Opportunities Available for Adults 55 and Older

food lineThere are many ways you can give back to your community. By offering your time and your talent, you become the reason for good change in the world around you. Fostering these good habits not only enriches your life, but of those around you as well.

Plus, volunteering can be part of a healthy lifestyle!

Research demonstrates that volunteering is associated with active lifestyles and health benefits, particularly for older adults. Keep socializing, keep moving, keep using and sharing your skills and experience!

On this page you can find some of the opportunities that we have identified as perfect for adults 55 and older. If you don't find something here that fits, jump over to the advanced search page to dig into everything that's available.

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Take the first step to Becoming a Mentor with Virtual Training

Volunteer to mentor an adult striving to stay housed or out of prison. It starts with two sessions of virtual training and then mentors commit an average of 6 hours a month for a year. Our mentors help transform lives - and our community. Mentors work individually but are not alone. All mentors receive quality training that helps the mentor be successful and ongoing support from professional staff. In return they have the opportunity to build new skills and form new friendships. Desired skills and expertise: Our trusted mentors come from all walks of life. From business professionals to the formerly homeless, our mentors are equipped with the training needed to begin strategically sharing their knowledge and life experiences with a mentee - helping them make the positive changes they desire for a more successful future. Support. Stabilize. Succeed. Put forth your time with an individual in need with Trusted Mentors. A 4 hour training provides information to be a successful mentor. For your convenience there are two information sessions each month, where you can find out more information about our services. Our next two part training dates each month are listed below. Look for more info at www.trustedmentors.org and fill out an application so we can connect with you and answer any questions which you may have about the program. Watch first hand accounts about the power of mentoring at https://vimeo.com/111005408. Email us at info@trustedmentors.org to let us know which sessions you will be attending.

Indianapolis, IN

5/6/21 6:15 PM + more

Disaster strikes, how do you respond?

Did you know? In Indiana there are 2-4 home fires which occur daily. Volunteers are needed locally to provide comfort and meet disaster caused needs. Go to redcross.org/volunteer now to see how you can help in your area. See our Disaster Action Teams: Turning Tragedy into Hope After a Disaster

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Lend a helping hand to your neighbors

We are looking for healthy young adults (whose risk level is relatively low) who are willing to be paired with an elder or immunocompromised person who needs help with basic needs during COVID-19. We are looking for individuals to deliver essential supplies if/when needed and check in with them by phone or other electronic means. Click here to sign up today!

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Become a Volunteer Community Mediator

Community mediation is a method of resolving disputes that is completely independent of the judicial system, requiring no lawyers or judges. Our services are conducted by trained volunteers who are members of the community and who empower participants to resolve conflicts by finding common ground and drawing on shared life experiences. The Center’s goal is to reduce violence by ending conflicts before they escalate, and to serve as a community resource to break down the barriers that give rise to conflict in the first place. Volunteer Mediator Role ▪ Committed to helping the greater community. ▪ Holds an optimistic view of people while they manage their conflict when people are not at their best. ▪ Believes that people can resolve their own conflicts. ▪ Supports unique and individualized thinking and decision-making processes in acknowledgement that people come from different backgrounds that shape their interactions during conflict. ▪ Creates a supportive, safe environment when faced with people in conflict. ▪ Able to overcome personal biases, needs, and interests to not interfere with the process. ▪ Recognizes that being an effective mediator requires continual learning. MEDIATOR IN TRAINING (“APPRENTICE”) REQUIREMENTS 24 hours of classroom training 18 hours of on-the-job training 15 hours of skill-building sessions ONGOING COMMITMENT Volunteer Mediators will additionally participate in on-going supervision and annual skill building sessions. YEARLY MEDIATION COMMITMENT Volunteer Mediators will commit at least three hours per month for one year to the Center.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Have these 5 skills? We need you!

We currently have an opening available for a team leader for our volunteer recruitment team. Members of this team reach out to prospective volunteers advertise opportunities speak to groups and help spread the word about American Red Cross volunteer opportunities. If you excel at leadership and enjoy working with technology; meeting new people; networking; and public speaking (or are looking to grow/practice these skills) this may be a good fit for you. Requires a minimum of 5 hours per week preferably with some daytime/weekday availability.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Make Children's Masks for Concord Neighborhood Center

Concord Neighborhood Center is in need of children's masks, as they plan for their childcare to increase capacity from present operations. Volunteers are needed to make masks for children ages 3 to 5 and then another set for children ages 6 to 12. You can find CDC guidelines that provide instruction for making masks here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html. Please call 317-637-4367 to schedule a time to drop off completed masks.

Through 12/31/21

Volunteer Recruitment Team Member

We currently have openings available for our volunteer recruitment team. Members of this team will reach out to prospective volunteers, advertise opportunities, speak to groups, and help spread the word about American Red Cross volunteer opportunities. We will provide the training and support you need to help others begin their volunteer journey with the Red Cross. If you excel at meeting new people, networking, and public speaking (or are looking to grow these skills), this may be a good fit for you. Work Location: Onsite (office or event) and Remote (home)

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Hero Care Network Caseworkers-SAF

Emergency Communications and Critical Community Service caseworkers in the Services to Armed Forces (SAF) department are volunteers who should feel comfortable talking with individuals who are experiencing, or who have just experienced, a tragedy or major crisis in their lives. Crises may include death of a family member, serious illness or injury of a family member, the birth of a child, or some other emergency that disrupts the normal patterns. Hero Care Network case workers are good listeners, able to follow the emergency communications process, and are being professional, empathetic, sensitive, and persistent. Minimum time commitment: 2hrs/wk Examples of Caseworkers are: Initial Family Contact Volunteer Emergency Communications Family Follow-Up Critical Community Services

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

We *need* your video editing skills

The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assist with a regular video editing project for 2-4 hours each month. For this project volunteers will need experience with video editing programs (Adobe Premier iMovie etc).

