Volunteer Opportunities

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.


Advocates for Children

When a child is removed from his home due to issues of abuse or neglect, he is left to the care of the child protection system. And filled though it is with caring and well-meaning individuals, that system is simply ill-suited to guarantee that a child's basic needs and rights are protected.  There is a solution - a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer. A specially trained advocate who works with everyone involved to make sure that the child's best interest is front and center.  As a CASA volunteer with Advocates for Children, you will be part of a formidable force of committed adults fighting for the right of every child to grow, to learn, and to be treated with dignity and respect in the loving embrace of a safe and permanent family.  The average CASA volunteer gives 10-15 hours per month working with everyone involved in their child’s case and preparing reports for the court.  The only requirements are that you be over 21 years of age and have a passion for serving our children.  Advocates for Children currently has over 300 victims of child abuse and neglect on our waiting list, so the need for volunteers is great.

To learn more about how you can lift up a child’s life by becoming a CASA volunteer, contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Rick Scalf, at (812) 372-2808 x3312 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.


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.  No matter what your availability, we believe you have something to offer our young people!  Volunteer opportunities are available in Program Development and Operations, Fundraising, Membership and Direct Service.  Volunteer opportunities are available for upcoming community events.  Please contact Bob DeWar to learn more about how you can make a difference – bdewar@bsamail.org, 812-657-5228.  The BSA provides training for all positions as well as professional support.  We hope you will be part of the Boy Scout Movement and a legacy of making young leaders for over 100 years!  


Columbus Regional Hospital

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

Gift Shop:  The Gift Shop is a convenience to hospital visitors, patients, and staff. 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. 

Volunteers must be dependable with the ability to be scheduled on a regular basis, physically demands the ability to stand for a period of time, must be friendly and outgoing. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application, attend new volunteer orientation and complete regulatory competency requirements, TB testing, drug screening and background check.  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.


Love Chapel**

Nearly 1,000 families each month benefit from the well-stocked pantry at Love Chapel located at 292 Center Street.  Volunteers make sure the facility is clean, sacks are sorted and folded, shelves stocked, trucks unloaded, bread sorted, guests greeted.

Many families and schools are also seeing the benefits of introducing community service into the lives of youth so that they can become caring and dedicated individuals.  We are making available summer hours to help fulfill this need.  Linda Brown will be providing jobs and mentoring to short term volunteers from 10-4:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.  She and other mentors will be available the 1st and 2nd Saturdays of each month from 9:00-noon, as well.  Please make arrangements several days in advance and contact Linda at americorp@columbuslovechapel.com or call 372-9421. Groups will be limited to 8 people. (one time opportunity)

Pantry shopper volunteer positions are needed that would assist individuals going through the pantry for food.  Must be 18 years of age and be able to be on feet for 3 hours at a time.  Commitment is once a month minimum.  If interested contact Jane Pettitt at volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com.

Other regular volunteers are also needed.  Most of our positions begin with learning about our organization by doing work in the warehouse and pantry, but may lead to more specific jobs such as data entry, in- take, greeting clients, answering phones and other office work.

Volunteer information sessions are held on a regular basis at 311 Center Street from 12:30 until 2:00. Mon-Sat from 9-noon for regularly scheduled volunteers; special hours for students and short term small groups:  Tues and Thurs 10am-4pm,  Saturdays 9-12am  Families, teens, small groups, all ages are needed at Love Chapel.  Please contact Jane Pettitt to make a reservation or an inquiry at volunteer@columbuslovechapel.com or call 812-372-9421.



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 bookbuddies@bcsc.k12.in.us or phone 812-376-4461.  One hour will change a life forever!


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.  No time is too little.  Without volunteers such as yourselves this project would not get done in a timely fashion. Thank you and if interested, please contact Dana Gunter or Stacy Kimmet at 812-376-9710.


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

C.A.R.E. currently houses some of their adoptable cats at the condos inside Petco. The cat facility at Petco is maintained solely by volunteers. We have one shift in the morning and afternoon every day. 14 volunteers are needed weekly to allow the program to run smoothly.  Volunteers are asked to commit to 1 shift weekly (Ex: every Monday morning). Duties include basic care- cleaning litter boxes, feeding, and watering, as well as playing/giving attention. Each shift is roughly 30-60 minutes to perform tasks.  If unable to commit to a regular weekly cleaning shift, we are also looking for individuals to act as a backup if the regular cleaner is unable to make their shift.  If interested please contact C.A.R.E. at: 812-344-4164, columbuscare@gmail.com

As a rescue group without a physical facility, we rely solely on foster homes. With a small supply of foster homes, we are limited to the number of animals we are able to help.  We are looking for volunteers to provide in-home care for dogs and cats in need until they are adopted. 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.  We do require that foster homes attend our monthly adoption events with their foster animal (the 3rd Sunday of the month at Petco). If unable to attend, we can arrange for someone to take them to Petco on your behalf.  The foster home will benefit by getting to experience working with different breeds/personalities, and the unconditional love that we know all animals provide.  If interested, we are happy to answer any questions: 812-344-4164, Columbuscare@gmail.com



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.  Just one hour per week during one or two semesters makes such a difference to our student’s future!  Tutors needed to provide instruction to students needing extra assistance in the areas of general study habits, language arts, life sciences, basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, calculus, and geometry.  iGrad Coaches can provide class material on most subjects.

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 develops important academic and life skills, exposes the student to new opportunities and a wide array of resources, 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.


Developmental Services Inc.**

Are you a great singer, can you play an instrument, are a great cook or just love the arts?  Do you also want to give back to the community?  You can do all this and more at DSI. Come volunteer your time at Developmental Services Inc., which serves a client base with various physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Come to our workshop and share your unique talents or share an activity such as singing, arts and crafts, gift making and more.  If you still 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. You would be helping us set up, call numbers and give out prizes to the winners!  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.


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.  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 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.


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 jeff@eastcc.org if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities with East Side Community Center.  

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 3:00- 4:00 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.  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.  

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.

Administrative Volunteers

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 cheryldwright@gmail.com or 812-447-3941 if you are interested in volunteering with us.


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