This Helping Hands guide was compiled by the IPFW Department of Human Services to help promote volunteerism within the Fort Wayne community.
As you begin your service with a community organization, you are probably eager to get involved and make a difference in the lives of the people with whom you will be working. We expect that you will view yourself as a representative of IPFW, and as such, we ask that you carefully read through and abide by the following guidelines to ensure you will have the most meaningful and worthwhile volunteer experience possible.
Your site supervisor understands the issues at your site and you are encouraged to approach him or her with problems or questions as they arise. They can assist you in determining that best way to respond in difficult or uncomfortable situations.
Although you are volunteering your time, you are participating in the organization as a reliable, trustworthy, and contributing member of the team. Both your supervisor and the clients whom you serve rely on your punctuality and commitment to help the organization meet its goals and mission within the community.
Call your supervisor if you are unable to come or if you anticipate being late. The community agency depends on your contributed services and will be at a loss if you fail to come in as scheduled. Be mindful of their needs.
If you are privy to confidential information with regard to the persons with whom you are working, such as organizational files, diagnostics, medical histories, personal stories, or other classified agency, employee, or client information, it is vital that you treat it as privileged information. Certain organizations will require you to sign a confidentiality contract. Even if they don't, remember to treat such information as confidential.
You are in a work situation and are expected to treat your supervisor, co-workers, and clients with courtesy and kindness. Dress appropriately for the type of activity to be performed. For example if doing yard work or manual labor, old well-worn clothing would be appropriate. However if the activity entails office work or representing the organization in public, suitable attire should be worn. If in doubt, please call the organization prior to arriving. Observe the organizations rules regarding smoking, eating or drinking while on duty. Do not make personal calls from the organization’s phone. Do not bring unauthorized persons, especially children, with you unless they have been pre-approved by the organization.
The level or intensity of activity at a service site is not always predictable. Your flexibility to changing situations can assist the operation to run smoothly and produce positive outcomes for everyone involved.
Have a positive attitude! Be motivated, energized, and willing to perform the duties requested. Use common sense and conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times. Every site has its own rules, policies, procedures, protocols, and expectations for which you are responsible. Familiarize yourself with the workings of the organization. This will contribute to the success of your volunteer experience. Good luck and thank you for helping to improve the Fort Wayne community by volunteering.
The guidelines listed above are adapted from Mount Union College and Bridgepointe Goodwill.
Aftercare for Indiana through Mentoring (AIM)
Supporting Indiana’s incarcerated youth in making the transition from corrections to community through healthy relationships with adult mentors.
CONTACT: Norman Miller (260) 449-7060
Community Mentor: Commitment of one year; spend three hours each week with either a young man or young woman incarcerated or recently released from one of the state's juvenile correctional facilities
Aging & In-Home Services of NE Indiana
Improving the overall quality of life for older adults and persons with disabilities.
CONTACT: Betty Harden, Director of Volunteer Programs (260) 745-1200
Caregiver Companion: Provide respite to a primary caregiver, while providing companionship & support care to care recipient-2 hours per week or bimonthly
Companion: Enhance the quality of life of a care recipient through concern, support, and human socialization-2 hours per week or bimonthly
Errands/Shopping Volunteer: Provide shopping services (groceries, medications, etc) for homebound care recipients-2 hours per week or bimonthly
Handyperson/Yard Work Volunteer: Provide services limited to minor repair work, minor installation and/or basic yard work-2 hours per week or bimonthly
Chore Services/Housekeeping Volunteer: Help with household duties that may be challenging to a care recipient-2 hours per week or bimonthly
Pet Food Delivery Volunteer: Provide delivery of pet food for care recipients and enhance their quality of life-2 to 4 hours every other month
Office Volunteer: Data entry, filing, copying, assist with mailings, greeting visitors
Allen County Education Partnership
Literacy programming for underachieving kindergarten through third graders throughout Allen County
CONTACT: Brian White, Executive Director (260) 423-6447
Tutors: Work with underachieving K-3rd graders to improve literacy skills-October through May
Allen County Community Corrections
Provides community-based corrections services to adult offenders as an alternative to incarceration; improve the probability of a successful reintegration into the community after prison
CONTACT: Volunteer Coordinator (260) 449-7252
Adult Basic Skills/GED Prep Tutor: Assist the Adult Basic Skills facilitator in all tasks related to the operation of a 20-student classroom
English as a Second Language Tutor: Work with two or three advanced students in the evening ESL class, 7:30pm-9:00pm, choose any day(s) Mon-Thurs.
Mock Interviewer: Donate 3 hours, twice a year, to conduct a simulated job interview.
Alzheimer's Association - Fort Wayne Office
Enhancing the quality of life for all persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders through comprehensive services, educational programs, advocacy and support of research
CONTACT: Melissa Barile, Director (260) 420-5547
Annual Memory Walk: Help us with the planning
Bulk Mail Helper: Prepare and assemble large mailings
Community events/special events/festivals: Be a committee member and help with the event planning
Office & Clerical: Recruit and help schedule volunteer services, assist with general office work
Allen County 4-H
Empowering youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults
CONTACT: Barb Thuma, Volunteer Leader (260) 481-6826
4-H Community Club Volunteer: Serve as a 4-H Club Leader for a group of youth ages 3-12
Allen County Council on Aging
Providing services needed by seniors to stay in their own home as long as it is safe for them to do so.
CONTACT: Ranelle Melton (260) 426-0060
Administrative: Help clean-up our database and contact all clients
Telephone Friend: Call a senior each day at the same time to verify their safety and well-being
Handyman Helper: Assist with mowing, snow removal, landscaping or other small repairs at a senior's home
American Cancer Society
Nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer
CONTACT: T Irmscher, Community Development Director (260) 471-3911
April 2006 Relay for Life Volunteers and Committee Members: Volunteers-different times throughout 24 hour period, Committee Member-Meetings once a month through March
Special Events: Assist staff and/or lead volunteer committees at various fundraising events such as Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Relay for Life, Links for Life
Clerical/Office Assistant: Assist staff with various office projects including data entry, copying, filing, greeting visitors
Bulk Mail Assistant: Assist staff with mailing project on as needed basis
Community Outreach Volunteer: Work in outreach activities such as health fairs to provide general information to the public and pass out educational brochures
Supports medical research and provides information to the public
CONTACT: Stacie Holley, Executive Director (260) 627-5412
May 14 Fundraising Gala Event at Grand Wayne Center: Need numerous volunteers in various positions-One time
American Red Cross of NE Indiana
Helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies
CONTACT: Jean Vrabel, Executive Director (260) 484-9336
Canteen Volunteer: Provide customer service and refreshments to blood donors after their donation; watch for donor problems that might occur
Drivers: Transport lifesaving blood products to local hospitals
Donor Room/Blood Mobile Receptionist: Provide customer service to blood donors and assist staff
Many opportunities, including translator/interpreters, clerical, computer assistant, fundraising team, disaster team, committee or board member, health & safety instructor, intern program, speaker's bureau-Please call for more information
Providing health care to the needy
CONTACT: Eve Bratton (260) 744-9540 or (260) 413-9392
Skilled students: nurses, health professionals, medical students, lab technicians, health educators, pharmacy technicians, social work/human services
Clerical: Assist patients in signing up for pharmaceutical program for medications, computer input, and receptionist
Assist with fundraisers
Providing direct care services to infants, children, adults and senior citizens with disabilities.
CONTACT: Mary Zumbaugh (260) 744-6145
Mentor to individuals with mild developmental disabilities: Provide life experiences like everyone else, go to movies, the mall, restaurants, or just hang out.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Providing caring adult mentors to children ages 7-17
CONTACT: Marcy Bestard (260) 456-1600
General Office Tasks: Assist with copying, assembling packets, mailings, filing, etc-5 to 10 hours per week
Buddy Program Volunteers: One to One/Big Couple, Sports Buddy, Arts Buddy, First Friends, Lunch Buddy-1 to 2 hours, two + times per month
Blaising Community Center
Promoting personal and social development and enhance life skills.
CONTACT: Carol Scheiman (260) 749-9516
Arts & Crafts Volunteer: Assist with creating and completing craft projects
Boy Scout Assistant: Assist with a Boy Scout troop
Homework Coach Volunteer: Help an elementary or middle school student by providing homework coaching in the areas of reading, writing, and math.
Boy Scouts of America/ A. Wayne Area-Scouting Program
Organization, training, and support for Scouting Troops, Packs, and Crews in Northeastern Indiana
CONTACT: Jim Molebash, Field Director (260) 432-9593
Scout Leader: Good role models needed to lead boys in grades 1-5, ages 11-18, and high school-evenings and weekends
Office Assistant: Receptionist, typing, sorting & stuffing envelopes, etc-5 to 10 hours per week
Group Organizer: Organize a Venture Crew or Alpha Phi Omega Chapter at IPFW-varied hours
Boy Scouts of America/ A. Wayne Area-Camp Program
CONTACT: Jim Molebash (260) 432-9593
Eagle Scouts, former scouts, currently registered scouts to help with: Ongoing troop opportunities, organizing new troops, planning district events
Participants in Venturing Crew (up to age 21, co-ed program)
Caring About People Inc.
Drug and alcohol counseling; theft intervention; parenting classes
CONTACT: Joni Kline, Office Manager (260) 424-5814
Afternoons Rock: Assist with an afternoon prevention program-various days, after school hours
Puppets for Prevention: Be a puppeteer in a Prevention Puppet Show presented at area elementary schools-various day, during school hours
Center for Nonviolence
Existing to call attention to the violence in our community and to help all persons and institutions make the changes that will end personal and global violence
CONTACT: Volunteer Coordinator, (260) 456-4112
Administrative Volunteer: Could include: making copies, organizing & stocking supplies, helping with large mailings, shredding old documents, organizing files and paperwork
Outreach Speakers: Give presentations on the Center's services, history & mission; assist with Health Fairs, and/or co-presenting at large functions
Translation Services: Translate for non-English speaking participants for general information gathering
Maintenance Program: Small repairs requiring no special training, painting, lawn & yard maintenance including planting flowers and snow removal
Event Coordinator: Organize and develop speaking engagements & fairs, coordinate volunteers and supplies
Where women and children seeking shelter find hope for the future
CONTACT: Sandy Johnson (260) 426-8123
Food/Clothing Bank: Help sort and stock donations
Teaching: Share your knowledge in areas such as financial planning, creative writing, cooking, crafts, etc.
Childcare: Help care for children while their parents participate in programs
House Manager Assistant: Work along side the house manager and help in whatever way needed
Office/Clerical: Answering phone, making copies, filing, etc.
Various: Provide transportation for residents, wrap Christmas gifts, help plan birthday parties, serve meals, and minor repair work.
Children's Hope Hospitality House
Accommodations and supportive services to parents and families while caring for critically ill or injured children in area hospitals.
CONTACT: Deb Heath, Volunteer Coordinator, (260) 459-8550
Special Events Assistant: Assist with organizing registrations and other committee components for annual Kid's Helping Kids Basketball Invitational benefit
Light Housekeeping and Host: Help with light housekeeping Monday-Friday during the afternoon or evening
Meal Preparation: Prepare meal for house guests, one hour per month
Guest Services: Assist parents with registration, orientation and check out procedures, and provide local information-6 hours per month
Community Action of NE Indiana
Youth programming, health and fitness
CONTACT: Ebony R. Young, Executive Director (260) 447-4567
Bulletin Board Creator: design creative/informative bulletin boards-3 hours monthly
Customer Service: Answer phones, computer work-10 hours monthly
Child Watch: Watch and interact with children while parents exercise-4 hours per week.
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast IN
Alleviating hunger through the full use of donated food and other resources
CONTACT: Amie Burton (260) 447-3696 ext. 309
Data Collectors for Hunger Study: Collect data from clients utilizing food pantries, soup kitchens and on site feeding programs
SeniorPak Volunteer: Help pack bags, sort food, and deliver food to the seniors' homes
Food Bank Assistance: Help stock shelves, straighten shelves, sort product, and clean
Early Childhood Alliance
Quality early childhood education and services for families, businesses, and early childhood professionals.
CONTACT: Madeleine Baker, Executive Director (260) 745-2501
Handy Person: Make minor repairs, change light bulbs, assemble furniture, fix broken furniture or toys, use carpentry skills-flexible daytime hours
Office Assistant: Prepare materials for adult or children's use, make materials for art projects, photocopy, alphabetize, etc.-flexible daytime hours
Easter Seals ARC of NE Indiana
Educate, train, integrate, support, & enable the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled
CONTACT: Kathy Clawson (260) 482-8587
Office Help: Assembling pocket folders-total 130 hours flexible day/time
Family & Children's Services
CONTACT: Stephen Jarrell, Executive Director (260) 744-4326
Contact Caller: Phone former clients to check for follow-up-2 to 5 hours per week, afternoon and evenings
Fort Wayne Dance Collective
Providing people of all ages and abilities a respectful environment to learn, collaborate and perform using movement, rhythm and language
CONTACT: Cat Voors, Managing Director (260) 424-6574
Office Help: Either Saturday mornings 9-12 or evenings 5-7
Mailing: Assist with mass mailing to community-one time, flexible hours/days
Concert Assistants: Several concerts a year require audio person, lighting person, ticket takers, strike crew, set up & take down crew.
Fundraising Committee Staff: Help plan and carry out events to help our program grow
Special Events Assistance: Help with set-up and clean-up for special events-one time on day of event.
Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center
Dedicated to providing medical forensic examinations to victims/survivors of sexual assault of all ages
CONTACT: (260) 425-3333
Website Assistance: Need help for our website to update it and give it a facelift.
