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


Volunteer Needs Column 

October 12, 2012   


What's New This Week?
Christmas is just around the corner

American Red Cross is recruiting volunteers for their annual Christmas for Everyone program.  

  • Must work at least an one hour shift
  • Work one day or multiple days
  • Hand out registration forms and assist in filling them out when needed
  • Welcome Spanish speaking volunteers (half of clients are usually Spanish speaking)
  • Transcribe the forms into an Excel spreadsheet

CFE starts October 29th through November 20th, Monday - Friday starting at 9am. If you would like to help make Christmas special for a family in need, email Liz or call 742-6975 x 2217.

Help Keep a Family Warm

Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to assist with their annual Winter Warm Up Drive on Saturday, November 10, from 8:45 am until noon.  Volunteers are needed:  

  • To assist individuals and families select winter coats and other warm clothing.  
  • Great group project as they would like a total of 20 - 25 volunteers.

If interested, email Eloise or call 742-0006. 

Mentor a Child

Miller Elementary is looking for caring successful adults that are interested in mentoring a student during the lunch window of 10:50am - 1:15pm.  

  • Be a positive asset to a child 
  • Submit to a background check
  • Meet briefly with the building principal
  • Meet with the child for lunch or recess only 
  • Meet with the student once a week.

If interested in being a part of a child's life, contact Diana Snider or call 476-2930.

Still Needed

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 at msternbe@purdue.edu.

Socialize with Animals

Almost Home Humane Society is looking for volunteers to socialize with the animals:      


  • kittens need playtime;
  • dogs need walked;
  • all need attention!
Help prepare the animals for adoption. If interested, email Taylor or call 474-5222 x 302.

Work with New Mothers
Riggs Community Health Center is looking volunteers to help out in their Baby Corner Store:

  • Sell baby items to patients; 
  • light stocking and pricing;    
  • interact with new and expecting mothers!   

Volunteers needed the 1st & 4th Wednesdays from 12-3pm. If interested, contact Karissa at 742-1567 x 3039.  

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

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

Oerlikon Fairfield
for being week two's winner of the
Week of Caring Photo Contest

Fairfield at FFFB WOC 2012 winner #2
Fairfield employees received a $25 gift card to a local restaurant and Food Finders Food Bank received a $25 Walmart card.

Amy Gaulke from Food Finders says, "The volunteers from Fairfield were awesome! The project they worked on has taken an entire day in the past with more people. Their group arrived ready to work and enthusiastic. This project has been on our list for over a year, and it's finally done. The landscaping is beautiful, and we couldn't have asked for better volunteers."

     Thank you Fairfield for a job well done! 

Short on Time? Six Quick Volunteer Ideas!


Have you ever found yourself saying, "I've always wanted to volunteer, but I don't have the time," or "I just don't know where to start"?


Challenge your definition of volunteering and you might just discover that you are doing it already! A volunteer, to put simply, is someone who gives his or her time willingly and expects nothing in return.


Have you ever helped a friend write a letter or a job application? Have you helped at your child's school with an outing, at a book sale to raise money, or a community sports event? Ever "paid it forward" and committed a random act of kindness like helping a stranger with his or her suitcase at the airport? These acts are all forms of volunteering. I bet you didn't even notice the time it took out of your day!


If time is short but you want to get involved, lending a hand can become a way of life. Here are six quick and easy ways to volunteer and start making a difference.



You have to go food shopping. Why not call an elderly neighbor, or someone who can't get out, and do his or her shopping? How about picking up a few cans for your local food bank? You are going anyway!


Like to chat?

Do you have 30 minutes to spare, maybe once a week, and access to Facebook? Check out Language Exchange. You could partner up with someone wanting to learn your language and maybe learn his or hers, too.


Throw a swap party!

Grab your friends for an hour and have a swap party. Choose a theme (books, clothes, toys, etc.). You might come away with something you didn't know you needed, and all of those unused items will be recycled as something someone didn't know they needed. All the unclaimed items can be donated to the charity of your choice.


Are you a gamer?

Did you know that you can play online games for free that donate to charities on your behalf? One example is Charitii - a charity-donating crossword Web site that raises money to provide clean water, food for the malnourished, and protection of the rainforest worldwide.


Utilize your own connections

If there is a cause that really means something to you, you can help raise awareness of its work using your own network. You never know who might be listening who can help! Colleagues at work, friends and family, acquaintances that you find yourself chatting with - help spread the word by talking to people. If you have time free during your lunch hour, maybe that charity needs help writing e-mails or posters that need to be put up. Why not write to your newspaper to tell of the good work that the charity does?


Do what you know!

If you can cook, you can help. If you can read, you can help. Are you a computer programmer? A nurse? There are countless ways of using your existing skills to benefit others. Cook someone a meal, advise on health matters, fix a computer for an elderly neighbor or underfunded organization. Become aware of the people around you and figure out how much time you can spare each month. Even half an hour can make a huge difference for those who could benefit from your skills.


These are just a few small ways of donating a little bit of your time to help others. They are all unique volunteer activities and there are hundreds of more options out there. Small acts of kindness count, and add up overtime!