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

It is true! We need you.

The American Red Cross is looking for a volunteer to help welcome and orient our new volunteers in Disaster Services. We are looking for someone with approximately 10 hours per week of daytime availability at our Indianapolis office location. May be a good fit for those seeking to practice or build skills in leadership communication and team building.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Government Liasion

Volunteers should have good interpersonal skills and local government connections. This opportunity can be done onsite and remotely but volunteers must be able to attend local meetings to meet partners. Two to four hours a month. Online/Instructor led training is provide for service. Go to redcross.org/volunteer now to see how you can help in your area.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Blood Donations Needed

The American Red Cross is seeking donors. Potential donors are asked to make an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor smartphone app visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Food Pantry Shift

Click here to register for a shift that works for you! During our pantry shifts our volunteers deliver groceries to clients to them and place them in their trunks to limit interactions. We are asking anyone that has compromised health, older or who is sick to please not serve. Our shifts are every week: Tuesday-12:30-3, Wednesday- 4-6:30, and Thursday and Saturday-10-12.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 5/1/21

Choice Food Pantry Sorting and Stocking

Volunteers will work in the Grace Care Center warehouse to sort donated goods and stock our Choice Food Pantry warehouse.

Noblesville, IN

Through 12/31/21

Mentor for a Second Chance

Mentoring Ex-Offenders Through mentoring your expertise helps create a positive influence on someone in need. Our mentors need to be non-judgmental empathetic and open to diversity. The community of adults which we serve often struggle with re-entry and need a mentor's guidance to get through this difficult time. You will be given training and support to aid you efforts in their revival. In this twelve month span you will meet with your mentee for six hours a month. Our results show this time together matters. When we pair mentors with these people we have shown a high success rate of ex-offenders not violating their parole staying employed and ultimately not going back to prison. Since 2003, Trusted Mentors has maintained an 86% average in helping people remain housed; and an 82% average in helping mentees not return to prison. Plus there will be opportunities for you to attend engaging workshops and fundraisers where you will be able to meet other volunteers like yourself. How can you find out more? If you are interested fill out a volunteer application at www.trustedmentors.org email us at Info@trustedmentors.org or call us at 317-985-5041.We are currently training mentors virtually to match with a mentee when health conditions allow face-to-face meetings.Find us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/trustedmentorsinc Support. Stabilize. Suceed.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 4/22/21

Plant a Victory Garden

Does your family garden have some extra space? Why not plant a few rows of produce for your local food pantry? Fresh produce is healthy and can be hard to find or expensive for many families. Reach out to a local pantry to find out what fresh produce they need. This is a great project for the whole family!

Through 12/31/21

Spring Clean Up!

Do you enjoy walking? Why not put on some protective gloves, grab a trash bag and help clean up the areas you where you walk? It is great exercise, can be done with social distancing in place and makes our world a little bit better for everyone! Take your family on a Spring Clean Up hike!

Indianapolis, IN

Through 6/30/21

Share a Message of Hope

We need to make sure coronavirus and social distancing won't stand in anyone's way as they rebuild their lives. We need your help to do this. You can be the momentum hope and inspiration your neighbors need to keep pushing forward. Click here to share a message of hope or inspiration with the men, women and families who are fighting their way to well-being right now.

Through 12/31/21

Food Distribution

Westminster Neighborhood Services is looking for volunteers to help distribute food to Near Eastside families. Please contact volunteer coordinator Azaria Brown at azaria.brown@westmin.org or visit westmin.org for more information.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Donations needed for basic needs

Residential Re-entry Donation Needs - Help men and women with past criminal justice involvement along their journey to return home and move forward Hygiene products (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, combs, etc.) Bus passes Drop Off Instructions: Contact Marvelas Lewis at (463) 212-5018 or email marvelas.lewis@voaohin.org Fresh Start Recovery Center Donation Needs - Restore dignity to pregnant women and mothers on their path to recovery and healing by donating essential items for them and their children in their care. Hygiene products (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, combs, etc.) Laundry detergent Hand sanitizers Cleaning supplies (especially antibacterial wipes) Bus passes Baby wipes Diapers of all sizes Formula and baby food Toilet paper Drop Off Instructions: Contact Tamara Rowden at (317) 563-8910 or tamara.rowden@voaohin.org Veterans Donation Needs - Give back to those who have given so much to our country. Hygiene products (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, combs, etc.) Laundry detergent Hand sanitizers Gas cards Non-perishable food items Drop Off Instructions for All Veteran Locations: Contact Nwamaka Onochie (317) 670-6338 or nwamaka.onochie@voaohin.org

Through 12/31/21

Pantry Services Volunteers

Westminster Neighborhood Services is in need of volunteers for our pantry hours, which are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at our facility at 2325 E. New York St., Indianapolis. Our services include: • Food Pantry: Join us in distributing food and basic hygiene items, assist with the intake process for WNS' clients, assist with item selections or help with the checkout process. • Soup Kitchen: Assist with the serving of breakfast and lunch for our clients in need. • Christmas Baskets: Join us in assembling baskets, wrapping gifts and distributing them to families in need during the holiday season. For more information on how you can help or to volunteer, please call 317-632-9785 or email azaria.brown@westmin.org. Thank you for your consideration! We are not currently accepting volunteers for our soup kitchen due to COVID-19. Volunteers interested in working in our food pantry should view or "Food Distribution" opportunity.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Operations Support Volunteer

