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July 20, 2012   


What's New This Week?

Sign up to sort books
Children's Literacy Coalition received about 3000 books from UCC National Youth Event this month which now need to be sorted to divide among the groups. Sorting will take place several days in August. If interested, email Amy or call 765-742-9077 x 222.  


Back to School Time
Salvation Army is seeking volunteers on August 7th to help with Annual Tools for Schools where they will pass out school supplies. To sign up for a shift, contact Audrey through Volunteer Center website or call 765-742-0006 x 4.

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.  


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.

 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.


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



Week of Caring

September 10-16

2012 WOC

United Way of Greater Lafayette Week of Caring 2012 is just around the corner! 

Last year, over 450 volunteers completed over 70 projects at many local non-profit organizations during our annual Week of Caring. We need your help to make this year's event an even greater success for the organizations in our community.

CAP Council prepared and served a meal at Lafayette Transitional Housing Center during Week of Caring 2011 

If you are an agency, you can start submitting projects by going to the website and filling out the
Project Proposal Form . Projects are due by August 3rd to the United Way Volunteer Center.

If you want to participate, put together a team and projects will be available online on August 9th!

If you have questions you can visit the United Way Volunteer Center website WOC page, email Amy Wood, Volunteer Associate or call 765-742-9077 x 222.

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Did you Know?

Adults who began volunteering as youth are twice as likely to volunteer as those who did not volunteer when they were younger.
How to Host a School Supply Drive!
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We're halfway through the summer, meaning it's almost time for kids to begin preparing to go back to school! A new school year marks new beginnings for kids and parents; however, for those who lack the resources to purchase school supplies, this time of year can be filled with anxiety and stress.


As a solution, you can collect supplies for schools! You can help children in school by giving them the tools they need to succeed. Our local Salvation Army has a school supply drive and hand out every year and you can donate school supplies or volunteer to help out (see listing above) or, organize your own Equipped to Learn school supply drive. Here's How you can host a  successful school supply drive!



Whether you organize the drive on your own or make the organizing a group effort, you will need to reach out to a lot of people in order to make the school supply drive a success. So go ahead and recruit your family, work colleagues, neighbors and others in your community.


If you know a teacher, principal or school administrator, you can talk to him or her about your idea and find out the school's supply needs. Or you can call a local school or district and ask the principal what supplies the school may need.



  • Put together the list of supplies needed.
  • Determine drop-off dates and locations.
  • Determine whether supplies will need to be sorted and prepped. If so, schedule the drop-off deadline at least one week before the date you plan to give the supplies to the school. Consider keeping an estimated tally of collected supplies. It's helpful to know what you achieved when you celebrate your success.
  • Divide your tasks - don't do it all yourself.


  • Develop flyers
  • Tell the local papers
  • Tell all of your friends - word of mouth is a great promotional tool.
  • Reach out to PTAs, community organizations, faith organizations, YMCAs, libraries, etc., and ask them to help you promote the school supply drive. They could do so through bulletins, email blasts, mention at public meetings and/or allowing you to post your flyer in their buildings.
  • Post the school supply drive on your Facebook, Twitter or other social media and send out messages to your network.
  • Post signs near the drop-off location to make it easy for everyone to find you. Use large construction paper or poster board so people can read the signs from their cars.


Work with the school principal and/or administrator to determine the best date and time to drop off the supplies. Consider asking the principal to present the school with collected supplies during an assembly time. Make sure you invite the other volunteers to join you in presenting the school with the supplies.  


After everything is done, it's time to celebrate your success!


Give yourself a pat on the back for all of your hard work. And remember to thank everyone who helped you - it will make them feel great. While the school supply drive is still fresh in your mind, think about what worked well and what didn't. That way you can build on your success, if you decide to do this again.