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June 29, 2012   


What's New This Week?


Be a part of research  

Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, is conducting a research study to assess the effect of a high protein diet on muscle and metabolic health in over-weight men and women between the ages 65-80 years.  

  • 6 days of testing spread over 16 weeks
  • participation in a diet/nutrition program
  • between the ages of 65 and 80 years
  • in general good health, not dietetic and non-smoking


If interested in participating in this study, please contact Jan Green via e-mail jkgreen@purdue.edu or call at 765-494-7660 or for further information.

Still Needed


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


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.


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:



Did you Know?

Volunteers served 8.1 billion hours in 2010,
valued at an estimated $173 billion.

Working with veterans at the Indiana Veterans' Home


Friendships made at  

Tippecanoe Villa  


Play time is fun at Tippecanoe County Child Care - Downtown


Leaders of Tomorrow   

Last chance to sign up 

5 spots in July still open  


Session II - July 2nd - July 27th

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   

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Five Summer Volunteer Ideas for Teens


There is nothing like summer vacation as a teenager! With summer comes endless possibilities. It can be a chance to laze around and catch up on all of that terrible TV you missed during the school year, or it can be a learning and growing experience in your own community. Leave the couch behind and spend time volunteering this summer. Volunteering can help you learn new skills, understand more about your professional interests, and give you something to put on your resume for college applications and future paid positions! 

Read on for summer volunteer ideas for teens.


Nursing Homes Why turn to your television for a good story this summer, when you could hear real life experiences from seniors in your local retirement community? Being around young people helps old people recreate memories. Volunteer tasks at nursing homes could include: office work; setting up the dining room; pushing wheelchairs; playing checkers, cards, and puzzles; having a conversation; delivering mail; helping write letters; reading aloud; cooking projects, and art projects.


Camp Consider volunteering at a nearby summer camp. Even if you're too young to be a paid full-time counselor, look into counselor-in-training programs at a camp you've attended. CITs are usually 16 or 17 years old, depending on the camp. Volunteering at a camp combines the experience of volunteering with the fun of summer camp!


Hospitals If you're interested in medicine, volunteering at your local hospital might be just the thing for you. Just call a hospital in your area and ask to speak to the volunteer coordinator. Volunteer tasks at hospitals keep it fresh, with tasks varying from stocking supplies, transporting patients with a nurse, making some pharmacy deliveries, bringing books to patients, sitting and talking to patients, and reading to patients.


Animal Shelters Why coo over pictures of cute animals online when you could play with them at your local animal shelter? Local animal shelters and vets are a great place to start looking for opportunities. Volunteer tasks may range from walking or playing with the animals, answering phones, escorting animals in and out, and cleaning the kennels. Look up veterinary offices and animal shelters and hospitals in your area and ask to speak to the office manager how you can help.


Libraries If you're a big reader or just looking for a cool place to escape the summer sun, volunteering at your local library might be right for you. Library volunteers work in a variety of positions including the computer center, re-shelving books, and aiding with the children's programs. Ask to speak to someone in volunteer services at your local library.


Are you volunteering somewhere during your summer vacation?
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