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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)

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

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 Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri
4250 E Broadway #1067, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 874-3677  
Fax: (573) 874-3679

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

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

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 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

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

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
503 E. Nifong Blvd., Ste. H, PMB 206, Columbia, MO 65201
866-590-5959  Text: 866-590-5959

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 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. The contact info for Neighborhood Services is 817-5050 and  

City of Refuge
7 E. Sexton Rd. Columbia, MO 65203

City of Refuge serves the refugee and immigrant families in our community with a variety of unique services that fall under three broader categories: basic needs fulfillment, counseling, and professional development.City of Refuge offers free counseling services to refugee men, women, and children. Nearly every refugee has experienced trauma to some degree, and this service is vital to helping many recover and move forward with their lives. These services are provided by licensed counselors with experience interacting with refugees and PTSD-related trauma. Many refugees and immigrants come from backgrounds that don’t necessarily translate over to the work that is available in Mid-Missouri. In order to help the refugees and immigrants in our community thrive, we offer services to help them develop professionally. From how to apply for jobs to learning tangible, marketable skills, we teach them so that they can find work, support their families, and become successful members of our community.

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

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)

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

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 

COMO Youth Works (formerly Youth Empowerment Zone - YEZ)
1002 Fay St., Columbia, MO 65201

Services: Inspiring Academy, a year-round program ensuring that each child has a safe, healthy, supportive, educational environment that sets them on the path to school and college readiness. Job Readiness training (JRT), Mentored Employment, Anger Management, Personal Finance and Budgeting, Parenting Skills, Fatherhood Program, Case Management, Inspiring Academy Early Childcare Center 
Fee: None 
Eligibility: Inspiring Academy: 5 – 12 years old; all other programs 13 – 35 years old 
Intake Procedures: By appointment requested, walk-ins welcomed 
Required Documentation for Services: Program application 
Geographic Area Served: Boone County

Coyote Hill Foster Care Services
3610 Buttonwood Dr, Columbia, MO 65201

Coyote Hill Foster Care Services exists to provide exemplary training and support to foster parents in order to provide a safe and stable environment for children coming into care. Our Family Advocates walk through life with you in your foster care journey. Contact our team to learn more about becoming a foster parent or getting training and support.

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

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: 
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

First Chance for Children
1010 Fay Street Columbia, MO 65201

First Chance for Children provides a wide range of comprehensive programming designed to support families with their specific parenting needs. From diapers and cribs, to parent education, play groups, and more, First Chance for Children has a service for all families with children under the age of 5. Together, we can ensure all children are ready for school, ready for life.
Safe C.R.I.B.S., which stands for Community Resources, Infant Beds, and Support, provides infants without a safe place to sleep a pack and play crib. The crib is delivered to the family and is followed by 5 additional home visits focusing on family wellbeing and child safety.  CRIBS is open to low-income families or those experiencing high parenting stress
Baby Bags provides diapers, wipes, hygiene items, and other supplies needed to provide care and comfort to children delivered along with Child development and safety information. Items are available at the First Chance office or through one of our partner programs. 
Lend and Learn Libraries are a free, fun place where parents can play with their children ages 0-5, interact with other parents, and ask trained staff questions about development or other concerns. Toys are available for check out so families can extend learning and play at home. Eligibility: open to anyone caring for a child under the age of 5. 
Baby U is a home visiting program supporting families with their specific parenting needs. Using the Nurturing Parenting and Parents as Teachers models, staff walk alongside families with children prenatally through the first semester of kindergarten providing resources, education, and support.  Eligibility: Baby U is open to low-income families or those experiencing high parenting stress
Geographic Area Served:  Boone, Howard, Cooper, Randolph, Audrain, Callaway, Moniteau, Cole, and Osage Counties.

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

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital 
800 Hospital Dr., Columbia, MO 65201

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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 sites. Volunteers 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) 474-6600 ext. 2121  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.

