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Register today to be a part of the Day of Beneficence on Saturday, April 17, 2021!

Day of Beneficence T-shirt designBall State alumni and friends can sign up for one of the following service projects in their area or choose to connect with a community partner/organization and register as an independent participant/service project. Registration deadline to receive a t-shirt is  Friday, April 9, 2021.

The first 300 registrants will receive a T-shirt, to be mailed to the main project contact for group projects or directly to the individual for independent projects before April 17.

For questions or help registering an independent project, contact Carol Kosisko in the Office of Alumni Engagement. 

Downtown Streets Team – Personal Hygiene Kit Assembly

Downtown Streets Team (DST) builds Teams that restore dignity, inspire hope, and provide a pathway to recover from homelessness. We do this by engaging people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness in a program which builds community, helps people work towards self-sufficiency, and achieve a higher quality of life through obtaining permanent employment and sustainable housing.  In the 16 cities in which we operate throughout the Bay Area and across Northern and Central California, DST, provides support and connects individuals to the resources needed to make steps out of homelessness. DST has been recognized as one of the most innovative and effective non-profits fighting homelessness in California. This is a DIY opportunity with an option to connect on Zoom with other volunteers as they assemble kits during Day of Beneficence. Volunteers will collect and assemble items for hygiene kits which will be distributed by Downtown Streets Team to unhoused neighbors throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. Some of the items that are included in the hygiene/care kits are travel sized deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel shampoo and conditioner, razors, lotion, mouthwash, comb, body (wet) wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer, gift cards (Walmart, Safeway, CVS, Subway, McDonald’s, etc.), band-aids, sunscreen, socks, non-perishable wrapped snacks and candy. For women, hair ties and feminine care products are also welcomed. Whatever items you choose, they should be assembled in an easy to carry self-contained package or bag. Kits can be mailed or dropped off to the local Downtown Streets Team Office.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: TBD
Location: Check out our drop off locations here!
Restrictions: None
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: No limit
Contact: Rebecca Baer

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City Gospel Mission- Whiz Kids

City Gospel Mission is a faith-based organization that provides food, shelter, recovery programs, job placement, and other services to those in-need. It also offers a variety of youth programs including tutoring, ballet, and summer camp. City Gospel Mission’s Whiz Kids program is for kindergarten through 8th grade students from Hamilton County schools and adjacent counties.  The program’s goal is to improve literacy and support academic success for at-risk kids, plus making sure these students know they are not forgotten and are important.  Due to COVID-19, about 75% of the Whiz Kids’ sites were not opened. To stay in-contact with these students and to hopefully help them from “falling through the cracks,” the staff initiated a variety of ways to have contact with the students – the birthday packages are one of these initiatives. The birthday packages include a book, bookmark, craft, card, calendar, balloon, and cookie/snack. Volunteers will assemble and decorate/wrap the packages, plus write notes in the birthday cards. 

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m. EDT
Location: 1805 Dalton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45214
Restrictions: No
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: 20-30 volunteers
Contact: Lucy Atkinson

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Gigi's Playhouse- Tutor Room Painting

Gigi’s Playhouse: Down Syndrome Achievement Centers provide free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with down syndrome, their families, and the community. In this role, you would help paint their tutor rooms at the Fort Wayne location (all materials will be provided). Volunteers are required to wear face masks and casual clothing, including closed-toe shoes for this service project. Free parking is available on site.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 1 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: 6081 N. Clinton Street., Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Restrictions: Liability waivers must be signed prior to participating.
Family friendly: Ages 10+
Capacity: 8 volunteers
Contact: Meghan Short 


Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Habitat ReStores sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter in local communities and around the world. In this role, you will be assisting with customer service, furniture repair, unloading trucks, stocking shelves, or organizing the warehouse. Volunteers are encouraged to wear casual clothing, including closed-toe shoes, for this service project. All participants must also sign up for the shift at the Volunteer Hub (to be communicated upon registration).

