Volunteer

Dog and walkerVolunteers are vital in helping ICAN achieve its mission in Hoosier communities. The opportunities to help are as diverse as the people we serve. We offer four main levels of engagement:

Interested in working with dogs?

Get hands-on with the pups by becoming a furlough volunteer! Furlough volunteers are needed to give our dogs an opportunity to leave their training environment and practice their skills in real-life situations. This is an important part of a service dog's training as primary instruction is provided in Indiana prisons which provides constant training and reinforcement but is somewhat limited to sights, smells, and sounds that are important to a service dog's education.

  • Furlough volunteers assist with socialization of young puppies, exposing older puppies to public environments, dog transportation and more.
  • The time commitment necessary to become a furlough volunteer is roughly 14 hours of orientation classes followed by at least 12 additional hours of continuing education annually.
  • The average furlough assignment lasts 2-3 weeks. During this time, you will take full responsibility for the dog while in your care.

Please note that furlough dogs may not be left with relatives or friends who have not completed training. ICAN dogs also may not be taken to daycare facilities or bark parks. You need to be able to take your ICAN dog to work with you as they should not be crated for more than 4 hours. For their safety, ICAN dogs should also not be left loose in your backyard or house when you aren't home.

If you would like to become a part of our furlough volunteer group, please sign-up here and our volunteer coordinator will contact you directly.    

Interested in helping with an ICAN event?

ICAN holds many great events throughout the year. You can serve on one of our event committees that help raise funds that train and place our dogs. A few of our committees include: annual ICAN golf outing, ICAN Dine events, Soup's On, and Wine & Wags.

  • Volunteers who serve on our event committees help with the strategic planning, resource gathering, budgeting, and public relations. 
  • The time commitment for event planning volunteerism varies. You can expect to spend approximately 8 hours a month meeting to discuss planning and logistics along with additional time spent aligning resources and participating at the actual event.

If you would like to become a part of our event volunteer group, please sign-up here and our volunteer coordinator will contact you directly.    

Interested in joining our Board of Directors?

ICAN has an open application process for board membership. We have a diverse group of active members who contribute their talents, time, and funds to help ICAN train dogs and create beneficial partnerships for people with disabilities.

  • Board members are required to attend monthly board meetings as well as meetings for the committee that they are assigned to.
  • Board members are also encouraged to attend ICAN events and engage donors and volunteers.
  • The average monthly time commitment is 8 hours.

If you would like to join our Board of Directors, please apply here and a board member will contact you.    

The Dog Blog
schedule a speaker