Volunteer Opportunities


People are the real success behind any community....and the Richmond/Wayne County area has been blessed with great people! Volunteer your time and make a difference in your community!

If you are interested in volunteering - review the variety of positions and skills detailed here - or contact your favorite not-for-profit organization. There is sure to be a good match for your interests, skills and time you have to share!

For additional information, you may want to visit Volunteer.IN.gov.

If your organization has a need for volunteers, you may fill out our volunteer position form.

Click on the following organization to learn more about each organization's volunteer needs or visit our Volunteer Calendar where immediate volunteer needs may be posted.

Good News Habitat for Humanity
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Habitat provides all materials and tools necessary. All volunteers are under the supervision of our Habitat construction site superintendents in order to guarantee a safe experience and to build or rehab a quality home. No prior construction skills required! Our site superintendents will provide hands-on leadership, teaching, motivation and encouragement to all groups, individuals, sponsors and future homeowners!

​All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Any volunteer under the age of 18, must have a guardian signature on our Volunteer Liability Waiver.

Skills Needed: Anyone who can swing a hammer, plant flowers, or paint interior walls.
Time Requested: We set aside Saturdays for groups to work with our Project Managers. Weekdays also available, depending on availability.

Assist Good News Habitat staff in our office!

Volunteer projects include filing, helping with mail campaigns, data entry, setting up events, and more! All office volunteers will be under the supervision of the volunteer coordinator or the quality assurance manager. Our staff members will provide guidance for every office project.

All volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Any volunteer under the age of 18, must have a guardian signature on our Volunteer Liability Waiver.

