CARE Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Advocate

The CARE Volunteer Advocates Program is a volunteer advocates program that trains and then matches volunteers to serve, on behalf of CARE, as the guardian for an incapacitated adult.  In that role the volunteer maintains regular contact with the incapacitated adult, directs their health care, attends and participates in care plan conferences, and otherwise takes steps to ensure that the services being provided for the incapacitated adult by health care providers are appropriate and designed to maximize the incapacitated person's quality of life.  

Click here to download the Volunteer Advocates Program Application

Contact:  Meredith Thompson, Director of Guardianship Programs, at 317-955-2790 or meredith@indianacare.org

Receptionist/General Office Volunteer

The CARE office team is looking for light support for our office operations. Responsibilities include answering and directing incoming calls; light filing; and occasional projects, as needed.

Schedule: Flexible, minimum 3 hour shift at least bi-weekly

Training:  Provided

Skills/Qualities:  Enjoy working with people, good phone presence.

Other:  Parking in nearby garage provided.

Contact:  Michelle Niemier, Deputy Director, at 317-955-2790 or michelle@indianacare.org

Quality of Life Volunteer

Help bring a higher quality of life to CARE clients by identifying and coordinating services, activities, and more for many, a matchmaker of sorts. Examples include identifying a nearby church where a client can attend; planning a shopping trip; scheduling a guitar player to have a jam session with a client at their nursing facility.  By far, one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities CARE offers. Volunteer(s) do not directly provide the activity nor transport any clients.

Schedule: Flexible, minimum 6 month commitment

Training:  Provided

Skills/Qualities:  Enjoy working with people, basic computer research skills

Other:  Parking in nearby garage provided.

Contact:  Meredith Thompson, Director of Guardianship Programs, at 317-955-2790 or meredith@indianacare.org

Annual Open House Volunteers

Each autumn, CARE holds its Open House event at which volunteers, donors, court personnel, allies from other organizations, and friends come together for a friendly gathering. This is one example of a SpecialEvent Team activity.  Tasks include the expected developing list of invitees, choosing the decorations, developing the evening’s itinerary, and sending thank you notes after the event.

Schedule: August to early November

Training:  None required

Skills/Qualities:  Enjoy working with people, attention to detail.

Other:  Parking in nearby garage provided.

Contact:  Michelle Niemier, Deputy Director, at 317-955-2790 or michelle@indianacare.org

Volunteer Advocates Recognition

CARE’s Volunteer Advocates are at the heart of our success. We would like to create a repeatable, annual gathering for these volunteers to thank them for their tireless efforts. You will work directly with are staff to develop the concept, timeline, and task list for the event.

Schedule:  Likely 6-8 weeks from beginning to event date; no specific event date set.

Training:  None required.

Skills/Qualities:  Detail-oriented, good communication skills.

Other: Parking in nearby garage provided.

Contact:  Meredith Thompson, Director of Guardianship Programs, at 317-955-2790 or meredith@indianacare.org

Amazon Smile Program Coordinator

Amazon’s Smile Program offers customers an easy way to support charities; CARE is among the organizations that benefits from Amazon Smile. We would like to increase awareness of this method of supporting CARE’s work. Volunteer will assist in the development and implementation of a promotional strategy.

Schedule: Initial efforts likely will require 3-4 weeks with a monthly commitment of 2 hours thereafter.

Training:  None needed.

Skills/Qualities:  Comfort with social media tools, marketing/creative skills a plus.

Other:  Parking in nearby garage provided. 

Contact:  Michelle Niemier, Deputy Director, at 317-955-2790 or michelle@indianacare.org

Shoppers/Delivery Volunteer

Most of CARE’s clients do not have the ability to shop for the things they need. Our shopper volunteer will help shop for items either online or at discount stores. The shopper volunteer is not financially responsible for paying for items. We are also looking for volunteers who can physically deliver items to clients’ facilities.

Schedule: Indianapolis (March to May); other locations (yet to be determined)

Training:  Provided

Skills/Qualities:  Detail-oriented, good communication skills.

Other:  Parking in nearby garage provided.  Volunteers choosing to also deliver items will be reimbursed mileage.

Contact:  Michelle Niemier, Deputy Director, at 317-955-2790 or michelle@indianacare.org

Clothing Donation Recruiter

The vast majority of CARE’s clients have little to no clothing.  Considering the high cost of essentials such as underwear and socks, few can afford to purchase items.  CARE is seeking someone who will help identify churches, service organizations and others who will hold “Underneath, We are All the Same” drives.

Schedule: Flexible with expectation of 3-4 hours per month.

Training:  Volunteer will be trained on CARE’s cloud-based donor management system.

Skills/Qualities:  Excellent written and verbal communication skills; attention to details.

Other:  Parking in nearby garage provided. 

Contact:  Michelle Niemier, Deputy Director, at 317-955-2790 or michelle@indianacare.org

Property Team Volunteers

A number of CARE clients have apartments or homes to which they are unable to return.  Property Team volunteers accompany a member of the CARE staff in searching for important documents and securing keepsakes.  Many homes are in poor condition and not easily accessible. Not appropriate for volunteers with breathing issues.

Schedule: Flexible with expectation of ½ day per month.

Training:  Provided by CARE fiduciary staff

Skills/Qualities:  No specific skills required.

Other:  Parking in nearby garage provided; volunteer will travel with CARE staffperson. 

 Contact:  Jenny Deaton, Fiduciary Director, at 317-955-2790 or jennifer@indianacare.org

Bookkeeper

CARE is looking for a volunteer to post vouchers, deposits, receivables, and payables in our well-organized financial books.  CARE utilizes QuickBooks, so volunteer must have experience with double-entry accounting and QuickBooks.

Schedule: Flexible with expectation of two half days per month.

Training:  Provided.

Skills/Qualities:  Related experience with double-entry accounting and QuickBooks

Other:  Parking in nearby garage provided.

Contact:  Michelle Niemier, Deputy Director, at 317-955-2790 or michelle@indianacare.org

WebMaster

CARE utilizes SquareSpace for our organization’s website.  SquareSpace is a template-based, fairly user-friendly service. We are looking for a volunteer who can upload information provided by staff and other volunteers. An overhaul of our site is not desired but increasing traffic to the site is certainly our goal. We would expect to be in communication with volunteer regularly but actual work can be done outside the CARE office.

Schedule: Flexible with expectation of 5-7 hours per month.

Training:  Overall image and tone for website will be provided. Supervisors:  Michelle Niemier, Deputy Director.

Skills/Qualities:  Volunteer should have previous experience with SquareSpace or similar service.

Other:  Parking in nearby garage provided.

Contact:  Michelle Niemier, Deputy Director, at 317-955-2790 or michelle@indianacare.org

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