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 2020 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46803
Restrictions: All volunteers must also sign up for the shift at the VolunteerHub and sign a waiver form; those under 18 must include a signature by a parent or guardian.
Family friendly: Minimum age of 16 to participate.
Capacity: 10 volunteers
Contact: Meghan Short


Pet Food Distribution Volunteer

Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry provides donated pet food to owners who are struggling financially, keeping pets at home with their families for their health and well-being. In this role, you would help bag pet food and treats or serve clients. Heavy lifting up to 50 pounds is possible and liability waivers are required. Volunteers are required to wear face masks and casual clothing, including closed-toe shoes for this service project. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided during breaks and free parking is available in the church lot nearby.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
Location: 2502 Church Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46809
Restrictions: No
Family friendly: Minimum age 14 to participate; Parent/guardian supervision required for anyone under age 18
Capacity: 9 volunteers
Contact: Meghan Short


St. Joseph Mission Women's Shelter- Landscaping Assistance

St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter is Fort Wayne’s first 25/7/365 emergency shelter expressly for single homeless women. They provide a safe, supported, and structured environment that honors women’s dignity and empowers them to become self-sufficient. This project would include mowing, trimming, landscaping, and planting flower pots around the facility (all equipment and supplies will be provided). Volunteers must wear a face mask and closed-toe shoes to participate, and are encouraged to bring your own pair of gardening gloves. Please dress accordingly for the weather when outdoors. Free parking with wheelchair accessibility will be available on site. 

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 3505 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Restrictions: All volunteers must also sign a waiver form day of the event.
Family friendly: Minimum age of 14, with adult supervision, to participate. 
Capacity: 7 volunteers
Contact: Meghan Short 


St. Joseph Mission Women's Shelter- Donation Collection

St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter is Fort Wayne’s first 25/7/365 emergency shelter expressly for single homeless women. They provide a safe, supported, and structured environment that honors women’s dignity and empowers them to become self-sufficient. This project is an ongoing collection of the following needed items: disinfectant wipes, laundry soap, dryer sheets, garbage bags (small wastebasket & large kitchen can sizes), paper products, toiletries, and feminine hygiene products. They would also like to gather a collection of instructional, spiritual/personal development, or fiction books for their library (new or used) – all inscribed with a personal, encouraging message from the donor in the front cover explaining why they chose the book. Personal touches such as highlighted chapters or notes in the margin are encouraged.  This project can be done from the comfort and safety of your home during the duration of time between sign-ups and our event date.  Please bring all donated supplies to the shelter o April 17th during the times listed below. Free parking with wheelchair accessibility will be available on site. 

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: 3505 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Restrictions: None
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: None
Contact: Meghan Short 

Register for a Ft. Wayne Volunteer Opportunity Here!

Baptist House

Volunteers will work sorting and hanging clothing to be given away to the needy, stacking shelves with food, walking in the downtown area and handing out water and lunch sacks to the homeless, and performing general cleanup.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time:
9 a.m. - Noon
Location:
952 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Restrictions:
No.  Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes.  We ask that you wear masks for indoor projects and if distributing water and lunch sacks.
Family friendly:
Yes
Capacity:
12-50 volunteers
Contact:
John O’Dell


Damien Center – Harm Reduction Kit Assembly

Damien Center is the largest AIDS service organization in the state of Indiana, serving over 4,000 individuals every year. The Harm Reduction program at Damien Center is in partnership with the Never Along Project to better reach those who are engaged in active substance use. The collaboration focuses on providing individuals with tools and resources to help reduce risk when it comes to various types of substance use. Volunteers will learn about the new Harm Reduction program within Damien Center and the concept of harm reduction.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Location:
26 N. Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201
Restrictions: 
Volunteers will be asked to wear gloves and masks while packing the harm reduction kits.
Family friendly: 
Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
Capacity:
10 volunteers
Contact: Tessa Barnard


