Volunteer opportunities

*Will accept high school service hours

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

The Columbus Salvation Army: Needs volunteers to work with the youth on earning badges and to teach musical instruments or singing. All those volunteering with the youth will go through Safe from Harm training. Volunteers also are needed to assist with the Gleaners Food Trucks. Time commitment: Varies per role. Information: Jodi, 812-372-7118; jodi_sladek@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Family Services: Needs volunteers to knit or crochet purple hats for The Caring Parents Program at Columbus Regional Hospital. Information: Lisa Teague, 812-372-3745; lteague@familyservicebc.org.

America and Roby Anderson Community Center — State Street Area Association: Needs one volunteer who is able to work independently and help prepare mailing lists. Knowledge of databases is required. Time commitment: Flexible. Information: Julie Bilz, 812-371-7459; jabilz@msn.com.

Love Chapel — Brighter Day Housing Facility: Needs volunteers to accompany staff members in supervising residents staying at the facility. Volunteers also are needed to assist clients shopping in the food pantry and to receive donations in the warehouse area. Time commitment: Varies per role. Information: Kathy Thompson, 812-372-9421; volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com.

Community Center of Hope: Two to three volunteers needed to stock shelves, perform basic housekeeping duties and assist clients in the food pantry. Ten volunteers also are needed to help unload, set up and clean up at Gleaners Mobile Pantry. Time commitment: Varies per role. Information: Ashley Mack: 812-546-4499; admin@communitycenterofhope.org.

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 firefighters during active fires; Disaster Action Team members to complete client casework and to help establish recovery plans. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check. Time commitment: Varies. Information: 888-684-1441; volunteer.INregion@redcross.org.

Bartholomew County Triad: Two to three volunteers needed to help distribute an assessment to identify the needs of older adults in the community. Time commitment: Five to 10 hours over a two-month time span. Information: Leah Boas, 812-376-9241, ext. 210; lboas@millracecenter.org.

Developmental Services Inc.:  Needs three volunteers to deep clean the kitchen used by clients for cooking classes. Volunteers also are needed to act as community mentors and share talents and hobbies with clients in Education & Enrichment programming. Time commitment: Varies per role. 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 to 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. Volunteers must pass a criminal background check and complete an iGrad interview and orientation. Information: Jennifer Steadman Ryan, igrad@ivytech.edu; ivytech.edu/columbus/iGrad.

*kidscommons: Needs volunteers interested in sharing their interests and working with children and families to ensure guests have a positive and enriching experience at the museum. Roles: Museum floor, special events, school outreach, educational support and administrative. A limited background check will be required for all volunteers older than 18 years of age. Time commitment: Varies per role. Information: Brittane Kinder, 812-378-3046; brittane.kinder@kidscommons.org.

Thrive Alliance: Needs volunteers for a variety of roles including a Spanish translator comfortable speaking both Spanish and English who can help the Housing Partnership manager interact with clients. Volunteers also are  needed to complete follow-up surveys, to help with clerical tasks and to participate in activities with and visit home-bound senior residents. Time commitment: Varies per role. Information: Kashmira Mehta, 812-372-6918; volunteer@thrive-alliance.org.

*Just Friends Adult Day Services: Needs a volunteer to clean and maintain the 55-gallon freshwater fish tank on a monthly basis during open hours. Volunteers functioning as a Senior Companion or Walking Coach also are needed. Time commitment: Varies. Information: Marilyn Clerc, 812-372-6415; admin@justfriendscolumbus.com.

SCORE: Needs volunteers with experience as an entrepreneur or with a background in business or a related field to meet with and council start-up and ongoing small businesses. Sessions are one hour, face-to-face and confidential. Information: 812-379-4457; SouthEastIndiana.Score.org.

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP): Needs volunteers 21 years of age or older to provide child care during foster-parent support groups which meet in the evenings twice a month. Volunteers must pass background checks and may be asked to assist in events throughout the year. Time commitment: Varies. Information: Danielle Nickerson, 812-344-6317; dnickerson@nyap.org.

Armory Apartments: Needs a volunteer to help with cleaning, serving food and picking up lunches at Columbus Regional Hospital and organizing and running various activities. Time commitment: Flexible. Information: Kashmire Mehta or Tracy Heaton de Martinez, 812-372-6918; volunteer@thrive-alliance.org.

*Bartholomew County Humane Society: Needs volunteers for cleaning, animal feeding and 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: Needs volunteers for pressing and to help make costume patterns and sew simple projects. No experience is necessary. All volunteers must pass a background check. Time commitment: Two to three hours every week. Information: Anna Barnett, 812-372-3541.

