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You are the tutors, mentors, board and committee members, tax preparers, coaches, and others who give your time and talents to advance the education, financial stability, and health of our communities. United Way of Howard County connects individuals, families, groups, and workplaces to fun, productive, and meaningful opportunities. So whether you’re 8 or 108, you can make an immediate and lasting change, improve lives, and build a stronger community fabric.



There are plenty of opportunities to make a difference in your community. United Way's impact programs would not be possible without your volunteer time!
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Volunteer Ops!

Free Tax Prep Volunteers
Contact: Carman Toler
Phone: 765-457-4357 ext. 305
Email: ctoler@unitedwayhoco.org

United Way is searching for Free Tax Prep volunteers for the 2019 tax preparing season. Training is provided and free of charge. We are looking for the following volunteer roles to be filled: 

Administrative Support 
  • Provide customer service
  • Copy and electronically transfer tax documents
  • Assist with filing and phone calls
  • Volunteer Standard of Conduct certification necessary 
  • Instruct taxpayers in using myfreetaxes.com
Intake Interviewer/Quality Review 
  • Conduct interviews with taxpayers for accurate intake and/or quality review procedures
  • Ensure taxpayer has all necessary documentation (based on intake forms) to effectively prepare return
  • Answer tax related questions to determine all income, deductions and allowable credits are claimed
  • Recognize tax returns that are out of scope for the program
  • Volunteer standards of ethics, intake interview and tax law certification necessary
Tax Preparer
  • All Intake Interviewer/Quality Review responsibilities are included in this position
  • Prepare tax returns and quality reviews based on information provided by the taxpayer
  • Volunteer standards of ethics, intake interview and tax law certification necessary
Site Coordinator 
  • All volunteer roles and  responsibilities listed above are included in this position
  • Office management role
  • Keeping track of volunteer schedules, work flow and taxpayer appointments
  • Electronically filing tax returns
  • Volunteer standards of ethics, intake interview, tax law and site coordinator certification necessary 


PhysioCare Hospice - Patient Support Specialist
PhysioCare Hospice is looking for caring, compassionate people to help those entering the end of their life stage. Becoming a volunteer would not only be a unique opportunity for you, but would change the life of someone in need. There are many different volunteer opportunities offered through PhysioCare. 
  • Training provided
  • must be at least 18 years of age to work with patients
  • must be at least 16 years of age to work community events (per parent approval)
  • No specific time commitments
  • volunteer times fit to your schedule
For more information, contact Whitley Culp at whitley.culp@physiocarehhc.com or call (574) 870-3397
Real Men Read Volunteers
Contact: Tymon Whitfield 
Phone: 765-457-4357
Email: twhitfield@unitedwayhoco.org

The volunteer position is open to men and women in the community who wish to read to children in early learning centers across Howard County. 
Volunteers for Real Men Read may bring their own book from home or use a Duke Energy funded book provided through the United Way. 

Volunteer Orientation will be held in July to prepare for the Fall season kick-off. 


