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May 4, 2012   


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Volunteer Call Out

Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center has two volunteer orientations available in May. To get more information about how you can help children with disabilities, visit the website or email Libby or call 765-414-8066.    


Entertainers Wanted 

Creasy Springs is looking for a couple volunteers to provide entertainment for their luau June 9, 2012. They need someone for entertainment for about 1 1/2 hours between the two buildings at Creasy Springs Health Campus. The luau is from 2-4pm.  If interested, visit the volunteer website or call Alicia at 765-447-6600.


Individual in need of help

United Way Volunteer Center has been contacted by an individual who is in need of someone to help as she recovers from surgery. Someone is needed to assist her in her home until she is able to get around on her own. If interested, email Amy or call 765-742-9077 x 222 for more detail. 

Still Needed


Walkers Needed to Help the Homeless 

Homeward Bound 5k Walk is Thursday, June 7th at 5pm. Volunteer groups needed to help set up, man the trail and tear down also would like a bicycle rider to travel the trail. Help raise money to help the homeless! If interested, contact Amy or call 765-742-9077 x 222.

Imagine what you can do to help

The Imagination Station is seeking volunteers to assist with programming on Saturdays. Imagination Station is open on Saturdays from 9:00am-2:00pm and volunteers are asked to help for 3 hours, but any amount of time is appreciated! Volunteers would be engaging with children and their parents participating in science related activities and crafts. Volunteers are also needed to work the register. Science background is not required, everyone is welcome! Contact Jamie or call 765-420-7780 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


Feed the Homeless

Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is looking for a consistent volunteer to work every Thursday in the food pantry from 2-4.  This volunteer would help with checking clients in on a computer data base and assisting them with obtaining food. If you can give a couple hours a week to help families and individuals obtain the food they need, email Christina or call 765-423-4880  


Tutors 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. 

Summer Help Needed  

Natural Parenting Education Network is looking for individuals who can help us for a single event up to 2-4 hours a month. Their needs range from helping plan and prepare their First Birthday Party, assisting the breastfeeding stops at such events as The Moseys and Farmers Markets this summer to working a 2hr shift during boutique open hours. Please refer to listing on the volunteer website for detailed information and contacts.


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

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2nd Annual Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day is designed to help the participant learn about business first-hand!  The event is Saturday, May 19th from 11am-3pm


Each participant gets a free backpack with all the information needed, and prizes will be given in three areas! 


You may register online at www.lafayette.lemonadeday.org or visit Greater Lafayette Commerce, United Way, YWCA, YMCA, IFCU, Ivy Tech, or the West Lafayette Public Library to pick up your backpack!   


If you choose to register online, please remember to print your PROOF OF REGISTRATION letter, it is required to pick up the Lemonade Day backpack, which contains the workbook to help make your business a victory!

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May the Fourth Be With You!


In case you haven't noticed but we like to put our own little spin on things! May 4th is the unofficial National Star Wars Day. Today we celebrate May 4th, volunteering, and Star Wars, which means it's time to break out our favorite Star Wars quotes to inspire you to volunteer and help others! Check out our favorite Star Wars quotes to inspire you to volunteer!

  1. "On many long journeys have I gone. And waited, too, for others to return from journeys of their own. Some return; some are broken; some come back so different only their names remain." Vacationing soon? Remember this quote the next time you go on a vacation. Let this inspire you to volunteer to serve others. The volunteer vacation will change you for the better and possibly influence your will to also do good at home!
  2. "To answer power with power, the Jedi way this is not. In this war, a danger there is, of losing who we are." Stay true to your community by researching local volunteer opportunities that match the needs of your community.
  3. "To be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night." Be the light at the end of a tunnel, especially during and after disasters. Volunteers are essential for disaster relief efforts and further provide hope when there is doubt.
  4. "No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try." Volunteer Managers! Often, when  coordinating volunteer activities, planning the logistics of the event can be a daunting task causing one to consider giving up and potentially abandoning the activity; however, don't give up, remember that you're serving others, and remember YODA!
  5. "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering." Do not be fearful when you choose to volunteer. Be ready for any task you may be assigned.  Remember that you're serving others and you're doing good in your community.
  6. "Truly wonderful the mind of a child is. Youth are valuable volunteers. Make sure to incorporate youth volunteers in your service activity. Check out our "Leaders of Tomorrow Summer Volunteering Program for more information on youth volunteering."   
  7. "Always in motion is the future." Volunteers are our future! Volunteers will be necessary and an aspect to our nation.

We hope this weekend and throughout the year, that the force be with you! Happy Volunteering!