Heritage Gardens- Spring Spruce Up

Volunteers will work with master gardeners and park maintenance staff to weed and mulch the gardens and planting beds at the historic Ambassador House. Additional jobs may include clearing rails and collecting lawn debris.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 
9 a.m. - Noon
Location: 
The Historic Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens, Heritage Park at White River, 10595 Eller Road, Fishers, IN 46038
Restrictions: 
No
Family friendly: 
Yes
Capacity:
12-50 volunteers
Contact: Amy Crell


Horizon House

Volunteers will help with the donation center at Horizon House. Weather permitting, outside maintenance may be included. Outside maintenance may include washing windows, leaf cleanup, and possibly trimming bushes. For those wishing to work outside, participants are encouraged to bring work gloves, leaf bags, and hedge trimmers.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 
9 a.m. - Noon
Location:
1033 E. Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Restrictions:
Ability to climb stairs.  Volunteers high school age and older are welcome. Anyone working indoors will be required to wear a mask.  A COVID pre-screening and temperature check will also be required prior to indoor work.
Family friendly: 
Yes, high school age and older
Capacity:
10-20 volunteers
Contact: Bill Bradford


Resources of Hope

Resources of Hope is dedicated to providing resources to meet the physical and emotional needs of foster youth living in Central Indiana. Resources of Hope is a completely volunteer-run organization and is 100% reliant on the generous donations provided by individuals, groups, businesses. Volunteers will assist with organizing, hang, and rotate seasonal clothing donations, ages Newborn to 18 year, from winter to summer clothing. Other tasks may include organizing and sanitizing toy donations.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 
9 a.m.–Noon
Location: 
410 US-31, Whiteland, IN 46184
Restrictions:
All participants must wear a mask while in the facility and should wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Family friendly:
Yes, if under age 18, must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
Capacity:
12 volunteers
Contact: 
Jenna Martin


Spring Cleaning at Cancer Support Community

Cancer Support Community volunteers will assist in the spring beautification of their outside space. This will include trimming and cleaning up flower beds, bushes, and the back patio area, as well as cleaning out the raised garden beds and adding soil.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: 5150 West 71st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
Restrictions: No
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: 10 volunteers
Contact: Kelly Doucet


Versiti Blood Center of Indiana

Serving the community independently during the pandemic is amplified by donating blood.nYour one blood donation will impact up to three lives! Please schedule at a Versiti Blood Center of Indiana donor center on April 15, 16 or 17 and impact local hospital patients in a lifesaving way. The need for blood is constant. The surgeon general and state officials have encouraged people to continue to donate during the pandemic and Versiti provides a safe environment to do so. Find an opportunity to donate by clicking the link below. Put BSU Alumni in the notes section of your appointment to be included in the participation total Versiti will provide for Day of Beneficence.

Date: April 15-17, 2021
Time: Open from 6 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Reservations available at Versiti Blood Centers in Downtown Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Greenwood, and multiple bloodmobile locations in Avon, Hancock County, Plainfield, and Greenfield.
Restrictions: All participants must register in advance and wear a mask while donating.
Capacity: Varies by donation center; appointments available online at versiti.org/in.
Contact: Kristine Pierce

Register for an Indianapolis Area Volunteer Opportunity Here!

Helping the Hungry with Hang Out Do Good

Hang Out Do Good is a grass-roots organization that, among numerous initiatives, has a weekly lunch bag program where volunteers each make 10 or more sack lunches and then drop them off on Sunday mornings by 11 a.m. Each week this organization is delivering over 7,000 lunches to the Hollywood Food Coalition who then distribute them to the hungry and homeless. Hang Out Do Good has 11 lunch bag drop-off points all over the city. Participating BSU LA alumni will have a brief 10 a.m. Zoom call on Saturday, 4/17 to say hello to their fellow Cardinals and hear from a Hang Out Do Good representative about the work being done through the organization. Participants will then make 10 (or more) lunch bags and deliver them to one of the drop-off locations on Sunday, 4/18 before 11 a.m. Details for the lunch bags and the addresses of the drop-off locations will be sent after registering to participate.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: Zoom call at 10 a.m PDT.; lunch bag drop-off on Sunday, 4/18 by 11 a.m. PDT
Location: Drop-off locations are in Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hancock Park, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Silverlake, Studio City and Westlake Village.
Restrictions: No
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: No limit
Contact: Dwight Smith

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Park Cleanup with the Department of Natural Resources

The Michiana Chapter is partnering with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) specifically with Potato Creek State Park for a day of service. We will be helping with various tasks around the park to help beautify one of Indiana’s state parks even more.  We look forward to spending the day outdoors and helping an organization that means a lot to us. Dress in casual clothing with closed-toe shoes. Equipment will be provided, but volunteers are advised to bring their own work gloves. 

