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June 22, 2012   


What's New This Week?


It's Festival Time! 

Volunteers are needed for Riverfest at Tapawingo Park in West Lafayette, July 14th    

  • help set-up tents and tables - 8-9am
  • tear-down - 4-5pm  
  • 2 volunteers to assist with exhibitor staffing for the following shifts:  
    • 9:00am -12pm
    • 12-2pm
    • 2-4pm

Contact:  Megan at megan.benage@in.nacdnet.net


NICHES Land Trust has a summer job for you!   

Every Thursday to August 16 work to be done at Indian Creek Basin to keep it a thriving natural area for the sedges, butterflies and birds that call this land home.   

  • join in once, twice / whole day or just a portion
  • remove invasive plants

Please RSVP to Gus 765-423-1605 or gnyberg@nicheslandtrust.org so that we can make sure to have the right amount of equipment on site for the day.    


It's Time to Dance! 

Dancing In The Streets will be held on Saturday, July 21. Volunteers to help with:

  • event set-up
  • admission gates
  • ticket booths
  • clean up after the event
  • many shifts are available
  • volunteers receive a t-shirt & admission to the event.

Call or email Greater Lafayette Commerce at (765) 742-4041 or info@greaterlafayettecommerce.com. Please provide your name, phone, email address, and t-shirt size.    

Still Needed


Get Out Your Reading Glasses  

NICHES Land Trust needs a proofreader for: 

  • two newsletters a year
  • media print projects throughout the year
  • meeting minutes (approximately 6 per year)

If interested, register on Volunteer Center Website or call Mary Kate at 765-423-1605.    


Join us at the Fair 

Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center needs volunteers at a booth at the Tippecanoe County 4-H fair July 21-26th.  

  • 2 hour time slots
  • pass out brochures
  • inform people about Matrix.

Please email Lauren  or call 765-742-1533.


Be a Friend of the Zoo 

Columbian Park Zoo - Annual Zoo Run Run 5k on July 21st  

  • pass out tee-shirts
  • man water stations and trail
  • clean-up
  • help with breakfast
  • volunteer anytime from 7:15 to 10:30am

If interested email Judy or call 765-714-8285.  

Summer and Beyond  
Registered volunteers needed 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, weekday and/or weekends to:
  • maintain and water flower beds
  • help with summer recreational activities & cookouts
  • wheelchair transporters
  • resident companions
  • computer lab instructors
  • assist in the office
email Carolyn or call 765-497-8020.   
 If interested in learning about more volunteer opportunities, contact Amy at the 
United Way Volunteer Center or visit:



Making soap at Food Finders  

Food Bank 


Cleaning cages at Almost Home Humane Society 


Reading is fun at Tippecanoe County Child Care - Wabash Landings 


Leaders of Tomorrow  

6 spots in July still open Help pass the word! 


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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Are you a recent graduate looking for a new job? Maybe you are someone who is looking a for a new career path to develop some skills? Volunteering is the best outlet possible to do all of these things! 


Why? Volunteer work benefits your professional goals because it allows you to acquire new skills that your professional degree may not allow you to develop otherwise. Volunteer work is also a great way to cram the gaps in your work history.


Win-win situation, right? Not only do you help your community, but you also boost your personal life! Check out how volunteering can help boost your professional skills below!


Assertiveness: You can develop your assertive skills by serving as a fundraiser soliciting pledges or support. Recruit others to support an organization or cause.

Budget management: Plan or chair events with a budget. Volunteer for a board position with financial responsibility. Volunteering to be in charge of an organization's budget will greatly help you in the financial world!

Change management/ strategic awareness: To develop this professional skill participate on an organization's board or advisory council, participate in a focus group, or help write a group's vision.

Computer skills: Computer skills are a necessity for most professional jobs. To increase your skill set develop an organization's database or provide data entry for a group or project.

Conflict resolution: To hone in your conflict resolution skills serve on a board, manage a function or event, or serve as a subcommittee chairman.

Cultural awareness: To become more culturally aware, become a tutor or mentor, or volunteer in an activity that works closely with people unlike yourself. IT is important to expose yourself to all types of people to better develop this skill. Make this a habit and not a one time occurrence.

Creativity: In order to develop your creative skills you will need to step out of the box a little bit. Try volunteering at a children's arts and crafts project or volunteer to paint a school mural.

Delegating: Want to get better at delegating tasks? Try chairing a committee or assuming a leadership role within an organization such as becoming a volunteer manager.

Event planning: You can become a bigger pro at event planning by coordinating volunteers or sitting on a committee for a big event.

Leadership: Leadership skills are big eye catchers on a resume. To develop your skills serve on a chairman board, be a spokesperson for an event or organization, or volunteer as a mentor to a young community member.

Organizational skills: Need to get more organized in the workplace? Volunteer to sort donations, provide clerical services, or plan an event.

Problem-solving: Problem-solving skills are a must! Better engage your skills by being an on-site manager for a big event or be a project leader.

By adding volunteer experience to your resume you will start building up that skill section in no time! Whether you are unemployed or looking to start down a new career path, it is always great to volunteer in your free time!

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