Supported Living

Daniel Lends a Hand in the Community

September 6, 2015
Daniel holding a trash bag while volunteering
Daniel picking up trash to help out the City of Columbia Parks Department.

Daniel lives in his own apartment and has a part-time job that he likes, but he wanted to get out in the community and do more with his time. Daniel enjoys volunteering, so recently he decided that he would like participate in more volunteer opportunities. Staff assisted Daniel in researching some options online and he dove right in to lending a hand around Columbia.

Most recently, Daniel has volunteered with the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department picking up trash at area parks such as Oakland Park and Rock Quarry Park. “It’s fun,” says Daniel.

“Daniel loves being involved with his community and helping in any way he can,” says Kim Tolson, Site Supervisor at Team 260. “He also enjoys meeting new people and trying new activities. For Daniel, volunteering involves all of those things that are important to him.”

In addition to helping the City, Daniel has volunteered with the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, Second Chance and Easter Seals Child Development Center. He also enjoys assisting with Bingo games at a local nursing home. Daniel says plans to continue volunteering throughout the year. “I like to help,” says Daniel.

“He has mentioned wanting to volunteer with something pertaining to recycling. Staff keep Daniel aware of volunteer opportunities as they hear of them, and also help Daniel look up opportunities on the internet,” says Kim.

When he’s not busy volunteering, Daniel enjoys watching movies, exercising, listening to music, and both playing and watching sports. University of Missouri football and the St. Louis Cardinals are his favorite teams.

As far as what’s next for Daniel, he continues to look for more interesting ways he can lend a hand in his community. According to Kim, he’s already got his sights set on bell ringing for the Salvation Army this holiday season.