The Center for Civic Engagement

Volunteer Opportunities

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Area 10 on Aging
Assistance to the Homebound

  • Shopping Assistant. Volunteers assist with shopping for groceries and prescription pick-up for homebound elderly persons.
  • Friendly Visitor. Volunteers visit the homes of elderly individuals one hour each week.
  • Telephone Reassurance. Volunteers call homebound elderly persons a few times each week and provide companionship.

Handymen Needed

  • Handyman volunteers perform minor repair work that allows senior citizens to stay in their homes. This especially helps those who are frail, low-income, or disabled. Handymen also install safety equipment. Recipients of these services pay for the materials.

Food Pantry and Nutrition Project

  • The Food Pantry Program provides food to homebound, low-income citizens of Monroe and Owen Counties. Volunteer shoppers select food from the Hoosier Hills Food Bank once a week and help store it for later distribution. Volunteer baggers fill grocery bags for delivery once a month, being careful to accommodate special dietary needs. Volunteer drivers deliver groceries to the individuals on their route once a month. Volunteer callers remind clients about delivery dates and assess the program's effectiveness.

Contact Holly McLauchlin at

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana needs YOUR help! What can you do with one hour a week: Eat lunch with a friend? Go to one class? Watch 1/3 of a football game? Get a manicure or pedicure? Or you could change a life! Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) offers many mentoring programs (some of which require only an hour of your time each week!!) in which caring adult volunteers work one-on-one with a local youth. Programs are available during the day at many local schools, after school at the Boys & Girls Club (downtown), or on your own out in the community with your Little. Big Brothers Big Sisters' one-to-one mentoring makes a huge difference for the youth it serves. Research consistently demonstrates that BBBS mentoring helps at-risk youth overcome the many challenges they face. Be a friend. Be a mentor. Just be there.

Contact BBBS of South Central Indiana

phone: (812) 334-2828

Boys and Girls Club of Crestmont

One time volunteer opportunities assist with Fun Friday activities; interact with youth; assist staff with special events and so much more!

Summer volunteers attend field trips, go to the pool, play games, interact with 30+ youth, help with educational activities, and so much more!

Volunteers must fill out an application (available online at or at the Club), attend an orientation, and complete a background check.

This is a great opportunity for individuals seeking a fulfilling, fun, and life changing volunteer experience working with youth!

Contact: Shawna Meyer
phone: 812-336-6591

Boys and Girls Club of Ellettsville

Our enrollment has tripled since the opening of the club and we are in need of volunteers. Whether you have volunteer requirements for school, or just want to give back to your community we have room for you! Please help us enrich the lives of these children through, care, respect and responsibility.

There are several summer programs between the months of June and August that need volunteers.

Opportunities: Homework help, Tutoring, Mentoring, Group Projects, Direct Service with Youth.

Hours of Operation: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Contact: Jessica Kee Volunteer Coordinator
phone: ( 812) 935-6970

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

When home is no longer a safe place, more than 12,000 children a year in Indiana, are placed in foster care.  Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates exists to give a voice to our most vulnerable children who are thrown into an overburdened child welfare system that is hard pressed to meet their individual needs.  CASA volunteers are empowered directly by the court and offer the system the critical information it needs to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to. 

Monroe County CASA, Inc. is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains and supervises court appointed volunteers to advocate for children who are involved in juvenile court due to abuse and neglect.  Volunteer advocacy is based on the belief that all children are entitled to a safe and permanent home. 

CASA asks for a minimum of a one year commitment in order to provide stability for the children in need. Time commitment varies based on the complexity of the case. A flexible schedule is helpful, as CASA’s are encouraged to be present when the case is at court.

For more information and a volunteer application go to or contact Kelli Shannon at 812-333-2272;

Citizen Advocacy of South-Central Indiana, Inc

Citizen Advocacy of South-Central Indiana, Incorporated (CASCI, Inc) facilitates and supports one -on- one matches between citizens with disabilities (Partners) and other members of the community (Advocates) for the purpose of friendship and advocacy.  Too often, people with disabilities have almost all of their interactions with paid healthcare workers and human services professionals; citizen advocacy efforts help people with disabilities integrate more fully into their community.

There are a variety of roles that a citizen advocate may adopt such as a friend, mentor, assistant, ally, or protector.  Without good relationships, provided by citizen advocates, many people in our community will continue to feel lonely and vulnerable. A community that embraces all of its members is a stronger, more diverse, and welcoming place for all.  Do you like to fish, go to the Farmer’s Market, go out to eat and to movies?  These are some of the activities our Partners enjoy as well.

