Friday, March 5, 2010

Volunteer Needs 3-5-2010

Think spring...think spring...think spring! That's what I tell myself everyday. I love when the weather gets nice again, it's such a great feeling. It also means the start of outside volunteer projects again! And who doesn't like to get outside?! So keep that in mind as the weather gets nicer. :)

The Volunteer Center would like to congratulate our February 2010 Take a Volunteer to Lunch winner Amy Wood, who volunteers at the Lafayette Crisis Center. She will receive a lunch for two at Lafayette Brewing Co. She has spent over 350 hours providing crisis intervention with compassion to those in need. Not only does she provide a caring ear to those in distress, she also serves the Crisis Center in other areas. Amy is a Crisis Center Trainer and helps train new trainers and volunteers. Congratulations Amy and Thank You Lafayette Brewing Co.!

Random Volunteer Fact:
A study in Washington D.C. came up with the top 3 reasons why people volunteer:
1. They feel compassion for people in need.
2. They feel needed.
3. Volunteering gives them a new perspective on their community.

Why do you volunteer? (Feel free to comment!)

Here are this week's volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in any of the following, please contact me at

Westminster Village Bazaar Workshop Instructors Wanted! The instructor will organize a workshop, from idea conception to (thrifty) supply purchase, for interested residents to create quality hand-crafted items, which will be sold at our annual fundraiser. Instructors will be reimbursed for supply purchases. The volunteer should be creative, patient and able to create simple yet professional looking projects on a low budget!

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

The Tippecanoe County Public Library is in need of 3 Library Link volunteers. Library Link volunteers are matched with homebound patrons with similar reading interests. Volunteers select, deliver, and retrieve library materials monthly. Volunteers are typically needed for 2 hours a month.

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.

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.

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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