Getting an early start on volunteering in 2013


By Larry Lannan

With 2012 behind us, it’s time to think about your plans for 2013. If volunteering is in your plan, there are plenty of choices in and around Fishers.

Conner Prairie is a famous landmark in Fishers and the non-profit group is always looking for volunteers. There is a long list of volunteer opportunities. You can find them by going to the Conner Prairie website,, or you can call 776-6000.

If you have children in Fishers, chances are very good you’ve had some contact with S.P.O.R.T.S. It sponsors a long list of sporting events for the youth of the Fishers area. They always need coaches, but they are in need of other volunteers with varied talents. Check out the opportunities to serve at or call 845-5582.

One of our local gems is the Fishers YMCA and it’s an operation always in need of volunteer help. If interested, call 595-9622.

Fishers has the usual lineup of service organizations, including Kiwanis (842-3929), Optimist (253-8957), Rotary (388-4070) and Sertoma (842-4768). Any of them would welcome new members.

One of the biggest events in Fishers each June is the Fishers Freedom Festival. Even though the celebration is once a year, you can contact them any time about volunteering at 595-3195.

If you love the arts, the Fishers Art Council would love to hear from you. Contact them about volunteering at 572-7871.

I’ve only scratched the surface of local opportunities. Just enter “Fishers volunteer opportunities” into a web search engine and you will find many worthy groups in need of volunteer help.

I’ve had the honor of profiling many volunteers in Fishers over the past few months. One comment is common among them all – find something you enjoy, offer to volunteer, and you’ll never look back. You will enjoy the experience more than you will ever imagine.