Samaritan Caregivers looking for volunteer drivers, lawn-mowers, bingo players for seniors
Contact: Rebekah
Phone: 765.453.7611
Email: samaritanc@yahoo.com
Samaritan Caregivers helps seniors stay in their homes. People 65 and over still living at home in Howard County, Indiana, are eligible for free help from Samaritan Caregivers volunteers.
Drivers from now until the end of April to provide transportation, mostly to medical appointments until so many of our snow bird drivers return in May. Valid driver's license, proof of insurance, dependable vehicle with interest in helping aging adults. Wide variety of days/times available; different every week; ability to review options and sign up online once approved as a volunteer.
People with a push mower, willing to mow one or more yards during the entire mowing season whenever they mow their own lawn. Would need to have a vehicle to transport their mower. Location and size of lawns vary significantly. Volunteer would be able to review a list and select the ones most convenient to them.
People who enjoys playing bingo or Wii to assist staff with monthly activities for aging adults at Friendship Haven or Brentwood Green apartments. Time committment approximately 2 hours/month and could be more if interested in helping with more than one group. Must be patient and enjoy interacting with people with issues of aging. Ongoing opportunity.
Prospective volunteers may sign up at Samaritan Caregivers | Senior Citizen Assistance Services If a particular field on the sign-up form do not apply, just skip that section. We conduct a background check on all volunteers prior to initiating their involvement. A wide variety of additional opportunities exist. We suggest completing the application online & discussing specific options more fully in a meeting with the volunteer coordinator.
CASA seeks volunteers to advocate for children navigating the foster care system
Contact: Dominique Hayes
Phone: 765.454.5575
CASA advocates for abused and neglected children in Howard County. We have an average of 111 children who have been abused or neglected and are involved in the court system every year in Howard County. Many of these children are in foster care and have no voice in what happens to them without volunteers like you. We currently have a waiting list of children who need a CASA volunteer. We need at least 30 more volunteers to be able to give every child an advocate to help them through this traumatic and confusing time. 
Kindergarten Countdown Camp Volunteers
Contact: Caele Pemberton
Phone: 765.457.4357
Email: cpemberton@unitedwayhoco.org


This volunteer position will be assisting teachers in pre-kindergarten classrooms at Elwood Haynes and Taylor Community School Corp. You will be working closely with the certified teachers and aides in the classroom and working with 4-5-year-old children who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall.
Duties will include:
 Assisting the teacher and/or aide with children in the classroom with duties as assigned
 Helping navigate the children through the lunch line
 Reading to the children and helping with art/craft projects
 Helping children at the play and/or learning stations
 Assisting children in the restroom, making sure hands are washed, etc.
 Making sure the child is welcomed as they enter the school, and that they are picked up by the appropriate person(s)
 Present a positive and nurturing demeanor so that the children have the best experience possible
 Have fun while helping children attain the most success that they can in school.

Meet Up, Eat Up, Read Up
Contact: Tymon Whitfield
Phone: 765.457.4357
Email: twhitfield@unitedwayhoco.org

MEET UP, EAT UP, READ UP - This volunteer position will be assisting at Carver Community Center and Taylor Community School staff and a United Way intern in a FREE, kid-friendly summer fun activity and lunch program.
You will be working with school-aged children ages 7 - 12 with crafts, sports, games, dance, and more. They are working on creating community and togetherness as well as fighting summer food insecurity.
Duties will include:
 Assisting the staff with children in the community center with duties as assigned
 Helping navigate the children through the lunch line
 Reading to the children and helping with art/craft projects
 Helping children at the play and/or learning stations
 Assisting younger children in the restroom, making sure hands are washed etc.
 Making sure the child is welcomed as they enter the community center, and that they are picked up by the appropriate person(s)
 Present a positive and nurturing, but structured demeanor so that all children have the best experience possible. 
 Have fun while helping children have the most fun they can over the summer!
The program runs from June 5, through July 14, 2017. Free summer meals are served daily from 11am - 1pm. Activities are planned from 12 pm until 2pm every Monday through Thursday (no activity on Fridays, but a meal will still be served 11:30- 1:00). A background check will be required from all volunteers. 



Coyote Kids Volunteer at Summer Running Program
Contact: Jennifer and Keith
Phone: 765.457.4447 

Volunteer to help organize the run, hand out drinks, be available for questions!

Coyote Kids is a FREE summer running program from our friends at Club Kokomo Roadrunners for kids up to age 18. Each week in Jackson Morrow Park, hundreds of kids race distances from 25 yards all the way up to 1 mile. The season concludes with a pizza party at Morningstar Church, and each child who participates in 4 or more races earns a trophy. It takes a massive number of volunteers to pull off this incredible season, and Coyote Kids is looking for help.
Excel Center Needs Volunteers: tutoring and childcare
Contact: Emily
Phone: 317.524.3642

We currently need volunteers to tutor in math and english, mentoring and help in the childcare center. 
  
The Excel Center of Kokomo is a tuition-free school for older youth and adults wanting to earn their high school equivalency diploma.