Take time to give back

As fall approaches and the weather turns cooler, you, too, can turn cooler — by helping those in need. Opportunities abound, from youth organizations to those helping a variety of seniors.


A badge of honor: The Columbus Salvation Army needs volunteers to help youth earn badges and who can teach musical instruments or singing. Volunteers must participate in Safe from Harm training. Time commitment: 30 minutes to an hour per week. Volunteers are also needed to assist with janitorial needs and to sort and stock food in the food pantry. Time commitment: Varying four-hour shifts. Information: 812-372-7118.


A friend indeed: Just Friends Adult Day Service needs volunteers to assist participants with activities, conversation and games as a senior companion, or to walk with participants in Mill Race Center or outside the facility as a walking coach. Time commitment: One- to two-hour sessions anytime during regular hours. Information: Marilyn Clerc, 812-372-6415; admin@justfriendscolumbus.com.


A spokes-person: 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 a monitor during shop hours. Time commitment: Three hours every month on Sunday or Monday afternoons. Information: Margaret Trunck, 229-314-5103; Margaret.trunck@outlook.com.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.