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Serve Indiana

Serve Indiana

Serve Indiana > About Serve Indiana About Serve Indiana


Our mission is to advance service and volunteerism by informing, connecting, and promoting opportunities and resources that enrich the lives of Hoosiers.


Executive Director - Debbie Pidgeon
Assistant Director- Elspeth O'Neil (Training)
Program Officer - Sharvonne Williams (Communications)
Program Officer - Ceceily Brickley (Grant Application Review Process)
Program Coordinator - Naejla Walton

History, Initiatives, and Responsibilities

Learn how Serve Indiana and the Serve Indiana Commission were started, the responsibilities of the office, and the initiatives that drive us in our Good to Great plan.


AmeriCorps*State provides opportunities for Americans to make an intensive commitment to service with the goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.” This is a national program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. In Indiana, the AmeriCorps*State grant is administered by Serve Indiana.  Serve Indiana manages the grant application process for AmeriCorps*State, including issuing requests for proposals, conducting application reviews, and awarding grants based on  Serve Indiana Commission guidance. The office provides technical training and support to sub-grantees and in turn, monitors programs, host-sites, and members to ensure compliance to federal and state grant requirements. The performance of each program is tracked and measured to established targets and outcomes.

Indiana Kids strives to bridge the achievement gap in schools by increasing the quality and quantity of completed homework and improving student behavior and attitudes about school and learning. The program works in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs afterschool POWER Hour program at 77 clubs throughout the state. Students receive homework and tutoring sessions for a specified number of weeks and are tested to determine reading and math progress.


Volunteer Engagement Roundtables  – The roundtables focus on providing capacity building assistance to volunteer centers. This includes professional development trainings, networking and collaboration opportunities, and tools to support best and strategic practices to address volunteer management in Indiana. 

Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence
 – Awards are our opportunity to honor some amazing individuals in our community that volunteer or serve.  There are eight different categories (youth, volunteer, faith, national service, corporate, service-learning, lifetime, and volunteer program) and anyone can nominate their friend, co-worker, or family member.  There are instructions and qualification rules listed on our website. Nominations generally open in the spring and are due in the summer with the award ceremony happening in October.

Volunteer Resources – Find a volunteer opportunity through your local volunteer center listed under the volunteer section! Volunteer Managers are a vital component to volunteers having a quality experience and ensuring impact within a community. Serve Indiana serves as a resource for volunteer managers to share best practices, resources, and knowledge.

Disaster preparedness and volunteer and donations management- Guided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS). Serve Indiana offers support in addressing needs under Emergency Service Function 14 (ESF 14) – Long-Term Recovery. Serve Indiana also works with the network of disaster service organizations known as Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and their local counterparts known as Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COADs) to increase Indiana communities’ ability to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.