Lt. Alan Sladek and his wife, Lt, Jodi Sladek, have been leaders of the Columbus branch of the Salvation Army since 2010. Submitted, Republic File

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you can show you have a heart for others by giving of your time and talents. We’ve assembled a few options right here for you.


An army of volunteers? The Columbus Salvation Army needs volunteers interested in working with youth during programs from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the local headquarters at 2525 Illinois Ave., Columbus. The social service agency and church would like to find people who can teach musical instruments or singing. Volunteers must go through Safe From Harm training before working with the youth. Time commitment is 30 minutes to an hour a week. Information: Capt. Jodi Sladek at 812-372-7118 or


Un-taxing work: United Way 2-1-1 needs volunteers to answer phones/return calls to schedule appointments for clients needing free tax preparation assistance. Training at time of service. Time commitment: Two-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: Dede Parker at 812-376-0011,


Being a voice for others: Advocates for Children needs Court-Appointed Special Advocate volunteers for case work and court case preparation. The average CASA volunteer gives 10 to 15 hours per month, working with everyone involved in 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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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.