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Volunteer Needs Column 

August 3, 2012   


What's New This Week?
Fun Event
YWCA is seeking volunteers for their Corn Hole Classic Fundraiser:
  • 8am - 10pm (2 hours shifts) 
  • help with set-up/tear down
  • keep concession area clean
  • game officials 
For more information, email Lisa or call 765-742-0075.

Still Needed

Back to School Time
Salvation Army is seeking volunteers:
  • August 7th to help with Annual Tools for Schools where they will pass out school supplies.
  • August 16 (from 1pm until 4pm) to help with all leftover school supplies to be inventoried and packed away until a January restock  for the Lafayette schools.
For more information, call Audrey or Eloise at 765-742-0006.

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:


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

Week of Caring 

2012 WOC

September 9 -16, 2012

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.

If you want to participate, put together a team and sign up for your project online starting August 9th!

If you have questions you can visit the United Way Week of Caring page,email Amy Wood or call 765-742-9077 x 222.


Read to Succeed Logo

Read to Succeed is a community initiative led by United Way of Greater Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Commerce and local community school corporations designed to motivate our community to engage in our students' academic success.

You can help
 a student succeed at a local elementary school by volunteering one hour a week. Your time and compassion can make a difference in a child's education. 

Five more schools have been added this year so that means they need even more volunteers! 


Registration now open for the 2012-2013 school year! 

To learn more about the program and choose the school you would like to volunteer with, go to:


or contact Amy O'Shea at United Way 765-742-9077 x 244

Read to Succeed
2011-2012 Read to Succeed Volunteer assisting a child with her reading.   

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Give Your Teachers More than Apples


The weather is getting hotter and hotter, the pool is be coming less refreshing, and the kids are starting to get antsy. It's about that time of the year again... school time! The first day of school is just days away for many kids across the country. The start of school often means stress and instant panic Read to Succeed volunteer for parents and teachers who scramble to get last minute things together for the new school year.  


Being a volunteer for your community's school is one of the best ways that you can combat school year stress; after all volunteering is proven to make us happier! Whether you are a parent who wants to become more involved in your child's education or you are an individual just looking to make a difference. Check out our ideas to serve your community's schools this upcoming year!     

  1. Tutor: We know that early grade reading skills are a key factor for academic success and high school graduation rates. Join Read to Succeed to become directly involved in student achievement by volunteering one hour a week.  
  2. Volunteer at the library: Many schools fall short when it comes to keeping up with their library and ensuring proper staffing. Volunteer at your child's library to help with book donations, shelf organization, checking out books, or reading to children. It is a great way to meet your child's teachers and remain visible at the school.
  3. Time to take a trip: Volunteer to chaperone for your child's field trips. Teachers often lack the necessary funding to rent transportation for field trips. Volunteering your time to chaperone or drive will ensure that your child gets an enriching and fun education!
  4. Clean up on the school aisle: Have you noticed that your child's school grounds could use some beautification? Put together a volunteer cleaning crew who will help clean up the school grounds and restore routine maintenance. Often schools need new paint jobs and other beautification projects. Volunteers can be a great asset to this need.
  5. Teach kids about the work force: Volunteer your workplace as a field trip. If you work somewhere that could be particularly educating to a group of youngsters. Suggest that your child's teacher bring his or her class for a day of learning!
  6. Share your time and talents: Are you crafty or do you have a green thumb? Volunteer to a classroom volunteer. Teachers often need assistance with small classroom projects. Volunteer to teach children an arts and crafts skill or about gardening.
  7. Hold a donation drive: If you know a school that could benefit from some extra supplies; hold a drive at your workplace. Often teachers have to purchase their own classroom supplies. Help ease the burden on these teachers, by donating things that they need!
  8. Join the club: Volunteer your time with the PTA, planning committees, or school board. You will help make a difference on your community's education system by being part of the decision making process.   

There are so many ways that you can volunteer in your community's schools throughout the year, these are by no means your only options! Contact the United Way Volunteer Center for more ideas or speak with your school's principal to see how your talents can be of use at your local school.