CALENDAR

UPCOMING EVENTS         HEALTH & WELL-BEING         NETWORKING
SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: NORTHERN INDIANA         SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: CENTRAL INDIANA
SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: INDIANAPOLIS         SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: SOUTHERN INDIANA
STUDY GROUPS         SUPPORT GROUPS         VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Learn about the End-of-Life Options Act that will be proposed in the upcoming Indiana General Assembly. Community education programs are held throughout Indiana cities this fall:

  • 10/3, 6:30 p.m. Indianapolis, All Souls Unitarian Church, 5805 E. 56th St.
  • 10/8, 1 p.m. Fort Wayne, Congregation Achduth Vesholom, 5200 Old Mill Rd.
  • 10/16, 7:45 p.m. Evansville, 2910 E. Morgan Ave. (dinner at 6 p.m.)
  • 10/17, 11:30 a.m. Jeffersonville, 211 East Court Ave.
  • 10/17, 7 p.m. Jeffersonville, 61 Louise St.
  • 10/19, 5:30 p.m. Gary IU Northwest, Savannah Building, 3400 Broadway
  • 10/24, 6 p.m. Hammond Hammond Public Library, 564 State St.

For more information, go to compassionandchoices.org/indiana/ or call 812-332-6861.

FRI. 10/27 – 7 p.m. Samhain, or All Hallow’s Eve, marks the end of the harvest season and the time when the veil between the human and spirit worlds is at its thinnest. Participate in a ritual to honor loved ones, ancestors, and the approach of Winter with Sophia’s Portico, Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, 2810 Beacon St., Fort Wayne. 260-482-7402.

SUN. 11/5 – 2 p.m. “What If? The Power of Imagination” is an afternoon of dance, drama, writing, and creativity, and a Spirit & Place event in partnership among the JCC, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Writers Center, Indiana Historical Society, and Jewish Family Services. Part of the 19th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts at the JCC, 6701 Hoover Rd., Indpls.

In 2017, Hoosiers can enter state parks without admission fees by checking out an entrance pass from a public library. The Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program is a partnership between Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library. The passes provide free access to Indiana’s 32 state parks and also to Indiana’s state forest recreation areas. Visit your local public library for details.

ONGOING MEETINGS

HEALTH & WELL-BEING

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, more than 10,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Indiana. Early diagnosis and treatment saves lives and is known to reduce the spread of HIV. Those with HIV who are on treatment and in care can reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others by as much as 96 percent. The Damien Center encourages everyone to know their status and provides statewide access to vital supportive, preventive, and medical services for those affected by HIV. These services include free and confidential testing for HIV, STIs, and pregnancy. Individuals across the state of Indiana can access free testing and care services at the Damien Center, 26 N. Arsenal Ave., Indpls., 317-632-0123. In southern Indiana, testing and care are available at

  • Clark County Health Department, 1301 Akers Ave., Jeffersonville; 812-288-2706.
  • Positive Link—IU Health Bloomington, 333 East Miller Dr., Bloomington; 812-353-9150.
  • AIDS Resource Group of Evansville; 201 NW 4th St., Suite B-7, Evansville; 812-421-0059.

To find additional testing and care sites across the state, visit in.gov/isdh/ or call the ISDH HIV Services Hotline at 866-588-4948.

The Little Red Door Cancer Agency offers complementary massage and yoga to patients/survivors, caregivers, and medical providers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays through its new Door To Wellness program at 1801 N. Meridian St., Indpls. Instructors and therapists are certified in oncology care and provide services on a first-come, first-served basis. Clients who live in Marion County and need transportation to the Little Red Door should call 317-925-5595.

An Energy Circle meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays at Progressive Spiritualist Church, 2201 E. 54th St., Indpls., to explore different healing modalities. 317-255-4902.

Lunchtime educational programs are offered from 1 to 2 p.m. the first Friday each month at the Sunspot Natural Market,  3717 S. Reed Rd. (State Road 931, the former US 31 bypass), Kokomo, 765-453-5555. Organic light snacks are served.

Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan want everyone in Indiana to have health coverage through a universal plan. Chapters meet throughout the state to work toward this goal.

The Marion County Public Health Department offers free four-part diabetes self-management classes at public libraries. Registration required: mchd.com/diabetes or 317-221-2094.

