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Volunteer Needs Column

May 20, 2011






A website that displays opportunities to Volunteer your time and Donate resources to benefit the Lafayette School Corporation.



  • Sort by School, Grade, Event Type, Category and Start/End Dates
  • Electronically submit your  information for the free background check
  • A unique login ID and password ensures user security
  • The requests for assistance are very specific:
    • Two desk chairs are needed for the upcoming musical at Tecumseh
    • Vinton Elementary is looking for chaperones for the Zoo fieldtrip


  1. Visit the URL http://www.helpLSC.com and decide whether you wish to donate time or money.  
  2. Agree to the required limited criminal background check  
  3. Receive confirmation that you passed about a week later
  4. Search for events or items that you are interested in providing
  5. Use your login and password to sigh up and help LSC family

For more information, comprehensive tutorials are available on the site


Lafayette School Corporation

2300 Cason Street Lafayette, IN 47904 Tel: 765.771.6000  

What's New This Week? 


We're ready to move!

March of Dimes has survived the flood in March and ready to move back in! Volunteers are needed for painting and to move back to the office on June 1st. They are also in need of some gently used office furniture as theirs was lost due to water damage. For more information or to volunteer, contact Brenda Renaldo, 474-1481 or brenaldo@marchofdimes.com  


Family Fun Day!  

Hanna Community Center are seeking 10 volunteers to assist with a family-based event called Building Pride and Potential on Saturday, June 4th from 8:30am to 3:00pm at the center.

Tasks include:  

  • Proving childcare for kids under 5
  • making color copies of participants' drawings
  • assisting children with writing responses during group activities
  • taking photographs
  • serving lunch

 If interested, contact Heather Servaty-Seib at 494-0837 or servaty@purdue.edu 


Got A Car & Some Time?

Food Finders Food Bank are still looking for volunteers to pickup donated items from retailers on Wednesday mornings each week and to deliver baked goods on Wednesday & Thursday afternoons to low income sites in town. If interested, contact Danielle at 765-471-0062 or dgoldberg@food-finders.org




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

It's time for Festivals, Food and Fun!


Festival season kicks off with the upcoming "Round The Fountain Art Fair on Saturday, May 28th.


A complete 2011 festival schedule can be found at:





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Hanna Community Center invite you to: 

Building Pride & Potential

Spending time with Family  

Saturday, June 4th

9:30am - 2:00pm

Your family members are the people who provide you with love and support, work with you to face challenges in life, help you to become the person you will be tomorrow and in the future, and often include parents, brothers, sisters, step-parents, step-brothers, step-sisters, aunts, uncles, neighbors, grandparents, foster parents, and our closest friends. Please consider getting your family together and joining us for a family fun day at the Hanna Community Center.

We want you and your family to:
  • Take time to connect with each other.
  • Be encouraged to talk openly with each other about family changes.
  • Be hopeful for the future.
  • Realize that families never end...they just change.

For more information, please contact: Michael Durrett or Veronica Jalomo,765-742-0191
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                         *On-Going Volunteer Needs*


Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is gearing up for their Bingo Extravaganza on August 4th at University Plaza hotel. They need volunteers to solicit donations, both financial and in-kind, from local vendors. For more information call 765-423-4880 or email Jennifer  


Calling All Gardeners!

The Fowler House gardens of Tippecanoe County Historical Association need volunteers to adopt some shrub beds for the summer. For more information, contact Larry Rose 


Are You Good With People?

The Center @ Jenks Rest is looking for volunteers of their gift shop and reception.


Gift Shop Volunteer: Tuesday and Thursday (9am to 2pm; full or half day shifts) Volunteer will greet customers, assist customers with merchandise, watch over the gift shop and ring up sales.


Receptionist: Monday to Friday (8:30am to 3:00pm; full or half day shifts) Volunteer will greet all people that enter the building, answer the phone, direct calls/take messages, recourd donation and make calls to verify appointments.  


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 

Book Cycle Seeks Volunteers 

This is your change 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 time 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 765-567-4088 for more information.  

The Lafayette Urban Ministry Homeless Shelter  is in 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 


Also looking for 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.


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

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. Also are currently looking for adult volunteers to help with both the summer horse riding program and summer horse camp program.  No experience is required and training is provided.  Please contact Therapeion at  therapeion@yahoo.com  or 765 414-8066 for more information.