Would you like to become an Advocate or volunteer at an event or serve on a CASCI committee? Do you or someone you know need an Advocate? Would you like to learn more about how to support our organization? Then please contact: Coordinator Diana Reynolds, 812-219-1637 or email her at

 CASCI asks for a minimum of a two year committment if possible.

City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department

Whether it's helping kids at a special event or getting involved in environmental projects, the city of Bloomington Parks and Recreation has something for you!

All ages are encouraged to volunteer: Girl or Boy Scouts, Youth Extension Groups, church groups, etc. Days and times vary depending on program needs.

One person or 60 - we have volunteer opportunities for groups of every size.

Contact: Kim Ecenbarger
Phone: 349-3739

City of Bloomington Volunteer Network

The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network can connect you to the organizations in the community where your help is needed most. To learn more about which organization could benefit from your time, skills and talent, contact the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network:

phone: (812) 349-3433

Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen relies heavily on volunteer support. We use approximately 11 volunteers/day (16/day in the summer) to help with meal preparation and meal service. Our year-round volunteer shifts are from 11:30am-1:30pm and 3:30-6:30pm each Monday-Saturday. If you are interested in a volunteer experience that is hands-on and on the front lines, we have a job for you! We welcome volunteers aged 10-13, accompanied by an adult, and those 14 and older, without an adult. You can volunteer one time or sign up for a regular once/week or once/month shift. If you are interested in signing up for a volunteer time or just need more information, please call us at 332-0999.

Come make a difference in your community!

Phone: 812-332-0999

Crisis Line

Crisis line: Our crisis line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to callers throughout our 6 county service area and beyond. Crisis line volunteers offer resources and a supportive ear, help callers create safety plans, and conduct intake interviews with new emergency shelter residents.

-Must be 18 years or older, a woman, and attend MWH’s pre-service training and additional crisis line training.

- Commitment to a 3-4 hour shift (or 11pm-8am overnight shift) per week. 

Global Gifts

Global Gifts has opened a new store in Bloomington. The store purchases goods from 35 countries at a fair trade price. Global Gift volunteers help run the store by taking shifts during store hours to help with customers, set out inventory, and share the mission of fair trade with visitors.

Phone: 812-336-7402

Girl's Inc

Girls Incorporated is a national youth organization dedicated to helping girls become strong, smart, and bold. We provide programs to girls after school, on weekends, and during the summer through our network of affiliates.

After-School Programming:

We have volunteer opportunities in our after-school programming from 3:00 - 6:00pm

Monday-Friday. Volunteers are placed in specific slots within our programs so sign up early if you would like to volunteer with a specific program. The programs vary each semester and also include homework help with opportunities to tutor and read with girls.


We ask for a minimum weekly commitment of a 2 hour time block on the same day each week from volunteers working with the after-school program. We do this to ensure that a meaningful connection is created between you and our members. Additional training may be offered throughout the semester to better equip staff and volunteers with skills and techniques to relate to the girls and lead programs. Volunteers are expected to attend a training, if possible, and will be able to count the hours as volunteer hours.

Contact: Ashley Flora

Hilltop Garden and Nature Center

Our Mission:  Hilltop is dedicated to providing services, programs and education in gardening, horticulture and nature-based activity to enhance the well being of individuals and society. Programs include youth gardening, parent/child gardening, adult education, demonstration gardens and therapeutic horticulture.

Volunteering at Hilltop is easy and rewarding; you can learn gardening and landscaping by doing.  As a volunteer, at Hilltop you may be working in the greenhouses transplanting seedlings or watering; outside you may be installing plants in our demonstration vegetable garden or helping erect our yearly themed floral display.   Other activities include labeling plants for our semi-annual sales and helping out on sale days.


Hoosier Hills Food Bank

There are a variety of opportunities available at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Groups of almost any size as well as individuals and families are welcome and encouraged to volunteer at HHFB.

In an effort to bridge both the needs of farmers and food-insecure households, Hoosier Hills Food Bank is working with area farmers, along with the support of volunteers, to collect leftover crops from farmers’ fields.

There are 3 ways we obtain excess produce from local farms:

    * Pick up blemished, already-harvested produce that is not "perfect" enough to sell

    * Assist with general maintenance in the fields in exchange for donated produce

    * Glean excess produce left in the fields

We are looking for committed, hard-working individuals of all ages and all levels of experience who possess an interest in gardening/farming. Come help us bridge the gap between lost food and food insecurity!

Contact: Kim
Phone: (812) 334-8374

Horse-Angels, Inc.

