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Last Updated 7/29/14

Santa Hustle Indianapolis 5K and Half Marathon 12/21

The Santa Hustle Series is a unique running event consisting of a 5k and half-marathon, where each participant receives a Santa hat, a beard and a Santa themed custom sweatshirt. This year the Santa Hustle Indianapolis 5K and Half Marathon will take place on December 21st at White River State Park the race will begin at 9:00am. Volunteers have a chance to be the elves of the race getting a hat and shirt that they can wear while lending a helping hand. If you are interested in helping out or would just like more information, contact Hanna Anderson at 847-829-4536 or via email at handerson@articulatepromotions.com.

North United Methodist Church

North UMC needs volunteers to work the front desk as support and hospitality throughout the week. Office hours are 8:30 - 4:30 Monday - Thursday and 8:30 - 4:00 on Friday. At a minimum we strive to have someone there through the lunch hour, which is 11:30 - 1:00 - possibly stretching that by ½ hour on each end of that time frame. Students looking to fill required volunteer service hours with a genuine learning experience helping at our desk could be ideal. Scheduling is flexible. For more information contact Julie O'Connor at 317-924-2612 x 44 or by email at joconnor@northchurchindy.com

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

MADD is looking for students who are interested in volunteering by assisting survivors at Victim Impact Panels. The areas of experience would include exposure to the fields of law, criminal justice and social work. Contact Lael Hill at lael.hill@madd.org.

Get a job with AmeriCorp's VISTA Program

VISTA, Volunteers In Service To America, is a branch of AmeriCorps where volunteers work in administration of non-profits to assist with capacity and programming rather than direct service. VISTA is unique in its focus on combating poverty.  It is an ideal opportunity for a recent college grad who is looking to have a year of service before starting an additional degree or entering the workforce, click here to learn more. Two jobs are available, an Associate for Development and Assistant Program Evaluation. Click on the titles to learn more about the opportunities or email Mary Boyer for more information.

Volunteer by Playing Piano 

Tangram supports people with disabilities by designing services to meet their specific needs and desires, and is looking for a piano player with moderate skills to help with our newly-formed choir for individuals with disabilities. The piano player will work with the choir director to plan for choir practices and will assist the choir director during each choir practice and any performances. The choir will meet every other Tuesday, possibly shifting to every Tuesday after the first few practices, from 6:30-7:30pm at the Tangram main office (located at 52nd and Keystone). Volunteer is required to go through volunteer training and orientation, plus a background check and drug screen. Contact Lindsey Hill for more information.

Apply for an Internship with the United Way

The United Way of Central Indiana is now accepting applications for the position of a part-time intern for their Boone Country Back Pack Attack program. All applicants must have a minimum of two years college education. Responsibilities for the internship include handling the logistics, communication needs, and documentation to ensure the collection and distribution of new school supplies to low income families in Boone County at the Back Pack event in August 2014.To apply, please visit: www.uwci.org.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Opportunities

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is in need of volunteers for several events during their season. For a list of all their events, such as Symphony on the Prairie, and to sign up to volunteer, please visit the volunteer web portal.

Girl Scout Troop Leader for Broad Ripple High School

The Broad Ripple area is in need of a volunteer Girl Scout leader to lead a High Adventure troop at Broad Ripple High School. The girls will range from 8th to 12th grade. Girls at Broad Ripple High School are interested in being involved in a troop that incorporates high adventure activities, such as horse-back riding, hiking, camping, with the girl-led structure of Girl Scouts. The leadership role does not have to be limited to one person. If interested in learning more about this leadership opportunity, please contact Hannah Croucher at hcroucher@girlscoutsindiana.org or by phone at (317) 924-6819.

Become a Mentor at Louis B. Russell Jr. Elementary School

Louis B. Russell Jr. Elementary School is recruiting mentors for 5th and 6th grade students. The mentoring program is designed to focus on decreasing the prevalence and effects of bullying, while exemplifying positive social skills.  Volunteers are needed who can commit one hour weekly or bi-weekly during the remaining 2013-2014 academic year. The mentoring program will take place Monday's and Thursday's from 1:30 PM to 2:15 PM. To volunteer or request more information, please contact Monica De La Paz at (317) 226-4248 or delapazm@ips.k12.in.us.  

