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September 2, 2011


Teen Volunteerism on the Rise


Young Americans are setting an example for their parents through their volunteer efforts, says a new poll.

The survey by charity World Vision found that 56% of teens volunteer to support a charitable cause compared to the 39% that work part-time. In fact, teens are volunteering at a higher rate than adults; 46% of the adults surveyed said they volunteer their time.

Some are attributing the increase in teen volunteerism to the election of Barack Obama, whose platform has stressed the importance of service.

Sara Johnson, a Chicago area English teacher, told the Miami Herald, "I think that kids are realizing more and more how important it is."

The teacher witnessed a similar surge after Hurricane Katrina, and believes this generation of teens is more involved in charitable work than her generation was. Indeed the Millennial generation has been shown to be the most civically engaged in the history of our nation.

Alynn Woodson, director of volunteer engagement at Habitat for Humanity International, said she has noticed a new enthusiasm among teen volunteers for the Atlanta-based organization.

"I've worked at Habitat for about eight years now. Over that time it's been great to see the increase in youth volunteering. But throughout that time, I've never seen it be quite so energetic as I'm seeing now," Woodson told the Miami Herald. "Students are feeling very energized by this new president encouraging them to go out and serve."

Habitat for Humanity is among the organizations benefiting immensely from this surge in youth service. This year's alternative spring break program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is expecting more than 12,000 young people to help build homes for low-income people around the nation.

Are you more willing to serve in your community nowadays? Do you find that more young people in your area are getting involved in service? Contact United Way of Greater Lafayette Volunteer Center and see how you can get your youth involved. 



What's New This Week?   


Are you Cool for Cool School? 

Tippecanoe County Child Care's after school program "Cool School" is looking for volunteers to help children with homework Monday - Thursday from 3:00 - 4:00pm at Miller and Earhart elementary schools. This can be ongoing or once, part or full week and/or all of the hour and a half. If interested in becoming a Cool School helper, email Jennifer or call 765-742-4033 x 119.


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 

Tippecanoe Villa are looking for a group of 4 volunteers on November 22nd and 23rd from 8 or 9am - 12 or 1pm to set up Christmas trees with the lights only. They need to be set up and ready to decorate before Thanksgiving. If interested, email Judi.  


Take Your Aggression Out on the Weeds

Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center is in need of people who hate weeds to help with the garden clean up! The weeds need pulled and the flowers deadheaded as they spruce up the barn for fall classes. For more information visit the website  or call 765-414-8066 and ask for Libby.  


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


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 Reading Buddies is in Full Swing 

Reading Buddies


Today we are delivering 100 Reading Buddies to the second grade classrooms at Miami Elementary again!


Reading Buddies was launched after Spring Break last year at Miami and they are thrilled to have them back for a full school year.


This program is designed to improve and expand the reading skills of local elementary students so they are on track to read at grade level by the end of third grade.  Students received their own stuffed animal buddy to read to for fifteen minutes each day. The program improves student motivation to read while focusing on fluency. Reading Buddies also improves their self-esteem and helps children develop empathy and nurturing characteristics.


United Way will be taking more Reading Buddies into some of our other local elementary schools soon!


Would you like to make a difference in a child's life? Sign up to do a donation drive today!

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"I'm Thumbody Special!" 

The "I'm Thumbody Special!" program increases mental health awareness and healthy self-esteem in grade school students. This highly rated, 50-minute interactive program is presented in third grade classrooms through Tippecanoe County. Become a Presenter or Assistant to the Presenter today! Stop by the Mental Health Association Community Building at 914 South Street in Lafayette, anytime between 10am - 2pm on Thursday, September 8th and learn how you can impact a child's life. Questions call 742-1800.


Let your inner Zombie Out! 

Indiana Fields of Fear are taking applications for actors and actresses (or would be actors and actresses) to utilize their talents as cast members of a Haunted House Attraction. If you can't wait to really get into character, if your favorite think is being someone or "something" else for a while, if you think scaring people would be the best thing possible, this is exactly what you have been looking for. Contact fieldsoffear@yahoo.com and find out how you can be a Zombie this Halloween season!

Back to Nature

Volunteer to help with the Wabash Sampling Blitz on September 16th. Join 250 volunteers to collect a snapshot of the water quality of the Wabash River, Wildcat Creek and their tributaries. For more information visit website or signup online. You may also email Sara with questions.


Stock the Pantry

Food Finders Food Bank are gearing up for the mobile pantry roll out event on September 9th and are looking for volunteers to help repackage and re-label food donations. To volunteer email Amy Gaulke or call 765-471-0062 today!  


Horsing Around

Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center is in need of adult volunteers to work with riders with disabilities, abused & neglected children and youth at risk. No experience necessary/training provided. For more information visit website or call 765-414-8066.


Bollywood Anyone?

Indian Women Association are in need of volunteers to help set up tables and chairs for the Celebration of India 2011 on September 10th from 11am - 3pm. For more information,  email or call 765-463-0929.  


Old Time Country Fair

Historic Prophetstown are seeking volunteers to participate in their Tractor Pull and Country Fair on September 9,10 & 11th. They need assistance with concession stand, bake sale or set up and tear down. For more information, call Carol Thursday - Monday from 9am - 5pm at 765-567-4700.


Help Feed a Hungry Family

Bauer Family Resources is looking for a volunteer to assist families in receiving food assistance at their food pantry. Volunteer would be responsible for completing intake paperwork and determining eligibility. This position would be on Thursdays from 12 - 2:30pm.  If this is right for you, please email Cassie or call her at 765-742-5046. Great opportunity to give back to the community!


Dog Walking Fun

Almost Home Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help with its Tails-N-Trails 5, 15K and Dog Walk on Saturday, September 10th at the Tippecanoe Amphitheater. Volunteers may be individuals or small groups and should be available from 7 am - noon. Anyone interested email Stacy or call 765-474-5222 ext. 301.