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January 18,  2013  

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FASFA Days at Area High Schools

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has contracted with The National Center for College Costs (NCCC) to host "FAFSA Days" at four public high schools in February 2013. Volunteers needed to greet people coming in and keep  line order to receive help. 
  • Shifts of 11am-1pm;1-4pm; & 4-7pm
  • February 4th - McCutcheon
  • February 11th - Jefferson
  • February 12th - West Lafayette
  • February 28th - Harrison 
For more information or to sign up, contact Cheryl at 742-9078 x 225 or email her at cheryl@cfglaf.org


Data Entry Specialist 

If you would like to help fight hunger but can not lift and sort, Food Finders Food Bank is in need of volunteers to enter data twice a week.  

  • computer skills preferred  but not mandatory (they will train) as well as other light office work    
  • volunteer twice a week for a few hours  
  • must have reliable transportation  
For more information about time slots and qualifications, check out Food Finder's opportunity and home pages on the Volunteer Center website. You can also contact Amy Gaulke by email  agaulke@food-finders.org or phone (765) 471-1101.

Still Needed

Ivy Tech Community College 

The Lafayette Ivy Tech Dental Assisting Students are holding the 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30. The public is welcome to attend to attend this fundraiser for student scholarships and support the Dental Assisting program.


For more information about the event, or to volunteer, contact Kali Miller at (574) 217-3749 or email at millkr10@gmail.com.
If interested in learning about more ways to get involved, contact Amy at the
United Way Volunteer Center or visit:
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Join us at United Way of Greater Lafayette Annual Meeting on January 30th, 11:30am at Judi's Catering to find out the 2012 Volunteer of the Year! RSVP here!


Need Assistance with Your Taxes?

VITA can help!


Tax season is rapidly approaching. If you have an annual income of $50,000 or less, VITA will prepare your taxes for FREE. This program begins January 15 and ends April 15.
VITA is specifically designed to aid people with low-to-moderate incomes in filing their taxes. Mobile sites at convenient locations are available to ease this process for you.
Schedule an appointment by clicking in the link on our website:
You may also schedule by calling or texting Jen Million at
 (574) 643-1012.
If you have any further questions about the VITA program, email
If you'd prefer, you can file your own taxes online if your annual income does not exceed $57,000. Check it out on the tax website now!

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 Dr. King's Challenge: What Are You Doing for Others?
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights leader whose actions sparked a national movement. The 13 years he dedicated to civil rights activities ignited concern and conscience within our country's citizens. His courage and selfless devotion were undeniable, and for this his legacy continues to inspire volunteers around the world.


Just four days after the assassination of the civil rights icon, legislation was proposed to make his birthday an official holiday. It took nearly 20 years and countless politicians to gather enough public support to receive Congressional support, and the day was first officially observed in 1986.MLK 


During his lifetime Dr. King worked tirelessly toward a dream of equality. He believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community service that helps solve problems. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day programs
not only meet tangible needs such as revitalizing schools and feeding the homeless; but they also build a sense of community and mutual responsibility by spurring conversation. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through volunteering and unite to strengthen communities, empower individuals, and bridge barriers.


There are many ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in your community, whether you're leading a local nonprofit, organizing an event with your family, or an elementary school student looking to make a difference.

Inspired by the legacy of Dr. King, America's Sunday Supper invites people from diverse backgrounds to come together and share a meal, discuss issues that affect their community and highlight the power each one of us has to make a difference. These family and community suppers unite individuals for dinner and dialogue in the restaurants, coffee shops, community centers, faith-based organizations, and homes across the country. Leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, individuals will participate in a community-by-community, nationwide conversation about our country's most pressing social issues related to hunger, homelessness, and poverty.


When individuals reach across differences in economic, ethnic, racial, and religious identities, meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with neighbors can occur. A sense of community is gained by neighbors working together on projects, resulting in stronger civic engagement and bringing us all closer to Dr. King's legacy.


How will you honor Dr. King with your service this upcoming MLK Day?
Share your experiences by writing reflections on the organization's  volunteer page. Check out many ways to volunteer and get involved by going to United Way's Volunteer Center.