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The Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs’ volunteers and partners mission is to build widespread support of the division’s programs, facilities and resources (natural, cultural and human) by individuals, groups and the business community, and to foster philanthropic traditions through recognition of this support.
Friends Groups provide a unique support system for our properties. Members are people who love our parks and reservoirs and want to help keep them healthy for future generations. Our friends groups volunteer to help with events, work on trails, fundraiser for specific projects and offer other financial support for the purchase of equipment, supplies or other materials as needed. In the process, the people who belong to these groups meet new people, have opportunities to learn and grow and gain the satisfaction of helping support our sites.
In general, the purposes of our local friends groups include the following:
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If you are interested in helping to start a friends group for your favorite state park or reservoir property, contact the property manager or the full-time interpretive naturalist to see if it is an option in that location. You will need a core group of individuals who can work hard; serve as the initial officers; coordinate articles of incorporation; establish non-profit status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); publicize and support the groups organization the first few years. There is time and energy involved, but it can be a rewarding effort.