United Way of Greater Lafayette
Live United - United Way
Volunteer Center
Current Volunteer Needs


Volunteer Needs Column 

July 13, 2012   


What's New This Week?

Tippy Connect Tri-N-Run Training Series

This Training Series is the official training series of the Purdue Boilermaker Half Marathon taking place on October 20th.  There will be a 5k/10k event on August 25th and a 15k on September 22nd...all as a training series for someone who's building up mileage to prepare for the Half Marathon in October. Volunteers are needed for:      

  • registration
  • on-route directional assistance
  • timing and general setup

Volunteers would need to meet at the north parking lot of Ross Ade Stadium between 7-8am until 10:30am for the 5k/10k and until 11:30am for the 15k.  For more information email Tressa or call 765-448-4100


Ongoing Volunteers Needed 

Trinity Mission is seeking ongoing volunteers to: 

  • answer phone
  • greet incoming guests
  • intake of donations at retail store
For more information on how you can help, email Deena or call 765-742-1060.

Still Needed

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  


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 t-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:



Thank you!
United Church of Christ National Youth Event Service Project Groups

UCC NYE service project at Tippecanoe County Child Care Office
UCC NYE Service project at Central Catholic Jr/Sr High School 

UCC NYE service project at Almost Home Humane Society

Purdue University welcomed around 2700 youth from all over for a national youth event, and around 500 of the youth volunteered in our community at 18 different locations on July 11th and 12th.  
They accomplished around 4000 hours of service. At a national rate of $21.36 per hour, this totals $85,440 worth of work to our parks, schools and social service agencies!  
What a difference today's youth can make! 

Learn more about the United Way

Do you want to find out what the United Way of Greater Lafayette is all about? Visit the website

Please forward this Volunteer Column.
You can LIVE UNITED by helping us spread the word. Imagine how many people we could reach if everyone forwards this to five people.

United Way Join Our Facebook Page
Did you Know?

Non-volunteers say that they are more likely to serve if a trusted friend asks them to serve.
Volunteering Brings Us Together


In America today, people of many different faiths and beliefs live side by side. In addition, the vast majority of organizations people give their time and service to are faith-based.  The opportunity lies before us to work together to build a society rooted in the values we treasure. Such a society can only be built on a sure foundation of mutual respect, openness and trust. This means finding ways to live our lives of faith with integrity and allowing others to do so, as well. This tip sheet is intended to underscore concepts that are fundamental to the process of stepping out of our proverbial comfort zones and interacting with others from different religious and cultural backgrounds in volunteering and service environments and beyond.


Respecting Boundaries
Our various religious traditions teach us the importance of relationships characterized by honesty, compassion and generosity of spirit. Additionally, our freedom to practice religion, described in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, requires us to exercise good will and good judgment with those of differing faiths. The tips below help to outline boundaries necessary when engaging with those of other faiths:

Respect other people's freedom within the law to express their beliefs and convictions.  Learn to understand what others actually believe and value, and let them express this in their own terms.

Acknowledge the convictions of others about food, dress, religious practice, and social etiquette, and do not behave in ways that cause needless offense.

Recognize that all of us at times fall short of the ideals of our own traditions and, therefore, need to avoid comparing our own ideals with other people's practices.

Work to prevent disagreement from leading to conflict.


Engaging in Dialogue

When we talk about matters of faith with one another, we need to do so with sensitivity, honesty and straightforwardness. These are some pointers for those who seek to engage with those of other faiths in religious dialogue:

Recognize that listening as well as speaking is necessary for a genuine conversation.

Be honest about personal beliefs and religious allegiances.

Do not misrepresent or disparage other people's beliefs and practices.

Whenever we come across them, correct misunderstanding or misrepresentations not only of our own beliefs, but also those of other faiths.

Be straightforward about our intentions.

Accept that in formal interfaith meetings there is a particular responsibility to ensure that the religious commitment of all those who are present is respected.

article provided by HandsOn Network