Volunteer Opportunities in Northwest Indiana

2012-03-09T00:00:00Z Volunteer Opportunities in Northwest Indiana nwitimes.com
March 09, 2012 12:00 am

Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana

15 N Franklin St, Ste 240

Valparaiso, IN 46383

(219) 464-9600


Louise Thompson

Community Services Liaison


Mission Statement:

To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide/enhance care and support for all those affected; and to work to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease

Services We Provide:

• 24/7 helpline at (800) 242-3900 & online www.atz.org

• Information and referral services

• Medic Alert + Safe Return® nation-wide identification system

• Support groups for caregivers and families

• Education programs

• Advocacy and public policy to improve the quality of life

• Research

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Special events - "day of" volunteer for Walk to End Alzheimer's (ask about Walk dates and locations) and planning committee

• Programs - be an Ambassador (choose from helping with health fairs, giving presentations about Alzheimer's, being interviewed on your story relating to Alzheimer's and more)

• Other - general office support (help with mailings, answering telephones and/orlight administrative work in our Valparaiso office or at your home) and computer use (data entry, internet research, e-mail contact and /or social networking in our Valparaiso office or at your home)

Volunteer Requirements:

Availability for a few hours at one of our events or more

American Cancer Society

130 Red Coach Dr

Mishawaka, IN 46545

(800) 227-2345


Rachelle Anthony

Health Initiatives Coordinator


Mission Statement:

A nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service

Services We Provide:

• Help getting to and from cancer treatment

• Patient navigation services

• One-on-one support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients

• Cancer Information Specialists available 24 hours a day/365 days a year

• Help with appearance-related effects of treatment

• Personal Health Manager kit

• Support e-mail services and New Connections newsletter

• Cancer education classes

• Free wigs

• Assistance in finding information and local and nationwide resources

Volunteer Opportunities:

• ACS Cancer Action Network

• Road to Recovery drivers and coordinators

• Reach to Recovery volunteers and coordinators

• Cancer Resource Center

• Look Good Feel Better volunteers and coordinators

• General programs

• Education and awareness

• Body & Soul volunteers and coordinators

• Internship with Health Initiatives

Volunteer Requirements:

Requirements vary based on position, please call for additional information

American Greyhound

6922 Prairie Run Ave

Portage, IN 46368

(219) 763-7273


Nancy Mulvihill

Volunteer Coordinator


Mission Statement:

To rescue racing greyhounds from tracks, farms and a number of other situations they may find themselves in, provides necessary vet work, places them into foster homes where they are acclimated to life as a pet and finally placed into an adoptive home where they will spend their life as a family pet, winning hearts not races

Services We Provide:

American Greyhound provides awareness of the plight of the greyhounds

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Foster

• Attend meet and greets

• Transporting dogs from tracks

• Transporting dogs to and from meet and greets/vets

• Adopt

Volunteer Requirements:

• Volunteer opportunities which specifically relate to the greyhounds go through an application process

• Time commitment varies

American Heart Association

PO Box 611

Hebron, IN 46341

(219) 996-4958


Diane Kemp

Executive Director


Mission Statement:

To reduce death, disability and risk from cardiovascular (heart disease and stroke) disease

Services We Provide:

• CPR training

• Lunch & Learn sessions

• Health screenings

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Heart Walk

• CPR Anytime Training (do not have to be certified)

Volunteer Requirements:

• Heart Walk age 13+

• Age 18+ for all others

The Arc Northwest Indiana

2650 W. 35th Ave.

Gary, IN 46408

(219) 985-6551


Bonnie Gronendyke

Volunteer Services Coordinator


Mission Statement:

To improve the welfare of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families

Services We Provide:

Support, training and care through day services, residential programs and social services

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Programs - promote daily living skills and vocational skills

• Administrative support

• Special events and projects

• Groups - one day beautification and building projects

Volunteer Requirements:

• 14yrs or older

• TB test

• Criminal background check

• 3 reference letters

• Own transportation

Awestruck Experience

250 S. Indiana St.

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 663-1578


Brandon Grelle


Mission Statement:

To give students the opportunity to live out their calling through Jesus Christ in community service projects that are directly connected to and part of a weekend-long festival experience

Services We Provide:

Vary as needed in the community at the time of event, and can include:

• Painting

• Building

• Yard work

• Serving food shelters

• Helping at nursing homes

• Helping at juvenile deliqueny homes

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Participants

• Organizers

• Behind the scenes

Volunteer Requirements:

• High school age (July 16-21)

• College age (July 13-21)

• Desire to learn about Christ


Boys & Girls Club of NWI - Cedar Lake Club

130000 Fairbanks St.

Cedar Lake, IN 46383

(219) 374-5306


Justin Dal Corobbo

Program Director


Mission Statement:

To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring individuals

Services We Provide:

• Health and life skills development

• Sports, fitness & recreation

• The arts

• Education and career development

• Character and leadership development

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Mentoring/tutoring

• Chaperone field trips

• Run games room tournaments

• Coach/referee

• Parent advisor for programs

• Serve snacks in kitchen

• Facilitate diffeent activities

• Bake items for events/parties

• Chaperone dances/events

Volunteer Requirements:

• All ages

• Passion for kids

• If over 18 - pass a background check

• Anytime Monday - Friday, 8am - 8pm


Blue Skies Hospice

2714 169th St

Hammond, IN 46323

(219) 554-1773


Pearl Masciotra

Volunteer Coordinator


Mission Statement:

To help those with terminal illness or injury live with dignity, compassion, comfort and peace

Services We Provide:

• RN palliative care

• Bilingual RN and LPN

• Social workers to assist patients and families

• Bereavement counseling

• Trained volunteers

• Registered dieticians

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Support and presence for patients through visits

• Respite for family

• Errands

• Providing transportation for doctor visits

• Other support care based on patient needs

Volunteer Requirements:

• 21 hours of training (state requirement)

• 18+ years of age

• Flexible time commitment

Camp LRCA & Catepillar Academy

7007 E 117th Ave

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 663-2530


Cherish Edwards


Mission Statement:

To bring people of all ages to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and to challenge Christians to a deeper spiritual commitment to Christ and the church through Bible-centered programs; to provide the best possible environment for helping young people to play, pray and grow into productive citizens in their communities

Services We Provide:

• Daycare

• Before and after school care

• Pre-school

• Summer camps (day and overnight)

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Yard maintenance

• Painting

• Event assistance

• Landscaping

Volunteer Requirements:

• Time commitment varies

• No skills necessary for most volunteer tasks

• Skilled persons are matched with their skills (i.e. HVAC professionals service HVAC equipment)


Campagana Academy

7403 Cline Ave

Schererville, IN 46375

(219) 322-8614


Beth Szamatowicz

Marketing Coordinator


Mission Statement:

Restoring hope . . . building dreams

Services We Provide:

• We help over 300 youths and families per year

• On campus open residential care

• On campus private secure residential care

• Therapeutic day treatment

• Home-based services

• Foster care

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Event (Run for the Roses 5K Run and 2.5 Mile Walk Event - 10/20/12)

• Donation drives

• Bake cookies at the holidays

Volunteer Requirements:

• Have references

• Criminal background check

• TB test

• Sign confidentiality agreement

• 21+ to volunteer with the kids

Cedar Lake Historical Association

7408 Constitution Ave

Cedar Lake, IN 46303

(219) 374-7000


Julie Zasada


Mission Statement:

To bring together those interested in the history of Cedar Lake and seeking to understand our traditions and heritage

Services We Provide:

• Collect artifacts illustrating the history of Cedar Lake

• Maintain and generate the Lake of the Red Cedars Museum

• Disseminate historical information

• Preserve historical materials for scholarly research

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Museum opening (May)

• Museum tour guides

• Museum cleaning

• Drywall installation

• Window repair

• Electrical repair/updates

• Museum closing (September)

• Special event staffing (annual Ice Cream Social during Summerfest and Cake Walk during Hometown Fest are a great fit for student volunteers)

Volunteer Requirements:

• Flexible time commitment

• 18 years of age to volunteer on your own

• 13-17 years of age can volunteer with parent or adult family member


Center for Possibilities

22 Tyler Avenue

Hobart, IN 46342

(219) 962-5751


Michelle Higel

Director of Community Partnerships


Mission Statement:

To improve the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities

Services We Provide:

• Toddler programs

• Preschool programs

• Adult learning programs

• Summer camps

• Disability awareness programs

• Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Preschool classroom assistant

• Toddler classroom assistant

• Adult classroom assistant

• Reading volunteer

• Kitchen volunteer

• Science volunteer

• Tutor/(basic spelling, math, reading)

• Playground maintenance

• Garden maintenance

• School supply drive

• Disability awareness events

• Sign language coach

Volunteer Requirements:

• Students need to be 16+ years old

• Physical, TB test and criminal background check

• Comfortable being around people with disabilities

City of Crown Point Mayor's Office of Special Events/Parks & Recreation

11065 Broadway, Ste F

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 662-3290/661-2271


Mission Statement:

To preserve and improve the quality of life in Crown Point by building a stronger community from within, creating, maintaining and hosting events and programs that bring the community together

Services We Provide:

• Family-friendly community events

• Tourism

• Monthly newsletter

• Special events

Volunteer Opportunities:

• St. Patrick's Day Night Parade

• Third Thursday Art Walk

• Car Cruise season

• Arbor Day/Kids & Kites

• Citywide Picnic

• Dog Days of Summer

• Oktoberfest

• Winter Market

• Holiday Lights/Polar Express

• Visits with Mr. & Mrs. Claus

• New Year's Eve Grand Finale

Volunteer Requirements:

• The City of Crown Point is happy to have volunteers of all ages

• No special skills required

Crisis Center

101 N Montgomery St

Gary, IN 46403


Gain Mariano

Public Relations/Outreach


Mission Statement:

To provide youth and families the tools and resources to improve the quality of their lives and community

Services We Provide:

• Emergency shelter for youth

• Youth development

• Juvenile delinquency prevention

• Business and community outreach

• Crisis suicide prevention hotline

• Professional counseling services

Volunteer Opportunities:

Free training to answer and respond to incoming calls to our crisis hotline

Volunteer Requirements:

• Two 8-hour training days

• College-age or above

• Transportation to and from center for training and volunteering

Crown Point Adult Learning Center

928-B S Court St

Lakeview Square Shopping Center

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 663-5465

Katrina Earhart


Mission Statement:

To provide access to free tutoring for adults in the Crown Point area

We Provide:

• Preparation for the GED

• English as a second language

• Basic literacy

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Tutoring one-on-one

• Board of Directors

• Fundraising

Volunteer Requirements:

• Knowledge of subject matter

• Enjoy people

Crown Point Community Foundation, Inc.

