Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

United Way fights for the opportunities of every person in the areas of education, financial stability and health. 
communities thrive when individuals are healthy, strong and self-sufficient. 
(Note:  This section lists volunteer projects with a level of volunteer commitment:  training, background checks, and/or long-term commitment)



Book Buddies Program

Volunteers are needed an hour a week to listen to a child's reading in BCSC's 11 public elementary schools. A one-hour training session and background check is provided. An hour a week can change a life forever.

Date: Academic School Year

Location: Will depend on school placement

Contact: Debbie Lindauer   812-376-4461 or


Columbus Youth Camp

Maintenance (painting, cleaning, projects as needed); Trail work (cleaning, cutting new trails)

Date of Project: Ongoing

Location: 12454 W. Youth Camp Rd. 

Hours and Time Commitment: Half-day or full day

 Contact: Alyssa Devonish or 812-348-4458 ex. 211


Community Education Coalition

Latino Mentor Program seeks to engage adults in our community to serve as volunteer mentors that work with Latino students (Juniors & Seniors): Support Latino students in completing high school successfully and assist students and their families to understand and support the college-entry process.  Community volunteers must complete an application and pass a criminal background check.

Dates of Project: You can pick one day from Monday-Friday

Location: Columbus North High School, Columbus East High School and CSA New Tech 

Hours and Time Commitment: 2 hours per month 

Contact: Luz Elena Michel, 812-314-8636;


Foundation for Youth - Basketball Coaches, Asst. Coaches, & Scorekeepers*

Do you love basketball?  Interested in mentoring our youth grades K - 12?  We need you!  Basketball at FFY teach kids the fundamentals of the game, the importance of teamwork, & the value of good sportsmanship, life skill lessons that stick with them for years to come.  Be a positive influence, and volunteer!  All volunteers must be screened and background checked prior to volunteering.

Hours: 2 hours, 2 times/week M-F

Location: 405 Hope Ave., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Alyssa Devonish or 812-348-4458 ex. 211


Foundation for Youth- Boys and Girls Club- Stem Teacher

Boys and Girls Club is seeking volunteers with a background in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics to be part of a team to teach STEM to K-6th graders. Collaborate and help develop the lessons to be presented throughout the school year. Share your excitement about STEM to the youth of Columbus and open the doors to endless possibilities. All volunteers must be screened and a background check ran prior to volunteering.

Hours: 1 hour or more. Afterschool- M-F 3pm-6pm and/or school breaks M-F 8am-6pm

Location: 405 Hope Ave., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Alyssa Devonish or 812-348-4458 ex. 211


Foundation for Youth - Boys & Girls Club- Role Models

Volunteers are needed daily to be positive adult role models and interact with our youth. Volunteers are welcome to join in a game of pool, help with an art activity, shoot hoops, help with homework and reading or just sit and talk with our members. All volunteers must be screened and a background check ran prior to volunteering.

Hours: 2 hours or more: Afterschool M – F 2:45p – 6p, Holidays & School Breaks: M– F 8a - 6p

Location: 405 Hope Ave., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Alyssa Devonish or 812-348-4458 ex. 211


Foundation for Youth Big Brothers Big Sisters

Looking to make a BIG difference? Volunteers are needed for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Be matched with a youth in our community for mentoring. Little kids are ready to be matched and waiting for volunteers with big hearts.

Contact: Alyssa Devonish or 812-348-4458 ex. 211



iGrad is an intervention program designed to help students in grades 8-12 who are at risk of not graduating from high school.

Graduation Coaches work with the students to overcome barriers to success. These students may request community volunteer tutors and mentors.

Date of Project: Ongoing

Location: Columbus  North, Columbus East, CSA New Tech, Hauser High School, Central Middle, Northside Middle

Time and Commitment: 1 hour/week, during school hours

Contact: Jennifer Steadman Ryan, 812-374-5265;



Volunteers needed to mentor and/or tutor students in grades 8th through 12th. Mentors help to ensure students make positive life choices, stay in school, and graduate with a life-plan or pursuing post-secondary education. Tutors help students in a specific academic area most often during the school day. Complete an application, pass a criminal background check, complete an interview with iGrad and complete a basic orientation/training with iGrad.

