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Happy National Volunteer Week 

April 20, 2012   


What's New This Week?
Get Out Your Walking Shoes again!
Lafayette Crisis Center is looking for individuals or groups to walk the downtown businesses and ask to put up a poster for their benefit concert being held on April 28th. Deliver at your own convenience sometime before April 21st. If interested, email Jane or call 742-0247.

Tudors for After School and Summer 

Tutors are needed to assist with fifth grade math in an after school and summer program at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tutoring is scheduled from 4:45 to 5:30 Monday through Friday for the remainder of the school year and noon to 2:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer. Volunteers may schedule one or more days weekly. If interested, email Ronda or call 765-446-2227. 

Nature Lovers Dream! 

On May 5 a bioblitz will be held at NICHES WeilerLeopold/ Black Rock Barrens Nature Preserve. Details are still be worked out, but the current plan is to inventory plants, fish, snakes and salamanders from 3-5 PM and crepsucular species from 8:30 to 11 PM. A dinner at Martell for volunteers in between.  .Great Group Project! Sign up on Volunteer Center Website 

Summer Help Needed  

Natural Parenting Education Network is looking for individuals who can help us for a single event up 2-4 hours a month. Our needs range from helping plan and prepare our First Birthday Party, assisting our breastfeeding stops at The Moseys and Farmers Markets this summer to working a 2hr shifts during boutique open hours.

Please refer to our website for detailed information and contacts http://www.naturalparentingnetwork.org/volunteer/ 


Clean up the playground 
Tippecanoe County Child Care - East is looking for volunteers to help remove landscaping rocks from the toddler playground as well as plant flowers. Visit Volunteer Center Website to sign up. Great Group Project!
One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. 
~Malayan Proverb
  *Still Needed*


You can help animals get on their way to a new life by volunteering to be a transport driver. Animal rescue coordinators frequently use I-65 to operate relay transports of adoptable dogs and cats from overfilled shelters and pounds to animal rescue organizations. Typical legs in our area run from Indy to Lafayette or Lafayette to Crown Point. The animals are pre-screened, up-to-date on their shots, and travel with their health information. Our area is often the last leg to secure volunteer transport drivers. We are their last link to a second chance! You can learn more about helping out by emailing Kathy Fied 


Lace up your shoes!

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!


Tree Lafayette Arbor Day 2012  

Two hundred volunteers are needed to plant at least 71 trees at the sites of this year's Arbor Day-Jefferson High School and Tecumseh Junior High School on May 5th.  The event is an excellent activity for families to do together, and families are encouraged to attend and volunteer. Register online at  http://tinyurl.com/tree-lafayette-arbor-day or email Matt Green at mgreen@heritage-interactive.com or visit www.treelafayette.org for more information.  


Let's Clean Up the City!    

Clean Sweep -  City of Lafayette is Saturday, May 19th from 8:30am - 12pm. EVERYONE can participate and get the chance to win the "Traveling Trophy". The group that collects the MOST TRASH will have their name added to the Clean Sweep Trophy and displayed at City Hall. Pre-register and get a T-shirt by Friday, May 4th. If interested in Clean Sweep, call Cindy Murray at 807-1021


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

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 2012 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon  "Hats Off to Volunteers"  
Ryan Earl Shining Light 2012
Ryan Earl -  Lafayette Crisis Center Marcile Eddy Shining Light Award
Jackie & Kenneth Paar - Gift of Time 2012
Jackie & Kenneth Paar - St. John's Food Pantry - 2012 Golden Gift of Time Award
Jerry Weedon - Gift of TimeJerry Weedon -  Habitat for Humanity 2012 Golden Gift of Time Award
Judy Johnson
Judy Johnson - Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club Beck Lane - 2012 Golden Gift of Time Award
Sarah KingSarah King - Project Sweet Peas  Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Community Impact Award
Joanna PattersonJoanna Patterson - City of Lafayette Youth Volunteer Citizenship Award
2012 commissioners youth award Natasha VintilaNatasha Vintila - Southwestern Middle School - Tippecanoe Commissioners' Youth Community Service Award

Thank you to ALL the volunteers! We had over 170 certificates given out this year!

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We absolutely love volunteers! Not just because we are a nonprofit organization that focuses on volunteer listings and opportunities, but also because they are just plain awesome! Why?


Volunteers dedicate themselves to a cause or an issue in the community because they care and want to give back. They do not act for monetary rewards or even recognition. They volunteer their in many different ways from book drives to park clean up just to give back to their neighbors.


April is National Volunteer Month, so let's celebrate the hard work volunteers are doing around the world by recognizing their efforts!

  • In 2012, 62.7 million people volunteered in America.
  • Thanks to those 62.7 million volunteers, 8.1 billion hours of service were logged for the United States. Imagine what the nation would look like without those 8.1 billion hours!
  • 26.5% of United States residents reported that they volunteered in some form over the past year in 2010. Those 26.5 percenters individually contributed 34.1 service hours in their communities.
  • The Independent Sector reports that those 8.1 billion hours of service were worth $178 billion in 2010. Each volunteer is worth $21.67 per hour, but they do the work for their love of the community, rather than salary.
  • 23.5% of volunteers are actively involved in food collection and distribution. How many residents would go hungry without these volunteers?
  • 26.7% of volunteers for education. How would our children succeed in school without the help of education volunteers?
  • 11.6 million Millennials volunteered 1.2 billion hours of community service to their community in the categories of fundraising, labor, mentoring, and food distribution. Do you still believe that young people cannot make a difference?
  • 9.2 million older Americans (65 years and older) donated 1.7 billion hours of hours to their communities. Older adults are able to find new meaning to their lives after retirement thanks to volunteer work.

Are you still skeptical about the value of volunteer work? We hope not. We had the privilege to recognize  the work being done in our community this past Wednesday, April 18th at our 16th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at The Trails Banquet Facility.   This week was National Volunteer Week and we want to thank all our wonderful volunteers not only this week but to let you know that we appreciate you for the unbelievable service work happening every day! THANK YOU!


Amy Wood, Volunteer Associate

United Way of Greater Lafayette  


The statistics used in this report can be found in the 2010 Volunteering in America report conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service.