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January 6, 2012   


What's New This Week?
June Bride

Family Services is seeking volunteers for the Classic Elegance Bridal Expo at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms on Sunday, January 22, between 10am and 5pm. Duties vary. Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age and able to lift at least 25 pounds. For more information, contact Jacob Franklin or call 765-423-5361 ext 2330 . For details about the Classic Elegance Bridal Expo, please visit www.classicelegancebridal.com.


Learn How to Walk a Dog 

Almost Home Humane Society is having their next volunteer orientation on January 14th. If you would like to become a volunteer and play with animals, email Stacy and sign up today!   


Volunteer Callout

On January 20, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette will be opening two exciting exhibitions. An information team to staff the galleries during museum hours 11-4 daily is currently being formed. The museum needs a team of 28 volunteers. Each volunteer will work four 2-3 hour time periods during the eight-week exhibition. If you can help, please contact Glenda or call her at 765-742-1128 x 102.

Need a Friend?
Westminster Village is seeking volunteers to escort residents to the on campus beauty salon and special events.They are also seeking resident companions! If you would like to visit and spend time with the residents, this is your opportunity. Flexible hours. Contact Kim or call 463-7546. 


Therapeion Have Several to Choose From:

First, volunteers are needed to staff the tack and feed shop.  The hours are Tue-Thurs from noon until 6pm, and Fri and Sat from 10am-3pm.  Volunteers can pick their hours but they are asking for a weekly commitment.  This would be a great opportunity for a retired person who loves horses.  All proceeds from the shop are used to help support programming at Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center located just southwest of Brookston.


Second, new volunteer training sessions begin in February to get ready for the spring semester.  Details are on website.  They need volunteers who will be able to help during classes held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3pm until 7pm.  Volunteer for one or more hours at a time.  Contact Therapeion for more information or call (765) 414-8066

Third, Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center is seeking three individuals to join its Board of Directors.  Candidates must be committed to helping persons with disabilities, youth at risk, and abused children.  Previous board experience is a plus.  For more information contact Therapeion Director Libby Marks-Shepard at (765) 414-8066.

Being There in a Time of Need  

St. Elizabeth Hospice is seeking non-medical volunteers to provide services that allow terminally ill patients to remain in their own homes. Volunteers assist patients and their caregivers with caregiver respite, patient companionship, listening and emotional support, shopping, yard work or household chores. Next free training provided on February 11th. For more information please contact Diana at 765-423-6924.


Lift Up a child's voice.  A child's life.

Become a CASA advocate that speaks up for abused and neglected children in Tippecanoe County.  The first training class for 2012 will begin on February 23rd and you could be involved to be trained as a CASA volunteer.  Call Coleen or Sandy at 765-423-9109, ext #4 for more information. 


Help a Child Read

Read to Succeed, Community Commitment to Education has 10 volunteer spaces available to start up in January for reading tutors for two local schools. For more information or to sign up, go to: www.readtosucceedgreaterlafayette.org

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

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." 

~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

 *Still Needed*  

Re-gift that extra lotion 

So what do you plan to do with those items you either got multiple of or is not your style? Consider re-gifting them to Sunnyside Middle School for the children to choose a gift for their parents for Christmas 2012. Debbie Gutwein will be accepting small items all year long like lotions, socks, scarves, wallets, jewelry, picture frames, etc. so before you throw it in a closet or drawer, consider donating it today. Email Debbie or call her at 771-6100 for more detail.  


I Need a Ride

If you have a truck you would like to donate or offer your services along with a truck, a Lafayette Transitional Housing volunteer is looking! A truck is needed to pick up furniture and other items and deliver them to LTHC's clients. If offering your services along with a truck, you must be flexible in when it will be done. If you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact Angela or call her at 765-269-7021.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
Day of Service

50 Volunteers Needed!
Group of Volunteers

Tippecanoe County Chapter of the American Red Cross has received a grant to distribute 100 smoke detectors and literature about fire safety to our at risk neighborhoods.


They will be distributing these items on Monday, January 16th  from 11am-2pm.


Volunteers will meet at the ARC Chapter for a short presentation about the mission of the Red Cross and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, what the project is, final directions and protocols for the service learning activity.


Volunteers will canvas neighborhoods in small groups with a list of specific neighborhoods/ houses to approach. After the service work is completed, all volunteers will be asked to return to the Red Cross chapter for a debriefing.


The Red Cross is trying to recruit 50 volunteers for this project. Help reach out to our community, by considering participating in this educational event.


"Everyone can be great because everyone can serve."  

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Contact: Jennifer Edwards

Phone #: 765.337.6574

Address: Howarth Center

                 615 N. 18th St.

                 Lafayette IN 47904   

Food Finders event
Food Finders Food Bank is having a Volunteer-A-Thon for MLK Day. Let's fill the building with volunteers!

Hours: 9am-6pm
Shifts: 9-11am, 12-2pm, 2-4pm and 4-6pm.
R.S.V.P. by January 13th.

Pull a group together and sign up for a shift by contacting Amy or call her at 765-471-0062 or visit them on Facebook!

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Want to Make a New Years Resolution Stick? Volunteer!
New Years Resolution


It's that time of year again. After spending too much time in the malls, eating a ton of food, and socializing with too many awkward family members Christmas will come to a close. Now what? It is New Years resolution time!


"Yay! I cannot wait to make another resolution that I will never actually be able to keep." When most people make a New Years resolution, they tend to try to cut back on things that may negatively influence their lives such as fast food, but what about resolving to do something good?


A New Years resolution that may not be so hard to keep is volunteering your time to help your community! This resolution will not only influence your life positively, but also the well-being of your community.


How exactly can you turn this resolution into an action rather than a statement? Easy! Follow these 5 tips that help you keep a New Years resolution and apply them to volunteering.

  1. Make sure to choose your activity wisely: Now it is great to be an overachiever, but let's not kid ourselves you will not fit an activity into your routine, if it is not something that you enjoy. For example, if you are not the outdoorsy type, cleaning up a river bank probably is not your thing. Instead of choosing the newest trend in service, choose your project based on your interests. There is an activity for everyone and every passion.
  2. Quit being self obsessed: Volunteering allows you to be selfless and take yourself out of the daily stresses of normal life. You are able to try something that you have never had the time to do in the past. While you should choose an activity that you enjoy, you should also choose the activity for the right reasons. Get a group of friends together and help out a cause today!
  3. Be mindful of your decision: Choosing an activity that you are passionate about will promote growth from your experience. For example, if you are interested in helping your community's education you should choose a project such as tutoring. Seeing the effects of your service such as your student passing a test, may make you want to serve in bigger projects or devote more of your time. You will grow from the experience because you are devoting yourself to something you truly care about. You are selflessly pursuing your passions.
  4. Understand your limits: Reward yourself for the great work you participated in. Go grab a bite to eat with the people who you volunteered with or go home and take a bubble bath. Just do something that will not only be enjoyable but will be a relaxing reward for you. You will be more likely to complete an activity and fit it into your routine if you can reward yourself after. After all, who doesn't like coming home and relaxing after a hard day's work?
  5. Recruit some friends: Tell your friends about your resolution and ask them if they would like to participate as well. You are more likely to go serve in person if you have people with you who share in your interests and support your efforts. Who knows they may even want to make service their resolution this year?

Do these tips work? See for yourself, make service your New Years resolution. Service not only will benefit your community, but it will also benefit yourself! This year make a resolution that you can actually keep! Pledge to serve today.

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