Local Community Volunteer Service


Do you love older houses, local history and talking with people? The History Museum is accepting registrations for those interested in giving guided tours of the museum’s historic house, the 38-room Oliver Mansion. A new class of docents is being formed for a seven-week training session taking place weekly from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting Friday, April 1. The final two sessions take place following final exams and are not required for students.  Additional one-on-one training can take place in the fall semester. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Chelsea Reese, 574-235-9664, ext. 239 or creese@historymuseumSB.org.

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is looking for volunteers for a once-a-month box giveaway for local seniors. These giveaways are held the first Tuesday of every month between the hours of 9:45am-2:00pm. This is a perfect opportunity for groups­­--volunteers can help with sign-ins, traffic control and directing clients, and carrying boxes. For more information, please contact Brandy Love at 574-232-9986 ext.137 or by email at blove@feedingamerica.org.

Reins of Life strives to "improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy." They are looking for students to design a volunteer newsletter layout (for digital and print) that can then be populated by their staff. The designer would be invited to help populate the initial issue with relevant content. Students are also invited to create a volunteer brochure to help communicate opportunities to the community. For more information, please contact Christine Flowers at 574-232-0853.

Busy Hands of Michiana is looking for volunteers to sew, knit, crochet, and cut donated material to help create special, therapeutic, and comforting items for those in need. No prior sewing experience is needed, and Busy Hands is conveniently located on the bus route above the Food Bank of Northern Indiana on Chapin Street. For more information, please contact Liz at 574-234-2515 or by email at office@busyhandsofmichiana.org


A Mishawaka resident is seeking a non-smoking student to provide transportation and assistance with grocery shopping 1-2 times per month. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Tammy Norwaish at 574-255-2334.

A resident of Mishawaka is seeking occasional student help for grocery errands and shopping. She cannot drive and would greatly appreciate any assistance. She is flexible and able to work with your schedule. If you have transportation and are willing to help, please contact Robin Becker at 574-256-9295 or by email at rob4447@gmail.com.

A local resident who is unable to drive is seeking student assistance for errands and doctor appointments. If you would be interested in helping with transportation, please contact Jean Hanchar at 574-400-0629.

A local resident with a physical disability is seeking help from students with yard work. He lives within a mile off campus on Congress Street. His mobility is severely limited and he would greatly appreciate help from 2-3 students. If you can help, please contact Jim Lichkay at 574-234-7228.