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involved A beginner’s guide to volunteering in Muncie STORY // LEEANN WOOD


ANIMALS: HUNGER: Harvest Soup Kitchen Harvest Soup Kitchen offers nutritious meals to struggling members of the Muncie Community. More than 1 billion people in the world deal with hunger. The kitchen seeks to help reduce that number through donations from food retailers and restaurants, including Ball State Dinning, and volunteers, who help serve the 125-150 people that come each day. They provide a healthy lunch and a sack dinner for later in the day. Since the food is all donated, staff gets to be creative with the meals they provide; it’s always something different. They always welcome volunteers who can help prepare the food and clean. Call the kitchen at 765-287-8439.

Second Harvest Food Bank Second Harvest Food Bank has served East Central Indiana for 30 years. They provide 8 million pounds of donated meals and groceries to more than 100 food pantries and meal services in their area annually. Volunteering with this organization is a way to make a big impact on the community. Second Harvest admits that they could not be as successful without their volunteers. They offer opportunities to volunteer on a weekly basis, or on a one-time basis individually or with a group of friends. To sign up, call Joe Fox, Operations Director, at 765-287-8698 x106.

Action for Animals Action for Animals takes in stray cats and dogs in Delaware County. In an effort to control the cat overpopulation by spaying and neutering stray cats. They provide medical care the animals might need, and find them permanent homes. They work solely with stray animals; they do not take owner surrenders. Action for Animals also has a Spay Day program, which provides spaying and neutering for a discounted price to community members. Volunteers are an important part of this organization. They can help by meeting with potential adopter at PetSmart, working on fundraising events, and working with the foster program. If you want to help animals in need, email

Animal Rescue Fund Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) provides shelter, medical care and love to abused, neglected and unwanted animals in Muncie. They work to find permanent homes for the animals and promote awareness to end animal cruelty and eliminate euthanasia used for animal population control. They run the Meow and Mutt Market, where they sell gently used items. All the profits go to support the animals ARF takes care of. To help low-income pet owners, they provide free dog and cat food in an effort to keep the animals in their homes. Volunteers can help with animal care and cleaning. Interested in helping? Stop by the Adoption Center at 1209 W. Riggin Rd., Muncie, Ind.


Volume 5 // Issue 1  
Volume 5 // Issue 1  

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