Online Volunteer Application

Contact: Jennifer Steadman Ryan,




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 needed for Museum Floor, Special Events, School Outreach, Educational Support, or Administrative.

For current event volunteer opportunities, visit or

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)

Location: 6743, 309 Washington St., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Cheryl Watkins at


McDowell Education Center

Volunteer tutors needed to work with struggling adult readers.  High school students are welcome and although most of our volunteers focus on reading, a need for math, science, and/or tutors for English language learners are also needed. 

Hours: Anytime between 8 am to 8 pm.

Volunteers needed for office support:  Hours: Monday or Wednesday 8:45am-2:45pm

Location: 2700 McKinley Ave., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact:  Michelle Newland, 812-371-9999,


Financial Stability

Love Chapel – Brighter Day Housing Facility

Unlimited volunteers needed to supervise residents staying at the facility.  Staff will be accompanying volunteers as well.

Hours: 24/7 variety of times - 4 hour shifts.

Time commitment:  4 hours per month minimum

Location: 421 S Mapleton St., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 812-343-3038 or


Thrive Alliance  

Seeking volunteers for VASIA program (Volunteer Advocates for seniors and Incapacitated Adults). The VASIA Program recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to provide support and advocacy to those who are unable to care for themselves.  The program further enhances individuals’ quality of life by making decisions on their behalf that reflect, to the maximum degree possible, their own life choices and preferences. For more information,

Contact: Kashmira Mehta 812-372-6918 or


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 will be provided.

Hours: 2 hours/week.

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

Contact: Kashmira Mehta at 812-372-6918 or email at


Thrive Alliance - Spanish Translator

We are in need of a Spanish translator who can help the 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.

Hours: Flexible time - 30- 45 minutes.

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

Contact: Kashmira Mehta, 812 372 6918 or email at


Thrive Alliance - SMP Outreach Educator

Senior Medicare Patrol volunteers 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.

Contact: Kashmira Mehta at 812-372-6918 or email at


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.

Time: 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.

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

Contact: Kashmira Mehta at 812-372-6918 or email at


Thrive Alliance - Working w/ Young Children & Parents

We have 77 children under age 13 currently living at Cambridge Sq. Apartments. They are not all together at the same time due to after school tutoring. So small group activities are possible (toddlers. Pre-K, grade school).

Story time-We love guest readers and especially if you dress as characters!

Games, crafts, indoor/ outdoor activities. We have a very nice playground & lots of sidewalk surrounding the whole property, and small empty field for activities.

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

Contact: Kashmira Mehta at 812 372 6918 or


Thrive Alliance - Working w/ Teens

Teen Talk group meets once a week at 4:30pm (when school is in session) or 1:00pm (when school is not in session).  Adults who would like to demonstrate a youth-related hobby or activity are welcome. They should be interested in sports, crafts/ art work, any hands-on activities or games.

Volunteers provide snacks/ drinks, prizes, incentives for teens who attend group.

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

Contact: Kashmira Mehta at 812 372 6918 or


United Way - Financial Literacy Coalition

In need of 2 additional members to join the website team supporting community Financial Literacy Coalition. This will be an ongoing volunteer position with a commitment of 1 time per month. 

Location: 1304 Hutchins Ave., Columbus, IN 47201

Skills Needed: Experience in website development, IT knowledge, financial literacy knowledge

Contact: Al Furlani 




Advocates for Children

Become a CASA volunteer! Children who have been victims of abuse and neglect need more help than the system can provide. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, you will fight for their rights to grow, to learn and to be treated with dignity and respect.

When: Immediate and ongoing

Location: Bartholomew, Jennings, and Decatur Counties

Contact: Grace Kestler at (812) 372-2808 or



American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is looking for a Volunteer Engagement Lead for our Operations volunteers. This volunteer will oversee the volunteer experience for this team. Practice or build skills in leadership, communication, and team building.