We are a horse rescue located 20 minutes west of Bloomington, between Bloomington and Spencer. (Our address is Spencer, IN). The economy has made it difficult for horse-owners to feed their horses, and we have been overwhelmed with starved horses from Monroe, Owen, and other surrounding counties. Whereas our typical winter-time number of horses has been 38-40 in the past, we are already at 48 this year (and still climbing). This means that we have to focus on maintaining stalls and feeding, and have had to curtail our grooming time, exercise, and the affection that horses so badly need to be content. We have also fallen behind in updating our website, designing brochures, distributing donation jars, and even keeping the cobwebs down in the barn. We cannot afford to hire new personnel, so are relying on finding more volunteers.

We are looking for volunteers comfortable with horses and barn dust, or anyone that could donate time to our website ( or brochure design. We generally have volunteer days on the 2nd and 4th Sunday at 1p.m. for groomers and barn clean-up, but a website or brochure volunteer could work at their own pace from home. We will also expand our volunteer days if we can find an additional Volunteer Supervisor to be present when volunteers are with the horses.

The barn is not heated, so this time of year is difficult for us all. If the cold is too much now, please keep us in mind for spring! The horses just keep coming! (We are working on a rescue effort currently involving 48 animals)!.

Contact: Sue Whitman, D.V.M.
Phone: (812) 876-0711

Lawrence County Museum of History and Edward L. Hutton Research Library

The Lawrence County Museum of History has the following volunteer opportunities:

Front Desk – There is a daily need for a volunteer at the front desk. Responsibilities include greeting and directing visitors, selling items at the gift shop, and answering the telephone.  Volunteers may also assist museum staff with special projects.

Research Library – Volunteers are needed in the research library to assist the librarian with various historical and/or genealogical research requests.

Gallery Committee – Volunteers are needed to plan, set up and take down exhibits.

On-line Sales Committee – Volunteers are needed to list items for sale and prepare items for shipment.  Experience with computers and the Internet are needed.

Building Maintenance – There are always light maintenance tasks to be done, depending on your skills and strength.

Special Events – Volunteers are needed to assist with special events. These vary from month to month.

Phone: 812-278-8575

Middle Way House

Visit for the next volunteer training available.

Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is entirely volunteer run, so your volunteer power, experience, and perspective is absolutely essential!  Many volunteers just show up for a few hours once a week or once every other week. Some come on a weekly basis, or take on special responsibilities with the project.  The tasks that most of our volunteers do are relatively simple, but require a lot of creative and critical thinking. Most volunteers help by reading letters from people in prison who are requesting books from our project. They then search the shelves of our project, filled with books that have been donated by members of our community, to find books that appropriately match what the person in prison is looking for and package them with a personal response to the person in prison.

Volunteer Hours:

Our weekly volunteer hours are:

    * Thursday 7-10pm (8-10pm during the summer)

    * Sunday 2-5pm

    * Monday 7-9pm (the project will be closed on Monday nights during the summer)

Drop in at:

118 S. Rogers

Suite 2

Bloomington, IN 47404

Phone: 1.866.598.1543 (toll-free)



Morgan County Humane Society

Morgan County Humane Society is located at 690 W Mitchell Avenue, Martinsville, IN  46151. We are an open admission shelter which means we take in any animal regardless of the animal's age, health or temperament.  We provide a safe environment for all homeless pets received from our community which covers all of Morgan County.  We also provide 24 hour animal control services and investigate cases of animal abuse and neglect. We care for over 150 dogs and cats every single day, including holidays and weekends.

We are in need of volunteers in a wide variety of areas which include:  kennel cleaning, dog walking, bathing animals, cat brushing, socializing of all animals and making them feel loved, office chores, maintenance indoors and outdoors and several other chores.  We can work with your schedule and can find a perfect fit for you at our shelter. If you love animals and like working with a diverse group of individuals come and visit us at Morgan County Humane Society.  765-349-9177. Must be 16 or older to volunteer without a parent.

Phone: 765-349-9177



Monroe County Circles Initiative

Monroe County Circles Initiative gives tools to individuals to work their way out of poverty. Volunteers are needed in the areas of childcare, meal preparation, and transportation. Meetings, trainings, and meals take place in the evenings, between the hours of 4pm and 8:30pm. You can volunteer as often as you like, and we encourage you to keep coming back, but there is not a week-to-week obligation.

Contact: Linda Patton

Phone: 812-339-3447 ext. 206


Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard (MHC) is a food pantry whose mission is to provide healthful, wholesome foods to people in need, as well as nutrition and gardening education. We provide our services in ways that build community while enhancing the dignity, respect, and self-care of all involved.

MHC needs volunteers in the areas of the pantry, their gardens, and nutrition education.

Contact: Stephanie Solomon

Phone: 812-355-6843


New Hope Family Shelter

New Hope Family Shelter needs volunteers to work as site supervisors for at least one shift per week. These volunteers will help provide 24/7 staff presence at Bloomington's homeless shelter for families, and help those families plan how to address the problems that led to homelessness. Shifts are typically 2 or 4 hours long.

