Acts of Service

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

MOST URGENT

Animal Welfare

Humane Society of Elkhart County 4-H Fair

Friday, July 19th – Saturday, July 27th

The Humane Society of Elkhart County needs volunteers to man its information booth at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Volunteers work in pairs for three-hour shifts from 11 AM – 10 PM, and each is provided with an FAQ sheet and free ticket to the fair. 

To sign up, please click the volunteer button below. We’d love to see you there!

VOLUNTEER

ELKHART

Humane Society of Elkhart County

ONGOING NEED

The Humane Society of Elkhart County has needs including office work, grooming, socialization, transportation, and maintenance. They have volunteer hours available Monday-Friday, 9-5, or Saturday and Sunday from 9-4. All ages welcome!

Please sign up using the volunteer button below.

VOLUNTEER

ELKHART

Supporting Cats and Dogs in Michiana

ONGOING NEED

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 janet@petrefuge.com or call 574-231-1122

EMAIL JANET 

SOUTH BEND

Children & Family

Boy’s and Girl’s Club Celebration

Wednesday, August 7th

The Boys and Girls Club of Middlebury needs your help to host an End of the Year Water Day! There will be slip n’ slides, water balloons, relays, and so much more. At least ten volunteers are needed to monitor the activities. This is a great opportunity for all ages to get involved! 

To sign up, please click the volunteer button below.

VOLUNTEER

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana

ONGOING NEED

Join us at Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Michiana! We depend on volunteers to help us with the daily operations of the Ronald McDonald House at Beacon Children’s Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. We have a variety of options for you! Please follow the link to the application.

Click here to volunteer!

SOUTH BEND

Supporting Children with Disabilities in Michiana

ONGOING NEED

Volunteers are needed at LoveWay Inc. Morning, afternoon, evening, and Saturday opportunities are available!

LoveWay provides adaptive equine (horse) experiences for children. Our participants with disabilities often require physical, emotional, mental and/or cognitive support to get the most out of their experience. Class volunteers assist our instructors with the participants before, during, and after class with typical activities and tasks.

Most class volunteers help participants prep their horses for class, walk (and sometimes jog) alongside them during the lesson and assist with post-class responsibilities as well.

When you compare the large number of participants served at LoveWay each year and the small size of LoveWay’s core staff, you see that it is truly the volunteers who make our work possible.

We are located at 54151 CR 33 Middlebury IN 46540. We invite you to come and meet us and see how you can become part of our team. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christy Snyder or call 574-825-5666.

Email Christy

Community Development

Elkhart Parks and Recreation Island of Blues Festival

Saturday, September 14th

We need your help putting on the Island of Blues Festival from 11AM-8PM. Volunteers work in two-hour shifts as either a bridge greeter or Kids Zone monitor. You’ll get to meet new people, answer event questions, and be a part of one of the city’s great events! Each volunteer gets a t-shirt, snacks, and a drink during their shift.

To sign up, please contact Maddy Gordon at (574)295-7275 or maddy.gordon@coei.org. Your city thanks you!

ELKHART

Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County

ONGOING NEED

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County and the ReStore provides an opportunity for individuals, groups, and organizations to support Habitat’s mission and build skills, relationships, and communities. You may volunteer in a variety of roles in construction, in the ReStore, or serve on one of our committees.

No experience is required to volunteer with us on the construction site or in the ReStore. For more information or to sign up, please email Faith Brummet.

EMAIL FAITH

ELKHART COUNTY

Maple City Walk and Run

Saturday, September 14th

The 15th Annual Maple City Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2024. The event includes a marathon, half-marathon, and 10K as they enjoy a beautiful walk or run along the Maple City Greenway and Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.
We need your help! We are always looking for volunteers to help us with this wonderful community event!

Volunteer assignments include registration/check-in and food and drink stations.
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Kimberlee Stephens at 574-534-3003 or by email.

EMAIL KIM

GOSHEN

Board Member for Open Door Pantry

ONCE PER MONTH

Open Door Pantry seeking 2 dedicated board members. Our mission statement is to provide the greater Michiana community with food and resources to assist in times of need.

Board meetings are held monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 6 pm and last 1.5-2 hours. Board members to be involved in helping with the following, if possible:

*Pantry give out day- 2nd Tuesday every month from 2:30-5pm

*Set up Radiant Life Sanctuary three times/year for special pantry give out (May, Sept & Dec)

*Procure donations & table sponsors for annual fundraiser & work the evening of the event

If you would like more information, please contact Pam Smith, Board President of Open Door Pantry at 574-370-6326.

ELKHART

Goshen First Fridays

Every first Friday of the month

Sign up to volunteer during Downtown Goshen First Fridays in 2024!

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.

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GOSHEN

Education & Literacy

Emergency & Safety Services

Environmental

Elkhart Environmental Center Envirofest

Saturday, August 10th

Volunteers are needed in collaboration with the Elkhart Environmental Center from 3PM-8PM for the EnviroFest. They need help with setup, event shifts (such as ticket booths, event booths, silent auction, etc.), and cleanup. Volunteers receive a t-shirt and food + snacks throughout their shift. All ages welcome!

