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September 9, 2011


Top 10 Reasons for Youth to Take Action

  1. To learn something about yourself.

Kids may ADORE you, but maybe you'll only find that out after you spend an afternoon every week mentoring a youngster.   


2. To have fun!

Volunteer doing something you love, and it will be amazing!   


3. Because you're passionate about a cause.

You always loved animals, so naturally you want to work at an animal hospital. Volunteer and be involved in something you really care about!   


4. To explore career possibilities.

Maybe you're heading to (or are already in) college or the 'work world'. By volunteering at your local hospital you can find out if you're interested in going into the medical field by studying to become a doctor or nurse. Experience is key!   


5. Learn some new skills.

      You can learn a ton from volunteering, and what a   

      great way to add stuff to your resume for future  

      jobs or college applications!  

6. It's time to get off the couch!

From the time you get home "til the time you go to bed, you're parked in front of the TV. Honestly. You know you're bored with it. Be productive for a change! 

7. Add to your resume or college application.

Maybe you need to volunteer for 50 hours in order to graduate. Awesome! Get out there and volunteer your time (and who knows, maybe you'll do extra hours because it's so awesome!)  


8. To fulfill graduation requirements.

It's ok, because we know the reason you want to go to an awesome college is so you can work at an awesome not-for-profit.   


9. Feel good about yourself and make someone else's day.

Know that, after volunteering, you did something great. Really great. Be proud of yourself. Heck, treat yourself to some ice cream.  


10. It's time to DO SOMETHING!

       Apathy is boring. 



What's New This Week?   


Are you Hungry?

Sign up to volunteer to help feed the hungry in our community! St. John's/LUM Food Pantry are looking for people to help pass out food on any of the days, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings from 8:30am - 12pm. Typically once a month. For more information email Jane or call 463-6158.


Paintball  Anyone? 

Ok, maybe not a paintball game but Dennis Burton Child Care is in need of a small group to paint their outdoor sheds. If interested, email Kristi or call 423-4906.


Need Volunteers on Tuesdays 

Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center is in need of adult volunteers to assist the special riders during riding classes. Most urgent need is for the 4 & 5pm classes on Tuesdays. No experience is needed and trainging is provided this Sunday, September 11th from 12 - 2pm. 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:


Week of Caring

Starts Next Week! 



The United Way Week of Caring brings community volunteers face-to-face with local nonprofit and community organizations. Through hands on projects, community volunteers are afforded a unique education about social service programs and and opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others through service. By participating in the Week of Caring, volunteers can see first hand the link between their contributions and vital community services.


Week of Caring 2011 starts Monday, September 12th with 33 different groups and individuals working on 69 out of 85 total projects submitted this year!  


We still have 10 projects available if your group has not signed up. These do not have to be done within the Week of Caring, they can be arranged to be done at a time that best suits you and the organization.  


If you would like a list of the outstanding projects, email Amy at the United Way Volunteer Center or call 765-742-9077 x 222. 


How beautiful a day can be

When kindness touches it!


~George Elliston

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*On-Going Volunteer Needs*


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. 


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.


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!