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City of Carmel Volunteer Opportunities

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Monthly Opportunities

Meet Me On Main

Arts & Design District
Meet Me On Main invites art lovers of all ages to explore Carmel's Arts & Design District, visiting art galleries, listening to live music, enjoying a variety of hands-on art workshops, shopping at a range of specialty shops, and tickling their taste buds at a range of diverse restaurants and bars.  Events take place on the second Saturday of each month, from 5-9 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and/or tear-down and serve as ambassadors - directing visitors on the street and answering questions about Carmel, the Arts & Design District, Midtown and the Monon Greenway.
Click here to learn more or volunteer for this event.

Seasonal Opportunities


Art of Wine

Arts & Design District
Wine lovers from across the Midwest fill Carmel’s Arts & Design District each year for a chance to enjoy dozens of local and select specialty wines. Art of Wine provides tastings from more than 15 Indiana-based wineries as well as tasty treats from District restaurants. The event takes place each year on the third Saturday of July from 5-9 p.m. with an exclusive tasting hour for VIP ticket holders from 4-5 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and/or tear-down, work at point-of-purchase locations, serve as runners between booths and serve as ambassadors, answering questions about Carmel, the Arts & Design District, Midtown and the Monon Greenway.
Click here to learn more or volunteer for this event.


Bike Carmel

Whether through Family Fun, Slow Roll or Family Camping Rides, Bike Carmel offers bike lovers of all ages the chance to explore our city’s beautiful trails and interesting haunts, all the while helping to keep Carmel green! Events happen on select Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings during the summer. Volunteers are needed to help with set up and tear down, marking the course, registration, manning SAG stops and more.
Visit Bike Carmel Events for more information.
Click here to learn more or volunteer for this event.


Carmel Artomobilia

Arts & Design District
Each year, Carmel Artomobilia features a distinct gathering of recognized artists, collector cars, and automotive enthusiasts showcased on the streets of the Carmel Arts & Design District. Featuring more than 400 cars, Artomobilia boasts an eclectic gathering of original, period-correct cars, including Supercar, Exotic, Sports Car, Classics, Racers, Historically Preserved, Indiana Built, Sedan/Coupe, and more. Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities.
For more information on volunteering contact John Leonard at or 317-313-5200.
Check out Artomobilia Weekend for full event details!


Carmel Farmers Market

Carter Green at The Center for the Performing Arts
With 70 local vendors and more than 90,000 in attendance each year, Carmel Farmers Market is definitely the place to be on Saturday morning. Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down vendor booths and to greet visitors. Two shifts are available: 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit Carmel Farmers Market.



Civic Square
For more than 30 years, CarmelFest – sponsored by the Carmel Rotary Club – has helped local residents celebrate Independence Day with two days of spectacular fun. Volunteers are needed to help in all areas of the festival before, during and after. Assignments may include assisting with the CarmelFest Parade, selling Spark Buttons to raise money for fireworks, coordinating entertainment on three stages, managing vendors or selling tickets and supervising in the children’s games area.
For more information or to volunteer, please visit CarmelFest.


Carmel Marathon

Carmel Marathon is the largest running event in the City of Carmel and the second largest in the State of Indiana! This internationally promoted event features a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and marathon relay. In 2018, 45 states and three countries were represented. Approximately 600 volunteers are needed to help with packet stuffing, water stops, medal distribution, finish line food prep, course marshals and more.
For more information including how to volunteer or to register, visit Carmel Marathon or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at


Music on the Monon

Music lovers are invited to pack a picnic, bring a chair, and enjoy an evening of live music with some of the city's premiere musical artists. Music on the Monon is free to the public; children and pets are welcome. Each event runs from 6-9 p.m. on select Saturdays in June, July and August. Locations vary. Volunteers are needed to help with the Bike There/Borrow a Chair program and serve as ambassadors-directing visitors and answering questions about the city.
Click here to learn more or volunteer for this event.


