Volunteer

Activate your passion for Indiana’s forests by volunteering with the Indiana Forest Alliance. Your time is valuable and we appreciate all advocacy efforts on behalf of our state forests. Write to IFA staff member nickjoseph@indianaforestalliance.org to inquire about the latest volunteer opportunities.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AS OF February 1, 2019:

PHONE BANK (IFA Office, Indianapolis) – Throughout the month of February, help us reach forest supporters by hone and and ask them to contact their legislators to support an important pro-forest bill in the Indiana General Assembly.  This will be evenings during the week, 6-9pm, and a couple Saturday mornings. Contact Nick Joseph to schedule your shift.

2019 FESTIVAL OUTREACH (statewide) – Throughout the year, IFA will table at events and festivals all over the state and circulate our petition to set aside wilderness areas in our state forests from logging.  Generally volunteers will help for three-hour shifts and help set up and take down the table. If you are aware of or organizing a local event or festival and would like IFA to be there, please let us know!

GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEERS (Local) – Six groups throughout the state are seeking more people to do forest advocacy on a local level: Mind the Gap and Wild Tecumseh Friends (Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe Forests), Owen-Putnam Friends of the ForestFriends of Salamonie (Salamonie River and Frances Slocum Forests), Friends of Leota (Knobstone) Wild Area (Clark and Jackson-Washington Forests), and Friends of Ferdinand (Ferdinand and Harrison-Crawford Forests).  If you have a special place in your heart for your local state forest, please join one of these coalitions and meet great people who feel the same.  They are looking for folks to help organize meetings, events, actions, fundraisers, hikes, campfires and camp outs, social media, and bring creative ideas to raise awareness in local communities. Whatever time, skill, or interest you bring will be welcome!

If you can help in any of these areas, please contact IFA Outreach Coordinator nickjoseph@indianaforestalliance.org.

ONGOING IFA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:


outreach1) Become an outreach volunteer
. Help the Indiana Forest Alliance at festivals throughout Indiana. You and an IFA staff member will be educating people about the significant increase in logging in our state forests while collecting signatures for our State Wild Areas petition. E-mail IFA staff for info on the latest volunteer opportunities.

2) Advocate for your state forests. Help create a record of public dissent regarding the unprecedented increase in commercial logging in Indiana’s state forests. From the comfort of your own home, you can comment on IDNR’S Division of Forestry plans. The public is allowed a 30-day comment period on these plans. And your voice matters.

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Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and InstagramSpread our message to your networks. Engaging with us on social media helps keep the message of forest protection and preservation at the forefront of public concern. View IFA’s State Wild Areas position statement for talking points.

event4) Host an Indiana Forest Alliance event. With logistical support from IFA, organize an event to raise awareness about the importance of  your public forests. This could take the form of a letter writing party, a bake sale, a square dance, a gathering featuring an IFA speaker, or a 5K walk.