Volunteer opportunities

*Will accept high school service hours

Ivy Tech Community College: Needs volunteers to direct runners during the Run for the Ivy 5K/10K at Ivy Tech April 25. Information: Amy Ables at aables@ivytech.edu.

Orphan Grain Train: Lutheran-based ministry needs volunteers to check, sort and distribute everything from clothes to furniture at its Elizabethtown facility. Operates 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Information: Gene Ernst at indianaogt@gmail.com

*Love Chapel: Needs volunteers for truck delivery, janitorial, food stocking and sorting, information and technology, financial, office skilled and intake and work with clients. Students looking for community service may schedule after-school hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and on Saturday mornings. Information: 812-372-9421 or volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com.

*Boy Scouts of America: Volunteer opportunities are available in program development and operations, fundraising, membership and direct service. Information: Bob DeWar at 812-657-5228 or bdewar@bsamail.org.

Child Abuse Prevention Program: Needs adults 21 and older to work at the CAP Adult Prom from 7 to 11 p.m. April 18. Information: Arriann Custer at 812-372-3745 or acuster@familyservicebc.org.

Engage Columbus: Outgoing people needed to volunteer at the new center. Shifts vary from two to four hours, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Foreign language skills and experience with other cultures are a plus. Information: 812-375-0708 or pam@engagecolumbus.com.

The Arc of Bartholomew County: The agency providing advocacy, resources and support for people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities and their families needs 24 course marshals from 8 to 10 a.m. today for the I Can 5K and Autism Walk beginning at Richards Elementary School, 3311 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Information: Amy Mock, 812-372-0610 or 812-343-747024. Volunteers must be 16 or older. Those younger than 16 must have a parent or guardian with them.

Child Abuse Prevention Program: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the agency raises awareness of the issue by placing pinwheel gardens around the community. The pinwheels represent a carefree childhood program leaders want all kids to have. Anyone interested with the pinwheels can contact Arriann Custer at acuster@familyservicesbc.org.

Foundation For Youth: Girls on the Run and Trailblazers coaches needed. Girls On the Run is a transformational physical activity and positive youth development program for girls ages 8 to 13. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence in girls through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Trailblazers is a running program for boys ages 8 to 13 with a curriculum focused on developing cognitive, physical and social skills while promoting a healthy lifestyle through running. In both programs, the youth will prepare for a 5K while learning the importance of eating healthy and training appropriately for their age level. FFY needs coaches for both programs which are offered in the spring and fall. The spring season just began and finishes with a 5K on June 7. Information: jennifer@foundationforyouth.com or FoundationForYouth.com.

Hope Volunteers Organization: Answer phones, greet customers, availability between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. any day of the week, depending on volunteer’s interests. Monthly social gatherings for volunteers. Information: djekel@hopeinfocenter.com or 812-546-7038.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.