403A Vandiver Dr. (573) 874-2273 www.vacmo.org February-March 2012
Veterans United Home Loans
Presents VAC’s 2nd Annual Trivia Night
Join us for our second annual Trivia Night, Tuesday, March 6, 2012! Doors
open at 5 p.m. and Trivia begins at 6:00 p.m. We’ll be at Knights of Colum-
bus Hall – 2525 North Stadium Blvd. Appetizers and snacks from D. Rowe’s
and the University Club will be provided throughout the evening. Beer and
soda will also be provided and guests are free to bring their own beverages.
The cost is $200 for an 8-person table or $30 for an individual. Prizes will
be awarded for the winners as well as the best decorated table. Dollar
games and a raffle will add to the fun.
We’re very grateful to Veterans United Home Loans, who is our presenting sponsor this year!
Because of their support, all proceeds from the evening benefit VAC.
For more information, and to register
for the event, go to www.vacmo.org
or call the office at (573) 874-2273.
Boone County National Bank
Presents VAC’s 11th Annual Spring Into Action
Be sure to keep the evening of Tuesday, May 22, 2012 open for Voluntary Actions Center’s
11th Annual Spring Into Action fundraiser at the University Club. Guests will enjoy a delicious
meal, help us honor deserving award winners, and have the opportunity to support VAC’s im-
portant programs by purchasing great auction items donated by local businesses.
For more information, contact the VAC Office at (573) 874-2273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Longtime VAC Supporter, Billy Boyce Sr., Dies
VAC lost a strong, longtime supporter when Billy Boyce, Sr. passed away
December 29, 2011. Owner for 45 years of Columbia Curb and Gutter, he
made a huge difference in the lives of many families because of his efforts
to raise money, so that all children in our community would have a good
Christmas. A persuasive and determined person, he encouraged many others
in the community to join him in these efforts. Though his example remains
an inspiration, Billy will be missed, and we remain grateful to have known
Assistance Available For Mobile Home Park Residents
In response to the immediate needs for residents of two local mobile
home parks, Voluntary Action Center has established a fund to pro-
vide assistance for residents of the Regency and El Ray mobile home
parks. The fund is the result of contributions from several concerned
local individuals and groups. VAC welcomes additional donations
from others in the Boone County area for this purpose. Proceeds will
be used to help Regency and El Ray residents make the transition
from the parks to new housing.
Contributions can be sent to VAC at 403A Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202 or made also
at VAC’s website – www.vacmo.org. For more information, please contact Nick Foster at (573)
874-2273 or email@example.com.
Voluntary Action Center is a leader in screening clients, distributing goods and services to low-
income Boone County citizens, and providing information and referral. VAC offers a wide-
array of Family Assistance and Emergency Services, such as:
Financial Assistance with: Providing:
MO birth certificates Emergency food
Driver’s licenses/state I.D.s Hygiene/household products
Medical/dental copayments CATS bus tickets
Educational/employment requirements Clothing referrals to the Wardrobe
Baby formula for WIC clients Computers (February)
Gas for work and/or medical appointments Fans (summer)
Required work uniforms for new jobs School supplies (August)
Minor car repair for employed persons Christmas gifts and meals (December)
Enriching youth activities Volunteer information
*Services are provided as funds are available and are sub-
Rent and security deposits (when available) ject to limits, casework evaluations, and funder restrictions.
City of Columbia and Downtown Optimist
Club Partner With VAC Again To Offer The
9th Annual Homes For Computers
Registration is open now for families who would like to receive a computer through the Volun-
tary Action Center’s Home for Computers program. The City of Columbia and Downtown Op-
timists are our partners again for this annual giveaway. Computers are made available as the
City transitions to new hardware; the Optimists prepare the newly available machines for distri-
If you know of a family residing in Columbia who is without a computer, has a K-12 student in
the home, and has not received a computer from us before, have them visit the VAC office with
proof of current address, identification for everyone in
the home, and proof of household income.
Applications will be accepted through February 15,
and those selected through a drawing will be notified
the following week. Computer distribution will take
place on Saturday, February 25 at the Downtown Opti-
mist “Friend of Youth” building, 1201 Grand Avenue.
Families will also receive training on Internet safety.
For more information, contact the VAC Office at
(573) 874-2273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Items Needed By VAC All Year
Voluntary Action Center is always in need of the following items so we may serve our
monetary donations nonperishable food (canned, boxed, etc.)
diapers (#4’s and #5’s) toilet paper
hygiene products cleaning and laundry products
For more information, please contact the VAC office at (573) 874-2273 or dr
The Voluntary Action Center Newsletter is published bimonthly by Voluntary Action Center
403A Vandiver Dr., Columbia, MO 65202 Vol. 15 Issue 1 February-March 2012
Visit www.vacmo.org for more information about VAC’s programs or to sign up for VAC’s e-newsletter.
VAC’s 28th Annual Christmas Program
A Huge Success
What an amazing experience! For the 28th year, the Christmas
program at Voluntary Action Center made a huge impact on the
holiday experience of many in our community. Among them,
1,138 families – that’s 3,859 individuals – received gifts and
food to make the season bright! It was only because of the gen-
erosity of our sponsors that this was possible.