Skills Needed: Willing to work, friendly, good attitude.
Time Requested: Weekdays, Tuesday - Thursday, 10a.m. - 3p.m.
Address: Varies. Office located at 1114 South F Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374
Contact: Lora Langston
Contact: Alan Stamper, Executive Director
Telephone: 765.962.5986
Email: alan@goodnewshabitat.org
Website: https://www.goodnewshabitat.org/
Last Updated: 13 April 2021
AseraCare Hospice
AseraCare, an Amedisys company, provides hospice care to patients and families which optimizes comfort and dignity and is consistent with the patient and family needs and goals. The hospice volunteer program provides direct care to patient and their loved ones, indirect care activities and education in the community and nursing facilities, bereavement support activities and administrative patient-related duties.
Direct Care Volunteer
Direct Care Volunteers provide non-medical support services to the hospice patient and/or family. These might include companionship, helping a patient document stories from their life, veteran to veteran visits, pet therapy, music, playing games, or sitting with patient while their caregiver is away at appointments or errands.
Skills Needed: We are looking for individuals with a passion for caring for others. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and undergo a background check, interview and complete orientation and training.
Time Requested: There is no required number of volunteer hours. However, volunteers could expect 1-2 hours per week depending on their availability.
Indirect Care Volunteer
Indirect Care Volunteers provide enrichment and comfort items for our patients and families, as well as education in the community, without having direct contact. Some example of indirect care are: making blankets, dignity scarves, sending cards, making a requested birthday cake or meal, or presenting at health fairs or other events.
Skills Needed: We are looking for individuals with a passion for caring for others. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and undergo a background check, interview and complete orientation and training.
Time Requested: Volunteer hours are according to volunteer availability. In this role, there will be extra need around holidays.
Professional Volunteer
Professional Volunteers volunteer their services to help out with the special needs of our patients to make them more comfortable and enhance their quality of life. These professions might include: massage therapists, hairdressers, pet therapists, musicians, and art therapists.
Skills Needed: These volunteers use their professional skills and experience to care for patients and their families. Volunteers must be licensed and/or certified in their discipline and complete the volunteer training.
Time Requested: Volunteer hours are according to their availability.
Address: AseraCare Hospice, 4427 Garwood Place, Richmond, Indiana 47374
Contact: Heather Norton, Volunteer Coordinator
Telephone: 765.962.1949
Email: heather.norton@amedisys.com
Website: https://locations.amedisys.com/in/richmond/aseracare-hospice-care.html
Last Updated: 16 November 2020
Richmond Rose Garden
The Richmond Rose Garden board and volunteers care for the roses located in the Rose Garden area by Glen Miller Park.
Volunteer Gardener
We usually start working in mid April and finish around Dec. 1st. Volunteers can adopt a bed to maintain or just come and work in areas that need it. We generally work on Tuesday and Friday mornings. However, some like to volunteer in the evenings especially during the summer. We also have Spring and Fall work days that are usually on a Friday or Saturday. We need help with weeding in the beds and trimming of the roses. A board member would be happy to show anyone around and work with volunteers to learn how to care for the roses. Contrary to what you might think, it is easy to do. We do have a volunteer guide we can give someone with more detailed information. We look forward to working with you in the gardens.
Skills Needed: Weeding, planting, bending and light lifting
Time Requested: 1-2 hours per week
Rose Garden Board Member
Help in guiding the Richmond Rose Garden by serving on the board of directors.
Skills Needed: Organizational skills are helpful. We are looking to have a diverse board. Some members are also volunteers, but it is not required. Fundraising skills would be also appreciated.
Time Requested: Minimum is 1 hr per month. Could be up to around 10 hours a month.
Events Coordinator
This person would coordinate events to be held in the Richmond Rose Garden.
Skills Needed: Organizational skills.
Time Requested: It depends on the number of events. We are looking for someone who will coordinate and be present at the events. We may also need clean up. The summer time would require more time committed to this position.
Address: The Rose Garden is located along US 40 by the Glen Miller Golf Course. It is in Glen Miller Park, 2200 East Main. There is a large Gazebo in the center of it and Charles House is behind it. There are signs if you enter the park at the entrance across from the offices of Drs. Logan and Bailey, 2517 East Main, Richmond
Contact: Beth Van Der Burgt, President of the Board
Telephone: 765.962.1638
Email: richmondroses@gmail.com
Website: http://richmondrosegarden.com/
Last Updated: 7 July 2020
Every Child Can Read, Inc.
Every Child Can Read serves children in Wayne County through the K-ready and Third Grade Academy programs. We believe every child deserves to enter school prepared to learn and to read at grade level by the third grade.
Special Events Volunteer
Help K-Ready distribute books at community events and with Dolly Parton Imagination Library fundraisers
Skills Needed: The desire to help with literacy and kindergarten readiness in Wayne County.
Time Requested: Volunteers needed as events occur, usually in the late afternoon or evening.
Book DIstribution Volunteer
Help K-ready prep and distribute FREE books to schools, physician offices, etc in Wayne County.
Skills Needed: The desire to help with literacy and kindergarten readiness in Wayne County.
Time Requested: Various times as books need replenished, taking place during the work week with flexible hours between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sponsor Little Free Library
ECCR is the Wayne County affiliate for Little Free Library, which places books throughout the community for residents to borrow or take. Volunteers or civic groups needed to check on the Library "boxes" and replenish books as needed. Volunteers are not responsible for purchasing the books.
Skills Needed: The desire to help with literacy and kindergarten readiness in Wayne County.
Time Requested: Check Library "boxes" twice per month and replenish as necessary.
Address: 33 South 7th Street, Richmond, Indiana
Contact: Kim English
Jackie Scott
Telephone: 765.966.7323
Email: readtome20@gmail.com
Website: http://everychildcanread.org
Last Updated: 3 December 2019
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
Our mission is simple and direct: To lead the fight against hunger. We do this by distributing food to hungry Hoosiers through a network of over 250 partner agencies in 21 counties, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
Senior Shopping Day Volunteer at Circle U Help Center
Assist with distributing food to Wayne and Union County seniors age 55 and over inside at the Circle U Help Center pantry.
Skills Needed: Volunteers need to be able to handle 20-50lbs depending on where they are placed on the distribution line. Be able to stand for up to two hours and move around. We try to accommodate everyone's needs and do have some sitting positions. Need to be courteous and helpful to clients and other volunteers.
Time Requested: Volunteers are asked to arrive at 12:00 PM to assist with set up, distribution is 1:00-3:00PM. Volunteers are asked to assist with clean-up for up to 30 minutes following the distribution. Total time commitment is 3.5 hours.
Address: Circle U Help Center, 19 N 13th Street, Richmond, IN
Contact: Eric Weiss
Telephone: 765.966.1013
Email: eweiss@circleu.org
Website: http://circleu.org/
Last Updated: 2 December 2019
Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site
To interpret the history of Levi and Catharine Coffin and their involvement with the Underground Railroad.
Giving tours of the Levi Coffin House. The tour includes the eight rooms of the house and the barn. The interpretation covers the Coffin's involvement in the Underground Railroad, their Quaker beliefs and the house which has been restored to the time period.
Skills Needed: A willingness to learn the history of the site; a friendly manner; ability to relate to people of all ages as well as the ability to be on feet and climb stairs is required.
Time Requested:

The Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic site is open to the public Tuesday through Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and open some holidays. Volunteers have the option of doing a four hour shift to assist with walk-in tours. Shifts can be morning or afternoon. Volunteers also have the option assist with specially booked groups, like student groups. Expect to be at the site for a minimum of two hours for group tours.

