Member Letter: Volunteerism through Indianapolis Ambassadors

I’ve been volunteering for about 5 years. I started by going to places that I thought would make a difference to the community. I make my own schedule for the week and leave the room for appointments when necessary. I volunteer for theaters, museums, gardens, food outreach, and festivals. I meet new people every time in volunteer experiences. Most have kind hearts and want to make a difference in our community.

One place I volunteer is Second Helpings. Second Helpings is a nonprofit food rescue organization working to fight hunger. I will cut veggies or help create a meal with different ingredients that the staff will want to use. As a volunteer you help prepare food by chopping vegetables, making sandwiches, and delivering meals to outreach organizations. There are all kinds of positions to check out.

Another organization I volunteer for is Heartland Film. Heartland film is a nonprofit art organization that runs an 11-day Heartland International Film Festival in October. They have Indy Shorts International Film Festival in July. Throughout the year, they offer many opportunities to volunteer at many different venues. Positions include ticketing guests, helping set up and tear down events, volunteer bartending for events and helping entertain young people attending gatherings (Background checks are completed).

During the month of May, our community has many opportunities to get in the spirit of the Indianapolis 500, The Greatest Spectacle of Racing. The 500 Festival is a non-profit community organization that fosters a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and Indiana. This organization was created in 1957 to celebrate the Indianapolis 500 race itself. It is a community-oriented, philanthropic foundation that creates opportunities to volunteer from the marathon to the parade. I help pass out costumes for individuals in the 500 Festival Parade. I go to schools and lead discussions with students in elementary buildings to become familiar with the Indy Cars and what the flags designate on race day. The 500 Festival events continue to enrich the lives of individuals through its many programs.

Diane Walton, Member
Indianapolis Ambassadors

Volunteer Events
Newly reported opportunities are highlighted.
Visit our events calendar for full schedule.

General Meeting: Wed. Apr 3rd, 6pm-8pm at the Indiana Landmarks Center

Come to the April General Meeting of the Indianapolis Ambassadors. On Apr. 3rd, learn about Indiana Landmarks and their work to restore and repurpose historic places. "We save buildings because they’re the places that draw us in and hold us fast. They’re the buildings among which we live, work, explore, and pass on what we’ve learned."

Volunteer Indiana Landmarks Donate

April Social: Race to the Eclipse - Mon. Apr 8th 1pm-4pm at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park

Experience the Solar Eclipse Indianapolis style! Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park! This free event includes live music, fun activities, and drag strip races!  ** Check our Meetup to find our location in the stands!

More Info Meetup

IndyFringe: Lady Bits - Apr 5th and 6th

Usher and Bartenders needed It’s ladies doing bits… what did you think this was? 12 hilarious women bring uproarious laughter this Winter through a mix of stand-up and long and short-form improv led by Callie Burk-Hartz.

Volunteer Tickets Donate

500 Festival Volunteer Registration is Open!

Volunteer registration is officially open! There are over 100 areas of volunteer opportunities and 7,000 positions that need filled, and we need YOU to help make our events and programs possible! The volunteer spots fill quickly, so be sure to check them out and sign up today!

Volunteer Home Site Donate

Indiana Artisan Spring Marketplace April 6th & 7th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

About 90 artisans from across Indiana are expected to showcase their original art, fine craft small-batch food, and locally produced wine, spirits and other beverages. Many will demonstrate their creative process in their booths. Food and beverage producers will offer samples up and down the food aisle. Volunteers are needed from April 4-7 to do a wide variety of easy tasks. In appreciation of your help, enjoy free admission, free parking, light refreshments and a T-shirt.

Volunteer Marketplace Donate

WYFI's Día del Niño at Be My Neighbor Day! Sat. April 27th at the Central Library

Volunteers are needed to support this family-friendly community event from WFYI. Needs include welcoming and checking in guests, assisting guests with writing and mailing letters, applying temporary tattoos, assisting guests with crafts, helping Daniel Tiger throughout the day, taking photos, and much more!

Volunteer Attend Support WFYI

52nd Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair Sat-Sun 5/18-19 at the Indy Art Center

Volunteer your support for the arts and as shoppers visit 150+ local, regional, and national artists. The OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair is a nationally ranked, highly selective, juried art fair that benefits the Indy Art Center as its largest annual fundraiser.

"We still have lots of volunteer spots open for both Saturday and Sunday so grab your friends and family and sign up. Volunteers get free entry into the Art Fair and a commemorative t-shirt."

Volunteer Indy Art Center Donate

Opportunity Spotlight
Each week, we feature an organization with long term volunteer needs. Visit our ongoing opportunities to find more ways to get involved.

Second Helpings

For 25 years, Second Helpings has accepted donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge through local social service agencies in central Indiana. Second Helpings also trains unemployed and underemployed adults for meaningful careers in the culinary industry.

Volunteer Website Donate

There are no fees to join the Indy Ambassadors. Sign up at

Links: Our websiteMeetupFacebook pageFacebook groupYouTube If you would like to unsubscribe, click here.