August is a time of transition, especially if there are school-age children in the home. When they go back to school, it opens up time for stay-at-home parents. But volunteer opportunities exact for people from all walks of life. To learn about several dozen ways to make a difference, see the full list of volunteer opportunities today on Page B??.

HALF HOUR

Singers and musicians, step up:

The Columbus Salvation Army needs volunteers interested in helping youth play musical instruments, sing and earn badges. All volunteers go through a Safe from Harm training. Time commitment: Thirty minutes a week between 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: Amy Tompkins, 812-372-7118.

ONE HOUR

Helping out in Hope:

The Community Center of Hope needs volunteers to assist clients in the food pantry, stock shelves, perform basic housekeeping duties and help with the Gleaners Mobile Pantry. Time commitment: Up to four hours each month. Shifts vary. Information: Ashley Mack, 812-546-4499; admin@communitycenterofhope.org.

TWO-THREE HOURS

Be part of history:

The 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, Wednesday through Friday. Information: 812-372-3541.