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September 21, 2012   


What's New This Week?

Last Minute Opportunity

Feast of the Hunters Moon is this Saturday and Sunday and they are in need of volunteers to help with parking.
There are 4 shifts available;  7:30 - 10:15am, 10:05am - 12:50pm, 12:40 - 3:25pm, or 3:15 - 6:00pm. If interested please e mail  wendy@starrsurveying.com

Administrative Volunteer 

Bauer Family Resources Counseling Program is looking for volunteers to:     

  • update binders; 
  • update excel spreadsheets; 
  • filing;
  • other basic administrative duties.     
If interested, visit Volunteer Center website opportunity or call Lauren at 742-4848

Still Needed

Are you "Thumbody Special? 

Mental Health America wants to know:   


  • do you love interacting with kids? 
  • do you have one hour to give? 
  • are you a professional, caring and dependable adult?   

Volunteers needed for the "I'm Thumbody Special" Program. This 1 hour presentation is taught to 3rd grade Tippecanoe County students and focuses on enhancing positive self regard and respect for others. The program includes a short video, a story, and an interactive presentation.

If interested, email  or call Jayme at 742-1800.

Outdoor Education Center Cleanup 
Cole Elementary Cleanup day is September 23rd from 1-4pm. Volunteers needed to:

  • prepare center for winter by;
  • cutting, weeding, hauling brush;
  • work an hour or all three.

More information visit: www.keepstockwellbeautiful.org  

Purdue Half-Marathon & 5K Volunteers 

Volunteer as an individual or group on October 20th. Help support Purdue Athletics Life Success Program and volunteer to help with:

  • course directional
  • water stations
  • start/finish line
  • registration
Volunteers receive a free t-shirt and refreshments. Sign up, visit www.purduehalf.com , email volunteer@purduehalf.com.

Wabash Sampling Blitz  

Volunteer to be part of the fourth annual Fall Wabash Sampling Blitz this September 28th! Join 250 volunteers to collect a snapshot of the water quality of the Wabash River, Wildcat Creek, and their tributaries. Volunteers will monitor: temperature, water cloudiness (turbidity), nutrient levels, and pathogen concentrations. Volunteer with a friend, your family, or alone and we'll assign you a partner.   


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


Thank You!

Week of Caring was a Great Success!
We had over 600 volunteers
participating in over 70 projects!

 GLC at MHA 

Greater Lafayette Commerce at Mental Health America 
Wabash National at FFFB
Wabash National at Food Finders Food Bank 
Cat at Boys and Girls Club WOC 2012
Caterpillar at Boys and Girls Club Beck Lane 

Time to start thinking about tax time!

Help low-to-moderate income families with accurate tax return filing.

Free Training and certification to prepare taxes begins in November so call now to get put on our mailing list to become a VITA Volunteer!

For more information visit:

or contact:

 Jennifer Million at 765-742-9077 x 227, jmillion@uw.lafayette.in.us

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income. 

~Errol Flynn

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Almost there! Still need about 35 more volunteers!
Sign up and become a R2S volunteer today!

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 even more volunteers are  needed! 


School has started and Volunteers are still needed!

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.   

If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.  If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. 
If you want to touch the future, touch a life. 

~Author Unknown 

9 Tips for Successful Group Projects

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Planning a volunteer project for a group of people can be difficult.  There are a lot of things to consider; from what the project should accomplish to how to ensure the project has a lasting impact.  


Here are some quick tips for planning successful group project: 


1. Define Your Goals

Develop a set of expected outcomes for your volunteer project. These form the base of your planning. For example, if your goal is to help improve youth literacy in a local school, your plan is going to develop differently than if your goal is to help your community plan and prepare for a disaster.

2. Create a Project Team

Gather together a group of people to help get the project off to a good start.  Inclusive projects start at the planning stage, so create a team that is made up of people with a wide range of abilities and experience.

3. Select a Project

Good group project ideas match real community needs with the skill level of volunteers.  With a little bit of forethought, you can find a partner organization and project that could not be done without the added energy and dedication of volunteers.

4. Plan the Project

The planning process can help bring members of your project team together and create a sense of ownership of the project.  Be sure to think about who will handle what tasks and the logistics involved in executing the project and getting volunteers to the project site.

5. Recruit Volunteers.

Volunteers help people change their lives and transform communities.  Group projects give citizens a special opportunity to demonstrate caring and sharing, and encourage more people to give their time and skills to the issues of their choice.

6. Resource Development

What resources are in place to support the project, and what will you have to get to support your project?  What type of equipment is needed to support the project?  Will it need to be purchased or can you partner with an organization that already has equipment that you need?  Don't forget to think about what will be needed after the project day - thank you notes and follow ups with your project volunteers.

7. Engage the Media

Get the word out.  Group projects can make a big difference in your community and can be a powerful signal for positive change.  The good news is that publicity for your project is often free.  Making an investment of time in publicity and working with the media can help to spread the word that volunteering helps solve serious social problems and helps to build communities.

8. Implementing the Big Day

The key to success on the project day is good management and planning.  The more that people know about what is going on, the more likely it is that things will go well.  Make sure that the project organizers and leaders are easily identifiable and have some way to communicate with each other.

9. Sustaining Service

Just because the project is complete, doesn't mean that it's all over.  You may find that you and your team want to continue planning projects in the community.  Take some time to reflect on what you've learned through the process and start planning another project.  If the team doesn't want to plan another project, encourage everyone to continue volunteering as individuals to help support the work that was accomplished on your project day.


Don't forget to have fun. Planning a group volunteer project is a lot of work, but there's a lot of opportunities in the process to make it a great experience for everyone that's involved from the project planning team to community partners to the volunteers.