Volunteer opportunities

*Will accept high school service hours

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/AARP Tax Aide: Seeks volunteer intake specialists and volunteers to prepare taxes. Time commitment: Five to 30 hours of training and four hours per week during tax season (February through mid-April). Information: Volunteer Action Center at 812-314-2706 or Latha at hvenkatachalam@uwbarthco.org

Developmental Services Inc.: Eight volunteers to help put together drums for our clients. Power tool skills are a must. Hours: To be determined. Time commitment: Three to four hours. Information: Hanna Hodnett at hhodnett@dsiservices.org or 812-376-9404, ext. 161

America and Roby Anderson Center: Volunteers needed to staff the center, located at 421 McClure Road, 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 or 812-371-7459

Brighter Day Housing Facility: Volunteers needed to supervise residents staying at the facility. Staff will be accompanying volunteers as well. Time commitment: Four hours per month minimum. Information: Kathy Thompson at volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com, 812-372-9421

Local American Red Cross: Needs volunteers for both long- and short-term help. Short term: Pillowcase project needs volunteers to present emergency preparedness training to third- and fifth-graders. Long term: Provide water, Gatorade and snacks to firefighters during active fires for hydration; needs Disaster Action Team members to do client casework in the aftermath of fires or natural disasters. Volunteers must be 18 or older and need to pass a background check. Information: 888-684-1441 or volunteer.INregion@redcross.org

Bartholomew County Triad: Needs help distributing a community needs assessment throughout the community. Time commitment: Five to 10 hours over a two-month time span. Information: Leah Boas at lboas@millracecenter.org or 812-376-9241, ext. 210

Developmental Services Inc.: Needs three volunteers to deep clean the kitchen that is used for client cooking classes. Time commitment: Three to four hours. Information: Hanna Hodnett at hhodnett@dsiservices.org or 812-376-9404, ext. 161

Thrive Alliance: Seeks volunteers to set up and to help children with activities, hospitality and tear down from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Foundation For Youth, 405 Hope Ave. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez at 812-372-6918 or at volunteer@thrive-alliance.org

Developmental Services, Inc.: Community mentors needed to lead cooking classes on first Wednesday each month. Ongoing commitment is preferred. Training will be provided. Information: Hanna Hodnett at hhodnett@dsiservices.org or 812-376-9404, ext. 161

Thrive Alliance: Volunteers are needed to make phone calls to complete follow-up surveys. Must possess good communication skills. Training will be provided. Time commitment: Two hours per week. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez at 812 372 6918 or email volunteer@thrive-alliance.org. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez at 812-372-6918 or email volunteer@thrive-alliance.org

Family Service Inc.: Seeks a volunteer to organize the office library and help with other administrative duties. Anyone interested in a couple hours weekly or biweekly is invited to contact us. Information: Arriann Custer at 812-314-2319 or acuster@familyservicebc.org

SCORE: Needs experienced entrepreneurs or those with a background in business or a related field to help with the local SCORE chapter. Volunteers will help new startups and existing businesses be successful with free, one-hour confidential sessions. Information: 812-379-4457 or visit southeastindiana.score.org

National Youth Advocate Program: Several volunteers needed to provide child care during foster parent support groups twice a month. Must be 21 or older and able to pass a background check. Time commitment: Varies based on availability and interest. Information: Danielle Nickerson at dnickerson@nyap.org or 812-344-6317

The Columbus Salvation Army: Needs volunteers for various tasks, including assisting with Gleaner’s food trucks on the second Tuesday and Friday of each month, assist in food pantry with sorting and stocking and working with youth in youth program on Wednesday evenings. Volunteers who want to work with youth will need to complete Safe From Harm training prior to starting. Information: Capt. Jodi Sladek at 812-372-7118 or Jodi_sladek@usc.salvationarmy.org

Engage Columbus: Seeks an international tea coordinator to plan monthly tea events. The ideal person will be creative, detail oriented and can lead a team to plan, prepare and present monthly themed teas. Time commitment: Six hours per month (three hours day of event, three hours of planning and coordinating between events). Information: Lara Hodson at Lara@EngageColumbus.com or 765-318-1384

Thrive Alliance: Needs a volunteer to help with office clerical tasks. Times and days are flexible with the volunteer’s schedule. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracey Heaton de Martinez at volunteer@thrive-alliance.org or 812-372-6918

Armory Apartments: Needs help with cleaning, serving food, picking up lunches at Columbus Regional Hospital, organizing and more. Times and days are flexible with the volunteer’s schedule. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez at 812-372-6918 or email volunteer@thrive-alliance.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 or mjirwin@seidata.com

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

Columbus Animal Care Services: Needs volunteers to walk dogs, socialize cats, clean, help with occasional events and more. Mid-day volunteers especially needed. Time commitment: varies, two-hour time periods are typical. Information: Alyssia Burriss at 812-376-2505

Columbus Regional Health: Seeks volunteers to assist in the gift shop, reception and patient-care areas and at the information desk. Information: crh.org (click Foundation and Community, then volunteer opportunities). Information: Mary Campbell at 812-376-5305 or mcampbell@crh.org

Community Animal Rescue Effort: Volunteers needed 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 CARE Food and litter may also be provided. Information: columbuscare@gmail.com

Developmental Services Inc.: Seeks community mentors to share talents and hobbies with clients in the Education and Enrichment programming. Both ongoing and one-time commitments are accepted. Interests to share can include cooking, sewing, music, pottery, theater, sports, gardening, carpentry, computer literacy and much more. Hours: Flexible for volunteer’s schedule. Information: Hanna Hodnett 812-376-9404 ext. 161 or hhodnett@dsiservices.org

Horizon House: Help needed 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 Service: Seeks volunteers to function as either a senior companion to assist participants with activities, conversation and games or walking coach to walk with participants within Mill Race Center during inclement weather and outside the facility in nice weather. Information: Marilyn Clerc, executive director at admin@justfriendscolumbus.com or 812-372-6415

*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 outreach. Information: Jane at 812-372-9421 or volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com

FFY Boys & Girls Club Afterschool Homework Tutor: Seeks mentors to assist with general homework help for club members of all ages. All volunteers must be screened and background checked prior to volunteering. Information: Victoria@foundationforyouth.com or 812-348-4558, ext. 207

FFY Boys and Girls Club STEM Teacher: Seeks volunteers with a background in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to be part of a team to teach to its members, Kindergarten through Grade 6. All volunteers must be screened and a background check ran prior to volunteering. Information: Victoria@foundationforyouth.com or 812-348-4558, ext. 207

*Book Buddies program: Needs volunteers an hour per week to listen to a child’s reading in the 12 Columbus area public elementary schools. A one-hour training session and background check is provided. Information: 812-376-4461 or bookbuddies@bcsc.k12.in.us

Boy Scouts of America: Helpers needed for 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 volunteer mentors with the Latino Mentor Program. 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 at 812-314-8636 or lmichel@educationcoalition.com

*iGrad: Needs volunteers to mentor and/or tutor students. Mentors help to insure students make positive life choices, stay in school and graduate with a life-plan or pursuing post-secondary education. Complete an application, pass a criminal background check, complete an interview with iGrad and complete a basic orientation/training with iGrad. Information: igradcolumbus.com. Information: Jennifer Steadman Ryan at igrad@ivytech.edu

*McDowell Education Center: Needs volunteer tutors to work with struggling adult readers. High school students are welcome and although most of our volunteers focus on reading, a need for math, science and/or tutors for English language learners. Information: Michelle Newland at 812-376-4451 or 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 812-379-5633.