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June 17, 2011

     kinder camp

  Kindergarten Countdown Camp


United Way of Greater Lafayette and Indiana University Health are giving children in Lafayette a jump start on kindergarten this summer to help them transition successfully into school.


Kindergarten Countdown is a free, four-week summer camp provided for children who have little or no preschool experience. The camp is designed to build and strengthen a variety of different skills that children will need this fall such as phonemic awareness, letter and number recognition, shapes and colors and other social and behavioral skills. Lafayette's camp is being held at Miller Elementary School and is taught by certified kindergarten teachers.


IU Health Arnett employees are also supporting the program through the statewide 7,500 member employee volunteer program, Strength That Cares. IU Health volunteers are serving as "classroom buddies," assisting camp teachers with basic classroom activities like reading to campers and helping with lessons. 

What's New This Week? 


Give an autisic child summer camp 

The Arc of Tippecanoe County is seeking a volunteer to work with and play with a child at Camp SPARKS (Summer Play And Recreation for Kids with Special needs).  The child is 6 years old, non-verbal and has autism.  Experience working with kids with autism is necessary.  The hours are 12:30pm - 5:00pm Monday through Friday starting now through July 15.


If you'd like to help this child have a really great camp experience (and have one yourself!) please contact the Camp Director, Kristin Tillet or call 426-3640


Sort, Sort. Sort!

United Way of Greater Lafayette are looking for volunteers to help sort books to distribute to our local youth. We have been offered skids of books that need to be sorted and put into age appropriate categories. Hours can be flexible. If interested, please contact the Volunteer Center listed below.


Do you like children and horses?

Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center is in need of volunteers to help during riding classes.  You will work with 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. They currently are in need of adult volunteers to help with both the summer horse riding program and summer horse camp program (last full week in June & July). No experience is required and training is provided.  Please contact Libby  or 765 414-8066 for more information.    



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 

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 


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!

"A father is a fellow who has replaced the currency in his wallet with the snapshots of his kids." 


  ~ Author Unknown


 Happy Father's Day!

June 19, 2011


Want to do something special this Father's day?  


Contact the United Way Volunteer Center for volunteer opportunities for you and your father. It can be a one time event or something special you do again and again together! 


Volunteer together to make a difference and make a memory!

"My father didn't tell me how to live, he lived, and let me watch him do it."


~Clarence B. Kelland 

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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 or 765-471-0062  


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.  

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 


Do You Like to Hang Out with your Elders?

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 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 


LUM is also in need of 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, or call 765-423-2691.


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 Jane


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 Volunteer Coordinator, Linda Bennett or 765-446-9100 


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