Volunteer opportunities – November 12

*Will accept high school service hours

Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management: Needs eight volunteers to sort materials, lift tires and electronics onto a truck or stand at entrance and direct traffic at the recycle center Nov. 19. Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (can be broken into shifts). Information: kari.spurgeon@bartholomew.in.gov.

Developmental Services Inc.: Seeks four volunteers to paint lockers in the sheltered workshop. Someone with an artistic background would be ideal as clients would like to paint designs on the lockers. Leadership skills are encouraged. When: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Time commitment: Eight hours total either in one day or spread out over several days. Information: Hanna Hodnett at hhodnett@dsiservices.org, 812-376-9404, ext. 161.

America and Roby Anderson Center: Four volunteers needed to staff the center, located at 421 McClure Road, Columbus, to greet people, take messages and do light cleaning. Times and days are flexible with the volunteer’s schedule. Information: Julie Bilz at jabilz@msn.com, 812-371-7459.

Love Chapel – Brighter Day Housing facility: Needs unlimited volunteers to supervise residents of the facility. Staff will accompany volunteers. When: 24/7 variety of times, four-hour shifts. Time commitment: Four hours per month minimum. Information: Kathy Thompson at volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com, 812-372-9421.

American Red Cross: Needs client caseworkers to help clients get back on their feet after a disaster. Caseworkers meet with clients at the client’s convenience to establish a recovery plan and connect them with community resources. Skills required: excellent customer service and communication, ability to be empathetic, good writing skills; computer skills are a plus. Volunteers will be meeting with clients through entire recovery process. Must be 18 or older and need to pass a background check. Information: 888-684-1441, volunteer.INregion@redcross.org.

Money STRONG Program: Needs financial coaches to offer free, confidential financial coaching to help individuals and families manage their money and improve financial futures. Time commitment: 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 distribute a community needs assessment throughout the community. The Triad is a partnership between local law enforcement, older adults and community groups. Hours: Flexible. Time commitment: Five to 10 hours over a two-month time span. Information: Leah Boas at lboas@millracecenter.org, 812-376-9241, ext. 210.

Developmental Services Inc.: Needs one person to help the finance department put together training packets, including hole punching, stapling and stuffing folders. When: Anytime Monday through Thursday during office hours. Time commitment: About two to three hours before Dec. 1. Information: Hanna Hodnett at hhodnett@dsiservices.org, 812-376-9404 ext. 161.

Developmental Services Inc.: Seeks community mentors to lead cooking classes on Dec. 7. Ongoing commitment preferred. Training provided to volunteers. When: 3:15 to 5 p.m.

Family Service Inc.: Needs volunteers to organize the library and help with other administrative duties. Information: Arriann Custer at 812-314-2319, acuster@familyservicebc.org.

SCORE: Needs volunteers who have a background in business or a related field and are interested in helping start-up and/or experienced entrepreneurs. Volunteers meet with and counsel small businesses in one-hour, face-to-face, confidential, free sessions with clients. Information: Columbus Chamber of Commerce at 812-379-4457, SouthEastIndiana.Score.org.

National Youth Advocate Program: Needs several volunteers 21 or older to provide child care during foster parent support groups, which meet in the evening twice a month. Must pass a background check and may be asked to assist in events throughout the year. When: Varies, usually 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Time commitment: Varies based on availability and interest. Information: Danielle Nickerson at dnickerson@nyap.org, 812-344-6317.

The Columbus Salvation Army: Seeks volunteers to assist in food pantry, sorting and stocking food and janitorial needs. When: 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Also need help in the Gleaner’s Food Trucks from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fridays. Information: Capt. Jodi Sladek, 812-372-7118, Jodi_sladek@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Engage Columbus: Needs a volunteer International Tea Coordinator to plan monthly tea events. The person should be creative, detail-oriented and a leader. When: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month. Where: Engage Columbus, 431 Sixth St. Information: Lara Hodson at Lara@EngageColumbus.com, 765-318-1384.

Thrive Alliance: Needs volunteers to help with clerical tasks, such as filing, copying, data entry and making phone calls. Times and days are flexible with the volunteer’s schedule. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracey Heaton de Martinez at volunteer@thrive-alliance.org, 812-372-6918.

*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 Animal Care Services: Needs volunteers for walking dogs, socializing cats, cleaning, occasional events and more. Mid-day volunteers especially needed. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. Time commitment: varies, two-hour time periods are typical. Information: Alyssia Burriss, 812-376-2505.

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.

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

Just Friends Adult Day Services: Needs volunteer senior companions to assist participants with activities, conversation and games, and walking coaches to walk with participants within Mill Race Center during inclement weather and outside the facility in nice weather. Time: Anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in one- to two-hour sessions. Information: Marilyn Clerc at admin@justfriendscolumbus.com, 812-372-6415.

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

*Sans Souci: Needs helpers to hang clothing, sort donations and stock shelves at the thrift store. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 812-314-2930, 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: Court-Appointed Special Advocate volunteers needed for case work and court case preparation. Average time: 10 to 15 hours per month. Work with everyone involved in an abused or neglected child’s case and prepare reports for the court. Must be 21 or older and have a passion for serving children. Information: Rick Scalf at 812-372-2808 ext. 3312, ricks@apowerfulvoice.org.

*Book Buddies program: Seeks volunteers to listen to a child read in the public elementary schools. A one-hour training session and background check is provided. Information: 812-376-4461, bookbuddies@bcsc.k12.in.us.

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Need volunteers to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. Must be screened and pass a background check. Hours: One hour per week. Time commitment: One year. Information: victoria@foundationforyouth.com, 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

Boys & Girls Club: Needs positive adult role models to interact with young; help with an art activity or homework, shoot hoops and more. Must be go through screening and pass a background check. Hours: Two-hour minimum, afters chool and/or holiday and school breaks. Time commitment: Flexible. Information: Victoria@foundationforyouth.com, 812-348-4588 ext. 207.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at kevener@therepublic.com or 812-379-5633.