Get Involved in 2023!
Posted on 01/17/2023

The Cape Girardeau area is special because of the people who live here. We have a lot of resourceful and generous residents and businesses giving back to the community however they can, to make Cape Girardeau an even better place to live, work, and play for everyone!

Seven Ways to Get (More) Involved in 2023!

  1. Community OrganizationsTake an online tour of some of the service programs and projects that need your help now. There are many agencies doing important work that you can support through a one-time project, or a long-term commitment. RSVP-VIC and United Way both post opportunities for many different agencies.
  2. Boards & Commissions – Visit to see if any of our community-driven policy advisory groups connect with your interest areas. There are several groups dedicated to parks, building and zoning, and more. You can attend any public meeting anytime, or apply to become a voting board member! You can also find County boards at
  3. Neighborhood ConnectionsBuilding and maintaining a safe, clean, and vibrant community starts on your block! Get to know your neighbors and join or start a neighborhood group to focus on what’s important right where you live. Contact the Public Information Office for help getting started, or find your neighbors online or off. If you can't resolve cleanups on your own, report nuisances (weeds, unsanitary conditions, etc.) at
  4. Litter Control Litter comes from open bins, litterbugs and other sources. Let's do what we can to Keep Cape Beautiful whether part of an individual or group effort! Take care of your street, organize a clean-up with your neighbors, church or other special groups. Remember to stay safe near roadways and consider some of these safety tips from MODOT
  5. Citizen AcademyWondering what the City government does and how it works? We will tell you, during the City's Citizens Academy! The twice-annual, free series of classes and tours is designed to teach citizens about how their local government works for them! Apply at
  6. YOU are the First Responder Support fire, police, EMS and protect your family and neighborhood. Find more information and stay-tuned for local course offerings!
  7. Contact Your Local Elected LeadersThe primary function of this government is to serve the best interest of its citizens. We continuously encourage our residents to contact their City Council to share their policy priorities, and direction for our city. Council members publish their direct contact information at where residents can also use a simple online form.


Did you miss the Volunteer Fair? Learn more on our Volunteer Fair Recap blog about specific opportunities and see the event in our video below.