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March 23, 2012   


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Office Move

Tippecanoe County Child Care, Inc. is relocating some personnel and needs help moving furniture on March 26 & 27 at the Saw Mill Run address. This can be done during normal business hours or in the evening, depending on the availability of volunteers. If you would like to help out, email Jennifer or call 765-742-4033 x 119. Great group project!


Volunteer then see a Great Show! 

Long Center needs 6 adult volunteers per date, for March 28, 29 & 30th. After a brief orientation at 6pm, volunteers will assist with ushering, programs, greeting, etc. for Menopause the Musical. After volunteer duties, volunteers are free to leave or enjoy the rest of the performance -- a nice perk! Fo more information or to sign up, email Debra Davis or call 765.742.5664 x 101

Be a Mad Scientist for the Night
Bauer Family Resources and Miller Elementary
are participating in a family & school event on Thursday, April 5th from 5-7pm. The children will participate in a science fair after dinner at Bauer. Volunteers will be placed at 10 -12 science stations (2 volunteers per station). They need 10-15 volunteers to help do simple experiments and activities. Join the group for dinner at 5:00 or come at 5:30 to prepare for the start of the scientific adventures. If you have a group interested, email Amy, call 742-9077 x 222. Great group project!

Food Pantry Intake Helper

Bauer Family Resources is looking for a volunteer to assist with the intake at their Food Pantry on Thursdays from 6 - 8 p.m. Volunteers would be responsible for intake processes to determine eligibility. If interested, email Cassie or call 742-5046.

Lace your shoes up!

The YMCA and Junior Achievement are sponsoring a mud run at Ross camp on April 29th. Volunteers are needed from

8am - 12pm and 12 - 4pm. Volunteers will be responsible for registration, parking, water stations, directing runners on course and course clean-up. If interested email Julie or call 474-3448. Great group project!  

*Still Needed*

Be a Part of Research 

Wayne Campbell, Ph.D., in the Department of Nutrition Science, Stone Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, is conducting a research study to assess: The Effect of Dietary Protein Intake on Skeletal Musclein slightly overweight men and women ages 65 to 80 years old.  

The study will take a minimum of 16 weeks to complete, slightly longer depending on your availability for testing. This study includes 6 days of testing (3 days of testing prior and 3 after the intervention) and 11 weekly visits to our laboratory. Compensation ($200) will be given following the completion of the study.  

If you are between the ages of 65 and 80 years, in general good health, non-smoking, non-diabetic and would be interested in participating in this study, please contact Jan Green by e-mailing to jkgreen@purdue.edu  or calling 765-494-7660 for further information.When contacting us, please refer to "The S-28 study".


Disability Awareness Month Still Going On
Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center has a need for volunteers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to work with our special riders.  Most classes are in the afternoons and evenings and training is provided.  No previous experience with either horses or persons with disabilities is required. volunteers interested in finding out more information about this or other volunteer opportunities at Therapeion can contact Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center at (765) 414-8066 or therapeion@yahoo.com
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.  Great group project! 


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

United Way Volunteer Center or visit:


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.

Click here to check out the new site and register as a volunteer today!
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Hats Off to Volunteers!
16th Annual Volunteer
Recognition Luncheon

April 18th at 11:30am

The Trails Banquet Facility

325 Burnett Road  

West Lafayette, IN


Cost: $8 per person 


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Spring Has Sprung, It's Time to Volunteer!


The birds are chirping, bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and the pollen is everywhere. Tuesday was the first day of spring! Goodbye cold weather and hello sunny days. Spring is a great time to have a new beginning by getting out and volunteering in your community.


Do you want to volunteer in your community this spring, but you are lost when it comes to finding things to do? No need to be confused any longer with this list of spring themed volunteering ideas!

  1. Make the flowers bloom: Clean up your community park for the spring. Plant flowers, repair playgrounds, or pick up trash. Whatever you can do to beautify your park to make it more enjoyable will make a difference!
  2. Walk a dog: Volunteer to be a dog walker or check out Almost Home Humane Society to see if they need dog walkers. You can enjoy the beautiful weather, while hanging out with a furry friend.
  3. Got lemonade? Help out with Lafayette  Lemonade Day by assisting in our area youth with their Lemonade Stands.
  4. Build a house: Love being outside? Join a Habitat for Humanity build for the spring!
  5. Grow your own: Want to get more involved with your community members? Plant a community garden and buy local. Your neighbors can contribute all of their favorite plants to the garden. What a great way to live sustainably!
  6. Plant a tree: Arbor Day is just around the corner reduce your carbon footprint and plant a tree. Check out the Tree Lafayette Arbor Day Event to volunteer!
  7. Paint your school: Who doesn't love a little color? Donate your artistic abilities to your local school and paint a mural.
  8. Spring break for good: Is your school's spring break coming up? Choose an alternative spring break this year and make a difference. Check your school website for options. 
  9. Explore the zoo: Volunteer to be a mentor to a child and bring them to the zoo.
  10. Spring cleaning: Do you have a lot stuff lying around that you have no idea what to do with. Clean out your house and donate your goods. Check out what is needed at the Donation Exchange.  
  11. Egg hunt: Volunteer to host a egg hunt for the kids in your community. See listing above to volunteer at the Ivy Tech Egg hunt.  
Spring is a great time to volunteer because not only is the weather awesome, but you have so many volunteer options! Start your new beginning this season with these volunteer ideas or one of your own.