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May 25, 2012   


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Be a Friend of the Zoo 

Friends of Columbian Park Zoo are once again having their Annual Zoo Run Run 5k on July 21st and help is needed for registration, pass out tee-shirts, man water stations and trail, and clean-up as well as helping with breakfast. Volunteer anytime from 7:15 to 10:30am. If interested email Judy or call 765-714-8285.  

Summer and Beyond Help Needed 
Become a registered volunteer at the Indiana Veterans' Home. If you are 18+ years of age and would like to serve a minimum of 25 hours over the summer and beyond, IVH wants you! Needs are weekday and/or weekend and  volunteers: maintain and water flower beds, help with summer recreational activities & cookouts, wheelchair transporters & resident companions, computer lab instructors & assist in the office. If interested, email Carolyn or call 765-497-8020

Still Needed


Walkers Needed to Help the Homeless 

Homeward Bound 5k Walk is Thursday, June 7th at 5pm.   15 - 20 volunteers needed starting at 4pm to help set up, man the trail and tear down. Help several agencies raise money to help the homeless! If interested, contact Amy or call 765-742-9077 x 222.   


Join the Fish Fry

The 7th Annual Sheriff's Fish Fry is Friday, June 1st from 5:00pm-8:00pm, where all proceeds are donated to the Tippecanoe County American Red Cross. They are

looking for volunteers to give their time in specific areas.

Serve To-Go Orders: please specify which shift you would like 5:00pm-6:30pm; 6:30pm-8:00pm* 8 volunteers needed

Family Fun Center: 5:00pm-6:30pm; 6:30pm-8:00pm- please specify which shift you would like to: Sell tickets / Help with games / Face Painter. Email Jennifer or call 765.742.6975 x2215 

 If interested in learning about more volunteer opportunities, contact Amy at the 
United Way Volunteer Center or visit:



As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy 

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Leaders of Tomorrow  

Registration Extended  

35 spots still available Help pass the word! 


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 - 18 they can sign up to do volunteer work with selected agencies here in our community.


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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15 Ways to Honor Our Military on Memorial Day
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Memorial Day is this upcoming Monday, May 28. Time to enjoy a day off work, put on your best white attire, and fire up the back yard barbecue. Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Memorial Day?


Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1865 to honor fallen Union soldiers after the American Civil War. By the 20th Century, Memorial was extended to honor all fallen American soldiers. In 1968, Memorial Day became an official American holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday in May.


What can you do to honor the true meaning of Memorial Day? Check out today's ideas below:

  1. Ask your local newspaper editor to include a list of names on Memorial Day of fallen soldiers in your community.
  2. Visit a military cemetery. Put flowers, ribbons, or American flags on soldiers' graves.
  3. Wear a yellow ribbon in honor of current soldiers or veterans in your community.
  4. Fly an American flag in your yard at half mast to honor the memory of fallen soldiers.
  5. Take a moment of silence during your busy day to observe the military families who have lost a loved one to war.
  6. Write thank you letters for currently serving military or veterans for their service to protecting our country and community members.
  7. Visit a military museum or historic military site.
  8. Organize a community-wide observance to honor the military in your community who have served or who are currently serving.
  9. Change your Facebook profile picture to an American flag in honor of the military.
  10. Tell others why you are thankful for the military by using the hashtag #RememberThem on Twitter.
  11. Educate your children on the importance of observing Memorial Day and the dedicated service of military men and women.
  12. Volunteer with military families from babysitting children to cooking a meal for a military family in your community.
  13. Hold a donation fundraiser for your Indiana Veterans' Home.
  14. Volunteer with the Tippecanoe County Chapter of American Red Cross. 
  15. Educate yourself on the needs of returning military and educate your community on these needs. Make sure that your community is accurately meeting veteran needs. The Community Blueprint has many educational resources.

It is important to always remember the dedicated service of military men and women. Their dedication to service is truly inspirational to every American, especially all of us in the nonprofit volunteer sector.


However your decide to celebrate Memorial Day this upcoming Monday, take time to honor those who have given their lives for our country's freedom. How are you honoring the military for Memorial Day?   


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