Volunteer Opportunities

*Will accept high school service hours

Granny Connection: Seeks volunteers to help with nut production for farmer’s market. Involves cooking and bagging nuts at North Christian Church. Time: 9 a.m. to noon monthly through November. Information: Ann Jones, 812-342-4680.

FFY/Boys & Girls Club: Seeks volunteer to assist with categorizing, labeling and organizing The Boys & Girls Club library utilizing a new cataloging system. If you are organized, responsible and motivated to see this project through to completion, this opportunity is for you. Time: 4 to 8 hours per work week between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Information: [email protected], 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

American Red Cross: Needs volunteer client caseworkers to help clients after a disaster. Caseworkers help clients establish a recovery plan and connect with community resources. Skills required include excellent customer service and communication skills, ability to be empathetic, good writing skills and computer skills are a plus. Must be 18 years old or older and pass a background check. Information: 888-684-1441 or [email protected].

Money STRONG program: Needs volunteer financial coaches to help with free, confidential financial coaching for individuals/families to manage their money and improve their financial futures. Coaches work one-on-one with participants to define their personal financial goals and develop an action plan to achieve their goals. Time: One hour per week for six months. Information: Katie Willett, [email protected] or 812-418-4930.

Bartholomew County Triad: Needs two to three volunteers to help distribute a community needs assessment throughout the community. Time: five to 10 hours over a two-month time span. Information: Leah Boas, [email protected] or 812-376-9241, ext. 210.

Developmental Services Inc.: Seeks community mentors to lead cooking classes on the first Wednesday of each month. Training will be provided. Ongoing commitment preferred.

FFY Fifth Annual Columbus Youth Triathlon: Seeks volunteers for registration, check-in, course assistance, tear down, finish line medals and more. Events will be held in Donner Pool, Donner Park and on the People Trail. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13. Information: [email protected] or 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

Moonlight Loop Bicycle Ride: Needs 100 volunteers to assist with registration, food distribution, road crew, traffic and directions and setup and clean-up. This is the largest fundraiser for the Adoption Medical Fund of Animal Care Services. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt. Time: 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 20. Shifts vary. Information: Nicohl Birdwell Goodin, [email protected] or 812-376-2505.

Columbus Philharmonic’s Cabaret at The Commons: Needs four volunteers to help dress tables for the Cabaret at The Commons shows on Aug. 25 and Sept. 29. Time: noon to 1 p.m. Information: Margaret Powers at [email protected] or 812-376-2638.

* United Way Day of Service: Volunteers needed for a community-wide day of service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9. Volunteers will help clean up neighborhoods and assist local nonprofits. Information: Joy King at [email protected].

World AIDS Day: Seeks volunteers to help Granny Connection knit red scarves to be tied around town and then made available to the public after event day. When: due before Dec. 1. Where: submit scarves to Mill Race Center. Information: Ann Jones at 812-342-4680, [email protected].

Bartholomew County Historical Society: Needs volunteers to help make costume patterns, sewing simple projects, pressing and related efforts. No experience necessary. All volunteers receive a background check. Where: Haw Creek Heritage Center, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Time: two to three hours per week, Wednesday through Friday. Information: 812-372-3541.

* Bartholomew County Humane Society: Needs volunteers for animal feeding, cleaning and other tasks. Also sometimes need foster homes for special-needs animals and those recovering from injury. Information: 812-372-6063, [email protected].

Columbus Animal Care Services: Seeks volunteers for tasks such as walking dogs, socializing cats, cleaning and occasional events. Mid-day volunteers especially needed. Time commitment: Varies, two-hour time periods are typical. Information: Alyssia Burriss at 812-376-2505.

Columbus Regional Health: Needs volunteers in gift shop, information desk and reception and patient care areas. Information: Mary Campbell at 812-376-5305 or [email protected].

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: [email protected].

