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Kahlil Gibran



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Bauer Family Resources

Is looking for volunteers to provide child care from 5:30-7:30PM at the Bauer Community Center on 330 Fountain Street. The following dates are available:

  • March 14
  • May 9
  • July 11
  • September 12
  • November 14

If you are interested, please contact Kate Campos at kcampos@bauerfamilyresources.org or 765-449-0487.

Please contact sdummel@uw.lafayette.in.us 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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                                          *On-Going Volunteer Needs*

Almost Home Humane Society will be holding orientations for anyone interested in becoming an AHHS volunteer on Saturday, January 29 at 11 AM and Sunday, February 5 at 11 AM.  Anyone interested in learning more about the Almost Home volunteer program is welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to Stacy Rogers, stacy@almosthomehumane.org or (765)474-5222.

Lafayette Urban Ministry
Is now accepting applications for a Volunteer Afternoon Receptionist at the 420 N. 4th Street, Lafayette office. The volunteers will be responsible for greeting visitors, answering telephones and general office tasks. Positions are available for one or more afternoon(s) per week, or a minimum of twice per month. The application is online at www.lafayetteurbanministry.com and at the 4th street office between 9AM and 4:30PM. For more information contact the Office Manager at 765-423-2691 or smohler@lafayetteurbanministry.com

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.

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.

Also looking for REGULAR food sorters! This is normally done weekday mornings (M-F) from 8-11am or 9-12noon, but it's flexible. We welcome any ages above 16 to be regular sorters. We are looking for individuals who can commit to coming at least one day a week for 3-4 hours in the morning, or as many days a week as you'd like!

More info: Danielle Goldberg at 765-471-0062 or dgoldberg@food-finders.org

Point in Time Homeless Count takes place at St. Ann's Soup Kitchen in downtown Lafayette, from 7:30-11:00AM Wednesday January 26. You can sign up for one of the training sessions by visiting http://www.in.gov/ihcda/3120.htm

At Serenity Hospice, volunteers are needed to visit with patients. Would you be a light in someone's life and help to brighten up their remaining days? There are also patients in nursing homes who need the same "TLC" and would be pleased to have a visitor to help pass the lonely hours. Training is provided for volunteers. Please contact Linda Bennett, Volunteer Coordinator 765-446-9100 or lindabennett52@hotmail.com

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 stephanieb@riggshealth.com


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 osharp@gahospice.com
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)

Sign up http://tiny.cc/volunteertreelafayette

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. suzan@circleoffriendslafayette.org

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 JVanable@frontier.com
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 www.therapeiontrc.com

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.

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 caregiver95@gmail.com or 765-423-1879.