This site has been CONFIRMED for 2018.

  • Serving Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Arrive at the Site: 8:45-9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch for Volunteers:

Why are we serving here?

One of the ways ForColumbia strives to love and serve our neighbors is by partnering with our city in ways that put us in touch with those who are more marginalized in Columbia – the chronically poor, the elderly, single-parent households, those with disabilities. This year, we are once again serving significantly in housing managed by the Columbia Housing Authority by sending hundreds of volunteers into public housing areas, including Park Boulevard. We are cleaning up neighborhoods and organizing landscaping and other beautification projects, providing opportunities for individuals to connect and work alongside each other. When we give our time for the benefit of others, we send the message that they are valuable.

What can I expect?

ForColumbia volunteers will be working on:

  • organizing and painting in a food pantry used by this neighborhood;
  • planting flowers in pots with residents who want to participate, as well as for residents who are more housebound and unable to do their own;
  • adding a border to the playground;
  • planting flowers around the Housing Authority neighborhood bulletin boards;
  • cleaning inside the homes of select individuals who have signed up for this assistance;
  • visiting with neighbors as all this work is done.
Don't forget to wear your T-shirt!
Don’t forget to wear your T-shirt!

What should I bring?

  • ForColumbia will provide landscaping materials and plants.
  • Volunteers should bring work/garden gloves and any small gardening hand tools you have.
  • Come dressed appropriately for painting.
  • Come prepared to work outside; if sunny, we encourage you to consider bringing sunscreen and/or a hat.
  • We encourage all volunteers to wear close-toed shoes.
  • Be sure to wear your #ForColumbia2018 T-shirt!

Can I serve here with my children?

Yes, older children who can assist in this project are welcome to participate, but we ask that children not be allowed to paint.