One of the perks of being retired includes having an abundance of spare time to do those things that you truly enjoy. Many organizations within the Columbus community are seeking volunteers to help in a variety of jobs that includes everything from working in gardens to animal care and tutoring students. Here is a sampling of our top choices for volunteer opportunities.
If gardening is one of your favorite passions and you do not mind getting a little dirty, you can work alongside horticulturalists at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Help staff with the tropical plant collections or lend a hand and get involved in park revitalization efforts. You can also help visitors by being an interpretive guide and give tours of the exhibitions.
Become an active volunteer at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center and support the staff in a variety of positions. Options include educational programs, working on the newsletter, helping at special events, and providing assistance with animal care. Welcome visitors as a greeter or become an Audubon Home Garden Interpreter.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomes volunteers to help staff in a variety of functions. Work within animal contact areas, or greet and educate visitors about conservation efforts. Work alongside staff within enclosure areas that include the tortoise yard, kangaroo walkabout, and watering hole. Volunteers can also work behind the scenes and help with administrative duties and clerical tasks.
Worthington Libraries offers a variety of ways for volunteers to help staff at one of their branch locations in the Columbus area. Options include tutoring students with homework at the Help Center and assisting staff with special events and programs. Volunteers can organize and shelve books and other materials or provide clerical support with data entry.
Share your time and talent by contributing to the community as a volunteer for the Ohio History Connection. You can assist staff with educational programs, administrative tasks, collections, exhibits, and work at special events. The rewards of volunteering include discount rates at the museum store and a free membership after 60 hours.
Volunteers can share their time and skills at the Columbus Museum of Art by assisting staff with fundraising, educational programs, and outreach functions. Other options include working as a docent gallery educator to give presentations and lectures. Volunteers also greet and guide visitors, and work on surveys.
The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) relies upon the talent and skills of its volunteers for support. Opportunities include assisting staff with clerical tasks, greeting visitors, and educating guests. The perks of volunteering for COSI include store and café discounts, free parking and admission, and the opportunity to meet others that share your passion for contributing to the community.
Retired seniors in the Columbus area that want to stay active have many options available to explore. Consider contributing to your community by becoming a volunteer and lending a helping hand.
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