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Strategic Partners are organizations willing to work alongside ForColumbia to forward our mission, namely to bring Christians together to share God’s love by serving our community, side by side. Some organizations partner with us to identify individuals in our city who could most use the help of our volunteers. Others donate their time, talent and/or goods toward making it possible for us to love and serve our city. To these organizations and companies, we simply say “Thank you.” We could not do everything we are doing without their willingness to help.

Boone County Lumber Company Boone County Lumber is a family-owned business that has been serving Columbia and mid-Missouri since 1965. Now run by the second generation of the Eiffert family, this company has always seen relationships – with customers as well as employees – as key to its success. We appreciate BCL’s significant partnership with ForColumbia, providing discounted material and free delivery to each work site, as well as offering expertise in construction as we assess volunteer opportunities. We’re grateful for BCL’s commitment to help make ForColumbia a successful serving event.
City of Columbia-Office of Neighborhood Services City of Columbia-Office of Neighborhood Services: Each year, the City of Columbia helps us identify areas in our city where our volunteers might have the greatest impact. The city donates supplies, mulch and other items to help us serve Columbia. We are so appreciative of this annual partnership, working together again to love and serve our neighbors.
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture: CCUA is a non-profit organization working in many ways in our community to enhance health by connecting people to agriculture and the land through hands-on learning opportunities from seed to plate. CCUA supports and encourages individuals – often lower-income residents – through educational programs including Opportunity Gardens, Outdoor Classroom Program and Urban Farm Experiences. ForColumbia is grateful to be able to partner annually with CCUA to develop more gardening opportunities for our city’s residents.

 

Columbia Housing Authority Columbia Housing Authority: The Columbia Housing Authority provides affordable low-income housing for hundreds of families in our city, and ForColumbia is partnering with CHA once again in 2019 to expand our focus on serving our neighbors directly. We are grateful to be able to partner with these folks who work hard all year long to care for those most in need of sustainable shelter.

 

The Columbia Missourian Founded as a teaching lab for University of Missouri students, the Columbia Missourian has been serving our community since 1908. It regularly beats out the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star and Columbia Tribune for state journalism awards. The ForColumbia team is grateful to the Missourian for donating advertising space to help spread the word about this year’s event and its mission.

 

Columbia Police Department Community Outreach Unit Columbia Police Department Community Outreach Unit: The Community Outreach Unit of our city’s police department works diligently to build relationships with residents in three specific neighborhoods of Columbia chosen by the city for additional resources. These officers work year-round to build relationship with residents in these areas and to strengthen community partnerships. ForColumbia is privileged to work alongside CPD to identify individuals and neighborhoods that would benefit from our efforts.

 

Delta Systems Group Delta Systems Group: Headquartered right here in Columbia, Delta Systems is an award-winning computer consulting company offering in-house web application development, web design and computer network support talent. The ForColumbia exec team is extremely thankful for the assistance and support we have received in building and maintaining both this web site, ForColumbia.com, and its affiliated sign-up system, DoGooder.

 

Giving Gardens Giving Gardens: Giving Gardens is a CMSE-started non-profit that provides meaningful work for people with disabilities. The service-oriented landscaping and garden experts at Giving Gardens have provided invaluable guidance each year as we choose plants for serving sites, and are continuing our partnership in 2019 by providing discounted plants, pots and other necessities. We are delighted to partner with Giving Gardens as we both work to make Columbia a better place to live.

 

Johnston Paint and Decorating Johnston Paint and Decorating is a locally-owned business that has been serving Columbia since 1925. Their website emphasizes their commitment to our community and we can confirm that they are truly a company that lives it out. As an outgrowth of their commitment to our city, Johnston Paint reached out to us and has proactively joined us in 2018. Johnston will be partnering again this year by donating paint and providing discounted products for our serving sites. This level of support by Johnston and other local businesses continues to stretch our funds such that we can do more work and serve more people in our city. We are very pleased to partner with Johnston once again.

 

Love INC Love INC: Love INC works in Columbia to mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ; they do this by developing relationships with individuals in need and making connections between those individuals and churches, along with other local community resources. ForColumbia has partnered with this organization since 2015, and we are delighted to continue our annual efforts to identify individuals in our city in need of assistance.

 

Services for Independent Living Services for Independent Living: This non-profit organization works to empower disabled individuals in our community to maximize their independence. Each year, SIL has referred individuals to us with needs they could not themselves meet. ForColumbia is thrilled to partner with SIL annually, as they identify individuals in our city who are living on their own and would be greatly helped by having volunteers assist them in various ways.

 

United Way United Way: ForColumbia is delighted to partner once again with Heart of Missouri United Way, an organization with a long history of supporting non-profit organizations in our community. Together, we hope to increase the number of ways in which United Way and ForColumbia work together to serve the families in our city with all kinds of needs.

 

Westlake Ace Hardware Westlake Ace Hardware: Westlake Ace Hardware has been an active supporter of ForColumbia annually, the first business to offer help for our efforts; we are so thankful for their ongoing support. Since 2016, Westlake has partnered with ForColumbia by providing discounted materials for the many, many projects our volunteers will be completing. Their partnership makes it possible for us stretch our resources a little further and do a little more to love and serve our city.