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Potato Creek State Park, 25601 IN-4, North Liberty, IN 46554
Restrictions: None
Family friendly: Yes (must be at least 8 years old)
Capacity: 20 volunteers
Contact: Samantha Adamczewski

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Milwaukee River Keepers

Alumni and friends will work to clean up the River and Harbor District with the Milwaukee River Keepers. Dress in casual clothing with closed-toe shoes.  Bags will be supplied, but volunteers are advised to bring their own work gloves.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 9:00–12:00 a.m. CDT
Location: Meet at Boone & Crockett, 818 South Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Restrictions: Participants are required to sign a day of waiver
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: TBD
Contact: Laura Schumacher

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Boys and Girls Club of Muncie

Project details coming soon.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: TBD
Location: 1111 N. Penn, Muncie, IN
Restrictions: None
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: 10 volunteers
Contact: Carol Kosisko


Grateful Rescue & Sanctuary – Spring Spruce Up & Fundraiser Prep

Grateful Rescue and Sanctuary’s mission is to save the lives of all homeless animals by taking unwanted animals, rehabilitate them and place them in loving forever homes. They provide the unadopted with a safe, stress-free environment with the freedom to go inside and outside as they desire, and most importantly they will interact with people that love and care for them daily. Grateful Rescue advocates for the humane treatment of all living creatures and dedicates our efforts to inform, educate and gather support for our cause. Volunteers will assist with the facility spring clean-up and maintenance, pet care, and assistance with upcoming fundraiser preparation.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: TBD
Location: 4200 N. CR 500 W, Muncie, IN 47304
Restrictions: None
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: 10 volunteers
Contact: Carol Kosisko


Habitat for Humanity, Muncie House Build

Habitat for Humanity helps build strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter in local communities and around the world.  Help change lives and the future of a Muncie family. Volunteers will be working at one of our new-construction home builds in the South Central area of Muncie (near the intersection of Memorial and Walnut). No special skills, tools or experience required – our Construction Site supervisors will have everything volunteers will need on-site. Activities might require the ability to sit, kneel, stand, and lift light-moderate weight but accommodations can be made otherwise. Volunteers must wear a face mask, closed-toe shoes, long pants, and casual clothing for this service project. Lunch and BSU t-shirts will be provided.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: TBD
Location: Location will be provided closer to the April 17 date.
Restrictions: All volunteers must sign a waiver form; those under 18 must include a signature by a parent or guardian.
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: 10 volunteers
Contact: Carol Kosisko


Habitat for Humanity, Muncie ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter in local communities and around the world. In this role, you would be unloading and building boxed furniture in a warehouse large enough for social distancing. Activities might require the ability to sit, kneel, stand, and lift light-moderate weight but accommodations can be made otherwise. Volunteers must wear a face mask, closed-toe shoes, long pants, and casual clothing for this service project.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: TBD
Location: 4640 W. Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN 47304
Restrictions: Minimum age of 16 to participate.  All volunteers must sign up for a shift and sign a waiver form.
Family friendly: Yes (Those under 18 must include a signature by a parent or guardian).
Capacity: 5 volunteers maximum per shift
Contact: Carol Kosisko


Muncie Community Schools Supply Drive

Furthering our university and community partnership with Muncie Community Schools is vital to the success of our children. Alumni are urged to participate by purchasing a few school supply items (paper, pencils, crayons, school glue, folders, math flash cards, pocket calculators, facial tissues, sanitizing wipes, etc.), labeling your donation bag with your name, BSU graduation year, phone number, and email address.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: Drop off available M-F 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Drop off at BSU Alumni Center, 2800 W. Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN
Restrictions: None
Family friendly: Yes- get your own kids involved in helping to pick their favorite supplies and teach them about the importance of giving!
Capacity: No limit
Contact:
Carol Kosisko


