Volunteer Opportunities

*Will accept high school service hours

Family Services: Seeking volunteers to knit or crochet purple hats for families to take home after completing the Period of Purple Crying education at Columbus Regional Hospital. The education is a prevention program for Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. Information: Lyndsay Burton at lburton@familyservicebc.org; 812-344-9616.

The Columbus Bike Co-Op: Needs 12 volunteers of all skill-levels, including bike mechanics, to help Earn-a-Bike participants build bikes, help with repairs, fix shop bikes, scrap old bikes, be a greeter or a monitor during shop hours and help with local events, such as valet bike parking at the farmers market. Time commitment: three hours per month; 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Information: Margaret Trunck at 229-314-5103; Margaret.trunck@outlook.com.

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. Flexible hours. Information: Julie Bilz at jabilz@msn.com; 812-371-7459.

Brighter Day Housing Facility: Needs unlimited volunteers to supervise residents of facility. Staff will accompany volunteers. Time commitment: Four hours per month minimum. Shifts available 24/7. Information: Kathy Thompson at volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com; 812-372-9421.

Community Center of Hope: Two to three volunteers needed to assist clients in the food pantry, stock shelves and perform basic housekeeping duties. Time commitment: Four hours every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon. Information: Ashley Mack at admin@communitycenterofhope.org; 812-546-4499.

Local American Red Cross: Needs volunteers for short and long term projects. Short term: Pillowcase Project emergency preparedness training to third and fifth graders and House Fire Campaign to check smoke alarms, replace batteries and do free installs at homes without alarms. Long term: Provide water/Gatorade/snacks to firefighters during active fires and Disaster Team Members to do client casework in fire or natural disaster aftermath. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and must pass a background check. Information: 888-684-1441; volunteer.INregion@redcross.org.

Bartholomew County Triad: Needs two to three volunteers to distribute a community needs assessment throughout the community. Time commitment: Five to 10 hours over two months, flexible. Information: Leah Boas at lboas@millracecenter.org; 812-376-9241, ext. 210.

Developmental Services Inc.: Three volunteers needed to deep clean the kitchen used for cooking classes. Time commitment: Three to four hours, between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Information: Hanna Hodnett at hhodnett@dsiservices.org; 812-376-9404, ext. 161.

*iGrad: Needs volunteer mentors/tutors for students in middle and high school. Mentors help ensure students make positive life choices, stay in school and graduate with a life-plan or pursuing 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 complete a basic orientation/training with iGrad. Information: Jennifer Steadman Ryan at igrad@ivytech.edu.

Columbus Area Visitors Center Sports Department: Seeks more than 100 volunteers for the AJGA Otter Creek Junior Championship golf tournament held July 2-6. No need to understand golf to help out. All volunteers receive an official tournament shirt, lapel pin and food and beverage during their shift. Those who work two or more shifts also get a free round of golf and an AJGA hat. Information: bit.ly/AJGAottercreek or call 812-378-2622.

Thrive Alliance: Needs volunteers for setup, assist children with activities, hospitality and tear down during the Relative Caregiver Support Program from 6 to 8 p.m. July 11. Information: Kashmira Mehta at 812-372-6918; email atvolunteer@thrive-alliance.org.

FFY Columbus Challenge Triathlon: Seeking 150 volunteers to help with the race in multiple position, including water stations, traffic intersections, venue setup, registration, water exit and body marking. Time commitment: Two to five hours on Aug. 5. Information: Joe Joyner at Joe@foundationforyouth.com.

Engage Columbus: Seeking ambassadors for long-term volunteering to share information about Engage with new employees at the Cummins weekly on-boarding orientation. Time commitment: 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays. Information: hailey@engagecolumbus.com; 812-375-0708.

The Columbus Salvation Army: Needs volunteers to assist in food pantry, sort and stock food and assist with janitorial needs. Also need someone to assist with Gleaner’s Food Trucks. Information: Capt. Jodi at 812-372-7118; Jodi_sladek@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Love Chapel: Needs volunteers to help clients in the food pantry, serve as host to receive donations and assist with client approval to shop in pantry. Time commitment: Four hour shifts, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: Kathy Thompson at volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com; 812-343-5049.

Score: Needs volunteers with backgrounds in business or a related field to help start-up and experienced entrepreneurs succeed. Meet with and counsel small businesses in one hour, face-to-face, confidential, free sessions with clients. Information: Columbus Chamber of Commerce at 812-379-4457; SouthEastIndiana.Score.org.

National Youth Advocate Program: Needs several volunteers over age 21 to provide child care during foster parent support groups, which meet twice a month. Must pass background checks and may be asked to assist in events for foster families and youth throughout the year. Time commitment: Varies based on availability and interest. Information: Danielle Nickerson at dnickerson@nyap.org; 812-344-6317.

Anderson Community Center/Armory Apartments Meal Sites: Needs volunteers to help clean, serve food, pick up lunches at the hospital, organize and run activities and handle miscellaneous duties. Flexible times and days. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez at 812-372-6918; email volunteer@thrive-alliance.org.

*Bartholomew County Humane Society: Needs volunteers to feed animals, clean and help with other tasks. Sometimes need foster homes for special-needs animals and those recovering from injury. Information: 812-372-6063; mjirwin@seidata.com.

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

Columbus Animal Care Services: Volunteers needed to walk dogs, socialize cats, clean and help with occasional events. Midday volunteers especially needed. Time commitment: Typically two-hour shifts. Information: Alyssia Burriss at 812-376-2505.

Columbus Regional Health: Needs volunteers in gift shop, information desk, reception and patient care areas. Information: Mary Campbell at 812-376-5305 or crh.org under Foundation and Community and volunteer opportunities.

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: Volunteers needed to assist with sorting, stocking, child sitting, light maintenance and other tasks. Information: Michele Lee at mlee@hsi-indiana.org; 812-372-8407.

Just Friends Adult Day Service: Seeking volunteer senior companions and walking coaches in one- or two-hour shifts during open hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: Marilyn Clerc at admin@justfriendscolumbus.com; 812-372-6415.

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 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 at the Jonesville warehouse, including unloading and sorting donated items. Information: Gene Ernst at indianaogt@gmail.com.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: Seeking caring volunteers to provide companionship to patients/families living with advanced illness, help with clerical tasks or working as support at fundraising events. Must participate in an orientation program, training and ongoing education. Information: Emily summers at 812-314-8044; esummers@crh.org.

*Sans Souci: Helpers needed to hang clothing, sort donations and stock shelves at the thrift store. Information: 812-314-2930; info@sanssouci.org.

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

Advocates for Children: Needs Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers for casework and court case preparation. Time commitment: Average 10 to 15 hours per month. Work with everyone involved in an abused or neglected child’s case and prepare 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; ricks@apowerfulvoice.org.

*Book Buddies program: Needs volunteers to listen to a child’s reading for one our per week. A one-hour training session and a background check provided. 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.

Community Education Coalition: Seeks mentors with the Latino Mentor Program. 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 at 812-314-8636; lmichel@educationcoalition.com.

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Needs volunteer Big Brothers Big Sisters to spend a few hours per month with a child, empowering them to achieve more in life. All volunteers must be screened and pass a background check prior to starting. Time commitment: One year. Information: Joe Joyner at Joe@foundationforyouth.com.

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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.