IHC counts on all of our members to help us be successful.
Please find a way to volunteer, whether joining a committee or task force, signing up to help in the office or with special projects, working an event etc. Volunteering is a great way to meet other members and build friendships!
One of the pillars of IHC today, and throughout our 160-year history, is our commitment to Tikkun Olam – our responsibility to repair the world. Our rabbis have been leaders in the civil rights movement, and our congregants have championed social justice. Today, our members participate in a variety of ways to make Indianapolis a better place for all its citizens, particularly those in need.
Caring Community- Volunteer at Hooverwood Assisted Living Facility
Join us for our monthly game night on the last Wednesday of every month, from 6:30-7:30 pm with our volunteers arriving at 6:00 pm to help set up and get residents.
Consider a Donation
If you cannot volunteer at this time or you simply want to make a donation to help pursue justice in our community and our world, please click here to make a donation.
IHC Mitzvah Projects
Our IHC Mitzvah Projects continue to shape our soul. They are centered in three major areas: hunger, homelessness, and families in need. Whether it is collecting, sorting, sharing, doing, cooking, serving, or just helping, we are committed to bettering our world by starting with our community.
Families in Need
Throughout the year we invite you to bring your new or gently-used clothes, toys, and household items to help families in need in the Indianapolis community. Previous collections have benefited the Crooked Creek Multi-Service Center and the NCJW Boutique at Thrifty Threads.
The Pillowcase Project helps you and it helps another child who is not as lucky as you. Use your imagination to paint a pillowcase and we fill it with a teddy bear, a book, a new package of underwear, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. The filled pillowcase is then given to a Marion County Foster Child, ages 2 – 15, who is living with strangers but in a safe place.
Your painted pillowcase gives them comfort while they sleep holding the teddy bear. Over the past five years, the Pillowcase Project at IHC has distributed hundreds of pillowcase totes that help make another child’s world a brighter place!
Second Helpings rescues prepared and perishable food, re-prepares it into nutritious meals, and distributes those meals to more than 90 social services organizations that feed hungry people in greater Indianapolis. Second Helpings also uses some of the rescued food to train disadvantaged adults for careers in the culinary field, helping to eliminate hunger at its source. Since 1998, Second Helpings has collected sixteen million pounds of food and provided 12 million meals to partner agencies.
In addition, more than 800 adults have graduated from its Culinary Job Training Program. Many IHC members volunteer their time at Second Helpings preparing meals, delivering food to the various social service agencies, or working with food trainees to help relieve hunger in the greater Indianapolis area. Please consider joining IHC and other community volunteers in the kitchen.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc., was founded in a three-and-a-half-car garage in 1980. Ever since it has grown as hunger has grown—fighting the crisis in central Indiana every step of the way. Its mission is simple and direct: To end hunger by engaging individuals and communities to provide food for people in need.
Ultimately, Gleaners reaches thousands of people who need assistance. They are the working poor, the unemployed, single parents, and the elderly. They are the homeless, the disabled, the mentally ill. They are battered women, victims of disaster, and helpless children. They are families, friends, and neighbors throughout Indiana.
Family Promise provides temporary shelter, meals, and supportive services to single parents and married couples with children. Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation is among the more than thirty hosting congregations that open their doors to support families in crisis.
Several times a year, IHC hosts families who find themselves temporarily homeless. Volunteers are responsible for the coordination of van drivers, assembling temporary bedrooms, laundry, food preparation, housekeeping, recreational activities, and overnight hosting. In addition, volunteers provide invaluable fellowship and encouragement to families.
Dinners at Dayspring Center
The Dayspring Center was founded in 1986 to provide emergency shelter, clothing, and three meals a day for homeless families with children in Central Indiana. Volunteers from IHC provide and serve monthly Sunday dinners for Dayspring residents. On the first Sunday of each month, bring a dish and help serve a nice Sunday dinner for the guests at this family homeless shelter from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. To find out more about Dinners at the Dayspring Center, please contact Amy Isaacs.
Habitat for Humanity
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner families. Help us raise the money for a congregation-wide build then grab your hammer, saw, and pliers and start building.