Tutoring with The United Way

Did you know that two thirds of Indiana fourth graders aren't reading at their grade level? The United Way of Central Indiana's ReadUP Tutor program pairs volunteers with 3rd and 4th graders to help increase their literacy skills through one-on-one interaction, preparing them for future academic success. The United Way is looking for volunteers who can spend one hour a week on Tuesday's, Wednesday's, or Thursday's reading with third and fourth grade students. For more information, please visit www.readtutormentor.org or call (317) 925-READ

Coburn Place Volunteer Opportunities

Coburn Place is the largest and most comprehensive transitional housing program in Greater Indianapolis specifically designed to meet the wide-ranging needs of domestic violence survivors and their children. Their model is rooted in a deep understanding of the emotional and psychological needs that victims face as they leave their abuser. The Coburn Place is looking for several volunteers to help in a variety of flexible roles including: Spanish Translator, Sewing Instructor, Youth Tutoring, Art Therapy, Piano Teacher, and Front Desk and Donation Assistants. If interested in learning more, please contact Leanna Schaub at leanne@coburnplace.org or (317) 923-5750

Tutoring at the Excel Center

The Excel Center is an adult charter high school here in Indianapolis that includes students ages 18 and up, that were not able to complete high school as minors due to a variety of barriers. They are in need of tutors to help enhance their students' skills in subjects including: Remediation Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry. Volunteers would need to go the the Excel Center at least once a week during their eight week term. For more information, please contact DeAnn Day at dday@excelcenter.org or (317) 524- 4416.

Become a Girl Scout Troop Leader

The Girl Scouts work to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana makes it easy, meaningful, and fun for girl scouts and volunteers to grow as leaders. Volunteers will be paired with either an already established troop at a school in the area, to help structure and plan activities, or help lead a new troop that is being formed. Depending on your availability, the time commitment is flexible and varies from troop to troop. For more information, please contact Hannah Croucher at at (317) 417-9245 or hcroucher@girlscoutsindiana.org

Intern with Carel Associates

Carel Associates, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to helping youth fulfill their potential as individuals, community members, and contributing citizens. Carel provides three customized educational programs to public high schools, churches, businesses, and social organizations. The programs are designed to encourage students to stay in school, graduate, and then pursue a post-secondary education. They are looking for four college student interns who will oversee and provide leadership and organizational skills to the local, Indiana, high school chapters and programs. These interns will also have the opportunity to serve on Carel's Board of Directors. Please contact William Carter at (317) 858-1663 or wcarter@carelassociates.com for more information.

Become a Peer Educator with HURU

HURU is a multi-media tobacco education program offered to local middle schools. They are looking for passionate, college students interested in educating Central Indiana's youth about tobacco and creating a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please contact Rachel Pitto at  rpitto@imail.iu.edu or (317) 507-1097

Assist as a Troop Leader for Girl Scouts

Looking for a great service learning opportunity? The Daisy Scout troop at IPS School 91 is looking for one or two students to assist in co-leading a troop of 10 first graders.  Students must be available to attend biweekly meetings. If interested, please contact Tamara Leech  for information at tleech@iupui.edu or (317) 278-5204

Tutoring at Asian Help Services

Asian Help Services is a non-profit organization that assists immigrants, refugees, students, visitors, and families during their stay in Central Indiana. Volunteers are needed to assist in teaching English to the students, who already have an introduction to the English language. The time commitment involves sessions once or twice a week from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. For more information, please contact Sungboon Baikat at (317)924-4827

Institute for Study Abroad

The Institute for Study Abroad, an independent non-profit organization affiliated with Butler University, is seeking a Butler University student to help out with administrative/clerical office duties for approximately three to five hours per week on a volunteer basis. As a volunteer, valuable professional work skills will be gained, including networking opportunities and working at one of the largest study abroad providers in the country. In addition, volunteers may be able to attend select program advisor meetings to keep informed of the latest happenings in study abroad and the countries where the Institute for Study Abroad has programs. The position will require tasks, such as filing, photocopying and scanning applications, organizing files, and processing mail. If interested in this volunteer position, please submit your cover letter, resume and days/times you would be available for the current semester to Emily Beck at ebeck@ifsa-butler.org

Mentor for Ladies Under Construction

Ladies Under Construction is an organization that builds girls' faith in themselves and empowers them to grow into strong, powerful, and empowered young women. They discuss life issues such as faith, family, personal motivation, as well as many other life skills needed to deal with the challenges and obstacles in one's life. Ladies Under Construction is looking for both male and female mentors for summer. For more information, please contact Aleanya Moore at ladiesunderconstruction@gmail.com.