Fort Wayne Women's Bureau
Meeting the changing needs of women and their families, eliminating sex discrimination, opening new doors, and pursuing the full development of human potential
CONTACT: Ronnie Greenberg, President/CEO (260) 424-7977
Rape Crisis Hotline: Volunteer phone counselors-flexible hours/days, requires 20 hours of training prior to taking call.
Ministry based program that provides free food and clothing to those in need
CONTACT: Kris Winners (260) 744-3977
Food Bank Helper: Help distribute food to those in need. Hours are Tuesday & Thursday 8:45-11:30am
Food Pantry Stocker: Help in unloading food from trucks and stocking shelves. Must be able to lift boxes. Hours are Monday & Wednesday 8am-4pm
Sack Lunch Program Delivery: Deliver sack lunches to clients' homes on Saturday mornings 7:45-10:30am
Sack Lunch Program Volunteer: Help make sack lunches to distribute to the poor. Hours are Tuesday & Thursday 8:45-11:30am
Handy Person/Minor Repair/Gardening: Help assemble furniture, AV equipment, or children's toys, fix leaky faucets, change light bulbs, outdoor yard work, summer gardening, etc.
Friends of the Third World
Empowering people all over the world to overcome poverty
CONTACT: Marian Waltz, Volunteer Coordinator (260) 422-6821
Edit/Research: Locate local individuals and groups for inclusion in an ethnic directory of NE Indiana
Graphic Design Assistant: produce informational brochures/add graphics & photos/write descriptions/web links for handicraft cooperatives in Africa, Asia, & Latin America
Public Access TV Assistant: Research, order, and prepare for showing videos on public access nonviolence TV, one hour weekly
Girl Scouts of Limberlost Council
Helping girls develop life skills
CONTACT: Debbie Groulik, Exec Office Manager (260) 422-3417 or 800-283-4812 x3327
Business/Office Support: Mailings, performance assessment, designing brochures, newsletters & pamphlets, photographers, data entry, updating website, copying, quote gathering
Data Entry: Assist with data entry during peak registration periods (Fall & Spring) and/or assist with data entry for different teams throughout the office
Resource Room: catalog new donations, determine current & future needs, send reminders of overdue books
Event Assistant: Assist with various duties at community events, including greeting, registration and hostess duties
Retail Sales Assistant: Restock, rearrange and price merchandise; assist customers and help count inventory
Special Projects Assistants: Work on special projects such as fundraising, special events or new projects
Trainer: Train adults in skills, knowledge and attitudes to assist them with their Girl Scout activities; various areas include leadership skills, crafts, songs, and other activities
Leader/Assistant Leader: Work directly with girls to provide a Girl Scout experience
Habitat for Humanity
Provide decent, affordable housing to those in need
CONTACT: Roxanne Kingsbury, Volunteer Coordinator (260) 420-9919
Family Advocate: Work with our partner families as they work towards receiving their new home-hours are few and flexible
Cans Build A House: Help us meet the goal of 5 million aluminum cans which will build a 3BR house, by running a collection route, using our van and gas-3 to 4 hours per week
Boards and Committees: Openings for service in areas of family education, site selection, publicity, church relations & event planning-attend periodic meeting
ReStore Workers: Staff the store, pick-up donated materials, price, merchandise surplus building materials to provide revenue for new home building-Flexible hours/days
Construction Volunteer: Work on-site, helping to build homes for our partner families, need framing, landscaping, roofing, etc. No experience excavations hours/days
Construction Club: Individuals interested in volunteering regularly on the work site-monthly meetings, plus site work
Meals: Prepare and serve meals to hungry volunteers at our construction worksites
Harold W. McMillen Center for Health Education
To provide vital, effective, preventive health education that promotes physical, emotional, and social well being
CONTACT: Theresa McGuire (260) 456-4511
Short Term Volunteer: Train staff members on advanced features of Outlook, Word, Excel
Bulk Mail Helper: Help with all bulk mail functions, including folding letters, stuffing envelopes, stamping and sorting
Computer Helper: Help with data entry, grant research, and updating archives. Must know how to use the web and Microsoft Office
Event Helper: Help with set-up, registration, security, parking and clean-up of evening programs and special events
Office Helper: Help with general office duties, including shredding, filing, decorating for holidays and making program packets
Program Helper: Position video tapes and record programs, clean props, fixes props for programs, helps with puppet show and activities dealing with program performance
Driver: Transport residents to and from medical appointments in own vehicle or Lutheran Homes van
HealthVisions of Fort Wayne
Low or no-cost exercise, nutrition education and health education
CONTACT: Renetta Williams (260) 745-1600
Research: Interpretation of statistics, data collection, methodology for program evaluation
Friendly Visitor: Provide companionship to individuals that are affected by long-term health conditions
Grocery Shopper: Provide scheduled grocery/pharmacy shopping, bill paying and banking trips to individuals who are homebound, frail or affected by long term health conditions
Handyman: Assist disabled clients with minor home repairs in areas such as carpentry, plumbing, heating, electrical and painting
Program Coordinator: Provide supportive services to seniors, disabled, and home bound
Homebound Meals, Inc.
Delivery of nutritional meals to homebound clients during the noon hour, Monday-Friday
CONTACT: Judy Gregg, Administrator (260) 422-3296
Office Helper: General help in office; knowledge of computers helpful, especially Access
Meal Deliverers: Deliver hot meals to homebound clients-One day per week, lunch time, one hour
Christ-centered counseling center, support groups, residential facility
CONTACT: Betty Kahlenbeck, Executive Director (260) 420-6100
Yard Maintenance: Assist with mowing and gardening needs-flexible hours/days
Bulk Mail Assistant: Help prepare and assemble bulk mailings
Librarian: Assist with organization of library, inventory, check-in/check-out
Volunteer Coordinator: Assist with coordination of volunteers and activities
Fundraising Coordinator: Assist with fundraising banquet or Walk & Rock-a-thon
Board of Directors and Advisory Board members: Provide input, ideas, and suggestions for program-attend periodic meetings
Hope House, Inc.
Transitional residential housing and services for women in recovery from addiction.
CONTACT: Mary Emerson Etheart, Ph.D., Executive Director (260) 424-2471
Newsletter Publishing: Semi-annual project, putting together and publishing newsletter, needs knowledge of publishing programs-one time, 8 to 10 hours
Web Page Developer: We would love to have a web page to help raise awareness of our program; some material already prepared-one time, flexible hours/days
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.
