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Volunteer Needs Column 

July 6, 2012   


What's New This Week?

Horse Therapy Volunteers

Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center offers equine assisted programs for persons with disabilities, youth at risk, and children who have been abused or neglected.   

  • Adult volunteers to work with our special riders
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday afternoons/evenings
  • No experience is necessary/training provided.  

For more information visit our web site at http://www.therapeiontrc.com or call Libby at 765-414-8066 

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


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.


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.  

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



Did you Know?

That over 2,000 volunteers will contribute  

to this year's London Olympics !

Thank you Session I
Leaders of Tomorrow
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Watching the children play in the fountain at Tippecanoe County  

Child Care - Downtown

Play time at Tippecanoe County Child Care - Wabash Landings

Helping a child with reading at Hanna Community Center

Labeling bottles for soap at
Food Finders Food Bank

 Playing with toddlers can be fun at Tippecanoe County Child Care - Wabash Landings 

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Stay Cool, Volunteer from Home!


Yikes! It's hot outside. We are expecting record high temperatures this summer. Who wants to go outside into the heat and humidity when there is an air conditioner on the inside?


Don't let these high temperatures keep you from volunteering in your community during the summer. The summer is a great time to get into some indoor volunteer opportunities. What can you do? Check out our volunteer opportunities below!

  1. Plan your fall service project! There is nothing wrong with planning for service a little bit early. Service planning can actually take quite a bit of time. How can you plan your service project so early you may be asking yourself?
    • Decide on a service project location.
    • Check out their website. Find out whether or not you need to go through an orientation before you serve, get necessary certifications, etc.
    • Service project fill up quick, sign up early!
    • Recruit friends by calling them or sharing your project through social media channels
    • Make a list of supplies that you may need
  2. Gather gently used belongings that you can donate or sell at a garage sale to raise donations for your favorite charity! These are both great ways to volunteer without leaving the air conditioner because you not only get some cleaning done, but you can also largely help your community.
    • Go through your gently used goods and decide what you can give away and what you cannot possibly live without.
    • Sort these things into boxes or bags so that you know what you have
    • Locate your nearest shelter or donation center to bring your things too. Some organizations, such as the Lafayette Transitional Housing, will even come and pick up your items!
    • If you are planning a yard sale get the word out by putting signs out around your neighborhood.
    • Decide what organization or causes you would most like to donate your proceeds to.
    • Let your neighbors know about your fundraising event and recruit their participation! It can be a great way to bring a community together in a beneficial way.
  3. Try micro-volunteering! Micro-volunteering is a form of virtual volunteering allowing people to serve nonprofits in an indirect way. A nonprofit may ask for a task to be completed online and a volunteer will respond to the task at hand. Service projects can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours. Websites such as sparked.com are great resources to find micro-volunteering opportunities!
  4. Assemble care packages or food baskets. Contact your local meals on wheels organization, church, or food bank and see what kinds of foods they are looking for. You can assemble meals for those who use their services and deliver them to be used for their community members. You can also check out veteran services to see how you can get involved in having an overseas pen pal!
  5. Bring out your inner artist! Turn your hobby into a service project!
    • Make pictures for a retirement center
    • Knit scarves, mittens, or hats for a local shelter
    • Make baby blankets for a women and children's home
    • Make jewelry for a women's shelter
    • Design dog or cat collars for an animal shelter or make toys

The summer is a great time to volunteer from home. Stay cool and help your community!

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