Simple acts of kindness go a long way
Your time is a valuable gift to share that makes a big impact for seniors and people with disabilities.
They love to see your smiling face or hear your friendly voice on the phone.
Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals or groups, long-term or just for one special project like our annual Safe at Home community volunteer day.
The CICOA Volunteer Program will connect you with people and programs that will utilize your skills and talents to make a difference to others in our community. If you’re handy with a power tool or a paintbrush, you want to visit with a senior, or you can help with office tasks, we have a volunteer opportunity for you.
The activities listed below are some of our current volunteer opportunities. The list, however, is not comprehensive. Periodically other needs arise, or volunteers offer new services that benefit CICOA and our clients. If you have any questions, please call or email CICOA’s Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-803-6003.
Visit a senior once a week for an hour or more, offering support, encouragement and an opportunity for conversation and companionship.
Call a senior on a regular basis (daily, once or twice a week) to check in with them and have a brief conversation.
Help a senior by doing general yard work, raking leaves, shoveling snow or other periodic, seasonal projects. Also great for individuals or groups.
Provide skilled and unskilled help to clients who have home maintenance needs or other simple projects, such as hanging pictures or curtains or installing grab bars. Great for individuals or groups.
Safe at Home Event
CICOA has an annual day of service called Safe at Home each September that provides home modifications for seniors to help make their homes safe and accessible for daily living. Projects include installing grab bars, handrails and banisters, and outdoor yard clean-up. Groups are welcome.
Perform administrative tasks such as filing, making telephone calls, entering data, or performing other office tasks at our office during regular business hours.
Senior Medicare Patrol
SMP staff and volunteers educate Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers and professionals on how to prevent, detect and report fraud, errors and abuse. SMP volunteers may attend health and senior fairs or give presentations. SMP provides training.
Extend the emotional and health benefits of music therapy by bringing music into the homes of CICOA clients. Harpists, guitarists, keyboardists, violinists, and those who play woodwinds and portable instruments are needed.
CICOA partners with the nonprofit Therapets of Indiana to offer therapy to clients who are animal lovers. Cairn Terriers or West Highland White Terriers are especially suited to provide comfort to hospice patients, those who may be lonely or depressed, and people who may benefit from physical therapy through play.
Looking for a meaningful team building experience? We can accommodate companies, schools, clubs, faith communities and other groups who seek to give back to the community while working together.
Faith Friendly Visitors
Faith friendly visitors meet with clients who have requested a special time of prayer, fellowship and support.
Almost 700 older adults and people with disabilities receive some extra holiday assistance each year thanks to generous volunteers, donors and partners. CICOA's Very Merry Days program provides donations of food, gift cards, and gifts to clients in greatest need.