Get Involved!

We welcome community members to participate in CEF in various ways.  We  welcome new ideas and perspectives.  Please contact Jennifer Penix, Executive Director, to find your best fit!


CEF Volunteer opportunities



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Grant Committee 

Review teacher, school, and/or student grant applications to award funding for innovative, inspirational, and impactful ideas and initiatives.  Grant reviews are generally in September and February with a majority of work being conducted on your own time, followed by a selection process in person with the entire team.  Anticipated work is 10-15 hours per cycle. 

Scholarship Committee

Review scholarship applications and recommend award placements based on criteria and student qualifications.  Review and selection is in April and May.  A majority of work is conducted on your own time, followed by a committee placement process.  Committee members are invited to assist with the award ceremony in May.  Anticipate work is 15-20 hours.

Ghosts and Goblins 5k/2k

This annual race fundraise is held in late October and engages 2,500+ school and community members and teams as they make their way through two Carmel courses on a Saturday morning.  Volunteers are needed to plan beginning in the summer, and for day-of facilitation.  

Taste of Carmel

This adult only event is typically held the first Thursday in March and is the largest indoor-tasting event in Hamilton County.  Planning begins in July and there are a variety of committees to be involved in - everything from sponsors to recruiting restaurants to an auction to decorations.  


If you like to prepare mailings, help with projects as needed, or have a knack for creating flyers, updating spreadsheets, or creating short videos, we would love to work with you.  Volunteer schedules are flexible and vital to our operations.  Some work can be done at home, while other projects are in the CEF office in the building across from Carmel High School.