Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

 

* Volunteer Opportunity is open to high school students

Kidscommons *

Kidscommons volunteers are part of a team whose goal is to work together to make sure every guest has a positive and enriching experience at the museum. Volunteers should have an interest in learning and sharing their interests and an enjoyment of working with children and families.

Needs volunteers for Museum Floor, Special Events, School Outreach, Educational Support, or Administrative

*Volunteers over 18 will be required to have a limited background check.

Museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. (Hours of volunteer commitment may vary depending on volunteer opportunity)

Contact: Brittane Kinder at brittane.kinder@kidscommons.org or 812-378-3046

Thrive Alliance

Thrive Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of social and human services to residents of south central Indiana.

We are in need of a Spanish translator who can help Housing Partnership manager, while he is interacting with Spanish clients. Volunteer should be comfortable speaking in both Spanish and English languages. Volunteer opportunity is on as needed basis. Volunteer can comfortably work from home by setting up a phone conference. Flexible time - 30- 45 minutes.

Where: 1531 13th St # G900, Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Kashmira Mehta, 812 372 6918 or email at volunteer@thrive-alliance.org

Just Friends *

We have a 55 gallon, fresh water fish tank that the participants enjoy, and we are in need of some to clean and maintain it on a monthly basis.

Volunteer hours must occur while Just Friends is open, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM, M-F.

Contact: Marilyn Clerc at 812-372-6415.

The Columbus Salvation Army

We are looking for volunteers to assist at our Gleaner’s Food Trucks.  We have a truck the 2nd Tuesday and the 2nd Friday of the month.  Tuesdays are 1p-3p at Cummins Fuel Systems and Fridays are 10a-12p at The Salvation Army.

Time Commitment: 2 hours per location

Contact: Amy Tompkins 812/372-7118, amy_tompkins@usc.salvationarmy.org

The Columbus Salvation Army

We are looking for volunteers to assist in our food pantry, sort and stock food, and janitorial needs Monday 9a-12p, Tuesday 2p-6p, Wednesday & Thursday 9a-12p.

Contact: Amy Tompkins 812/372-7118, amy_tompkins@usc.salvationarmy.org

Love chapel

Volunteers to assist the clients with shopping in Food Pantry; and to serve as host to receive donations to Love Chapel in the Warehouse area.

Hours:  Monday through Saturday, 8:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.

Time Commitment: Each shift 4 hours. Volunteers may work as many shifts as is convenient for them.

Contact Person: Kathy Thompson, volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com , or 812-343-5049

Thrive Alliance

SMP Outreach Educator  SMPs (Senior Medicare Patrol), funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.  In doing so, they not only protect older persons from financial exploitation, they also help preserve the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This volunteer position will concentrate on preparing the volunteer to become a state certified SMP Outreach Educator.  SMP volunteers educate the public on steps to help combat fraud and abuse and counseling Medicare beneficiaries to detect fraud and abuse and to know how and when to report suspected cases of fraud. For more details please contact Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez, 812-372-6918 or email at volunteer@thrive-alliance.org

Thrive Alliance

Quality Assurance- Volunteers are needed to make phone calls to complete follow up surveys with people.  Volunteer must possess good communication skills. Training shall be provided.

Hours: 2 hours/week.

Where: 1531 13th St # G900, Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez, 812-372-6918 or email at volunteer@thrive-alliance.org

Your Local American Red Cross

Volunteer client caseworkers needed - When clients experience a disaster of any kind, they need assistance to help get their feet back on the ground. Caseworkers meet with the clients after the disaster, at the client’s convenience to help them establish a recovery plan and to connect the clients with community resources. Skills required include excellent customer service and communication skills, ability to be empathetic with the clients, good writing skills; computer skills are a plus. Volunteers will be meeting with clients through their entire recovery process.

Volunteers 18 years and older are needed to help and will need to pass a background check. 

Contact: 888- 684- 1441 or volunteer.INregion@redcross.org

Score

interested in helping start up and/or experienced entrepreneurs and have a background in business and/or a related field, (e.g. legal, accounting, banking, manufacturing, retail, technology, etc.) you might want to consider joining the local SCORE Chapter to help new startups and existing businesses to be successful.

