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January 13, 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.


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.

Computer Work

Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is looking for
volunteer(s) to input data from client/case manager forms to excel spreadsheet and generate reports to use to evaluate their programs. If interested, email Jennifer or call 423-4880.

Graphic Design Work
Trinity Mission is looking for
volunteer(s) familiar with Creative Suite 5.5 (a graphic design software). If interested and available, email Deena or call 742-1060.

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

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.
~Terri Guillemets

 *Still Needed*  

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.


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.

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.

Puppeteers Wanted for Kids First

Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout Indiana to honor the more than 19% of children and adults in Indiana with a disability.


Kids First presents the Kids on the Block Educational Puppet Shows to children and adult groups throughout Tippecanoe County.   


In honor of Disability Awareness Month, on March 16, 2012 Kids First has invited two representatives from the The Kids on the Block International Performing Troupe to train up to 20 volunteers to become Kids First Puppeteers.  


Training includes a performance highlighting The Kids First topics, hands-on experience in a Japanese style of puppetry, instruction in the art of answering questions, character development skills and much, much more!  


The workshop is a morale booster for puppeteers - it will lead to upbeat rehearsals and performances!   


Currently, Kids First is seeking additional puppeteers to perform one of the Kids on the Block educational puppet shows to children in grades K-5 throughout Tippecanoe County.  


Volunteers will begin training immediately and will be invited to participate in the March 16th workshop for additional training and development. Please email Gail McCormick, Kids First Coordinator or telephone her at 474-0758 for information.

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20 Ways to Volunteer in 2012
New Years Resolution

Now you have made a resolution to volunteer in 2012, but what can you do? How will you ever fit more projects into your already hectic schedule? We have a great list for you to make your resolution into a reality! Whether you are a busy person or you have some time on your hands, volunteering can always happen in various ways!

  1.  Go to your local animal shelter like Almost Home Humane Society and donate a bag of dog or cat food
  2. Donate your unused books to your local Salvation Army, thrift store, library, or school 
  3. Volunteer to read to children at your local library 
  4. Clean up your neighborhood park
  5. Plant a tree with Tree Lafayette 
  6. Shovel the walk of an elderly or disabled neighbor. 
  7. Donate winter clothing to your local homeless shelter 
  8. Bake cookies and bring them to your local police shelter or fire department
  9. Spend a Saturday helping out at your local soup kitchen or food bank 
  10. Hang out or read to a senior citizen at a retirement home 
  11. Decorate a local school or retirement center 
  12. Help someone who is sick or homebound with their grocery shopping
  13. Donate to your local charity, like United Way
  14. Help out with the kids at a woman center so that moms can go shopping or look for a job
  15. Recycle your trash
  16. Help out with homebuilding at a Habitat for Humanity event
  17. Assist with an English language class at Lafayette Adult Resource Academy 
  18. Donate hygiene products to your local shelter or retirement home 
  19. Plant a community garden in your neighborhood
  20. Deliver a meal to a home bound elderly or disabled person through Meals on Wheels  


No matter what you choose, any form of service benefits those in your community. If you have made volunteering your resolution for 2012, do not get discouraged your project can be big or small; anything that will benefit your community is service to your neighbors. Don't forget, you can find a great volunteer opportunity with any of our United Way affiliates!


We hope that these tips help make your decision to serve easier to accomplish. How are you serving during 2012?


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