Take time to give back

In a month known for heartfelt love, you can help others know they are loved while doing something good for your own heart: volunteering. Here are a few options to get you started:

ONE HOUR

You’ve got the music in you? The Columbus Salvation Army needs volunteers to work with the youth on earning badges and to teach musical instruments or singing. Time commitment: 30 minutes to one hour per week. Volunteers also needed to assist Gleaner’s Food Trucks at various locations, sort and stock food in the food pantry and perform janitorial duties. Time commitment sometimes varies. Information: Amy Tompkins, 812-372-7118, amy_tompkins@usc.salvationarmy.org.

TWO HOURS

Must love dogs (and more): Columbus Animal Care Services needs mid-day volunteers to walk dogs, socialize cats, clean and assist with occasional events. Time commitment varies, though two-hour shifts are typical. Information: Alyssia Burriss, 812-376-2505.

THREE HOURS

A clean sweep of sorts: Developmental Services Inc. needs three volunteers to clean the kitchen used for clients’ cooking classes. Time commitment: Three to four hours anytime from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Volunteers are also needed to function as community mentors to share talents and hobbies with clients in the Education and Enrichment programming. Time commitment and hours are flexible. Information: Hanna Hodnett, 812-376-9404, ext. 161; hhodnett@dsiservices.org.

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