Please click the volunteer button below to sign up.

VOLUNTEER

ELKHART

Wellfield Botanic Gardens

ONGOING NEED

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.

EMAIL WELLFIELD

ELKHART

Faith-Based

Rose Garden Recovery Community

ONGOING NEED

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.

EMAIL KAYLY

SYRACUSE

Health & Wellness

Joy Blooms

ONGOING NEED

Joy Blooms’ mission is to inspire joy and kindness through the practice of repurposing flowers to feed the fragile human spirit. In short, sharing joy with flowers! Their greatest needs are on Thursdays and Fridays, when they are picking up, prepping, and delivering flowers to designated sites (nursing homes, retirement facilities, etc.). For this reason, all volunteers must receive a background check and have a valid driver’s license.

Joy Blooms also accepts large flower donations from weddings, corporate parties, etc. They are a joyful bunch and benefit from their mission as much as the recipients of the flowers!

We encourage you to sign up using the volunteer button below. If you have questions, their founder and director, Nancy Stoeling, would love to hear from you! Contact her at (574)606-3157, or info@joyblooms.org.

VOLUNTEER

ELKHART

Heart to Heart Hospice

ONGOING NEED

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

EMAIL LORI

ELKHART COUNTY

Homelessness & Food Insecurities

The Hub in Bristol

Thursday, July 18th and 25th

The Hub’s mission is to bring hope, healing, and wholeness to Bristol. They need 7 people to help in their food pantry from 8:30 AM – 11 AM and 12:30 PM – 3 PM. They also have many event opportunities coming up that can be found on their website.

To sign up, please click the volunteer button below. With questions, contact Executive Director Chris Garner at execdirector@thehubbristol.com.

VOLUNTEER

BRISTOL

The Window and THOR’s Outrunning Hunger 5K

Saturday, August 31st

We need volunteers to help host a 5K in support of The Window at Shanklin Park along the Millrace from 6:00 AM – 11:30 AM. There are a variety of roles, including photographer, encourager, set-up crew, and more!

Learn more and sign up at the volunteer button below or contact Susi Miller with questions – smiller@thewindowinc.com or 574.533.9680 ext 208.

VOLUNTEER

GOSHEN

The Window’s Nelson’s Fundraiser

Saturday, September 7th

The Window needs volunteers in 2 hour shifts from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM to help us host a Nelson’s Chicken at 201 Chicago Avenue near the Goshen Kroger. We need volunteers to help package, sell, and advertise the food.

Please click the volunteer button to sign up. If you have questions, please contact Susi Miller at 574.533.9680 ext. 208 or smiller@thewindowinc.com.

VOLUNTEER

GOSHEN

The Window’s Nelsons Fundraiser

Saturday, July 20th

The Window will be selling chicken and potatoes as a fundraiser to benefit the mission of The Window. We need volunteers to help package and sell the food. We will also ask people to advertise the food along Pike Street and Lincoln Avenue in Goshen.

Numerous volunteers are needed from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM in two hour increments. You are more than welcome to sign up for more than one shift.

Please click the volunteer button below to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Susi Miller, Director of Development, at smiller@thewindowinc.com or 574.533.9680 ext. 208.

VOLUNTEER 

GOSHEN

Cultivate Food Rescue

ONGOING NEED

Cultivate Food Rescue needs volunteers to package meals, prepare frozen meals for distribution to community partners, assist our Chef with preparing meals, work with our logistics team to sort food items, and other projects as needed. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the week in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Sign Up Online

 

Email the Volunteer Team

SOUTH BEND

Serving Meals on Wheels of Goshen

ONGOING NEED

🌟🚗 Join Our Meals on Wheels Team and Make a Difference! 🚗🌟
Are you ready to spread love and make a tangible impact on the lives of our community’s seniors? We’ve got an incredible opportunity waiting for you! 🙌
Drivers: We have multiple immediate meal delivery volunteer opportunities for a dedicated weekly route (this is a one day per week commitment). Deliver meals to homebound seniors, leaving The Window at 11 am. Each route is approximately 5-15 miles. Time varies per route per driver, but some can be run in 15 minutes while other volunteers develop friendships with the clients and spend a bit more time.

Dispatcher: A dispatcher packages in meal containers prepared by the kitchen into the appropriate coolers and hot bags, takes the meal carts to the back door, and hands the coolers to each driver. Upon a drivers return the dispatcher will clean the cooler and hot/cold packs, place them on the rolling cart, and return the cart to the kitchen. This volunteer commitment is from 10 am – 12:30 pm.

There is always a need for substitutes who have flexible availability to fill in.

Contact the Meals on Wheels Director at 574-533-9680.

Email Meals on Wheels

GOSHEN

Veterans & Active Military

Youth Clubs & Youth Sports Leagues

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