Starfish Initiative is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk and economically disadvantaged high school students. We assist promising students to overcome the barriers of poverty, develop cultural capacity, and hone leadership skills that prepare them to graduate from high school and college. Our goal is to "fill empty caps and gowns" by improving graduation rates in Indianapolis. We are looking for an individual that can assist in the operations department as an Operations Support Volunteer. Duties: Be responsible for managing and completing the tasks assigned to you Assist with the planning and execution of the event Assist in assembly materials for events Running errands in preparation for the event Responding to attendees emails before the event If available, review the data from follow-up event surveys Accurate data entry into databases Other administrative duties Qualifications: Effective written and oral communicator Basic computer skills Ability to take and give directions Any experience event planning is beneficial, but not required Ability to work as a team Easily adapt to change The desire to help others Time Commitment: Flexible schedule—about 10 hours per week Benefits: Develop new skills Positively impact your local community Ownership of assigned duties Becoming part of the Starfish Initiative family Training: Occurs on start date and will be ongoing through the process

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

College-Educated Mentor

At it's core, Starfish Initiative is a college access and readiness program that succeeds through personable one-on-one mentorship. Our college-educated Mentors help our Scholars to take ownership of their educational pathway starting in their freshman year. As a Mentor, you will be paired with a Scholar of the same gender to be a college and life coach. Whether it be about transitioning to high school, academic or social struggles, or deciding on which college or career path they will pursue, we hope that you will bring your experiences and knowledge about the college and scholarship search process to help guide our scholars towards their goals. To our Scholars, our Mentors are the people who stand beside them, believe in them, and help them achieve their vision of success. In your two-year commitment, we ask that you and your Scholar meet twice a month in addition to a call, text, or email on the “off” weeks. Although we only require a two-year commitment, many of our Mentors ask to remain in the program to see their Scholars all the way to high school graduation and beyond. If you’re interested, you can visit https://www.starfishinitiative.org/be-a-mentor for details and an application. Thank you for considering the opportunity to make a difference in a young Scholar's life! *Due to the current pandemic, we are recommending that Mentors and Scholar meet or connect virtually until further notice.

Through 12/31/21

Be an advocate. Fight poverty.

Centuries of systemic racism, oppression, and injustice have created a world where too many people struggle to meet their basic needs. COVID-19 has worsened poverty and inequality. Now, more than 30 million low-income renters in the U.S. are at risk of losing their homes, and the number of people facing hunger around the world is expected to double to 265 million by the end of 2020. You can make a difference right now. Maybe you’ve been feeling the urge to do something – but you aren’t sure what. Maybe you feel overwhelmed by this political moment. Perhaps you’ve thought about being an advocate but don’t know where to start. As a RESULTS volunteer, you can stand up for issues of poverty, be heard, and make an impact. At RESULTS, we teach you the nuts and bolts of how to do that. We support you to be an advocate. As a RESULTS advocate, you will: Develop relationships with your members of Congress so that when you get in touch, they listen Meet face-to-face with your members of Congress and their staff Write persuasive opinion pieces and get published in the media Be part of a movement of people committed to ending the systemic and structural injustices that drive poverty RESULTS volunteers are effective advocates for solutions to poverty. The everyday violence and injustice of poverty, systemic racism, and inequality are rooted in public policy. What discriminatory policies have created, equitable and just policies can help change – but only when we stand up for them. By raising our voices together across the country, RESULTS advocates are pushing Congress to make progress on both US and global poverty & inequality issues like: Securing safe, affordable housing for everyone in the United States Closing the racial wealth divide Making sure everyone, everywhere has access to lifesaving vaccines Ending childhood malnutrition Tackling some of the world’s biggest killers, like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis No advocacy experience? No problem. RESULTS provides issue and skills training to all volunteers plus all the tools you need to confidently take action. In addition to staff training & support, new advocates will join a local group in your community with experienced advocates who are eager to support you to learn and grow. A typical RESULTS volunteer spends 3-6 hours of their time each month taking action with RESULTS. We’ve been doing this for 40 years, and we know that voting is only one part of creating systemic change. We must continue to hold decision makers accountable and demand that change happens. What are you waiting for? Start influencing the policies that impact your life and the lives of millions of people around the world. Become a RESULTS advocate.

Through 12/31/21

Senior Supply Donations

We want all of the seniors know that we are here to help them during this time of isolation. The Shepherd’s Center will help any senior in Hamilton County the best they can during this time. Senior Supply Donations: Drop off food, personal care, and cleaning items. If you would like to drop off non-perishable food items, personal care items or cleaning supplies, please email Lisa for a list of items needed and where to drop them off.

Through 12/31/21

Senior Well Wishes in Hamilton County

We want all of the seniors know that we are here to help them during this time of isolation. The Shepherd’s Center will help any senior in Hamilton County the best they can during this time. Senior Well Wishes: If you and your kids would like to make well wishes, pictures, cards, and letters to bring cheer to local seniors, you can mail them directly to: SCHC, 347 S. 8th Street, Suite B, Noblesville, IN 46060. They will sanitize and mail them out to their seniors to brighten their day!

