500 Festival Volunteer Program

Presented by Citizens Energy Group

Become a Volunteer!


2018 Volunteer Interest Form


As a nonprofit organization, we rely on a dedicated team of volunteers to ensure our events and programs continue to enrich the lives of half a million people every year. Working together in true Hoosier spirit, our volunteers help create an exciting and impactful community-led road to the Indianapolis 500.

The 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group, offers more than 100 areas of volunteer opportunity, providing a role to fit every interest and ability. We’re looking for individuals and groups who are interested in using their time and talent to support our wide variety of programs and events, such as the IPL 500 Festival Parade, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Special access at 500 Festival programs and events
  • Free, commemorative volunteer t-shirt
  • Free collector’s pin

Questions? Contact: volunteer@500festival.com


See what our volunteers have to say about their experience

“500 Festival staff does a great job of running this flurry of events in May!”

Kids’ Day Volunteer

“It was a fun and awesome experience. Runners made the volunteers feel greatly appreciated!”

“I really enjoyed all the upbeat and positive vibes from everyone from the 500 Festival staff to the participants running/walking, it was a totally awesome experience.”

Mini-Marathon Volunteer

“An excellent opportunity to share a significant part of Central Indiana history with our youngest fans.”

Education Program Volunteer

“I’ve been walking as a volunteer with floats for 13 years, and enjoy it each year.”

“I would love to be a balloon volunteer again. We LOVED it. We enjoy volunteering at a lot of places, and the 500 Festival is a really great opportunity. Thanks!”

Parade Volunteer