Services for homeless families
CONTACT: Roger F. Reece, Executive Director (260) 458-9772
Mentoring, driving guests to appointments, providing encouragement in job search, and many more opportunities-Please call for more information
League for the Blind & Disabled
Full inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
CONTACT: Caroline McComb, Volunteer Coordinator (260) 441-0551
Web Site Developer: Transfer information from the current site to a newly designed site that is accessible to those who use adaptive equipment-One time, flexible hours/days
Brochure Development: Creative writing, computer skills, layout design to create promotional materials and brochures-Flexible hours/days
Empowering individuals to productive use of their talents, skills, and god-given gifts, to meet residents needs, and to augment staff in providing the highest level of quality health care and residential services
CONTACT: John Rowlett, Director Of Volunteers (260) 447-1591
Receptionist: Assist receptionist in providing various services to residents, staff, and the public; occasional clerical duties
Lutheran Social Services of Indiana
A social ministry organization guided and sustained by the love of Jesus Christ. We will serve those in need, particularly those with few options and opportunities.
CONTACT: Kathleen Nern, (260) 745-3388 x208
Grant Research: Help support and expand our programs
Data Collection & Analysis: Help us to better serve others
Paint-A-Thon: Organize a team to provide labor for painting the outside of the homes of disabled or low-income seniors who can't do it themselves
Disability Outreach: One on one interaction with adult campers who have mental or physical disabilities, one or two weeks each summer
Faith Based Family Mentoring: Mentor assigned families to help provide support and guidance
March of Dimes
Improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality
CONTACT: Valeria Magana (260) 482-4201
WalkAmerica Committee: Responsible for acquiring new teams & sponsorships as well as planning and participating in Community Leadership Events, Captain Kick-offs, Bank Days, Walks, & Celebration Parties
Program Services Committee: Help establish program activities such as reviewing division awards; marketing & distributing educational materials; participating in health fairs, and representing MOD on councils.
Providing quality care and education that fosters the child’s natural ability to learn while promoting self confidence, social/cognitive development and independence
CONTACT: Alice Jordan-Miles (260) 423-4333
Reader: Volunteer to read a book to a child and discuss the story with them
Provides free health care to the uninsured
CONTACT: Nancy K. Schenkel, Administrator (260) 426-3250
Clerical Assistance: Assist with patient records and help with general secretarial projects-Flexible hours/days
Bulk Mail Assistant: Help prepare and assemble bulk mailings to the community
Driver: Pick up and deliver food to seniors and complete medicine pick up for Matthew 25
Grounds Keeping Volunteer: Trimming bushes, mowing, and general landscaping
Administrative Project Assistant: Help Administrator with specific clinic projects-Flexible hours/days
Clinic Volunteers: Many opportunities exist in working with families, disabled individuals, and seniors.
Health Care Professionals: All medical areas including Nurses and Dental Hygienist-Flexible hours/days
Community health center (medical/dental)
CONTACT: Angie Zaegel, Human Resource Director (260) 458-2641
Translator: Primarily Spanish, to assist with patient appointments-flexible day/hours
Clerical: Help to confirm appointments-flexible day/hours
Human services, food distribution and thrift shop
CONTACT: Loretta Inman, Executive Director (260) 422-9934
Food Distribution Assistance: Pick up grocery orders-1 to 2 hours on Food Distribution Days
Thrift Store Assistant: Sort and display items, assist clients-flexible day/hours, one time each month
Engaging our community with content that enriches the human experience
CONTACT: Marty Kercheval, Development Assistant (260) 452-1188
Data Entry: Help us enter viewer/donor information into our database; ongoing, no time requirements
Bulk Mailers: Assemble and prepare large mailings
Daily radio broadcast of volunteer readings of local and area newspapers and printed material for the print disabled.
CONTACT: Lisa Bordner, Manager (260) 421-1376
Administrative: Advanced Excel experience to enter listener information and create reports, analyze information
Research Assistant: Create database of targeted areas for PR and development - advanced Excel experience needed
Office: Organize weekend reader scheduling and tracking materials read
Readers: Read the newspaper live on the radio or record magazine, books and area newspapers for broadcast over SCA channel
Receptionist: Greeting visitor/clients, must also be skilled at reading aloud
Making a difference in the lives of those we serve with our professional team which provides effective help with a full range of personal concerns
CONTACT: Scott McAlister (260) 471-3500
Research: Document the amount of service and its effectiveness of the case management program in the Fort Wayne Community Schools
A private, nonprofit counseling and psychiatric center, serving those most in need by offering outpatient, residential, addiction, home-based, managed care services and more.
CONTACT: Volunteer Services at (260) 482-9125, ext. 2007
Children's Activity Assistant: Work with children ages 3-6 to support their emotional growth in the Three Wishes day treatment program; monitor activities, games, snacks, crafts
Compeer Friend: Become a supportive friend and share interests with an adult who is receiving treatment for mental illness
Office/Clerical: Assist with filing, record keeping, copying, organizing, preparing mailings, internet research, etc.
Youth Activity Assistant: Serve as a role model and provide activity and support to boys age 13-18
Provides professional health care in the privacy of your home and many area long-term care facilities
CONTACT: Mauna Cowan, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, (260) 373-9896
Visiting and Bereavement Volunteers – provide temporary relief for the caregiver and support to grieving families and caregivers, running errands, talking, reading, listening and providing emotional support
Errands and Office Volunteers – perform a wide variety of office and support functions including answering phones, typing, assembling mailings, filing, assisting with fundraising and public relations projects.
Spice of Life Volunteers: may do yard work, wash cars, do light house cleaning, put up holiday decorations or to provide special care to patients such as a licensed barber or massage therapist
Hospice Helpers: assist with assembling a mailing for fundraising or recruit volunteers to build birdhouses, make sun catchers or sew bears, gowns or lap throws for patients.
Provide after-school academic programs for children
CONTACT: Joe Shade, Jr. (260) 456-3879
CORE 45 and Homework Assistants-Help children succeed academically-3 to 5pm flexible days
SAA Standard-based Academic Assistants-Help children learn basic stardards-5:30 to 7:30pm flexible days
Christ-based teen outreach center in New Haven
CONTACT: Cheryl Karr (260) 486-9232
Fundraising, marketing, office assistance, website development, mentoring, tutoring, facilitators, cookie committee, facilities maintenance
Changing the community one life at a time by helping to break the cycle of crime and community decay
CONTACT: (260) 426-0646
Clerical: Assist with day to day operations
Mentors: Guide young men and women to achieve their goals
Tutors: Help broaden educational understanding
Financial education and customized loans
CONTACT: Tomjari Tanner-Starks, Marketing & Resource Development Officer (260) 423-1666
Data Entry: Assist with computer input-flexible hours/days
Mailings: Assist with mailings by stuffing and sorting envelopes-Seasonal, one-time
Financial Education Instructors: Provide information to low income residents attempting to qualify for housing loans-training depends on qualifications, plus 2 to 4 hours per week
Emergency meals and shelter/addictions program
CONTACT: Jeff Keplar, Director of Community Relations (260) 426-7357
February-October, Various projects including Meal servers and small group projects-One time-1 hour servers to half day for projects
Provide financial, material, and spiritual assistance to those in need in Allen County
CONTACT: John Woods, Kettle Coordinator (260) 744-2311
Holiday Opportunities: Kettle Campaign Bell Rings, Food & Toy Distribution, Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, Stuff a Stocking, Office Work, Nursing Home visitations, and more-flexible day/hours
Other Opportunities: Emergency Disaster Team, Food Pantry distribution, Tools for School, Operation Cool Breeze, Youth Programs, Music Programs-Please call for more information
Our sole mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect through direct service, education, coordination and advocacy.