Address: 201 U.S. 27 North, Fountain City, Indiana
Contact: Joanna Hahn, Site Manager
Telephone: 765.847.1691
Email: LeviCoffinCenter@indianamuseum.org
Website: http://www.waynet.org/levicoffin/ or
Last Updated: 17 January 2019
Wayne County Cardinal Greenway
The Cardinal Greenway is the longest trail in the state of Indiana at 62 miles and we have 22.5 miles here in Wayne County. The Greenway offers a free health and wellness resource for our community to walk, run, bicycle and spend time outside.
Maintenance Volunteer
Maintenance volunteers will help keep the Greenway clean, clear and safe for our users. This could involve tasks such as picking up trash and debris, clearing trees and brush and assisting our maintenance staff.
Skills Needed: Minimal skills are required for most work but could include light trimming of trees/brush, weed eating or trash pickup. Equipment such as blowers, weed eaters or trimmers can be volunteers personal or can be provided by the Greenway. Work can be done by volunteer alone or assisting Greenway staff and/or other volunteers.
Time Requested: Time requirement is flexible and work can be performed at the convenience and availability of volunteers. The Greenway is open and available for use from dawn to dusk every day of the year so work can be done anytime during these time periods. Minimal training is needed and work can be done with no supervision.
Trail Ranger
Patrol the trails at a pace suitable to their own schedules. Rangers provide simple routine trail maintenance and alert Greenway staff/volunteers of issues needing attention while patrolling. Orientation is required.
Skills Needed: Rangers perform their work while riding the Greenway. Primary role is to be another set of eyes and ears on the trail and to pass on situations that need attention.
Time Requested: Open and flexible depending on availability. Work would be done based on volunteers availability and interest.
Event Help
Assisting with fundraising ride BikeTOURberfest held in the fall. Duties could include assisting with course marking, safety, registration, SAG stop coverage, pre event planning.
Skills Needed: Skills dependent on role, but training would be provided if needed. Most duties would require little previous experience
Time Requested: Primary responsibilities would be done the day of event or the days leading up to it. Day of requirements would be between 7 AM-3 PM with specific timing and number of hours flexible.
Address: Work can be performed at any location on the Greenway in Wayne County, between Richmond and Losantville.
Contact: Brian Schleeper - Wayne County District Director
Telephone: 765.716.3619
Email: brian@cardinalgreenways.org
Website: http://cardinalgreenways.org/
Last Updated: 10 January 2018
Richmond Art Museum
RAM is a regional fine art museum with an emphasis on education.
Art Is Japan - Children's Program Volunteer
Art is Japan is a multi-cultural hands-on program for children kindergarten through 3rd grade. Volunteers would work at different stations helping children complete activities and crafts.
Skills Needed: Willingness to work with children, patience, appreciation for the arts.
Time Requested: There are two shifts volunteers can work. The program runs Tuesday through Friday from February 5th through March 29, 2019. We have two shifts, the AM shift which is 9am-11am or PM shift which is 12pm-2pm.
Address: Richmond Art Museum, 350 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374
Contact: Bailey Schroeder
Telephone: 765.966.0256
Email: bailey@richmondartmuseum.org
Website: http://richmondartmuseum.org/
Last Updated: 9 January 2019
American Cancer Society
Our mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
Road to Recovery Volunteer Driver
A Road to Recovery volunteer driver provides people with transportation to and from their cancer-related treatment appointments. Drivers donate their time and the use of their personal vehicle to help ensure that people in Wayne County, IN with cancer get the lifesaving treatments they need.
Skills Needed: Be between the age of 18 and 85, have a valid drivers license, proof of auto insurance and consent to a criminal and motor vehicle background check.
Time Requested:

Volunteer drivers can drive as little or as much as they would like. There are no pre-determined days - it is entirely up to the volunteer to decide if they would like to drive or not.

The volunteer would drive from their house to pick up the patient, take them to treatment and then back home again.