Through 12/31/21

Senior Phone Pal in Hamilton County

We want all of the seniors know that we are here to help them during this time of isolation. The Shepherd’s Center will help any senior in Hamilton County the best they can during this time. Senior Phone Pal: Would you be interested in calling on a senior in our community to check in on them? You will have a set list of questions to discuss and be able to connect with them to help prevent isolation and ensure they have everything they need. Please note: this opportunity is for those 18 years old and above. If you are interested, please contact Lisa by email.

Through 12/31/21

Cheese and Thank You Transportation

Cheese and Thank You is a pre-vocational program for young adults with disabilities. The program allows these young adults the opportunity to practice skills in the kitchen in customer service and sales and in marketing. This program is dependent on volunteers to get each program participant to and from each location throughout the day.Participants begin at New Hope of Indiana (8450 N Payne Rd #300) around 9am; prep the day's food at Bethel United Methodist Church (5252 W. 52nd St); serve lunch at various locations in Marion and Boone Counties at 11:30a; return to Bethel United Methodist Church to clean up and prep for the next day; and end the day back at New Hope around 2pm.Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to up to 3 program participants between 9am and 2pm.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Delivery Drivers

Click here to directly sign up for a shift that works for you! We need delivery drivers several times a week. We pick up food from 2 Krogers, Entenmanns, Dollar Tree, Aldi, and Starbucks. Please look at the sign up and see where you might serve. You can also reach out to lenright@secondchurch.org if you have any questions.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Volunteer Community Navigator

Please visit IN211 to learn more and apply to be a volunteer. Do you have a heart for helping? We are looking for caring individuals willing to serve as volunteer Community Navigators to assist those impacted by the current pandemic. This volunteer opportunity allows you to help those in crisis prioritize their needs and then connect them to valuable community resources. Volunteers will work from the safety of their own home. We are open 7 days a week 365 days a year and have evening and weekend shifts available. Individuals can work from anywhere in the state of Indiana. NOTE: Must have own laptop or computer and high speed internet.

Through 12/31/21

Indianapolis Public School Volunteer Opportunities

Gleaners + IPS Meal Program Volunteers are helping us serve family meal boxes provided by Gleaners to families across the IPS district every Monday and Friday evening. Each box feeds a family of four several days. We’re averaging nearly 10,000 boxes distributed per week. High School Laptop Distribution Volunteers are helping IPS pack and ship laptops to more than 5,000 IPS high school students. This laptop distribution program will ensure our students are able to complete their coursework remotely during the shutdown and still graduate despite the pandemic. Nearly 75% of IPS students qualify for free or reduced lunch and have limited access to technology so support from the district and community is key as we implement our home learning plan. If you are interested in volunteering with Indianapolis Public Schools in the coming weeks please complete the registration form below. Please note, all volunteers must: -Be 18 years of age or older -Provide their own transportation to assigned location -Be able to lift up to 20 pounds -Be free of any Coronavirus symptoms -Provide your own protective gear if you feel the need (for example: plastic gloves, sanitizer, etc.) Volunteer Form This form will sign you up to be considered for several initiatives to support the needs of IPS students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for helping our students and families! Questions? Email face@myips.org.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Senior Medicare Patrol Volunteer

SMP Volunteers work within their communities, educating and empowering beneficiaries to take an active role in the detection and prevention of health care fraud and abuse, with a focus on the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This education will be completed through group training sessions, health fairs and one-on-one counseling. RESPONSIBILITIES Partner with aging services network professionals, law enforcement and others to promote community awareness of health care errors, fraud and abuse. Arrange and present at group education sessions Attend health fairs, seminars, and conferences as an exhibitor for distribution of consumer education materials about Medicare, Medicaid and fraud, errors and abuse. Make appropriate referrals Complete all reporting requirements necessary for SMP Program NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION Must be 21 years or older Completed Volunteer Application Must submit to background check SKILLS NECESSARY Ability to clearly and effectively communicate Have available transportation Must be flexible, accessible and reliable Able to present information and material to large or small groups Ability to listen and provide relevant information to the public TRAINING Attend initial training meeting to receive handbook, and information regarding confidentiality laws, organizational policies and volunteer guidelines. This training should take roughly 2 hours. Must be willing to attend periodic training or get-acquainted meetings.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Handy Volunteers

Handy volunteers help the community by providing minor home repairs such as changing light bulbs, hanging curtains, painting, drywall repair, changing door knobs or locks, and more. If our handy volunteers are up to the task we will take care of it! More skilled projects include installing grab bars, ramps, concrete or step repair to help our clients stay safe in their homes. These projects are completed always based on volunteer acceptance. CICOA serves over 8,000 clients and many have handy volunteer needs. Must provide basic tools such as hammer, screwdriver, drill, tape measure, and level. Materials for project completion will be provided. Projects will be completed based on volunteer and clients time.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Provide Respite Childcare for Families!

Description Respite Care at Easterseals Crossroads provide childcare for the parents of children with disabilities. We need volunteers to support staff in supervising children with disabilities and their typically-developing siblings, ages 6 months to 12 years, in the following areas: Parents’ Day Out: This program usually occurs every third Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Parents’ Night Out: This program usually occurs every Friday from 5:30 to 10:00pm Volunteers can expect to assist with activities such as crafts, reading, and playtime. This can be a one time or on going volunteer opportunity. Please click here to fill out our volunteer application.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Food Donations Needed

Flanner house is doing all they can to help provide meals to kids in the neighborhood and are in need of food donations to be able to do that. What can you donate? Food can be anything from cans, proteins, rice, beans etc. Donations can be dropped off at 2424 Dr. MLK Jr. St. Indianapolis IN 46205

Through 12/31/21

Senior Telephone Reassurance Support through CICOA

CICOA needs you and the need has never been greater for telephone reassurance for our senior community members. If you are willing to check in with our most vulnerable clients once or twice a week and offer conversation and companionship to those isolated by this crisis, please complete our volunteer application online. Faith friendly visitors also are welcome to offer telephonic support and prayer.

