Immediate Volunteer Opportunities


(NOTE:  This section lists volunteer projects that a volunteer can simply jump in after scheduling with the contact listed with no long-term commitment)


Columbus Youth Camp

CYC is seeking Specialty Camp Volunteers for CYC specialty camps; background check required, opportunities range from guest speaker to full week volunteer.

Location: Columbus Youth Camp 12454 W. Youth Camp Rd. Columbus, IN 47201

Dates of Project: Rustic Maker Space June 24-28; Bike Camp July 1-5, Adventure Camp July 8-12, Arts & Crafts Camp July 22-26, Engine Camp July 29 - August 2

Time Commitment: Wide range of opportunities

Contact: Brian Cain at 812-348-4558, ext. 402


Columbus Youth Camp

CYC is seeking volunteers for group projects.

Location: Columbus Youth Camp 12454 W. Youth Camp Rd. Columbus, IN 47201

Dates of Project: March 29, April 26, May 31, August 23, September 27, October 25

Time Commitment: 8AM-12PM or 1PM-5PM 

Contact: Brian Cain at 812-348-4558, ext. 402


Best Buddies Indiana

Best Buddies Indiana has ongoing and immediate need for volunteer leaders for advisory board and planning committee positions who have a passion for our mission of inclusion. Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Location: Most meetings take place near the Castleton/Indianapolis area

Hours and Time Commitment: Most meetings take place 6pm weekdays.  Other time commitment is flexible and variable.

Contact: Natalie Seibert at 317-436-8440 ext. 41or natalieseibert@best


Come join us and volunteer at our 16th annual fundraiser, Carnival. This year's theme will be Carnival -Spain. Must be at least 21 years of age.

Where: Kidscommons, 309 Washington St., Columbus

When: Saturday, February 9th from 6:30 P.M to 11:30 P.M.

Contact: Cher Watkins, Administrative Specialist at or at 812-378-3046


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)

Contact:  Anne Courtney, 812-379-9844 or


Foundation for Youth- Bowl for Kids' Sake

Bowl for Kids' Sake Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bartholomew County - Help make this huge party even more fun by volunteering! Multiple opportunities to volunteer that fit your schedule. Visit for more information.

Where: Columbus Bowling Center

When: March 2 & 3 (hours and time committment will vary)

Contact: Tim Green at 812-348-4558 or


Columbus Indiana Philharmonic

The CIP needs your help in making this year's Bourbonfest fundraiser better than ever! Each volunteer will get entry into the event, 3 free bourbon samples, a commemorative shot glass, & a free event t-shirt!

Note: must be 21 or older and available to pick up your volunteer packet the week of Feb 18.

Location: The Commons, Columbus, Indiana Hours 

Time Commitment: Time slots from 10 am - 6 pm

Contact: Kristen Goecker, 812-376-2637x1,


United Way 211

Volunteers needed to assist clients with scheduling appointments for income tax preparation.

Where: United Way, 1304 Hutchins Ave.

Time: Tuesday, January 22nd through Friday, April 12th, Shifts vary but typically are 1.5 to 2 hours

Contact: Dede Parker at 812-417-7908 or


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. 

Where: 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 Firemans Cheerfund

The Cheerfund provides a box of toys at Christmas time for approx. 1200 children annually.  Volunteers are needed to sort new and gently used toys, preparing, boxing up, distributing and transporting toys to families.

Where: 1531 13th St, United Way Doug Otto Center


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

Contact: Ashley Mack at or 812-546-4499


Columbus Youth Camp

Groups of volunteers needed to chop firewood, clear trails, landscape, paint and clean cabins. Projects vary by season.

Hours: vary by project

Time commitment: flexible

Contact: Brian Cain at or 812-371-4031


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.

Hours: 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 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

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.

Contact: Amy Tompkins 812/372-7118,

Time Commitment: 3 hours each month


Columbus Indiana Philharmonic*

Volunteers are needed for concerts at Columbus North High School.

Dates: 2019, February 2, March 2, April 20.

Time: 7:30 pm

Volunteers would be needed to:

1 .Pass out program books.

2. Usher people to their seats and provide assistance as needed.

3. Check coats both before and after concerts.

Volunteers would then be entitled to stay and listen to the concert for which they are volunteering.

For additional dates for volunteer opportunities go to:

Contact:  Margaret Powers at or 812-376-2638 x2


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

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


Horizon House

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

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.

Contact: Janice Kotnik at 812-372-9421 or


Love Chapel Hot Meal Sites

Volunteers are needed to serve and if desired, additional supplies

Saint Bartholomew Catholoic Church:  Sun 5 - 6pm

First United Methodist Church:  Mon 5 - 6pm

Hope Moravian Church:  Mon 5 - 6pm

Love Chapel Food Pantry:  Tues 5 - 6pm

Love Chapel Food Pantry:  Wed 5 - 6pm

Salavation Army: Thur 4:30 - 5pm

First Presbyterian Church:  Fri 5 - 6pm

Columbus Baptist Church:  4th Friday 6 - 7pm

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

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

Second Baptist Church:  3rd Saturday 4 - 5pm

Contact:   Janice Kotnik at 812-372-9421 or


Mill Race Center

Volunteers needed for front desk operations.

Where: 900 Lindsey St, Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Kelly Staley at or 812-376-9241


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

Contact:  Gene Ernst at 812-405-2045 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.

Where: 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

Where: 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            

Where:  646 Franklin Street, Columbus, IN 47201

Contact: Kashmira Mehta 812-372-6918 or


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