Address: 111 E Ludwig Road, Suite 105, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825
Contact: Marybeth Torsell, Program Manager
Telephone: 888.227.6446 extension 5101
Email: marybeth.torsell@cancer.org
Website: https://www.cancer.org/
Last Updated: 6 December 2018
Circle You Help Center
Circle U Help Center has been serving the local community since 1979. At the present time we are serving over 1,600 hot meals on a monthly basis. Included in this total are 40 meals that are delivered each Saturday to those people that are homebound. We currently serve on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays and our food Pantry operates on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.
General Volunteer
In the kitchen: helping to prepare and serve the on site meals and clean up afterwards.
In the food pantry: assisting with food bag distribution, sorting food, and restocking the shelves.
Skills Needed: Varies
Time Requested: Saturday - 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. (homebound setup)
Saturday - 9:30 am until 1:00 pm (meal service)
Mondays - 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon
Tuesdays - 9:00 am until 12:00 noon
2nd and 4th Saturday - 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Other varying time frames for special holiday projects, to help with truck food deliveries, etc.
Address: 19 North 13th Street, Richmond, Indiana
Contact: Eric Weiss, Director
Telephone: 765.966.1013
Email: eweiss@circleu.org
Website: http://circleu.org/
Last Updated: 09 November 2017
Drop N Go Program c/o Wayne County Food Council
The Drop N Go Program distributes produce at three elementary schools in Richmond, IN - Starr, Vaile, and Fairview. These distributions will be in rotation at the above schools on the last Monday of each month that school is in session. See Time Requirement below for next location.
Drop N Go Program Distribution Volunteer
Pass out the produce to our clients as they go thru the line and help carry their selection to their cars as required. NOTE:All Drop N Go produce distributions will be outside until further notice! Dress accordingly. See Time Requirement below for next location.
Skills Needed: Should be physically able to carry produce selections and must be available to join us in having fun!
Time Requested: Last Monday of each month from 09:15 AM to approximately 11:45 AM. Call for the location of the next Drop N Go.
Address: Vaile Elementary School, 300 South 14th. St., Richmond, IN
Contact: Eric Weiss
Telephone: 765.993.5073
Email: eweiss@circleu.org
Last Updated: 11 October 2017
Agnes and Abram Gaar Foundaton, Inc.
The Agnes and Abram Gaar Foundaton, Inc. purpose is to bring awareness of the significance historic buildings have on a community. The Gaar House Museum is preserving the legacy of the Gaars and the family's influence in the founding of Richmond, Indiana
Visitor Host
Opening the house for visitors on days that are not normal guided tour days. Must know the history behind the Gaars and the house.
Skills Needed: Knowledge of what all Richmond has to share - places to eat, other museums to visit, antique shopping. Be responsible for the safety of the contents of the museum. Enjoy people.
Time Requested: Somewhat flexible. Group tours are scheduled by appointments.
Help with house cleaning and yard work. Help oversee special events, weddings and rental of the pool site for special occasions.
Skills Needed: Enjoy being physically active.
Time Requested: Somewhat flexible.
Address: 2593 Pleasant View Road, Richmond, Indiana
Contact: Sarah Bradley, Board Member and Museum Director
Margaret Wotherspoon, Assistant Director
Telephone: 765.966.1262
Email: sarahsambradley@aol.com
Website: http://thegaarhouse.com
Last Updated: 18 May 2016
Wayne-Union County CASA Program
The mission of the Wayne-Union County CASA Program is to provide specially selected trained community volunteers. To advocate for abused and neglected children to help ensure their right to live in safe and permanent homes.
Child Advocacy (Volunteer)
You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. If you want to help and want to see a child be given a chance to be happy, healthy and strive to help them get to a safe environment. Then we need you to help us.
Skills Needed: As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case. Housewives, Retiree's, school teachers, anyone can volunteer.
