Volunteer opportunities

Will accept high school service hours

Centra Foundation: Hosting the Smart Money Family Fun Bike Ride on June 20 at Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave. Volunteers needed between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. ride day for registration, acting as crossing guards, working at activity stations and in other roles such as distributing brochures now. Information: Annette Hoover, 812-314-0307 or ahoover@centra.org 812-314-0307

Bartholomew County Solid Waste District: Volunteers needed to direct traffic, answer questions, unload recyclables and other duties during the Tox-A-Way Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 16. Information: Tricia Pontrich at 812-376-2614 or tricia.pontrich@bartholomew.in.gov.

Caring Parents Program: People needed to knit or crochet baby hats for newborn infants as part of the Period of Purple Crying education to family members of infants born at Columbus Regional Hospital. The program helps prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. Information: clickforbabies.org.

Bartholomew County Humane Society: Volunteers needed for cleaning, feeding, transporting animals to vets, answering phones, showing animals and other tasks. Information: 812-372-6063 or email at mjirwin@seidata.com

Love Chapel: Needs volunteers for truck delivery janitorial work, and food sorting and stocking, along with various office tasks. Information: Jane at 812-372-9421 or email to volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com.

Boy Scouts of America: Helpers needed for a range of tasks from fundraising to membership. Information: Bob DeWar at 812-657-5228 or bdewar@bsamail.org.

Horizon House homeless shelter: Help needed sorting and stocking items, light maintenance, child sitting and with other tasks. Dana Gunter, shelter manager at 812-799-1062 or Michele Lee at 812-372-8407.

Columbus Regional Health: Volunteers needed in the gift shop, at the information desk, patient care areas and elsewhere. Information: Mary Campbell at 812-376-5305 or mcampbell@crh.org or crh.org (click Foundation and Community, then Volunteer Opportunities).

Just Friends Adult Day Service: Helper needed to clean and maintain a 55-gallon fish tank each month. Information: Barbara Cummings at 372-6415.

Developmental Services Inc.: Opportunities are open for volunteers with general office work, bingo events and a weekly cooking class on Wednesdays at the agency serving developmentally disabled clients. Information: Kristiane Foga at 812-376-9404, ext. 161 or kfoga@dsiservices.org.

Bartholomew County Historical Society: Volunteers are needed to help making costume patterns, simple sewing, pressing and related efforts. Hours are flexible, Wednesday through Friday at the Haw Creek Heritage Center, 111 Aiken St. in Hope. No experience necessary. All volunteers receive a background check. Information: Anna Barnett, education manager, at 812-372-3541 or abarnett@bartholomewhistory.org.

Minds on Math: Adult mentors are needed to work with struggling fourth-grade math students from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A one-hour training session will be scheduled with interested volunteers. Information: Jennifer Steadman-Ryan or Lianne Wright at 812-373-2191 or 812-378-4759, or mindsonmath@bcsc.k12.in.us.

Turning Point: Could use some handymen repairing and maintaining some of the items in the domestic violence shelter, hanging items on the walls and so forth. Information: Anne Courtney, 812-379-9844, ext. 107 or annecourtney@turningpointdv.org.

Mill Race Center: Needs drivers willing to use their own vehicles to take patients to medical appointments. Information: Dexter Fravel at dexter@millracecenter.org.

Community Animal Rescue Effort: Needs volunteers to provide in-home care for dogs and cats until they are adopted by new owners. All veterinary care is paid by C.A.R.E. Food and litter may also be provided. Information: columbuscare@gmail.com.

Eastside Community Center: Needs volunteers to teach classes and lead a discussion on “any subject that impacts our community positively,” according to organizers. The agency also needs people to come on Tuesdays and highlight a range of topics that could range from gardening tips to staying on a budget. Information: Jeff Bradley at 812-376-7840 or jeff@eastcc.org.

Advocates for Children: Court-Appointed Special Advocate volunteers needed for case work and court case preparation. The average CASA volunteer gives 10 to 15 hours per month, working with everyone involved in an abused or neglected child’s case and preparing reports for the court. The only requirements are that you be 21 or older and have a passion for serving children. Information: Rick Scalf at 812-372-2808, ext. 3312, or by email at ricks@apowerfulvoice.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Adult mentors needed for area children seeking positive role models. Information: Laura Moses 812-348-4558, ext. 217, or laura@foundationforyouth.com.

Columbus Scottish Festival: Can use helpers for marketing, vendors, grants, web design and other areas for the annual September event. Information: Julie Jordan at volunteer@scottishfestival.org.

Parkside Court: Musicians needed to donate time to play or perform at the senior facility. Performers needed around 2 and 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Information: John Rawlins at 812-378-9795 or john.rawlins@holidaytouch.com.

McDowell Education Center: Needs tutors for struggling adult readers. High school students are welcome and although most of the volunteers focus on reading, volunteers sometimes are needed for math, science and/or tutors for English language learners. New-tutor orientation and training is offered, but not required. Information: Michelle Newland at 376-4451 or newlandm@bcsc.k12.in.us.

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.