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April 8, 2011






America's story has been marked by the service of volunteers. Generations of selfless individuals from all walks of life have served each other and our Nation, each person dedicated to making tomorrow better than today. They exemplify the quintessential American idea that we can change things, make things better, and solve problems when we work together.


Volunteers are the lifeblood of our schools and shelters, hospitals and hotlines, and faith-based and community groups. From mentoring at-risk youth and caring for older Americans to supporting our veterans and military families and rebuilding after disasters, these everyday heroes make a real and lasting impact on the lives of millions of women and men across the globe.


Last year, nearly 63 million Americans gave of themselves through service. Their compassion is a testament to the generosity of the American spirit. In difficult times, Americans are coming together -- tackling our challenges instead of ignoring them -- and renewing the principle that we are our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper.


Today, as many Americans face hardship, we need volunteers more than ever. Service opportunities tap the energy and ingenuity of our greatest resource -- the American people -- to improve our neighborhoods and our world. My Administration is committed to investing in community solutions and increasing opportunities for Americans to serve. The bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act strengthened the programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which engage millions of citizens each year in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.  


We are building the capacity of organizations and communities to tackle their own problems by investing in social innovation and volunteer cultivation. And through United We Serve, a national call to service, we are making it easier for women and men of all ages to find volunteer opportunities or create their own projects where they see a need.


During National Volunteer Week, we celebrate the profound impact of volunteers and encourage all Americans to discover their own power to make a difference. Every one of us has a role to play in making our communities and our country stronger. I encourage all Americans to help us renew progress and prosperity and build a brighter future for our Nation by visiting www.Serve.gov to find a local project.

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What's New This Week?  


Assisting the baby store...  

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


How to Start a Business

Youth from pre-school through high school sign up to participate in Lemonade Day. They get a free backpack of materials, including an entrepreneur workbook, a caring adult guide and even a sign for their stand. Getting ready, they learn about setting up and running a business. After Lemonade Day, they are encouraged to spend some, save some and give some to charity. It's a hands-on lesson they'll grow from and always remember.


If you would be interested in volunteering for an hour or two, there is a registration event at the Tippecanoe Mall this Saturday and Sunday (April, 9 and 10th)  from 11:00am-3:00pm. Sign up at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com



Please contact awood@uw.lafayette.in.us if you are interested in any of the listed needs.


For immediate assistance, call 765-742-9077 ext. 222. Thanks!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world.  

Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  


~Margaret Mead    

National Volunteerism Week


Training Available in Indianapolis 

April 20-21


Over 300,000 Indiana residents experience a loss of vision that makes it difficult for them to live and work independently. To support these Hoosiers who or blind and visually impaired carry out the full-range of activities involved in daily living, Bosma Enterprises, a statewide not-for-profit organization founded in 1915, offers comprehensive training and support services.

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                         *On-Going Volunteer Needs*

Have you ever thought about being an Attorney?   

Teen Court is a diversion program designed for Juvenile offenders to teach them about the justice system and the consequences for their actions before they become part of the traditional justice system. Teen Court is a sentencing hearing for 12-17 year olds who have already admitted guilt in the crime they committed. Volunteers are needed to prosecute or defend these teens to ensure that they learn from their actions. Court is held most Tuesday Nights from 5:00 - 7:15pm. For questions, contact Lacey at Bauer Family Resources 742-5046 x 215 or lchastain@bauerfamilyresources.org  


Delivery Drivers Needed Long Term

Food Finders Food Bank are looking for 2 long-term volunteers to deliver baked goods at locations around town on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (1 volunteer for each day), and they would be driving Food Finder's truck. Call Rick Nelson for more information 471-0062.


Help "Green" Lafayette

Wanted....Arbor Day Volunteers! TreeLafayette is seeking individuals, clubs, or organizations to help beautify Lafayette by planting trees on Saturday, May 7th at 9:00am. Sign up now: http://tiny.cc/arborday2011    

Did Someone Say Carnival?!

Thomas Miller School needs volunteers for their school carnival on Saturday, April 16th from 3:00pm - 6:00pm.  The volunteers will help run games for the students.  Shifts are separated into one hour segments so you could work as few as one hour or as much as three.  Interested volunteers need to contact Amy at the Volunteer Center 742-9077 x 222 for further details.


Delivery Service Needed!  

Meals on Wheels is in need of people who are willing to donate a couple hours of their time either on a weekly or fill-in basis. You will need your own car to deliver meals to elderly and disabled recipients of the program. To volunteer contact Nichole Hallada at nhallada@mealsonwheelslafayette.org.


Wabash Sampling Blitz - Spring 2011

200 Volunteers are needed to help sample 200+ sites on tributaries draining to the Wabash River from 3-5 on Friday, April 15th. All ages accepted. Register in advance at http://tiny.cc/Springblitz2011   Questions may be directed to Sara Peel at speel@lafayette.in.gov.


Who doesn't love an Egg Hunt & Carnival?!

Ivy Tech Dental Assisting Program is holding a Easter Egg Hunt and Sidewalk   Carnival on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am - 3pm. They are in need of 30-40   volunteers for this event. Contact Lindsey McCaffry, lmccaffry1@ivytech.edu for  detail


Do you have a sense of direction?
City of Lafayette
is looking for volunteer(s) to sit at the information desk.Flexible shifts available between the hours of 8-4:30 Monday - Friday to help direct people within City Hall Building. For further information, contact awood@uw.lafayette.in.us or 765-742-9077 x 222


Sort, Sort,Sort!

Food Finders Food Bank need volunteers to help with the annual Stamp Out Hunger/Letter Carrier's Food Drive on Saturday, May 14th, 2011! This is Food Finders' largest one-day food drive, bringing in close to 75,000 pounds of food in 2010! Volunteers are needed to help sort and separate food that the letter carrier's drop off into glass, canned, and boxed items. Will be working at two locations, The Lafayette Post Office on 26, and the WL Federated Church. There are three shifts available for volunteers at each location: 11am-1pm, 1-3pm, and 3-5pm.


Do you like children and horses?

Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center is in need of volunteers to help during riding classes.  You will work with our special riders and great horses and they provide equine assisted programs for persons with disabilities, youth at risk, and children who have been abused or neglected.  No experience is required and training is provided.  Please contact Therapeion at therapeion@yahoo.com  or 765 414-8066 for more information.   


Be a Mentor!

Beacon Companions (a group of Middle School Volunteers) and a directing Beacon Academy Senior is in need of an adult Mentor who will co-supervise with the Beacon Academy Senior every Tuesday and/or Thursday from 9-3. They will be going to the homes of elderly in need to provide company, cleaning, cooking, and housing maintenance through Caregiver Companion from  2/22/11 through 5/15/11.

For more information contact John Grimes at jgrimes123@comcast.net or 765-838-2045.

Go back to the Wildlife!  

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. Check us out at www.wildcatwildlifecenter.org