Volunteer

Together we can build a community of healthy, capable and loving families.

Volunteer with us! Since 1835, volunteers have been an integral part of Families First, helping us grow from a small society of “friendly neighbors,” to an organization that serves children and families in six counties across Central Indiana.

Building strong, healthy, capable families requires the support of community members, like you.  Families First’s volunteers – like the individuals, parents and children we serve – come from all backgrounds, professions, and family structures.  However, our goal is the same, to stand up for families and create a positive difference in our community.

Interested in learning more? Check out our current volunteer opportunities and see what others are saying about volunteering at Families First!

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Volunteer FAQ

Who can volunteer at Families First?

To apply, potential volunteers must be 18 or older and have a US Social Security Number. You must complete a volunteer application, and attend an interview as well as pass a background check. To volunteer for the Crisis Line, potential Crisis Line Intervention Specialists must have access to reliable Internet access, a personal computer and phone.

Can I volunteer at Families First to complete community service or course-required hours?

Volunteering at Families First is not the best way to complete community service hours. At the minimum, a year of active service is required for all volunteer positions.

Where are support groups held and will I facilitate groups by myself?

Support groups are held in various locations throughout the community. We keep these locations confidential to protect you and our clients. We will tell you the location before you commit to a specific group. We prefer two co-facilitators in every group. The volunteer coordinator or other staff is also ready and willing to help in groups as needed. We will never put you in your first group alone!

Can I volunteer with my Family? 

Children under the age of 18 may volunteer with an adult in our childcare program only. 

What happens once my application is processed and I am accepted as a volunteer?

Volunteers will attend a position-specific training as necessary. 

Do I have to have a background check?

Yes, we need every volunteer to complete a general background check and a Department of Child Services background check. Volunteers who interact with children will be required to complete a fingerprint check at a designated facility. Volunteers are not responsible for any costs or fees associated with background checks.

Do I have to have previous experience to volunteer?

No, we will provide all training and materials. We only ask you come ready to learn and grow together.

How do I apply to be a volunteer?

Please fill out the online Families First Volunteer Application. We’ll contact you to discuss your volunteering options. Please provide your name and contact information.

I have a question you didn't answer or would like my corporate group to volunteer. Who should I contact?

For questions about volunteering at Families First, please call 317-644-7237 or email tocarram@familiesfirstindiana.org