr., Columbia, MO 65201
573-886-7554
mowheels@gmail.com

Hot nutritious meals are delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday.  Additional cold supper or frozen weekend meals are available.  Special diets available.  Sliding fee scale, maximum charge is $5.10 per meal.  
Eligibility: Senior citizens striving to live independently with support, disabled adults needing nutritional support, any adult recovering from a recent hospitalization.  



Mid-Missouri Peaceworks
804 C E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
573-875-0539 
www.midmopeaceworks.org     mail@midmopeaceworks.org 

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (M – Sat); Noon – 6:00 p.m. (Sun)
Services: Center for Sustainable Living (CSL): information on environmentally friendly lifestyle choices, Sustainable Living Fair, Earth Day, classes and speakers; Peaceworks Peace and Justice Advocacy: education and advocacy including classes and speakers on peace and justice issues; Peaceworks’ Energy and Climate Policy Advocacy; Peace Nook: nonprofit bookstore, Fair Trade store and community resource center; Blue Planet: a natural food buying club
Fee: No fee for educational programs, nominal fees for classes
Eligibility: Anyone is welcome




Missouri Department of Conservation
Regional Office for Boone County
3500 E. Gans Rd., Columbia MO 65201
573-801-7900 

centralreg@mdc.mo.gov

Do you have a passion for the outdoors? MDC offers flexible volunteer opportunities for individuals  who want to educate others about Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife resources. If you enjoy teaching others about the natural world, then you should volunteer at conservation nature centers and interpretive sitesVolunteers at shooting ranges and outdoor education centers provide a safe and educational experience for hunters to improve their skills.  Fishing education volunteer instructors help beginning anglers gain the skills and confidence to go fishing on their own. Your favorite conservation area may have volunteer opportunities. Projects include tree planting, habitat restoration, species monitoring, wildflower seed collection, and trail building. Contact your local regional office for more information.


MU Healthcare - University Hospital
1 Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65212
(573)882-4141   Fax: (573)882-7000
Open 24 hours 

Services: Hospital: inpatient and outpatient care; University Physicians: specialties and clinics;
Emergency Services: trauma Center, poison control; Social Work services available.
Eligibility: Medicare/ Medicaid guidelines
Fees: Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, self pay



Rainbow House
1611 Towne Dr. Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 474-3558 OR (573) 474-6600  Fax: (573) 474-5992
Hours: Office: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (M-F); Facility: 24 hours daily

Services: Emergency shelter for abused/neglected children; care for children of families in crisis by private agreement; respite care for children in foster homes; Regional Child Advocacy Center provides site for team interviews of victims of child maltreatment, child SAFE exams and advocate services for victims; Sol House transitional living program for ages 16-21; outpatient counseling for individuals and families affected by child abuse; group counseling; child abuse
resource library
Fee: None for shelter care, sliding fee or no charge for counseling, Medicaid accepted
Eligibility: Shelter serves children (ages 0-18) and families in crisis (self-referral or Children’s Division referral); Child Advocacy Center is available to law enforcement, DFS, juvenile office, and prosecuting attorney; counseling is open to any individual or family affected by child abuse.



Voluntary Action Center
403A Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 874-2273   Fax: (573) 874-9172

Hours: Phone: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (M - F) ; Office: 9:00 am -noon and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (M - F)
Services: 
  • Family Assistance and Emergency Services: medication, gasoline, work clothing,CATS tickets, IDs and birth certificates, Youth Enrichment Fund scholarships, food, hygiene items, diapers, car repair, etc; 
  • Seasonal programs: Christmas adopt-a-family, Lunch in the park, Summer fans, Homes for Computers, Warm-Up Columbia, school supplies, Christmas in July; community information and referral; Volunteer information, promotion, recruitment, training, fairs and recognition; 
  • Community Services Directory: Helping Hand Catalog of volunteer opportunities
Fee: Services and Helping Hand Catalog free of charge, fee for Community Services Directory
Eligibility: No restriction for volunteer program, Family Assistance and Emergency Services determined on an individual case basis.



Youth Empowerment Zone
204 E. Rogers St., Suite 101
Columbia, MO 65201
573-256-1896

www.yezweb.com

Youth Empowerment Zone, or YEZ, began to help at-risk Columbia youth obtain employment. Its mission is to connect at-risk youth with ideas and activities of empowerment and to provide them with the information, skills and networks that will help them transition successfully into adulthood. Youth receive training in education — GED support, college prep and career planning; employment — job readiness training, employment coaching and case management; empowerment — anger management, conflict resolution, financial education, case management, goal and action planning, mentoring and self-esteem building; and entrepreneurship — entrepreneur discovery, development and coaching.

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