Helmich previously served as president of the Community Education Coalition, which established community learning systems in south central Indiana. Previously, he was active in chamber of commerce leadership, with his first chamber assignment being with the Richmond-Wayne County (IN) Chamber of Commerce. He served as president of the Columbus (IN) Area Chamber of Commerce from 1991-1998.
Damar Foundation raises funds to support INARF institutional member Damar Services, which for nearly 50 years has served children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. Helmich served on the Damar Foundation board of directors before joining the staff.