CONTACT: Kyle Dever, Special Events Mgr (260) 421-5000 x2294
Clerical: Filing, typing, stuffing envelopes, copying, data entry, assistance in resource library, organizing supply room, collating notebooks
Housekeeping: Cleaning toys, organizing visitation rooms, dusting, vacuuming, washing windows
Gift Wrapping: Help wrap Christmas presents
Duck Race: Sell duck race certificates, number plastic ducks, pick up and deliver sales supplies, make follow-up phone calls, and participate in the activities
Gala in the Garden: Help setting up for the event and making follow-up phone calls
Improving school readiness by ensuring parents have the skills they need to support their children's early development through the support of English as a Second Language (ESL) and school readiness outreach services
CONTACT: Kathleen Benson-Chaney (260) 426-7323
Varied Opportunities: Work with preschool children and adults providing reading to children and basic educational skills and GED preparation to adults
Tutors for adult students: Tutor one-on-one with adult students who are working to improve basic skills, increase comprehension and retention, and/or work towards obtaining their GED
Caring for elders and differently abled adults in the name of Christ
CONTACT: Linda Wheeler (260) 969-7002
Chapel Transport: Push residents in wheelchairs to chapel service, sit through 1/2 hour church service and push chairs to lunch room
Deliver to Residents: Deliver flyers or mail to residents in retirement center
Friendly Room Visitor: Visit room-bound residents to chat; light conversation, bring pictures or artifacts to share and generally cheer up the resident
Musical Entertainer: Share your musical talent with residents in the health center, either room to room or during socials
Outdoor Escort: Accompany residents who want to walk on sidewalks on facility property; could include sitting on screened patio with less mobile residents
Party Host: Help serve food or snacks during special events or parties
Reader: Read aloud to residents with sight deficits; could include mail, short stories or the newspaper
Wheel Chair Assistance: Push residents in wheel chairs to an exercise area, stay during the sitting exercise, then push residents to the dining room for lunch
Parakeet Caretaker: Feed, water, and change papers in the cage
Preparing youth for vital life choices and promote sexual abstinence until marriage
CONTACT: Rhonda Bonomo, Administrative Assistant, (260) 436-1119
Clerical Assistant: Assist staff with general office duties like copying, folder/envelope stuffing, paper cutting, and general inventory
Therapy services to individuals with physical disabilities
CONTACT: Peggy Bell, Director of Events (260) 483-2100
Office Volunteers: We always need help doing a variety of clerical work in the various departments; Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8-4
Aquatic Pool Volunteers: Be a deck observer for aquatic water therapy and/or general pool duties
Preschool Volunteers: Experience hands-on with children with disabilities age 2-5. Three month commitment is required.
Youth Adaptive Sports Program: Assist children in learning sports skills, team building, sportsmanship, and peer interaction in our full size gym.
Adult Activities: Help provide stimulating activities for adults with physical disabilities by assisting with crafts, card playing, and mealtime
Casino Night Fundraiser 2006, Need dealers and table workers, chip sales, silent auction, beverage servers, etc-2 hour shift 7-9pm or 9-11pm day of event
Special Event Fundraisers: Small to large events; help with hospitality, decorating, ticket sales, collecting items for auction, setup/take down, clerical support
Up the Stairs Community Center
Meeting the needs of gay male, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender people (GLBT) in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the surrounding area
CONTACT: Greg Kroemer (260) 422-2450
Library: Assist entering materials from archives into the database; assist patrons in finding & checking out materials, processing registrations and answering reference questions
Building Maintenance: Variety: sweep/mop floors, dust library shelves, mow lawn, plow walks & parking area, painting, electrical, carpentry, special projects
Rainbow Reader Newsletter: Advertising sales & layout, distribution, writing articles
Gay/Lesbian Hotline: After training-answer phones providing information, referral and crisis intervention and collecting data on anti-GLBT violence and harassment
VA Northern Indiana Health Care System
Providing coordinated, compassionate and comprehensive quality primary care, mental health services and extended care to veterans in a timely accessible and cost effective manner
CONTACT: Anita Rice (260) 460-1435
Administrative support: Assist office and clinical staff
Volunteer Drivers: Help transport veterans to their appointments
Escort Volunteers: Help transport patients in wheelchairs or on litters to and from designated areas within the Health Care System.
Transitional shelter and affordable housing
CONTACT: Ann Helmke, Executive Director (260) 456-4172
Tutors: Desperate need for tutoring help for children and adults-4 to 6pm Mondays and 4 to 5pm Thursdays
Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice
Providing compassion, stability and comfort to meet each patient’s individual needs
CONTACT: Ann Blue, Volunteer Coordinator (260) 435-3234
Clerical: Computer entry, mass mailings, copying, update volunteer list
Hospice Patient Care: Be part of the hospice team and participate in the care and emotional support of terminal patient and their caregivers; run errands, stay with patients, pick-up and deliver prescriptions
Hospice Home: Help by answering phones, assisting with meals, serving patients, as well as spending time listening and providing companionship and support
Clerical: Assist office staff and make bereavement calls
Wellspring Interfaith Social Services
Striving to create more self-sufficient families by providing programs, activities, and services designed to strengthen families.
CONTACT: Francis Zirille (260) 422-6618
Tutors: After school, one hour per week in the After School Program
Food Collection: Help organize periodic food collections at IPFW
Support Volunteer: Work with both older adults and youth programs
Campus Organizations: Call to see how your student organization can help with a specific activity
Whitley County Family YMCA
Inspire young people to become productive, responsible, & caring citizens
CONTACT: Erica Miller (260) 244-9622
Whitko Youth Center Volunteers: Interact w/middle school youth, be a role model, teach a hobby (cooking, painting, gardening, skateboarding, etc) -flexible 3 to 6pm Mon-Fri
Windsong Pictures, Inc.
To reach out, touch others, and make a difference through educational films
CONTACT: Michael Floyd (260) 348-5510
Film/Video Assistants: Help with workshops, seminars, film festivals, fundraising-flexible day/hours
Young Life of Fort Wayne
Christian outreach for middle and high school students
CONTACT: Steve Collse, Area Director (260) 745-3492
Youth Ministry Workers: Christian outreach program for middle and high school youth-9 to 10 hours per week, 2-year commitment
HELP OTHERS BY DONATING
The following is reprinted from The Journal Gazette, November 25, 2005
Adams County Compassionate Ministries Network:
Provides: Pays bills for the needy in the southern half of Adams County.
To help: Donate school supplies and money to 415 W. Franklin St., P.O. Box 92, Berne, IN 46711
Provides: Food for the needy in the southern half of Adams County.