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NETWORKING

A weekly meditation with Michael Wright—to hold the vision of the inevitable occurrence of world peace—is held every Monday from 6 to 6:20 p.m. at Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. (Enter from parking lot behind building.) Details: Michael, 317-627-3225;  Dorothy Mack, mackda@att.net.

The Poet Laureates of Lawrence offer a reading followed by an open mic session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the 4th Tuesday each month at the Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave. (near 56th Street and Post Road), Indpls., featuring a special guest poet. For details: lizahyatt@sbcglobal.net.

A “Share the Light” healers group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Wednesday each month at the Holistic Therapy Center, 8397 E. 10th St., Indpls.

Unity Gardens Gardening Classes meet at 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Potawatomi Conservatories, 2105 Mishawaka Ave., and at 10 a.m. and noon at the South Bend Food Bank, 702 Chapin St. Learn about composting, pest management, seed starting, and more. 574-315.4361; growunitygardens@yahoo.com.

Sacred Art Sundays are held from 10 to 11:45 a.m. one Sunday each month in Indpls. to use the arts to connect to the inner voice, to set intentions and to discover our gifts. Children welcome if supervised. Details: jess.artofthesoul@gmail.com or 317-251-7500.

Artists with physical or mental challenges or disabilities are invited to join the South Central Satellite Group of ArtsWORK Indiana to build arts career-related skills and promote supportive networking. Most meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday each month at Bloomington City Hall (401 N. Morton St.) and include open discussion and presentations. Open to all artists of all abilities and disciplines. Jane Harlan-Simmons, jeharlan@indiana.edu, 812-855-6508.

Creativity Network (formerly ArtsWORK East Central Indiana) brings “together our community and artists of all disciplines and abilities through information, networking and education as well as facilitating careers and opportunities in the arts.” Meetings are at 1 p.m. the third Saturday each month at the Buley Center, 1111 N. Penn St., Muncie. Deborah, artsworkofeci@gmail.com, 765-744-8961.

A Nonviolent Communication practice group, based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg, meets from 7 to 9 p.m. one Wednesday each month in Indpls. Details: Lisa Boyles, lisamboyles@yahoo.com, 317-372-6983.

Indiana Ghost Trackers meets at 7 p.m. the first Saturday each month at the Kennedy Public Library, 1700 W. McGalliard Rd., Muncie. ghostgal47@yahoo.com

The Indiana chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, an organization that works to preserve religious freedom, meets in the Nora Library, 8625 Guilford Ave., Indpls. Details: auin@indy.rr.com; au.org/Indiana

Meet others who value logic and reason over dogma. Contact the Center for Inquiry Indiana for information on groups throughout the state, centerforinquiry.net/indy.

Sing four-part harmony with women of all ages in the award-winning White River Sound Chorus. Rehearsals are at 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays at Hope Community Church, 7440 Hague Rd., Indpls. Sharon, 317-446-6103;  whiteriversoundchorus.org.

“Drummunity” gatherings promote drumming for fun and community-building; no musical ability required. Meetings are held twice a month at the Center for Spiritual Wholeness, 10 miles west of Danville off Highway 36. For the next dates, call 765-522-1526.

A women’s drumming circle meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays each month and a chanting circle meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays each month at Sophia’s Portico, 2330 Beacon St., Fort Wayne. 260-482-7402; sophiasportico.org

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SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: NORTHERN INDIANA

Spiritual Laws, Theories & Practices Group meets from noon to 2:30 p.m. every 3rd Saturday in the meeting room at the Portage IMAX Theatre. Rev. Rhonda Schienle, 219-771-1125.

Learn to sing HU (pronounced hew), a love song to God, with a small group of assorted truth-seekers at 11 a.m. the third Saturday each month at Unity Christ Church, 3232 Crescent, Fort Wayne. hearhu.org

Insight/Vipassana meditation group sits from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every other Sunday, alternating between LaPorte and Chesterton, for a 45-minute meditation followed by dharma discussion and/or recorded talk. Beginners welcome. mlzieve@yahoo.com

Willows Haven, a Pagan group open to people of all faiths who enjoy metaphysical, religious and esoteric discussions, meets in the Fort Wayne area. willowrhiamon@yahoo.com.

Monthly meditation groups meet at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of every month (doors open at 8:30) and at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month (doors open at 6) at at Sophia’s Portico, 2330 Beacon St., Fort Wayne. Informal format; all levels welcome. 260-482-7402.

