Volunteer Opportunities Abound

Volunteer opportunities abound both in the GPMGA and in the community.


Extension Office Opportunities

Master Gardener AnswerLine Phone Center
The Master Gardener AnswerLine Phone Center is staffed during the day Monday through Friday to provide the public with answers to gardening questions. To sign up for a morning or afternoon shift, please contact Barb Rusin at rusin0@purdue.edu or at 317-275-9279

E-mail Master Gardener Answerline
An e-mail Master Gardener AnswerLine was established in 2001. Homeowners e-mail their lawn and garden questions to the Master Gardener e-mail address (marioncountymg@gmail.com) at the Extension office. Master Gardeners access the Master Gardener mailbox and answer the gardening questions from home, on Saturday or Sunday. For more information or to participate in this volunteer activity, contact Barb Rusin at rusin0@purdue.edu.

Master Gardener Speakers Bureau
Speakers are always needed for various groups including garden clubs, neighborhood associations and service clubs. If you are a Master Gardener who can speak on any gardening related topic, you are needed. If you would like to be placed on the list of potential MG speakers, please contact Barb Rusin at rusin0@purdue.edu.

Community Garden Projects

Junior Master Gardener Program
Purdue Extension-Marion County
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Discovery Hall, Ste 201
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Website: www.jmgkids.us/
Contact: Barb Rusin at rusin0@purdue.edu
E-mail: rusin0@purdue.edu

Junior Master Gardeners (JMG) is a program for youth of all ages that uses fun activities to teach horticultural and environmental sciences concepts.

Marion County Fair
Purdue Extension-Marion County
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Discovery Hall, Ste 201
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Website: www.marioncountyfair.org
Phone: 317-275-9305
The Marion County Fair occurs in mid- to late June each year.

Purdue Extension-Marion County Demonstration Garden
Purdue Extension-Marion County
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Discovery Hall, Ste 201
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Website: www3.ag.purdue.edu/ counties/marion/Pages/ PurdueDemoGarden.aspx
Contact: PE-MC Extension Educator-Horticulture
Phone: 317-275-9290
E-mail: rusin0@purdue.edu

Volunteer Opportunities in the Community

Master Gardeners also volunteer at and/or with the following:
Ambassador House & Heritage Garden
10595 Eller Rd.
Fishers, IN 46038

CoCoRaHS {Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network)
6900 W. Hanna Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46241-9526

Cold Spring School
3650 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2707
Contact: Deborah Kish, Volunteer Services Manager
Phone: 317-275-1325
E-mail: dkish@eiteljorg.org

FFA National Organization
6060 FFA Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Website: www.ffa.org
Contact: Jim Armbruster, Senior Relations Manager
Phone: 317-802-4334
E-mail: jarmbruster@ffa.org

Indiana Governor’s Residence
4750 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Contact: Steve Mayer, PE-MC Extension Educator-Horticulture
Phone: 317-275-9290

Indiana School for the Blind
7725 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Contact: Elizabeth Garvey
E-mail:  egarvey@isb.state.in.us

Indiana Medical History Museum
{Medicinal Plant Garden)
3045 W. Vermont Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Contact: Kathleen Hull
Phone: 317-996-4380
E-mail: hullk@ccrtc.com

Indianapolis  Downtown, Inc.
Chase Tower
111 Monument Circle, Suite 1900
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Contact: Anne Maschmeyer, Beautification Director
Phone: 317-237-2222
E-mail:  anne@downtownindy.org Contact prior to May 20th
Planting dates: June 2, 7 ,8, 10

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis IN 46208-3326
Contact: IMA Volunteer Services
Chris Morehead, Manager of Volunteer Services
Phone: 317-923-1331 ext. 297
E-mail: cmorehead@imamuseum.org
Garden Guides for Public tours Training Thursday evenings
MG Contact: Oren Cooley pastpfct@aol.com
Greenhouse  MG Contact: Sue Arnold, 317-850-6033
E-mail: falarn@indy.net

Indy Parks
Website:  www.indyparks.org
Contact: Annett Harding
E-mail: Annette.harding@indy.gov
Phone: 317-327-7275

Information about specific parks where Master Gardeners volunteer:

Eagle Creek Park
Contact: Janice Parks, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 317-327-7123
E-mail:  Janice.Parks@indy.gov Gardener website: http://ecpgardeners.pbworks.com/

Garfield Park
Website:  www.garfieldgardensconservatory.org
E-mail: smicks@indy.gov

Holliday Park
Website:  http://holliday12ark.org
Contact: Katie Neill, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 317-327-7180
E-mail:  Katie.Neill@indy.gov

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
1029 E. Fletcher Ave. Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Volunteer Web Page: www.kibi.org/volunteer
Contact: Abby Dennis Phone: 317-264-7555 x 123
E-mail:  adennis@kibi.org

Lucille Raines Residence
947 N. Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Carolyn Marshall, Executive Director 317-636-3328
Contact: Ryan Zumbahlen Phone: 317-681-9553
E-mail: rzumbahle.n.@Y.ahoo.com.

Nina Pulliam Ecolab at Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Contact: Stephanie Schuck
Phone: 317-955 – 6505
E-mail:  sschuck@marion.edu

Pathway to Water Quality Exhibit
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Contact: Sara Peel
Phone: 765-337-9100
E-mail: speel@arionconsultants.com

President Benjamin Harrison Home
1230 North Delaware Street Indianapolis, IN 46202
Volunteer Web Page: www.presidentben­ jaminharrison.org/give/volunteer
Contact:,Lukas Ramey, Director of Volunteers
Phone: 317-631-1888
E-mail:  volunteer@bhpsite.org

Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI)
Enabling and Healing Garden
4141 Shore Drive (1-465 and W. 38th Street)
Indianapolis, IN 46254
Contact: Karen Lawrence
Phone: 317-329-2197
E-mail:  karen.lawrence@rhin.com

Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, Inc
435 Limestone Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2819
Contact: Mary Friend, Volunteer Services Manager
Phone: 317-267-0605, Ext. 225
E-mail: mfriend@rmh-indiana.org

St. Augustine’s Home for the Aged
{Organic Kitchen Garden)
2345 W. 86th Street Indianapolis, IN 46260
Phone: 317-258-8683

White River Gardens & Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W. Washington Street
P.O.Box 22309
Indianapolis, IN 46222-0309
Volunteer Web Page: www.indyzoo.com
Contact: Office of Volunteer Services
Phone: 317-630-2041
E-mail: volunteer@indyzoo.com

Questions about Reporting Hours
Debbie Schelske

Purdue Extension – Marion County
Suite 201, Discovery Hall
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN  46205
Phone: 317.275.9290
Answerline: 317.275.9292 or marioncountymg@gmail.com