Change lives. Including your

At Brightlane Learning, we call our work “transformative.” While this applies to the students we serve, it applies to our volunteers, too. If you’re looking for a way to give back that will not only challenge you, but change you, then look no further.


Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Tutor

As a Brightlane tutor, you won’t simply be helping a kid pass a test. You will help pave the way to a life of opportunity. We’ll provide the tools, training, and ongoing support you’ll need to become a life-changing force for children experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.

Take the next step by filling out the volunteer form below.

*Please note, current volunteer tutor opportunities are for the fall 2023 semester.

Join a Committee

Support Brightlane on a leadership level by joining one of our committees:

  • The Development Committee supports our fundraising efforts.
  • The Event Committee helps with events and secures items for our fundraising auction.
  • The IDEA Committee supports our diversity and inclusion efforts and helps enhance cultural competencies so that our volunteers, staff, and board are more representative of the families we serve.
  • The Spark Committee is our community outreach group where like-minded young professionals come together to support a common cause

Take the next step by filling out the volunteer form below.

Office Projects

The Brightlane team often needs help stuffing backpacks, organizing supplies, helping with mailings, and preparing tutoring resources or other special projects. Both individuals and groups are invited to apply.

Take the next step by filling out the volunteer form below.

Fill out the form below to volunteer.


We are no longer onboarding tutors for this school year, but we are accepting applications for Fall 2023.

Tutoring FAQ

What is the commitment of a volunteer tutor?

Brightlane volunteer tutors make a weekly commitment of one hour for at least one semester.

What do I do if I expect to be absent?

We understand that things come up and plans change! If you anticipate an absence, we ask that volunteers do their best to provide at least 24 hours notice. Planned and unexpected absences will be communicated with your on-site Education Support Coordinator.

Where and when will I tutor?

Brightlane has multiple partner locations across Indianapolis. Tutors are assigned to a recurring site based on their availability, our scheduled sessions, and the needs of Brightlane students. There will be after-school opportunities at our community centers, shelters, and apartment partner locations; Daytime opportunities take place at our school partner locations.

Will I work with the same kid every week?

Working with the same student weekly is ideal, but the nature of housing instability leads to inconsistency and change for our students and their families. If the same student and the same tutor attend weekly, we will be sure to maintain student/tutor connections. However, volunteers will be matched with a new student when a student moves away from a shelter or is absent from school.

What grade will my student be?

Brightlane tutoring is available to students K-12. At Community tutoring sites, our sessions meet multiple grade levels during the same hour. Tutors will be matched with students based on the needs of the students attending. The grade level of the student you are working with could change weekly.
Tutoring sessions during the daytime at our school locations are grade level specific, and volunteer tutors work with the same grade level weekly.

Will I help with the same subject weekly?

Brightlane tutoring sessions will consist of different subject matter based on the needs of our students and the homework they have on a nightly basis. When tutors have specific subject strengths, we do our best to utilize those abilities when applicable.

How do I become a volunteer tutor?

To begin the process, submit an online application and two character references. Once the application is submitted you’ll receive an invitation for a phone interview to learn more and to discuss specific tutoring opportunities and shifts. Volunteers 18 and over agree to a background check and volunteers of all ages must attend a one-time two hour training at the Brightlane office. After completing all these steps, volunteers typically begin tutoring the following week.


Tutoring is always the best hour of my entire week.

I love working with each child. It’s sometimes challenging, but always fun. I look forward to each Wednesday. Brightlane Learning has made an impact on me!

Chris Golightly, Brightlane Learning Volunteer
Donna Twedt, 2022 Volunteer of the Year