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December 7,  2012   


What's New This Week?

Board Member Call-Out 

The Natural Parenting Education Network

serves families in the Greater Lafayette Area that are exploring natural birth and parenting options. They are  looking for 2013 volunteer board members with experience in finance, marketing or policy. Learn more at a call-out December 10th from 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m., visit website or contact Julie Stuckey at stuckej@purdue.edu 

Help MHA Go Green
Mental Health America are in need of someone to take recyclables to Lafayette's recycling center once or twice a month. Volunteers must provide own transportation be able to lift up to 15 lbs. Help MHA be green and sign up today on the volunteer center website, email Jayme or call 742-1800.

Still Needed

Sponsor a child for Christmas 
Red Cross' Christmas for Everyone Program is looking for people or groups to consider sponsoring a child or children who have registered for the program. Call for age, gender, clothing sizes and toy preferences. Spend no more than $50 per child, include wrapping paper and bows (but do not wrap). All gifts need to be taken to Red Cross by December 14th. To sponsor, email Liz or call 765-742-6975 x 2217.


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.   

Help those with Cancer

Community Cancer Network has several opportunities for volunteers:  

  • Volunteer/Volunteer Coordinator
  • Transportation provider
  • Receptionist
  • House cleaner 

If you would like to offer encouragement, comfort and support to individuals being treated for cancer view more complete descriptions of the positions above on the Volunteer Center website, email Lori Miller at ccnlori@gmail.com or call her at 765-446-5464.   


Reading to Preschool Children  

Dennis Burton Child Care has a long time volunteer reader retiring from reading to the children weekly and they are searching for someone(s) to replace his work. If you would like to become a volunteer reader, view a more complete description on the Volunteer Center website, email Kristi at khogue@tcchildcare.com or call her at 765-423-4906.

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!

7 Benefits to Volunteering for the Holidays

  Holiday Shoppers

The holidays are just around the corner ("AHH I still have so much to do!"). We all know this time can be extremely stressful, especially during holidays that require gift giving.


The holidays are often so overwhelming and stressful because the focus is centered on giving commercial goods to our loved ones. We become so fixated on giving the perfect gift to others that we often forget the real meaning of the holidays. Although the holidays are a time of giving, it is also important to help those around us who may not be fortunate enough to have a holiday full of presents, parties, and big holiday meals.


So instead of fixating yourself on the material part of the holidays, make a pledge of service to your community this holiday season! Not only will you feel less anxious about the holidays because you are making a beneficial mark on someone else, you are also making someone's holidays a little cheerier than they may have originally anticipated. After all, your holidays might be a little better, as well knowing that someone gets to enjoy the time just as much as you do.


Are you convinced that you can stay away from the malls for one day to help someone else? Alright well here are some more benefits to volunteering this holiday season in case you need some more convincing.

  • Volunteering helps you develop new life skills you may not have learned otherwise. Do you want to learn carpentry, become more social, or practice a new language? You can do all these things through volunteering! Volunteering is the perfect way to discover something that you're really good at while contributing to the benefit of your community (it's a win-win situation).
  • Volunteering is a means of establishing yourself in the community. The commercial side of the holidays has caused a disconnect between community members. Bridge that gap by coming together as a community and helping those who are less fortunate this holiday season. It not only builds relationships between community members, but it also helps members understand the issues that affect their immediate community.
  • Volunteering provides a sense of motivation and a feeling of achievement. Volunteers are motivated in their work because they are able to work for a cause or passion that they truly believe in. When one is able to work for an important cause they feel a sense of achievement because they see the importance that their good work has for someone else.
  • Increase your career opportunities. Volunteering looks great on school and job applications. It is also a way to explore different career paths if you are thinking of a switch. If this is not enough motivation for you, then what is?
  • Volunteering is a great way to gain new real world experience hands on! Volunteering is a way to gain life experiences in ways that you never would have thought possible.
  • Meet a new group of people you may not have met otherwise. Volunteering with others in your community brings together a diverse group with similar interests who may not have met otherwise. You can not only learn more about your community, but you may also build new relationships and friendships!
  • Volunteering serves as a good reflection of your entire self. Volunteering as an extracurricular activity reflects beneficially on your character. It sends the message that you have a good work and self balance. Who knows you may even inspire your family, friends, and coworkers to volunteer as well?

We hope these benefits are convincing enough to get you involved in giving back this holiday season. Your service acts can be big or small depending on your interests and schedule. Make your holiday more meaningful and less stressful; help make your community a better place today!