Community Events

Join us to celebrate early childhood

Each year, First Chance for Children holds an array of events for the entire community targeted at celebrating early education, families, and the possibilities that are fostered in childhood. From family fun events to program fundraisers we have something for everyone.


Our organization is participating in National Diaper Need Awareness Week from September 18-24. 


September 18 – Proclamation and Open House   8:00am-10:00am

Official kick of the Diaper Need Awareness Week – free tours, refreshments, and family fun


September 19 – Diaper Wrapping Day  


September 20 – Bingo for Babies

Have fun and raise funds to end diaper need. The event will have bingo, silent auction, food, drinks, and great supporters!

Donate, Sponsor, or Buy Tickets

September 21 – Community Awareness Day

Spread the word all day long about diaper need awareness and how the community can support what we do in Mid-Missouri

September 22 – Diaper Collection and Distribution

We will be accepting diaper donations and giving away free diapers to families in need at our First Chance office at 1002 Fay St, Columbia.

Calendar of Events

More Ways to Get Involved

Find an opportunity that's right for you and your family. Together we can make a difference.


We gladly accept new and gently used toys, books, and clothing for children newborn to age 5, as well as clothing and items for pregnant and postpartum mothers. You can donate items by dropping them off at the First Chance for Children office during regular hours or by ordering them from our Amazon Wishlist.


We offer a variety of opportunities to give back to your community and support the families we serve. As a volunteer, you help us meet the needs of our community and your work contributes directly to our mission. Opportunities can be short term or on-going, and are tailored for you or your business's interest and commitment level.


See a list of our current openings and join our team of dedicated staff working to improve kindergarten readiness across mid-Missouri. When you join First Chance for Children's team, you have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and families along side a group of passionate individuals dedicated to our mission and values.

Contact Us

Do you have a new and exciting way to partner? Wondering if your donation fits within our needs? Just have some general questions about what we do and how you can help? Reach out to us! We'd love to hear your questions, thoughts, and ideas. There's no opportunity too small or too big! We can't wait to talk about how we can work together.