115 South Court Street

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 662-7252


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Patricia Huber



Mission Statement:

To enrich the quality of life in Crown Point and northwest Indiana by supporting charitable activities

Services We Provide:

• Financial assistance to fund a broad range of community needs

• Accept gifts (cash, stock, real estate, etc.) fro generous donors

• Manage endowment assets which will meet philanthropic needs

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Event planning and marketing

• Photography, video taping and editing

• Updates to websites and social media

• Assist with mailings

• Event set-up, clean-up and registration

• Distribute refreshments and literature

• Fundraising efforts

Volunteer Requirements:

• A flexible schedule and desire to help our community grow strong

• You can help with quarterly newsletter mailings, grant and scholarship presentations, Spring-into-Action Volunteer Fair, Power of the Purse (Women's Giving Circle), July 4th Parade, Symphony on the Lawn, annual gala and Get Out - Get Active Run - Walk

Crown Point July 4th Celebration Committee

PO Box 124

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 805-4057


Michelle Katsares & Kimberly O'Connor


Mission Statement:

To encourage patriotism and promote the social welfare of the greater Crown Point area through the planning and organizing of programs ad festivities to celebrate Independence Day. Since its inception in 1982, the Crown Point 4th of July Celebration Committee, Inc. has assumed responsibility for all necessary administrative, organizational and financial endeavors related to the furtherance of the Independence Day Parade and the Independence Day fireworks display

Services We Provide:

• Raise funds for the July 4th parade and fireworks

• Plan a safe and enjoyable July 4th parade

• Plan a safe and enjoyable July 4th fireworks show

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Become a committee member and help plan July 4th festivities

• Assist making phone calls and providing parade staging information

• Assist at the parade staging areas

• Assist at the fireworks collecting donations at the gate

Volunteer Requirements:

• Monthly planning meetings average about 2 hours

• Phone calls 2-3 hours a few days before parade

• Parade day assistance from 12noon

• Fireworks assistance from 6-9:30pm

Crown Point Safe Pathways

509 N West St

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 741-3283

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Mitch Barloga



Mission Statement:

A group of concerned citizens seeking ot improve the pedestrian and bicycle transportation network in the Hub City of Lake County.

Services We Provide:

• Working with city officials to change policy for walking and biking

• Promoting safe routes through improved infrastructure

• Holding events to encourage increased walking and biking

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Serve as member at meetings

• Help with events

• Contact elected officials

Volunteer Requirements:

• Crown Point resident

• All ages welcome

Deaf Services, Inc.

6 E 67th Ave

Merrillville, IN 46410

(219) 769-6506


Debra Pampalone

Program Director


Mission Statement:

To make a difference in the lives of deaf or hard of hearing individuals by providing helpful services, support and information

Services We Provide:

• Interpreting services throughout northwest Indiana

• Advocacy for our clients

• Crisis intervention and case management

• Sign language classes

• Information on phone systems for the hard of hearing

• Deaf Awareness presentations

• Referrals

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Participate in different fundraisers throughout the year, sell tickets

• Answer phones, and take messages (basic computer skills preferred)

• Board member

Volunteer Requirements:

• No specific time requirements

• 18+ years old with the exception of some fundraisers

• Willingness to learn sign language

• Friendly smile, desire to work with people who are deaf

Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited

Diane Wolfe

Volunteer Coordinator

Mission Statement:

To provide educational and therapeutic horseback riding activities to those with special needs for an improved quality of life, utilizing professional instructors and trained volunteers in a safe and secure environment

Services We Provide:

Therapeutic horseback riding for those with special needs

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Side walker (helps keep the student steady and motivated)

• Barn worker (mucks stalls and feeds horses)

• Fundraising events

Volunteer Requirements:

• 16 years of age

• 1 hour a week for 8 weeks

• Horse experience is not required

• Volunteer training is required

First Step Saturdays

250 S Indiana Ave

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 663-1578, ext. 338


Brandon Grelle


Mission Statement:

To demonstrate Christ's love as a consistent presence in our community offering practical service to meet actual needs

Services We Provide:

Monthly community service event with seasonal theme

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Leaf raking

• Snow removal

• Painting

• Mission trips

• Easter egg hunt

• Gift bag distribution

• Etc.

Volunteer Requirements:

• 9am - 12pm, first Saturday of each month

• All ages and skill levels

• Willingness to work

• Desire to share Christ's love

Gary Life Education Initiative Inc.

PO Box 641015

Gary, IN 46401

(219) 730-7621

Tavetta Patterson



Mission Statement:

To provide mentoring, essential and enriching life skills, plus college and career readiness workshops to help students discover and live their purpose

Services We Provide:

• Champions for Education presentations

• College and career readiness workshops

• College tours and career exploratory field trips

• Mentor program development

• Leadership workshops

• Curriculum development

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Champions for Education speaker

• Chaperones

• Communications specialist

• Event/volunteer coordinators

• Grant researchers

• Grant writers

• Graphic design/writers

• Mentors

• Organization committee members

• Video producers (online education videos)

Volunteer Requirements:

• Background check

• Desire to help children succeed

• Commit 1 hour per week for a full school semester (Sept-Jan or Feb-June)

• Prior experience and/or education related to volunteer opportunity

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

8699 Broadway

Merrillville, IN 46307

(219) 472-1946


Christine Derek

Manager, Volunteer Services


Mission Statement:

To build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place

Services We Provide:

