March 2014 Volunteer Opportunities
Foundation For Youth
We need volunteers at Bowl for Kids’ Sake Event at Columbus Bowling Center March 8th.
Volunteers will be handing out tee-shirts, supervising a silent auction and helping with alley tidy up after each team. Opportunities are available for volunteers who wish to sit for the whole shift 8:30am to 12:15pm or noon to 5:30pm.
This is a fun day with music, prizes for competitors, free food and soft drinks.
Volunteers will receive a 2014 Bowl For Kids’ Tee-shirt, contact Karina Willats at email@example.com.
The Arc of Bartholomew
March is disability awareness month which means it’s time to celebrate! The Arc of Bartholomew County annual Community Disability Awareness Dance Friday March 28, 2014 starting at 5:00pm located at The Columbus National Guard Armory.
Volunteer assistance is needed numerous times throughout Friday starting with setting up table and chairs, assisting with decorations and assist the DJ with set-up and pre-dance food preparation at the National Guard Armory starting around 12:30pm until around 3:00pm. Starting at 4:00pm until around 8:00pm, the real fun begins with providing assistance preparing and serving food, drinks, assistance with Love Chapel food drive table, registration and door prizes table, and finally clean-up.
So, why not spend your Friday having fun and volunteering at the same time, along with celebrating disability awareness month throughout Bartholomew County!
Please contact Ella Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-372-0610 if these wonderful volunteer opportunities spark an interest.
Do you enjoy working in an office? The Arc of Bartholomew is looking for individuals with general office skills, ability to work independently, friendly and ready to serve. The volunteer opportunities are available from the hours of 9am-4pm Monday through Thursday and 8am-Noon on Fridays. We are looking for volunteers to serve in a four hour block but any time served is a plus.
We are looking for volunteers with excel or data entry experience to assist with updating The Lending Library inventory and designing a new picture catalog for library equipment.
If interested please contact Ella Boyd at email@example.com, 812-372-0610 or stop by during our business hours at 2060 Doctors Park Dr. Columbus, IN 47203.
Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E):
We are in great need of foster homes for our rescued dogs and cats. Fostering can be long term (until the animal is adopted) or short term (while an animal is awaiting other placement). Most animals are placed within a few weeks. CARE will supply all food and medical needs for the animal, you supply the guidance, training and LOVE! Fostering can be a very rewarding experience as you see an unwanted animal find a new loving forever home. Please contact us at ColumbusCARE@gmail.com if interested or apply on our website, care.rescuegroups.org.
Family Service, Inc.
The Caring Parents Program provides the Period of Purple Crying education to every family member of infants born at Columbus Regional Hospital which is a prevention program for Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. Along with this education we would like to provide purple hats for each family to take home with them. If anyone is interested in assisting us with making these purple knitted or crochet hats, please contact Arriann Custer at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information you can go to www.clickforbabies.org.
The Healthy Families Program provides assistance to families in need with children ages 3 and under. This program currently needs volunteers to assist with organizing developmental toys, donations of growth charts, yarn to be used for blankets and non-perishable snacks for children ages 1-3. Please contact Arriann Custer at 812-372-3745 or email@example.com.
Child Abuse Prevention program is in need of volunteers to assist with putting packets together as well as a need for donated snacks for the teen volunteers. Please contact Arriann Custer at 812-372-3745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAP will hold their annual Adult prom on April 26th from 7pm-11pm and needs volunteers age 21 and older to help. If you are interested in having a good time for a good cause and would like to volunteer, please contact Arriann Custer at 812-372-3745 or email@example.com.
The Child Abuse Prevention program’s, Kids on the Block Education Program is looking for teen volunteers to be performers. Volunteers will perform puppet shows for local elementary students on subjects such as: abuse, safety, bullying and peer pressure. You can truly make an impact on a child’s life. Teens need to be available for rehearsal every Monday from 3:30-5pm at the United Way Building, as well as performances during the day (performers will be excused from school). If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Arriann Custer at 812-372-3745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developmental Services Inc
At DSI, one of the favorite events of the week is the BINGO games on Tuesdays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. We are looking for volunteers to come and assist with this weekly event. It is a great opportunity to interact with the clients of DSI and give them a fun activity to participate in! You would be helping us set up, call numbers and give out prizes to the winners!
If you are interested in volunteering or if you have any kinds of items you would like to donate as BINGO prizes, please contact Beth Sharpe at DSI. We know the clients will have fun at the games, but we bet you will have even more!
We are also looking for someone to work the front desk assistance working in the office. Help with filing and general office work is needed in our office Greensburg, IN and also our office in Columbus, IN from 8-noon Monday through Friday.