Time Requested: Approximately 10 hours per month.
Address: Wayne County Courthouse, 301 East Main Street, Richmond
Contact: Karen Bowen, Exeutive Director
Sarah Welcome, Legal Consultant & Assistant to Director
Telephone: 765.973.9314
FAX: 765.973.9423
Email: casa@co.wayne.in.us
Website: http://www.wayneunioncasa.org
Last Updated: 18 Feburary 2016
Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana
The Independent Living Center provides services and technology to persons with disabilities so they can live full, independent lives despite their challenges.
Newsletter Writer/Editor
Research new disability aids and interview persons with disabilities, take photos, write articles, and produce newsletter 4-6 times a year.
Skills Needed: Good writing skills and ability to use Microsoft Word or Publisher.
Time Requested: 2 hours per week
Address: Our office at 1818 W. Main Street, Richmond or your home or both.
Contact: Jackie Speicher, Chapter 2 Director/Service Coordinator
Telephone: 765.939.9226
Email: jackies@ilcein.org
Website: http://ilcein.org/
Last Updated: 8 April 2015
Hayes Arboretum
We provide nature and recreational-related education to our visitors through instruction, experiences, and amenities.
Programs and Events
Skills Needed: People skills and a willingness to have fun!
Time Requested: Variable; we host a wide variety of programs and events and the time commitment is unique to each one.
Grounds Maintenance and Gardening
Skills Needed: The ability to work outside and potentially get your hands in the dirt! We also remove invasive plants in the forest, which can be physically demanding.
Time Requested: Variable
Anything - we have a wide variety of opportunities, such as educational interpretation, clerical work, and building maintenance.
Skills Needed: Varies
Time Requested: Variable
Contact: Stephen H. Hayes Jr., Executive Director
Asa Duffee, Assistant Naturalist
Address: 801 Elks Road, Richmond, Indiana
Telephone: 765.962.3745
Email: stephenhhayes@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.hayesarboretum.org
Last Updated: 8 April 2015
Hope House Addiction Recovery Center
Assist homeless and addicted men begin and maintain a life of sobriety.
Mailing Assistant
Assist administrative assistant with sorting, labeling and transporting newsletters and other bulk mailings, usually once per quarter.
Food Service Volunteer
Assist in serving prepared dinners.
Sign Maker
Make 12-step and 12-tradition signs for AA and CA meetings, in your home or shop.
Clothing Closet Organizer
Organize clothing donations; sort by clothing type and/or size; fold and stack on shelves.
Skills Needed: Varies
Time Requested: Varies
Address: 275 Grove Road (Richmond State Hospital), Richmond, Indiana
Contact: Whitney Mays, Program Director
Telephone: 765.935.3000
Email: hopehouse@richmondhopehouse.org
Website: http://www.richmondhopehouse.com/
Last Updated: 8 April 2015
Starr-Gennett Foundation
To promote, preserve, interpret, and make accessible the important historic legacy of Gennett Records and its parent Starr Piano Company.
Assistant to Program Coordinator
Assistant will help the Coordinator with a variety of tasks, including (but not limited to) data entry, research, events coordination, and general clerical support. A full job description will be available on request. Please call with any questions. The Foundation welcomes volunteers with interest in a particular project or personal expertise!
Skills Needed: Computer proficiency, attention to detail, good organizational skills, quick learner, and working in a small office.
Concerts & Event Help
Assist with large mailings for U.S. Post Office requirements. Good organizational skills, thorough checking of mailing list, and assembly of mailing.
Skills Needed: Computer proficiency, attention to detail, good organizational skills, quick learner, and working in a small office.
Time Requested: Varies. Office hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Concert assistance would be 2-4 hours per day with flexible hours.
Address: 33 South 7th Street, Richmond, Indiana
Contact: Bob Jacobsen, Board Officer
Lynn Johnstone, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 765.962.2860
Email: starrgennettfoundation@gmail.com
Website: http://starrgennett.org
Last Updated: 7 April 2015
Reid Health

