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Legal Aid

Legal Aid is seeking volunteers who have office skills, people skills, and a desire to work with applicants who can help cover check-in, answer phones, pre-screen applicants and complete misc. office tasks. Legal knowledge is a plus!

Location: 1531 13th St., #G330, Columbus, IN

Hours: Tues 1-3pm, Wed 10am-12pm and Fri 10am-12pm

Time commitment: 2 hour shifts

Contact: Swaroopa Hurli at


Columbus Bike Co-Op

12 volunteers of all skill-levels including bike mechanics needed to help Earn-a-Bike participants build bikes, help people who come in to do repairs, fix shop bikes, scrap old bikes, be a greeter or a monitor during shop hours, and help with local events such as valet bike parking at the farmers market.

Location: 1531 13th St., #B100, Columbus, IN

Hours: Sun 2-5pm and Mon 4-7pm

Time commitment: 3 hours every month

Contact: Jamie Zobrist, Board President or Jessica Murnane, Volunteer Manager at


Community Center of Hope

2-3 Volunteers needed to assist clients in the Food Pantry, stock shelves and perform basic housekeeping duties.

Hours: Every Tuesday 8:00am-12pm

Time Commitment: 4 hours

Location: 543 Washington St., Hope, IN 47246

Contact: Ashley Mack at or 812-546-4499


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


Cummins Fuel Systems - 1460 N National Rd., Columbus, IN 47201

Salvation Army - 2525 Illinois Ave., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Amy Tompkins 812/372-7118,


Columbus Salvation Army

We are looking for volunteers to assist in our food pantry, sort and stock food, and janitorial needs

Time: Monday’s 9a-12p, Tuesday’s 2p-6p, Wednesday & Thursdays 9a-12p.

Time Commitment: 3 hours each month

Location: 2525 Illinois Ave., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Amy Tompkins 812-372-7118,


Developmental Services Inc.

Three volunteers to come and deep clean our kitchen that is used for cooking classes for clients.

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9-2:30 (anytime during these days/hours)

Time commitment: 3-4 hours

Location: 2920 10th St., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Ida Prange at 812-376-9404 ext. 139 


Family School Partners/Su Casa Columbus

Family School Partners is in need of volunteers to provide homework help for children ages Kindergarten through 8th grade in the Taylorsville area once a week.  This is open while school is in session. We need volunteers that are good with math and reading skills.

Dates of Project: Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm and Thursdays from 3pm to 4pm

Time Commitment: 1 hour once a week and up to 2 hours per week

Location: Tuesdays are at the Driftside Clubhouse; Thurdsay are are at Heritage Heights

Contact: Arriann Custer at or at 812-376-4387


Horizon House

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

Location: 724 Chestnut St. #6346, Columbus, IN 47201

Contact:  Michele Lee, , 812-372-8407                         


Love Chapel

This food pantry serves more than 4,000 Bartholomew County residents each month.  Volunteers are needed to help with donation pickups, janitorial, food stocking and sorting, client intake and pantry shopping, information and technology, warehouse host, and other areas of the nonprofit outreach. 

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.

Location: 311 Center St., Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Janice Kotnik at 812-372-9421 or


Love Chapel Hot Meal Sites

Volunteers are needed to serve and if desired, provide additional supplies

Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church:  Sun 5 - 6pm

1306 27th St, Columbus, IN 47201


First United Methodist Church:  Mon 5 - 6pm

618 8th St, Columbus, IN 47201


Hope Moravian Church:  Mon 5 - 6pm

202 Main St, Hope, IN 47246


Love Chapel Food Pantry:  Tues 5 - 6pm

311 Center St, Columbus, IN 47201


Love Chapel Food Pantry:  Wed 5 - 6pm

311 Center St, Columbus, IN 47201


Salavation Army: Thur 4:30 - 5pm

2525 Illinois Ave, Columbus, IN 47201


First Presbyterian Church:  Fri 5 - 6pm

512 7th St, Columbus, IN 47201


Columbus Baptist Church:  4th Friday 6 - 7pm

4821 US-31, Columbus, IN 47201


First Christian Church:  Sat 4 - 5pm except the 3rd Sat

531 5th St, Columbus, IN 47201


Ogilville Christian Church:  2nd Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm

7891 W 450 S, Columbus, IN 47201


Second Baptist Church:  3rd Saturday 4 - 5pm

1325 10th St, Columbus, IN 47201


Contact:   Janice Kotnik at 812-372-9421 or


San Souci

Sorting donations, hanging clothing, pricing items

Needed: Groups of (up to) 10 volunteers for each shift in AM and PM, individuals encouraged to sign up as well

Location: 1526 13th St, Columbus, IN 47201

Hours and Time Commitment: 8am - 12pm or 1pm - 5pm

Contact: Gayatri, 812-372-3419,


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 Opportunities include helping with office clerical tasks (filing, copying, data entry and making phone calls). Times and days are flexible with the volunteer’s schedule. Hours: 1-2 hours/week.

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

Contact:  Kashmira Mehta 812-372-6918 or


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

Location: 421, McClure Road, Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Kashmira Mehta 812-372-6918 or


Thrive Alliance

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            

Location:  646 Franklin Street, Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Kashmira Mehta 812-372-6918 or



Health (Social-Emotional)


Turning Point

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

Ongoing and immediate opportunities:

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

Weekly 90-minute Childcare – treating the children with 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, 812-657-1304


Mill Race Center

Volunteers needed for front desk operations.

Location: 900 Lindsey St, Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Kelly Staley at or 812-376-9241



Bartholomew Historical Society

Group tours; Historic Home Tour, Christmas, Threshing  and Spring on Breeding Farm; fundraising events; clerical support; maintenance at the Museum and Breeding Farm; gardeners; collections management; maintaining artifacts and researching items; genealogy research. 

Location: 524 Third Street, Columbus, In 47201

Time: 2-3 hours/week. Tues-Thursday 10am-12pm, 1pm-4pm.

Contact: Diane Robbins at 812-372-3541 or


Columbus Animal Care Services

Volunteers are needed for tasks such as walking dogs, socializing cats, occasional drives to rescues, cleaning, special events and larger projects throughout the year such as gardening, mulching etc.  Mid-day volunteers especially needed.

Location: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-12. Closed Thursdays, Sundays and Holidays

Time commitment: Varies, two hour time periods are typical

Contact:  Alyssia Burriss, 812-376-2505 for ongoing volunteer options, Nicohl Birdwell Goodin for periodic projects and special events-


Columbus Animal Care Services

Immediate need for 2 groups, could be same group of 8-10 volunteers, to do yard work (weeding, mulching of paths & flower beds)

Dates of Project:  As soon as possible with 2 days notice for the mulch to be ordered and delivered in time

Location: 2730 Arnold Street

Hours and Time Commitment: We are open 10-5 -- someone is here by 7am so early birds could start then, time commitment depends on group size.



Orphan Grain Train


Time: Thursdays, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

Location: OGT Warehouse, 209 Jackson St. Jonesville, IN 

Contact: Gene Ernst at 812-405-2045 or


Orphan Grain Train

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

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

Location: 209 Jackson St., Jonesville, IN 47247

Contact:  Gene Ernst at 812-405-2045 or