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March 2, 2012   


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New Kids on the Block        

In honor of Disability Awareness Month, on March 16, 2012 Kids First has invited two representatives from the
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!  

Kids First is seeking additional volunteer 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 or telephone her at 474-0758 for information


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

United Way Volunteer Center or visit:

People don't wake up to volunteer;
they wake up to make a difference. 
~ Unknown

 *Still Needed*  


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  


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.     

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. 

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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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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Share a Smile!


Happy Share a Smile Day! Would it make you crack a smile to learn that March 1 was National Share a Smile Day as well as National Pig Day and Peanut Butter Lover's Day? There are so many things to smile about; why not take the opportunity to use a few of those smiles for good?


Share your smile! Some people may not be used to receiving smiles from strangers. That can be easily changed! March 1 is not the only day for a great excuse to give others a reason to smile. Call an old friend or write a good old-fashioned letter to let friends and family know you're thinking about them. 


Commit random acts of kindness Open a door for a person with their hands full. Leave a nice comment on your favorite organization's or volunteer's Facebook page. Help someone with a chore. Offer a couple hours of free babysitting to stressed parents. When in doubt, follow Elmo's lead to volunteer random acts of kindness.  


Name one thing that makes you smile... And share it with others. Simply reflecting on and sharing the good things in our lives can brighten the lives of others!


Make your community smile Consider spending some time cleaning up graffiti, or scouring your home for used books to donate to the library. These contributions are sure to make your community smile for longer than a day!