Spiritualist Circle of Light meets from 10 to 10:20 a.m. (CST) Sundays for meditation in the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. 2nd St., Michigan City. Laurel Izard, 219-879-4277 or bluedreamingbear@sbcglobal.net

New Leaf Oasis in DeMotte offers a “Reiki Share — Heal the Healers Night” the third Thursday each month, open to Level I and higher Reiki energy practitioners or the equivalent thereof. 219-987-4324.

Sage Spirit Terra in Michigan City hosts a drum circle quarterly on the equinoxes and solstices. 219-879-3906.

The South Bend Dharma Center meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at 52547 Heatherfield Dr., South Bend, to practice sitting and walking meditation in the Buddhist tradition. Eduardo Zambrano, sbdharma@gmail.com, 574-243-1667.

Unity in the Dunes, Center for Practical Christianity, offers study groups at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso. 219-762-7459.

Akashic Record practice sessions are held the fourth Monday evening of each month at locations in Lafayette and Rensselaer. 219-866-0132 or 765-447-9658.

The Peacemakers’ Sangha meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Long Beach (kwzmuda@comcast.net, 219-872-4836) and at 10 a.m. Sundays in Michigan City (consultcinda@comcast.net, 219-878-1749) for meditation as practiced by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

The Fort Wayne Pagan Alliance holds study circle meetings every Monday to unite the pagan community and dispel myths about pagans. Details: 260-485-4366; fwpaganalliance@yahoo.com

Zen discussion group meets the first and third Thursdays of every month at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at Sophia’s Portico, 2330 Beacon St., Fort Wayne. 260-482-7402.

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SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: CENTRAL INDIANA

Monday Meditation meets at 7 p.m. Mondays (doors open at 6:50) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County, 333 Meridian St., in West Lafayette, for 30-minute meditation plus optional dharma discussion or recorded talk. All levels welcome. Details: Larry, 765-427-7849.

Follow the winding path into the center and let go of burdens on the 11-circuit Chartres-style labyrinth at Cumberland First Baptist Church, 116 S. Muessing St., Cumberland (southeast corner of church property). The labyrinth is open to the public at any time for contemplative purposes.

A reiki share is held from 5 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday each month at Beam of Light Therapeutics, 3717 S. Reed Rd., Kokomo (2nd floor, above The Sunspot Natural Market; stairs only). Includes an open Reiju in the Komyo Reiki Kai style; open to any certified practitioner of any style. robert_johnson699@yahoo.com or 765-480-5048.

Sanctuary of Light hosts a spiritual development discussion at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the church, 6391 Cherry St., Williamsburg.

Sahaja meditation classes are held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in Lambert Fieldhouse, Room 104, 800 W. Stadium Ave., Purdue University, West Lafayette. PurdueMeditation@gmail.com.

Madison County Dhamma Group meets from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays near Anderson for mindfulness meditation and Dhamma study. 765-779-5059.

Service of Healing and Anointing is a quiet, contemplative tradition of the early church held at 4 p.m. the fourth Sunday each month at the Center for Spiritual Wholeness, 10 miles west of Danville off Highway 36. Details: 765-522-1526.

Muncie Meditation Dharma meets at 6:45 p.m. Sundays at the Muncie Unitarian Universalist Church, 4800 W. Bradford Dr., for Buddhist meditation and dharma study. MuncieMeditationDharma@gmail.com

The Kokomo Buddhist Meditation and Study Group meets twice a month. Details: 765-452-3341; KokomoDDMBA@aol.com

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SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: INDIANAPOLIS

The Indianapolis Law of Attraction Discussion Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at The Hermitage, 3650 E. 46th St., Indpls. kghall@hermaden.org

Elemental Spirits meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays each month in the library at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 5805 E. 56th St., Indpls. Participants believe in the inherent worth, dignity, and Divinity of our world, our people, and our community. Colleen, 317-603-0026 (leave a message).

Sahaja meditation classes are offered from noon to 1 p.m. Sundays in the Old National Bank, 6135 N. College Ave., Indpls., and from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Old National Bank, 4950 E. County Line Rd., Greenwood. 317-300-4560; IndianaMeditation@gmail.com.

Earth Angels Healing Group meets to focus energy on troubled areas of the world from noon to 1 p.m. the first Sunday each month. Inner Path, 7673 Shelby St., Indpls. 317-883-1100.

Experienced meditators can join others for group meditation from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. Thursdays at Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E. 56th St. 317-257-9642.

