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June 10, 2011


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Men and Women Age 65-80 Years Needed for Research Study

$200 Compensation

Wayne Campbell, Ph.D., in the Department of Foods and Nutrition, Stone Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, is conducting a research study to assess the effect of a high protein diet on muscle and metabolic health in over-weight men and women between the ages 65-80 years. 

This study includes 6 days of testing spread over 16 weeks of time as well as participation in a diet/nutrition program.    

If you are between the ages of 65 and 80 years, in general good health, non-smoking, and would be interested in participating in this study, please contact Jan Green  via e-mail jkgreen@purdue.edu or call at 765-494-7660.

What's New This Week? 


Got A Car & Some Time?

Food Finders Food Bank are looking for consistent volunteers to drive a Food Finders vehicle and deliver baked good items to a few sites in town on Tues/Wed/Thurs afternoons.   


They are also in need for a few volunteers to come in and help stock shelves and freezers/coolers on the shop floor on weekday mornings. 


If interested, contact Danielle at 765-471-0062 or dgoldberg@food-finders.org 


Become part of the Zoo Crew! 

It is time for the 9th Annual Zoo Run Run on July 16th and the Friends of Columbian Park Zoo are in need of volunteers to direct runners along the route, serve water at the water stations, assist at registration tables and other similar duties. All pre-registered volunteers will receive a t-shirt and breakfast! If interested or have questions, visit www.zoorunrun.com 


One Day Job 

Local disabled woman is in need of someone to repair and seal her mobile home damaged in recent storms. She will provide the supplies but is in need of a person willing to provide an afternoon of their time in her time of need. If interested please contact the Volunteer Center below.   


Become a Host Family 

Ayusa, a non-profit organization that provides exchange opportunities to high school students from around the world, is looking for American families  in the Greater Lafayette area interested in sharing their America with international high school students for the 2011 - 2012 school year.  If interested please contact the Volunteer Center below. 


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!

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness. 

  ~Seneca, submitted by Deb, Cleveland OH 

hot air balloons Oh The Places they will Go! 


United Way's Leaders of Tomorrow Summer Volunteering Program for our youth 11-18 have started Session 1 this week at 14 Participating Agencies.


We have 67 young leaders volunteering 4 - 8 hours a week throughout the summer.


They are working with children, animals,  and seniors in a variety of ways. Some are leading chair exercise classes to marking storm drains in our local parks!


We want to thank each and every one of these amazing kids for giving up part of their summer to give back to the community.



When we feel love and kindness toward others,  

it not only makes others  

feel loved and cared for, 

but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

~14th Dalai Lama

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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.  



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.


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

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


Be a Light in Someone's Life

Serenity Hospice are in need of volunteers  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 


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.