Our Development Department is always busy planning the next big fundraising event. From assembling invitations or programs to setting up on the day of, help is always welcomed. Our most popular volunteer events are the annual Turkey Trot and our Wine & Whiskey Walk. Thousands come out for the annual Turkey Trot 5K, so extra hands to help with registration and shirt distribution are invaluable. For our Wine & Whiskey Walk, we utilize teams and individuals to pour samples. Both events have an established history in the community. Click on the events tab above and see what is coming up next and how you might connect with us.

Interested in volunteering for events? Call (417) 829-0804.


A variety of opportunities also exist to volunteer in our children's building. We have weekly or monthly openings available for you to help. You may be rocking babies to sleep, playing with and/or reading to children, and being an extra set of hands and eyes for activities. The children also love when volunteers come in to share about their occupation - i.e. firefighters, athletes, etc. DCO participates in the Foster Grandparent Program - our children love their classroom grandparents! For college and high school students, service learning and practicums with DCO are a great way to get real world experience.

Interested in volunteering in our ECCE? Call (417) 829-0801.

Adult Programs *

Our Technology Learning Center is a wonderful place to get connected with our adult programs. If you're a professional in an occupation related to one of our classes, you could be a guest speaker. Or, your business could be an off-site visit for classes to see real life application of their curriculum - money management, for example. In addition, we have opportunities to work one on one with an adult during the classes.

Interested in volunteering with TLC? Call (417) 829-0850.


Another great way to get on board with the mission of DCO is to give! We have ample opportunities for you to contribute to our mission. Giving of in-kind services or materials is a tremendous help to us, especially when it's something we would have had to pay for out of our budget, such as lawn care, maintenance supplies, or professional clothing for our employment program.

Of course, monetary gifts are also a meaningful way to support DCO and be involved. We invite you to call (417) 829-0896 and set up a time to tour our facility! See first hand why being involved with DCO makes a difference!

* Background checks are required for direct contact volunteer positions.