Carmel CAN! is a volunteer initiative launched by Mayor Brainard, to recognize and coordinate community volunteers. Through this initiative, citizens looking for volunteer opportunities will be matched up with those organizations that are in need of volunteers.
City of Carmel
Year Round Opportunities
City of Carmel
Hamilton County Opportunities
Carmel Farmers Market
Center Green at The Center for the Performing Arts
Volunteers are needed on Saturday Mornings to help setup and tear down vendor booths. Two shifts are available, from 6:30-9:30 a.m. for setup and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for tear down. Volunteers are also needed to greet visitors at the market.
For more information, please visit: Carmel Farmers Market Volunteers
Carmel's 4th of July celebration sponsored by the Carmel Rotary Club; Volunteers are needed to help in all areas of the festival before, during and after. Some of these volunteers jobs include assisting with the CarmelFest Parade, selling Spark Buttons to raise money for fireworks, coordinating entertainment on three stages, managing the vendors and selling tickets and supervising in the children’s games area.
For more information, please visit: CarmelFest.net. To volunteer please visit InfoCarmelfest.net
Art of Wine
Arts & Design District
Volunteers are needed throughout the day in various areas of the event, including setup of the festival, wine glass sales and distribution, information & hospitality and tear down. Volunteer shifts are available between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the day of the event.
Contact Megan McVicker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 571-2791 with any questions or to sign up. Please include what area(s) you are interested in and what time of day you would like to volunteer. Volunteers will receive light refreshments during their shift and a free volunteer t-shirt.
Arts & Design District
The Arts & Design District office is looking for volunteers. Join members of the Carmel Artomobilia team as well as outside groups to help make the day of the event great. We'll have a single planning meeting the week prior to the event.
Contact Megan McVicker at email@example.com or (317) 571-2791 with any questions or to sign up. Check out CarmelArtsandDesign.com for full event details!
Carmel Marathon Championship Weekend
This locally and nationally promoted event was the fastest growing marathon and half marathon in Indiana in Indiana with the marathon now the state's second largest! The event features a Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K (4.92 miles) and marathon relay.
Approximately 500 volunteers will be needed to fill shifts during the Carmel Marathon on committees ranging from Finish Line/medal distribution to Packet Pickup Expo to Course Marshals to Course Entertainment. For more information including how to register: Carmel Marathon Volunteers to find a committee that best suits your interests and skills. This race will be more than a running or walking event, it will be a showcase of our city. Participants from over 40 states and 7 countries attended in 2013. You will become a "Carmel ambassador" making runners and walkers from all likes feel welcome.
If you have questions, please contact Lori Pearson, Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@CarmelMarathon.com
Carmel International Arts Festival
Arts & Design District
One of Carmel's longest running festivals, this event is a treat for the senses and a delight to see. The Festival takes place the fourth weekend in September. More that 135 juried artists, two stages of entertainment and many food vendors welcome everyone. Volunteers are needed in the planning and implementation of the festival.
To get involved, contact the International Arts Festival, or email Sharleen Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Merchants Square Shopping Center
This German-themed event is a fun way to start a fall weekend with a polka and a beer. This family friendly event features Polka Boy, a local band with a very loyal following and for good reason... they can really get a crowd going! Volunteers are needed the day of the event.
Visit Oktoberfest for details and volunteer contacts.
Carmel Fire Department Christmas Assistance Program
Volunteers are needed to help with food basket delivery to needy families in Hamilton County and the “Clothe-a-Child” Program. The program takes place in early December.
For more information, please contact the Carmel Fire Department at (317) 571-2600.
Holiday in the Arts District
We have an annual event at the corner of Range Line Rd. and Main St. inside the PNC parking lot. There is a wonderful Santa house, reindeer, choirs and crafts for the children. We have two large heated tents for the activities. The event is from 3:00 – 6:00 pm in December.
If you would like to come help with the festivities , please contact Stephanie Marshall email@example.com
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Holiday on the Square
This event is the perfect kickoff to the season with the holiday lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa, live reindeer, holiday entertainment, children's activities and the Holiday Farmer's Market.
See Holiday on the Square for details and volunteer contacts.
YEAR ROUND OPPORTUNITIES:
All Things Carmel - Non-profit Retail
All Things Carmel, a Carmel-themed gift shop located in the Arts and Design District in Sophia Square, is operated as a non-profit. Owned and operated by the Carmel City Center Community Development Corporation, the mission is to promote the quality of life in the core of Carmel.
As a non-profit, we aim to keep operating costs at a minimum, and therefore are looking to staff the store primarily with volunteers. Shifts run a minimum of 3-4 hours and can be worked to fit into your schedule! Shifts are available weekdays and weekends. Volunteers are considered ambassadors for the city and can share their knowledge of local events and attractions with visitors and other residents!
To volunteer or received more information, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at (317) 564-8732.
