Virtual & Remote Opportunities

According to a study released in November by Fidelity Charitable, two-thirds of all volunteers had either decreased or stopped their volunteering because of the pandemic. At the same time, COVID-19 has drastically increased demand for many nonprofits' services.

Virtual Volunteering offers flexibility in scheduling and allows individuals to offer specific skills to a wide variety of organizations while also staying safe. 

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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

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

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

Virtual Storytime

Just because we're staying in doesn't mean an end to storytime! Do you have friends balancing working from home and caring for, or teaching their children at home? What if you could help with a morning or afternoon break? I'm sure your parent friends could use the help and the kids would love to see their favorite book come to life through someone they know. Here's how to virtually share your favorite children's book: Talk with your friends about setting up storytime; pick a date and time that works best for everyone Pick your favorite children's book Do a live reading via Facetime or Facebook Live OR record your reading of the book and send it to your family and friends to use whenever works best for them Repeat the steps above as many times as you'd like!

Through 12/31/21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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