Matching your interests and abilities to opportunities available at IYG
What are your skills, abilities, and interests?
If you like working with youth….
Mentors help staff the youth at the activity center and IYG events. They serve as a sounding board for the youth and a positive adult role model, while being the eyes and ears for the staff.
Group facilitators lead most of IYG's programming. Volunteers use their knowledge and experiences to lead activities and sharing in groups such as Dating & Relationships, Writing Group, LGBT & the Media, Straight Allies, Bi/Poly/Pan, Cooking Group, Money Talks, Coming Out Group, and several others groups which highlight individual volunteer expertise and experience.
Basics of being a volunteer mentor:
- Honor diversity by being accepting and nonjudgmental
- Be a positive role model
- Assist staff
- Engage youth and listen
- Practice safety and confidentiality concerning IYG matters
- Reinforce a healthy lifestyle
If you like planning or working events….
Committee members meet monthly to plan and help execute special events such as IYG's Art Auction, our biggest fundraiser.
Special events volunteers execute the Art Auction, represent IYG at Pride, work the booth at Indiana AIDS walk, staff Prom, and are involved with other festivals, awareness walks, and events throughout the year.
If you like cooking…
Food donors bring a prepared dinner once a month. Alternatively, some food donors prefer to sponsor a catered meal, deliver ingredients for the IYG staff and youth to cook, or donate funds for and IYG staff member to secure food for the evening.
If you like doing miscellaneous projects…
Administrative volunteers help with data entry, filing, and research.
Facility support volunteers do home improvement projects inside and outside of IYG.