Muncie Community Schools Camp Adventure

A great outdoor opportunity to assist in keeping the camp beautiful for MCS students by providing trail pick up cutting back overgrowth, grounds clean up, and mulching. Volunteers will need to bring tools and gloves, and wear comfortable clothing including long sleeves, long pants and closed toed shoes. Sunscreen and insect spray may also be needed. 

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.- Noon
Location: 4881 S. Co. Rd. 325 W., Muncie, IN 47302
Restrictions: Closed toe shoes required, wear long sleeves and long pants for outdoor work.   
Family friendly: Yes, volunteers younger than 18 allowed with parent/guardian consent.
Capacity: No limit
Contact:
Tiffani Arnold


Muncie Community Schools- School Grounds Beautification

A great outdoor opportunity to assist in bringing beauty to two MCS locations (Grissom Elementary School and Southview Elementary School). Volunteers will be preparing flower gardens, planting flowers and plants, and mulching the new gardens. Volunteers will need to bring tools and gloves, and wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Sunscreen may also be needed. 

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.- Noon
Location: Grissom Elementary School, 3201 S. Macedonia Avenue, Muncie, IN 47302 & South View Elementary School, 2100 S. Franklin Street, Muncie, IN 47302
Restrictions:Closed toe shoes required. Please provide your own work gloves and gardening tools.     
Family friendly: Yes, volunteers younger than 18 allowed with parent/guardian consent.
Capacity: 10 volunteers per location (20 total)
Contact:
Tiffani Arnold


Muncie Mission Campus

Mulching and weeding around the Mission campus. Tools and gloves will be supplied.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.- Noon
Location: 1725 S. Liberty Street, Muncie
Restrictions: Closed toe shoes required, dress in layers for outdoor work. 
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: 10 volunteers
Contact:
Carol Kosisko


Muncie Mission New Life Center Warehouse

Sorting donations. We have many generous donations of clothing, furniture, housewares, and other items. Volunteers will help with sorting and organizing these items for resale, recycling, and repair. Work alongside other volunteers and residents in this social enterprise opportunity in support of the mission.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.- Noon
Location: 1725 S. Liberty Street, Muncie
Restrictions: Masks and closed toe shoes required, dress in layers as the warehouse has a variety of temperatures. Gloves will be supplied.
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: 10 volunteers
Contact:
Carol Kosisko


Red Cross Personal Hygiene Comfort Bags Drive

The Nursing Alumni Society will be collecting personal hygiene items to donate to the Red Cross for use in comfort bags. Comfort bags are handed out to residents in the event of a disaster. These bags contain personal hygiene items for adults and children in travel sizes, so they are easily transported and manageable for the recipients. Suggestions include:  shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, lotion, comb/brush, deodorant, disposable razor, wash clothes. Free personal hygiene items from hotel stays or a dentist office are welcome if they are unopened. Please label bagged donations with your name, email, and grad year to make sure your participation is counted.

Date: April 12-16
Time: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily
Location: Donate items in baskets labeled Comfort Bag Donations in the Health Professions Building, either in the School of Nursing workroom or 3rd floor sitting area off the elevators.
Restrictions: New, unopened items only. Masks are required to drop off your donation to the Health Professions Building.
Family friendly: Yes. This is a great opportunity to engage your children in the act of giving and let them identify items a child would need.
Capacity: No limit
Contact:
Carol Kosisko


Second Harvest Food Bank

Volunteers will be sorting food/non-food items, preparing school, packing for schools and senior sites, plus deep cleaning inside and out.

