IndyVolved Event: Find a place to volunteer that matches your passion

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 18, 2015) - Have you wanted to get involved in helping people around Indianapolis but don't know where you'd be a good fit?

At IndyHub's IndyVolved event Thursday night, you can be matched with a group that's perfect for you and the skills you have to offer.

IndyHub's description of IndyVolved says, "The event setup isn't all that unlike science fair meets enormous party meets reunion of sorts, and the reason is twofold. First, if you’re not already engaged in some volunteer capacity, or even if you are and want more, we want to make it crazy easy for you to find the perfect opportunity. And how could it possibly be easier than bringing in actual representatives, all in one place at the same time, for you to meet? Second, we still (and strongly) believe in face-to-face contact. Come with an open mind, and the representatives will give you the inside scoop on what it would be like to engage with their work."

Karissa Hulse, IndyHub's Director of Marketing and Programs, said, "We think no matter where it is that your passion lies, where your interest lies, that we’ll be able to help you find something that makes you excited about becoming involved in the city."

Nearly 100 nonprofits and community service groups will be at the Central Library (40 East Saint Clair Street) Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Food trucks, breweries and a few surprises will be there, too.

IndyVolved is geared toward Hoosiers in their twenties and thirties.

Among many things, you can learn about teaching local kids how to ride bikes, helping build a habitat home and helping adults earn high school diplomas.

"There are things that you get to see the impact right away and there are others that come over time, but it’s great," said IndyVolved volunteer LaNisha Clark. "I’m meeting new people. I’m getting to learn more about other organizations and how we can all make Indianapolis a great community."

This is the 10th year for IndyVolved and 10,000 connections have been made over the years.

Hulse says IndyVolved is really laid back and there is no pressure to join a group. You're encouraged to bring a friend.

"We know that when young professionals – when 20 and 30 something’s - are actively engaged in our community, when they’re engaged volunteering, supporting our nonprofit and civic groups financially and through their committee work, that overall they’re more satisfied with their life in Indianapolis, their employment and that’s good for our city’s long term health and sustainability," said Hulse.

Click here for more information on IndyVolved.

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