Volunteer Opportunities

*Will accept high school service hours

Child Abuse Prevention program: Needs volunteers to serve as teen and adult puppet show performers. Shows will be for local elementary students on subjects of abuse, safety, bullying and peer pressure. Information: Arriann Custer at 812-314-2319, acuster@familyservicebc.org.

Granny Connection: Seeks volunteers to help with nut production for farmers market. Cook and bag nuts at North Christian Church. Time: 9 a.m. to noon monthly through November. Information: Ann Jones, 812-342-4680.

Centra Foundation — Brochure/poster distribution: Needs volunteers to help distribute brochures and posters in the community for the Smart Money Family Fun Bike Ride Aug. 6. Distribution through June 14. Information: Annette Hoover, 812-314-0307 or Lyn Morgan, 812-314-0285.

FFY Boys & Girls Club — Library Organizer: Seeks a volunteer to help organize library utilizing a new cataloging system. If you are organized, responsible and motivated to see this project through to completion, this opportunity is for you. Hours: four to eight per week. Information: juliana@foundationforyouth.com, 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

Love Chapel: Needs volunteers to supervise residents staying at the Brighter Day Housing Facility. Staff will be accompanying volunteers. Hours: Variety of times around the clock in four-hour shifts. Information: Kathy Thompson at volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com, 812-372-9421.

Clarity of South Central Indiana: Needs four or five volunteers to help pick weeds in front of the Columbus Pregnancy Center and the Administrative Office. Time: Three hours per month or as needed Monday through Friday. Information: Jane Littmann at jane.littmann@claritycares.org, 812-378-4114.

American Red Cross: Needs volunteer client caseworkers to help get disaster victims back on their feet. Skills required: Excellent customer service and communication skills, ability to be empathetic with clients, good writing skills and computer skills a plus. Volunteers must be 18 or older and pass a background check. Information: 888-684-1441, volunteer.INregion@redcross.org.

Money Strong Program: Needs financial coaches to help people meet their financial goals. Coaches work with participants to define goals and develop an action plan. Time: One hour per week for six months. Information: Katie Willett at kwillett@uwbarthco.org, 812-418-4930.

Bartholomew County Triad: Needs two to three volunteers to help distribute a community needs assessment throughout the community. Hours are flexible. Information: Leah Boas at lboas@millracecenter.org, 812-376-9241, ext. 210.

FFY Columbus Youth Triathlons: Needs volunteers for registration, course assistance, transition area, body marking, medals, food service and tear down during the triathlon event. Time: 5 to 9 p.m. June 11 and Aug. 13. Information: juliana@foundationforyouth.com or 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

*United Way Day of Caring: Seeks help cleaning up neighborhoods and assisting local nonprofits with a little work. Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24. Information: Joy King at jking@uwbarthco.org.

Smart Money Family Fun Bike Ride: Needs volunteers for set-up, registration, activity stations, crossing guards and clean-up. Time: Three hour shifts from 7 a.m. to noon Aug. 6. Information: Annette Hoover at 812-314-0307 or Lyn Morgan at 812-314-0285.

FFY Columbus Challenge at Tipton Lakes Marina: Volunteers needed on day of event for check-in, water, course assistance, traffic assistance, timing, youth activities and more. Time: Three to six hours from 6 a.m. to noon Aug. 6. Information: juliana@foundationforyouth.com or 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

Bartholomew County Historical Society: Seeks volunteers to make costume patterns, sew simple projects, pressing and related efforts. No experience necessary. Must receive a background check. Time: Two or three hours per week during open hours Wednesday through Friday. Information: 812-372-3541.

*Bartholomew County Humane Society: Seeks volunteers to feed animals, clean and more. Foster homes for recovering or special-needs animals are needed. Information: 812-372-6063, mjirwin@seidata.com.

*Columbus Bike Co-Op: Needs 12 volunteers to help Earn-a-Bike participants build and repair bikes. Time: Three hours per month. Information: Cheryl Wright at cherylwright@gmail.com, 812-447-3941.

Columbus Regional Health: Needs volunteers in gift shop, information desk and reception and patient care areas. Information: crh.org under Foundation and Community then volunteer opportunities. Information: Mary Campbell at 812-376-5305, mcampbell@crh.org.

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

*Developmental Services Inc.: Needs help with general office work, a weekly cooking class and performing arts. Information: Adam Simmons at asimmons@dsiservices.org, 812-376-9404.

*Engage Columbus: Seeks outgoing people to help at the new center. Foreign language skills and other cultures are a plus. Time: Two to four hour shifts Monday and Wednesday-Friday. Other volunteer opportunities are available. Information: Shama Padalkar at 812-447-9969, shama@engagecolumbus.com.

Horizon House: Needs help sorting, stocking, child sitting, maintenance and more. Information: Dana Gunter and Michele Lee at 812-799-1062 and 812-372-8407.

Just Friends Adult Day Service: Seeks volunteer senior companions and walking coaches during inclement weather and outside the facility in nice weather. Time: Anytime during open hours in one- to two-hour shifts. Information: Marilyn Clerc at admin@justfriendscolumbus.com, 812-372-6415.

*Love Chapel: Needs help with truck delivery, food stocking, janitorial and sorting and more. Information: Jane at 812-372-9421, volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com.

Mill Race Center: Needs four to five volunteers to pick up patients at their homes and bring them to doctor appointments. Must use their own vehicle and be available for three-hour shifts. Information: Dan Mustard at dmustard@millracecenter.org.

*Orphan Grain Train: Volunteers needed for various tasks, including unloading and sorting donated items, at the new Jonesville warehouse. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: Gene Ernst at indianaogt@gmail.com.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: Caring volunteers needed to provide companionship to patients and families, complete clerical tasks and at fundraising events. All volunteers go through orientation, training and ongoing education. Information: Jennifer Pasyanos at 812-314-8054, jpasyanos@crh.org.

*Sans Souci: Seeks volunteers to hang clothing, sort donations and stock shelves. Information: Logan Richard at 812-372-3419, info@sanssouci.org.

Turning Point: Needs volunteers for 90-minute weekly childcare. Information: Anne Courtney at 812-379-9844, ext. 107, annecourtney@turningpointdv.org.

Advocates for Children: Volunteers needed for casework and court case preparation. Time: 10 to 15 hours per month on average. Must be 21 or older and have a passion for serving children. Information: Rick Scalf at 812-372-2808, ext. 3312, ricks@apowerfulvoice.org.

Boy Scouts of America: Needs help with multiple tasks involving program development, operations, fundraising and membership. Information: Jon Ochletree at 812-336-6809, jochletree@bsamail.org.

Family Service: Needs volunteers to knit or crochet purple hats for the Period of Purple Crying, prevention program for Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. Information: Arriann Custer at acuster@familyservicebc.org, 812-314-2319.

Columbus Youth Camp Maintenance and Scrapbooking: Needs volunteers for multiple tasks including trail maintenance, bridge repairs, cabin clean-up and scrapbooking. Time: flexible. Information: juliana@foundationforyouth.com, 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

*McDowell Education Center: Volunteer tutors needed to work with struggling adult readers. High school students welcome and there is also a need for math, science and English language tutors. Information: Michelle Newland, 812-376-4451, newlandm@bcsc.k12.in.us.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at kevener@therepublic.com or 812-379-5645.