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Volunteer Needs Column

March 30, 2012   


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Help Animals Find a Home
Almost Home Humane Society is searching for an Adoption Helper! Helper would welcome adopters to the shelter, show them around, help find the perfect furry friend, etc. To see a more complete list of duties, visit volunteer website & apply for this opportunity or call Sara at AHHS at 474-5222

Blog About Trains
A volunteer is needed to write, compile, edit and layout quarterly newsletter for members of Linden Depot Railroad Museum. If you would like to write about trains, visit volunteer website to apply or call Gary at 765-427-3630.

*Still Needed*
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!

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. 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:


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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 


Celebrate your volunteers by joining us for lunch and awards.
Nominate your outstanding volunteers by April 6th on the
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Leaders of Tomorrow registration now open!


Session I - June 4th - June 29th

Session II - July 2nd - July 27th


Parents, do your children need something constructive and fun to do during Summer Break?


If your child is between the ages of 11 - 15 they can sign up to do volunteer work with selected agencies here in our community.



 - Learn positive values, leadership, communication, citizenship and personal responsibility.

- Become an active member in our community.

- Become empowered as a learner, teacher, achiever and leader to make a difference.

- Develop teamwork skills and the ability to work with diverse groups.

- Learn essential job and life skills.


To apply for the Leaders of Tomorrow Summer Program email Amy at United Way Volunteer Center  

or apply online at  www.uwlafayettevolunteer.org today!


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Improve Business with Corporate Volunteering


With emerging trends in the workplace,the potential impact on the amount of time people can volunteer is increasing.  

The outlook looks positive. With businesses starting to move towards a decentralized office and workers working from their homes on flexible schedules, more time can be made available for workers to spend with their families and in their communities.


The move to a decentralized work place will require traditional employee volunteer programs to adapt to new working conditions. Employee volunteer programs will have to adapt to the 21st century volunteer who gives not only of their time and talent, but lends their voice and dollars to the causes they believe in.


While community volunteering will likely remain an important part of employee volunteer programs, payroll giving programs and fundraising opportunities should become part of a business' social responsibility planning.


Businesses with robust employee volunteer programs gain more than just a boost to their public relations. A strong employee volunteer program can make a company develop employee skills, develop customer loyalty, improve relationships with the community, and spur innovation and creativity.


When a company invests in a community through its employee volunteer program, employees gain access to new networks and perspectives that help them keep in touch with rapid social change. The company can gain insight into new market needs, explore different ways of working and encourage employees to use their initiative and foster inter-departmental cohesion by enabling new teams to work together and create a sense of common purpose.


The public expects companies to give back to their communities, and often has a negative view of companies that don't actively support the communities around them. In the long run, community investment helps build community capacity, creating a stable, sustainable and healthy local community that will often supply a large proportion of the company's employees and customers.


As the price and quality of products and services become increasingly standardized across many industries, community investment can help to differentiate a company from its competitors and make for more loyal customers. Consumers are increasingly using their dollars to support causes, not only through direct donations, but by purchasing products from companies that support causes that they are passionate about.


Many employee volunteer programs can help to increase employees' skills. Volunteering and other forms of employee involvement can help to develop a variety of competencies, including teamwork, planning, communication, project management, problem solving, budgeting, listening skills and customer focus. Volunteering can challenge employees by taking them outside the confines of their usual 9-5 job, encourage innovation and creativity, promote respect for difference and affirm their personal contribution and confidence.

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