Girl Scouts give every girl access to life changing experiences that inspire her to do something big

Volunteer Opportunities:

Camp clean up weekend (Camp Butternut Springs, Valparaiso)

Volunteer Requirements:

• Complete a volunteer application

• Background check

Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana

9824 Terrace Ct.

Highland, IN 46322

(219) 384-8276


Jill Schlueter-Kim


Mission Statement:

To inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running

Services We Provide:

• We use the power of running to prepare girls for a lifetime of self respect and healthy living

• Program builds girl's self-esteem plus mental and physical health

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Participate in program

• Coach

• Committee member

• Race volunteer

Volunteer Requirements:

• Participants and coaches train twice a week for 12 weeks

• No skills required

• Time commitment varies for committee members and race volunteers

Golden Village Corporation

860 N Lake St

Gary, IN 46403

(219) 680-9737


Sherry Carrington

Director/Vice President


Mission Statement:

To help the community by making a difficult time easier through offering free supportive services that will enable our clients to sustain their families and/or cope with the circumstances they are facing.

Services We Provide:

• Classes and individual counseling that educate in the areas of pregnancy, parenting, life skills, overcoming abuse/addiction, budgeting, setting goals, job training, etc.

• Food pantry

• Referrals

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Marketing

• Making phone calls

• Making copies

• Receiving phone calls

• Typing/making flyers

• Creativity

• Grant writing (experience needed)

• Organizing inventory

• Child care providers

• Counseling

• Teaching classes

Volunteer Requirements:

• Background check

• 18+ years old

• Experience in area volunteering a plus, but not required)

Grow NWI

3592 N Hobart Rd

Hobart, IN 46342

(219) 962-7676, ext. 1120


Monica Conway



Mission Statement:

To create a common voice within the region to promote urban agriculture and community gardens. To challenge community, business and civic leaders to lay the foundation for the growth of sustainable community gardens in every south shore municipality

Services We Provide:

• Education to promote community pride and empowerment through hands-on teaching

• Food production with the creation of viable farm market locations within each city where residents can source a reliable stream of vegetables, flowers and other local food

• Health and nutrition with local and homegrown vegetables leading the path to improved eating habits of the surrounding community

• Community involvement by strengthening the roots of every community from the ground up

• Job creation by teaching new skills and spur growth in retail and manufacturing of specialty/local food products produced from our farming

• Value-added products with the creation of marketable goods ranging from salsa and preserves to eggs and compost

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Gardening

• Education

• Assisting with your area of expertise

Volunteer Requirements:

• All ages welcome

• Volunteers under 15 must be accompanied by an adult

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana

6114 W. Ridge Road

Gary, IN 46408

(219) 923-7265


Daniel M. Klein

Executive Director


Mission Statement:

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

Services We Provide:

• Building homes for families in need

• Assisting families in pre-purchasing financial education

• The ReStore provides home products and building supplies at a discounted price

Volunteer Opportunities:

• ReStore is open Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm and in need of help with incoming donation pick up and customer service (4 and 8 hour shifts available)

• Build sites require skilled and unskilled workers for full 8-hour work days (homes are typically built in 9 work days during the spring and summer)

• Hospitality at build sites

Volunteer Requirements:

• Must 16+ years of age to volunteer at build sites

• Ages 16-18 need parental consent before volunteering

• Must be able to lift and move 50-100 pounds for ReStore donation pick ups

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

1100 N. Mineral Springs Rd

Porter, IN 46304

(219) 395-1682


Lynda Lancaster


Mission Statement:

To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations (National Park purpose)

Services We Provide:

• Parks

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Stewardship Days (3rd Saturday of each month)

• Douglas Center Open House

• Research assistant

• Civic Engagement intern

• Spruce up the park group projects

• Rebuilding the Dunes

• Habitat restoration

• Garden

• Volunteer Site and Trail Corps

Volunteer Requirements:

• Time commitment varies from one afternoon to once-a-week

• Suitable for families, seniors, students and groups

Lake County 4-H

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service

880 E. 99th Ave, Ste A

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 755-3240


Julie Jones & Jennifer Govan

4-H Youth Development Educators



Mission Statement:

To provide real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who positively impact their community and world

Services We Provide:

• Fun, hands-on learning abut science, engineering and technology, healthy living and citizenship

• Participation in community service projects, 4-H Camp, leadership development, robotics teams, public speaking, Purdue Science Workshops, the Lake County Fair and more

• School enrichment programs, including Agriculture Awareness Days and the 4-H Chicken Embryology Program

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Serve as a mentor in the 4-H Youth and Families with Promise program (meet with youth approximately once a week)

• Assist youth in a workshop setting with science, engineering and technology activities from the 4-H curriculum (flexible time commitment)

• 4-H Junior Leaders conduct a variety of service learning projects each year (youth grades 7-12, flexible time commitment)

Volunteer Requirements:

• 4-H is open to all youth in grades K-12

• Adult volunteers must complete an application process with reference and background check (drug screening may also be required)

Lake County Historical Society Museum

Courthouse Square, Ste 205

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 662-3975


Bruce L. Woods



Mission Statement:

To preserve the past for future generations

Services We Provide:

• Tours

• Historic information

• Programs

• Speakers

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Docents

• Registration

• Cataloging


Lake County Right to Life

PO Box 9103

Highland, IN 46322

(219) 838-1130


Kristen Delacruz

LCRTL Secretary to the Board


Mission Statement:

To promote concern for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death through education of the public on the subjects of abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia and to support legislation and constitutional changes to protect the right to life of all innocent human beings

Services We Provide:

• Education regarding life issues

• Timely legislative updates

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Fundraising

• Office work

• Phoning

• Mailings

• Lake County Fair booth

• Rose for Life

• March for Life (Washington, D.C.)

