Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Opportunities October 2014

** Will take high school service learning volunteers

Bartholomew County Humane Society

The Bartholomew County Humane Society is a community resource dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals.  We provide temporary shelter to pets in need and promote adoption of homeless pets into loving, permanent homes.    We are heavily dependent on our fabulous volunteers for all facets of our activities, from daily animal care to special events!  Our next upcoming special event is our annual Billie Marlin Memorial Dog Day on Saturday, October 4th.   We need volunteers the night before to help set up the facility and on the day of the event both at the Fairgrounds to help with event activities as well as at the shelter to help with the care of the animals.  Please contact the shelter at 812-372-6063 or email at mjirwin@seidata.com for more information!


Bartholomew County 211

Help provide some holiday cheer to local families!  United Way 2-1-1 Holiday Helpline volunteers take phone registrations from local families for holiday assistance. The families are then matched with local agencies that provide food and gifts.  Volunteers are needed to answer phones and enter information into the data base from October 20th  to December 5th.  Shifts are between 2 to 2 ½ hours long, Monday –Friday 9am-4pm.  A 90 minute training will be offered at various times on October 13th, 14th, and 15th.  Please contact Dede Parker at dparker@uwbarthco.org or 812-376-0011, before October 13, 2014, to register for a training session.


Ethnic Expo

Eastside Community Center and Knights of Columbus, partner each year to operate the Beer Tent at the upcoming Ethnic Expo on October 10th and 11th!  We are looking for people to take two hour shifts.  We are in need of Servers, Cashiers, Bartenders, Bratwurst Cookers/ Servers.  When you go to the sign up, there is a link to the temporary permit to fill out.  If you sign up on line you will need to pay the $5 or you can print and bring a copy to Eastside for us to send to the state and we will pay the $5.  We have to have a copy onsite for the event as well. 

To sign-up for this opportunity please follow this link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4daaa928a0f94-ethnic or contact Jeff Bradley at jeff@eastcc.org.


The Arc of Bartholomew County

One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome. Embrace, educate  and celebrate Down Syndrome month by joining  the Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group and The Arc of Bartholomew County on Saturday October 11, 2014 @ Donner Park for the 2014 Buddy Walk. Volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up, registration, food service, and clean-up starting at 8:30am until 2pm. If any of the above opportunities peak your interest, contact Amy Mock at 812-372-0610 or amyjmock@comcast.net.   Why not send a few hours, on a Saturday, with a great group of outstanding individuals and their families spreading joy and sunshine to a new friend!!


Family Service, Inc.

Volunteers needed for Family Service, Inc. (Working together to end the stigma of Mental Health) Walk/Run event held on Saturday, November 8th at Southside Elementary school. If you are interested in helping please contact Arriann Custer at acuster@familyservicebc.org or 812-314-2319.


Thrive Alliance

The Agency on Aging for Area 11, has improved the lives of seniors over the age of 60 and persons of all ages with disabilities for over 40 years through a variety of community and home-based services funded by state and federal grants.  A Quality Assurance volunteer assists the Quality Assurance Director with administrative and data entry tasks, monitoring compliance of the various agency programs, and helping track information regarding client satisfaction of services and incident reporting.   Volunteers get to sharpen current computer and data entry skills or learn new skills and experience the satisfaction of supporting the elderly population.  Training is provided and volunteer hours are flexible.  For more information, contact Vickie Bateman, Volunteer Resource Manager, at 812-372-6918 or vbateman@thrive-alliance.org.

Thrive Alliance receives several calls each day from seniors who don’t know where to begin their search for a way to pay for their medications.  A volunteer SHIP Medicare Part D Counselor  is a specially trained counselor who educates and guides seniors through the Medicare Part D system.  The average SHIP volunteer gives 2-3 hours per week during Medicare Open Enrollment, October 15 to December 7.   The only requirements are that you be over 21 years of age, and have a passion for helping someone’s elderly relative, neighbor, friend, or loved one.  If interested in volunteering please contact Vickie Bateman at 812-372-6918 or by email at vbateman@thrive-alliance.org.


Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E)**

Do you love animals? Do you hate to see so many innocent animals without loving homes? You can make a difference, here’s your chance to help. C.A.R.E. is looking for volunteers to provide in-home care for dogs and/or cats in need until they are adopted into loving forever homes. All veterinary care is paid by C.A.R.E.  Food and litter may also be provided. The timeline is not specified as some animals may get adopted in a matter of days, others can be several months. However, there are occasionally short term opportunities available. For more information email us at columbuscare@gmail.com.


Elizabethtown Environmental Challenge

Volunteers needed to help with ongoing Environmental Challenge in Elizabethtown, IN. 

"Green Up" events to help elderly and disabled neighbors with mowing, shrubbery trimming, minor painting, etc.  Little Jordan Creek erosion control with flowering ground cover planting.  Beautification efforts with mass flower planting, replacing street signs, and ongoing town hall renovations.  Home cooked breakfast and lunch with desserts provided.  Elizabethtown can host large and small groups for team building events.  8 a.m. to noon or full day event.  Multiple teams needed throughout October.  Volunteers should wear long pants, closed toe shoes and gardening gloves.  Please bring gardening tools, weed eaters, rakes, hoes if available.  Please contact Rebecca Barnett (615) 975-2255 rebeccasuebarnett@gmail.com if interested in volunteering.


Love Chapel**

If you want to make a difference in the lives of the over 4,000 people per month who receive direct service or food from Love Chapel, please call Jane at 372-9421 or e-mail volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com. We need truck delivery, janitorial, food stocking and sorting, I.T., financial, office skilled, and intake, people.  Students looking for community service may schedule after school hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and on Saturday mornings.


East Side Community Center**

Volunteers that can teach classes and lead a discussion around any subject that impacts our community positively.   On every Tuesday morning, and soon evenings, we would like any community based subject to be presented.  This is more of a conversation rather than teaching.  We have had Councilman Dascal Bunch, make himself available to take any questions.  Social service agencies have come to speak about what they offer to our community, gardening tips, suicide prevention, how to stay on budget, even canning!  If you are interested please contact Jeff Bradley jeff@eastcc.org (preferred) 812.376.7840.


Turning Point

Our mission is to work towards the elimination of domestic violence.

We are in need of 90 minute childcare.  Partner with another adult volunteer in playing with, reading to, doing arts and crafts, watching children, giving the parent time to work on goal-related activities.  We are also in need of some office help.  Assist with copying, assembling educational packets, (data entry if you wish), filing, and other office projects. 

Or, join our small team of volunteer handymen in repairing and maintaining some of the items in the domestic violence shelter, hanging items on the walls, etc. Volunteer can create his/her own timeframe to help.

Contact person is: Anne Courtney/812-379-9844 (ext. 107)/  annecourtney@turningpointdv.org.


Book Buddies program**

Do you enjoy working with children and volunteering in a way that will impact their lives for years to come? Book Buddies allows you to work one-on-one with struggling readers in second and third grades. You only need to donate one hour a week to read with two children.  Book Buddies meets four days a week in all twelve public elementary schools in the county and the program runs through the school year. You may choose the school site that works best for you. A short one-hour training session and background check is required. Training is ongoing. To sign-up or to request more information call 812-376-4461 or 812-378-4759 or email bookbuddies@bcsc.k12.in.us.




AARP Tax-Aide**

Help your family, neighbors and friends by becoming a Tax-Aide volunteer.  Volunteers are needed each year during the tax season to help local taxpayers prepare their income tax returns.  Tax law and computer training is provided through local classes and the internet.  Annual kick-off is the first Monday in December.  Volunteer commitment includes from 5 to 30 hours of training during December and January and 4 hours per week on site during the tax season from February through mid-April.  For more information, go to www.aarp.org/tavolunteer,  contact Paul Davis, Local Coordinator at 812-372-0873, or email pejmdavis@sbcglobal.net.


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 a child's case and preparing reports for the court. The only requirements are that you be 21 or older and have a passion for serving children. To volunteer, contact Rick Scalf at 812-372-2808, ext. 3312 or by email at ricks@apowerfulvoice.org.


