Column: Take a few hours to volunteer this Summer


Commentary by Cindy Benedict


We are officially in the thick of summer, which means schedules are (hopefully!) lighter, the weather is warmer and the urge to be outside is stronger. This is the perfect combination for you to consider signing up for one or more of the many volunteer opportunities we have in Noblesville. All of them get you outside to help our community and have some fun in the process!

The always-popular Noblesville Street Dance in downtown, put on by our friends at Noblesville Main Street, will be held on July 11. Whether you help before the event for set up, for 2 to 3 hours during it, or for a couple hours afterwards for clean-up, you can make this event the best ever. You’ll see people you know and have fun on a great summer evening in the process.

July 11 is also the rescheduled date for the Keep Noblesville Beautiful Annual Blitz. Rain prevented work on June 27 so here’s another chance to help spruce up homes along Division Street. Email if you can help for the day or a few hours.

The Hamilton County 4-H Fair is coming and they need help keeping an eye on exhibits and answer visitor questions — you will be trained. Contact Becca Roper at 317-776-0854­. The Fair runs from July 16 through 20.

Do you like the arts? Nickel Plate Arts needs volunteers for its Art Fair on the Square on Aug. 1 and for its unique First Friday activities on Aug. 7. No experience in the arts is necessary, just bring your friendly face and a willingness to meet new people and help them enjoy all that Nickel Plate will have to offer.

Summer may wind down in September, but the outdoor activities don’t. Join us for the fun at the second White River Celebration on Sept. 12. This is a great event hosted by all three of the organizations I mentioned earlier – the City of Noblesville, Noblesville Main Street and Nickel Plate Arts. Help educate the public in the morning about the White River, one of our greatest natural resources, or work the bridge fair that afternoon. The event ends with the annual rubber duck race, which is always a treat to watch.

To learn more and register to volunteer at one or more of these events, visit the City of Noblesville website at

Cindy Benedict is the community engagement manager for the City of Noblesville. She may be reached at 770-2007 or