• Becoming a church liaison

• Sidewalk counseling

• Annual fundraising banquet

• 40 Days for Life

Volunteer Requirements:

Various and flexible

Lakeshore Public Television and Radio

8625 Indiana Place

Merrillville, IN 46410

(219) 756-5656, ext. 317


Brandi Anstine

Director of Marketing & Special Events


Mission Statement:

To build a strong sense of community for the residents of northwest Indiana by being the leading force in connecting people ideas and information through multiple, on-going media and outreach activities

Services We Provide:

• Station tours

• Speaking of Women's Health Conference

• Children's outreach events

• Community calendar

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Speaking of Women's health

• Holiday auction

• Children's events

• Other special events and fundraisers

Volunteer Requirements:

• 16+ years of age

• May be subject to background check

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

355 N. Ashland Ave

Chicago, IL 60607

(312) 455-1000


Christine Bertrand

Intergenerational Coordinator


Mission Statement:

To relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly by offering people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and the celebration of life

Services We Provide:

In fiscal year 2011 we served 1,303 elders, with the indispensable help of 1,459 volunteers giving more than 46,963 hours of their time

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Participate in a birthday party, dinner or socializer

• Help set up for an event

• Visit an elder on a regular basis

• Deliver holiday gifts

• Drive elders for the Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter parties

• Deliver food bags

Volunteer Requirements:

• 18+ years of age

• Children are welcome to participate with parents

• Orientation and background check required

Lupus Foundatin of America, Indiana Chapter

4922 Carey St.

East Chicago, IN 46312

(219) 670-6897


Lynn Watkins

Regional Volunteer Coordinator


Mission Statement:

To find the causes and cure for lupus and provide support, services and hope to all people affected by lupus

Services We Provide:

for people with lupus

• Education programs and information

• Physician referrals

• Support group meeting and buddy system

for families

• Lupus Now magazine

• E-mail updates

• Support groups

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Event assistance with Lupus Walk, Chili Cook Off contest and golf outings

• Distribute information

• Submit short articles for newsletter

• Volunteer for health fairs

• Be a lupus advocate

• Board of Directors

• Grant writer

• Social networker

Volunteer Requirements:

• Call committee - pleasant voice

• Grant writer - grant research and writing experience

• Other requirements vary by opportunity

MAAP Services for Autism & Asperger Syndrome

950 S. Court St.

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 662-1311


Victoria Malone


Mission Statement:

We strongly believe that all individuals faced with autism spectrum challenges have the right to and deserve appropriate education, inclusion, support and understanding so they and their families may enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

Services We Provide:

• Information

• Lending library

• Advocacy

• Printed materials

• Quarterly newsletter

• Kids' Newsletter

• Interactive website

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Mentoring

• Recycling

• Window cleaning

• Answering phones

Volunteer Requirements:

• Ability to pick up recycling 1x per week

• Help with windows 1x per month

• Commit to 1 day per week answering phones with good note-taking skills and respect for confidentiality

March of Dimes

2612 W. US Hwy 30

Merrillville, IN 46410

(219) 736-0023


Victor Garcia

Division Director


Mission Statement:

To ensure every baby is born healthy

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Assist on a committee for our Lake or Porter county March for Babies walks

• Help with our Annual Signature Chefs' Auction in November

• Assist day of events (walks and auction)

Volunteer Requirements:

• Walk meetings are 1-2 times per month leading up to the events in May

• Auction meetings are once a month from July-Nov

• Availability on event days

Meals on Wheels

8446 Virginia St.

Merrillville, IN 46410

(219) 756-3663


Michael Glorioso

Volunteer Manager


Mission Statement:

To deliver nutritious meals to those in need with the support of community volunteers

Services We Provide:

• Home delivered meals to the elderly, ill and disabled

• Senior congregate sites

• Individual and corporate volunteer programs

• Deliver meals to child day care and adult day centers

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Meals delivery volunteer program (deliver meals during noon hour in your own community/takes an hour to an hour and a half)

• Van drivers ("vantastics" load up our vans and deliver meal containers to drop sites throughout the community)

• Speakers bureau

• Kitchen and office volunteers

Volunteer Requirements:

• No experience necessary!

• Must be 18 years old

• Valid driver's license

• Attend orientation and train with an experienced volunteer

• Volunteer on your own time!

Nathan C. Splant Foundation

15500 109th Ave.

Dyer, IN 46311

(219) 513-2033


Kim Splant

Vice President


Mission Statement:

To help premature children and their families

Services We Provide:

• Financial support

• Grant-giving program

• Website resources

• Halo project

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Racing for Babies

• Great cell phone drive

• Big Wheel 500


Nazareth Home

PO Box 3067

East Chicago, IN 46312

(219) 616-8845


Director/Foster Mother


Mission Statement:

To care for the poor and powerless infants and children, those unable to speak for themselves, by providing them with a loving, caring and stable beginning. A ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Nazareth Home is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of medically compromised infants and children who are faced with extraordinary challenges in life

Services We Provide:

• Licensed foster home

• Serves medically-compromised infants/children up to 6 years of age

• Available to children throughout northwest Indiana

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Field trips to the park, zoo, etc.