Developmental Services Inc.: Seeks community mentors to share talents and hobbies with clients in education and enrichment programming. Hours depend on volunteer’s availability. Information: Amy Kleinert, 812-376-9404, ext. 130, or [email protected].

Engage Columbus: Needs Engage Columbus Buddies. Buddies work with other community members to welcome newcomers in the community. Training and resources available. More volunteer opportunities such as reception, data management, event planning, translations and more are also available. Information: Shama Padalkar at [email protected].

Horizon House: Needs help with sorting, stocking, child sitting, light maintenance and other tasks. Information: Michele Lee at [email protected], 812-372-8407.

Just Friends Adult Day Service: Seeks volunteer senior companions to assist with activities, conversation and games and walking coaches to walk with participants with Mill Race Center during inclement weather and outside the facility in nice weather. Time: one- to two-hour session between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Information: Marilyn Clerc at 812-372-6415, [email protected].

* Love Chapel: Needs volunteer help with truck delivery, food stocking, janitorial, food stocking and sorting, client intake, information and technology and other areas of the nonprofit outreach. Information: Jane at 812-372-9421, [email protected].

Mill Race Center: Needs four or five volunteer drivers to pick up patients at their homes and take them to medical appointments. Must use own vehicles and be available for three-hour shifts. Information: Dan Mustard at [email protected].

* Orphan Grain Train: Seeks volunteers for a range of tasks at new warehouse including unloading and sorting donated items for families in need. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday. Information: Gene Ernst at [email protected].

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: Needs caring volunteers to help provide companionship to patients and families living with an advanced illness, helping with office clerical tasks or working as volunteer support at fundraising events such as the annual Our Hospice concert. Volunteers participate in an orientation program, training and ongoing education. Information: Jennifer Pasyanos at 812-314-8054, [email protected].

* Sans Souci: Needs helpers to hang clothing, sort donations and assist at stocking shelving at the agency’s thrift store. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 812-314-2930, [email protected].

Turning Point: Needs volunteers for 90-minute weekly childcare. Information: Anne Courtney at 812-379-9844, ext. 107, [email protected].

Advocates for Children: Court-Appointed Special Advocate volunteers needed for case work and court case preparation. The average CASA volunteer gives 10 to 15 hours per month, working with everyone involved in an abused or neglected child’s case and preparing reports for the court. Must be 21 or older and have a passion for serving children. Information: Rick Scalf at 812-372-2808, ext. 3312, or [email protected].

* Book Buddies program: Needs volunteers to listen to a child’s reading in public elementary schools. Time: one hour per week. A one-hour training session and background check is provided. Information: 812-376-4461 or [email protected].

Community Education Coalition: Seeks help with the Latino Mentor Program which needs people to serve as volunteer mentors. Community volunteers must complete an application and pass a criminal background check. Information: Luz Elena Michel at 812-314-8636, [email protected].

Family Service: Needs volunteers to knit or crochet purple hats for each family of infants born at Columbus Regional Hospital to take home with them. Information: Arriann Custer at 812-314-2319, [email protected].

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Seeks new Big Brothers and Sisters to spend a few hours a month helping to shape a child’s future. All volunteers must be screened and pass a background check prior to volunteering. Time commitment: one hour per week for one year. Information: [email protected] or 812-348-4558, ext. 207.

FFY Boys and Girls Club: Needs positive adult volunteer role models to interact with youth. All volunteers must be screened and pass a background check prior to volunteering. Time: minimum of two hours, after school and/or holiday and school breaks. Information: [email protected] or 812-348-4588, ext. 207.

* iGrad: Needs volunteer mentors and/or tutors for grades 8 to 12. Complete an application, pass a criminal background check, complete an interview with iGrad and complete a basic orientation/training with iGrad. Information: iGradColumbus.com. Information: Jennifer Steadman Ryan at [email protected].

* McDowell Education Center: Needs volunteer tutors to work with struggling adult readers. High school students welcome and there is some need for math, science and English language tutors as well. Information: Michelle Newland at 812-376-4451, [email protected].