Sans Souci**

Sans Souci is the community partner that improves the ability of our neighbors to support themselves “Without Worry” and we need volunteers to hang donated clothing, sort through donations, work in our thrift store, and help organize antiques for our online auction. We accept ‘walk-in’ individuals anytime during store hours (Monday – Friday 10-5, Saturday 10 – 4) and ask with a group of five or more you call ahead and schedule a day to come in.  If you are interested please contact Logan Richard at 812-372-3419 or email at info@sanssouci.org.


Foundation For Youth**

Join us for the annual Columbus Challenge!  This year we will host a Triathlon, Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon (run-ride-run).  Based at the beautiful Tipton Lakes Marina and heading out through this lovely lake area all the way out to Grand View Lake.  Volunteers will be registering athletes, staffing food table, body marking (fun!!), helping with timing, transition, traffic management and water stops.  Volunteer shifts are from 5:45-8:30am and 7:30-11am.  120 volunteers are needed.  Please contact Karina at 812-348-4558 x208, karina@foundationforyouth.com to participate in this great opportunity!


Boy Scouts of America**

Help provide exciting adventures for young men and women while instilling leadership skills and positive character traits.  The Boy Scouts of America has a variety of volunteer positions to suit your passion and skill set.  Volunteer opportunities are available in Program Development and Operations, Fundraising, Membership and Direct Service.  Please contact Bob DeWar to learn more about how you can make a difference – bdewar@bsamail.org, 812-657-5228


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 at laura@foundationforyouth.com, (812) 371-8877.


Horizon House

Horizon House is a homeless shelter in Columbus that serves families. We encourage, empower and inspire families on the road to self-sufficiency.  We currently are able to paint the bedrooms due to a generous donation of painting supplies.  We would like to do our spring cleaning and painting to prepare for new families that will be lodged at our facility, while time allows.  We value any and all volunteers that would be so kind as to give themselves for several hours or for a few days.  Thank you and if interested, please Dana Gunter, Shelter Manager at 812-799-1062 or Michele Lee at 812-372-8407.


The Caring Parents Program

Shaken Baby Syndrome affects Hoosier families each year.  Caring parents program provides this education to every family with an infant born at Columbus Regional Hospital. If you are interested in assisting us with a project of 1100 purple infant hats for 2014, please contact Arriann Custer at 812-314-2319 or acuster@familyservicbc.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 September 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.  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 volunteer@scottishfestival.org.


Parkside Court**

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 2:00pm or 7:00pm sometime between Monday through Saturday.  Please contact Courtney Bell at (812) 378-9795 or courtney.bell@holidaytouch.com.

Kids Commons**

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, kellene.chapman@kidscommons.org.

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, mindsonmath@bcsc.k12.in.us.


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 lizgrant.jf@gmail.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. High school students are welcome and although most of our volunteers focus on reading, we sometimes have a need for math, science, and/or tutors for English language learners.   New tutor orientation and training is offered, but not required, for those who are interested.  Please contact Michelle Newland at 376-4451 or newlandm@bcsc.k12.in.us for more information.  


Columbus Regional Hospital

Birthing Center is looking for 3-4 volunteers to perform newborn hearing screenings on infants prior to being discharged from the hospital. Volunteers are scheduled Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Six Tower need 4-5 volunteers to assist with the non-clinical needs of patients, such as providing fresh ice water and warm blankets.

The Gift Shop is operated by Columbus Regional Health Volunteer Services and all proceeds are donated back to the hospital for Patient Care and Healing Environment projects.

We are in need of 5 volunteers willing to work the evening shift from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Volunteers greet our customers and offer assistance, and serve as a cashier to ring purchases through our computerized POS system. 

To learn more, please visit our web site at www.crh.org, Foundation and Community tab, Volunteer Opportunities. To volunteer, contact Mary Campbell at 812-376-5305 or mcampbell@crh.org.



Community Volunteers needed for 2014-2015 school year at our local middle and high schools to tutor or mentor students 8th grade through 12th grade. Mentors needed to build a special relationship.  Caring responsible, adult volunteer who serves as a trusted friend and guide to a student. A mentor helps to insure the student makes positive life choices, stays in school, and graduates with a life plan or pursuing post-secondary education.

Community Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age (Tutor) or 21 years of age (Mentor), complete an application, pass a criminal background check, complete an interview with iGrad and complete a basic orientation/training with iGrad.

