Volunteer Opportunities – February 11

*Will accept high school service hours

Developmental Services Inc.: One volunteer needed to help with scanning and filing. Time commitment: 20 to 24 hours total over several days. Information: Hanna Hodnett at hhodnett@dsiservices.org; 812-376-9404, ext. 161

America and Roby Anderson Center: Needs four volunteers to staff the center, 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, jabilz@msn.com, 812-371-7459.

Brighter Day Housing Facility: Needs unlimited volunteers to supervise residents of the facility. Staff will accompany volunteers. Time commitment: Four-hour shifts at a variety of times. Information: Kathy Thompson, 812-372-9421, volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com.

Money STRONG: Needs financial coaches to help people meet their financial goals. The program offers free, confidential financial coaching. Time commitment: One hour per week for six months. Information: Katie Willett, kwillett@uwbarthco.org, 812-418-4930. Apply: uwbarthco.org/apply-be-financial-coach.

Bartholomew County Triad: Needs volunteers to help distribute a community needs assessment throughout community. Time commitment: Five to 10 hours over a two month timespan (flexible). Information: Leah Boas, lboas@millracecenter.org, 812-376-9241, ext. 210.

Developmental Services Inc.: Seeks several volunteers from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. March 4 for the annual D-Vine Wine and Beer Fest at The Commons. Shifts are available in 2- and 4-hour intervals. Information: Hanna Hodnett, hhodnett@dsiservices.org, 812-376-9404, ext. 161.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake: Needs volunteers to help setup, run check-in, monitor food, shirt and tally tables, clean up and tear down at the 2017 Bowl For Kids’ Sake on March 4 at Columbus Bowling Center. Information: Caleb Warren, caleb@foundationforyouth.com.

Thrive Alliance: Needs volunteers to make phone calls and complete follow-up surveys with people. Must possess good communication skills. Training shall be provided. Time commitment: Two hours per week. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez, 812-372-6918, volunteer@thrive-alliance.org.

Seeks volunteers to help with activities and visit with the senior residents who are mostly home bound due to medical issues. Youth groups can make cards throughout the year for residents. Also need volunteers to assist residents with mobility issues with transportation to food pantries. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracey Heaton de Martinez, volunteer@thrive-alliance.org, 812-372-6918.

SCORE: Needs volunteers who are interested in helping start up or experienced entrepreneurs. Volunteers should have a background in business or a related field. Primary activity is to meet with and counsel start-up and ongoing small businesses in one hour, face-to-face, confidential, free sessions with clients. Information: Columbus Chamber of Commerce, 812-379-4457; southeastindiana.score.org.

National Youth Advocate Program: Seeks several volunteers over the age of 21 to provide child care during foster parent support groups twice a month. Must be able to pass a background check and may be asked to assist in events for foster families and youth throughout. Time commitment: Varies based on availability and interest; usually 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Information: Danielle Nickerson, dnickerson@nyap.org, 812-344-6317.

*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.

Bartholomew County Historical Society: Needs volunteers to help make costume patterns, sewing simple projects, pressing and related efforts. No experience necessary. All volunteers receive a background check. Time commitment: Two to three hours per week, Wednesdays through Fridays. Information: Anna Barnett, abarnett@bartholomewhistory.org, 812-372-3541.

Columbus Animal Care Services: Seeks help with tasks, such as walking dogs, socializing cats, cleaning, etc. as well as occasional events. Mid-day volunteers especially needed. 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: 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 volunteers to function as either a senior companion (assisting participants with activities, conversation and games) or walking coach (willing to walk with participants within Mill Race Center) during inclement weather and outside the facility in nice weather. Time commitment: Monday through Friday in one- to two-hour sessions. Information: Marilyn Clerc, admin@justfriendscolumbus.com, 812-372-6415.

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

Mill Race Center: Needs four or five volunteer drivers to pick up patients at their homes and bring them to their doctor appointments. Must use own vehicles and be available for three-hour shifts. Information: Dan Mustard, dmustard@millracecenter.org.

*Orphan Grain Train: Seeks volunteers for range of tasks, including unloading and sorting donated items for families in need. Time commitment: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: Gene Ernst, indianaogt@gmail.com.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: Seeks caring volunteers to help us make every moment count for patients and families. Provide companionship to patients and families living with an advanced illness, help with office clerical tasks or work as volunteer support at fundraising events such as the annual Our Hospice Concert. Volunteers participate in an orientation program, training and ongoing education. Information: Jennifer Pasyanos, 812-314-8054, JPasyanos@crh.org.

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

*Book Buddies: Needs volunteers for an hour a week to listen to a child’s reading 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 involving program development and operations, fundraising and membership. Information: Jon Ochletree, 812-336-6809, jochletree@bsamail.org.

Community Education Coalition: Seeks help with the Latino Mentor Program, which needs people to serve as volunteer mentors. 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. Must complete an application and pass a criminal background check. Information: Luz Elena Michel, 812-314-8636, lmichel@educationcoalition.com.

FFY Boys & Girls Club: Needs volunteers daily as positive adult role models and to interact with youth. Help with an art activity, shoot hoops, help with homework and reading or just sit and talk with our members. Must be screened and pass a background check prior to volunteering. Time commitment: Flexible; minimum of two hours. Information: Victoria@foundationforyouth.com; 812-348-4588, ext. 207.

*iGrad: Seeks volunteers to mentor and/or tutor students in Grades 8-12. Complete an application, pass a criminal background check, complete an interview with iGrad and complete a basic orientation/training. Information: Jennifer Steadman Ryan, igrad@ivytech.edu.

*McDowell Education Center: Volunteer tutors needed 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, 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 812-379-5633.