Volunteer Organizations and Opportunities in Columbia Heights
Our City has numerous service and civic organizations that provide opportunities for community involvement and volunteering. Listed below are a sample of those organizations and their contact info to help get you started. If you have an organization that you want to be listed below please contact Will Rottler (email@example.com).
Adopt-a-Storm-Drain, a program aimed to protect area lakes, rivers, and wetlands, calls on residents in the seven-county Metro Area and Rochester to adopt a storm drain near them by committing to keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris.
The simple act of sweeping up around a storm drain protects local lakes and rivers by preventing pollution from entering the shared waterways, and collective action adds up. Keeping a storm drain clear requires about 15 minutes twice a month.
Adopt-a-Storm-Drain is the largest adopt-a-drain program in the country. There are more than 300,000 storm drains in the Metro area. Sign up to adopt a drain or find more info at www.adopt-a-drain.org.
As of Oct 20, 2020, only 71 drains have been adopted out of 1719 drains in Columbia Heights.
The Columbia Heights Athletic Boosters have served in this community for over 60 years. Their mission: “To create an organization of community volunteers that will use all their talents and skills to raise money to support youth activities and athletics in Columbia Heights so that all youth who wish to participate in activities will not be denied as a result of not having the financial means to do so.” Contact Clara Wolfe at (763) 245-6114 or visit their website for more information.
The Beautification Committee is a group of residents who volunteer their time to plant flowers throughout the City. Many of the volunteers will plant and continue to water and weed their flowers at various city park signs, City Hall, John P. Murzyn Hall flower pots, the welcome to Columbia Heights sign, and a few other locations throughout the city. Public comments are received every year on how people appreciate the colorful flowers added to our public spaces. Many volunteers take care of a park sign near to where they live. If you are interested in volunteering call (763) 706-3730 for more information.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program in the City of Columbia Heights started at Highland Elementary in 2011. Columbia Heights is the only department in Anoka County involved in this program. Department staff who volunteer to be a Big Brother or Sister go into the school to meet their matched student. The two will play games, read, make crafts and develop a mentoring relationship.If you are interested in becoming a mentor call (763) 706-8100 or visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters Page for more information.
The City Charter enables the City of Columbia Heights to be a self-governing City under the municipal home rule provisions of the Constitution and Statutes of Minnesota. Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month (January, April, July, and October) at 7 pm, City Hall Conference Room 1; special meetings are held as needed. Contact: Nicole Tingley, city clerk, (763) 706-3611 or visit the Charter Commission Page for more information.
Friends of the Library
Friends are individuals and families who believe quality library services and programs are an asset to the community. Friends of the Columbia Heights Public Library devote time and energy to encouraging community awareness and special events, assisting with library programs and special events and fundraising to purchase items to enhance the library’s collections and programming. Obtain a membership application at the Columbia Heights Public Library located at 3939 Central Ave NE. You can visit the Friends of the Library Page for more information.
HeightsNEXT is a relatively new non-profit volunteer organization that builds community resilience and sustainability. They engage the citizens of Columbia Heights by creating events that build strong ties and encourage the adoption of sustainable practices. Call (612) 642-1263 or visit their website for more information.
Columbia Heights-Fridley Kiwanis is all about changing the world one child and one community at a time. They exist to build future leaders for our world. Kiwanis has a club for high schoolers called Key Club which is the largest and oldest service organization for high school students. Key Club is a student-led service organization that uses service to teach KC’s four core values: inclusiveness, caring, character building, and leadership. Call (612) 910-1988 or visit their Facebook Page for more information.
The Library Board is established to supervise and control the policy, programs, and use of the City library, including all lands and equipment and the setting of levels of service and manpower. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm, Columbia Heights Public Library History Room. Call (763) 706-3690 or visit the Library Board Page for more information.
The Columbia Heights Lions Club has been dedicated to the community for generations. The Lions host multiple community events throughout the year and facilitate citizen connections to increase volunteering opportunities. Call (612) 760-4463 or visit their website for more information.
Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC)
This committee is made up of dedicated volunteers who took time out of their lives in an effort to make our community the very best it can be. The committee meets monthly to discuss what's happening in the community and to share ideas that will have positive outcomes, affecting the residents and those who live, learn, worship, work, or visit Columbia Heights. The MAC makes direct contributions to Community Policing efforts and other outreach opportunities in the community. Call (763) 706-8100 or visit the Multicultural Advisory Committee Page for more information.
Started in 1972 by the National Sheriff’s Organization, Neighborhood Watch is the cornerstone of all crime prevention programs. It enlists the active participation of residents, in cooperation with police to reduce crimes in the community. If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch Group in your neighborhood, call (763) 706-9810 or visit the Neighborhood Watch Page for more information.
Representing the communities of Fridley and Columbia Heights, Minnesota, the Rotary Club currently has approximately 40 members. The club has been in existence since 1963, serving our communities, state, nation, and world. We meet most every Wednesday, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Shortstop Bar and Grill (1298 East Moore Lake Drive in Fridley). Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend our meetings. Call (612) 509-1711 or visit their website for more information.
Serve on a Board or Commission
The City of Columbia Heights has several boards and commissions that advise the City Council on specific policies and make recommendations based on research and staff expertise. These include the Charter Commission, Economic Development Authority, Library Board, Park & Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, and Traffic Commission. Applications are accepted each winter for spring expiring terms and as openings occur. For more information visit the Boards & Commissions Page or contact Nicole Tingley, City Clerk at 763-706-3611.
Serve as an Election Judge
Election judges serve as the officials in the polling places on Election Day. It is a great way to show pride in your community while learning about the election process. Election Judges are paid or can choose to volunteer. Some duties include opening and closing the polls, registering and signing in voters, distributing and collecting ballots, operating voting equipment, recording and certifying vote totals, and ensuring voters' rights are protected. For more information visit the Election Judge Page or contact Nicole Tingley, City Clerk at 763-706-3611.
Sister Cities Committee
In 1991, Columbia Heights received agreement from Lomianki, Poland, that they would be proud to be in partnership with our City. Members are dedicated to this international friendship by promoting humanitarian, educational, cultural, civic and social events. This group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 1 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers. For more information please contact Nicole Tingley, city clerk, (763) 706-3611, or visit the Sister Cities Committee Page for more information.
Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA)
SACA is a 501(c)3 non-profit food shelf located in Columbia Heights. SACA has been serving the communities of Columbia Heights, Hilltop, Fridley and Spring Lake Park for 42 years. They work closely with schools, police and fire departments to bring food and hygiene products to in-need students, distribute meals and toys for the holidays, facilitate a low barrier homeless program and delivery service for homebound seniors and people with disabilities. Call (763) 789-2444 or visit their website for more information.