Our primary activity is to meet with and counsel start up and ongoing small businesses in one hour, face-to-face, confidential, free sessions with our Clients.

Other activities include: occasional local business related workshops, brief monthly Chapter meetings, etc.

Contact: Columbus Chamber of Commerce at 812-379-4457 or visit www.SouthEastIndiana.Score.org

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Is in need of several volunteers over the age of 21 to provide child care during foster parent support groups. These groups meet in the evening twice a month on varying days. Volunteers must be able to pass background checks and may be asked to assist in events for foster families and youth throughout the year such as the NYAP Fall Festival (Oct), Christmas Party (Dec), and Foster Appreciation Dinner (held in May).

Hours: Varies, usually 5:30pm – 7:30pm or 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Time commitment: Varies based on availability and interest

Contact to sign up: Danielle Nickerson at dnickerson@nyap.org or 812-344-6317

 

The Columbus Salvation Army

We are looking for volunteers to assist at our Gleaner’s Food Trucks.  We have a truck the 2nd Tuesday and the 2nd Friday of the month.  Tuesdays are 1p-3p at Cummins Fuel Systems and Fridays are 10a-12p at The Salvation Army.

Time Commitment: 2 hours per location

Contact: Amy Tompkins 812/372-7118, amy_tompkins@usc.salvationarmy.org

The Columbus Salvation Army

We are looking for volunteers to assist in our food pantry, sort and stock food, and janitorial needs Monday’s 9a-12p, Tuesday’s 2p-6p, Wednesday & Thursdays 9a-12p.

Contact: Amy Tompkins 812/372-7118, amy_tompkins@usc.salvationarmy.org

The Columbus Salvation Army

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in working with youth.  We have youth programs on Wednesday evenings from 5pm-7pm.  We are looking for volunteers who can teach musical instruments or singing.  Also for volunteers who would like to work with the youth on earning badges.  Volunteers will need to go through a Safe From Harm training before working with the youth.

Time Commitment: 30 minutes to an hour a week.

Contact: Amy Tompkins 812/372-7118, amy_tompkins@usc.salvationarmy.org

Thrive Alliance

Thrive Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of social and human services to residents of south central Indiana. Volunteer opportunity includes helping with office clerical tasks (filing, copying, data entry and making phone calls). Times and days are flexible with the volunteer’s schedule.

Hours: 2 hours/week.

Where: 1531 13th St # G900, Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Kashmira Mehta/Tracey Heaton de Martinez at volunteer@thrive-alliance.org  or 812-372-6918  

Thrive Alliance

Anderson Community Center (Meal Site)

Volunteer opportunity includes helping with cleaning, serving food, picking up lunches at CRH, organizing and running activities amongst other miscellaneous duties. Times and days are flexible with the volunteer’s schedule.

Hours: 10am-1 pm

Where: 421, McClure Road, Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez, 812-372-6918 or email at volunteer@thrive-alliance.org

Armory Apartments (Meal Site)

Volunteer opportunity includes helping with cleaning, serving food, picking up lunches at CRH, organizing and running activities amongst other miscellaneous duties. Times and days are flexible with the volunteer’s schedule.

Hours: 10 am -12 pm

Where: 646 Franklin Street, Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Kashmira Mehta/Tracy Heaton de Martinez, 812-372-6918 or email at volunteer@thrive-alliance.org

Thrive Alliance

Working w/ senior citizen residents

Activities (games, crafts, reading)/ visiting with the senior residents who are mostly homebound due to medical issues.

Youth groups can make cards throughout the year for homebound residents.

Once a month assisting residents with mobility issues with transportation to food pantries. They have difficulty navigating the city bus w/ their food pantry items and have had to turn down food because they can’t carry and have run out of food by end of the month.

Where: Cambridge Sq. Apartments 3301 McKinley Avenue Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Kashmira Mehta/Tracey Heaton de Martinez at volunteer@thrive-alliance.org

or 812-372-6918.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.

