Substance abuse group looking for volunteers

The Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County is looking for many volunteers with a variety of skill levels to help staff the group’s Hub.

Tracey Clark, the volunteer services manager for ASAP, explains that they need people to volunteer for positions ranging from front desk reception, to life skills educators and recovery coaches.

Some of those volunteer roles will require special skills, she said.

They are also looking for anyone who can donate time, she said.

The Hub will be a centralized location where people who need to get into recovery from drug addiction can go to start the treatment process and to get directed to the services they need. It will be opening in the Doug Otto United Way Center building on 13th Street in August, organizers estimate.

ASAP is an alliance formed two years ago between Bartholomew County, Columbus and Columbus Regional Healthy. Its efforts are largely funded by income tax revenue. Saving money is a key to the need for volunteers, Clark said.  The Hub will only have three paid positions — an director, volunteer organizer and health care navigator.

Clark says she will be keeping close track of volunteer hours to chronicle the impact they make.

They are having a volunteer recruiting drive and information session  this morning at 11 a.m. at the Community Church of Columbus on Marr Road. Other recruiting drives are taking place later this month including:

  • Tuesday July 16th, 6 p.m. at Faith, Hope and Love Church of God in Christ on East State Road 7 in Elizabethtown.
  • Monday, July 22nd, 3 p.m. at Bartholomew County Public Library Red Room, on Fifth Street.

For more information, you can call 812-375-2734 or email Clark at