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February 24, 2012   


             What's New This Week?

Little Shop Around the Corner       

Gift shop volunteers work in a fun and social environment!

Volunteers serve customers coming into the shop, utilize the cash register to ring sales, maintain the cleanliness of the shop, close out sales for the day, and participate in maintaining good employee morale. Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health encourage seniors and everyone in between to volunteer! Volunteer shifts are once or twice a week and 4 hours in length. We have morning, afternoon, or evening shifts available. To get started as a gift shop volunteer, email Karie or call 765.502.4249. 


Red Cross Needs You!  

American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to accept donations at area Wal-Marts as part of their Heroes fundraising campaign. Volunteers will be stationed inside the doors and provided with ARC vests and buckets to solicit donations. Incentives will be given to individuals who raise the most funds on their shifts.


Saturday, March 10 & 24                Saturday, March 17 & 31  

Walmart- West Lafayette                Veterans Memorial Pkwy  

10am-12pm; 12pm-2pm               10am-12pm; 12pm-2pm  

                      *Need four people per shift

For more information email Jennifer or call 742.6975 x 2215


Easter Egg Hunt & Sidewalk Carnival

The Lafayette Ivy Tech Dental Assisting Students are holding the 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Sidewalk Carnival on Saturday, April 7th at Ivy Tech Community College. Volunteers are needed to help in shifts between 11am - 3pm. Great Group Opportunity! For more information, email Angie or call 765.413.9818  


If interested in learning about more volunteer opportunities, contact Amy at the  

United Way Volunteer Center or visit:

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen. 
~Peter Marshall

 *Still Needed*  


Greeters Needed        

Lindon Depot Museum are getting geared up for a new season and are looking for 1-2 volunteers per day on Friday, Saturday and Sundays starting April 6th through October from 1 - 5pm. Volunteers should be age 16 or older. No previous knowledge of railroading is required. Groups welcome to sign up for shifts/days. For more information email Gary or call 765-427-3630 or go to Volunteer website for more detail.  


Are you a good listener?    

Lafayette Crisis Center is having their next volunteer training starting March 21st. Training is a great opportunity to help others in need, meet wonderful caring people, and develop incredibly useful skills.  Crisis Center volunteers make an impact in our community! To find out more or apply to become a volunteer, visit the website or call 765-742-0247.   

Plant a Tree...or Two        

Tree Lafayette needs 200 volunteers for its annual Arbor Day event on May 5, 2012. Sign up to volunteer online  or link to the sign-up form on their website, www.treelafayette.org. Families are encouraged to volunteer together.


Howl at the Moon 

Wolf Park is looking for volunteers 18 years and older to help give tours for Howl Night and the Wolf-Bison Demo, work in the gift shop and visitors center as well as office help and fundraisers or grant writers. If interested, please contact Wolf Park at 567-2265.


Assist Cancer Patients  

Community Cancer Network is looking for volunteers to transport cancer patients to their doctor appointments Monday thru Fridays. If interested, contact Lori or call 765-413-0684.


Shop at the Village     

Westminster Village has a mini store for the residents selling milk, juice, small grocery items and some toiletries. They need someone to open and run the register on Saturdays from 10 - 2. If interested, email Kim or call 464-5115.   

Put Books in the hands of Preschoolers     

Volunteers are needed on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Thursday afternoons to assist preschool children in making selections when they trade books on Book Cycle Day. Volunteers may also read to the children, sort and organize book inventories at the centers, and help with data collection. Volunteers can help weekly, every other week, or monthly. Book Cycle operates in all Tippecanoe County Child Care Centers and all Head start Centers. If interested in this opportunity, reply here.

Like Chocolate?
LOVE Chocolate?  

Chocolate Fondue Tasting at Kathy's Kandies
When: Saturday, March 3rd 
Time:  Girls Day Out - 2pm 
           Couples - 7pm 
Cost:$15 (can be purchased in advance) Contact: Milissa or 765-476-3277    
Kathy has created a truffle just for The Arc to celebrate Disabilities Awareness Month 
If you can not make it to the event....no worries! Buy your ticket anyway and taste at your own convenience!! 


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Check out the New Volunteer Center Website
United Way of Greater Lafayette Volunteer Center is working on making the process of linking you to the right volunteer opportunity better! You will be able to still access a large list of organizations through the current site but some have already started posting their opportunities directly to the new site. You can see what they have available and if interested, contact them straight from the website! It is easy to get started and check back for tips in the upcoming needs columns.

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~ Thomas Moore

Short on Time? 5 Quick Volunteer Ideas!


Have you ever found yourself saying, "I've always wanted to volunteer, but I don't have the time," or "I just don't know where to start"?


Challenge your definition of volunteering and you might just discover that you are doing it already! A volunteer, to put simply, is someone who gives his or her time willingly and expects nothing in return.

Have you ever helped a friend write a letter or a job application? Have you helped at your child's school with an outing, at a book sale to raise money, or a community sports event? Ever "paid it forward" and committed a random act of kindness like helping a stranger with his or her suitcase at the airport? These acts are all forms of volunteering. I bet you didn't even notice the time it took out of your day!


If time is short but you want to get involved, lending a hand can become a way of life. Here are five quick and easy ways to volunteer and start making a difference.


* Multitask!

You have to go food shopping. Why not call an elderly neighbor, or someone who can't get out, and do his or her shopping? How about picking up a few cans for your local food bank? You are going anyway!


* Throw a swap party!

Grab your friends for an hour and have a swap party. Choose a theme (books, clothes, toys, etc.). You might come away with something you didn't know you needed, and all of those unused items will be recycled as something someone didn't know they needed. All the unclaimed items can be donated to the charity of your choice.


* Are you a gamer?

Did you know that you can play online games for free that donate to charities on your behalf? One example is Charitii a charity-donating crossword Web site that raises money to provide clean water, food for the malnourished, and protection of the rainforest worldwide.


* Utilize your own connections

If there is a cause that really means something to you, you can help raise awareness of its work using your own network. You never know who might be listening who can help! Colleagues at work, friends and family, acquaintances that you find yourself chatting with - help spread the word by talking to people. If you have time free during your lunch hour, maybe that charity needs help writing e-mails or posters that need to be put up. You can post a reflection about your experience volunteering on the United Way Volunteer Website. Why not write to your newspaper to tell of the good work that the charity does?


* Do what you know!

If you can cook, you can help. If you can read, you can help. Are you a computer programmer? A nurse? There are countless ways of using your existing skills to benefit others. Cook someone a meal, advise on health matters, fix a computer for an elderly neighbor or underfunded organization. Become aware of the people around you and figure out how much time you can spare each month. Even half an hour can make a huge difference for those who could benefit from your skills.


These are just a few small ways of donating a little bit of your time to help others. They are all unique volunteer activities and there are hundreds of more options out there. Small acts of kindness count, and add up overtime!

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