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May 6, 2011


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What's New This Week?  


Book Cycle Seeks Volunteers 

This is your chance to assist pre-school children in selecting and exchanging books at Head Start and the Tippecanoe County Childcare Centers. Volunteers must be able to commit to one slot each week for approximately 2 hours. (Thursday is 9-11AM or 1:30-3:30PM and Friday is 9-10:30AM) Please contact Colleen Reader at careader@hotmail.com or call 567-4088 for more information.

Landscaping Volunteers 

The Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is looking for help with the grounds of it's Lincoln Center. The event will take place this Saturday, May 7 at 1pm. Those interested should contact Christina Howard atlthc@lthc.net or 765-423-4880. Their address is 615 North 18th St, Suite 102    


Looking for a leader

The ARC of Tippecanoe County is looking for an Executive Director. This organization has been wonderfully run by dedicated volunteers but is now ready to hire a leader.
Please contact Kathryn Trinkle if you are interested. kat@explaindo.com


LUM position available 

Volunteer afternoon receptionist for the front office from 12:45pm-4:30pm, Monday through Friday. This person is able to work different days each month or the same day each week (flexible). Tasks include answering the phone, greeting clients and directing clients to the appropriate staff. Occasionally there will be light clerical tasks. Contact: Sylvia Mohler, smohler@lafayetteurbanministry.org. Or call 765-423-2691. They are located at 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.


Sort, Sort, Sort!

Food Finders Food Bank needs volunteers to help with the annual Stamp Out Hunger/Letter Carrier's Food Drive on Saturday, May 14th, 2011! 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.  


For recurring opportunities, Food Finders has the following options:

  • A volunteer to drive our vehicle delivering baked goods on Wednesday afternoons to a few sites in Lafayette area
  • A volunteer to drive our vehicle to deliver baked goods on Thursday afternoons to a few sites in Lafayette area
  • 2-4 volunteers to sort donated baked goods/sweets here at Food Finders food bank on weekday mornings
  • 3-4 volunteers every FRIDAY from 2-4pm to help with baked goods giveaway at Food Finders - this can be different groups each week if need be.

Email  dgoldberg@food-finders.org or call Rick Nelson (765)471-0062 if interested in regular, weekly opportunities.


Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center 

They are currently looking for adult volunteers to help with both our summer horse riding program and summer horse camp program. Training is provided.


For more information contact Libby Marks-Shepard at  



The 3rd Annual Open Benefit Horse Show is June 18th, starting at 11am and is their major fund raising event of the year. Classes are included for therapeutic riding students.  It is held at Shepard Stable, the home of Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center, 11030 South 200 West, Brookston 47923




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!

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.

  ~John E. Southard

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2011 Leaders of Tomorrow

Summer Volunteer Program



Who:   ages 11-15 Youth

      ages 16-18 Leaders


Where: Selected Non Profits


When: Session I: June 6 - July 1

           Session II: July 5 - 28

     Two days/week for 2 hrs


What's it all about?


Learn positive values, leadership, communication, citizenship and personal responsibility skills while having fun! 


Apply online today!




Participating Non Profits Agencies


Tippecanoe County Child Care:

Wabash Landings

Dennis Burton

Downtown &


Almost Home Humane Society

Cumberland Pointe

Indiana Veterans Home

Therapeion Therapeutic Riding  


Lafayette Transitional Housing

The Center @ Jenks Rest

Hanna Community Center

Food Finders Food Bank

Tippecanoe Soil & Water  

   Conservation District 


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                         *On-Going Volunteer Needs*


The Lafayette Urban Ministry Homeless Shelter information is is need of summer volunteers to spend the night. Three volunteers are needed nightly. The volunteers take turns staying awake and are able to sleep for 6 hours in the volunteer room. The hours are from 8:30pm-7:00am. Please visit this website for training dates. www.lafayetteurbanministry.org


Want to help out the Mayor's office?
City of Lafayette
is looking for volunteer(s) to sit at the information desk at City Hall. Flexible shifts available between the hours of 8-4:30 Monday - Friday to help direct people within the building. For further information, contact awood@uw.lafayette.in.us or 765-742-9077 x 222

Help feed the hungry

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  JVanable@frontier.com

Are you a good listener?

Lafayette Crisis Center are taking applications for their summer volunteer training. Training Schedule: Every Tuesday from 6pm - 10pm June 7th - July 26th. If you would like to train to become a good listener call today to sign up! 765-742-0247


Do you like to Paint?

Food Finders Food Bank are looking for someone to come in and lend their painting skills to touch up the offices. Paint at you own pace! If interested, call Danielle at 765-471-0062 or dgoldberg@food-finders.org  


Come play with baby things! 

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


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 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.


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.