ALS Association of Indiana
Provides services for people diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease - and their families. The group is seeking volunteers to assist with office support, computer work, data entry, compiling thank-you letters, filing and answering the telephone at its office in Carmel.
For more information, please click here for details or call toll-free at (888) 508-3232.
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation
Want to have fun and have a purpose while volunteering? Then bring your skills and talents and join our volunteer team! Volunteer at an award-winning department touching the lives of participants in our events, adaptive programs, before and after school program, and users of our parks and greenways. We love having individuals and groups volunteer help and give their time to the community while improving overall quality of life and sustainability of the parks system.
Registering is simple; visit us at CarmelClayParks.com/Volunteer and get started today
Carmel Clay Public Library
Teen, young adult, adult and senior volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. The annual book sale requires many volunteers to sort and set out the books ahead of time and to assist at the sale. Adult volunteers are needed to staff the "gently used" bookstore in the library. Jobs include operating a basic cash register, stocking books and helping customers. The store is open every day. Shifts are flexible.
For more information, please call Christy Walker at (317) 814-3907 or send her an e-mail email@example.com
Carmel Symphony Orchestra League
The orchestra league is looking for new members to help support the symphony. Volunteers help with office work, audience hospitality, music outreach programs for all ages, and special fundraising events. Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at the Clay Township John W. Hensel Government Center, 10701 N. College Ave.
For more information, contact CSO League
Organization that focuses on ending child abuse and youth suicide.
4607 E. 106th St.
Carmel, IN 46033
Little Star Center
A non-profit therapeutic ABA facility offering in-home and center-based therapy along with transition and community programs for children and their families.
12650 Hamilton Crossing Blvd
Carmel, IN 46032
The Children’s TheraPlay Foundation, Inc.
A not-for-profit outpatient pediatric rehabilitation clinic for special-needs children. They utilize horses for some of their therapy sessions.
9919 Towne Road
Carmel, IN 46032
IU Health 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk
Each month in the Carmel Arts and Design District we have a gallery walk which highlights special exhibits in the galleries as well as entertainment by local musicians. The walk itself runs from 5:00-9:00 with set up starting at 3:00. It is always allot of fun to meet the visitors and the hours are flexible to work with your schedule . If you would be interested in helping with set up, taking balloons etc please contact Stephanie Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
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Great American Songbook Initiative
Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative Volunteers are needed to assist with the cataloging and archiving of materials in the Feinstein Songbook Collection. The Feinstein Initiative also seeks Docents for the Gallery Exhibit.
For more information about the Initiative, visit FeinsteinInitiative.org
Contact The Feinstein Initiative for details.
IU Health North Hospital
From giving a warm welcome to all those who walk through the doors or providing essential support to the Emergency Department, Volunteers are integral threads in assisting IU Health North Hospital achieve its mission to provide exceptional care. It's not necessary for prospective volunteers to have previous healthcare experience; rather an individual only needs a passion to serve others and a commitment to helping IU Health North Hospital make each and every guest visit positive.
For more information visit the IU Health North Hospital Volunteers.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County needs businesses and organizations to Adopt-A-Route and allow their employees volunteer time off during the lunch hour to deliver hot meals to elderly and homebound residents. This is a great way to advertise your business to the community with a magnet on your employee's vehicle that shows they care. Individuals are also encouraged to volunteer. Delivering meals is a very rewarding volunteer experience. Meals are delivered between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
For more information about Adopt-A-Route and how to become a volunteer driver, please visit the Meals on Wheels Volunteer
Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections, Inc.
Carmel Arts & Design District
The Museum is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991 by Suzanne Moffett, Suzanne Landshof and Nancy Lesh that is filled with antique and modern dollhouses, miniature scenes, hand-crafted miniature art, and private non-miniature collections. The museum is located at 111 E. Main Street in Carmel. Volunteers are needed to staff the museum Wednesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Volunteers only need to volunteer once a month.
To become a volunteer or for more information, please call (317) 575-9466 or visit MuseumofMiniatures.org.
PrimeLife Enrichment Center
1078 Third Avenue SW, Carmel, IN
PrimeLife Enrichment Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing services that help to promote the independence, dignity and enjoyment of those 50 years of age and older. The center is located at 1078 Third Ave. SW in Carmel. To volunteer contact the PrimeLife Enrichment Center, please call 815-7000 or visit their website PrimeLifeEnrichment.org
This student-managed volunteer organization establishes computer labs and offers computer training to senior citizens at independent living, assisted living, and other senior citizen facilities. Senior Connects is now accepting high school students and extraordinary junior high school students (age 14 or older) to help teach computer and internet skills to senior citizens. Teaching times are flexible and at the discretion of the volunteer. There are volunteer opportunities in Carmel.
For more information, please visit SeniorConnects.org
The Carmel Clay Historical Society
Monon Depot, 221 First Street, SW
Volunteers are still needed to help keep the Monon Depot Museum, assist with Holiday Home Tour and various other events and activities.