Through 12/31/21

Friendly Visitor

SUMMARY Friendly visitors are volunteers who provide companionship and emotional support to CICOA’sclients who are homebound or very limited in their ability to get around. Friendly visitors may be the only social contact with non-professionals that CICOA homebound client’s experience. You may be asked to help with light chores around client’s home. DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES Visit client in his/her home and provide face-to-face companionship and emotional support for minimum of 1 hour per visit. If client requests, perform simple tasks such as helping open mail, reading to client, running simple errands, laundry, it is up to you as the volunteer as to what you accept doing. You will report major changes in client’s health status or living situation to CICOA Volunteer Coordinator. Enter a clear mutual agreement about expectations and limitations. Inform client as soon as possible if agreed upon schedule needs to be changes. TIME COMMITMENT Client visits 1-3 times per month NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION Must be 18 years or older Completed Volunteer Application Must submit to background check SKILLS NECESSARY Ability to clearly and effectively communicate Have available transportation Must be flexible, accessible and reliable TRAINING Attend initial training meeting to receive handbook, and information regarding confidentiality laws, organizational policies and volunteer guidelines. Must be willing to attend periodic training or meetings. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES CICOA volunteers do not transport clients, dispense medications, give personal care or accept payment / gifts of any kind.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Donation Center

Assist with sorting and organizing donations of clothing toiletries blankets coats etc.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Horizon House Wish List Donations

Donations of all kinds are accepted! Our wish list provides an up-to-date representation of what our current needs are, and is updated frequently. Visit http://www.horizonhouse.cc/wishlist/ to see a list of emergency and general wish list items. If you can’t make it to Horizon House to drop off a donation, you can always order and ship something from our Amazon Wish List.

Through 12/31/21

Kitchen Volunteer

Assist with set up prep service and clean up in our kitchen. This opportunity allows direct interactions with our neighbors who are seeking services. Shifts available for breakfast and lunch hours Monday-Friday.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Gleaners Hamilton County Cupboard

Volunteers are needed to stock shelves and assist clients as they shop for food. Every Monday, 10:30am-1:30pm 12 volunteers needed per shift. Individuals, families (ages 9+) and small groups welcome!

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Early Childhood & Youth Education Volunteers

Westminster Neighborhood Services is in need of volunteers for our early childhood & youth education program Volunteer openings include: • Adult Education: Are you a chef, savvy computer user or skilled resume writer? Consider teaching in Westminster's new adult education program. Early Childhood & Youth Education: • Homework Help: Assist children in kindergarten through eighth grade with their homework during the school year. • Mentor: Build a long-term relationship with a child and serve as a positive role model for them. • Special Instructor: Share your special talents by teaching a class for children. For more information on how you can help or to volunteer, please call 317-632-9785 or email office@westmin.org. Thank you for your consideration!

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Be a Crisis Line Volunteer

Trainings in 2021 will be held virtually via Zoom. Calls and/or texts are answered in the comfort of your home. Provide a critical need to our Central Indiana community! Volunteer to take calls and/or texts from the convenience and comfort of your own home, from individuals in crisis. No prior training is necessary to volunteer!

Through 12/31/21

Food Pantry Volunteers & Donations

Volunteers are needed to assist with food pantry sorting, organizing, packing, etc. at The Sharing Place Donations are also needed: Pasta Pasta Sauce Boxed Dinners Egg Noodles Mac and Cheese Rice Large Boxes 15" to 20" (No fewer than 30 boxes delivered at a time please) Donations can be delivered to The Sharing Place (6501 Sunnyside Road) Mondays from 9:30am - 3:30pm, Tuesdays from 3:30pm - 8:30pm or Thursdays from 9:30am - 3:30pm. To sign up to volunteer, please visit https://lutheranfamily.galaxydigital.com/

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Coburn Place Bathroom Kit

At Coburn Place, survivors move into a freshly furnished and stocked apartment to help them transition as smoothly as possible. Help us set them up with the basic essentials for their new place, because everyone deserves a safe home. - Toothpaste/Toothbrush - Deodorant - Soap/Body Wash - Shampoo/Conditioner - Hair Brush/Comb -Towel Set - Small Trash Can - Two Bath Mats (Optional) - Shower Curtain/Rings (Optional) - Toilet Brush/Plunger (Optional) Create a starter pack for a family at Coburn Place with our Amazon Wish List or create one with items from your favorite store, pack them up in the small trash can and arrange an in-person donation! Contact drew@coburnplace.org for more info or to make a donation appointment!

