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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.

 

SEASONAL OPPORTUNITIES: 

  Summer                                               

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 www.carmelfarmersmarket.com

CarmelFest
Civic Square
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  www.CarmelFest.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 mmcvicker@carmel.in.gov or (317) 571-2787 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.

Carmel Artomobilia
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 of the Carmel Arts and Design District at mmcvicker@carmel.in.gov with any questions or to sign up.Check out www.carmelartsanddesign.com for full event details!

Carmel Marathon Championship Weekend
Join us April 12th for the 4th annual Carmel Marathon 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. www.CarmelMarathon.com.

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, click the link: http://www.carmelmarathon.com/pages/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 Gee Lawton, Volunteer Coordinator at www.CarmelMarathon.com


   Fall                                                       

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 become involved contact the International Arts Festival via the website at www.CarmelArtsFestival.org

Oktoberfest
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. See our Oktoberfest webpage for details and volunteer contacts.

   Winter                                                

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 Carmel 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 December 13th. If you would like to come help with the festivities , please contact Stephanie Marshall smarshalll@carmel.in.gov For more information please click here to go to our website.

Holiday on the Square
Civic 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 our Holiday on the Square webpage for details and volunteer contacts.

Carmel Farmers Winter Market
For more details see Carmel Farmers Market or Carmel Farmers Market Winter for details and volunteers contacts.

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YEAR ROUND OPPORTUNITIES:

  In Carmel                                             

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 toll-free at (888) 508-3232. 

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation
Carmel Clay Parks & recreatio n offers fun and meaningful volunteer opportunities all yesr. Bring your skills and talents and join our volunteer team! lend a hand with our community events like Luminary Walk Princess Ball, Tour de Carmel. Volunteer with our award winning adaptive programs serving people with disabilities. If working with younger students is your calling. you would love our Extended School Enrichment program!

Whether you are an adult wanting to make a difference, a high school student looking for service hours, or a corporate group exploring team-building possibilities, we have the opportunity that's perfect for you!

Volunteer registration is simple and can be done quickly!
Simply visit our website at http://www.carmelclayparks.com/volunteer-with-us

 We count on people like you to help create warm memories and join us in bringing our community together. We look forward to welcoming you to our volunteer team.

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 Beth Smietana at (317) 571-4292 or send her an e-mail at bsmietana@carmel.lib.in.us

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

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 smarshall@carmel.in.gov
For more information please click here to go to our website.

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 www.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 volunteer section of the IU Health North Hospital website.
 
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 volunteer section of the website. 

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 www.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 at www.primelifeenrichment.org

Senior Connects
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 www.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 www.carmelclayhistory.org

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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 aessley@bbbsci.org 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (ages 18 and up) 

Community Wide Thanksgiving Dinner
This annual event takes place in Noblesville, Indiana and appreciates volunteers. Click here for more information www.gsnlive.org  or www.goodsamritanhamco.org .

Child Advocates
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 by clicking here www.childadvocates.net

Conner Prairie
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, www.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, please isit www.eastersealscrossroads.org 
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. For more information, please call Scott Bernhardt at (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 to volunteer.

Also see our  Pet Adoption List

Indiana Proactive Animal Welfare Inc
Indiana-PAW, an animal welfare education group is looking for volunteers to become "foster parents" and join its "Foster Roster" program. Volunteers are needed to temporarily open their homes to animals in shelters or rescue groups. For more information, please call (317) 345-6773 or visit www.indiana-paw.com 

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.
Activity Groups
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.
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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 carmelnewcomersclub@yahoo.com.  

Prevail 
See how you can help victims of crime and abuse in Hamilton County.
For more information visit Prevail's website at www.prevailinc.com

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 or click here.

 

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Last updated: 11/4/2014 7:44:27 AM