Volunteer opportunities – July 2

*Will accept high school service hours

Child Abuse Prevention — Kids on the Block: Needs volunteer teen and adult puppet show performers for local elementary students on subjects of abuse, safety, bullying and peer pressure. Information: Arriann Custer, 812-314-2319 or acuster@familyservicebc.org.

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

American Red Cross: Needs volunteer client caseworkers to assist clients in getting back on their feet after a disaster by establishing a recovery plan and connecting them with community resources. Skills required: excellent customer service and communication skills, ability to be empathetic with clients, good writing skills; computer skills a plus. Volunteers must be 18 and older and need to pass a background check. Information: 888-684-1441 or volunteer.inregion@redcross.org.

Money Strong Program: Needs volunteer financial coaches to help people manage money and improve financial futures. Time: One hour per week for six months. Information: Katie Willett, kwillett@uwbarthco.org, 812-418-4930.

Bartholomew County Triad: Needs two to three volunteers to help distribute a community needs assessment throughout the community. Time: Flexible, five to 10 hours over two months. Information: Leah Boas, lboas@millracecenter.org; 812-376-9241, ext. 210.

United Way 2-1-1 School Supply Registration: Needs someone to help answer phones and register families and children for free school supplies. Will train at time of service. Must pass background check, answer the phone and input caller information into the computer. Time: Varying two-hour shifts through July 29. Information: Dede Parker, dparker@uwbarthco.org, 812-376-0011.

FFY Columbus Youth Triathlons: Needs volunteers for registration, run and bike course assistance, transition area, body marking, finish line medals, food service and tear down for the Columbus Youth Triathlons. Time: 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13. Information: Juliana@foundationforyouth.com, 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

Developmental Services Inc.: Seeks mentors to lead cooking classes on the first Wednesday of each month. Ongoing commitment preferred and training provided. Dates and times: 3:15 to 5 p.m. July 6, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.

FFY Glow In The Park Midnight 5K: Needs volunteers for course setup, registration, volunteer check-in, water stop, post-race food and cleanup. Time commitment: Two- or four-hour shifts from 7 p.m. July 29 to about 1 a.m. Information: Juliana@foundationforyouth.com; 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

Smart Money Family Fun Bike Ride: Needs volunteers for setup, registration, interacting with riders, crossing guards and cleanup. The event is family focused and riders learn about money and using it wisely while having fun. Time: Three-hour shifts between 7 a.m. and noon Aug. 6 at Columbus Municipal Airport. Information: Annette Hoover, ahoover@centra.org, 812-314-0307; Lyn Morgan, lmorgan@centra.org, 812-314-0285.

FFY Columbus Challenge: Needs volunteers for packet pick-up, volunteer check-in, water stations, run and bike course assistance, traffic assistance, transition area, body marking, youth activities and more. Proceeds go for youth scholarships. Time: 6 a.m. to noon. Aug. 6 in three- to six-hour shifts. Information: Juliana@foundationforyouth.com, 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

Moonlight Loop Evening Bicycle Ride: Needs 100 volunteers to assist with the largest fundraiser for the adoption medical fund at Animal Care Services. Needs help with registration, food distribution, road crew, setup and cleanup. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt. Time: 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 20. Information: Nicohl Birdwell Goodin, nbirdwell-goodin@columbus.in.gov, 812-376-2505.

*United Way Day of Service: Needs volunteers to help clean up neighborhoods and assist local nonprofits as part of the community-wide Day of Service commemorating Sept. 11. Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9. Information: Joy King, jking@uwbarthco.org.

World AIDS Day: Seeks volunteers to knit and donate red scarves in support of Granny Connection, which helps grandmothers raising children orphaned by AIDS. Place finished scarves in the designated box at Mill Race Center by Dec. 1. Information: Ann Jones, 812-342-4680, annljones4650@gmail.com.

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

Columbus Regional Health: Volunteers needed in gift shop, information desk, reception areas and patient care areas. Information: Mary Campbell, 812-376-5305, 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.

Engage Columbus: Needs volunteers for a variety of opportunities including: EC Buddies to welcome newcomers to the Columbus community; setup, cleanup and welcome table at the International Tea each month; client reception; event planning; translations. One-time training for the more-involved opportunities is required. Information: Shama Padalkar, shama@engagecolumbus.com.

Horizon House: Needs help with sorting, stocking, child sitting, light maintenance and other tasks. Information: Michele Lee, mlee@hsi-indiana.org, 812-372-8407.

Just Friends Adult Day Service: Seeks volunteer senior companions to assist participants with activities, conversation and games and walking coaches who are willing to walk with participants during inclement weather and outside the facility in nice weather. Time: One- to two-hour shifts anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: Marilyn Clerc, admin@justfriendscolumbus.com, 812-372-6415.

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

*Orphan Grain Train: Volunteers needed for range of tasks, including unloading and sorting donated items, at new Jonesville warehouse. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Information: Gene Ernst, indianaogt@gmail.com.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: Needs caring volunteers to help provide companionship to patients and families living with an advanced illness, helping with office clerical tasks or working as volunteer support at fundraising events. Volunteers participate in an orientation program, training and ongoing education. Information: Jennifer Pasyanos, 812-314-8054 or JPasyanos@CRH.org.

*Sans Souci: Helpers needed to hang clothing, sort donations and assist at stocking shelving at the agency’s thrift store during open hours. Information: 812-314-2930, info@sanssouci.org.

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

Advocates for Children: Needs case work and court-case-preparation volunteers. Time: Average CASA volunteer gives 10 to 15 hours per month. Must be 21 or older and have a passion for serving children. Information: Rick Scalf, 812-372-2808, ext. 3312, ricks@apowerfulvoice.org.

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

Family Service: Seeks volunteers to knit or crochet purple hats for the Period of Purple Crying and Caring Parents Program. Information: Arriann Custer, acuster@familyservicebc.org, 812-314-2319.

FFY Boys and Girls Club – Healthy Habits Cooking Instruction: Seeks passionate, reliable practitioners of culinary arts to instruct club members in safe and healthy cooking habits. Must be knowledgeable about culinary processes and able to work effectively with children. All volunteers screened and background-checked prior to volunteering. Time: Two to four hours per week on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons. Information: Juliana@foundationforyouth.com, 812-348-4558 ext. 207.

*FFY Columbus Youth Camp: Need volunteers interested in working outdoors to help with trail maintenance, bridge repairs or cabin cleanup. Also looking for scrapbookers to organize historical camp memorabilia into a creative scrapbook. Information: Juliana@foundationforyouth.com, 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

PAAL Football Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Scorekeepers: Seeks positive and enthusiastic volunteers to mentor elementary school students about sports at FFY. All volunteers must be screened and pass a background check prior to volunteering. Time: Two hours, twice a week. Flag football from July to October and tackle football from August to October. Information: Juliana@foundationforyouth.com, 812-348-4558 ext. 207.

Volleyball Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Scorekeepers: Seeks positive and enthusiastic volunteers to teach volleyball to youth in grades 1 to 8. All volunteers must be screened and pass a background check prior to volunteering. Hours: Two hours, twice a week from Aug. 29 to Oct. 28. Information: Juliana@foundationforyouth.com, 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

*McDowell Education Center: Needs volunteer tutors to work with struggling adult readers. High school students are welcome and there is also a need for math, science and/or tutors for English language learners. 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.