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September 23, 2011


Where are we on the Civic Health Index? 


Civic health is a measure of how actively citizens engage in their communities.

The Indiana Civic Health Index measures how actively Hoosiers engage in their communities. The inaugural report offers both good news and bad news about Indiana's civic health.

Hoosiers are about average in volunteering, with about 26% of Hoosiers donating their time and talents to organizations.


Hoosiers are slightlybetter than average in:

  • community involvement, in the form of belonging to religious, neighborhood, school, sports or other types of community groups--where more than one-third of Hoosiers belong. To illustrate, 9% of Hoosiers take a leadership role by serving as an officer or on a committee. Indiana ranked 21st among states in this area.
  • family dinners, where 90% of Hoosiers report eating dinner with their families a few times a week or more. Indiana ranked 17th.

 Hoosiers are worse than average in:

  • voter registration, with only 61% of eligible Hoosiers registered to vote. Indiana ranks 43rd.
  • voter turnout, with only 39% of Hoosiers exercising their right to vote. Indiana ranks 48th in voter turnout.
  • working with neighbors to solve community problems. Indiana ranked 45th.
  • discussing politics frequently. Indiana ranks 48th.

The report illustrates how Indiana compares on efforts that promote civic health. Keep up the good work in community involvement within Greater Lafayette by continuing to work together volunteering. Contact United Way Volunteer Center today for your next adventure! 



What's New This Week?   


A Child's voice. A child's life. Lifted up. By you. 

Learn how you can be a voice for an abused or neglected child. How you can make a difference. Tippecanoe County CASA is currently recruiting for a training series that will begin on October 25th. Call 765-423-9104 or email today to find out how YOU can make a difference in the life of a child in Tippecanoe County. Act now - a child is waiting for your voice.


Jump, Bounce and Roll
Alzheimer's Association is looking for 5-10 volunteers to entertain and supervise the children's area for their 5k Walk on October 2nd at Cumberland Park. Volunteers needed in shifts to set up Moon Walk at 10am - 12pm, help with walk registration or supervise the children from 12 - 2pm, or tear down from 2 - 3pm. For more information or to sign up, email or call 800-272-3900.

Walk and Roll
Walk and Roll along with Wabash Center on October 15th at Market Square. Volunteers are needed for set up at 8am, registration at 9am and on the route from 9:30 - 11:30am, then clean up and out by noon. To sign up, call 765-423-5531 or email Rhonda today!

Keep America Beautiful
Volunteers are needed to assist with a Free E-Waste Recycling event being held at James Cole Elementary on October 29th from 8am - 2pm in 2 hour shifts. Will need to do some heavy lifting. For more information contact Kris.

Winter is around the corner...do you have a coat?
The Salvation Army is having their annual Winter Warm Up on November 5th. Winter coats and clothing will be passed out to community families and individuals. If you would like to donate or volunteer please call 742-0006 or email today. 


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


Week of Caring


Chemtura at Cumberland

 Chemtura at Cumberland Pointe  

Ice Cream Social

Fairfield/Caregivers Companion
Fairfield employee fixing a bench for a client at Caregivers Companion

WNC ARC Kids Night Out
Wabash National at ARC Kids Night Out Event

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~Oprah Winfrey

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*On-Going Volunteer Needs*


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.

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!

 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!