This site has been CONFIRMED as of April 26, and will be held as scheduled, rain or shine.

  • Friday Evening, April 26
    • Serving Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27
    • Serving Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
      • Arrive at the Site:
        • Morning Volunteers: 8:45-9:00 a.m.
        • Afternoon Volunteers: 11:45 a.m.-Noon
    • Lunch for Volunteers:
      • Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
      • Location: Lunch provided on site.

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, including Paquin Tower, a high-rise housing option for low-income seniors.

What can I expect?

On Friday night, ForColumbia is hosting a Bingo Night for the residents. Middle- and high school students are encouraged to join in this event.

On Saturday, volunteers will be working indoors and outside at Paquin Tower on several projects:

  • providing assistance with a few residents’ garden plots – weeding, turning soil, and preparing them for spring planting;
  • cleaning the general areas in this 15-story building thoroughly, including stairwells, windows and common areas;
  • offering cleaning and organizing assistance to individual residents in their apartments, including potentially helping these residents begin packing to move;
  • cleaning up the outside and park area;
  • adding flower boxes around outside;
  • potentially offering haircuts and dog washing;
  • sharing craft time with residents;
  • visiting with residents 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 all cleaning supplies and basic garden tools. Volunteers should come prepared to work primarily indoors.

  • 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 #ForColumbia2019 T-shirt!

Can I serve here with my children?

Yes, we encourage families to bring children. Older kids can help serve at this location.