Services for Independent Living
1401 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201
573-874-1646 Fax: 573-874-3564
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services for Independent Living (SIL) is a non-profit Center for Independent Living that promotes independence for persons with disabilities, seniors, and veterans by following the Independent Living Philosophy. We provide five core services: Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Information & Referral, Peer Support, and Transition. 
Our services include:  Assistive devices/technology information, demonstration, and technical assistance, a hands-on demonstration center, equipment loans, and ramp installation. Our reutilization program accepts donations of gently used fully functional durable medical equipment.
Youth programs and services for ages 13-32 aids transition into adulthood and is provided in individualized and group settings. Year-round support groups, activities, and classes on pre-employment and work readiness, financial literacy, cooking, healthy relationships, social skills. 
Personal Care Services include Consumer-Directed Service: the consumer chooses, hires, and directs their attendant, In-Home Service: the attendant is employed by SIL but the consumer directs their activities. Applications for aides and attendants are continuously accepted.
Aging in Place assists individuals age 55+ to remain active in the community, reduce isolation, and maximize their independence.
Transportation Services provides door-to-door service.
Volunteer services is always accepting individuals to assist in our mission.
Fee: Most services are free (there may be low cost fees for transportation service).
Eligibility: People with disabilities, seniors, and veterans.
Geographic Area Served: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cooper, Howard, Montgomery, Randolph.

Sleep In Heavenly Peace
844-432-BEDS (2337)

We fully believe that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs.  All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. In Idaho and across the U.S., too many boys and girls go without a bed - or even a pillow - to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their happiness and health.
That's where Sleep in Heavenly Peace comes in. We're a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. Our organization has grown steadily over time, and we're working on opening more chapters in different states to serve more people.
How to Request a Bed
You can request a bed in one of two ways:
1.) As a Bed Recipient: To qualify as a bed recipient, you must be the legal guardian of the child or children receiving the bed. Please submit the online SHP Application Form mentioned above.
2.) As a Referral: Referring a family for a bed is a big responsibility. Generally, it is through referrals that we find the families who need our beds the most. If you’re a referral, please submit the online SHP Application Form.  
Also, if you’ve referred a family to us, you’ll need to be present for the bed delivery if they’re selected. We also need the ability to reach people who refer a family via phone or text.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is always eager to help families in need, particularly ones whose kids have uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. Unfortunately, we can only help families who are close to our active chapters.
Therefore, you must fit the following criteria to receive one of our bunk beds:
1.) Location: You must live near one of our active chapters. To find your local chapter, view our locations here.
2.) Living Environment: You must have an accessible house or apartment with a room large enough to fit one of our beds.
3.) Contact: We must be able to contact you via phone, text or email.
4.) Necessary Documents: You’ll need to fill out our online SHP Application Form. 
      If your application is accepted, you’ll need to sign an Indemnification Release Form (you can do this when your bed arrives).

True North of Columbia
P.O. Box 1367, Columbia, MO 65205
Office: (573) 875-0503  Shelter: (573) 875-1369   Hotline: (573) 875-1370
Fax: (573) 875-0518 
Open 24 hours daily

True North serves those who are fleeing or would like to flee abusive domestic or sexual violence situations. Victims of domestic violence include those who are being abused either, physically, verbally, emotionally and/or psychologically by an intimate partner. Sexual violence victims include those who have been a victim of rape, sexual assault/harassment, human trafficking or stalking. We have a 24/7 hotline that you can call and an emergency shelter. We also provide orders of protection, case management, crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, domestic violence/sexual assault education, court and hospital advocacy, children’s services and outreach to any victim regardless of whether they are residing in our shelter or not.
Fee: All services of FREE and confidential for victims and their minor children
Eligibility: Must be experiencing domestic or sexual violence and wanting a safe way out of or a safer way to stay in the relationship.

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

Services Provided: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - noon & 1 - 4 p.m. (by appointment only, please call for intake and to schedule appointment for no contact services)
Phones: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
SERVICES: Financial Assistance with: Missouri Birth Certificates, Photo IDs, Prescriptions, Medical and Dental Copayments, Food Handler Cards required by employer, Baby Formula for WIC clients, Gas for work and medical appointments, Work Uniforms required for new employment, Car Repair for employed individuals, Rent and Motel Assistance (based on availability and grant guidelines)
In-Kind Assistance: Emergency Food, Hygiene Products, Feminine Hygiene Products, Household Cleaning Products, Diapers and Wipes, Go COMO Bus Tickets, Clothing Vouchers, Safe Kids Car Seat Vouchers
Seasonal Programs: Homes for Computers (school-age children), Window Air Conditioner Exchange, Summer Fans, Lunch in the Park (summer lunch for school-age children), Back to School Health Fair (school supplies for school-age children), Warm Up Columbia (winter clothing), Holiday Program (holiday gifts and meals)
ELIGIBILITY: Client must be a current Boone County resident and gross income for everyone living at the Address must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.