To help: Donate money or food to 415 W. Franklin St., P.O. Box 92, Berne, IN 46711
Fort Wayne/Allen County Aging and In Home Services:
Provides: Services for the elderly.
To help: Donate non-perishable food items, gift certificates and cash to 2927 Lake Ave. weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Allen County Christmas Bureau, Inc.:
Provides: Food and personal hygiene items for families.
To help: Donate personal hygiene items, cleaning products, non-perishable food or money to 3736 N. Wells St. from Monday Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 11784, Fort Wayne, IN 46860.
Allen County Council on Aging:
Provides: Services to anyone older than over the age of 60.
To help: Donate used computers, tires, or oversized wheelchairs to 233 W. Main St. weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please call the above number first.
Allen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:
Provides: Homes for dogs and cats.
To help: Donate non-scoopable clay cat litter, soft dog treats, dish detergent, canned cat food, 39-gallon trash bags, Purina Kitten Chow, white copy paper, litter box deodorizer, large rawhide bones, or 23- and 37-cent stamps to 4914 S. Hanna St. from Tuesday through Friday between noon and 5 p.m.
American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana:
Provides: Relief to disaster victims and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
To help: Donate a color laser printer that can be networked, or Pentium 4 laptop or desktop computers with Windows XP Professional to 1212 E. California Road weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Anthony Wayne Services:
Provides: Rehabilitation for people with disabilities.
To help: Donate a digital camera, hobby and craft kits, learning books for elementary school students and adults, or gift cards for Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s to 2826 S. Calhoun St. weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Provides: Free health care, pharmaceuticals, health education and prevention to undeserved populations.
To help: Donate diabetic test strips, insulin syringes, toiletries, gloves, hats, vitamins, over-the-counter medications, computer labels, computer paper, pens, stamps, paper towels, or volunteers to 2513 S. Calhoun St. any morning except Friday or drop items off Thursday evenings.
CANI Head Start (Community Action of Northeast Indiana):
Provides: Preschool classes for low-income families.
To help: Donate vacuum cleaners; digital camera with resolution or higher, 3x optical zoom or higher, color LCD display and removable high-capacity storage; heavy-duty cross-cut paper shredder; hats; gloves; mittens; scarves; AccuCut alphabet dies, upper and lower case; AccuCut alphabet die cutting machine or money to 2260 Lake Ave between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Fridays.
Provides: Assistance for adults with serious mental illnesses.
To help: Donate money, winter jackets, gloves, hats, scarves or working computers to 3327 Lake Ave. weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend:
Provides: Items for the needy
To help: Donate baby formula, diapers, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary napkins, toilet paper, Kleenex, laundry detergent, children’s winter coats (sizes 2T to 6X), beds, bedding, kitchen table and chairs, sofas, or dressers to 315 E. Washington Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays. Contact Delia at 422-5625, ext. 277, to make arrangements for larger donations to be picked up.
Provides: A Christian shelter for women and children.
To help: Donate gift cards (Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Scott’s Meijer, Walgreens, Sally’s Beauty), children’s Bibles, ethnic hair products, stick antiperspirants, 30- to 33-gallon heavyweight garbage bags, bed pillows, sleepwear, robes, slippers, spiral notebooks, sanitary napkins, pull-ups (size 3T and 4T), baby wipes, hair brushes, alarm clocks, combination padlocks, lotion, pre-paid phone cards, 9-volt and AA batteries, plastic silverware, paper plates, napkins, cleaning supplies, loose notebook paper, pocket folders, high-lighters, dry-erase markers, pocket dictionaries, umbrellas, laundry soap (powder), dental floss, or aluminum foil to 533 W. Washington Blvd. any day before 9 p.m.
Children’s Hope Hospitality House:
Provides: Families with a place to stay while caring for their infants and children needing intensive care and urgent medical attention at a community hospital.
To help: Donate individual-size juice and pudding snacks, baking supplies, Miracle Whip, Hellmann’s mayonnaise, canned tomato products, canned meats, chicken and beef broth, cream of mushroom, chicken and celery soups, aluminum foil, gallon size freezer bags, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, Kleenex, dishwashing detergent, liquid bleach, hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap, disposable disinfecting wipes, laundry detergent, laundry softener, glass and surface spray cleaner, grocery store shopping carts, or long-distance telephone cards to 7922 W. Jefferson Blvd. weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Christ Child Society:
Provides: Volunteers devoted to promoting the welfare of disadvantaged children.
To help: Donate diapers, wipes or new infant clothing at the Women’s Care Center, 821 Webster St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come See Ministries:
Provides: A place to stay for young male juvenile offenders after they have been released from the Department of Correction.
To help: Donate a computer, a two- or four-drawer file cabinet that locks, a medium-size fire-proof safe, two cases of paperback Bibles (New International Version), a new or slightly used van in working condition or a mechanic, or floor tile for two bathrooms and a kitchen anytime to 2544 Maple Place. The agency could also use volunteers to assist with educational training.
Community Harvest Food Bank:
447-3696, ext. 304
Provides: Food for the needy.
To help: Donate boxed Dream Whip, boxed stuffing, canned yams and sweet potatoes, canned green beans, canned corn, canned fruit, canned peas, frozen chicken, dried onion rings, gravy mixes, instant mashed potatoes, mushroom soup, noodles, Jell-O, frozen turkeys and turkey breasts at 999 E. Tillman Road weekdays during normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 to 2 p.m. Financial donations can be made at harvest.org.
Early Childhood Alliance:
Provides: Early-care and education for children between six 6 weeks and 6 years old, services for parents and training for child care providers.
To help: Donate new cloth bibs for infants and toddlers, new cloth washcloths, watercolor paints, child-size scissors, masking tape, washable or dry-erase markers, artificial flowers, foam shapes, various shapes of pasta, baskets, CombBind binding machine, computer printer, child’s vacuum, doll high chair, doll house people and furniture, doll strollers, people puppets, toy musical instruments, bean bags, Dawn soap, paper plates with dividers, napkins, 10-ounce cups, tableware (except knives), non-poisonous real plants, batteries (C, D), blank CDs, or computer learning games to 3320 Fairfield Ave. weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Offices will be closed today Nov. 24 and 25 and Dec. 26.
East Wayne Street Center:
Provides: Services to strengthen families.
To help: Donate wood classroom shelves, preschool classroom chairs, preschool wood dramatic play furniture, large motor equipment for children, paper, scissors, glue, pencils, markers, paint, or staplers to 801 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to%E. Wayne St. between noon Fridays.
Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana:
Provides: Group homes, rehabilitation and work services, employment planning and training, and foster care for children and adults.
To help: Donate a new or gently used electric typewriter, gymnastic mats, child-friendly CD players with headsets, glider rocking chair, new or used semi-automatic stretch wrap machine, new or gently used conference room table with chairs, or one-ton truck with snow plow to 4919 Coldwater Road weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. or call the above number to make arrangements.
