As the season of Thanksgiving draws near, sometimes one way to clearly see our blessings is to reach out to those less fortunate — or those who can benefit from our expertise or time or talent. We’ve made it easy to consider simple options to do that right here.


A bit of Christmas cheer: United Way 2-1-1-Holiday Helpline registration organizers needs volunteer to answer phones and enter information into the database to register local children and families for gift and food assistance. Training is provided. Time commitment: One to two hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays through Dec. 8. Information: Dede Parker, 812-376-0011;


Money matters: Bartholomew County Financial Literacy Coalition needs volunteers for the annual Reality Store to host stations where students participate in budgeting simulations that teach kids about real-life financial situations. Time commitment: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 15  for setup; 7:45 to 11:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 16. Information: Latha, 812-418-4928;


Be a spokes-person: The Columbus Bike Co-Op needs 12 volunteers of all skill levels to do repairs, be a greeter during shop hours, assist with local events and help Earn-a-Bike participants build bikes. Time commitment: Three hours on Sunday or Monday afternoons each month. Information: Margaret Trunck, 229-314-5103;

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