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Volunteer Needs Column 

September 28, 2012   


What's New This Week?
Groups Wanted

Almost Home Humane Society is looking for group volunteers:     

  • school groups;
  • fraternities and/or sororities;
  • church organizations.
AHHS is flexible with days and times the groups can work. If interested, email Taylor or call 474-5222 x 302.

Boo at the Zoo
Columbian Park Zoo is looking for volunteers for their annual Boo at the Zoo. Deadline to sign up is October 5th. Volunteers are needed for the following:

  • Decorating: October 15 - 22, 1-4p.m.
  • Evenings: October 24 - 26, 5-8p.m. or 7-10p.m.,   
  • Clean Up: October 27 & 28, 10a.m.-1p.m.  

Go to boovolunteers@lafayette.in.gov  and fill out the volunteer form or call Darla or Aricka at 765-807-1544 with any questions or concerns.


Stand Down  

When: Nov. 10, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

Where: Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds


The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) is partnering with a number of community organizations to host a Stand Down for homeless, almost homeless, and unemployed veterans and their families. Lots of volunteer are needed to help with this event. Contact: Martina Sternberg at  msternbe@purdue.edu.


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.
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

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


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

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Why Should I Volunteer in Schools?


By now, school has started around the country, and while kids everywhere are heading back to classes, volunteers are heading back to school too!


Volunteering in schools can be beneficial for everyone involved: the students get to meet older students or adults from outside of the school, the school benefits from the skills and talent that the volunteer brings to the table, and the volunteer can grow their network and circle of friends!


Figuring out how to volunteer with a school is an important step in planning your volunteer role, but so is understanding the costs (mostly time) and benefits of volunteering.


Benefits for Students

Volunteers in schools can play an important role in the lives of students. They can be an important adult connection for students. Students who have involved adult volunteers in their school generally have better grades, better attendance, and higher graduation rates. Increased adult involvement also causes students to have more positive attitudes, more motivation, and higher self-esteem.

Volunteers may also help students by serving as a link between a school and a community. Students do better when schools, families, and communities work together, and involvement is strong.
Volunteers can be a strong advocate for the school they volunteer with. They can be a voice in the community for the school, helping to bring in needed resources or helping people to see the school as a positive force in their neighborhood.


Benefits for Schools

Schools can benefit from adult volunteers through:

  • Increased individual attention for students
  • Extra support on projects
  • Stronger ties to the community
  • Higher levels of parent-teacher communication
  • Increased capacity to better serve a wider variety of youth needs
  • Higher test/grade scores
  • Strengthened programs
  • Improved student behavior

Benefits for Volunteers

Volunteers benefit from volunteering, whether it's from a closer peer-relationship with teachers and staff at the school or by building positive relationships with students. Volunteers benefit from their work with schools through:

  • Opportunities to meet new people
  • Improving communication, management, and interpersonal skills
  • Improving problem-solving skills
  • Increased self-confidence
  • A clearer understanding of school structure and curriculum
  • Gaining valuable job experience
  • The opportunity to serve as a role model for students
  • The chance to inspire, educate, and motivate future generations

Parents who are active in their child's school can benefits at home, too. Parent volunteers can form tighter bonds with their children and often find themselves having more open discussions about life at, and outside of, school. Family members that volunteer aid their child's transition from the home to school. By assisting in this transition, parents learn the structure and expectations of schools.


If you want to volunteer at your child's school, get in touch with the school's principal to find out where volunteers are needed in the school and we still have a few spots left with the Read To Succeed program. Contact Amy O'Shea at 742-9077 x 244 or sign up online and start volunteering in one of our local schools today!