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Coburn Place Kitchen Kit

At Coburn Place, survivors move into a freshly furnished and stocked apartment to help them transition as smoothly as possible. Help us set them up with the basic essentials for their new place, because everyone deserves a safe home. - Silverware Set - Drinking Glasses - Spatula Set/Tongs - Measuring Cups - Can Opener - Pizza Cutter - Baking Sheet - Oven Mitts - Strainer - Kitchen Trash Can - Toaster/Coffee Maker/Blender (Optional) - Pot and Pan Set/Bakeware (Optional) Create a starter pack for a family at Coburn Place with our Amazon Wish List or create one with items from your favorite store, pack them up in the kitchen trash can and arrange an in-person donation! Contact drew@coburnplace.org for more info or to make a donation appointment.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Coburn Place Cleaning Kit

At Coburn Place, survivors move into a freshly furnished and stocked apartment to help them transition as smoothly as possible. Help us set them up with the basic essentials for their new place, because everyone deserves a safe home. - Paper Towels/Wash Cloths - Glass Cleaner - Multi-Surface Cleaner - Dish Soap - Sponges/Magic Erasers - Toilet Cleaner - Laundry Deterget - Cleaning Gloves - Laundry Basket - Broom and Pan (Optional) - Mop (Optional) Create a starter pack for a family at Coburn Place with our Amazon Wish List or create one with items from your favorite store, pack them up in the laundry basket and arrange an in-person donation! Contact drew@coburnplace.org for more info or to make a donation appointment.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Food Bank Volunteer

Click here to volunteer today with Midwest Food Bank! Volunteers will be urgently needed as members of the Indiana National Guard will end their temporary, six-month deployment to aid Indiana’s food banks on Sept. 30, 2020. Midwest Food Bank is structured to provide service opportunities and operate through the work of volunteers. Our volunteers are more than our hands and feet; they are fundamental to the success of our organization. They collect, sort, pack, and distribute food and disaster relief donations, and remind us every day that our mission could not be achieved without them. Please reach out to Debbie Wingate with any questions about volunteering!

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/21

Virtual Volunteering - Hygiene Kits for Veterans

Make an impact by creating Hygiene Kits Veterans that will be handed out each week through our food pantry Please place the following items into a gallon-sized zip lock bag: Body Wash Shampoo Conditioner Deodorant Toothbrush Toothpaste Shaving Cream Razors Body Lotion Bar Soap Disposable Razors Optional items: Denture Cream Denture Cleaner First Aid Kit Click here to watch our "how-to" video on how to build hygiene kits. Please drop off your completed hygiene kits Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm to HVAF at 964 N. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis IN 46204

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/22

Virtual Volunteering - Emergency Backpacks for Homeless Veterans

Make an impact by helping our homeless veterans with emergency supplies. Please place the following items into a backpack or drawstring bag: Backpack Washcloth Bar Soap Blanket Socks Disposable Razors Shaving Cream Comb Nail Clippers Lotion Toothbrush Toothpaste Chapstick Deodorant Bottle of Water Optional items: Winter Hat Winter Gloves Rain Poncho First Aid Kit Click here to watch our "how-to" video on building the emergency backpack. Please drop off your completed Emergency Backpacks Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm to HVAF HQ, 964 N. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis IN 46236

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/22

Virtual Volunteering - Move-in Kits for Veterans

Make an impact by creating move-in kits for Veterans who have moved through our program and have graduated to their own apartment. Please place the following items into an 18-gallon tote: Blanket Twin Sheets Pillow Pillowcase Bath Towels Washcloths Toilet Paper Tissue Paper Body Wash Shampoo Deodorant Toothbrush Toothpaste Shaving Cream Razors Body Lotion Click here to watch our "how-to" video on how to build hygiene kits. Please drop off your completed move-in kits Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm to HVAF at 964 N. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis IN 46204

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/22

Sharing Place Food Pantry Volunteers and Donations

Volunteers are needed to assist Lutheran Child and Family Services with client assistance and food pantryoperations, including sorting, organizing, packing, etc. at The Sharing Place Food Pantry Donations are also needed: Cereal Pasta & Sauce Canned Meats Boxed Dinners Egg Noodles Mac and Cheese Rice Canned Fruits and Vegetables Large Boxes 15" to 20" (No fewer than 30 boxes delivered at a time please) Donations can be delivered to The Sharing Place (6501 Sunnyside Road) Mondays from 9:30am - 3:30pm, Tuesdays from 3:30pm - 8:30pm or Thursdays from 9:30am - 3:30pm. To sign up to volunteer, please visit https://lutheranfamily.galaxydigital.com/ For more information, please e-mail: volunteers@lutheranfamily.org

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/21/21

Advocacy- Using Your Voice

Your story is our story. That's why we advocate for public policy positions that support the growth of the whole family. Become an advocate for your community today by clicking here and signing up to receive email updates about how you can be involved in UWCI advocacy efforts. Across our Impact areas we are advocating for: Sustaining progress for Pre-K and Early Childhood Education Advancing Equity Building the Workforce Improving Access to Basic Needs Policies created by the government affect us all. By participating in the process, we multiply the impact we can have on our community.

Indianapolis, IN

Through 12/31/25

Donate Food

Hendricks County Food Pantry is in need of healthy food donations to provide for the community members most in need during COVID-19. Please see the list of items they would like donated below. Visit https://hendrickscountyfoodpantries.com/contact/ to reach out for more information about donating food and to inquire about volunteer needs during COVID-19.

