Volunteer opportunities

Pregnancy Care Center of South Central Indiana: Needing volunteers to help organize donations, paint a room in the Bartholomew Center, and pull weeds in front of the center. Time: 2 or 2.5 hours, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Information: Jane Littmann, 812-378-4114, or janel@affirminglifeonline.

Foundation For Youth: PAAL Basketball volunteer coaches, scorekeepers and concession helpers needed. Materials and training offered. Four people on Monday and two people Tuesday through Thursday for scorekeeping, about two hours perhaps two evenings weekly. Information: Juliana Bernabe, 812-348-4558, ext. 207. Need volunteers to assist with PAAL football field maintenance and concessions during games in November. Information: 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

Bartholomew County Financial Literacy Coalition: Volunteers needed Thursday through Nov. 19 for the 23rd annual Reality Store to help teach children about real-life financial situations through budgeting simulations. Time: 7:45 a.m. to noon or noon to 3:30 p.m. Register at surveymonkey.com/r/TT9SRS. Information: al@alfurlani.com.

Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District/Recycling Center: America Recycles Day/Fall Amnesty organizers need three volunteers to help unload vehicles Nov. 14. Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: Ross Keller, 812-376-2614, or ross.keller@bartholomew.in.gov.

AARP Tax-Aide/United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance: Volunteer tax preparers needed to help people with 2016 tax returns. Training begins in December. Information: Paul Davis, pejmdavis@sbcglobal.net and Bonnie Morrison, bmorrison@uwbarthco.org.

2016 Canstruction: Organizers asking for teams to form now for the creative event that supports area food banks. Canstruction is a design/build competition held in 150 cities across the world. Locally, teams build sculptures made entirely of cans of food at FairOaks Mall. All the cans used in the structures are used to stock food pantries; last year teams donated 36,000 cans. Information: jking@uwbarthco.org.

Bartholomew County Humane Society: Needs volunteers for animal feeding, cleaning and other tasks. Also sometimes need foster homes for special-needs animals and those recovering from injury. Information: 812-372-6063, or mjirwin@seidata.com

Columbus Bike Co-Op: Whether you have no idea how to use a wrench or if you are a detailed bicycle mechanic, the Columbus Co-Op can use volunteers. Organizers need people to help Earn-a-Bike participants build bikes, do repairs and also fix up shop bikes. Familiarity with bike components, basic tools and experience, tinkering with bikes are all helpful. Hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday or that same time every other Tuesday. Information: 812-447-3941 or Cheryldwright@gmail.com.

Orphan Grain Train: Needs volunteers for a range of tasks at Jonesville warehouse. Tasks include unloading and sorting donated items for families in need. Information: Gene Ernst at indianaogt@gmail.com.

Sans Souci: Helpers needed to hang clothing, sort donations and more at the agency’s thrift store. Information: Logan Richard at 812-372-3419 or email to info@sanssouci.org.

Engage Columbus: Outgoing people needed to volunteer at the 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.

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.

Book Buddies: Volunteers needed to donate one hour a week to read with groups of two children. A one-hour training session and background check is required. Training is ongoing. Call 812-376-4461 or 812-378-4759 or email bookbuddies@bcsc.k12.in.us.

Columbus Regional Health: Volunteers needed in gift shop, at 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 812-372-6415.

Mill Race Center: Needs drivers to take patients to doctor appointments amid three-hour shifts. 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 CARE Food and litter may also be provided. Information: columbuscare@gmail.com.

McDowell Education Center: Volunteer tutors needed to work with struggling adult readers. High school students are welcome, and although most volunteers focus on reading, sometimes there is a need for math, science and/or tutors for English language learners. New-tutor orientation and training is offered, but not required, for those who are interested. Information: Michelle Newland at 812-376-4451 or newlandm@bcsc.k12.in.us.

Turning Point Domestic Violence Services: Could use handymen repairing and maintaining some of the items in the domestic violence shelter. Needs helpers for 90 minutes of child care per week. Also needs adult volunteers to work with youngsters playing, reading, doing arts and crafts, watching children and giving the parent time to work on goal-related activities. Information: Anne Courtney, 812-379-9844, ext. 107, or annecourtney@turningpointdv.org.

iGrad: Helpers needed to mentor students in Grades 8 through 12. A mentor helps to insure the student makes positive life choices, stays in school and graduates with a life plan or pursuing post-secondary education. Information: iGradColumbus.com or Betty Lewis at blewis90@ivytech.edu.

Boy Scouts of America: Helpers needed for a range of tasks, such as fundraising and membership. Information: Jon Ochletree 812-336-6809 or jochletree@bsamail.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Volunteers needed as mentors for male and female youngsters. Information: Laura Moses at 812-348-4558, ext. 217, or email to laura@foundationforyouth.com.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana: Needs leaders to host two meetings per month at Mt. Healthy Elementary School and Hope Elementary School. Information: Girl Scouts of Central Indiana at 317-924-6818 or email kgaul@girlscoutsindiana.org.

Minds on Math: Adult mentors are needed to work with struggling fourth-grade math students on specified curriculum 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 Donna Fehribach at 812-373-2191 or 812-378-4759, or mindsonmath@bcsc.k12.in.us.

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