• Foster home clean-up, fix-up and painting

• "Cuddler" for babies

Volunteer Requirements:

• "Cuddler" visits are 2 hours, must be 16 years old

• Advance screening required

Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation, Inc.

PO Box 824

Schererville, IN 46375

(219) 765-7677


Donna Criner

Director of Fundraising


Mission Statement:

To provide hope and support for anyone affected by pediatric cancer in northwest Indiana and the surrounding area

Services We Provide:

• Connect families with similar experiences or circumstances who can be a source of support during difficult times

• Arrange a small gift for a child in treatment, a sibling or family to make them smile, direct families to additional resources

• Fund research

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Recruitment and participants for fundraisers

• Solicitation of donations (monetary and in-kind)

• Help raise awareness (as a family) by promoting and attending specific fundraisers geared towards children (mainly in September)

Volunteer Requirements:

• No set schedule for assistance with upcoming events

• Next major events - March 11 and May 19

• Currently looking for office space where we will need help answering phones and making calls


Old Sheriff's House Foundation, Inc.

226 S. Main St.

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 663-7291

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Jonathan Forgey


Mission Statement:

To preserve and restore the Old Sheriff's House (circa 1882) and Lake County Jail known for John Dillinger's escape in 1934 and the location for filming of Public Enemies with Johnny Depp in 2008.

Services We Provide:

Preservation of Old Sheriff's House and Jail

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Guide tours of Old Sheriff's House and Jail

• Help restore Old Sheriff's House and Jail

Volunteer Requirements:

• Must be high school age or older for tours

• Groups/families with children 12+ years of age for preservation

Opportunity Enterprises, Inc/Lakeside Opportunities

2801 Evans Ave/40 S. Fish Lake Rd

Valparaiso, IN 46383/Valparaiso, IN 46385

(219) 464-9621


Cath Kuchenmeister

Volunteer & Intern Coordinator


Mission Statement:

To enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing exceptional support and creating meaningful opportunities that allow its consumers to serve as an inspiration to the community

Services We Provide:

• Day services

• Residential services

• Secure shred-data destruction

• Simply Amazing Market retail shop

• Assist individuals in finding employment

• Respite services

• ServiceMaster by OE (janitorial services)

• Outsource solutions, assembly and packaging

• Transportation via OE Express

• Early intervention (kids birth to three)

Volunteer Opportunities:

for families and teens

• Pack-a-thon needs 800 volunteers on a Saturday in September (8+ years old/dateTBD)

• Simply Amazing Market needs retail shop volunteers in November and December (14+ years of age)

• Adopt a group home

• Boy Scout Eagle projects

• Share musical talents with us

Also filing and miscellaneous office work in Merrillville and Valparaiso plus additional opportunities at Lake Eliza and Valparaiso locations

Volunteer Requirements:

• No specific time requirements

• Crimnal background check

• 18+ years of age (with the exception of one-time events)

• A happy heart and willigness to help others

Power Paws for Kids, Inc. AAT

1443 Edgewater Rd

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 306-6344


Deb Jones



Mission Statement:

To provide the community with an animal assisted program to help promote health and well being through positive interactions with animals

Services We Provide:

• Therapy dog programs for nursing homes and assisted living facilities

• Therapy dog programs for special needs students

• Read to the Dog program at northwest Indiana public libraries and elementary schools

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Read to the Dog program at northwest Indiana public libraries and elementary schools

• Working with special needs students

Volunteer Requirements:

• Dog handlers must be a minimum of 21 years of age

• Dogs must be at least 1 year old

• Owner must have owned the dog at least 6 months

• Dog must have CGC Certification

• Time commitment up to the individual

Rebuilding Together of South Lake County

PO Box 665

Crown Point, IN 46308

(219) 741-3283


Mitch Barloga

Board President


Mission Statement:

To provide free home modifications and repairs to make homes safer, more accessible and energy efficient

Services We Provide:

Minor to mid-level home repairs for low-income and/or elderly homeowners

Volunteer Opportunities:

Help with home repairs at a number of skill levels

Volunteer Requirements:

Full day commitment in Lowell on September 15 (all skill levels desired, carpentry skills needed)

Relay for Life of South Lake County

130 Red Coach Dr

Mishawaka, IN 46545

(219) 241-2348


Wendy Mang

Community Representative


Mission Statement:

To eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service

Services We Provide:

• Look Good, Feel Better

• Road to Recovery

• Reach to Recovery

• Wig banks

• Hope Lodge

• Camp Catch a Rainbow

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Relay for Life event

• Serve on committee

• Form a Relay of Life team

Volunteer Requirements:

This is an 18-hour overnight event June 8-9 at the Lake County Fairgrounds

Second Life Resale Shoppe

1510 N. Main St

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 663-5266


Mission Statement:

To raise funds for Crown Point Christian School by selling tax-deductible donations provided by generous people from the surrounding community. Through our work at Second Life Resale Shoppe, we seek to make a difference in God's kingdom.

Services We Provide:

• Quality merchandise at discount prices

• Passing savings to people through difficult economic times

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Floor attendant

• Sorting donations

• Receiving donations at drop-off door

• Cleaning items

• Stocking floor

• Hang clothing

• Wash toys

• Wash housewares

• Test electronics

Volunteer Requirements:

• Flexible time commitment

• Anyone younger than high school age must be accompanied by an adult

Secret's Loving Care Adult Day Services, Inc.