Through 12/31/21

Distribute donations to those in need

Churches across Morgan County may not be able to hold Sunday Service, but they are still working together to impact the lives of people in their community. Churches in Mission is an organization partnering with area churches to help provide food and hygiene products to those who need them in them in the county, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization serves the underprivileged by providing food and hygiene products at their location in Mooresville and Martinsville. "But we are seeing a major increase in our demand for what resources we are providing," David Maurer, executive director of Churches in Mission, said. "So we are trying to ask everyone in the community to come alongside us.” Items to donate include: hygiene products toilet paper hand soap paper towels The organization set up two drive-thru's for those in need in the community. Volunteers are loading carts with groceries and helping load the items into people's cars. In Mooresville, 27 S. Indiana St, 46158 317-831-3987 Food Clothing and Financial Assistance hours are 9-11:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 6-7:45 p.m. on Thursday. In Martinsville 60 W. Pike St. 46151 765-341-6652 Food Clothing and Financial Assistance hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Through 12/31/21

Activity Kits for Matches

New and existing matches need creative ideas to help stay connected as the pandemic situation may keep them more physically apart. Bigs and Littles have enjoyed activity kits that allow them to both participate in the same activity, even when they are doing it virtually. In this case, it helps to have two kits per relationship so the Big and Little both have one. Activity kit ideas: Crafts work well, such as decorating a holiday-themed decoration or ornament. Food related activities are also popular, and some matches have done cookie decorating kits and really liked those. Any sort of creative kit that would enable an outdoor activity – maybe some hats, hand warmers, hot chocolate, and a scavenger hunt for a neighborhood or downtown area; or a sled and directions to a few sledding hills in the Indianapolis area; or a package of decorations/lights to hang up at the Little’s home. Donate card decks, board games or create gift bags for littles and bigs to use. Similarly, it would be great to have some decks of card, board games, or other relevant activities that we could “gift” to Bigs and Littles when they visit the office. Kit Delivery Instructions It is best to call BBBS at (317) 921-2201 to schedule a drop off date and time. Office hours December 7-11 and 14-18 will be: 8:30am-1pm Tuesday and Thursday 9am-4pm Wednesday The office will be closed December 23rd-31st. Big Brothers Big Sisters at 1433 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (Virtual)

Through 12/31/21

Environmentally Friendly Grocery Bag Project

You can make an environmentally friendly grocery bag filled with non-perishable food items and deliver this to your local food pantry. PROCESS: Make an environmentally friendly grocery bag(s) out of a new or used (washed first!) t-shirt. The completed bags will be used to help distribute food at local pantries. Fill the bag(s) with non-perishable food items that will benefit Community Based Organizations and food pantries throughout Central Indiana. Items needed: Gently used and laundered or new T-shirt Scissor Colored tape or marker Measuring tape or measuring stick Procedure: Turn your gently used and washed or new t-shirts into a reusable grocery bag. These no-sew t-shirt bags are perfect for donating to local food pantries to use when they give out food, in addition to being environmentally friendly. Here is a fun, simple low-budget project to clean out your closet, protect the environment, and most importantly help others! Step 1 Turn the t-shirt inside out. Step 2 Cut off the sleeves and the neckline. Step 3 Determine how big you want the bag to be and draw a line across or mark with colored tape. Step 4 Cut the Fringe. Cut slits into the bottom of the shirt, up to the line/ tape from step 3, to create fringe. Cut the front and the back of the shirt at the same time so they line up. About 1 inch wide and 2 inches long. Step 5 Tie the fringe together. Make sure to keep the knots tight and double knot when possible. Step 6 Finish Your Bag. After you have finished tying the fringes together, turn the bag right-side out, and you have a reusable bag! Step 7 Take video or photo(s), post on social media and tag United Way of Central Indiana. Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @uwci and use the hashtags #ChangeTomorrowToday, and #LiveUnited. Step 8 Fill up the bag(s) with non-perishable items and donate at your preferred food panty or community-based organization. DONATING TO THE COMMUNITY: Suggested locations for Grocery bag donations are as follows: Centers for Working Families (Flanner House, Edna Martin Center, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, etc.) Flanner House of Indianapolis https://flannerhouse.org/ Edna Martin Center https://ednamartincc.org/ Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center https://www.maryrigg.org/ John Bonder Neighborhood Centers https://jhbcc.org/ HVAF of Indiana https://www.hvafofindiana.org/ Horizon House https://www.horizonhouse.cc/ Gleaners https://www.gleaners.org/ Local food pantries https://www.indystar.com/story/news/health/2020/03/20/food-pantry-indianapolis-coronavirus-help/2876796001/ Food Insecurity community statistic resources: The following resources can be shared to help understand food insecurity in the Central Indiana community. Indyhunger.org https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/indiana https://www.gleaners.org/ This one they can put in any county and learn more (it is currently on Boone) https://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2018/overall/indiana/county/boone COVID-19 Video with John Elliott https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7qOJwk0K6I United Way of Central Indiana Basic Needs Fund https://uwci.org/basic-needs-fund/ “Operation Food” through Feeding Indiana’s Hungry https://feedingindianashungry.org/fssa-and-feeding-indianas-hungry-sound-call-for-hoosiers-to-volunteer-at-charitable-food-network-locations-across-indiana/

Through 12/31/26

Creativity for a Cause

Creativity for a Cause Bring a creative flair to your personal journey as you use artwork to reflect an aspect of United Way’s Impact work in the Central Indiana community. Choose from themes that tell a story of how people’s lives are changed through the work United Way is doing in the areas of Basic Needs, Family Opportunity and Social Innovation. Learn more about our areas of Impact at https://uwci.org/our-impact/. This is a self-directed opportunity for you to put your ingenuity and creativity into and watch the magic happen! All you need is chalk, crayons, or paints and a surface to write on. Feel free to get as creative as you want with the type of material you work with. Create a yarn project, nature project, or just use whatever is on hand. Get outside and into some fresh air and sunshine along with your chalk sticks and create an inspiring design. If indoors is better for you, use crayons or paints and paper to bring out the artist in you. To give you some idea of the wide breadth of what these cover, consider making an inspiring picture that depicts food plentifulness, homelessness, health, transportation, education, job readiness or technology. Share your pictures with others in your area. Bring them to neighborhood institutions including, but not limited to: Local nursing home or assisted living home. Hospitals Churches Boys & Girls Clubs Other local community-based organizations Put a smile on a neighbor’s face and give them your creation. Share with your schoolteacher, mail delivery person, sanitation manager, church pastor, special friend or relative. Send your questions to volunteer@uwci.org.