Columbus Animal Care Services: Needs volunteers for cleaning and to walk dogs and social cats. Mid-day volunteers are especially needed. Time commitment: Varies; two-hour time periods typical. Information: Alyssia Burriss, 812-376-2505.

Columbus Regional Health: Needs volunteers for the gift shop, information desk and reception and patient-care areas. Information: Mary Campbell, 812-376-5305; mcampbell@crh.org; crh.org, click on Foundation & Volunteers.

Community Animal Rescue Effort: Needs volunteers to provide in-home care for dogs and/or cats in need until they are adopted by new owners. All veterinary care is paid for by C.A.R.E. Food and litter may also be provided. Information: columbuscare@gmail.com.

Horizon House: Needs volunteers to assist with sorting, stocking, child sitting and light maintenance, among other tasks. Information: Michele Lee, 812-372-8407; mlee@hsi-indiana.org.

Mill Race Center: Needs four to five volunteer drivers to pick up and take patients to their doctor appointments. Volunteers must use their own vehicles and be available for three-hour shifts. Information: Dan Mustard, dmustard@millracecenter.org.

*Orphan Grain Train: Needs volunteers for a range of tasks, including unloading and sorting donated items, at the new location of the Jonesville warehouse. Time commitment: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Information: indianaogt@gmail.com.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: Needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients and families living with an advanced illness, help with clerical tasks in the office and work as support at fundraising events. Volunteers will participate in an orientation program, training and ongoing education. Time commitment: Flexible. Information: Emily Summers, 812-314-8044; esummers@crh.org.

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

Sans Souci: Needs volunteers to help hang clothing, sort donations and assist in stocking shelves at the agency’s thrift store. Time commitment: Varies. Information: 812-314-2930; info@sanssouci.org.

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

Community Education Coalition: Needs volunteer mentors for the Latino Mentor Program. Mentors partner with guidance office staff to support Latino students in successfully completing high school and to assist students and their families in understanding and supporting the college-entry process. Volunteers 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 work with struggling adult readers. High school students are welcome. Although most volunteers focus on reading, there also is a need for math, science and/or English language learners. Information: 812-376-4451; newlandm@bcsc.k12.in.us.

Advocates for Children: Needs Court-Appointed Special Advocate volunteers for case work and preparation. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age with a passion for serving children. Time commitment: 10 to 15 hours per month. Information: Rick Scalf, 812-372-2808, ext. 3312; ricks@apowerfulvoice.org.

Boy Scouts of America: Needs volunteers to help with a range of tasks involving program development and operations, fundraising and membership. Information: Jon Ochletree, 812-336-6809.

Boys & Girls Club: Needs daily volunteers to act as positive role models and interact with the youth. All volunteers must be screened and pass a background check. Time commitment: Minimum of two-hours after school and/or during holiday and school breaks. Information: Joe Joyner, Joe@foundationforyouth.com.

Boys & Girls ClubHealthy Habits Cooking: Needs volunteer practitioners of the culinary arts to instruct a class of 10 to 20 members ages 5 to 14 about safe and healthy cooking habits. All volunteers must be screened and pass a background check. Time commitment: Two to four hours each Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons. Information: Joe Joyner, Joe@foundationforyouth.com.

Boys & Girls Club — Spanish Learning Center: Needs a volunteer bilingual teaching assistant to help kids ages 4 to 12 learn the Spanish language and culture through full immersion. Time commitment: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays during the school year. Information: Joe Joyner, Joe@foundationforyouth.com.

Boys & Girls Club — STEM: Needs volunteers to teach a kit that introduces robotics through a 12-week curriculum. Volunteers must be screened and pass a background check. Time commitment: One-hour minimum after school and/or during school breaks Mondays through Fridays. Information: Joe Joyner, Joe@foundationforyouth.com.

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Needs volunteers to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. All volunteers are screened and must pass a background check. Time commitment: One hour per week for one year, school-based; six to eight hours per month for a year, community-based. Information: Joe Joyner, Joe@foundationforyouth.com.

*Foundation For Youth — Columbus Youth Camp: Needs volunteers interested in working outdoors to help with trail maintenance, repairing bridges and cleaning up cabins for next seasons. Volunteers also are  needed to organize historical camp memorabilia into a creative scrapbook. Time commitment: Flexible. Information: Joe Joyner, Joe@foundationforyouth.com.