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Volunteers can find both long-term opportunities and short-term or even one-time only events at which to serve. Volunteers can serve in a variety of settings: hospitals, religious organizations, schools, homeless shelters, food banks, and more. With so many options, it can be difficult to find the right opportunity for you. This website can link you to volunteer centers and other organizations that can help you find the best volunteer opportunity for you.
The Indiana Association of Volunteer Centers (IAVC) is a group of organizations and a great place to start to connect with volunteer opportunities. They can help you find a site that fits your skills, your schedule, and your values. The IAVC’s mission is to act as a unified voice to strengthen volunteer centers, volunteer programs, and to promote volunteerism statewide.
If there are no IAVC’s located near you, you can check out these website to get connected:
Points of Light sets standards for volunteer excellence, encourages volunteer leadership, and often has great resources for personal volunteer development.
Energize Inc. is a website full of articles and tips for maximizing the volunteer experience. Check out helpful articles on using volunteer experience to build your resume and more.
Service Leader.org provides tools and information to help you volunteer more effectively and learn to record your experiences.
A disaster has hit, I want to help, where do I start?
We are glad you are ready to spring into action to help others! Please visit our “How You Can Help” section on the Disaster Prep & Response page.
Where is the list of nonprofits that I can volunteer with?
Volunteer.IN.gov is not a volunteer matching website; it does not have lists of individual non-profits that need volunteers. To find a volunteer opportunity near you, contact one the Indiana Volunteer Centers found on the list above. If there is no such organization in your county, try one of the volunteer matching websites listed above.
What is a volunteer center?
Volunteer Centers are conveners for the community, catalysts for social action and key local resources for volunteer involvement. They bring people and community needs together through a range of programs and services based upon community needs, demographic area, population size, and other factors. A volunteer center is defined as an organization providing, at a minimum, the following services:
a. Makes its services available to the public through a non-profit organization or association, with a physical office location, a budget, a governing or advisory body, and staff (paid or volunteer, full or part-time).
b. Acts as a mobilizer of volunteers and resources to address community needs.
c. Promotes volunteerism.
d. Connects volunteers with opportunities to serve.
e. Builds capacity for effective local volunteer service.
f. Participates in strategic community initiatives to mobilize volunteers to meet community needs.
What is the difference between volunteering and national service?
When someone gives their time to help someone else, free of charge, that is volunteering. When someone applies to and is accepted in a national service organization, like AmeriCorps, they receive benefits such as a living stipend and educational award while they serve their community. National Service is not considered employment because they do not receives wages.
I have more questions, who can I contact?
Please feel free to contact us.