Adult and Junior Volunteers are part of Reid's Volunteer Program. There are currently 300+ volunteers working in 50+ assignments. All adult volunteers are part of the Reid Auxiliary which raises funds to benefit patients, purchase equipment or improve services. Please call the Reid Volunteer Services at 765.983.3152 for more information

Typical duties include:

Supplemental Services:
  • Clerical Duties
  • Helping in Ginkgo Shop
  • Mail Room Support
  • Meals On Wheels Drivers
Adding to Quality of Health Care:
  • Helping with patients and families
  • Providing aid to rehab, emergency, radiology, heart, cancer and other services
Bringing a Special Touch:
  • Hospice in-home visits and clerical help
  • Serving as Chaplains
  • Dog Therapy Visits
  • Providing Music
Skills Needed:
  • A sincere interest in the service to be performed.
  • Adhere to hospital policies and procedures.
  • Have the required skill, experience and/or ability to carry out assignment.
  • Respect patient confidentiality.
Time Requested: Typically 2 – 4 hours per week or every other week (Varies per assignment)
Reid asks for a 6 month commitment
Address: 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, Indiana
Contact: Becky Jewison, Director of Volunteer Services
Telephone: 765.983.3153
Email: becky.jewison@reidhealth.org
Website: https://reidhealth.org/
Last Updated: 7 April 2015
Wayne County Special Olympics
There are 3 steps to becoming a volunteer for Special Olympics.
  1. Fill out the Volunteer Application
    Download printable pdf. This form should be completed and emailed to Lonnie Snow at lsnow1952@yahoo.com or mailed to us at
    Wayne County Special Olympics
    PO Box 42
    Webster, IN 47392
  2. Attend a Coach/Volunteer Orientation
    Coach/Volunteer Orientation, commonly referred to as CVO is a one-hour, entry level training class required for all Class A Volunteers.  A Class A volunteer is any volunteer who has regular contact with athletes through roles such as coach, chaperone, or administrative authority.  Contact Lonnie Snow at 765-732-3636 to see when our next CVO training will take place.
  3. Complete the Online Protective Behaviors Training
    A brief, online tutorial called Protective Behaviors.  This is a very  important part of your training - what to do in the case of abuse or suspected abuse of athletes.  This training is for the protection of the athlete - everyone's number one priority - and also for your protection as a volunteer.
    Start the class here
Track and Field Volunteers
 A Class A volunteer is any volunteer who has regular contact with athletes through roles such as coach, chaperone, or administrative authority.
Skills Needed: Successfully pass screening requirements and training as detailed above.
Time Requested: Varies
Address: P.O. Box 42, Webster, IN 47392
Contact: Lonnie Snow, County Coordinator
Telephone: 765.732.3636
Email: lsnow1952@yahoo.com
Website: http://sowaynecounty.org//
Last Updated: 11 March 2015
AARP Tax Aide
Prepare and file federal and state tax returns for senior citizens and low income families.
Assist in preparation of tax returns.
Skills Needed: Ability to use a computer.
Time Requested: 8 to 24 hours per week
Address: Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond
Richmond Senior Center, 1600 South 2nd Street, Richmond
Contact: Herschel Philpott, District Coordinator
Telephone: 765.914.5758
Email: hphilpott56@hotmail.com
Website: https://mrlinfo.org/reference/taxes.html
Last Updated: 15 January 2014
Huddleston Farmhouse
Built by John Huddleston, the Huddleston Farmhouse, a property of Indiana Landmarks, was a travelers stop along the National Road. This 1841 farmhouse and grounds demonstrates the value of historic preservation to the public. Huddleston Farmhouse visitors learn about Westward Expansion, Agriculture, and Historic Preservation through the eyes of an 19th Century Indiana family. The main floor is interpreted as an 1840s farmhouse with period furnishings. The ground floor has a new exhibit that interprets the history of the National Road.
Volunteers give guided tours of the museum to various groups--adults, students, seniors. Each tour lasts approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Guides are scheduled as tours are scheduled. Tours occur at various times--days, evenings and weekends. Guides are trained by the Program Coordinator at the convenience of both parties.
Training: Volunteer Manual, observations of tours and practice tour.
Volunteers help prepare for and conduct the museum's special events and seasonal programs. These may include the Civil War Encampments, Harvest Suppers, Holiday events. Includes behind-the-scenes planning and preparation and on-site help during programs. Schedule varies according to activities required by event or program.
Education Facilitator
Volunteers lead school and youth group tours, and conduct hands-on activities with small groups of students. May includes working with students for special events. Lengths of programs vary, from 2 to 4 hours, hours vary, but are during regular business hours. Volunteers are scheduled as programs are scheduled.
Training: Observe tours and programs, Volunteer Manual, and session with Program Coordinator.
Grounds / Gardeners
Volunteers assist with building and grounds improvement and maintenance activities. May include maintaining herb garden, lawn maintenance, building fences, or painting. Schedule is flexible, and is set up with Program Coordinator.
Skills Needed: Varies
Time Requested: Any time you can offer is valuable to us. The Farmhouse is open to the public by appointment, events require a different schedule, including some evenings. We are able to accommodate most schedules if you have a few hours to come and spend with us.
Address: 838 National Road, Mt. Auburn, Cambridge City, IN 47327
Contact: Joe Frost, Community Preservation Specialist
Telephone: 765.478.3172
Email: jfrost@indianalandmarks.org
Website: http://www.indianalandmarks.org/HistoricSitesToursEvents/HuddlestonHouse/Pages/default.aspx
Last Updated: 31 October 2012
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County / Richard E. Jeffers Boys & Girls Club
To inspire and enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
Adult Mentor
An adult mentor will work one-on-one with a Club member one hour per week.  Will talk about life, play games, possibly help with homework.
Tutor/Homework Helper
Tutors are needed in our Power Hour program to help supervise the program, as well as work one-on-one with a Club member. Most students are elementary age and their greatest needs are usually math and reading.
Reading Mentor
We have begun a new reading program, Caution: Readers At Work and are in need of volunteers to assist Club members in reaching their reading goals and assisting members with their reading skills.
Cooking Class Instructor
Cooking class meets once a week to teach club members how to cook, bake, and use measuring instruments and kitchen items.
Library Volunteer
Morrisson-Reeves Library will be staffing our MRL Branch in the Quigg Family Foundation Library. Volunteers will assist their staff and help Club members choose and read books.
Group Club Volunteer
We have several group clubs, such as Small PARTS, SMART Kids, SMART Girls, Dragonfly Quest, Torch Club, Keystone Club, etc. We are always looking for someone to supervise or assist in supervising a program. Each club usually meets one time a week. Volunteers are welcome to introduce new clubs in areas of interest to youth as well.