Please visit the iGrad website to fill out an application @ www.iGradColumbus.com or contact Betty Lewis at blewis90@ivytech.edu.


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.

We need bike mechanic volunteers to help Earn-a-Bike participants build bikes, helps people who come in to do repairs on a bike and fix up shop bikes. Familiarity with bike components, basic tools, and experience tinkering with bikes are all very helpful.

We'd like volunteers to commit to 2 shifts (5-6 hours) a month, although we are flexible. Our hours are Sundays 2-5pm, Thursdays 5:30-8pm, and every other Tuesday is our Latino Night from 5:30-7:30pm. We are located at 1531 13th St, Columbus, IN.  Please contact Cheryl Wright at cheryldwright@gmail.com or 812-447-3941 if you are interested in volunteering with us.


Developmental Services Inc.**

 Come volunteer your time at Developmental Services Inc., which serves a client base with various physical, mental and emotional disabilities. If you want to volunteer but don’t know how, don’t worry we have plenty of activities that you can participate in with our clients with full supervision. You will come to give your time and talent and leave with a gift of giving back.

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.  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 8:00am to Noon Monday through Friday.

Anyone interested in volunteering please contact Beth Sharpe at esharpe@dsiservices.org or call 812-376-9404 ext. 194.




Volunteer Opportunities September 2014


Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. 

Our mission is to work towards the elimination of domestic violence.   Volunteers are needed for weekly 90 minute childcare where they play with, read to, do crafts with the children in shelter, allowing their parent time to work on goal-related activities or just to enjoy a much needed break (childcare sessions are done by two adult volunteers).   If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity, please contact Anne Courtney at 812-379-9844 or annecourtney@turningpointdv.org.  


The Child Abuse Prevention Program**

The CAP program is in need of snack donations for teens that volunteer for the child safety program.  If you would like to help with providing snacks please contact Arriann Custer at 812-372-3745.  If you are a H.S. student and would like to give back to the young children in our community and help teach them ways to stay safe.  Please contact Arriann Custer at 812-372-3745 for more information on how you can help.


Family Service**

Family Service, Inc. will hold their Annual Walk/Run race on November 8th from 8am to 1pm at Southside Elementary School.  We are looking for several groups, about 20 volunteers, to assist with timing, passing out water, registration and runner directors.  If there is a group interested please contact Arriann Custer at 812-372-3745 or at acuster@familyservicebc.org

AARP Tax-Aide**

Help your family, neighbors and friends by becoming a Tax-Aide volunteer.  Volunteers are needed each year during the tax season to help local taxpayers prepare their income tax returns.  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service.  This service is available free to taxpayers with low- and moderate-income, with special attention to those age 60 and older.  Locally, Mill Race Center, Eastside Community Center, Sandy Hook United Methodist Church, the United Way Center and several senior housing units provide support and facilities.  Tax law and computer training is provided through local classes and the internet.  Annual kick-off is the first Monday in December.  Volunteer commitment includes from 5 to 30 hours of training during December and January and 4 hours per week on site during the tax season from February through mid-April.  Contact Paul Davis, Local Coordinator at 812-372-0873, pejmdavis@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Indiana Historical Society**

Get on Board!  It’s going to take a small army of volunteers to staff the Indiana Bicentennial Train this fall. Whether you’re a history buff, a train enthusiast or just a people person, we would like your help to make the Bicentennial Train a success.  Three 65-foot refurbished freight cars roll into Columbus on September 18th, 19th and 20th with volunteer staff needed for 8:30am, 11:30am and 2:30pm shifts. Volunteers 16 and older are needed to greet and direct guests and support activities for the train. Participants receive a T-shirt, light refreshments and the opportunity to experience and share Hoosier history in a whole new way.  Sign up by visiting www.indianahistory.org/train and click “I Want to Volunteer!” or call (317) 234-7640.

VAC (Volunteer Action Center)

For more information about volunteering in Bartholomew County contact Katie Willett at kwillett@uwbarthco.org or Joy King at 812-314-2960 or jking@uwbarthco.org.  Please log on to www.uwbarthco.org and click on the volunteer tab for a complete listing of the volunteer opportunities.

**will take high school service volunteers