Contact Katherine at (317) 846-7117
For more information visit CarmelClayHistory.org
In Hamilton County
Agape Therapeutic Riding Center
A non-profit center for special needs children and adults, Agape provides horses, equipment, facilities and helpers for riders with physical, mental or emotional challenges. Volunteers, age 14 and older, are needed to assist with these programs. For information about the Cicero facility and its volunteer programs, please call (317) 773-7433, ext. 18.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana -- Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of volunteers over the age of 18 to serve as mentors. Volunteers can pick the day of the week that accommodates their schedules. Volunteers are needed for both site-based mentoring and community-based mentoring. Site-based mentoring involves meeting at a local or other designated sites to eat lunch, working on academics, or simply spending time together playing games or simply talking. Community-based mentoring includes helping with home work, attending sports activities, playing games, and just talking. Matches meet for one hour per week for one year during the school day or after school.
For more information, please contact Amy at (317) 472-3726 or email@example.com
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (ages 18 and up)
Child Advocates is looking for volunteers to work in the juvenile court system to help children who are abused or neglected. Training dates can be found here ChildAdvocates.net
Conner Prairie is a large, open-air living history museum made up of four distinct historic areas, a modern museum center and over 800 acres of natural beauty. Conner Prairie's mission is to serve as a local, regional and national center for education and activities exploring the lives, times and values of the 1800's in America. Conner Prairie volunteer opportunities are mutually beneficial to the museum and the volunteer and we welcome those who would like to donate their time and talents. Volunteer opportunities include: special events, gardening, museum shop, greeting tour groups, woodworking, sewing, clerical support, and much more. Information on volunteering is available on the Conner Prairie website, ConnerPrairie.org.
Easter Seals Crossroads
Parents Night Out - North -- Volunteers are needed to assist the Easter Seals staff of Parents' Night Out - North, which provides respite care for family members and primary caregivers of children with special needs ages six months to twelve years old. Respite care enhances personal and family health by providing necessary physical care and recreational activities for the children while offering parents and caregivers a well-deserved break. Parents' Night Out - North is held at Kids Kastle, 11552 Fishers Landing Drive in Fishers and takes place the third Friday night of every month. Volunteers report at 5:30 p.m. with dinner provided and the children are there from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
For more information visit EasterSealsCrossroads.org or call 317-446-1000
Easter Seals Crossroads (ages 16 and up)
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity, which builds houses for low-income residents, is looking for help with administrative work, construction and fundraising. To volunteer call 317-896-9423
Habitat for Humanity (ages 16 and up)
Hamilton County Visitors Bureau
The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau (37 Main Street Carmel, IN 46032) promotes tourism growth through strategic marketing, hospitality and community development initiatives. Volunteers are needed for several activities.
For more information, please contact the Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hamilton County Humane Society
The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is not a United Way Agency, and is not affiliated with any other animal welfare group in the United States. The HSHC also serves as the animal control facility for Hamilton County, and, as such, receives partial funding from Hamilton County. The majority of the HSHC budget is funded by private donors. The HSHC will not euthanize animals for space and time, and will treat sick and injured animals if there’s an outlook for recovery and a high quality of life. Many animals are hit-by-car injured, heartworm-positive, malnourished, or otherwise wounded and/or sick. The HSHC will provide most of these animals with life-saving treatments, surgeries and medications as their best chance for a second chance and until they are re-homed.
Contact Hamilton County Humane Society or call 317-773-4974 to volunteer.
Also see their Pet Adoption List
Newcomer's Club of Carmel
Newcomer's Club of Carmel is a social club with over 25 activities in which to get involved. We have over 150 members from Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Zionsville and North Indianapolis. Everyone is welcome, whether they are new to the area or have lived here many years.
Due to the large size of our club, the club is broken down into activity groups. Members can join an activity group of their choosing, such as the movie group or walking group. The groups meet each month at members' homes, cafes, bookstores, etc. One or more of these groups is bound to interest you! If you are interested in an activity that is not on the list, let the president or activity chairperson know; members are encouraged to start new groups.
Try us out!
Call (317) 252-9282 and leave a message. Your call will be returned to answer your questions or provide you with more information. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See how you can help victims of crime and abuse in Hamilton County.
For more information call 317-773-6942 or visit Prevail's website.
Visiting Nurse Service
The home health care, hospice and family service agency serves 11 Central Indiana counties, including Boone and Hamilton.
For more information about volunteer opportunities, please call (317) 722-8200.
Third Phase - housing for women
Third Phase Christian Center and Homeless Shelter in Noblesville provides housing for women, age 18 and over, coping with drug or alcohol use or violence in their lives. Third Phase also offers a food pantry and a used clothing, furniture and household items store. The center is seeking volunteers for data entry, filing, painting, wallpapering, carpentry work, mowing and trimming.
For more information, please call (317) 773-5100 or (800) 248-6540.