voluntary action center http://kbia.org en Columbia Daily Tribune hosts 13th annual Hero Awards http://kbia.org/post/columbia-daily-tribune-hosts-13th-annual-hero-awards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On Monday, April 14, the Columbia Daily Tribune recognized 41 individual volunteers and groups at the 13<sup>th</sup> annual Hero Awards. Of the 41 nominees, seven received awards for their contributions.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:42:21 +0000 Stephanie Kawula 51386 at http://kbia.org Columbia Daily Tribune hosts 13th annual Hero Awards Civic groups donate computers to families http://kbia.org/post/civic-groups-donate-computers-families <p>For the 11th year, the Voluntary Action Center and the Downtown Optimist Club worked with the City of Columbia on a program called "Homes for Computers." This program gives used computers to low income Columbia families.</p><p>Rick McKernan, a member of the Downtown Optimist Club, described how families had to meet certain criteria as decided by The Voluntary Action Center before receiving the computers. The family has to have a child in the local school system, it can’t have a computer already, and must have financial need.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:09:08 +0000 Eliza Davidson 48506 at http://kbia.org Civic groups donate computers to families Holiday assistance programs report increase of families in need http://kbia.org/post/holiday-assistance-programs-report-increase-families-need <p></p><p>Volunteering programs set up in both Boone and Callaway Counties have seen an increase in families asking for assistance this holiday season.&nbsp; And many other families and organizations have stepped in to provide the assistance.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:28:37 +0000 Ben Mahnken 25679 at http://kbia.org Holiday assistance programs report increase of families in need Families of children with Autism pay more for health care http://kbia.org/post/families-children-autism-pay-more-health-care <p>A new study conducted by a University of Missouri faculty member found families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are paying more for health care than families of children with other medical conditions. Assistant professor Nancy Cheak-Zamora says families are paying more for fewer services:&nbsp;&ldquo;Most of the families, she says, &quot;spent over one-thousand dollars or more just in out of pocket costs, which is significantly higher than other families.&rdquo;</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:46:19 +0000 Eric Hilt 15805 at http://kbia.org Douglass Park summer lunch program begins http://kbia.org/post/douglass-park-summer-lunch-program-begins <p>A program that provides free daily meals to children from low-income families &nbsp;is under way this week &nbsp;in Columbia.&nbsp;The Lunch in the Park program fills a need that arises when the school year ends.&nbsp;Many children who receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year may not have access to nutritious meals during the summer.</p><p>The program, a partnership between the Health Department and the Volunteer Action Center, can serve more than 100 kids each day.&nbsp;Lunch in the Park also provides entertainment and educational activities.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:00:29 +0000 Kelsey Kupferer 15791 at http://kbia.org Douglass Park summer lunch program begins Fund set up to assist mobile home residents http://kbia.org/post/fund-set-assist-mobile-home-residents <p>The almost simultaneous closings of two area mobile home parks have left residents searching for a new place to live. However, local help may make the move easier for some. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 22:42:16 +0000 Scarlett Robertson 6875 at http://kbia.org Fund set up to assist mobile home residents