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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers like you make a difference in the lives of the more than 5,000 families that come through our doors every year.

Volunteer and Support the Families Who Stay at the House

Volunteers are the heart of our house and vital to our mission. Volunteers are key in helping the parents and family members who stay with us while their children receive treatment at Indianapolis-area hospitals.

From making guests feel welcome and comfortable to asking questions to taking care of day-to-day needs, as a volunteer, you’ll play a vital part in helping families heal together.

I have been volunteering at the House for nearly 40 years.  Years pass, change happens, but the mission remains the same.  Doing my small part in making life a little easier for our families - That’s why I keep coming back!

Marsha Gordon, Volunteer

Interested in Volunteering?
Meet Mary Friend – Our Volunteer Resources Manager

Send a message to Mary below or call 317-267-0605 x225.

Have Questions About Volunteering?


Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions about the volunteer programs.

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Will I be working with children?

While the kids are being well cared for at the hospital, we are caring for the parents and other family members who are here to support the child.

Although we will have some patients staying at the House, their condition frequently prevents them from interacting with the general public.

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What type of volunteer opportunities does the House offer?

We offer volunteer opportunities for individuals as well as groups. You can volunteer one-time or on an on-going basis.

The volunteer services that are needed most include guest services and culinary crew volunteers.

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How many volunteers do you need?

The House is staffed by 17 full-time staff, 8 part-time staff, and over 200 volunteers.

Volunteers are the heart of our House and volunteer needs are constantly changing as people’s schedules change.

We’re most in need of Guest Services volunteers and Culinary Crew Members and you can read the descriptions for these volunteer roles below.

What type of training will I receive?

Our Guest Services Volunteers receive 9 hours of basic training. This training is conducted by both staff and veteran volunteers and mostly done hands on.

Training for other volunteer positions is also done hands-on during the volunteer’s normally scheduled shift.

How do I get started volunteering?

After looking over our volunteer information on this page, contact Mary our Volunteer Resources Manager to get additional information about the opportunities that fit your interests and needs.

Then depending upon the opportunity you are seeking, you may be asked to complete and submit a volunteer application. Once you have applied, the next step will be to attend a new volunteer orientation.

If I’m unable to volunteer, what else can I do?

We’re grateful to anyone who can:

  • Provide items from our wishlist to support our culinary and household needs.
  • Make a monetary donation to support our mission.

We Need You For These Roles


Volunteers Help Make Our House a Home