Art of the Dog

Arts & Design District
When it comes to loyalty, companionship and unconditional love, there’s nothing better than a dog. And when it comes to training service dogs, few organizations are as successful as ICAN – the Indiana Canine Assistance Network. Art of the Dog invites dogs and dog lovers to enjoy an afternoon of arts-related pup-friendly activities in the Arts & Design District while raising much needed support for ICAN. Don’t have a dog of your own? That’s okay; just come and enjoy the show! Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and/or tear-down and manage Pup Art, Pick-A-Pup, Pet Picture Day and more.
Click here to learn more or volunteer for this event.


Carmel International Arts Festival

Arts & Design District
One of Carmel's longest running festivals, the Carmel International Arts Festival is a treat for the senses and delight for the eyes, inviting artists from all over the country to display their work and compete for recognition over the course of two event-filled days. The Festival takes place the fourth weekend in September and includes 135 juried artists, two stages of entertainment and numerous food vendors. Volunteers with almost every skill set imaginable are needed in the planning and implementation of the festival.
To get involved, visit International Arts Festival or
sign-up to volunteer at



Carmel City Center
A German-themed live music event, Carmel Oktoberfest is a fun way to start an early fall weekend with polka and a beer! This family friendly street party 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 to help with set up and tear down as well as to greet and direct guests.
Learn more or volunteer for this event, Click here.
Visit Oktoberfest for event details.



Arts & Design District
There’s nothing quite like spending a Saturday afternoon in September listening to live music in a friendly neighborhood setting. Porchfest invites more than 40 local bands to perform on 20 private porches in the Arts & Design District while visitors enjoy food and drink provided by local vendors. Holiday Porchfest, held in December, offers holiday-themed music from a variety of choirs, small ensembles and acoustic performers. These bring-your-own-chair events are a must-see for all ages! Volunteers are needed to help with set up and tear down, hand out event maps and programs and answer questions/direct visitors.
For more information about volunteer needs at Carmel Porchfest and Holiday Porchfest, visit Carmel Porchfest.


Carmel Christkindlmarkt

Carter Green at the Center for the Performing Arts
The Carmel Christkindlmarkt, located at Carter Green, is a magical winter wonderland filled with old-world charm. Visitors from across the Midwest enjoy authentic German arts & crafts, traditional holiday food and drink, inspiring demonstrations, live entertainment, ice skating and more. The market is open each year from mid-November through late December.
For more information about volunteer needs at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt, visit Carmel Christkindlmarkt.


Carmel Farmers Winter Market

For more details visit Carmel Farmers Market.


Carmel Fire Department Community Assistance Program

Volunteers are needed to deliver food baskets to needy families in Hamilton County and assist with 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 at Carter Green

Carter Green at the Center for the Performing Arts
Come to Carter Green to enjoy holiday-themed live music and dance performances, hear from local celebrities, meet Santa Claus face-to-face and help Mayor Brainard light Carmel’s “official” Christmas tree. Volunteers are needed to help with set up and tear down as well as to serve as ambassadors, greeting visitors and answering questions.
Click here to learn more or volunteer for this event.


Holidays in the Arts District / Holiday Trolley

Arts & Design District
What better way to kick off the holiday season on a Saturday afternoon than a visit from Santa Claus as he arrives on a vintage fire truck, followed by hours of live entertainment and kid-friendly festivities? How about four full weekends of shopping, feasting, trolley riding and visits with Jolly Old St. Nick? Volunteers are needed to help with set up and tear down of tents each weekend, as well as to serve as ambassadors, greeting visitors and answering questions.
Click here to learn more or volunteer for this event.


Holiday Porchfest

Arts & Design District
For more information about Holiday Porchfest or to volunteer, see Porchfest (above) or visit Carmel Porchfest.


The Ice at Carter Green

Carter Green at the Center for the Performing Arts
There’s no better way for Carmel to celebrate the brisk air, falling snow and intermittent sunshine of an Indiana winter than ice skating at Carter Green. And when that favorite of outdoor sports is coupled with fun activities for the whole family, The Ice at Carter Green is the place to be. In addition to regular skating hours, two special event weekends – Carmel Winter Games in February and Festival of Ice in January – bring the wonders of ice sculpting, snowman building and chili cooking as well as exciting competitive games like Human Hungry Hippo, Human Curling and an Ice Trike Relay to the heart of City Center. Volunteers are needed for both special event weekends to help with set up and/or tear down, manning of booths and activities, monitoring ice carving tents, serving as game referees and greeting/directing guests.
For more information visit The Ice at Cater Green.
Click here to learn more or volunteer for this event.

Year-Round Opportunities

 In Carmel                                         

All Things Carmel, a non-profit retail establishment

All Things Carmel, a Carmel-themed gift shop located in the Arts & Design District, is operated as a non-profit by the Carmel City Center Community Development Corporation. Their mission is to promote the quality of life in the core of Carmel. As a non-profit they aim to keep operating costs at a minimum, and therefore look to staff the store primarily with volunteers. Shifts are available weekdays and weekends and run a minimum of 3-4 hours. 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 receive more information, visit All Things Carmel.


ALS Association of Indiana

Providing services for people diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease - and their families, ALS Association of Indiana is seeking volunteers to assist with office support, computer work, data entry, compiling thank-you letters, filing and answering the telephone at Carmel office.
For more information, please visit ALS Association of Indiana or call toll-free at 888-508-3232.


Carmel Clay Historical Society

Carmel Clay Historical Society celebrates and preserves the history of Carmel, Indiana, founded in 1837. Its mission is to encourage an appreciation for and understanding of the settlement, growth, and development of the city of Carmel and Clay Township, bringing historical relevance/ context and enrichment to the lives of it citizens and visitors. Volunteers are needed year-round for a range of activities.
For more information visit the Carmel Clay Historical Society.


Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

Want to have fun and volunteer with a purpose? Bring your skills and talents to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR)! As a volunteer with this award-winning department you can make a difference in the lives of participants in recreation programs, adaptive programs, before- and after-school programs, and users of Carmel’s parks and greenways. Both individuals and groups are welcome!
Registering is simple; visit Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation and get started today.


Carmel Clay Public Library

Teen, young adult, adult and senior volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks at Carmel Clay Public Library. 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 including operating a basic cash register, stocking books and helping customers. Volunteers are also needed to help sort books.
For more information, visit Carmel Clay Public Library, call Christy Walker visit at 317-814-3907 or send an e-mail


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.
For more information, contact CSO League.


Carmel Youth Assistance Program

Carmel Youth Assistance Program (CYAP) was formed in Fall 2015 to help strengthen youth and families through community involvement. Like other peer Youth Assistance Programs throughout Hamilton County, local volunteers develop and provide access to programs and services that promote positive growth experiences and enhance home and community relationships.
CYAP works in collaboration with the Carmel Clay School District, City of Carmel, and the Hamilton County Superior Court. CYAP is one of six offices serving students and their families in Hamilton County, Indiana.
CYAP provides professional coordination of services and referral services to students and families of the Carmel Clay School District. Casework services to our families are completely confidential. Kids and families are often referred to our services by the schools, police, and court officials.
Visit Carmel Youth Assistance Program for more information.


Indiana Center for the Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide

Indiana Prevention was founded in 2001 with the sole focus to prevent abuse or suicide from ever happening to the youth in our communities. With almost two decades of experience, they provide evidence-based programming to educate youth and adults and empower them to recognize, react, and find the appropriate resources available for help. Indiana Prevention offers five programs that support their mission and work towards a day when abuse ends and lives are saved.
Visit Indiana Prevention for more information.


The Children’s TheraPlay Foundation, Inc.

The Children’s TheraPlay Foundation provides children with special needs the foundation for developing life skills through innovative therapies including equine-assisted physical and occupational therapies in a safe and caring environment. Volunteers are needed for a range of activities.
For more information, visit Childrens TheraPlay.