Elmhurst High School: 425-7510
Provides: Help for the Miss Virginia Mission and St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen.
To help: Donate non-perishable food items at the high school, 3829 Sand Point Road, weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Family & Children’s Services, Inc.:
Provides: Counseling for women and children who are victims of abuse, foster children and women suffering from drug and alcohol addictions.
To help: Donate a snow thrower, network laser printer, 27-inch or larger TV, DVD player, Tempra paints, finger paints or newsprint paper to 2712 S. Calhoun St. between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays or 8 a.m. to noon Fridays.
For Pet’s Sake:
Provides: Services for pets.
To help: Donate cat and dog food to 2927 Lake Ave.
Fort Wayne ArtSource:
Provides: Art classes for children and adults.
To help: Donate new carpet and tile, track lighting, or art supplies to 2812 Lower Huntington Road between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, noon and 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and noon and p.m. Saturdays.
Fort Wayne Community Center:
Provides: Leisure opportunities and parks.
To help: Donate six-inch tables, lectern podium with a microphone, LCD projector, laptop computer or digital camera to 233 W. Main St. weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau:
Provides: A rape awareness program, an addictions treatment and family reunification program and a women’s business center.
To help: Donate arts and crafts materials for young children, baby swings, or a video camera (VHS) to 3521 Lake Ave. weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friedman Square Ministries:
Provides: A shelter for the needy.
To help: Donate downtown building space for more than 100 people for Sunday services, downtown building space for a weekday Bible study for more than 20 people, a small PA system, large-print Bibles, winter outerwear, blankets, sleeping bags, personal-hygiene items, volunteer groups, doughnuts or roses from a florist to 1311 Windsor Road. Please call for pick-up of items or for information.
Friends of the Third World:
Provides: Job training.
To help: Donate vinyl floor tiles, ink jet printer and copy cartridges, used foreign and commemorative postage stamps, used cars or trucks in safe working condition by contacting Jim Goetsch at the above number. Friends of the Third World is also in need of additional space to expand the job-training program in printing in or near downtown.
Provides: Housing services to individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless and most in need.
To help: Donate the following items that are new or delicately used: two sofas, two love seats, two chairs, one six-seat kitchen table, eight bunk beds with mattresses, two electric stoves, two refrigerators, or two washer/dryer sets. Genesis Outreach also needs twin-bed sheet sets, twin bed blankets, pillows, dishes, kitchenware, pots and pans, silverware, cooking utensils, five electric space heaters (no coils), personal-hygiene products, gift certificates to grocery stores, personal computers and bus passes to 2812 Gay St. weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For larger items, contact the above number.
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church:
Provides: Food baskets, clothing and Christmas party for youths.
To help: Donate $10 to buy purchase turkeys; any food items for a Christmas dinner, especially sweet potatoes and corn bread mix; candy; a new wrapped $10 toy for children up to age 12 0 through 12 years labeled for age and sex; $10 gift cards to Kmart, Wal-Mart or Meijer; mittens and hats; or gently used toys to 2940 S. Anthony Blvd.
Habitat for Humanity:
Provides: Houses for the needy.
To help: Donate a 20-by-20 pop-up tent, gasoline-powered pressure washer or eight-foot ladders to 629 E. Washington Blvd. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Heads Up!!! Foundation:
1-800-776-6354, ext. 23
Provides: Services for children born with craniofacial anomalies.
To help: Donate empty ink-jet and laser cartridges. Call the above number to make arrangements for drop-off.
Healthier Moms and Babies of Fort Wayne:
Provides: A prenatal outreach program whose goal is to improve the outcome of pregnancy and reduce infant mortality by offering health education and case management services to low-income, at-risk pregnant women and their families.
To help: Donate the most current edition of the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” 40 English and 10 Spanish copies needed; any size of disposable diapers; or a digital camera. To arrange to drop-off any of these items call the above number or e-mail email@example.com.
Homebound Meals, Inc.:
Provides: Food for the needy.
To help: Donate gasoline cards or mail checks to 611 Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.
Hope House, Inc.:
Provides: A home for women recovering from a chemical dependency.
To help: Donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable razors, feminine hygiene products, washcloths, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, warm pajamas in various sizes, dish rags, bath mats, shower curtains, throw rugs with non-skid backing, bakeware and casserole dishes, or cleaning and laundry products to 1129 Garden St. between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Interfaith
Provides: Shelter and services for needy families.
To help: Donate PTC bus passes, gasoline, Meijer, Walgreens and Wal-Mart gift cards, laundry baskets, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, dish detergent, bleach, large garbage bags, paper towels, toilet paper, large diapers, baby wipes, towels, washcloths, or an infant stroller to 2605 Gay St. any day between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Junior League of Fort Wayne:
Provides: An organization for women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing women’s potential and improving the community.
To help: Donate a small refrigerator, an LCD projector or a laptop computer to 700 Broadway, POB Suite 302. Love Church of Fort Wayne Indiana Inc.: 422-8961 Provides: Services for the poor. To help: Donate canned food, hams, turkeys, good quality furniture at 1331 E. Berry St. between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday or call the above number to make an appointment. The organization will also accept financial donations and vehicles.
Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic:
Provides: Free primary health care services to uninsured, low-income residents of Allen County.
To help: Donate copy paper, black print cartridges for Hewlett Packard 20, print cartridges for Laser Jet HP C7115A to 413 E. Jefferson Blvd. weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Mental Health Association in Allen County:
Provides: Information and referrals for families dealing with mental health issues.
To help: Adopt a patient and purchase their $15 gift of choice by Dec 2. The agency is also accepting donations of new sweat shirts and pants in adult sizes, toiletry items or money. Checks should be written to the Mental Health Association and marked for Christmas Gifts and donations can be dropped off at 227 E. Washington Blvd. weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 19.
Miss Virginia’s Mission House:
Provides: Food for the needy.
To help: Donate cereal, canned meats, canned fruit, tuna, personal hygiene products or cleaning supplies to 1312 S. Hanna St. between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays or call to make arrangements.
Mustard Seed Furniture Bank of Fort Wayne:
Provides: Free furniture and household goods to low-income families and individuals who, because of a catastrophe or personal tragedy, are starting over with little or nothing.
To help: Donate all sizes of new or gently used sheets, blankets, bath and kitchen towels, pots, pans, two flat-screen monitors, and two dozen reams of copy paper to 5429 Keystone Drive between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Mustard Seed also needs someone to weather strip the front door.
A New Day Adult Services Inc.:
Provides: Social, health, nutritional and recreational services to older adults while providing respite and support to their caregivers.
To help: Donate a TV, VCR, DVD player, craft supplies, flower pots, garden tools, bird feeders, seed, towels, washcloths, blankets, stereos, CD players, paper products, cleaning supplies, envelopes, postage stamps, non-perishable food items, computers, paper shredders, three office chairs, stackable washer/dryer, holiday decorations, picnic table, or park bench to 500 North St., Suite 1, weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Northeast Indiana Radio Reading Service:
Provides: Volunteers who read to the blind or reading-impaired.
