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2019 Jamaica Spring Break Service Trip - Intercollegiate YMCA

Background: Since 2002, the Intercollegiate YMCA has been traveling to Mandeville, Jamaica to serve the people of Jamaica and the children at the Hanbury Home.  The trip was created to provide students an opportunity to take part in a unique spring break experience that would give them the opportunity to serve and take part in an experience that would not only impact those served but the students attending.  We have developed close relationships with many individuals in Jamaica which makes our travel safe and comfortable while we are there.  Since our first trip we have taken over 650 students and served over 1,200 individuals in Jamaica. 
Our mission: Our goal is to help at both the Moorlands Camp, where we will be staying, and Hanbury Home, which is a children’s home sponsored by the Salvation army, with anything they may need done. We will also have time to interact and play with the kids, so prepare to meet some pretty amazing people!
Our Schedule: We will be departing from the Indianapolis International Airport on Friday, March 8th and then returning Thursday, March 14th. Below is a rough itinerary for the trip that may be subject to change. You will receive a detailed itinerary along with more trip information during our pre-trip meeting (more info on meeting date/time TBA.)

Friday, March 8th - (Travel Day) Depart from Indianapolis International Airport
Saturday, March 9th - Work day then spending time at Hanbury Home Orphanage  
Sunday, March 10th - Partial work day with cultural experience option  
Monday, March 11th - Work day
Tuesday, March 12th - Free day to Negril  
Wednesday, March 13th - Work day
Thursday, March 14th - (Travel Day) Depart from Montego Bay International Airport

Note: Accommodations will be made for students participating since dates do not fully line up with Butler's schedule. For more information contact Ashleigh at the email below.
Accommodations: We will be staying at Moorlands Camp in Mandeville, which is about a three hour bus ride from Montego Bay.  The facility is a non-denominational, non-profit Christian camp that is a residential camp for youth during the summer. Beds are provided but you will need to provide your own bedding: sheets, pillows, blankets, etc. There are showers around the dorms. All meals will be provided except lunch on our free day, however if you have food allergies please make the leader aware so we can work on additional accommodations. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the camp and they will also supply us with food to pack for lunches while we are working on the projects.
Cost and Registration: The cost is $1,200 per person and that covers: flight, transportation all week, room and board, all meals except lunch on our free day, and supplies for projects. A deposit of $500 is due by December 10th, and the final payment will be due by February 15th.  Scholarships and payment plans are available if needed – please contact Ashleigh Coster for more information on these options.  More information will also be included in your trip packet. To register for this amazing service trip opportunity, please follow this link and register ASAP to reserve your spot!  Spots are limited and on a first come, first serve basis. 
Questions: Please contact Ashleigh Coster for questions at



Winter Contingency +Interfaith Emergency Winter Shelter

Winter Contingency (Indianapolis program) and Interfaith Emergency Winter Shelter (Bloomington program) have begun. This is the time of year from November 1- March 31 when increasingly high numbers of men, women and children come to Wheeler desperately seeking shelter and help. Our staff and volunteers prepare for the increased numbers by making extra meals, setting out cots and sleeping mats, and mentally (and spiritually) preparing for these large numbers. Volunteers are needed to help spread the love of Jesus to these neighbors. We need people to PRAY, we need people to GIVE, and we need people to SERVE. For more information on how you can get involved, email


Building for Change

Wheeler celebrated 125 years of service to central Indiana last month! As you may have seen on TV, social media, billboards, and more - we are running out of room at our Center for Women & Children. Nearly each night of the year, we have to sleep women and children on the floor of our gymnasium because our beds are already full - and that doesn't include the 700 calls each month where we are unable to meet shelter requests due to capacity. This has got to change, so we are building for change. To find out more about how you can help us expand and enhance our services to women and children, please view our site. 