The Christmas program has an impact also on all those who support us. It is all about the joy of
giving, and of knowing that they have made a difference in the lives of others because of their
generosity. Individuals, families, business offices, college and hospital departments, faith com-
munities, and many others decided that this effort was worthy of their donations of time and
And it was worth the effort. The responses of families who benefited are priceless reminders of
how much the Christmas program means. Their memories will last for lifetimes.
So, on behalf of our client families, the staff and board of directors at VAC, and our many vol-
unteers, we thank everyone who was a part of making the Christmas program a success. We’re
already looking forward to next year!
Special Thanks are also extended to Trinity Presbyterian Church for use of its facilities; ACT,
Boone County Council on Aging, Boone County Family Resources, Central Missouri Area
Agency on Aging, Meals on Wheels, New Horizons, Refugee and Immigration Services, and
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish for help with deliveries; and the many wonderful volunteers who
worked so hard with VAC staff to help make Christmas brighter for 1,138 families in Boone
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11th Annual Hero Awards Tuesday,
Know someone who stands out as a volunteer, folks who have 4:00 p.m.
changed things for the better through their outstanding efforts in
Voluntary Action Center is pleased to partner with the Columbia Inn
Tribune and Landmark Bank to present the Hero Awards. Con-
sider nominating an individual or group for one of the seven Hero Awards that will be pre-
sented April 10, 2012.
Every nominee will be recognized, and seven outstanding winners will each receive a
$400 cash donation for their non-profit organization. Award categories sponsored by the Co-
lumbia Daily Tribune are: Individual Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, and
Group Volunteer of the Year. Landmark Bank is sponsoring the following award categories:
Outstanding Volunteer-Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Volunteer in Community Protection,
Outstanding Volunteer in Education or Literacy, and Outstanding Volunteer in Health Care.
Submit your nomination online or by mail by Friday, February 17, 2012. And save the date for
the awards reception, Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Every nominee will be recognized! Nomination
forms, and more information, are available at the Tribune website: www.columbiatribune.com/
hero_award, or by mail from the VAC office.
Volunteers — Find Your Opportunity / Share Your Opportunities
If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, go to www.vacmo.org and click on the
"Volunteers Find Your Opportunity" button to find everything you need to get started.
If you want to list your volunteer needs for others to see, go to www.vacmo.org and click on the
"Organizations Share Your Opportunities" button.
Literacy Action Corps needs volunteers
to teach adults to read and to teach Eng-
lish as a second language. Training
classes will be Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. on
February 25, and March 3 and 17 at First
Baptist Church. Call 442-4280 for infor-
mation and to register, or email lac-
Room at the Inn, the overnight shelter for the homeless, needs volunteers to fill various
shifts from 6:30 pm to 7:30 am every night in January and February. To learn more, visit
the Facebook page for Columbia’s Room at the Inn, or write email@example.com to re-
ceive an invitation to join the RATI community.
The City of Columbia needs volunteers for the Columbia Aquatic Restoration project
(C.A.R.P.) Volunteers implement an aquatic and shoreline management plan. Classes will
take place on March 12, 19, and 21 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, or to reg-
ister, contact the City's Volunteer Programs at 874-7499 or volun-
Boone County Council on Aging needs volunteers to shovel snow. If you have an hour or
two a month, consider volunteering to shovel snow for a low-income senior. Contact 443-
1111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia Second Chance is looking for volunteers to help with dogs and cats at their
Adoption Center located 12 miles west of Columbia on exit 111, Highway 179. We are
open Fridays and Sundays from 1-5 and Saturdays 12-5. The only requirement is a love for
animals. We will provide the training. Contact us at (573) 445-5598 or (660) 882-5050 or
The City of Columbia needs help for the Adopt-A-Spot Beautifi-
cation program. They need bed evaluators with horticulture
knowledge to provide praise and suggestions to adopters; and
plumbing assistants to turn water meters off in the fall and on in
the spring and assist in trouble shooting. These jobs can be split
among two to four volunteers. Contact volun-
teer@GoColumbiaMo.com for more information.
The Community Recreation Program of Parks & Recreation
needs volunteers to be keyboard/piano instructors and to help with
the City-Wide Flag Line, Sho-Me Sho-Stoppers Hip Hop Dance
Club and the Reflections Poetry Society. If you are interested in
any of these programs contact email@example.com.
Columbia, MO. 65201
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VAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Alex George
Vice President: Shawn Barnes
Secretary: Andrea Benna
Treasurer: Rick Ravenhill Hero Awards Nomination Deadline: 2/17
Past President: John Dean
Homes For Computers Distribution: 2/25
Billy Borgmeyer Trivia Night: 3/6
Meghan Buchert Hero Awards: 4/10
Lea Evans Spring Into Action: 5/22
Gwen Jones Keeping Up With VAC On The World Wide Web
Rev. Raymond Massey
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VAC STAFF site at www.vacmo.org.
Executive Director: Nick Foster
Project Director: Ron Schmidt
Finance Administrator: Amy Myers Join the conversation and be the first to know
Social Services Specialists: Christina
Montgomery and Logan Park
about new programs, events, and other exciting
Administrative Assistant: Judi Bloss things happening at VAC.