Volunteer opportunities – March 18

*Will accept high school service hours

United Way 2-1-1: Needs volunteers to answer phones and return calls to schedule client tax-preparation appointments through April 7. Training at time of service. Information: Dede Parker, 812-376-0011, dparker@uwbarthco.org.

Engage Columbus: Seeks a volunteer executive assistant. The best candidate will be organized, detail-oriented and can complete simple computer tasks. Time: Two hours per week, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: Hailey Hennessy, Hailey@engagecolumbus.com.

Developmental Services Inc.: Seeks one volunteer to help with scanning and filing. Time: Total of 20 to 24 hours over several days. Information: Hanna Hodnett, hhodnett@dsiservices.org. 812-376-9404, ext. 161.

America and Roby Anderson Center: Needs four volunteers to staff the center, 421 McClure Road. Volunteers will 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 staying at the facility in four-hour shifts. Staff will accompany volunteers. Information: Kathy Thompson, volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com, 812-372-9421.

Money STRONG Program: Seeks financial coaches to help clients meet their financial goals. The program offers free, confidential financial coaching to help individuals and families manage their money and improve their financial futures. Time: One hour per week for six months. Information: Katie Willett, kwillett@uwbarthco.org, 812- 418-4930.

Thrive Alliance: Needs volunteers to help with set-up, hospitality, tear-down and to help children with activities at Foundation For Youth, 405 Hope Ave. When: 6 to 8 p.m. March 14. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez, 812-372-6918, volunteer@thrive-alliance.org.

Developmental Services Inc.: Seeks mentors to lead cooking classes on the first Wednesday of each month. Ongoing commitment preferred. Training provided. Information: Hanna Hodnett, hhodnett@dsiservices.org, 812-376-9404, ext. 161.

Love Chapel: Needs volunteers to assist staff with client approval to shop in food pantry, to assist clients with shopping and to serve as host to receive donations. Time: Four-hour shifts. Volunteers may work as many shifts as is convenient for them. Information: Kathy Thompson, volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com, 812-343-5049.

Local American Red Cross: Needs volunteer client caseworkers to assist families after a disaster of any kind. Caseworkers meet with clients, help establish a recovery plan and connect them with community resources. Skills required: customer service, communication and empathetic. Good writing and computer skills are a plus. Must be 18 or older and pass a background check. Information: 888-684-1441; volunteer.inregion@redcross.org.

SCORE: Seeks volunteers with backgrounds in business or a related field to help businesses be successful. The primary activity is to meet with and counsel 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: Needs several volunteers to provide child care during foster parent support groups. Groups meet in the evening twice a month. Volunteers must be at least 21 and able to pass background checks. Information: Danielle Nickerson, dnickerson@nyap.org, 812-344-6317.

Columbus Salvation Army: Needs volunteers for a variety of roles, including assist with Gleaner’s Food Trucks on the second Tuesday and Friday of each month; assist in the food pantry, sorting and stocking food and helping with janitorial needs and working with youth to teach music or singing or help youth earn badges Wednesday evenings. Information: Capt. Jodi Sladek, 812-372-7118, Jodi_sladek@usc.salvationarmy.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; mjirwin@seidata.com.

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

Columbus Regional Health: Volunteers needed at the gift shop, information desk and reception and patient-care areas. Information: Mary Campbell, 812-376-5305, mcampbell@crh.org.

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.

*Love Chapel: Needs assistance with truck delivery, food stocking and sorting, janitorial tasks, client intake, information and technology and other areas. 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 their own vehicles and be available for three-hour shifts. Information: Dan Mustard, dmustard@millracecenter.org.

*Orphan Grain Train: Needs volunteers for a range of tasks, including unloading and sorting donated items, at the Jonesville warehouse. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Information: Gene Ernst, indianaogt@gmail.com.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: Seeks caring volunteers to provide companionship to people living with an advanced illness, help with clerical tasks or work as 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.

*Sans Souci: Needs helpers to handle clothing, sort donations and assist at stocking shelves at the thrift store. Information: 812-314-2930; info@sanssouci.org.

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

FFY Boys & Girls Club: Seeks mentors to assist with general homework help for club members of all ages. All volunteers must be screened and pass a background check prior to volunteering. Time: Minimum of one hour after school and/or during school breaks. Information: Caleb@foundationforyouth.com; 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

Boy Scouts of America: Needs helpers to assist 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: Needs volunteer mentors to support Latino students in successfully completing high school. Mentors assist students and their families in understanding and supporting the college-entry process. Must complete an application and pass a criminal background check. Information: Luz Elena Michel, 812-314-8636, lmichel@educationcoalition.com.

*iGrad: Volunteers needed to mentor and/or tutor students in grades 8 through 12. Mentors help students make positive life choices, stay in school and graduate with a life plan or pursue post-secondary education. Tutors help students in a specific academic area most often during the school day. Complete an application, pass a criminal background check, complete an interview with iGrad and a basic orientation/training session. Information: Jennifer Steadman Ryan, 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, there is a need for math, science and English. 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.