Meditation practice is offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St., Indpls. djconway4013@comcast.net

A meditation/discussion/healing and drumming circle meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at All My Relations, 7218 Rockville Rd.., Speedway. 317-227-3925.

Gathering Spirit is an interfaith group that meets for teachings from 7 to 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays each month at Inner Path, 7673 Shelby St., Indpls. 317-603-0026.

A message and meditation program is held from 10 to 11 a.m. the second Sunday each month at Source Yoga in Fishers. 317-289-7837; hoopesjm@gmail.com.

Science of Spirituality, Indianapolis Group, meets from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m the second and fourth Tuesday each month. Program includes silent meditation, video excerpts and readings of the Teachers of Sant Mat, or Surat Shabd Yoga. 317-826-4399; jmcgrew@iupui.edu.

Dances of Universal Peace (also called Sufi dancing) are held at 7:30 p.m. the first Saturday each month at 6506 Ralston. 317-257-0537 or 317-466-9773.

Friends of Awakening Sangha meets at 11 a.m. Sundays for sitting/walking meditation and dharma inquiry.

Many Hearts, One Spirit group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) for meditation, discussion and a healing circle at Inner Path, 7673 S. Shelby St., Indpls. 317-883-1100.

Self-Realization Fellowship – Indianapolis Meditation Circle meets 7 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday evenings in the Broad Ripple/Nora area for SRF students and those interested in Raja Yoga meditation. 317-259-9159 or Indianapolis.SRF@gmail.com.

Sahaj Marg (Natural Path) meditation group meets at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. janmariec@comcast.net; 317-259-9437.

Humanity In Unity meditation group meets twice monthly to study and practice the teachings of Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi. 317-828-6925; hiuindy@sbcglobal.net

Pagan Spiritualists of Indiana meets regularly for Sabbat celebrations, meditation, drum circles, workshops and other events. Mona, mimnobreak@yahoo.com; 317-361-0771.

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SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: SOUTHERN INDIANA

Sahaja meditation classes are offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. IndianaMeditation@gmail.com, 317-300-4560.

A guided meditation starts at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Gosport Terra Center, then drumming and healing in the amphitheater, followed by discussion around the fire pit. Bring chairs and blankets. Directions: Rev. Richard (Dick) Freeman, 812-879-4097, domeman3@earthlink.net.

Satsang Bloomington meets the first and third Wednesday evenings each month to study renowned contemporary enlightened teachers, including Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Adyashanti and Gangaji. Meetings include meditation and audio/video presentations. Doug, 812-322-6202.

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STUDY GROUPS

A Course in Miracles study group meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month at Unity of Bloomington, 4001 S. Rogers St., Bloomington. 812-334-9069.

The Gurdjieff Foundation of Indiana study group meets weekly in Indianapolis. 317-685-1885.

A Oneness by Rasha study group meets in Fishers the second Saturday of each month, and A Course in Miracles group meets the fourth Saturday of each month. 317-289-7837 or hoopesjm@gmail.com.

Urantia Book discussion groups meet at various times and locations in Indianapolis, Carmel, Plainfield, Beech Grove, Lafayette and Crawfordsville (317-815-4612), and in Bloomington (812-332-3075).

A Course in Miracles group meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Progressive Spiritualist Church, 2201 E. 54th St., Indpls. 317-255-4902.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

The Diabetes Sisters of Indianapolis meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday each month for support, encouragement, and sisterhood at First Watch, 3309 E. 86th St., Indpls. All women 18+ with any type of diabetes or prediabetes are welcome. michele@diabetessisters.org

A Lupus Support Group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the 3rd Tuesday each month at the Mishawaka-Penn Harris Public Library in the Heritage Center, 209 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka. To find support groups elsewhere in Indiana, click here.

The Greater Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offers monthly support groups for caregivers at various times and locations throughout the state. Trained leaders facilitate the meetings. Go to alz.org/indiana and click on support groups to see the full listing.

Struggling with an addiction but uncomfortable with the idea of a supernatural higher power? An alternative Narcotics Anonymous group designed specifically for agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, nonbelievers, rationalists and humanists meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Center for Inquiry–Indiana, 350 Canal Walk, Suite A, Indpls. indy@centerforinquiry.net, 317-423-0710.

The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence operates a statewide toll-free number — 800-332-7385 — answered 24 hours a day by crisis counselors who can help abused women find shelter and legal aid in their area.

