Volunteer Opportunities to Support in Your Community!
There are so many ways to get involved in the Local LGBTQ+ Community! Our youth need mentors and support. Most of the non-profits that serve our community could always use a hand. Check out these opportunities, and find your niche!
The Children are our Future! If you would like to get involved and support LGBTQ+ Youth in Indy, there are folks looking for help!
Indiana Youth Group
IYG has been serving the LGBTQ+ youth in our city since 1987!
There are many ways to support their work, and one of the simplest and most rewarding is becoming a mentor and hanging out with youth at the center.
IYG is also looking for volunteers to facilitate group programing. Here's a list of programming, including groups they are looking for help with.
Check out their volunteer page to learn more!
Hike Leaders with Gender Nexus
Transgender and Non-Binary Adults are welcome to join Gender Nexus and the Sierra Club in a new hiking program! Get trained by the Sierra Club as a hike leader, and work up to leading your own hikes for trans and non binary youth!
Reach out to learn more about getting involved!
Childcare for GECKO
GEKCO (Gender Expansive Kids and Company) is our local support group for families with young transgender children. The group meets monthly at a private home to socialize and share resources and support. While the parents meet, the transgender children and their siblings play!
We are in need of more childcare helpers. We are a bit picky and particular about who fills this role, understandably as these are our most vulnerable children. Interested parties can reach out to learn more!
Sexual Health Advocacy
Are you passionate about safer sex? Interested in helping improve access to information and lifesaving healthcare? The Damien Center and Step Up both have programs to support people in becoming leaders in their community, sharing this information with the people who need it.
In the fight against HIV, The Damien Center is a local and national leader. It has welcomed innovation, growth and leadership by creating and expanding services to improve both individual and community health. The Damien Center’s comprehensive, one-stop-shop approach to HIV/AIDS care and prevention reduces the amount of HIV in the body as well as improves the immune system.
Our programs speak for themselves when it comes to showing support and passion for meeting the needs of the community, and The Damien Center’s new Popular Opinion Leader (POL) program continues to represent that.
This program’s approach to HIV/AIDS prevention is a little different than what has been done before. We believe the best way to prevent HIV and AIDS is by inviting key people – community members and leaders like yourself- to attend two informational education sessions. Because you are already respected by your friends, they probably turn to you for advice, value your opinions, and may even model their behavior after yours.
By updating you on the latest information on prevention, you will be able to give accurate, expert advice to others and perhaps save some lives. Our POLs are community members from a variety of cultures, races, organizations, and social groups that are trained to become influencers to those around them. Once trained, POL’s promote risk reduction measures such as: periodic HIV/STI testing, condom use, and PrEP.
If you would like to become a POL or have any questions about our education services, please reach out to Cody Talley, Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-632-0123 x253.
Hombre ¡Infórmate! with Step Up
Hombre ¡Infórmate! is an evidence-based popular opinion leader program designed to train men in the Indianapolis Latino community on how to talk to their peers about sexual health and risk reduction practices. Participants can earn $80.00 cash for attending two 1-hour training sessions. For more information about the program or to see if you're eligible, click here.
Supporting the Vulnerable
We all fall on hard times sometimes. Here are some ways to support other members of the community when things have gotten hard.
This food pantry is exactly what is says. No questions, just food if you need some! Started by a member of our community during the government shut down, this pantry isn't charity, its solidarity. We all need some help sometimes, and the community is doing its best to support each other. Follow them on facebook to see what donations are needed, and sign up to volunteer!
The Julian Center empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence and creates a community where every individual is safe and respected. They have a great track record of supporting LGBTQ+ survivors, including our most vulnerable trans sisters.
They have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities! See where you would be best and apply here!
Improving Health Care
Passionate about improving health care for LGBTQ+ patients? Here's an opportunity for you!
You can volunteer to work 'behind the scenes' at the Eskenazi Transgender Health and Wellness Program, the first and only clinic in Indiana dedicated to Transgender Health Services for Adults!
Volunteers in this position will NOT work directly with patients or in any medical capacity, instead volunteers can help with daily office tasks to help the team provide better quality care. If you are interested in health care, this opportunity will let you see what really makes a clinic flow smoothly: team work and details.
Interested in planning events for the Community? Wanna help our grassroots movements grow? If you have the energy to get involved, there is someone who would love the help!
The Mentorship Program recognizes LGBTQ-competent individuals who serve as mentors for students, staff, and faculty. Those seeking a mentor fill out information about their interests in a mentor. Mentors receive these forms and connect with mentees at their own discretion.
Mentors offer consultation of school, career, research, or other academic pursuits. To qualify as a mentor, one must: