Volunteer opportunities – August 5

*Will accept high school service hours

Girls Scouts: Needs volunteers to fill a variety of roles, including troop leader at Clifty Creek Elementary School, event coordinator/committee member to organize year-long events for local Scouts. Training is provided for each role. Time commitment varies per role. Information for troop leader and volunteer recruiter roles: Melanie Maxwell, mmaxwell@girlscoutsindiana.org; 317-924-6890. Information for event coordinator and committee member roles: Erika Loveland, eloveland@girlscoutsindiana.org; 317-924-6008.

Family Services: Needs volunteers to knit or crochet purple hats for The Caring Parents Program at Columbus Regional Hospital. Information: Lyndsay Burton, 812-344-9616; lburton@familyservicebc.org.

The Columbus Bike Co-Op: Needs 12 volunteers of all skill levels to help with local events, build bikes, do repairs, and be a greeter or monitor during shop hours. Time commitment: Three hours every month on Sunday and Monday afternoons. Information: Margaret Trunck, 229-314-5103; Margaret.trunck@outlook.com.

America and Roby Anderson Center _ State Street Area Association: Needs a volunteer to prepare mailing lists. Must have knowledge of mailing list databases and be able to work independently. Time commitment: Flexible. Information: Julie Bilz, 812-371-7459; jabilz@msn.com.

Love Chapel — Brighter Day Housing Facility: Needs volunteers to supervise residents staying at the facility. Staff will accompany volunteers. Time commitment: Four hours per month minimum. Shifts vary. Information: Kathy Thompson, 812-372-9421; volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com.

American Red Cross: Needs volunteers for a variety of short- and long-term roles. Short-term: Pillowcase Project presenting emergency preparedness training to elementary students; Home Fire Campaign to check and install smoke alarms. Long-term: Canteen to provide water, Gatorade and snacks to fire fighters during active fires; Disaster Action Team which helps do client casework after a disaster. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check. Information: 888-684-1441; volunteer.INregion@redcross.org.

Bartholomew County Triad: Needs volunteers to help distribute the assessment to identify needs of older adults in the community. Time commitment: Flexible hours over a two-month time span. Information: Leah Boas, 812-376-9241 ext. 210; lboas@millracecenter.org.

Developmental Services Inc.: Needs volunteers to deep clean the client cooking class kitchen. Time commitment: Three- to four-hour shifts anytime between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Information: Hanna Hodnett, 812-376-9404 ext. 161; hhodnett@dsiservices.org.

*iGrad: Needs volunteers to mentor and/or tutor students in middle and high school. Mentors help ensure students make positive life choices, stay in school and graduate with a plan. Tutors help students in a specific academic area, normally during the school day. Must pass a criminal background check and complete an iGrad interview and orientation. Information: Jennifer Steadman Ryan, igrad@ivytech.edu.

Thrive Alliance: Seeks volunteers to help with set-up, hospitality and tear down, as well as assist children with activities during the Relative Caregiver Support Program from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Foundation For Youth, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. Information: Kashmira Mehta, 812 372 6918 or email atvolunteer@thrive-alliance.org.

*kidscommons: Needs volunteers to work as a team to ensure guests have a positive and enriching experience. Volunteers should have an interest in learning, sharing their interests and working with children and families. Roles needed: Museum floor, special events, school outreach, educational support and administrative. Must be 18 or older and pass a limited background check. Time commitment: Varies, depending on opportunity. Information: Brittane Kinder, brittane.kinder@kidscommons.org; 812-378-3046.

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

SCORE: Needs volunteers to help start-up and/or experienced entrepreneurs to be successful. Volunteers with a background in business or a related field are preferred. You will counsel businesses in one-hour, face-to-face, confidential, free sessions. Information: Columbus Chamber of Commerce, 812-379-4457.

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP): Needs several volunteers 21 or older to provide childcare during foster parent support groups, which meet twice a month on varying days. Must pass a background check and may be asked to assist in other events. Hours: Varies, usually 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Information: Danielle Nickerson, dnickerson@nyap.org; 812-344-6317.

Thrive Alliance: Seeks volunteers to assist with clerical duties such as filing, copying, data entry and phone calls. Times and days are flexible with volunteer’s schedule. Time commitment: Two hours per week. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracey Heaton de Martinez, volunteer@thrive-alliance.org; 812-372-6918.

Armory Apartments: Needs volunteers to help with cleaning, serving food, picking up lunches at the hospital, organizing activities and other miscellaneous duties. Time commitment: 10 a.m. to noon. Information: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez, 812-372-6918; email at volunteer@thrive-alliance.org.

*Bartholomew County Humane Society: Needs volunteers for animal feeding, cleaning and other tasks. Sometimes needs foster homes for special-needs animals and those recovering from injury. Information: 812-372-6063, mjirwin@seidata.com.

Columbus Animal Care Services: Seeks volunteers to walk dogs, socialize cats, clean and assist with occasional events. Midday volunteers especially needed. Time commitment: varies, two-hour shifts are typical. Information: Alyssia Burriss, 812-376-2505.

Columbus Regional Health: Needs volunteers in gift shop, information desk, reception and patient-care areas. Information: crh.org (click Foundation and Community, then volunteer opportunities). 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.

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

*Orphan Grain Train: Volunteers needed for a range of tasks at the Jonesville warehouse, including unloading and sorting donated items for families in need. Information: Gene Ernst, indianaogt@gmail.com.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: Seeks volunteers to help make every moment count for patients and families. There is a volunteer role to fit your talents and the time you can give. Volunteers participate in an orientation program, training and ongoing education. Information: Emily summers at 812-314-8044; esummers@crh.org.

*Sans Souci: Needs volunteers to hang clothing, sort donations and stock shelves. 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.

*Book Buddies program: Needs volunteers to listen to a child’s reading for one hour per week in the 12 public elementary schools. An hour training session and background check is provided. Information: 812-376-4461; bookbuddies@bcsc.k12.in.us.

Boy Scouts of America: Seeks volunteers for 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. 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, 812-314-8636; lmichel@educationcoalition.com.

*McDowell Education Center: Needs volunteer tutors to help struggling adult readers. High school students welcome. Although most volunteers focus on reading, there is a need for math, science and/or English language. 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.