The Pet Loss Grief Support Group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the East 38th Street branch library, 5420 E. 38th St., Indpls. Details: 317-269-1868; 317-251-4028.

Adult Children of Alcoholic (dysfunctional) families (ACOA), a 12-step open discussion for adults abused or neglected as children, meets from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at the Lucille Raines Residence, 947 N. Pennsylvania, downstairs. Linda, 317-631-9544, or Jim, 317-938-4224.

Cancer Support Community offers support groups for cancer patients and their families at 5150 W. 71st St., Suite 145. 317-257-1505.

Debtors Anonymous group meets at 5:45 p.m. Thursdays at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 526 E. 52nd St., Indpls.

Nicotine Anonymous, a 12-step support group, meets at various times and locations throughout Indianapolis. For details, email nica.indiana@gmail.com.

SMART RECOVERY is an alternative support group program for people seeking or in recovery from alcohol/substance abuse and other addictive behaviors. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays  in the meeting room off the lobby of the Lawrence branch library, 7898 N. Hague Rd., Indpls. Meeting details: Patrick, 317-727-1149. Other Indiana cities hold meetings; visit smartrecovery.org to find a location near you.

Sex Addicts Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship for those who struggle with addictive sexual behaviors. For more information, call 317-767-2763 (toll-free outside of the Indianapolis area: 866-205-8564) or visit indiana-saa.org.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Families First seeks compassionate listeners to staff the organization’s Crisis/Suicide Prevention line. Volunteers take calls and/or respond to text messages from the convenience of their own homes. Go to familiesfirstindiana.org for more information or call 317-350-4826.

Hunger is a feeling everyone understands. Help those in need with donations to the Damien Center’s food pantry. 317-632-0123.

Help defend and promote American liberties under the Bill of Rights by volunteering with the Indiana chapter of the ACLU in Indianapolis. Kelly Sharp, ksharp@aclu-in.org.

Indy Reads trains volunteers to provide free basic reading, writing, and life-skill instruction to adults through one-on-one tutoring, ESL and small group sessions, and Literacy Lab programs in neighborhood centers. Funding comes from Indy Reads Books, a nonprofit used bookstore. Volunteers are needed as tutors (indyreads.org) and also for set-up and work in the store (indyreadsbooks.org).

Threshold Singers Indianapolis is a women’s a cappella group whose members visit bedsides in twos or threes to sing to people struggling with living or dying. This is sacred work, not performance. If you are a woman with good pitch and a kind voice, you may be a candidate for this important effort. ThresholdSingersIndpls@gmail.com or 317-916-6082.

Indianapolis Animal Care & Control needs volunteers to help with everything from day-to-day operations to working at events and even fostering animals. Volunteer orientation is held from 6 to 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays each month. Volunteers can help at the shelter any day or time of the week.

The Almost Home Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization in Lafayette dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, relief of suffering among animals, and the extension of humane education. Volunteer orientation is at 11 a.m. every Saturday. 765-474-5222; almosthomehumane.org

The Humane Society of Indianapolis needs volunteers to work at its animal shelter. 317-872-5650.

The Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership (ARPO) is a no-kill rescue group in central Indiana. ARPO seeks animal lovers to provide foster care for cats and dogs. 317-774-8292.

The Tippecanoe County Humane Society relies on individual and group volunteers to help with special events and fundraisers as well as day-to-day tasks at the animal shelter. 765-474-5222.

The Brown County Humane Society in Nashville needs help with shelter maintenance, data entry, animal grooming and other tasks. volunteer@bchumane.org.

Help assist stray and feral cats as a volunteer for IndyFeral, Inc., which provides medical care for 85 colonies of feral cats throughout Indiana.

VITAL volunteers help adults in Monroe County learn to read. Volunteer training is held on Saturdays in the VITAL office, on the second floor of the Monroe County Public Library, in Bloomington. 812-349-3173.

Second Helpings rescues unused restaurant food and turns it into nutritious meals for Indpls. shelters, senior centers and children’s programs. Volunteers over 21 are needed to deliver meals to agencies within Indpls. 317-632-2664, or apply online at secondhelpings.org

The St. Joseph County Literacy Council volunteers help adults in the Mishawaka area achieve their educational and employment potential through confidential, one-on-one tutoring. To volunteer, call 574-235-6113.

The Fort Wayne Literacy Alliance matches adult students with one-on-one reading, writing or math tutors. Volunteers are provided intensive training and support. 260-426-7323.

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