Great American Songbook Foundation

The Great American Songbook Foundation is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the music of the Great American Songbook. Located at the Center for the Performing Arts, volunteers are needed to assist with the cataloging and archiving of materials in the Feinstein Songbook Collection as well as Docents for the Gallery Exhibit.
Visit the Great American Songbook Foundation for details.


IU Health North Hospital

From giving a warm welcome to all those who walk through the doors to 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 website.


Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections

The Museum of Miniature Houses, located in the Carmel Arts & Design District, is one of only a few museums in the country that is devoted to the art of fine scale miniature. Volunteers are needed to serve as docents, tour guides and community event support and to help with cleaning and maintaining the collection.
For information on how you can help, visit Museum of Miniature Houses.


Prime Life Enrichment Center

PrimeLife Enrichment (PLE) provides services that help to promote the independence, dignity and enjoyment of those 50 years of age and older. It is a vital, innovative organization devoted to enhancing the quality of life and meeting the evolving needs of older adults and their families in Hamilton County. PLE relies on more than 200 volunteers to serve 4,000 individuals each year.
To volunteer visit Prime Life Enrichment.

 In Hamilton County                     

Agape Therapeutic Riding Center

Located in Cicero, Agape Therapeutic Riding Center provides horses, equipment, facilities and helpers for riders with physical, mental or emotional challenges. Their mission is to cultivate personal growth by strengthening the mind, body, and spirit through unique horse-facilitated experiences. Individual and group volunteers are needed for a range of activities.
For more information visit Agape.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana is in need of volunteers over the age of 19 to serve as mentors throughout Hamilton County. Volunteers can pick the day of the week that accommodates their schedules and are needed for both site-based and community-based mentoring. Site-based mentoring involves meeting at a local site to eat lunch, either working on academics or simply spending time together playing games or 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 visit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.


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 America in the 1800's. Conner Prairie volunteer opportunities include special events, gardening, museum shop, greeting tour groups, woodworking, sewing, clerical support, and much more.
Information on volunteering is available at Conner Prairie.


Good Samaritan Network Hamilton County

GSN is a collaborative network of nonprofits in Hamilton County. It utilizes two serving approaches, Direct and InDirect services, and in part is designed to ensure efficiency and communication among the different agencies, social services, nonprofits, local government, pantries, and businesses - as together they serve the needs of Hamilton County residents who are at-risk or underserved.
For information on how you can volunteer, visit Good Samaritan Network.


Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County

Habitat for Humanity builds homes, community and hope for low-income families.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the office or at the Fishers ReStore, serve on committees, and help with special projects that benefit the organization.
For more information, visit Hamilton County Habitat.


Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND)

HAND addresses the housing needs of low- and moderate-income individuals, families and senior citizens in Indianapolis’ northern suburbs. Their mission is to be a leader in promoting prosperity and diversity in our communities by providing quality housing opportunities. Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of roles.
For more information, visit HAND.


Hamilton County Visitors Bureau

The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau promotes tourism growth through strategic marketing, hospitality and community development initiatives. Volunteers are needed for several activities.
For more information, please contact Visit Hamilton County.


Humane Society for Hamilton County

Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is the only open-admission facility serving Hamilton County’s animals and residents. They receive hit-by-car, hoarding, cruelty, and neglect cases, in addition to investigations, stray and unwanted pets 365 days a year. Volunteers are needed to help meet the emotional, social, financial and medical needs of animals from all over the county.
For more information on volunteering, visit HSHC.



Prevail provides crisis intervention and restorative support services for adult, adolescent and child survivors of crime and abuse.
For information on how you can help, visit Prevail.


Third Phase, Shelter and Food Pantry

Third Phase in Noblesville is the only shelter in Hamilton County that provides housing for women age 18 and over who are coping with drug or alcohol abuse or violence in their lives. They also offer 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, visit Third Phase.