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Volunteering with AFSP Indiana

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Volunteers from AFSP Indiana

Our chapter could not do this lifesaving work without our volunteers. Each touchpoint is critical to prevent suicide and help make our Hoosier Communities smarter about mental health. Below is information about the different levels of volunteer engagement, depending on how much time you are able and ready to give in Indiana.

We welcome you, whether it is just for the day or for much more! Don't forget to keep scrolling to read more about our chapter committees, whether you hope to join one now or simply learn more about everything we do here at AFSP Indiana Chapter.

Complete our online volunteer application to get started!

Once you have filled out and submitted the volunteer application, you will receive an email with next-steps from a member of our chapter, including how to sign up for a virtual Volunteer 101 Orientation. 

Levels of Engagement

Day of Event Volunteers

Sign up to help day-of during a chapter or tabling event! There are numerous opportunities throughout the year to help us with events. From setup and teardown, to running stations like event registration, pickup for prizes, craft tables, resource distribution and more, we need your helping hands! Our busiest time of need for day-of volunteers is in the fall during our Out of the Darkness Community Walk season.

Committee Participation

If you are looking for more consistent and ongoing participation, joining one of our chapter or walk committees may be the right route for you. Get to know fellow volunteers and chapter leaders and share your good ideas to help us shape the future of the Indiana chapter. Below you will find a description of our committees, some of which are seasonal planning committees while others are active year-round.

Chapter Leadership

Individuals with a desire for a higher level of involvement are encouraged to pursue leadership within the chapter. Chapter leaders develop and steward our strategic plan and serve as a source of guidance and support for fellow volunteers. We offer leadership opportunities that vary by level of responsibility and time commitment, including both board- and non-board-level positions. All leadership roles require application to be reviewed by the Nominations & Development Committee and subsequently voted on by the chapter Board of Directors. While prior volunteer experience is required before taking on a leadership role, it is never too early to start exploring your leadership goals within the chapter! We want to support your endeavor to become a leader in suicide prevention. Please contact our Board Chair, Tammy Lundy, at [email protected] to discuss your interest in leadership.

Chapter Committees 

The AFSP Indiana Chapter is working hard to bring suicide prevention resources to as many people as we can across the state.. It is through volunteer-run committees that we are able to do this work, and we hope you will consider joining us!  The following chapter committees are described in more detail below:

Community Walk Committees

Public Policy Committee

Prevention Education Committee

Public Relations Committee

Fundraising Committee

Loss & Healing Committee

Nominations & Development Committee

Community Walk Committees

The annual Out of the Darkness Community Walks would not be possible without the hard work of our volunteer walk chairs and planning committees. Each fall, the Indiana Chapter hosts walks in several counties across the Hoosier state. These committees are a great place to start for new volunteers looking to gain a broader understanding of our role in the community. As a committee member, you will have the opportunity to:

Raise awareness and funds to serve our mission

Aide in the planning of a meaningful event that attracts thousands of local attendees

Recruit and support walk participants

Grow community & sponsor support

Set the groundwork for new partnerships with organizations, schools, and community leaders

Public Policy Committee

Advocates looking to engage in meaningful dialogue with others about suicide prevention can apply their passion to shape changes in policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Join this committee to:

Learn how to engage in advocacy (no prior experience is required!)

Recruit Field Advocates to take advantage of easy ways to weigh in on policy issues

Work with chapter and national leadership to identify advocacy opportunities at various levels of governance

Plan, coordinate, and attend the annual State Capitol Days in Indiana and Washington, D.C.

Build and maintain relationships with community leaders and elected officials to update/enact policy to enhance suicide prevention

Education Committee

AFSP offers a number of free education programs to the public to increase awareness and understanding of this complex health issue. Members of this committee will become trained to distribute educational materials and present our programs. Whether you learn to present a presentation, find opportunities to educate new communities, or table events, there’s a place for you on our education committee! Here are just a few ways to be involved:

Talk Saves Lives: Present our introductory suicide prevention program and its specialty modules to a range of audiences aged 18+. 

More Than Sad: Present this teen-specific program to adolescents aged 14-18, parents, and educators. Work with schools and youth-based programs to implement regular trainings. 

It's Real: College Students and Mental Health: Present  to high school seniors and college students to encourage help-seeking with this unscripted documentary and facilitated discussion. 

Gizmo’s PAWesome Guide to Mental Health: Provide a fun and exiciting atmosphere to tech children, ages 5-10, about the importance of mental health, how everyone has it, what you can do to take care of it, how to recognize when your mental health needs support, what you can do to help yourself first, and how to connect with trusted adults when you need help from others

Collaborate with schools and universities to incorporate this program into their curriculum.

Tabling: Attend a variety of community and mental health fairs to share resources and information about our work.

Public Relations Committee

This committee is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of internal and external chapter-wide communications. Volunteers play an essential role in chapter marketing and public relations activity through:

Website Updates

Social Media

Email Communications

Newsletters / Online Blog

Press Releases

Public Speaking & Interviews

Marketing campaigns

Graphic Design

Fundraising Committee

Get involved planning some of our chapter fundraising events and help us develop new ones! This committee helps to:

Raise awareness and funds to serve our mission

Support our Campus and Community Out of the Darkness Events

Recruit event participants and sponsors

Manage event logistics

Organize Silent Auctions

Apply for grants

Plan and organize non-walk fundraising events

Loss & Healing Committee

Support for survivors of suicide loss can make a big difference to those who are grieving. If you feel ready and wish to share your compassion and empathy with those who are navigating their grief journey after a suicide loss, the Loss & Healing (L&H) Committee needs you. L&H volunteers are active in planning meaningful events and activities for loss survivors and reaching out into the community to share our resources after loss. As a member of this committee you can:

Help plan remembrance activities for our major community events (i.e. Out of the Darkness Walks, Hike for Hope, etc.)

Connect with relevant community partners to raise awareness about the resources available to loss survivors

Create and distribute Survivor Resource Packets

Plan our annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss (ISOSL) Day events in the area

Facilitate small group discussions at our ISOSL Day events

Become a trained Healing Conversations volunteer to provide direct peer support to other survivors of loss

We apprecaite you - IN Volunteer

Still have questions about getting involved?

Contact the Indiana Chapter of AFSP by emailing [email protected]

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