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November 16, 2012   


What's New This Week?

Opportunities for this weekend

It's not too late, call Milissa at 765-476-3277 to volunteer tonight!

Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is in need of items for their 200 Thanksgiving baskets they are giving away. Items needed by Monday morning, November 19th:
  • cans of corn;
  • cans of mushroom soup; 
  • cans of cranberry;
  • packets or jars of gravy;
  • cans of fruit;
  • monetary funds to pay for the turkeys

For more information, email Jennifer or call 423-4880.


Ring, Ring, Ring....Ring the Bell

With Christmas just around the corner, a familiar sound is the ringing of the Salvation Army Bells! Great family opportunity or by yourself, you can be a part of the tradition and help those in need at several locations in the Lafayette area.  

Visit www.RegisterToRing.com or call 765-742-0006 to sign up for a shift or two.   


Still Needed

Help a family get back on track

First Methodist Furniture Bank is looking for:

  • a truck that can be used to pick up furniture from donors;
  • groups that can provide the the muscle to move furniture;
  • perhaps you have furniture to donate.
  • All are needed!  
To sign up, visit opportunity on volunteer website or call Jeanne at 765-491-1460.

Mobile Pantry Help

Food Finders Food Bank looking for ongoing volunteers to assist with their mobile pantries in up to 16 different counties. Volunteers needed to:
  • distribute food from the mobile pantry truck;
  • assist individuals through the line;
  • carrying items to vehicles;
  • restock product as needed.
To sign up, visit opportunity on volunteer website or call Amy at 765-471-0062.

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

Children's Literacy Coalition

 Barnes & Noble Bookfair


Be a Part of the Action----READ!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Barnes & Noble, Lafayette


Children's Literacy Coalition Read-a-thon
Sports enthusiast and athletes of all ages reading continuously from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Listen to favorite children's stories, do some Christmas shopping and support children's literacy.

Can't attend the bookfair?


visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support online from 12/8/12 to 12/14/12 by entering Bookfair ID 10866416 at checkout.


A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit the organization.

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Remember the agencies as you are doing your holiday shopping!

Visit the Donation Exchange to find items you can donate.
If you do not have the time to volunteer, you can still help out by supplying items such as books, clothes, gift cards, matchbox cars, pacifiers, etc to several of our local organizations who have listed needed items on the volunteer center website.
Stop in and make your shopping list!

Serving With Heart This Family Volunteer Day


National Family Volunteer Day is November 17th and is a perfect time to "Serve with Heart" and encourage family members to take on a rewarding project to help others, or volunteer for an activity already taking place. Below are a few tips on how to get involved and instill within your family a commitment to making a positive impact in your local community, and beyond.


Tip #1: Parents - introduce community service to your child(ren) at a young age, and kids - get started early. If children develop a passion for community service when they are younger, they are more likely to volunteer when they are older. Talk to your family about why service is important and how to make volunteering fun.


Tip #2: Find something that your family is passionate about. Whether it is working with animals, homeless people, babies, or senior citizens, making a difference can be even more rewarding when doing what you love with the people you love.


Tip #3: Volunteer on a consistent basis. Partnering with an organization is a great way to establish a consistent service commitment. However, if flexibility is what your family likes, commit to finding a new project each month. For example, choose and volunteer with a homeless shelter one month and maybe an animal shelter the next. Look for ideas in the Volunteer Needs Column or visit the Volunteer Center website for even more ideas.


Tip #4: Find projects that are local. When you are first starting out, find local projects that interest you. You can make a difference in your community.


Tip #5: Look for ideas and resources. United Way of Greater Lafayette Leaders of Tomorrow program is aimed at getting children 11 - 15 years old involved in service. Learn more about this youth program on the Volunteer Center website and sign up in the spring.


Get out and get involved! Once you find a project that your family loves, stick with it. Consistency is everything, so make it a habit to volunteer on a regular basis and honor your commitment - people are counting on you. For more project ideas email Amy Wood or call 765-742-9077 x 222 at the United Way Volunteer Center or visit the website today!