Get IndyVolved! Event showcases organizations that need volunteers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 18, 2014) – Wednesday evening IndyHub is offering a free event for young people to learn about getting involved in the community. More than 80 community organizations and nonprofits will be at the 9th annual Get IndyVolved event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

One of those organizations looking for volunteers is the Freewheelin’ Community Bike Program. The program takes old bikes, pairs them with young people and teaches kids about how to take care of, repair and safely ride those bikes.

At the end of the eight-week program, which just started yesterday, young people have a bike, a helmet and a sense of responsibility, explained Executive Director Nancy Stimson.

“We work pretty much close to one-on-one with our kids and we need volunteers to mentor the kids. Part of that is teaching the bike skills and part of that is teaching the life skills, so volunteers are very important to us,” said Stimson.

Freewheelin’ is looking for volunteers to come out to Wednesday’s event and learn more about the organization and the difference volunteers make in our community.

Other organizations attending the event include the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Humane Society.

“I think it’s really important for people, residents of our community know that they have an opportunity to make change happen. We know that no city is perfect, Indianapolis included, but we know if we come together and bring our talents together we have the ability to affect change here,” said Karrissa Hulse, director of programs at IndyHub.

Get IndyVolved is sponsored in part by Eskenazi Health. Parking is free at the Stutz Building (212 W. 10th St). Sun King Brewery will also be at the event serving locally brewed beer.