Contact:  812-372-6063, mjirwin@seidata.com

Bartholomew County Historical Society

Volunteers needed 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 at 111 Aiken Street, Hope, IN.

Time:  2-3 hours per week, Wednesday through Friday; open hours are from 9am-4pm

Contact:  Anna Barnett, abarnett@bartholomewhistory.org, 812-372-3541

Columbus Animal Care Services

Volunteers are needed for tasks such as walking dogs, socializing cats, cleaning, etc. as well as occasional events.  Mid-day volunteers especially needed.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-12

Time commitment: varies, two hour time periods are typical

Contact: Alyssia Burriss, 812-376-2505

Columbus Regional Health

Volunteers needed in gift shop, information desk, reception areas and patient care areas.

Information: crh.org (click Foundation and Community, then volunteer opportunities).

Contact: Mary Campbell at 812-376-5305 or mcampbell@crh.org

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.

Contact:  columbuscare@gmail.com

Developmental Services, Inc.

Community Mentors:  DSI is seeking community mentors to share talents and hobbies with our clients in Education & Enrichment programming.  Commitment may be one time or on-going. Looking for people that are willing to share their interest in cooking, sewing, music, pottery, theater, sports, gardening, carpentry, computer literacy, visual arts, and more.  Hours depend on each volunteer’s availability.  Opportunities to volunteer take place Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Education and Enrichment Support: DSI is seeking volunteers to support activities in Education & Enrichment programming.  Commitment may be one time or on-going.  Looking for volunteers that would like to work with clients in Education & Enrichment programming or to help prepare materials for programming.  Hours depend on each volunteer’s availability.  Opportunities to volunteer take place Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Contact: Hanna Hodnett 812-376-9404 ext 161 or hhodnett@dsiservices.org

Horizon House

Help needed with sorting, stocking, child sitting, light maintenance and other tasks.

Contact:  Michele Lee, mlee@hsi-indiana.org , 812-372-8407

Just Friends Adult Day Service

Just Friends is seeking volunteers to function as either a Senior Companion (assisting participants with activities, conversation and games) and Walking Coach (willing to walk with participants within Mill Race Center) during inclement weather and outside the facility in nice weather. 

Time:  Anytime during open hours 7:30 AM -5:30 PM, Monday through Friday in 1-2 hour sessions

Contact:  Marilyn Clerc, Executive Director at admin@justfriendscolumbus.com or (812)372-6415

Love Chapel *

Columbus food pantry reaches more than 4000 Bartholomew County people each month helping residents with groceries. Pantry Leaders, need help with truck delivery, food stocking, janitorial, food stocking and sorting, client intake, information and technology and other areas of the nonprofit outreach.

Contact:  Jane 812-372-9421, volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com

Mill Race Center

Needs 4 or 5 volunteer drivers to pick up patients at their homes and bring them to their doctor appointments.  They will need to use their own vehicles and be available for 3 hour shifts.

Contact:  Dan Mustard, dmustard@millracecenter.org

 

Orphan Grain Train*

Volunteers needed for range of tasks at new location of Jonesville warehouse.  Tasks include unloading and sorting donated items for families in need.

Time:  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 10am - 3pm

Contact:  Gene Ernst, indianaogt@gmail.com

 

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana

We are looking for caring volunteers to help us “make every moment count” for our patients and families.  Volunteer opportunities include providing companionship to patients and families living with an advanced illness, helping with office clerical tasks (filing, copying, and data entry) or working as volunteer support at fundraising events such as the annual Our Hospice Concert. There is a volunteer role to fit your talents and the time you can give!

Volunteers participate in an orientation program, training and ongoing education.

Contact: Emily summers at 812-314-8044, or esummers@crh.org

Turning Point

Need volunteers for 90 minute weekly childcare. 

Contact:  Anne Courtney, 812-379-9844 ex 107,  annecourtney@turningpointdv.org

Sans Souci*

Helpers needed to hang clothing, sort donations and assist at stocking shelving at the agency’s thrift store.

Hours:  Monday–Friday 10-5, Saturday 10–4pm

Contact:  812-314-2930, info@sanssouci.org