Developmental Services, Inc. is looking for volunteers who care for people with disabilities. Volunteers provide the necessary social interaction and personal attention that builds self-esteem and spurs development for people with disabilities; they also positively affect the staff and neighbors in the community. Assistance is much appreciated with daily routines such as feeding, cleaning, recreational activities, arts & crafts, music and exercise.
We are looking for volunteers to come into our workshop or our Day Program at the United Way Building and provide activities for our clients. We also are looking for people to come in and enjoy Buddy Lunches with clients. Speakers are always welcome as well. Pottery classes, art classes, mentoring, buddy lunches, tutoring in reading or math, computer lab, exercise classes, crafts, music, dance, guest speakers are all possibilities for our volunteers.
Anyone interested in volunteering please contact Beth Sharpe at email@example.com or call 812-376-9404 ext 107.
Bartholomew County 2-1-1
Every day, there are people who are without shelter during extreme temperatures. Impoverished families are searching for utility assistance in order to keep their bills paid. These people need your help pointing them to the right resources! By volunteering just a few hours a week as a call specialist, you could direct cases like these to resources that could very possibly save a life! Make a difference in your community today! If you have basic computer and communication skills, as well as a positive attitude, contact Rebecca Carpenter at 812-376-0011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbus Scottish Festival
The Columbus Scottish Festival is looking for volunteers to assist committee members in the year round planning and implementing of the Scottish Festival.
The festival is looking to improve marketing efforts, particularly to improve/redesign the current website. If you are skilled in web design/layout we’d love to hear from you.
Some other areas of interest are; Facilities, vendors, grant sourcing, set-up and marketing. Volunteers can decide on a time commitment that suits them.
Those interested are always welcome at our monthly planning meetings to get a feel for more specific tasks needing accomplished.
Please contact Julie Jordan at email@example.com.
An independent senior living community looking for volunteers who would be willing to enlighten residents with their musical or artistic talents. Any type of music, musical instrument or art is welcome from any age volunteer. Volunteer would perform at the facility at about 2pm or 7pm sometime between Mon - Sat. Please contact Courtney Bell at (812) 378-9795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a volunteer to deliver bread to tenants from Love Chapel to Sycamore Place then to the Housing Authority facility. Vehicle needed and ability to carry and lift the boxes of bread. Every Thursday from approximately 10am to noon. Please contact Joy King at (812) 314-2960 or email@example.com.
Tax-Aide Volunteers needed for the upcoming tax season February through April. We would like to start training our volunteers to prepare federal and state tax returns, answering tax questions and providing tax advice. There are various sites and multiple positions available so if you are interested in volunteering for a Tax-Aide position, please contact Paul Davis at 812-372-0873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have many exciting projects going on and would love to have you join our volunteer staff! We will have day, evening and weekend opportunities. Please contact Kellene Chapman if you are interested in joining our volunteer staff at 812-378-3046 x34, email@example.com.
East Side Community Center
Budget Coach Volunteers are needed at the East Side Community Center. Budget coaching involves individuals pairing with clients and meeting with them once or twice a month to help them with paying bills, staying on track with goals and teaching them how to manage their financial affairs. A training class will be required for budget coach volunteers.
Instructor volunteers are needed to teach classes that help families to stretch their budgets. These classes will include, but are not limited to, topics such as couponing, how to prepare and store food for a two week period, shopping, making soap, cooking on a budget, etc. These classes can range from 1-3 hours depending on the class and can be held at various times throughout the week. Volunteers are also needed to make calls to clients who have applied for foreclosure assistance to set up initial intake appointment with our group intake sessions. Hours are flexible and training will be provided.
Information gathering volunteers who are skilled with computers are needed to gather information for clients such as bank statements, utility bills, etc. Training will be provided for information gathering volunteers.
Please contact Jeff Bradley at 812.376.7840 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities with East Side Community Center.
Love Chapel is in need of volunteer truck drivers who will get an assignment to pick up food items or donated household items from stores around Columbus. They would need to drive to the stores, pick up the items, and bring them back to Love Chapel.
Volunteers are also needed for data entry, reception/telephone coverage, computer pantry intake personnel, chaplains, and persons to write thank you notes and support services.
A Volunteer Information Session will be held on the 4th Monday of every month at 311 Center Street, from 12:30-2:00.
If you are interested, please contact email@example.com or call 812-372-9421.
San Souci needs volunteers to hang donated clothing, sort donations, work in the thrift store, help with school supply project, help with art auction in February, and stay with our truck at a donation site such as the shopping mall. If you are interested, please contact Sheryl Adams at Sheryl@sanssouci.org or 812.314.2932.