Immediate and Ongoing Needs

With additional people comes the need for additional supplies. Our website,, has a current list of our most urgent needs. We have conveniently included our Amazon Wish List so that you can select, purchase and ship the items directly to the Shelter location that has requested the item. If you have gently used items to donate, the website also lists the donation drop off barns that are located throughout the city or you can drop them off at any of our Shelters. 




MLK/Riverside City Life

Looking for faith based service? The Central Indiana Youth for Christ is seeking volunteers on Monday's from 12:30–1:35 PM and 3:30–5:00 PM, and Fridays from 7:00–9:00 PM. You can act as a mentor for an individual student or engage students in recreational activities, group games and small group discussions. For more information contact Jamarius Burnside or visit their website here


The Salvation Army Eagle Creek

Salvation Army Eagle Creek is seeking volunteers that have a passion for youth, education, recreation, and sports. Ongoing opportunities will be available to tutor and play games during our after-school program as well as coach our youth sports teams! If you want to help youth in a fun environment, this is the place for you! If interested in volunteering with Salvation Army Eagle Creek please contact Ryan Mathews, or visit their website,, for more information.


Heritage Place of Indianapolis Inc.

Heritage Place is looking for both short- and long-term volunteers. Volunteering can be one-time or ongoing, individual or group, weekdays or weekends. Our volunteer opportunities include assembling mailings; event set-up, registration and tear-down; seasonal yard work; and computer data entry. Contact us for today's volunteer opportunities. You won't need a car to get to Heritage Place—we are three blocks east of Butler University! If you are interested in volunteering or want more information, please contact Ruth Ann Hankins.


Teacher's Treasures

Teacher's Treasures is in need of volunteers to help at-risk children get the materials they need to succeed in school by providing teachers with donated educational supplies for use by the students in their classroom. Teacher's Treasure volunteers handle store operations (Monday–Thursday, 2:00–6:00 PM) or warehouse work and stocking (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–noon). Teacher's Treasures' storefront location is at 1800 E. 10th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46201. They offer volunteer opportunities to students with a range of background experience and would love your help. If interested in volunteering or just getting more information, please contact Amanda Metternich at 317-264-1758 or via email at


Volunteer with Public Greens

Public Greens is in need of volunteers to help them feed at-risk children in the Indianapolis community. This is a combined effort with the Patachou Foundation and they will take any volunteers that are willing to commit time to support the cause. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact or visit their website for more information!


Food Pantry Opportunity

We have need for students to serve at the food bank at Second Presbyterian Church (7700 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260). The available hours include Wednesday 4:00–6:30 PM, Thursday 9:30–11:30 AM, and Saturday 10:00 AM–noon. Students may also work with food deliveries on Monday and Tuesday 9:00–11:00 AM. Students may work by helping clients shop for food, delivering and checking in the food, and offering hospitality designed to welcome clients to the food bank. Contact Dwight Podgurski for more information.


Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow provides students with the tools they need to put their passion for educational access into action. Members of BT chapters engage in service-learning, fundraising, and awareness activities to generate support for the construction of primary-level schools. Partner communities in East Africa match the students' support by donating three acres of land for each primary school and volunteering approximately 15,000 hours of labor to construct it. Contact Kate White if you are interested in getting involved.


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 4:00–5:30 PM 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 one to two students interested in helping with her troop this year. The troop consists of girls fifth through sixth grade and there are about 19 girls. For anyone who is interested or wants more information, please contact Julie directly at 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.


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 AM–4:30 PM Monday–Thursday and 8:30 AM–4:00 PM on Friday. At a minimum, we strive to have someone there through the lunch hour, which is 11:30 AM–1:00 PM—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


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


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 nonprofits 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 6:30–7:30 PM at the Tangram main office (located at 52nd and Keystone). The volunteer is required to go through volunteer training and orientation, plus a background check and drug screen. Contact Lindsey Hill for more information.


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.


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 third and fourth 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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays reading with third and fourth grade students. For more information, please visit 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 or 317-524-4416.