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July 22, 2011


Summer of Service

Before Its Back to School

Colored pencils

During the summer, the last thing on the minds of most kids is heading back to school and hitting the books. 


While families are soaking up these last weeks of summer, keep in mind the school bus days are just around the corner and before you know it, the store shelves will all be overflowing with colored pencils and composition books.


But there is more than enough time left to get the kids involved in a few acts of service during their break. Keeping them excited and ensuring the spirit of volunteerism can't just be limited to the day their school dedicated to community service. There is always work to be done, always someone we can reach out to and lend a helping hand.


Be creative! It may help to think about things we often take for granted. For example, school supply shopping. Just think! If everyone in the neighborhood, purchased an extra backpack and filled it with a few supplies for someone else, a student whose family may be at an economic disadvantage will have a need filled.


Let the kids take the reins and decide what a schoolmate may need. Be sure to explain the reason we give to others and encourage them to think of new ways they can help others. Then, coordinate with schools and teachers as they may have a better idea of those students in need of materials.


We invite you to share some other ideas for service projects that kids come up with in hopes that

they will inspire more youth to take initiative as well. Whether its donating outgrown clothing and shoes or bringing lunch to senior citizens, lets bring in the school year the right way by celebrating summer through service!

What's New This Week?   


The Amazing Race 

The United Way Leaders of Tomorrow summer youth volunteer program is just about to finish up and we are seeking volunteers to help with the Wrap-Up Party on August 2nd from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Volunteers will man different stations where the youth will have to complete a task to move on in the LOT Amazing Race. If interested, contact Amy or call 765-742-9077 x 222


Sharpen Those Pencils 

Salvation Army's "Tools for Schools" event is Saturday, August 13th and they are seeking volunteers to help students and their families obtain new school supplies for the first day of school and new/gently used school clothes. Volunteers are needed from 8 -11am or 10am - 1pm. For more information, leave a message via email to Eloise or call 742-0006 and she will return messages on Tuesday or Thursday mornings.


Traveling Librarian

Tippecanoe County Public Library are seeking Library Link volunteers. You will be paired with a home-bound patron where you deliver, and pick up books for them.  Must be at least 18 years old with a valid drivers license. For more information or to sign up, contact Sherri or call her at 429-0178. 


Night Owls Needed

Lafayette Urban Ministry Homeless Shelter are seeking summer volunteers to spend the night! Volunteers take turns staying awake but are able to get 6 hours of sleep in the volunteer room. Hours needed: 8:30pm - 7am. Please visit website for training dates www.lafayetteurbanministry.org  


It's Raining Cats and Dogs! 

Almost Home Humane Society is having its summer Volunteer Orientation on July 30th at 11am. If you would like to learn how to become a dog whisper or just play with the cats, come and learn how you can get involved! For more information or to sign up, contact Stacy or call her at 474-5222 ext 301.   


No Soccer Experience Needed!

McAllister Center are looking for volunteers to help teach soccer fundamentals to 4 and 5 year old children. Basic skills will be provided by head instructor. Practice will be August 1st, 3rd. 8th & 10th from 6pm - 7pm. if interested contact Chad or call him at 765-807-1362. 



If interested in learning about more volunteer opportunities, contact Amy at the United Way Volunteer Center or visit:


8 Tips for Family Volunteering Fun! 


Kids Planting a Tree

During the summer, families tend to have more time together. Children are on summer break and parents are planning vacations. If volunteering as a family is part of your summer plans, here are eight tips to make volunteering as a family more fun!


1) Try it before committing long term!

2) Be prompt, courteous, and eager to help.

3) Praise and encourage kids' efforts!

4) How was it? Swap thoughts and stories.

5) Celebrate! What a great achievement!

6) Scrapbook memories and keep a volunteer calendar.

7) Ready for more? Brainstorm ideas together!

8) Invite other friends and families to come along!


Do you have plans to volunteer as a family this summer? Awesome!



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I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.


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~ George Bernard Shaw

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Be a Light in Someone's Life

Serenity Hospice are in need of volunteers to visit with patients. You can be the light in someone's life for their remaining days or visit with the nursing home residents to help pass the time in their day. Training is provided. If interested, email Linda or call her at 446-9100.


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.  

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


Clothes, Clothes Everywhere!

Trinity Mission Outlet Store are looking for volunteers to help sort through clothes that they have at the store. They would like 20 or so volunteers to help for 4 - 5 hours. If interested contact Todd at 765-742-1060.  


Have a couple hours to give?

Caregivers Companions needs volunteers to visit, drive and help the elderly or ill in Tippecanoe County. If you would enjoy helping someone with transportation, errands, light housework, laundry, etc. we have quite a few situations in the area for you to choose from. Volunteers can give as many or as few hours as your schedule will allow.