To help: Donate money to purchase 100 SCA radios at $25 each, 50 portable, battery-operated SCA radios at $20 each, 10 subscriptions to a weekly magazine at $50 each. Checks can be made payable to ACPL Foundation/Neirrs and mailed to 7615 DiSalle Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825.
Phoenix Youth Center, Inc.:
Provides: Food, mentoring and after-school programs for students.
To help: Donate a microwave, computers with Windows 2000, printers with software, arts and crafts supplies, paint, brushes, canvas, markers, glue guns, softball and soccer equipment, folding chairs, snacks, fruit, bookshelves, or journals to Maria Heredia, South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St. during school hours.
Preparing for the Future Children Academy:
Provides: Child care
To help: Donate indoor and outdoor playground equipment, computers, new cots for toddlers and preschoolers, age-level reading materials, or child-size quilts and blankets to 6001 S. Anthony Blvd between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The academy also needs volunteers to come in and read or do crafts.
Provides: Homemade security blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.
To help: Donate fabric (100 percent cotton or polyester/cotton blends, flannel, or fleece), yarn, thread (preferably white or gray), ink cartridges for computer printers, 37- and 23-cent postage stamps, printing expenses (brochures, tags, business cards, fliers), gift certificates to fabric or general merchandise stores, bottled water, snacks, a place to make and store blankets, cash to the following locations:
Provides: Services to help prevent child abuse and neglect throughout Northeast Indiana.
To help: Donate car seats, baby gates or baby cribs to 500 W. Main St. weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Shepherd’s House Ministries:
Provides: Shelter to individuals with drug or alcohol addictions.
To help: Donate used Christmas decorations, used bath towels and washcloths, canned foods, soap and toiletries, laundry detergent, paper products, silverware and new toys to 519 Tennessee Ave. any day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Closet:
Provides: Free clothing and small household items for low-income people.
To help: Donate new and gently used toys, gift certificates for fast food, movies or sporting events, gift cards for Wal-Mart, Meijer or other area stores, sports balls, sporting equipment or money to 2120 S. Harrison St. by Dec. 13.
The Stella Mae Foundation:
Provides: Services for the elderly.
To help: Donate non-perishable food items, pet food, grocery store gift certificates and cash by calling the above number to arrange for a drop-off.
United Hispanic-Americans Inc.:
Youth educational and adult programs, translations, referrals, food and other emergency types of services.
To help: Donate a multi-purpose copy machine, a kiln or large cork boards to 2424 Fairfield from Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays 1:30-5 p.m.
Provides: Food and clothing for the needy.
To help: Donate turkeys, hams, stuffing mixes, potatoes, canned vegetables, celery, carrots, apples, oranges, one-meal dishes, infant and small children’s clothing, gently used clothing, small household items, bedding, towels, washcloths, or toys to 1651 Cass St. between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Provides: Foster care for children.
To help: Donate educational games, simple card games, board games, people and animal figures, play sand, puzzles, photo albums, disposable cameras, deodorant, hair products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, finger paint, construction paper, crayons, markers, modeling clay, and paste to 2250 Lake Ave., Suite 160, or 3132 Old U.S. 20 W., Suite A1 in Elkhart between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Vincent House, Inc.:
Provides: Shelter for homeless families.
To help: Donate laundry detergent, bleach, all sizes of disposable diapers, bed linens, blankets, pillows, a projector for Power Point presentations, screen, and 27-inch television with built-in VCR and DVD player to 2827 Holton Ave. weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home:
Provides: Assistance for family caregivers.
To help: Donate baby monitors and gas cards to 5910 Homestead Road weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Volunteer Center @ RSVP:
Provides: Support for children with incarcerated parents, children placed in emergency foster care, clothes for the needy, and tax assistance to low-income families.
To help: Donate tape recorders, children’s books, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair care items, new underwear, new socks, coloring books, crayons, yarn and stuffing to 3401 Lake Ave., Suite 4, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Wellspring Interfaith Social Services:
Provides: Food for the needy, older adult programs, after-school programs and summer day camp.
To help: Donate non-perishable food, personal hygiene items, heavy-duty cookware set, pool table, stand-up mixer, or books for elementary school students to 1316 Broadway weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturdays between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Provides: Education to families on independent life skills.
To help: Donate new strollers, baby beds, car seats, high chairs, new baby layette items, baby hangers, baby bottles, diapers (especially larger sizes), gift certificates for grocery stores and department stores, toasters, towels, washcloths, toothpaste, shampoo, dish detergent, laundry detergent, shower curtains and rings, or slow cookers crock pots to 2423 Fairfield Ave weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the north door.
Provides: Domestic violence services.
To help: Donate bath towels, gift cards, twin bedding, dorm-size refrigerators to 2000 N. Wells St. weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please call before coming.
DeKalb County St. Martins Community Kitchen:
Provides: Food for the needy.
To help: Donate a commercial food processor, a commercial pressure cooker or money for Christmas food snacks to 308 S. Peters St., Garrett, Mondays or Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
Noble County LEAP:
Provides: Literacy programs.
To help: Donate a laser color printer, office telephone system, laptop computers with wireless capabilities, office supplies, classroom supplies, tape players with headphones, child bouncer seats, storage cabinets, copy paper, markers, paints or volunteers to 833 Main St., Albion, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Wabash County The Honeywell Foundation, Inc.:
260-563-1102, ext. 521
Provides: An enhancement of social, recreational and cultural opportunities.
To help: Donate money by contacting Ellen Mock at the above number or mail a donation to 275 W. Market St., Wabash, IN 46992.
Wells County Family Centered Services:
824-8574 or 1-800-824-6111
Provides: Free clothing and necessities for families with children from newborn through 6 years old in Wells County.
To help: Donate diapers (sizes 3-6), diaper wipes, sippy cups, baby bottles, Orajel, infant gas drops, diaper-rash cream, thermometers, or baby lotions to 123 S. Marion St., Bluffton, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Wells County Christmas & Assistance Bureau:
Provides: Clothes for the needy.
To help: Donate new or gently used clothes to the Calvary Lutheran Church, 1532 N. Main St., Bluffton. Monetary donations can be mailed to the Christmas & Assistance Bureau, 122 S. Johnson St., Bluffton, IN 46714.
Whitley County U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots:
Provides: Toys for needy children.
To help: Donate new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages to the Columbia City locations of Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly, McGregor’s, AmeriHost, Scott’s Food Store, Richards Restaurant, Kroger’s, Midwest American Federal Credit Union, Bob Evans, or Dollar General. Donations can also be made to the Churubusco locations of Egolf’s IGA, Brevens, or Fort Financial Federal Credit Union and the South Whitley County Dollar General.