Serving our Joy’s House community is made possible through the work and the compassion of our volunteers. You can support adults with life-altering diagnoses and their families.

Volunteer Opportunities Added!

We are excited to announce the return of volunteer activities this summer that directly support the heart of our mission – our Guests!

While we still have several COVID-19 safety procedures in place, including wearing masks, we are ready to welcome our incredible team of helpers back to our Broad Ripple house for volunteer shifts weekly. Check out the schedule below!

Monday through Friday

Morning Shift – 10am to 1pm

Afternoon Shift – 12pm to 3pm

How you will help

Support our daily activities | Spend some one-on-one time with our Guests

| Help us get set up for and clear lunch | Do a craft with our Guests | Sit with a Guest in the Garden | Call a game of Bingo | Read with a Guest  

This opportunity takes place at Joy’s House Broad Ripple, 2028 E. Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Interested in supporting Joy’s House at the Strawberry Festival?

No experience is necessary whatsoever as Bake Week volunteers will help measure, mix, roll, transfer baking pans in/out of ovens, scrape pans, cool, or pack biscuits. You’ll be shown how to do whichever job you feel comfortable learning!

  • Thursday, July 29th – 8:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. 

This opportunity takes place at Christ Church Cathedral, 125 Monument Cir, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Joy’s House receives proceeds from the Strawberry Festival Grant for supporting this event!

How to sign up

  • If you are new to volunteering with us, hop on over to our website and fill out a volunteer application.
  • If you have served alongside us before and already have a volunteer application on file, click here to schedule a time for a brief 15-minute phone call with me (Maggie!) to get you signed up.

Goodness me, we can’t thank you enough for your support of our mission. I would love the opportunity to chat with you over the phone to learn a little more about you and talk about which volunteer opportunities might be a good fit for you at this time. We would be oh so excited to see you back at Joy’s House! 

Are you an existing volunteer?

Check out the projects below and see where you can lend your skills, time, and talents to our Guests.

Pen Pal Project

The Joy’s House Pen Pal Project is designed to bring joy to our Guests (clients) and to you, the old-fashioned way – with paper and pen!  Sign up and sit back, your Joy’s House pal will send you the first note.


Spring Cleaning

The sunshine and warm weather has us excited for spring! What better time than the renewal of the season to renew our physical space too. We need volunteers to help us indoors and outdoors to give our home a refresh.

COMING SOON in May! Check back for volunteer dates and shifts.

Fall Fundraiser

Come party with us! We’re fun! Sign up to volunteer for our annual fundraiser where we gather together to raise funds for the coming year.

COMING SOON in October! Check back for volunteer dates and shifts.

Volunteer Groups

Joy’s House welcomes small student groups and corporate volunteer groups and is able to accommodate Days of Service. All requests for volunteer groups should be made via email or phone at least one month prior to the anticipated date of service.

Joy’s House Broad Ripple: volunteer@joyshouse.org, 317-254-0828

Joy’s House at UIndy: volunteeruindy@joyshouse.org, 317-737-2515

Please bear in mind that we have policies in place to limit the number of volunteers working with our Guests at one time. Therefore, we may or may not be able to accommodate your request. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to work directly with our Guests. Exceptions can be made for preapproved student groups that are chaperoned by teachers and/or parents.

Questions? Email volunteer@joyshouse.org to learn more.