May Volunteer Opportunites

*Will accept high school service hours

The Columbus Salvation Army: Seeks volunteersbetween 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Must go through Safe From Harm training before working with youth. Time: 30 minutes to an hour per week. Information: Capt. Jodi Sladek at 812-372-7118;

Engage Columbus: Needs one organized, detail-oriented volunteer executive assistant. Time commitment: Two hours each week between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: Hailey Hennessy,

Family Services: Seeks volunteers to make knitted or crocheted purple hats for families to take home after the Period of Purple Crying education, which is a prevention program for Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. Information: Lyndsay Burton at; 812-344-9616.

The Columbus Bike Co-op: Needs 12 volunteers of all skill levels, including bike mechanics, to help build bikes, with repairs, assist with local events or to be a greeter or monitor during shop hours. Time commitment: Three hours per month between 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays and 4 and 7 p.m. Mondays.

America and Roby Anderson Center: One volunteer needed to prepare mailing lists. Knowledge of mailing list databases required. Must be able to work independently with little supervision. Hours and time commitment are flexible. Information: Julie Bilz at; 812-371-7459.

Money STRONG Program: Needs volunteer financial coaches to assist participants with free, confidential financial coaching. Time commitment: One hour per week for six months. Apply at: Information: Katie Willett at; 812-418-4930.

Local American Red Cross: Needs volunteers for a variety of short-term and long-term projects, including: present emergency preparedness training to students in grades 3 and 5, the home fire campaign, Disaster Action Team members and providing water and snacks to fire fighters during active fires. Volunteers must be 18 or older and must pass a background check. Information: 888-684-1441 or

*Just Friends: Needs a volunteer to clean and maintain 55-gallon, freshwater fish tank on a monthly basis. Information: Marilyn Clerc,  812-372-6415.

Thrive Alliance: Needs volunteers to help with set-up, registration and hospitality at the Powerful Tools for Caregivers training and other meetings. Time commitment: Two hours. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez, 812-372-6918,

*kidscommons: Needs volunteers for museum floor, special events, school outreach, educational support and administrative tasks. Must be 18 or older and pass a limited background check. Information: Brittane Kinder,, 812-378-3046.

Columbus Salvation Army: Seeks volunteers to assist the food pantry, sort and stock food and with janitorial needs. Also needs volunteers to assist with Gleaner’s Food Bank trucks. Information: Capt. Jodi Sladek,  812-372-7118,

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

National Youth Advocate Program: Several volunteers over the age of 21 needed to provide child care during foster parent support groups, which meet twice a month. Must pass background check and may be asked to assist in events for foster families and youth. Time commitment: Varies based on availability and interest. Information: Danielle Nickerson,, 812-344-6317.

Engage Columbus: Seeks volunteer international tea coordinator to plan monthly events. Coordinator should be a creative, detailed-oriented person who can lead a team of others to plan, prepare and present monthly themed teas. Time commitment: Six hours per month. Information: Lara Hodson,, 765-318-1384.

Thrive Alliance: Needs volunteers to help with clerical tasks, such as filing, copying, data entry and making phone calls. Times and days are flexible with volunteer’s schedule. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracey Heaton de Martinez,, 812-372-6918.

*Bartholomew County Humane Society: Needs volunteers for animal feeding, cleaning and other tasks. Sometimes need foster homes for special needs or recovering animals. Information: 812-372-6063;

Bartholomew County Historical Society: Needs volunteers to help make costume patterns, sew simple projects, press and related efforts. No experience necessary. All volunteers receive a background check. Time: 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 and other tasks, as well as help with occasional events. Midday volunteers especially needed. Time commitment: Varies, two-hour time periods are typical. Information: Alyssia Burriss, 812-376-2505.

Columbus Regional Health: Seeks volunteers for the gift shop, information desk and reception and patient care areas. Information: (click Foundation and Community, then volunteer opportunities). Information: Mary Campbell, 812-376-5305,

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:

Horizon House: Needs help with sorting, stocking, child sitting, light maintenance and other tasks. Information: Michele Lee,, 812-372-8407.

Just Friends Adult Day Service: Seeks volunteer senior companions to assist participants with activities, conversation and games, and walking coaches to walk with participants within the center during inclement weather and outside in nice weather. Time: anytime during open hours Monday through Friday in one- to two-hour sessions. Information: Marilyn Clerc, executive director at; 812-372-6415.

Mill Race Center: Needs four to five volunteer drivers to pick up patients at their homes and take them to medical appointments. Must use own car and be available in three-hour shifts. Information: Dan Mustard,

*Orphan Grain Train: Needs volunteers for a range of tasks at the Jonesville warehouse, including unloading and sorting items for families in need. Information: Gene Ernst at

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: Needs caring volunteers to provide companionship to patients and families living with an advanced illness, help with clerical tasks or help at fundraising events. Volunteers participate in an orientation program, training and ongoing education. Information: Emily Summers, 812-314-8044,

*Sans Souci: Seeks help hanging clothes, sorting donations and stocking. Information: 812-314-2930;

Turning Point: Needs volunteers for 90-minute weekly childcare. Information: Anne Courtney at 812-379-9844, ext. 107;

Advocates for Children: Seeks volunteers for casework and court case preparation. Average time commitment: 10 to 15 hours per month. The only requirements are that you be 21 or older and have a passion for serving children. Information: Rick Scalf, 812-372-2808, ext. 3312,

*Book Buddies program: Needs volunteers to listen to a child’s reading an hour per week in the local public elementary schools. A one-hour training session and background check. Information: 812-376-4461,

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,

Community Education Coalition: Seeks volunteer mentors for the Latino Mentor Program. Partner with guidance office staff to support Latino students in completing high school successfully and 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,

FFY Boys & Girls Club: Needs volunteers to interact with youth and be positive role models. All volunteers are screened and must pass a background check prior to volunteering. Time commitment: Flexible. Information:; 812-348-4588, ext. 207.

*iGrad: Needs volunteers mentors/tutors for students in middle and high school. Help 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: Jennifer Steadman Ryan,

*McDowell Education Center: Volunteer tutors needed to work with struggling adult readers. High school students welcome. Information: Michelle Newland, 812-376-4451,

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.