Thank you for your interest in volunteering.
We love our volunteers! The time they commit to working with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) truly makes our parks and programs better for the community.
As a volunteer with us you will gain real-world experience and make a difference in the community. Whether you’re on your own, with a friend or with a larger group, we have a variety of volunteer projects for groups of all sizes. Our volunteer opportunities range from getting your hands dirty in our parks, to assisting our staff with recreation and adaptive programs.
Volunteering with CCPR is a great way to earn community service hours. By volunteering with us you can change the landscape of someone’s life!
We have volunteer opportunities for all ages:
- Our Park Stewardship program offers wonderful opportunities for our younger volunteers. Volunteers 16 years and younger can participate with the the presence of a parent or guardian.
- Adaptive, Monon Community Center and Extended School Enrichment program volunteers must be 14 years old or older.
- Summer Camp Series and Park Stewardship volunteers must be 16 years old or older to volunteer independently.
Become a volunteer in 4 easy steps:
- Click here to register
- Create your volunteer profile
- Every volunteer undergoes a background check. Once your background check is complete you will receive approval from the team
- Sign up for opportunities
Opportunities to Volunteer
- Designed specifically for individuals with disabilities to ensure everyone can participate.
- From helping coach sports to helping create original art pieces, there are a variety of programs our volunteers can support.
- Intended to provide opportunities for businesses, HOAs and the general public to help maintain our trails and natural areas.
- By delegating duties to capable volunteers, our staff can focus on other daily responsibilities, technical areas and larger projects.
- Our goal is to engage the community while maintaining and improving our open spaces. Volunteers will feel a sense of partnership with their local park, trail or natural site.
Eagle/Girl Scout Projects
Eagle Scout Projects
- Current park-related project proposals should fall within Flowing Well, Meadowlark , Lawrence W. Inlow, Carey Grove and River Heritage Parks only.
Girl Scout Gold Award Projects
- Current park-related project proposals should fall within Flowing Well, Meadowlark, Lawrence W. Inlow, Carey Grove, and River Heritage Parks only.
Extended School Enrichment, before and after school
- Provides high-quality programming for kindergarten through sixth-grade students within Carmel Clay Schools.
- High school volunteers will work hands-on at the school of their choice. They will assist with games and homework, and overall will lend a helping hand to the students who attend the program.
- Requires a commitment of at least one day a week for a semester. This allows high school volunteers to really become a part of the program, and provide students with someone they can rely on each week.
Is your organization looking for a way to give back to the community? We have a wide range of activities perfect for businesses, community organizations and schools. We are more than happy to work with you and provide an amazing experience for everyone involved. The majority of projects that are available for larger groups will focus on Park Stewardship. If interested in scheduling a group project please submit a Group Request Form. The volunteer coordinator will look it over and then contact the group for further discussion. Please contact the volunteer coordinator for any questions or concerns.
If you have an idea for a project that is not listed, interested individuals can fill out the Project Request Form which allows volunteers a chance to submit specific ideas for new volunteer projects. These proposals will be sent to the volunteer coordinator who will review the request and inform the requester whether the project is achievable.
Park Stewardship + Nature Education
Help us keep the parks healthy, clean and a safe place to visit for humans & wildlife alike! Gain hands-on experience and knowledge by signing up for opportunities in one or all of the following categories:
- Restoration Projects (includes invasive species removal, tree plantings, etc.)
- Citizen Science (long-term monitoring)
- Nature Education (nature programs, knee-high naturalists, etc.)
- General Park Maintenance (playground mulching, litter cleanups, etc.)
- A variety of programs are offered throughout the year.
- Assist staff with set up and tear down of programs. This could include assisting with decorating, welcoming our guests, helping with crafts and other activities.
Summer Camp Series
- Support camp staff as they run camps for students ages 5-15 years.
- Support field trips around the city as campers have a chance to explore, learn and have some fun.