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Last Updated 9/17/14

Volunteer with the Adult Day Services Fall Festival 9/19

Easter Seals Crossroads, an Indianapolis non-profit that provides services to children and adults with disabilities and special needs, is in need of volunteers to assist with the Adult Day Services Fall Festival on Friday, September 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Volunteers would be running games/activities, concession stands, and socializing with consumers. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Tessa Barnard at tbarnard@eastersealscrossroads.org.

Volunteer at Growing Places Indy 9/20

Join Growing Places Indy this Saturday, September 20   from 10AM-12PM at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center to help with weeding, pruning, planting, cultivating crops and other various garden tasks. There is also an optional free yoga class after the service project for any volunteers who are interested. Please contact   kate@growingplacesindy.org   if you are interested in participating.GermanFest 10/11

The Athenaeum is currently looking for assistance for our 6th annual GermanFest on October the 11, 2014. Times are available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteer positions available include Entry Gate Staff, Beer Games (Must be 21), Wiener Dog Race Assistants, Deadlift Competition Assistants, The Athenaeum Booth, Stage Assistants, Kids Area Helpers, Tapping the Beer (Must be 21), Event Day Logistics, Set Up and Tear Down. Email Sara Carolin at sara@athfound.org for more information.

Arthritis Foundation Silent Auction 10/25 

The Arthritis Foundation is holding their annual silent auction BoneBash event on October 25. The Arthritis Foundation is looking for about 40-50 volunteers in various roles. E-mail Katie at indyevents@arthritisheartland.org for more information. 

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 10/30-31

Easter Seals is looking for volunteers to help at the pre-race expo on October 30 & 31. As a reminder, expo volunteers may be preparing race packets, handing out packets to participants, switching race shirts for better sizes, and other duties as assigned by the IMM. Email Tessa Barnard for more information.

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.

AYS, Inc.

If you are interested in youth or education, AYS has a great opportunity for you! AYS is an organization that runs before and after school. We are located at IPS #43 (on 40th street). AYS is in need of after-school mentors/volunteers to help with homework, literacy, and other enrichment type activities for students K-6th grade. AYS is open 4-5:30pm Monday-Thursday. Volunteer times and days are flexible, all extra hands are appreciated! Email Sabaea Pipkin, site-director, or call 317-605-4595. 

Help Out the Local Girl Scout Troop

Troop Leader Julie Johnson for Troop #1004 at Christ the King School is looking for 1-2 students interestedin helping with her troop this year. The troop consists of girls 5-6th grade and there are about 19 girls. For anyone who is interested or wants more information, please contact Julie directly at julie3052@gmail.com or on her cell at 317-847-3052. Join us in our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place!

Become an AIM Mentor

Aftercare for Indiana Through Mentoring is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors for at-risk and justice involved youth. You can choose to work in the community or in a juvenile facility. Our volunteers commit to making a difference by mentoring a youth for 2 hours a week. Training and support is provided. The AIM Center is located within walking distance of the Butler campus. Contact Richard Garschina for more information, of find AIM on Facebook.

Volunteer with Easter Seals Parents' Night Out Program

Easter Seals Crossroads is looking for individuals who enjoy working with children and can maintain a safe, healthy environment for children with disabilities and special needs. Responsibilities would include facilitating activities, managing behaviors, preparing snacks and maintaining cleanliness. Previous experience in early childhood programs is preferred, but not required. To apply to help with this, click here.

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.

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

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

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

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.