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

What happens after I submit my application?

Once your application is received, the Families First Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to explain the next steps in the application process. Please note that direct-service volunteers (i.e. those who interact directly with our clients and children) must pass an interview and a background investigation before serving with Families First.  Volunteers who interact with children will be required to complete a fingerprint check at a designated facility.

Do I need to complete a background investigation to volunteer with Families First?

All direct-service volunteers must pass a background investigation before serving with Families First.  Indirect-service volunteers do not have to complete a background investigation unless otherwise instructed. 

What is the difference between direct and indirect service volunteer opportunities?

Direct-service volunteers work directly with and/or for clients of Families First. Examples include: volunteering to provide child care, the Crisis and Suicide Line Clinical Associate position, the Vistas Volunteer position, as well as support and advocacy groups. All Direct-Service opportunities require a background investigation. Indirect-service volunteers work in an administrative capacity with Families First staff either in an office, program or event setting. Background investigation is not required unless handling money or client data.

Are groups able to volunteer at Families First?

Yes! Please contact the Families First Volunteer Coordinator to discuss how your group would like to engage with Families First. Please include duration of time and area of interest.

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

Volunteers will attend an agency orientation and position-specific training as necessary. Please note that all direct-service volunteers will be required to attend both the agency orientation and position-specific training before starting at the agency.

Didn’t see your question? Interested in volunteering in ways not listed? Contact the Families First Volunteer Coordinator, Tocarra Mallard, at TocarraM@familiesfirstindiana.org or 317-644-7237.