Volunteer opportunties

*Will accept high school service hours

*Foundation For Youth Business Office: Needs a volunteer to help file W9s for the organization. One half-day. Volunteers also needed for other office tasks. Information: Juliana Bernabe at 812-348-4558, ext. 207 or Juliana@foundationforyouth.com

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.

Northside Middle School: Needing volunteers to act as sheriffs as they catch teachers performing positive behavior as role models for students. Time: 20 minutes weekly or bimonthly. Information: Tammie LeClerc, leclerct@bcsc.k12.in.us.

United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax Aide Programs: Volunteer tax preparers and screening greeters needed to help people with 2016 tax returns. Training assistance begins this month. Information: Joy King, 812-314-2960, jking@uwbarthco.org.

*Foundation For Youth’s Boys and Girls Club: Bon-Ton has invited the Boys & Girls Club to be onsite at Carson’s Department Store at FairOaks Mall from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 to help distribute coupon booklets to customers. When customers use the coupon, $1 will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs. Information: Josh Snyder at 812-372-7867 or Joshua@foundationforyouth.com.

*2016 Canstruction: Volunteer teams call-out occurring through December. Canstruction is a design/build competition conducted in 150 cities across the world. Locally, teams build sculptures made entirely of cans of food. Sculptures are done at Columbus’ FairOaks Mall. All the cans used in the structures are distributed to local food pantries. 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, mjirwin@seidata.com.

*Columbus Bike Co-Op: Volunteers of all skill-levels including bike mechanics needed to help Earn-a-Bike participants build bikes, help people who come in to do repairs, and fix shop bikes. Information: Cheryl Wright at 812-447-3941 or cherylwright@gmail.com.

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

Community Animal Rescue Effort: Needs volunteers to provide in-home care for dogs and/or cats in need until pets 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.

*Developmental Services Inc.: Help needed with general office work, a weekly cooking class and performance arts. Information: Amy Kleinert, 812-376-9404 or akleinert@dsiservices.org.

Engage Columbus: Needs volunteers at the monthly International Tea event held on the last Wednesday of each month for setup, cleanup and work at the welcome table. Information: Shama Padalkar at shama@engagecolumbus.com.

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

*Just Friends Adult Day Service: Helper needed to clean and maintain a 55-gallon fish tank each month. Information: Barbara Cummings 812-372-6415, volunteers@justfriendscolumbus.com.

*Love Chapel: Needs help with truck delivery, food stocking, janitorial, food stocking and sorting, client intake, information and technology and other areas of the nonprofit Christian food pantry. Information: Jane at 812-372-9421, volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com

Mill Race Center: Needs four or five volunteer drivers to pick up patients at their homes and bring them to their medical appointments. They will need to use their own vehicles and be available for three-hour shifts. Information: Dan Mustard, dmustard@millracecenter.org.

*Orphan Grain Train: Volunteers needed for range of tasks at the ministry’s Jonesville warehouse. Tasks include unloading and sorting donated items for families in need. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Information: Gene Ernst, indianaogt@gmail.com

*Sans Souci: Helpers needed to hang clothing, sort donations and assist at stocking shelving at the agency’s thrift store. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: Logan Richard, 812-372-3419, info@sanssouci.org.

Turning Point Domestic Violence Services: Need volunteers for 90-minute weekly childcare. Could use handymen in repairing and maintaining some of the items in the domestic violence shelter. Information: Anne Courtney, 812-379-9844 ext. 107, or annecourtney@turningpointdv.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 ricks@apowerfulvoice.org.

*Book Buddies program: Volunteers are needed an hour a week to listen to a child’s reading in 12 public elementary schools. A one-hour training session and background check is provided. Information: 812-378-4759 or bookbuddies@bcsc.k12.in.us.

Boy Scouts of America: Helpers needed a range of tasks involving program development and operations, fundraising, and membership. Information: Jon Ochletree at 812-336-6809 or jochletree@bsamail.org.

Community Education Coalition: Seeks help with the Latino Mentor Program which needs people to serve as volunteer mentors. Mentors partner with guidance office staff to support Latino students in completing high school successfully and assist students and their families to understand and support the college-entry process. Community volunteers must complete an application and pass a criminal background check. Information: Luz Elena Michel, 812-314-8636, lmichel@educationcoalition.com

Foundation For Youth’s Big Brothers Big Sisters: Seeking adult mentors for a one-year commitment to spend a few hours per month with local children. Information: Laura Moses at 812-348-4558, ext. 217 or laura@foundationforyouth.com,

Foundation For Youth’s Boys and Girls Club class: Seeking a volunteer to teach a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics class to its young teen members. The lessons feature a kit that introduces robotics to youth through a 12-week curriculum, which can be split among additional volunteers. All volunteers must be screened and submit to a background check prior to volunteering. Information: Josh Snyder at 812-372-7867 or joshua@foundationforyouth.com.

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.

Foundation For Youth’s PAAL Basketball: Needs volunteer coaches in third- and fourth-grade girls and middle school co-ed basketball league. Two hours per week. Information: Blake Trobaugh, 812-348-4558, ext. 313 or Blake@foundationforyouth.com.

iGrad: Helpers needed to mentor students in Grades 8-12. 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.

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.

Foundation For Youth Girls on the Run/Trailblazers: The Girls on the Run and Trailblazers programs need volunteer coaches. Girls On the Run is a physical activity-based 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 event while learning the importance of eating healthy and training appropriately for their age level. Information: jennifer@foundationforyouth.com or foundationforyouth.com.

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