Minds on Math
Adult mentors are needed to work with struggling 4th grade math students on specified curriculum. This includes working through examples, assisting with workbooks and playing math games. Up to 25 volunteers are needed during the school year from 3:45- 4:45 Monday through Thursday. A one hour training session will be scheduled with interested volunteers. Please contact Chaley Jordan or Lianne Wright at 373-2191 or 378-4759 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help change a student’s life by volunteering your time and talent to iGrad!
The iGrad program is designed to improve high school graduation rates in Bartholomew County to 100% by 2017, thus preventing dropouts, and to help these successful graduates with post-secondary education attainment. Cummins Inc., the Community Education Coalition of Columbus and Ivy Tech Community College – Columbus/Franklin have partnered together to remove barriers students in grades 8 – 12 may have to achieving these goals by providing them with in-school coaches dedicated to this mission on a one-on-one basis, with vital assistance from members of the community volunteering as academic tutors, mentors and/or as staff at various events that will promote awareness of the iGrad initiative to others in our community. With approximately 300 students currently enrolled in iGrad, and a growing list of students with identified barriers, the need is great. To learn more and to play an important role in changing the life of an iGrad student, please see our website (www.iGradColumbus.com) or call 812-374-5340.
Just Friends Adult Day Service
We are looking for Senior Companions to assist participants with crafts, playing games that stimulate mental function, and other individual activities, and also to provide conversation and reminiscence to stimulate memory function. For more information please contact Liz Grant at email@example.com or 812-372-6415.
McDowell Education Center
McDowell is in real need of tutors!! Volunteers set their own hours, serving as tutors with adult struggling readers. New tutor orientation and training is offered, but not required, for those who are interested. Please contact Michelle Newland at 376-4451 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Foundation for Youth - Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing lives for over 100 years. We are the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. We help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with mentors. Our vision is to match any child who needs and wants a Big Brother or Big Sister. We are looking for new Bigs - people with a passion to mentor a young person. For more information please contact Laura Moses email@example.com, (812) 371 8877.
Book Buddies program
If you are passionate about children and education and want to contribute towards helping the kids read well Book Buddies is the program for you. Volunteers needed to work 1 hour a week for the entire school year. Training and Background check required before you start working with the kids. For more information contact Debbie Lindauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 812-376-4461. One hour will change a life forever.
Thrive Alliance (formerly Aging and Community Services)
Join us in the fight against Medicare fraud by becoming an SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) volunteer. Fraudulent claims cost the U.S. government and taxpayers more than $60 billion each year. SMP volunteer counselors can help stop that waste by teaching Medicare beneficiaries how to protect their personal identity, detect errors on their health care bills, and report deceptive health care practices. Volunteers do this by speaking at group presentations, attending community events, answering phone calls to the SMP help-line, or providing one-on-one counseling. Training is provided, volunteers can choose how they want to be involved, and hours are flexible. Please contact Vickie Bateman at 812-372-6918 or email@example.com.
The Columbus Bike Co-op
We are recruiting volunteers of all kinds – from bike experts to those without any mechanical skills who want to get involved and support our mission.
Bike Repair Volunteers
We need skilled bike mechanic volunteers to help Earn-a-Bike participants build bikes, and help people who come in to do repairs on a bike, fix up shop bikes, other bike repair and maintenance tasks.
We don't expect professional bike mechanics, but we want eager learners. Familiarity with bike components, basic tools, and experience tinkering with bikes are all very helpful. Desire to help people learn bike repair skills and the ability to be patient with people unfamiliar with bikes are very necessary skills.
We are looking for people who do not necessarily have the mechanical skills of bike maintenance, but want to support our mission to get more people on bikes in Columbus.
Tracking donations and outgoing bikes, connecting visitors to a mechanic, and explaining our programs are all tasks this volunteer would be asked to do in a shift. Our ideal volunteer has communication skills, friendly demeanor, organizational skills, and a passion for getting people on bikes!
We'd like volunteers to commit to about 2 hours a week, though we are flexible. Our summer hours are Sundays 2-5pm, Mondays 5:30-8pm, and Wednesdays 5:30-8pm, we are located at 1531 13th St, Columbus, IN. Please contact Cheryl Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-447-3941 if you are interested in volunteering with us.
VAC (Volunteer Action Center)
For more information about volunteering in Bartholomew County call Katie Willett 812-418-4930 or e-mail email@example.com. Please log on to www.uwbarthco.org and click on the volunteer tab for a complete listing of the volunteer opportunities.