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Volunteer Needs Column

"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."

Hal Borland


This will be the final installment of the Needs Column for 2010.

Build momentum for 2011 by giving time to Volunteer!

There are new Needs listed on the following page...

Please contact if you are interested in any of the listed needs.

For immediate assistance, call the general line at 765-742-9077. Thanks!

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.  Thank you.
~Author Unknown
Keys to Volunteering
 1. Research the organization.
 2. Get a written volunteer job description.
 3. Talk with staff and other volunteers to make sure it is a good fit.
 4. Take advantage of training opportunities.
 5. Pay attention to restrictions and requirements.
 6. Be realistic about the amount of time you can give.
 7. Learn the benefits of serving the organization's clients.
 8. Ask questions and stay busy!


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United Way of Greater Lafayette, 1114 East State Street, #200, Lafayette, IN 47909
Volunteer Center Phone: (765) 742-9077 x 227
                                          *On-Going Volunteer Needs*

Speech & Debate Tournament

On January 6, 7, and 8 nearly 250 home school teenagers will gather at Purdue University for a speech and debate tournament and we need your help to fill 800 judging slots!

As a judge you will be:

Provided with a complimentary parking pass at the University Street Parking Garage, Trained on how to judge competitive speech and debate, Fed delicious refreshments in the judges' hospitality room and Inspired by the amazing depth and skill of the students

To sign up as a judge:

Go to

Click on "West Lafayette" and the the tab "Judge Registration"

Choose your preferred date and time.  Please note that this only requires 2.5 - 3 hours of your time!  Contact: Sue Dykstal 474-2344 or

Food Finders Food Bank

We're looking for 2 volunteers (to go together) to come to Food Finders Wednesday and Thursday afternoons each week to take and drop off baked goods (breads, sweets, etc) to several outlets for us (most are apartment complexes in town). They can use our Food Finders van and it would take about 3 hours each day/afternoon.

More info. Call Rick Nelson (warehouse manager) at 765-471-0062.

St. Elizabeth Hospice You can make a difference in the life of others in your community at a very critical time in their life by volunteering to assist families in your area when your schedule permits.  Please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Diana Salazar, at (765) 423-6924 by January 5th if you would like to join our hospice team and serve others with your time and talents. We offer free training and on-going support for all our Hospice Volunteers. Come and join our hospice team and provide non-medical care that may include: giving a break for caregivers, patient companionship and supportive listening, yard work, help with household chores, singing or playing an instrument.

Riggs Community Health Center

The Riggs Community Health Center is in search of 3 or 4 volunteers to assist with the Baby Corner Program. Staff the store one Wednesday of each month from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Also to re-stock the store and monitor inventory after the store closes on Wednesdays from 3-3:30 p.m. A minimum commitment of six months is required. Current need is for the 1st and 2nd Wednesday of each month. Contact Stephanie by calling 765-429-2756 or email

Lend Your Shoveling Skills
United Way is compiling a call group to clear the sidewalks and driveways for people who are unable to do so themselves. When people from the community call for assistance, United Way will use the list to determine available volunteers. If you would like to be part of the group this winter, please call Amy Wood at 742-742-9077 extension 222 or as soon as possible.

United Way

Will be offering a program to help low income families file their tax returns at no charge. Training begins in December are requires no background in accounting or finance. Call Laura Carson at 765-742-9077 ext. 233 or email if you are interested in volunteering.

Wildcat Wildlife Center is seeking volunteers who can give 4 hours a week to help with the following: baby feeding, animal care, maintenance, cage building, clerical & data work, rescue, phones or grant writing. The center is in Delphi, Indiana.

Guardian Angel Hospice

Guardian Angel Hospice needs loving and compassionate people to sit with, visit, run errands for and be a friend to our patients in the Lafayette and surrounding areas. Free training is provided and hours are flexible.  please call today 765-447-4891! Or email

Tree Lafayette


There are four committees that serve the organization; Development, Financial, Membership and Grants committee, the Education committee, the Tree committee and the Marketing and Publicity committee. Each of these groups handles a wide variety of tasks and assignments. Please review the calendar (link) and the guidelines (link)

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Art Facilitator/Volunteer
Join the co-founders of Circle of Friends in facilitating art projects for area residents with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.  Our Art & Lunch program meets each Thursday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. as a way to offer creative art opportunities for area residents living with memory loss.  You're a good match for the program if you can volunteer at least twice a month, are a good listener, have (or willing to learn) patience, love sharing the joy of creative expression with others.  Any type of art experience is helpful so email or call to learn more about volunteering with us.

Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Pantry
Volunteers are urgently needed to distribute food at the St. John's/LUM Food Pantry, which is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 9 to 11:30. (Volunteers work from 8:30 until noon.) Typically, each volunteer works once a month. Call 765.463.6158 or email

Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center is looking for a Volunteer Co-Coordinator.  This volunteer will be responsible for volunteer scheduling, recruiting, training, recognition and assist other staff members with volunteers. Learn more by visiting their website

Westminster Village is currently seeking a volunteer to lead chair exercises on a weekly basis for residents.  This volunteer should be wanting to work with senior adults and have an interest in fitness.  Training will provide the proper equipment and exercise procedures. They are also seeking a volunteer to lead a small book club with residents.  Volunteers will help lead discussions.  Meetings will take place the last Friday of each month at 1 p.m.

Caregiver Companion needs volunteers to visit, drive and help the elderly or ill in Tippecanoe County. If you would enjoy helping someone with transportation, errands, light housework, laundry, etc. we have quite a few situations in the area for you to choose from. Volunteers can give as many or as few hours as your schedule will allow.

Website Assistance Projects

The Diversity Roundtable is looking for a volunteer webmaster for their website.  This volunteer will be in charge of updating the website and posting all new information. The group meets the first Thursday of every month

Caregiver Companion is in need of someone who would be interested in updating their web-site. They have a web-site but it badly needs updating. Contact: Marilynn McTague at or 765-423-1879.