Friday, January 29, 2010

Volunteer 1-29-2010

Wow- can you believe the first month of 2010 is almost over?! Time just goes so quickly! Let's hope that the groundhog cooperates with us this year! I just keep on thinking spring!!!!

Random Volunteer Fact:

According to the NSGVP: Just over two thirds (68%) of volunteers said that volunteering helped them to develop better communication skills Sixty three percent reported increased knowledge about issues related to their volunteering.

At the end of each month we choose a winner for our Take a Volunteer to Lunch Program. This month, the Volunteer Center would like to congratulate our January 2010 Take a Volunteer to Lunch winners Julie Griffin & Cindy Roberts. They will receive a lunch for two at Sgt. Preston’s. They founded the SuperStars Social Club which provides social opportunities for teens with disabilities. The group meets once a month and does a variety of activities. Congratulations Julie and Cindy and Thank You Sgt. Preston’s!

Please contact me at for more information about any of the following opportunities. I hope that you can find something that will spark your volunteer interest, I look forward to hearing from you!

The Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (LARA) is in need of volunteer-tutors. Volunteers will help tutor students in small groups or one-on-one. Volunteers are also needed to help job seekers in our WorkOne Express Site. Times range from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Training dates are Feb. 1st & 2nd from 5:30 pm – 8 pm, you will need to attend both dates.

Volunteers are needed at the Canal in Delphi. There are a variety of tasks such as- working on the construction crew, being a host at historic trail activities & at the Canal Interpretive Center, being a “Canal Boat Captain”, volunteering for the education program and much more. For more information attend the Volunteer Callout on Feb. 17th at 7 pm at the Canal Center.

The Compeer Program at Mental Health America is in need of male volunteers, 18 and older. Volunteers will spend time with an individual recovering from a mental health challenge. Training and support is provided.

Wabash Center
is in need of volunteers to help run clients to and from Dr.’s appointments, grocery shopping, banking, etc. Some clients need assistance while in the Dr.’s office. Volunteers should have daytime availability. Contact for more details.

The Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center in Delphi, Ind. is looking for volunteers who can give 4hrs. a week to help with the following: baby feeders, animal care, maintenance, cage building and repair, clerical, rescue, data entry, phones, or grant writing. If you are interested learning more please visit

Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is in dire need of volunteers to help with data entry and sorting donations. They are also in need of dressers.

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is looking for committed volunteers to assist with planning our 2010 event. As a member of the committee you will have the opportunity to fight back against cancer, work with a fun group of people, and help plan one of Tippecanoe County's largest events. Volunteers are needed to assist in many areas of the committee including Team Development, Promotions, Advocacy, Mission, and many other types of activities.

The Lafayette Crisis Center is seeking new volunteers. They are a non-profit 24/7 Crisis/I&R hotline that provides a wide range of services to our community. Training is provided so no experience is necessary! Training begins soon, contact for more details.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities call the United Way of Greater Lafayette at 742-9077 x 227, email, or check out our website

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