1101 Park Drive

Munster, IN 46321

(219) 201-1451

Ollie Sherrod


Mission Statement:

To provide quality adult day services that meet the needs of each individual with personal love, concern and expertise that sets us apart

Services We Provide:

• Daycare services from 6am-6pm for seniors and disabled adults 18+ years of age

• Activities, home cooked meals and escorts/transportation for appointments

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Activities such as Bingo and crafts

• Field trips as scheduled

• Open house

• Mailings

Volunteer Requirements:

• Available to help Monday through Friday 9am-5pm (flexible time commitment)

• Ready to have fun

• Criminal history, TB test and physical

• Attend orientation

Sojourner Truth House

410 W. 13th Ave.

Gary, IN 46407

(219) 885-2282, ext. 103


Loretta Schleper

Volunteer Coordinator


Mission Statement:

To provide hope and help to the homeless and at-risk women and children through hospitality, advocacy, integrative services and collaboration to improve the quality of life for participants and the community in a safe, trusting environment sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ

Services We Provide:

• Food pantry - take-home bags

• Women's clothes

• Resource list of services

• Personal care items including soap, toothpaste, shampoo, pads, diapers, etc.

• Health checks

• Classes for women I the shelters

• Job search

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Walk-a-thon fundraiser (Saturday, May 5)

• Cases of donated food (canned fruits, vegetables and soups plus cereal)

• Ground clean-up

Volunteer Requirements:

• Complete an application

• Criminal background check

• Day-timers 8am-4pm

Southlake Branch YMCA

1450 S. Court St.

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 663-5810


Chris Mallers

Executive Director


Mission Statement:

To put Christian principals into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all

Services We Provide:

• Toddler and youth sports

• Adult sports

• Group exercise

• Swimming lessons

• Water fitness classes

• Arthritis foundation classes

• Spin

• Zumba Gold

• Zumba

• Y-Run

• Fun Run

• Hub Run

• Bus trips

• Blood pressure screening

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Courtesy desks

• Running coaches

• Café

• Basketball or volleyball referees

Volunteer Requirements:

• Positive attitude

• Family-oriented

• 2-3 hours per week

South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority (SSCVA)

7770 Corinne Drive

Hammond, IN 46323

(219) 989-7770


Mission Statement:

To lead and support the visitor industry through the marketing and development of the region from convention, sports, gaming and special interest travel segments, thereby increasing economic impact, creating employment and enhancing the communities' quality of life

Services We Provide:

The South Shore CVA and South Shore Air Show provide quality, safe entertainment for not only northwest Indiana families but families from all over the country. More than 250,000 people from near and far come to the beautiful beaches of Miller (Gary, IN) and have a positive experience which encourages them to come back each year.

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Parking assistant

• Traffic assistant

• Beach coupon sales

• Surveys

• Visitor information

Volunteer Requirements:

• 18+ years of age

• Able to lift 20lbs

• Able to stand for long periods of time

• Able to work in outdoor conditions

• Able to take direction well

• Flexible schedule on event days

• Excellent customer service skills

• Able to work alone or in a group productively

St. Anthony Auxiliary

1201 S. Main St.

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 757-6347

Carolyn Meinbresse



Mission Statement:

To continue Christ's ministry in our Franciscan tradition

Services We Provide:

• Gift shop

• Escorts

• Office and clerical

• Crafts

• Baby hats for newborns

• Information desk

• Mail delivery

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Operate cash register, pricing, sorting, staging merchandise and inventor in the gift shop

• Escort patients and families with wheelchairs as needed

• File, take phone messages and basic computer work

• Craft projects include sewing, knitting, crocheting and others

Volunteer Requirements:

• 18+ years old for regular volunteers

• 16+ years old for student volunteers

St. Anthony Home

203 W. Franciscan Dr

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 661-5100


Slavica Schieb


Mission Statement:

To honor the dignity of life by serving as a compassionate community

Services We Provide:

• Assisted living

• Skilled nursing

• Memory care

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Assist with activities in nursing home, skilled care and assisted living

• Transport residets to activities, meals an dappointments within the facility

• Provide one-to-on e visits with residents

• Deliver residents' mail and newspapers

• Assist with serving resident meals

• Assist during special events

• Additional opportunities available, please contact for details

Volunteer Requirements:

• Must enjoy working with the elderly

• Must have a positive outlook

• Must be able to follow directions

• Physical requirements will vary depending on resonsobilities

St. Anthony Hospice

203 Franciscan Dr

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 661-5327


Stephanie Callicott

Volunteer Specialist


Mission Statement:

To honor the dignity of life by serving as a compassionate community

Services We Provide:

• 9-bed in-patient unit

• Expertise in symptom control

• Respite for caregivers

• Bereavement support

• Spiritual guidance

• Patient care in-home 24/7 nurse

• Emotional support for patient/family

• Medicare/Medicaid accepted

• Serving Lake and Porter counties

• Trained staff in end-of-life care

Volunteer Opportunities:

• In-patient unit

• In-patient companionship

• Home (community) companionship

• Medical records

• Bereavement

• Clerical

• Fundraising (special events)

• Music/pet visitation

• Translators

• Volunteer recruitment

• Knitters/crocheters

• Sewers (for Personal Treasures)

• Bereavement follow-up visits

Volunteer Requirements:

• Must be 18+ years old, able to complete orientation, be medically cleared and pass a background check