Computer Lab Instructors / Lab Group Instructor
We have 18 stations at the Richard E. Jeffers Boys & Girls Club. We are seeking individuals who are computer savvy but interested in relating to and instructing youth as well.
Coach or Referee
We have flag football, volleyball, basketball, boxing and various other sports programs that are in need of coaches or referees.
Gym & Games Room Attendants
We are seeking volunteers interested in aiding our staff in supervising areas and programs within our gyms and games rooms. Games such as dodge ball, pool, ping pong, carpet ball, 4 square, and more are common.
Eating Area Attendant
A volunteer is needed to interact with youth while helping supervise and clean the area.
Kitchen Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve food for our free snack and kitchen programs.
Special Events Helper
We have several one-time special events such as our Halloween Party, Christmas Shop, Christmas Party, East Egg Hunts, Fashion Show, and more!
Skills Needed: Interest in youth 6-18 years of age and area chosen.
Time Requested: As scheduled by volunteer and area supervisor. It is important to have a consistent schedule.
Address: Richard E. Jeffers Boys & Girls Club, 1717 South L Street, Richmond or any club in Richmond, Indiana.
Contact: Stacey Steele, Education Director
Telephone: 765.962.6922
Email: ssteele@bgcrichmond.org
Website: http://www.bgcrichmond.org
Last Updated: 23 October 2012
Morrisson-Reeves Library
Morrisson-Reeves Library is a public library that serves as a significant resource to the community, providing equal access to information through dynamic services, relevant programs and materials, and up-to-date technology. Special emphasis is placed upon early literacy, online access, popular materials and lifelong learning.
Adopt-a-Shelf Volunteer
The Library can best serve patrons when every item in the collection is in its proper space. In order to keep shelves of materials in order, volunteers are needed to "adopt" a selected or assigned section of shelving and maintain correct placement of materials. You will learn the unique requirements of shelving for the section. Family volunteering? You bet! Adopt-a-Shelf (or a special area) is a great way for parents to teach their children civic responsibility and have fun doing it.
Homework Help Volunteer
Would you like to be a crucial part of MRL's drop-in Homework Help that is provided to 3rd-5th grade students? Volunteers are needed to provide homework help every Friday from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. This position requires at least one semester commitment.
Materials Care Volunteer - Audio-Visual Services
Volunteers are needed to provide care for our materials in our Audio-Visual Services department including providing general cleaning of audio-visual materials, checking materials for damage, shelving materials, straightening shelves, and various other tasks that provide care for A-V materials.
Materials Care Volunteer - Adult Services
Volunteers are needed to provide care for our materials in our Adult Services department including providing general cleaning of books, checking books for damage, shelving materials, straightening shelves, clearing the book drop, and various other tasks that provide care for Adult Services materials.
Administrative - Clerical and Special Projects Support
Are you interested in a behind the scenes volunteer opportunity? Our Administrative Department comprised of the Library Director, Business Manager, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, and Human Resources Manager has a need for volunteers to assist with making copies, filing, research, scanning documents, and other related tasks including special projects.
Children's Services Program Volunteer
Assist and support the Children's Services staff with various tasks in the delivery of quality service to patrons. Assist with children's program set-up, crowd control, attendance count, and serving items during programs. Straighten chairs, pick up materials, and assist with after program clean-up.
Materials Care Volunteer - Children's Services
Volunteers are needed to provide care for our materials in our Children's Services department including providing general cleaning of books and toys, checking books and toys for damage, cleaning computer screens and keyboards, shelving materials, straightening shelves, and various other tasks that provide care for Children's Services materials.
Children's Craft Volunteer
Assist and support the Children's Services staff with various tasks in preparing for story time and craft materials. Assist in preparing story time and craft materials and pull materials for story time events. This is a great position for someone who loves crafts.
Children's Book Prep Volunteer
Assist and support the Children's Services staff with tasks in preparing books for special collections. Assist in pulling books for collections, enter appropriate grade level in books, enter accelerated reader information in books, and other related tasks.
Summer Reading Volunteer
Stay busy in the summer and volunteer to help with our busy Summer Reading Program—register kids for the program, distribute prizes, assist with programs, help create craft projects, assist with book displays and more! This position fills up quickly so interested individuals should submit a volunteer application in early spring.
Shelving Assistant
If you've ever looked for a book that is supposed to be on the shelf and you can't find it, then you know how important correctly shelved materials are to the user-friendly library. This is a great position for discovering all the wonderful materials the library has to offer. You will learn the correct placement of library materials and requirements for shelving.
MRL Greeter & Tour Guide
This is the first stop for visitors to discover Morrisson-Reeves Library – volunteers will provide information on location of library services, scheduled events, and library tours. MRL Greeter duties include greeting and providing directional information to library patrons and the general public as they enter the Library for special programs such as, but not limited to, FMRL Book Sales, Talk to A Lawyer, Free Tax Service, etc. Tour guide duties include meeting pre scheduled community and school groups and showing them around the library; reading a story or two, providing age-appropriate or requested information to them; and giving out handouts as requested.
Landscape Care Volunteer
Do you have a green thumb? Would you like to put your love of gardening and landscape care to great use at the Library. Be a part of the beautification team that assists with landscape care including weeding, trimming, raking, mulching, etc.
"Create your Own" Volunteer Assignment
Do you have unique skills, talents, and/or a creative side that you can offer in a volunteer position at Morrisson-Reeves Library? Some possible skills that could be utilized are creative writing, arts and crafts, reading to children, technology, visual arts, literary arts, performing arts – music, theatre, dance, film, special event planning, etc. We would love to hear your ideas!
Skills Needed: Skills vary by position, but you must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.
Time Requested:

