John William "Blind" Boone

J.W. Blind Boone Center*

Rain or Shine!

  • Arrival Time:
    • Morning Volunteers: 8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    • Afternoon Volunteers: 11:45 a.m. – Noon
  • Lunch:
    • Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.
    • Location: On-site

Why are we serving here?

ForColumbia’s mission – to bring Christians together to love and serve our neighbors – puts us in touch with those in Columbia who may feel more marginalized;  elderly individuals, single parents, those with disabilities or those struggling with financial instability. This year we are once again partnering with the City to serve in housing managed by the Columbia Housing Authority (CHA). Part of this effort includes working at J.W. Blind Boone Community Center. Blind Boone centralizes the youth education, resident services, and family self-sufficiency programs provided by CHA to public housing residents. CHA’s Moving Ahead Program works with children in kindergarten through 8th grade living in public housing and adjacent neighborhoods, providing healthy snacks, help with homework and tutoring, as well as other enrichment opportunities. The staff at this community center work hard in the lives of low-income families, and we believe our efforts this year will encourage not only the kids and adults who use this facility, but the hardworking staff as well. This is why we believe your day will be well-spent serving at the J.W. Blind Boone Community Center.

Don't Forget to Wear Your T-Shirt! Emerald = Volunteers. Olive = Site Leaders.What can I expect?

Volunteers at this site will be:

  • cleaning and organizing spaces inside used by the children;
  • removing from the building a large amount of trash and old office furniture in preparation for using the space differently;
  • Lots of painting! Mostly doors, door trim and chair rails.

What should I bring?

If you have the following supplies, please plan to bring them:

  • Step stools or a 4-6′ ladder, and;
  • Rubber gloves (if you don’t want to get paint/dirt on your hands).

Other suggestions:

  • Don’t wear your favorite shorts – come prepared to potentially go home wearing paint!
  • We encourage all volunteers to wear close-toed shoes.
  • Be sure to wear your #ForColumbia2022 T-shirt!

Can I serve here with my children?

Yes, older children who can assist in this project are welcome to participate.