Contact us via email at to find out about training sessions and shift times.

Volunteers must attend a training session and commit to a regular weekly volunteer shift.

On-Scene-Advocate (OSA) 

OSA’s offer support, information, and resources to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours a day, 7 days a week face-to-face at the hospital or on the phone. OSAs offer non-judgmental support by providing information on SA and DV themselves and explaining medical and legal institutions so that survivors can make informed decisions. Most importantly, OSAs let survivors know they are not alone and never to blame!

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Indiana – Monroe County seeks remarkable volunteers 18 years and older to assist athletes during sports training practices.

Volunteers for basketball, bowling, golf, softball, and athletics (track & field) are considered Class A Volunteers, and are required to attend a two-hour, entry level training session. We also ask that volunteers commit to 2 hours/week to the sport.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with Special Olympics, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at

Stone Belt

Stone Belt provides residential, educational, employment services and mental health supports for adults with developmental disabilities. We practice our work within the framework of dignity, self-worth and the right to self-determination for all individuals.

Volunteers make the difference at Stone Belt! From assisting clients with arts projects to accompanying groups on outings, volunteers provide wonderful opportunities for individuals with disabilities to establish meaningful relationships and connect with the community. We have both short-term and long-term opportunities available.

Contact: Crystal Alley

Phone: 812-332-2168 ext. 292



Sycamore Land Trust

Sycamore Land Trust (SLT) is a non-profit southern Indiana organization whose mission is to preserve our disappearing landscape.

Volunteers are needed to monitor SLT property, implement land management plans, photograph events, write for the newsletter, and aid in other indoor and outdoor needs. Sycamore Land Trust hosts occasional all day Saturday events such as tree plantings and land maintenance. Visit their Bloomington volunteer page to watch for workday events.

Contact: Erin

Phone: 812-336-5382, x 104




No matter what your talents or interests, you can make a difference in someone’s life.

When you volunteer with VistaCare, you become part of a team of skilled, compassionate people who dedicate their time to a truly noble cause.

Volunteers visit patients to provide companionship and support through conversation or just being a supportive presence to patients living in nursing homes in Bedford.

Volunteers may also provide caregiver relief for the families of hospice patients living at home in Bedford, Mitchell, Paoli, West Baden and surrounding areas.

Volunteer training must be completed prior to volunteering.  Time and location of training are flexible.

For more information about volunteering with VistaCare Hospice, contact Jacqueline Shickert at 812-284-2600 or

Volunteers in Medicine

Volunteers in Medicine clinics rely on donated time from both retired and active physicians and nurses, as well as volunteers from the community to provide administrative support.

Volunteer roles include:

    * Physicians, dentists and pharmacists

    * Nurse practitioners and nurses

    * Social workers and psychologists

    * Patient educators

    * Dietitians, Wellness and Fitness instructors

    * Administrative and operational support.

Health professionals should be aware that when volunteering in the clinic, they are protected from malpractice lawsuits by the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Feel free to email or stop by the clinic to receive a volunteer application and handbook or call (812) 333-4033.

Windfall Dancers, Inc.

Windfall Dancers, Inc. is a fully qualified 501©3 not-for-profit organization offering dance and movement education and performance opportunities for the Bloomington and surrounding communities for over 32 years.  Due to the variety of activities provided by our organization, there are numerous volunteer opportunities for those interested! These include:

    * Concessions Volunteers

    * Garden, Building and Grounds Volunteers

    * Special Events Volunteers

    * School Volunteers

Contact: Amy Morwick, Managing Director


Volunteering for Wonderlab is flexible and fun. A science background is not needed! Volunteers must be grade 7 or older.

Exhibit Gallery

  • Volunteers make visitors feel comfortable and encourage them to explore the hands-on exhibits and experiences. Attendance at a training session is required. See training dates below.

Birthday Parties

  • Volunteers help set up the party room, prepare gift bags, greet guests, help with the science activity and clean up after the party. Prior experience working with visitors in the museum and special training are required.

Visitor Services and Gift Store

  • Volunteers assist admissions and gift store staff in welcoming visitors, providing information and stocking the gift store shelves. Minimum age: 18. Special training is required.

Outreach Events

  • Volunteers provide hands-on activities and information to visitors off-site. Prior experience working in the museum with visitors and personal responsibility for transportation are required.

Administrative Tasks and Special Events

  • Volunteers help with administrative projects and special fund-raising events.

Program Presentation

  • Volunteers with science expertise help develop special programs for all ages.


  • Volunteers work outdoors in the garden. No experience or training is necessary. Groups are welcome.

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (812)337-1337 ext. 20