April Volunteer Opportunities

*Will accept high school service hours

Engage Columbus: Needs organized, detail-oriented volunteer to complete simple computer tasks. Time commitment: Two hours each week between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: Hailey Hennessy at Hailey@engagecolumbus.com.

America and Roby Anderson Center: Needs volunteer to prepare mailing lists at the center, 421 McClure Road. Knowledge of mailing-list databases required. Must be able to work independently with little supervision. Information: Julie Bilz at jabilz@msn.com or 812-371-7459.

Love Chapel – Brighter Day Housing Facility: Needs an unlimited number of volunteers to supervise residents at the facility in four-hour shifts. Staff will accompany volunteers. Information: Kathy Thompson at volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com or 812-372-9421.

Bartholomew County Triad: Needs two to three volunteers to help distribute a community-needs assessment throughout the community. Bartholomew County Triad is a partnership between local law enforcement, older adults and community groups. Hours flexible. Time commitment: Five to 10 hours over a two-month time span. Information: Leah Boas at lboas@millracecenter.org or call 812-376-9241, ext. 210.

Developmental Services Inc.: Needs three volunteers to deep-clean kitchen used for cooking classes. Time commitment: Three to four hours anytime during hours of 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Information: Hanna Hodnett at hhodnett@dsiservices.org or 812-376-9404, ext. 161.

Thrive Alliance: Needs volunteers for set-up, helping children with activities, hospitality and tear down during the Relative Caregiver Support Program. Time commitment: Two hours. 6 to 8 p.m. April 11 at Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez at 812-372-6918 or email volunteer@thrive-alliance.org.

The Columbus Salvation Army: Seeks volunteers to help with the food pantry, sort and stock food, janitorial needs and with Gleaner’s Food Trucks. Times vary. Information: Capt. Jodi at 812-372-7118 or Jodi_sladek@usc.salvationarmy.org.

*Love chapel: Needs volunteers to assist staff with client approval to shop in food pantry, assist with shopping and to serve as host to receive donations in the warehouse area. Time commitment: Four-hour shifts between hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: Kathy Thompson at volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com or 812-343-5049.

Thrive Alliance: Needs volunteer senior medicare patrol (SMP) outreach educators. Volunteers will educate the public and Medicare beneficiaries on steps to combat fraud and abuse. Other volunteer opportunities are also available. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez at 812-372-6918 or email volunteer@thrive-alliance.org.

American Red Cross: Needs client caseworkers to meet with clients after a disaster to help establish a recovery plan and connect them with community resources. Required skills: customer service, communication, empathy, writing and computer knowledge. Volunteers will meet with clients through the entire recovery process. Must be 18 or older and pass a background check. Information: 888-684-1441 or volunteer.INregion@redcross.org.

National Youth Advocate Program: Needs several volunteers 21 and older to provide evening childcare twice a month during foster parent support groups. Must pass a background check and may be asked to assist with events throughout the year. Time commitment: Varies; usually 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Information: Danielle Nickerson at dnickerson@nyap.org or 812-344-6317.

Armory Apartments: Needs volunteers to help with cleaning, serving food, picking up lunches at the hospital, organizing and running activities and other miscellaneous duties. Times and days are flexible. 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. Sometimes need foster homes for special-needs animals or those recovering from injury. Information: 812-372-6063 at mjirwin@seidata.com.

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

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

Community Animal Rescue Effort: Needs volunteers for in-home care for dogs and/or cats until adopted by new owners. All veterinary care is paid by C.A.R.E. and food and litter may also be provided. Information: columbuscare@gmail.com.

Horizon House: Seeks help with sorting, stocking, child sitting, light maintenance and other tasks. Information: Michele Lee at mlee@hsi-indiana.org or 812-372-8407.

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

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

*Sans Souci: Needs helpers to handle clothes, sort donations and stock shelving. Information: 812-314-2930 or info@sanssouci.org.

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

Boys & Girls Club: Needs mentors and after-school homework tutors for club members of all ages. Also in need of Spanish learning center teacher’s assistant, healthy habits cooking instructor, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and more. All volunteers must be screened and pass a background check prior to volunteering. Time commitment: Minimum of one hour per week for 12 weeks. Information: Caleb@foundationforyouth.com or 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

*Book Buddies program: Needs volunteers to listen to a child’s reading in the public elementary schools. A one-hour training session and background check is provided. Time commitment: One hour per week. Information: 812-376-4461 or 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 at 812-336-6809 or jochletree@bsamail.org.

*iGrad: Needs volunteer mentors/tutors for students in grades 8 to 12. Complete an application, pass a criminal background check and complete an interview and basic orientation/training with iGrad. 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 the focus is on reading, there is a need for math, science and/or English language tutors. Information: Michelle Newland at 812-376-4451or 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.