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February 7,  2014    

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Are Horses Your Thing?



Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center provides assisted equine programs for persons with disabilities, youth at risk, and disabled veterans.  Their spring session begins on March 11th.  They are seeking volunteers:
  • to work with special riders during class times; 
  • help staff  Brookston Tack & Feed store;
  • and several other opportunities are also available. 
No experience is required.  Please contact our volunteer coordinator at TTRCvolunteer@yahoo.com for more information or call 765- 414-8066.


Food Pantry in Need 


St. John's/LUM Food Pantry is seeking 2 or 3 volunteers to help distribute food to those in need.


The Pantry is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings at 8:45 a.m., and typically are finished before noon.

If interested, see listing on volunteer center website, contact Jane at janevanable@gmail.com or 765-404-7796.


Train to become a Crisis Volunteer

Crisis Center Training Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 19 - (6 - 10pm)
  • Saturday, February 22 - (9am - 5:30pm)
  • Wednesday, February 26 - (6 - 10pm)
  • Saturday, March 1 - (9am - 1pm)
  • Wednesday, March 5 - (6 - 10pm)
  • Saturday, March 8 - (9am - 5:30pm)

Four times a year, the Crisis Center provides over 45

hours of intensive training to enable our volunteers to provide confidential, individualized service. Application and interviews have started!

Training is a great opportunity to help others in need, meet wonderful caring people, and develop incredibly useful skills. Consider joining their dedicated team! For more detail, visit the LCC website, or contact Beth, beth@lafayettecrisiscenter.org or 765-742-0247.


100 Men Who Cook

Lafayette Family YMCA is seeking volunteers to help with a fundraiser on Saturday, March 1 from 5 - 10pm being held at the Purdue Memorial Union. Volunteers will:

  • carry in food from cars to ballroom;
  • clear plates and keep tables clean;   
  • general set up and clean up.

Great for Purdue student involvement! If interested, contact Julie, jmartin@lafayettefamilyymca.org



Still Needed


Organization Your Specialty?


Food Finders is seeking a detail oriented volunteer to help with general data entry, filing and office assistance. This volunteer should have some experience with data entry and follow directions carefully. Food Finders is a growing organization that relies heavily on support from the community. Visit listing on volunteer center website or contact Stacy, sbaker@food-finders.org or (765) 471-0062.


Make a Friend. Be a Friend    


Mental Health America is looking for compassionate Compeer Match volunteers who are willing to spend 4 hours a month with someone who is experiencing a mental illness.



  • 9 month commitment
  • Must be able to spend 4 hours a month with their match
  • Must be at least 21

If interested, see listing on volunteer center website, contact Tie at thernandez@mhalafayette.org or  765-742-1800.   


Connect Children with Books   

Volunteers are needed on Thursday mornings and afternoons to assist preschool children in making selections when they trade books on Book Cycle Day. Volunteers may also read to the children, sort and organize book inventories at the centers.Volunteers will need to provide transportation, should be comfortable with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and be reliable. If interested, contact Colleen,  creader6142@gmail.com or (765) 404-5700.

Do you know that one place you can go to learn all of the ways you can be active in the community?

In an effort to increase the collaboration, connections, and relationships among local non-profits and community members, United Way of Greater Lafayette is excited to introduce the online volunteer and donor opportunity system called
"Get Connected."

Get Connected is an easy-to-use web-based platform that matches the right donors, advocates, and volunteers with the right opportunities in our community.

Use Get Connected to find ways to give your unused materials and household items to agencies in need of donations, advocate for causes that require your passionate voice, and volunteer your time in ways that make a real difference.

To access the system, go to Volunteer Center website to get started!


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