By: Claire Walterhouse
With the winter blues being washed away by the spring rain, it’s a good time to get out of the house that has kept you cooped up for so long. While many people will start planning vacations and fun weekend adventures, a lot of people and needs in our community will be overlooked. So instead of planning a Saturday filled with wine tours or brunch with friends, why not spend a Saturday or two serving the people around you. Indianapolis is filled with so many different community service organizations, that it definitely won’t be hard to find one looking for help. And to make it easier for you, I have picked a few local organizations that are always looking for a helping hand.
- Gleaners Food Bank: The mission of Gleaners is “to lead the fight against hunger.” While targeting those in the Indianapolis area as a whole who do not have food to eat, Gleaners pays special attention to the children/young adults and senior citizens in our community. Volunteering can be done individually or as a group. For more information or to sign up to serve, check out their website. https://www.gleaners.org/
- Lucky Dog Rescue Retreat: If you are anything like me, you light up at the sight of a dog, no matter what kind. At Lucky Dog, they are searching for volunteers to play with and help train the rescued dogs, to prepare them for adoption. Orientation for volunteering takes one day (Sunday Afternoon) and then you are set to go. For more information on volunteering or to adopt an adorable puppy, take a look at their website. http://www.ldrrescue.org/volunteer.html
- Big Brother Big Sister of Central Indiana: Big Brother Big Sister is looking to change kid’s lives for the better, forever. If you are looking to walk along side and mentor someone younger than you, I would definitely recommend checking out Big Brother Big Sister. If you would like to volunteer or donate, you can find all the information you need on their website. http://www.bebigforkids.org/
- Keep Indianapolis Beautiful: Do you live in Indianapolis? Do you like pretty things? Then check out KIB. Their mission is to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive™” They have opportunities for work groups, school groups and individuals. You can sign up to volunteer on their website. http://www.kibi.org/
Indianapolis has plenty more organizations looking for volunteers. If you want to see more opportunities, check out IndyHub for a great list of places (https://www.indyhub.org/volunteer/)
Spring into action this Spring and start impacting your community and the Greater Indianapolis Area!