Opportunities to Serve

These shoes were made for helpin'...

The Foster Grandparent Program of Central Missouri Community Action is collecting gently worn shoes (all sizes and styles) as a fundraiser. Foster Grandparents will receive $10 for every 25 pairs of shoes collected and the goal is to raise $3,000. The collected shoes will be used to support micro-enterprise vendors -- small family-owned businesses in villages in developing nations. Shoes will be collected on Sunday, July 16, and can be deposited in a marked barrel in the Welcome Center. Please tie the laces or rubber band pairs of shoes together. For more information, please email Jim Hogan (hoganjim@hotmail.com) or call 445-7691.

Serving lunch for children at Columbia Square

Volunteers are needed for the Columbia Square lunch program this summer.

  • Dates: July 10-Aug. 4
  • Time: Volunteers needed at Columbia Square by 11:45 a.m., lunch served at noon
  • Location: Columbia Square Community Center, 1715 West Worley

We will provide lunch for 30-35 children each day, serving both the indoor and outdoor programs. The hot lunches will be assembled each day (Monday-Thursday) in the kitchen at the center. On Friday a bag lunch will be given to children who would like one. You may also donate cookies, brownies or cupcakes for desserts.

Sign up at the Columbia Square table in the Welcome Center to serve meals or prepare desserts.

If you have questions please contact Lynn Barnett at 573-424-9578 or mema_lynn@yahoo.com.

Tags of Hope

Community will host this new ministry is spreading hope and love to foster children in mid-Missouri through a unique clothing closet. New and gently used clothing items, shoes, books and stuffed animals are collected and given free to foster children when they come "shop" at Tags of Hope. This "store" allows children to personally select items to fit their style, size and individual needs in a loving and supportive setting

Handyman serving opportunities

Do you need help around the house? Or, do you know someone who might need a handyman?

If you have a need for electrical, plumbing, home repairs, etc., please contact Scott Stone (sstone@communityumc.net). Our hope is to connect needs with those who are looking for opportunities to serve in this way.

Bike to the Future

Community is excited to partner with the Missouri Annual Conference and Love Inc. in a new ministry in Columbia - Bike to the Future. The church will provide space to store and repair bikes to be given to people with transportation needs. For more information, click here.

Volunteers needed: Loaves and Fishes

Feeding the hungry at the local soup kitchen, Community's volunteers serve food and clean up every third Saturday of the month, and provide food, serve and clean up every fourth Saturday of the month.

The hours are 4:30-7 p.m. at the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church at 702 Wilkes Blvd.

If your group or family is willing to help, please contact Scott Stone (sstone@communityumc.net).

Turning Point Ministry

Do you have a heart to serve the homeless? The Turning Point ministry at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church is looking for volunteers to be front desk greeters. Front desk hours are 8 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday. The hours you serve can be flexible to accommodate your schedule. If interested, please contact Ann Moreton at 573-881-1860 or amoreton@moumethodist.org.

Serve at The Wardrobe

Volunteers are needed for The Wardrobe, a non-profit thrift store staffed entirely by volunteers. Stop by 715 Park Ave. in Columbia and fill out an application Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. Contact Evette Nissen at 573-864-9232 or email thewardrobecomo@gmail.com for more information. You can also find The Wardrobe on Facebook.

Container Project packing event

The Container Project works with the Rainbow Network to supply clothing, school supplies, layettes, toys and more for those in need in Nicaragua.

A team gathers and packs once a month at the Mobility Worldwide warehouse at 1908 Heriford Road.

For more information, contact John Stafford.

The global market

The Global Market, located in the Welcome Center, is a fair trade gift shop selling crafts from around the world. Purchases make a tremendous difference for the artisans, helping to improve the lives of people in developing countries. Artisans are guaranteed fair wages and safe working conditions.

Click here and Like the Global Market's Facebook page.

Store hours:

  • Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 1-7 p.m.
  • Sundays, 9:30-11 a.m.

behind the scenes

The Container Project is a regional ministry that provides gently used clothing to people in need. In some cases, clothing is provided to families around the corner or around the state.

Behind the Scenes (located in Room 601) is Community's partner ministry for The Container Project.

Behind the Scenes accepts donations of clothing, shoes, linens and other items, then packages and distributes items either to local wardrobes and shelters or to The Container Project, which then distributes to other locations.

Contact Sue Turner (suet3516@gmail.com) for more information.