Varies. Please contact Laura Kehlenbrink for additional details.

Address: 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond, Indiana
Contact: Laura Kehlenbrink, Human Resource and Volunteer Services Manager
Telephone: 765.966.8291
Email: kehlenbrink@mrlinfo.org
Website: https://mrlinfo.org
Last Updated: 18 October 2012
Cope Environmental Center
Cope Environmental Center's mission is to promote the sustainable use of the earth's resources through education, demonstration and research.
General Volunteers are needed to help with programs, facilities & grounds, events, or administration work. If you have any special skill or talent- let us know! We will work to match your interests with the area of CEC that needs you!
Skills Needed: Varies
Time Requested: Volunteers can dedicate any amount of time they wish helping CEC.
Address: 4910 Shoemaker Road, Centerville, IN 47330
Contact: Tracy Lewis, Resource/Volunteer Coordinator
Telephone: 765.855.3188
Email: t.lewis@copeenvironmental.org
Website: http://www.copeenvironmental.org
Last Updated: 29 March 2012
Old National Road Welcome Center
To assist travelers with local and state travel information (directions, attractions, lodging, restaurants, etc.)
A fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity is waiting for you at the Old National Road Welcome Center. Greet and assist visitors at the Welcome Center. Knowledgeable about Wayne County and Indiana attractions. Make lodging reservations. Give directions to attractions, etc. Small gift shop - able to work cash register.
Skills Needed: Positive, enthusiastic and motivated individuals that enjoy working with the public.
Time Requested: You name the time and day or days you would like to volunteer.
Address: 5701 National Road East, Richmond, IN 47374
Contact: Karla Buckley or Nancy Sartain, Welcome Center Supervisor
Telephone: 765.935.8687
Email: welcomecenter@visitrichmond.org
Website: http://www.visitrichmond.org
Last Updated: 29 March 2012
HELP The Animals, Inc.
HELP the Animals is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter dedicated to providing a safe haven for homeless animals until they can be placed in responsible, loving homes. We are committed to reducing pet overpopulation through a 100% spay/neuter program for HELP shelter animals, as well as an aggressive spay/neuter and humane treatment education programs for the community.
Animal Shelter Volunteer
Walking dogs, socializing cats and dogs. Fundraising, grant writing, working with students who make many trips to our shelter, shelter maintenance, laundry, cleaning and other duties as determined by the volunteer coordinator. Good loving inside foster homes always needed for both cats and dogs.
Skills Needed: A love for animals and no pet allergies.
Time Requested: As many hours per week as you would like.
Address: 2101 West Main Street, Richmond, IN
Contact: HELP the Animals Shelter Manager
Telephone: 765.962.6811
Email: HelpTheAnimalsINC@comcast.net
Website: http://www.helptheanimalsinc.com/ or
Last Updated: 29 March 2012
Centerville-Abington Community Schools
Our schools, in partnership with families and the community, educate all individuals to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens in a global society. Our vision is to become one of the highest achieving school corporations in the state of Indiana.
Tutor: Reading or Math in Elementary, Content in High School
We would like to have college students, retired teachers or administrators, and senior citizens tutor students in a resource lab in each of our schools, either elementary or junior high/high school.
Skills Needed: Knowledge of elementary math and reading in the elementary. Knowledge of content areas of Literature study, Algebra, Chemistry, Biology, History and Geography at the high school.
Time Requested: One hour, two days a week or more if possible.
Address: Rose Hamilton Elementary or Centerville Elementary or Centerville High School
Contact: Vicki DeMao, Curriculum Director
Telephone: 765.855.3475
Email: vdemao@centerville.k12.in.us
Website: http://www.centerville.k12.in.us
Last Updated: 2 April 2012
Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is part of a federal network of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs located in every state. SHIIP is a non-profit organization designed to provide an unbiased place for seniors and pre-retirees to find answers to their health insurance questions. All of our services are free.
SHIIP Counselor
SHIIP is staffed by a crew of volunteer counselors who have completed an intensive 4-day training course and are certified by the Indiana State Department of Insurance. Regular training updates keep them current with the most recent changes in Medicare and other health care insurance options. SHIIP counselors are committed volunteers who offer you free and objective assistance in complete confidence.
Skills Needed: Good communications skills
Time Requested: 4 hours per month
Address: Wayne County SHIIP Counselors, Centerville Senior Center in Centerville, IN
Contact: Sarah Huffman
Telephone: 765.855.5651
Email: sehuffman@comcast.net
Website: https://www.in.gov/idoi/2495.htm
Last Updated: 7 September 2005
Sunrise, Inc.
We provide physical therapy on horseback for disabled youth and adults.
Horse Leaders and Rider Assistants
The horse leader leads the horse while the disabled rider takes a riding lesson. The riding assistant walks along next to the rider during the lesson to assist with balance and confidence. All volunteers also help keep the barn, horses, and tack clean.
Skills Needed: Knowledge of horses is useful but not necessary. Volunteer training is held on a regular basis.
Time Requested: Flexible Hours: One to two hours per week.
Address: 2670 Minneman Road, Richmond, Indiana
Contact: Janice Edelman, Executive Director
Telephone: 765.935.4291
Email: SunriseInc1980@gmail.com
Website: http://www.facebook.com/SunriseInc?sk=info
Last Updated: 18 October 2004
Golay Community Center
Courteous customer service skills, dealing with public. Organizational skills. Use of office machines.
Cleaning and room set-up.
Youth Sports Instructor
Programs vary throughout the year.
Skills Needed: Varies
Time Requested: Varies
Address: 1007 E Main Street, Cambridge City IN 47327
Contact: Elizabeth Wonsetler, Executive Director
Telephone: 765.478.5565
Email: info@golaycenter.com
Website: http://www.golaycenter.com/
Last Updated: 15 April 2008

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