• Able to floow directins, be compassionate and willing to serve

• Have people skills and able to deal with diversity

St. Jude House

12490 Marshall St

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 662-7066, ext. 17


Joy Heminger

Director, Community Awareness


Mission Statement:

To honor the dignity of life by serving as a compassionate community

Services We Provide:

• Support groups

• Residential services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

Volunteer Opportunities:

Positions vary by skills and time requirements

Volunteer Requirements:

• No specific time commitment

• Training

• Background check

• 16 years old

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

450 W 100 N

Valparaiso, IN 46385

(219) 462-0025


Anna Mroz

Volunteer Coordinator


Mission Statement:

To establish and maintain woody plant collections, gardens and natural areas for the benefit of the people in the south Lake Michigan region

Services We Provide:

• Extensive collection of trees and other plants

• Provide professional designed gardens

• Provide educational programs and hikes for children and adults

• Conserve and restore natural areas

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Grounds/facilities

• Education

• Docent-lead hikes

• Office

• Habitat restoration

• Gardening

• Taltree events

• Outreach

• Railway garden

Volunteer Requirements:

• New volunteers are expected to attend an orientation session and special training is required to be placed in some areas

• Schedules are based on volunteer availability and commitment, amount of time varies by position

• Under 15 years old must be accompanied by adult

Tri Town Safety Village

1350 Eagle Ridge Dr.

Schererville, IN 46375

(219) 865-9600


Bill Jarvis

Executive Director


Mission Statement:

To educate children in safety & prevention of fire, pedestrian, bicycle, drug and railroad through a hands-on experience in a way they can understand

Services We Provide:

• Field trips for local schools

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Secretarial

• Landscaping

• Lawn care

• Construction

• Gardening

• Cleaning

• Painting


United Way Regional Volunteer Center

221 W. Ridge Rd

Griffith, IN 46319

(219) 923-2302, ext 311


Chris Eller Esparza

Volunteer Coordinator Lake County


Mission Statement:

To build capacity throughout northwest Indiana by promoting volunteerism in our communities

Services We Provide:

• Website (www.nwivolunteer.org) where you can view over 200 volunteer opportunities in your community and connect with them online

• Day of Caring (August 24-25)

• Disaster relief (both in times of disaster by mobilizing volunteers and helping victims put their lives back together with LARRI (Lakeshore Area Regional Recovery of Indiana)

• I Need a Hug (new stuffed animals are distributed to elementary schools for counseling and educational tools with the Valparaiso University Softball team)

• VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for low-income residents)

• Hardest Hit Fund (a bridge program through the US Treasury Dept that assists unemployed borrower's who need to pay their mortgage while they search for work)

• Urban Ag (a new initiative with partner GrowNWI that focuses on education, health and food production)

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Search online by zip code, by issues/interests and by date on the calendar

• Categories include family-friendly, teens welcome, done-in-a-day and holidays

• Agency wish lists are also available under product connections

Volunteer Requirements:

Specific requirements will come from the nonprofits represented online

Volunteer Advocates for Seniors

5454 Hohman Ave

Hammond, IN 46320

(219) 932-2300, ext. 33373

Mission Statement:

To develop a model volunteer advocacy program to serve the needs of incapacitated elderly persons who are alone and in hospital, nursing home or hospice health care facilities in the northwest Indiana region

Services We Provide:

Volunteer limited guardian services for the elderly

Volunteer Opportunities:

Free volunteer guardianship training in March (specific dates TBD - and requires 40 hours to be sworn in as Officer of the Court with a free training manual and complimentary meal provided)

Volunteer Requirements:

• 21+ years old

• No criminal history

• No history of social violence

• Ability to follow guidelines and instructions

• Ability to commit to 40 hours of training

Winfield Community Foundation Inc.

10769 Broadway, Suite 184

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 663-4200

Annette Williamson



Mission Statement:

To energize, coordinate and assist in raising gifts and donations and determining the use of the same for the benefit of the residents of the Town of Winfield and Winfield Township

Services We Provide:

• Purchased a golf cart for LRCA camp

• Donations to local food pantry and churches

• Donation to Lake County Animal Shelter

• Radio communication system for the Winfield /LOFS Fire Department

• Defibrillator to Winfield Government Center

• Holiday gift baskets

• Development of John Curley Memorial Park (ongoing project)


Volunteer Opportunities:

• Our spring project is the development of the pavilion, picinic area, playground and granite memorial at John Curley Memorial Park north of the Winfield Government Center

• Many projects for every skill level

Volunteer Requirements:

• Any level of help from the DIYer to the licensed contractor (from building the pavilion with stone fireplace to installing playground equipment, lighting, landscaping, brick walkways, etc.)

• Any time commitment appreciated

Wittenberg Village

1200 E. Lutner Dr.

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 661-3777


April Niksch

Foundation Regional Director


Mission Statement:

To empower vibrant, grace-filled living across all generations

Services We Provide:

• Skilled nursing

• Memory support

• Assisted living

• Independent living

Volunteer Opportunities:

• Crafts

• Games

• Music

• Resident outings

• Resident companion

• Gift shop

• Marketing/PR (advertising and promotions)

• Fundraising (sponsorship and donor relations)

• Special events (promotions, food booths, set-up/clean-up, kids activities)

Volunteer Requirements:

• Passion to work with seniors

• Passion to assist nonprofit efforts

• Passion to raise awareness of facility



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