Location: Bartholomew County

Hours and Time Commitment: 10 hours per Month

Special Skills: Computer/Technology Skills a Plus

Contact: Red Cross Recruitment Team at or call 317-886-8508


Columbus Parks and Recreation Foundation

Ongoing opportunties for trail and park clean-ups.

Location: All city parks and Parks Department facilities

Hours and Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Stacey Findley at or 812-375-2957


Columbus Regional Health Volunteer Services

We have volunteer positions open in multiple areas, including CRH Physicians practices, hospital visitor reception areas, Gift Shop, Information Desk and more.

Location: Columbus Regional Health


Hours and Time Commitment: Shifts and hours vary depending on the service area.

Contact: Mary Campbell at or Mary Mathew at

Phone: 812-376-5305


Family Service

Family Service needs knitters to knit purple hats for the purple hat project.

To find the pattern for infant purple hats visit Before making hats please check  in with Lisa to get the exact size needed. This campaign brings awareness of shaken baby/abuse head trauma prevention.

Location: Drop off completed hats to Family Service, Inc located in the United Way building

Hours and Time Commitment: Ongoing


Just Friends Adult Day Services

Volunteers needed to function as either Senior Companion (assisting participants with activities, conversation and games) or Walking Coach (willing to walk with participants within Mill Race Center) during inclement weather and outside the facility in nice weather.

Volunteers needed to tend to the garden.

Time: Anytime during open hours 7:30am - 5:30pm, Monday-Friday in 1-2 hour sessions.

Location: 900 Lindsey St., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact:  Executive Director at or 812-372-6415


National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

We are 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: Amanda Davidson ,812-342-4220,  


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


State Street Area Association

Greeter and Resource Referral

Dates of Project: Ongoing

Location: America and Roby Anderson Community Center - 421 McClure Rd., Columbus, IN 47201

Hours and Time Commitment: Tuesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm



Turning Point

Turning Point's mission is to work toward the prevention and elimination of domestic and dating violence.

Ongoing and immediate opportunities:

Cleaning - We are looking for small groups (but not limited to groups) who can clean our common areas, common bathrooms, kitchen, refrigerators, etc. for 2-4 hours on a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis. 

Volunteer Handyman - to join the other volunteer handymen in repairing and maintaining the shelter and office

90-minute Childcare – treating the children with 90 mins. of time to play, do crafts, or read with an attentive adult (while giving the mom a much needed break)

Location: 1531 13th St., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact:  Dede Parker at or at 812-657-1304






Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum

Museum Docents needed - Greet visitors, help with tours, provide information on history of the former air base, work on displays, assist with cataloging artifacts & books.

Date: Ongoing - Members meet at the museum at 10AM each Tuesday

Location: 4742 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus, IN (At Columbus Municipal Airport) 

Hours and TIme Commitment: Operating hours: 10AM-4PM Tuesday-Saturday. Time Commitment: Flexible - 3 to 6 or more hours per week.

Contact: Nick Firestone at 812-371-0369 or


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

Animal rescue needs loving volunteer foster homes for dogs and cats - help us save local animals!

CARE provides all medical care, food, litter, and supplies - you provide the shelter, care and loving home on their wat to their fur-ever home!

Dates of Project: Ongoing and Urgent 

Location: In the comfort of your own home

Hours and Time Commitment: Daily Commitment for Care of Foster Animal 




Volunteers who are interested in helping start-up businesses or coaching existing businesses. A background in business and/or a related field, (e.g. legal, accounting, banking, manufacturing, retail, technology, etc.) a plus. 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



Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators is a non-profit wildlife conservation and education organization in existence for 15 years focused on native Indiana wildlife.

1-2 volunteers needed for feeding and treating native species and the cleaning of animal enclosures each Wed, 10:30am to 2:00pm (possibly other days). Assist with preparation of educational programs as necessary. Light grounds and facilities maintenance. Some moderate lifting, bending and stooping. Must be willing to work in "barnlike conditions".

Great hands-on learning opportunity for ages 16 and older. Please provide a brief written summary or outline of your background.

Location: 18300 E County Rd 200 N Hope, IN 47246 or 812-546-6318

*Volunteer position is open to teen students, please confirm details by calling the contact listed.