Volunteers play an important role in carrying out the mission of Children’s Bureau, giving more than 2,000 hours of service each year. Join our volunteer team to make a difference in the lives of Indiana children and families!
- Volunteers must be 21 years or older.
- Volunteers who have ongoing contact with children must complete a background check that includes fingerprinting.
- We cannot offer opportunities for court-ordered community service or to individuals with certain convictions.
- Volunteer services does not handle internships.
Other opportunities may be available depending on the needs of our programs and the children and families we serve. We welcome your special suggestions and ideas!
While there are a couple of events in a year when we rely on larger groups of volunteers, most the time we limit group sizes to 12 to 15 people. Group volunteer experiences are offered first to employees of corporate partner companies. To learn about becoming a corporate partner please visit https://www.childrensbureau.org/opportunities/corporate-partners.
This is a great opportunity for large groups! Members can collect needed items for Children's Bureau programs. Once the items are collected, your group can bring the collection to the Children's Bureau Family Support Center, tour the facility and learn more about what we do. We accept collections from any age group, but due to privacy concerns, only adults 21 and over may take the tour.
In 2010, the Children's Bureau Young Professionals Advisory Board was organized to offer young professionals (ages 21-40) the opportunity to learn about non-profit board service and contribute to the Children's Bureau mission.
Members of the YPAB:
- Organize two fundraising events for Children's Bureau
- Participate in volunteer activities with Children's Bureau youth
- Have the opportunity to sit on a Board committee
- Network with young professionals interested in giving back
The YPAB is led by an executive committee, comprised of three officers and four committee chairs. Board meetings are held bi-monthly. The committees (Membership, Events, Volunteer, and Corporate Relations) meet on opposite months and can include an unlimited number of board members.
Interested in joining?
Membership is open to any young professional interested in the Children's Bureau mission of preserving families and protecting the future of Indiana's children.
Requirements of membership:
- $100 yearly tax-deductible contribution to Children's Bureau. (flexible payment options are available!)
- Actively participate in one YPAB fundraising event
- Serve on one Board committee: volunteer, events, corporate relations or membership
2016-2017 Executive Committee
|Chair||Troy Marchand||Foundry Capital Group LLC|
|Vice Chair||Kayla Nymeyer||IU School of Medicine|
|Secretary||Olivia Roney||Crouching Tigers|
|Membership Chair||Ashe Abebe||Wenclewicz Insurance|
|Events Chair||Caitlin Scanlon||Riley Hospital for Children|
|Volunteer Chair||Kenny Eltzroth||Professional Staff Management|
|Corporate Relations Chair||Stephen Hopkins||Elanco|
|Brooke Ayres||University Hospital|
|Chris Beasley||Complete Structural Consulting|
|Cody Coppotelli||Lumina Foundation|
|Niki DaSilva||Indiana State Senate|
|Vikki Duke||Talk to Tucker|
|Megan Doster||First Merchants Bank|
|Russ Ford||WestPoint Financial Group|
|Rachel Lower||First Steps|
|Jinee Majors||USA Funds|
|Ann McCready||Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP|
|Emily Schroeder||Southeastern Swim Club|
|Blake Schulz||Ice Miller LLP|
|Melanie Sloan||Leidos Health|
|Caitlin Smarrelli||Delta Faucet Company|
|Jeremy Lill||Katz Sapper & Miller|
|Aaron Parker||MJ Insurance|
Every week, we invite individuals to share stories, skills, wisdom, etc. with our middle and high-school aged kids. We’ve found that the best speakers talk for no more than 30-40 minutes and incorporate some kind of activity/hands-on component. Our goal is to bring value to them while they are staying with us – whether that means teaching them a new skill/hobby, a lesson, or just sharing your personal testimony.
“Participating in the Wednesday night speaker series was fun and rewarding! So many of the kids were eager to share their experiences and participate, and we had a great time talking about what we all want to be when we grow up. This is such a unique experience for the kids at the shelter, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to participate in this program.” – Erin Wood, ADVISA
“I enjoy being in front of any age to share the benefits of budgeting and managing money. This group was very engaged and excited to make plans to save money when they start working! There is something very special about sharing the info with younger kids to get those seeds planted as early as possible.” – Althea Cooper, BMO Harris Bank
“It was fun to share a bit about my profession with these kids. One boy said, "I want to be a doctor or a surgeon someday." It was rewarding to reinforce that drive and idea.” – Brian Millis, ADVISA
To check availability, discuss an opportunity or schedule a volunteer activity contact
Microvolunteering is a way to share your time in bite-sized chunks, from the comfort of your own home, on demand, and on your own terms.
Here are some examples you can try right now:
- Write notes of encouragement to our caseworkers and young clients
- Follow us on social media and share our posts with your networks
- Contact your local legislators regarding child welfare issues
- Shop with Amazon Smile and .5% of your purchase will be donated back to Children’s Bureau.