Date: April 17
Time: 9 a.m.- Noon
Location: 6621 N. Old St Rd 3, Muncie, IN 47303
Restrictions: All participants must wear a mask when inside the building, sign a waiver, wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes, and notify staff if individuals have any airborne/food allergies.
Family friendly: Yes. All children under the age of 12 must have 1 parent or guardian per child. All children under the age of 18 must have parent/family member (over 18) or accountable adult with them at all times.
Capacity: 70 volunteers in the warehouse/community room. If there is good weather, there can be up to 30 volunteers outside doing clean-up along the road and on the grounds.
Contact:
Carol Kosisko


Versiti Blood Center of Indiana – Blood Drive

Serving the community independently during the pandemic is amplified by donating blood. Your one blood donation will impact up to three lives! Please schedule your appointment online at versiti.org/in to donate blood at the Ball State Alumni Center on April 16 and impact local hospital patients in a lifesaving way. The need for blood is constant. The surgeon general and state officials have encouraged people to continue to donate during the pandemic and Versiti provides a safe environment to do so. Put BSU Alumni in the notes section of your appointment to be included in the participation total Versiti will provide for Day of Beneficence. Also, register your appointment to donate through the link below to receive your Day of Beneficence t-shirt.

Date: April 16 
Time: appointments available 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Location: Ball State Alumni Center, 2800 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN
Restrictions: Individuals must be in good health and not experiencing symptoms of cold or flu. Donors must wear a mask while in the Alumni Center. Must reserve a donation appointment at versiti.org/in.
Family friendly: Yes, 16 year-olds are permitted to donate blood with consent from a parent/guardian.
Capacity: 56 daily
Contact:
Carol Kosisko

Register for a Muncie Volunteer Opportunity Here!

The JoyJ Initiative Homeless Outreach/Church of the Blessed Sacrament

In a world where connections are increasingly superficial, we aim to foster meaningful human connections by offering unique programs for groups and individuals to provide aid and comfort to those experiencing homelessness as well as other communities undergoing hardship. The JoyJ Initiative is an entirely volunteer-run organization, and 100% of funds donated are used to purchase essential items and cover other expenses directly related to our programs. Volunteers will pack care bags to be distributed by JoyJ volunteers to homeless in New York City. 

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: From the comfort of your own home, pack care bags with items provided by JoyJ and/or items you contribute. Zoom link will be provided to connect with other volunteers while you pack the bags.
Restrictions: None
Family friendly: Yes
Capacity: No limit
Contact: Mandy Mills and Lauren Carden

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Store to Door

Volunteers will provide food delivery to those in need. Volunteers will need to provide their own automobile and fuel and commit to register for a set shift. 

Contact: Robert Quinn

Registration Coming Soon!


Harry Chapin Food Bank- Mobile Distribution

Volunteers will assist with food distribution in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, and Hendry Counties. You will assist HCFB staff set up, distributing food to clients, break down, and cleanup. Volunteers need to be able to lift up to 40 pounds, stand for 3-4 hours, and be a minimum of 16 years old. Depending on sites and times of distributions, volunteers need to be prepared to be in the sun, so sunscreen is recommended. Water will be provided.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 9:00–11:00 a.m. EDT
Location: 3760 Fowler Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Restrictions: Volunteers must be 14 years old; those 14–27 must provide a signed waiver
Family friendly: Age 16+
Capacity: 8-15 volunteers
Contact: Joyce Witt

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Welcome Notes for Future Cardinals

Ball State alumni are encouraged to write a welcome card to a Ball State admitted student. Show your Cardinal pride and tell what made Ball State a great choice for you. 

Date: April 15-17, 2021
Time: 24 Hours Daily
Contact: Carol Kosisko

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Congratulations Notes for our Newest Cardinals

Ball State alumni are encouraged to write a congratulations card to a Ball State graduating Senior. Show your Cardinal pride and words of encouragement for the newest members of the Cardinal family. 

Date: April 15-17, 2021
Time: 24 Hours Daily
Contact: Carol Kosisko

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Independent Project

Ball State alumni and friends can sign up for one of the following service projects in their area or choose to connect with a community partner/organization and register as an independent participant/service project.

Date: April 17, 2021
Contact: Carol Kosisko

Register Here