Through 12/31/26

Inspirational Locker Poster Project

It can be challenging for kids to get back in the swing of school when they have been out for a period of time. Inspirational quotes or special notes for kids can inspire students to do their best in school and in life. There are many ways to encourage a child, but for students of any age, honest, authentic and persistent messages from adults that have credibility in their eyes are among the most powerful. This project involves making Inspirational Locker Posters for kids (middle school and junior high school age). Create inspirational locker posters to benefit school age children in your community returning to school. Procedure Make “posters” on 5x7 card stock (or paper). This is the perfect size to fit inside a standard school locker door! Supplies needed are 5x7 card stock or paper (your choice of color). Gather up your colored markers and get ready to be creative with thought and drawing talent. Create or find an encouraging and inspirational message suitable for school age children. Good resources for messages are: https://bouncebackparenting.com/64-encouraging-things-to-say-to-kids/ and Disney quotes at https://www.learningliftoff.com/20-best-disney-quotes-life-lessons-learned/ Write your message in big bold letters on a 5x7 card stock or paper. If you like, add cheerful drawings to the poster to make it even more appealing to a child. DONATING TO THE COMMUNITY: Distribution of the locker posters are suitable for local Middle Schools and Junior High Schools. Reach out to schools near you including public, charter and parochial in your neighborhood. The locker posters can also be donated to Backpack Attack to be included in backpacks intended for middle and junior high school students. ***NOTE: This can be adjusted to be an inspirational project for other types of groups as well (i.e. nursing homes, senior centers, childcare centers, etc.). Contact area facilities near you for information on dropping off your inspiring works at their location. Send your questions to volunteer@uwci.org.

Through 12/31/26

Summer Fun Kits for Youth

Here is terrific idea to involve your whole network. Provide kids fun and educational items to ensure a great summer. Great family and team building opportunity. Get together with family, friends, neighbors, work colleagues, church groups and neighbors to make a difference in the lives of children this summer. This is a self-directed opportunity for you to put your ingenuity and creativity into and watch the magic happen! Reach out to a community partner and inquire what they would like, what population the kits will serve and in what quantities. Ideas for community partners, retail outlets and types of kits are below Work with the organization to determine what items will be in the kits. Share your lists with your networks to collect the necessary items. Create Amazon Wish List or Registry or pdf of items people can buy in stores and donate in person. You can build a Google Form with the items that should go into the kit. Share your kit lists and get the word out to your social networks to purchase the items that the agency needs. Family, friends, work colleagues, church members and neighbors. Build the Kit Have individuals build the kits at their own pace; remember if gathering please do so in a safe way keeping all health guidelines for safety in mind. Deliver the kits to your selected community party. Send your questions to volunteer@uwci.org. *The following lists are meant to be ideas to get you started, feel free to pursue your favorite nonprofit agencies, retail outlets and kit ideas. Potential Community Partners Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis https://bgcindy.org/ Child Advocates https://www.childadvocates.net/ Children’s Bureau https://www.childrensbureau.org/ Christamore House https://www.christamorehouse.org/contact Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFÉ) https://www.cafeindy.org/ Concord Neighborhood Center https://www.concordindy.org/ Early Learning Indiana https://earlylearningin.org/ Families First https://www.familiesfirstindiana.org/ Fathers and Families Center https://fathersandfamiliescenter.org/ Flanner House of Indianapolis https://flannerhouse.org/ Girl Scouts of Central Indiana https://www.girlscoutsindiana.org/ Hawthorne Community Center https://hawthornecenter.org/ Jameson Camp https://www.jamesoncamp.org/ John Bonder Neighborhood Centers https://jhbcc.org/ Lutheran Child & Family Services of IN https://www.lutheranfamily.org/ Martin Luther King Community Center https://mlkcenterindy.org/ Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center https://www.maryrigg.org/ Sheltering Wings of Hendricks County https://shelteringwings.org/ Southeast Community Services https://www.southeastindy.org/ St. Mary’s Child Center https://www.smccindy.org/ The Villages https://www.villageskids.org/ YMCA of Greater Indianapolis https://indymca.org/ Youth Connections of Johnson County https://www.youthconnections.org/ Local schools and summer camps – Search for your favorite local organization on the internet and make a connection with them online or by calling or emailing them to determine their kit needs. Items that can be included in your kits: Children’s Book Crayons Coloring Book School Supplies Jump Rope Bubbles Paints and brushes Basketballs Arts and Craft supplies Notecards Books Types of kits Back to School items for students or teachers STEM Jewelry making Sewing and needlepoint Painting Cooking Gardening Nature Music Wellness Easter Crafts Crafts for Christmas presents Retail stores you may want to consider for purchasing items: Amazon.com Dollar Days Dollar Tree Dollar General Family Dollar Walmart Target Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Big Lots Five Below Your favorite retail or online store

Through 12/31/26