Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Volunteering Guide

November 01, 2012

‘Tis the season of giving. This holiday season, give back to the community with your family. Family volunteering can impact a legacy of community service, and create life-long volunteers out of younger generations. It also offers an opportunity to forge lasting bonds with fellow family members, while simultaneously making important contributions to the community. Check out these family volunteering opportunities in the Greater Indianapolis area and start giving back today.



  1. Gleaner’s Food Bank of IndianaGleaner’s Food Bank 3737 Waldemere Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46241 (317) 925-0191 www.gleaners.org. Volunteer shifts available daily, see website for details. At Gleaner’s Food Bank of Indiana, they believe that nobody should ever go to bed hungry. During this holiday season, your family can help in a variety of different ways at Gleaner’s and make a real difference in your fellow Hoosiers’ lives.

  2. Holy Family Shelter of Indianapolis Holy Family Shelter 1400 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317) 635-7830 ext. 19 www.archindy.org/cc/holyfamily. Contact Volunteer & Donations Coordinator Amber Hiss to find out how you can help. Kids 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteer shifts vary, contact the Holy Family Shelter for details. Serving more than 1,000 people each year, Holy Family Shelter addresses the increasing demand for emergency shelter in Indianapolis and the Central Indiana area by providing residential services designed to move homeless families to self-sufficiency.

  3. Horizon House Volunteer ProgramHorizon House 1033 E. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317) 423-8909 ext. 326 www.horizonhouse.cc. Contact Scott Brannon for more information on how you can help. Monday – Friday, 7:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. The Horizon House Volunteer Program is dedicated to educating and engaging individuals to become life-long community advocates for the homeless.

  4. Humane Society of Indianapolis Parent & Me DaysIndyHumane 7929 Michigan Road Indianapolis, IN 46268 (317) 872-5650 www.indyhumane.org. Cost is $15 to volunteer. Each child (8 years and older) must be accompanied by an adult. Pairs must commit to a weekly 2-hour shift. Tuesday – Friday, 12:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Saturdays 2:00p.m – 6:00p.m. Parent & Me Days give families the opportunity to volunteer their time and love to the animals at IndyHumane. Volunteering at the Humane Society of Indianapolis will help you and your child nurture a sense of compassion and respect for living beings through enriching activities and hands-on experience.

  5. Salvation Army of IndianapolisSalvation Army Indiana Division 3100 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46208 (800) 589-1037 www.salvationarmyindiana.org. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Brain Smith for more information on how you can help. Shifts vary, see website for details. The Salvation Army of Indianapolis is dedicated to helping those in need. Your family can lend a hand by volunteering or making a donation.

  6. Second HelpingsSecond Helpings 1121 Southeastern Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317) 632-2664 www.secondhelpings.org. Contact the Manager of Volunteer Services, Mary, at mary@secondhelpings.org, to find out how your family can get involved. Shifts vary, see website for details. At Second Helpings, they rescue prepared and perishable food, prepare it into nutritious meals and distribute those meals to over 60 social services organization that feed hungry people.

  7. United Way of Central Indiana United Way of Central Indiana 3901 N. Meridian St.Visit their website to find volunteering opportunities near you.The United Way of Central Indiana Volunteer Center is a place where volunteers and opportunities connect. Find volunteer opportunities for your family this holiday season.

  8. The Julian CenterJulian Center 2011 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317) 941-2200 www.juliancenter.org. Visit their website to find volunteering opportunities for your family. The Julian Center also runs a food pantry drive, a cell phone drive, and an adopt-a-family program. Shifts vary, see website for details. The Julian Center provides counseling, safe shelter, case management, advocacy, and education for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises in the Indianapolis area. There are many different ways for families to get involved at the Julian Center.

  9. Special Olympics Indiana Special Olympics Indiana 6100 W. 96th St., Suite 270 Indianapolis, IN 46278 www.soindiana.org (317) 328-2000. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Miller to find out how you can get involved. Shifts vary, see website for details. Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Find out how your family can get involved.

  10. Ronald McDonald House of IndianaRonald McDonald House of Indiana 435 Limestone St. Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317) 269-2247 www.rmh-indiana.org. Contact Volunteer Resource Manager, Mary Friend, at mfriend@rmh-indiana.org to find out how you can help. Shifts vary, see website for details. The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana works to provide a supportive home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured children receiving medical care at Riley Hospital for Children and other Indianapolis hospitals. Families can donate meals, help prepare the homes, or conduct a food or wish list drive.