Acts of Service


Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

Needs are organized by category. Please select one below or scroll down to see all current volunteer opportunities.


Animal Welfare

Supporting Cats and Dogs in Michiana


Volunteers are needed at Pet Refuge to help with feeding, cleaning, fostering, socializing, and promoting our animals waiting for homes. Evening, morning, and weekend opportunities are available!

We are located directly off the US 20 bypass at the Michigan Street exit and invite you to come meet us and see how you can become part of our team. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Graham at or call 574-231-1122



Children & Family

Elkhart Environmental Center’s Haunted Walk Through the Woods

Thursday, October 26th & Friday, October 27th

Help us put on our 4th Annual Haunted Walk Through the Woods event this October! Volunteers are needed for a variety of shifts, including event setup/cleanup, parking, trail acting, and more – sign up for whichever sounds fun to you. For more information and to sign up, please click the volunteer button below.



Community Development

Goshen First Fridays

Every first Friday of the month

Sign up to volunteer during Downtown Goshen First Fridays in 2023!

You must be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by a responsible adult. Please be prepared to stay for the entirety of your shift as these events are well-attended and require full participation.

For more information or to sign up, please click the link below.



Education & Literacy

Real Mentors Read at Goshen Community Schools

November 8th

Join a 2nd-4th grade classroom for 30-minutes, once a week for four weeks to read aloud and share about your career, life experiences, and love of reading. Free Kick-off luncheon will be on Wednesday, Nov. 8th at 12pm at Grace Community Church.If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Jill Yoder, Crossroads United Way at or Jodie Lantz, Real Mentors Read Coordinator for Goshen Community Schools at
To sign up, please click the volunteer button below.



Read United at Elkhart Community Schools

Wednesday, October 25th through November 22nd

Read aloud to a K-2nd grade classroom for 30-minutes, once a week for four weeks while sharing your life experiences and love of reading.

Help encourage reading as fun and building healthy relationships for students while also helping them get to or stay at grade level reading before they transition from learning to read to reading to learn in the third grade. Any questions, feel free to reach out to
Free kick-off and book pick-up luncheon will be held at Crossroads United Way on Wednesday, Oct. 25th at Noon
Learn more at or sign up at the link below:
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For more information, email Jill Yoder at Crossroads United Way



Emergency & Safety Services


Wellfield Botanic Gardens


You can make a difference in your community! Volunteering at Wellfield Botanic Gardens is a great way to get outside, have fun, and meet new people. We have volunteer opportunities for everyone, in every part of the Gardens. Below are just a few ways you can get involved.

Visitors Cottage volunteers welcome guests with a smile and help make a visit to Wellfield memorable. They also help with greeting guests for our special events. Horticulture volunteers help with planting, pruning, weeding, and general garden maintenance. Digging in the soil is good for the soul! Education volunteers assist with school field trips or adult educational programs. Garden Ambassadors spend time out in the Gardens greeting our guests, answering questions, and assisting our Guest Services staff. Event volunteers lend a helping hand setting up for special events, such as weddings and concerts. Administrative volunteers assist in our office with clerical duties including mailings and organization. We always welcome groups and organizations looking for volunteer opportunities.

For more information please contact Jodie Papandrea at 574-266-2006 ext. 107 or email Wellfield.




Rose Garden Recovery Community


Rose Garden Recovery Community has 2 homes that have an ongoing need for mowing and yard work to be done during the 1st and 3rd week of every month.

Our locations are 72876 CR 29 Syracuse, IN and 11007 SR 13 Syracuse, IN 46567.

Our location on CR 29 takes about 5 hours to mow and the location on SR 13 takes about 2 hours to mow.

For more information or to volunteer, please email Kayly.



Health & Wellness

Meals on Wheels – The Window

Do you have time between 11am & 12pm? Help Meals on Wheels deliver lunches to homebound seniors.
We have an upcoming meal delivery volunteer opportunity for a dedicated Thursday route (this is a one day per week commitment) beginning on August 24th.
There is always a need for substitutes who have flexible availability to fill in. For more information, please call 574.533.9680 ext. 203 

Heart to Heart Hospice


At Heart to Heart Hospice we offer an extraordinary level of personal assistance to meet the needs of our patients and families.  This would not be possible without the support of our dedicated and compassionate volunteers. By volunteering and giving your time, you can make a significate impact on the quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses and those that care for them.

Become a volunteer and make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteers may :

  • Provide companionship
  • Read books/news
  • Celebrate holidays
  • Help with light housekeeping
  • Make phone calls or write letters
  • Provide emotional support/spiritual support
  • Assist with a memory journal
  • Sit with patients to relieve care caregivers
  • Help with bereavement

For more information, contact Lori Baldwin, volunteer coordinator at 574.350.4977



Homelessness & Food Insecurities

Veterans & Active Military

Youth Clubs & Youth Sports Leagues

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