December Volunteer Opportunities

*Will accept high school service hours

United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/AARP Tax Aide: Seeks volunteers to serve as tax preparers and intake specialists for 2017 tax year. Training begins this month. Time commitment: Five to 30 hours of training during December and January and four hours per week onsite during the tax season. Information: Volunteer Action Center at 812-314-2706 or Latha at

Developmental Services Inc.: Four volunteers needed to help paint lockers in the workshop. Clients would like to paint a design on the lockers, so someone with an artistic background would be ideal. Leadership skills are encouraged. Time commitment: Eight hours total. Information: Hanna Hodnett at or 812-376-9404, ext. 161.

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

Bartholomew County Triad: Needs two to three volunteers to help distribute a community-needs assessment throughout the community. The assessment seeks to identify needs of older adults in the community. Time commitment: Five to 10 hours over a two-month time span. Information: Leah Boas at or call 812-376-9241 ext. 210.

Developmental Services, Inc.: Two to three volunteers needed to help with gift wrapping for the Dec. 14 client and employee Holiday Party. Also need five volunteers to help set up the party Dec. 15. Set-up will include tables, table cloths, centerpieces and decorations. Information: Hanna Hodnett at or 812-376-9404, ext. 161. Information: Hanna Hodnett at or 812-376-9404 ext. 161.

United Way 2-1-1 Holiday Helpline Registration: Seeks volunteers for phone calls and data entry to register local children and families for gift and food assistance for the holiday. Shifts vary from one to two hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: Dede Parker at 812-376-0011,

Foundation for Youth Princess Ball: Needs volunteers for set up, check in and supervising the photo area, craft area and food tables. Will also need help with tear down after the event. When: Jan. 7. Information: 812-348-4558 ext. 207 or

Thrive Alliance: Needs volunteers to help with set-up, hospitality and clean-up for the Adult Guardianship Christmas Party on Dec. 16. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez, 812 372 6918 or email

Family Service Inc.: Needs a volunteer to organize the office library and handle other administrative duties, such as making copies and putting packets together. Information: Arriann Custer at 812-314-2319 or

SCORE: Needs volunteers with a background in business or a related field to help start-up and experienced entrepreneurs. Volunteers meet with and counsel businesses in one-hour, face-to-face, confidential, free sessions with clients. Information: Columbus Chamber of Commerce at 812-379-4457 or

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP): Seeks several volunteers who are at least 21 to provide child care during foster parent support groups twice a month. Must pass a background check. Hours: Varies, usually 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Information: Danielle Nickerson at or 812-344-6317.

Columbus Salvation Army: Needs volunteers to assist in the food pantry, sort and stock food and help with janitorial needs. Time: 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: Capt. Jodi 812-372-7118,

Engage Columbus: A volunteer international tea coordinator is needed to plan monthly tea events. The ideal person will be creative, detail-oriented and able to lead a team. Time commitment: Six hours per month. Information: Lara Hodson at or 765-318-1384.

Thrive Alliance: Needs help with clerical tasks, such as filing, copying, data entry and making phone calls. Times and days are flexible. Information: Kashmira Mehta or Tracey Heaton de Martinez at or 812-372-6918.

Thrive Alliance Meal Sites: Needs volunteers to help with cleaning, serving food, picking up lunches at the hospital, organizing and more at Armory Apartments, 646 Franklin St., and Anderson Community Center, 421 McClure Road. Times and days are flexible. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez at 812 372 6918 or email

*Bartholomew County Humane Society: Volunteers needed for animal feeding, cleaning and other tasks. Sometimes need foster homes for special needs animals and those recovering from injury. Information: 812-372-6063 or

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

Columbus Regional Health: Volunteers needed in the gift shop and at the information desk, reception areas and patient-care areas. Information: (click Foundation and Community, then volunteer opportunities). Information: Mary Campbell at 812-376-5305 or

Community Animal Rescue Effort: Needs volunteers to provide in-home care for dogs and/or cats until they are adopted by new owners. All veterinary care is paid by C.A.R.E. Food and litter may also be provided. Information:

Horizon House: Needs help with sorting, stocking, child sitting, light maintenance and other tasks. Information: Michele Lee at or 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 with Mill Race Center during inclement weather and outside in nice weather. Time: Anytime during open hours; 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in one- to two-hour sessions. Information: Marilyn Clerc, executive director, at or 812-372-6415.

*Love Chapel: The food pantry needs help with truck delivery, food stocking and sorting, janitorial duties, client intake, information technology and more. Information: Jane at 812-372-9421 or

*Orphan Grain Train: Needs volunteers at the Jonesville warehouse to help with unloading and sorting donated items for families in need. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday. Information: Gene Ernst at

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: Needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients/families with an advanced illness, help with clerical tasks and work at fundraising events. Volunteers will complete an orientation program, training and ongoing education. Information: Jennifer Pasyanos at 812-314-8054 or

*Sans Souci: Needs helpers to hand clothing, sort donations and assist with stocking shelves at the thrift store. Information: 812-314-2930 or

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

FFY Basketball: Seeks mentors to teach kids the fundamentals of basketball, importance of teamwork and value of good sportsmanship. All volunteers must be screened and pass a background check. Time commitment: Two hours twice a week through February. Information: or 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

FFY After-school Homework: Seeks mentors for general homework help for members of all ages. All volunteers must be screened and pass a background check. Time commitment: Minimum of one hour after school for 12 weeks. Information: or 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

Advocates for Children: Needs court-appointed special advocates for case work and court case preparation. Average time spent: 10 to 15 hours per month, working on an abused or neglected child’s case and preparing 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 or

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