Friday, April 23, 2010

Thank you (& New Volunteer Opportunities)!

To all the volunteers out there, we want to THANK YOU for all that you do! It's National Volunteer Week and we wanted to make sure that we thanked you.

What you do for this community and so many organizations is just amazing! Without your participation and help, a lot of things could not get done. We appreciate all that you do! :0) Keep up the good work!

Just a reminder, our summer program for students ages 11-18, is ready to start taking applications. Leaders of Tomorrow is a way for students to get involved in the summer. For more information about this program & online applications, please visit our website:

***Volunteer Needs Column ~ April 23, 2010***
United Way of Greater Lafayette, 1114 East State Street #200, Lafayette, IN 47905

Contact: Sammi: 742-9077 x 227 ** **

Volunteers are needed on April 24th to help with Arbor Day events for Tree Lafayette. Volunteers will meet at the Menards on Creasy Lane in Lafayette at 9:00 am.

Indiana Ombudsman Program is in need of some community volunteers as Friendly Visitors to be trained, shadowed and then volunteer 4 hours a month in one selected nursing or assisted living facility.

The Volunteer Center is looking for a few volunteers to help a community member with a disability with organizing, sorting, and disposing of household items due to a downsize in housing. This opportunity will take place over an extended time frame. This person also needs help with transportation for various errands every so often (this is a separate request).

Flexible volunteer opportunities are available at MHA of Tippecanoe County; volunteer 1 hour a week with a socially isolated individual recovering from a mental health challenge. Men are encouraged to apply.

Purdue University is in need of volunteers for the IV Tippecanoe Latino Festival on May 1, 2010. Volunteers will help with different aspects of the event.

Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Emergency Homeless Shelter is in need of overnight volunteers. Volunteers will help check-in guests, distribute food and pass out toiletries. Volunteers take turns staying awake in our shelter. They may sleep when not on duty.

Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center is in need of someone to donate the use of a PA system for our June 19th horse show. They will need to set up on Friday, June 18th, and take it back on the 20th or 21st. Our June 19th horse show is a benefit with all proceeds going to support Therapeion's programming.

Food Finders Food Bank is in need of many volunteers. They need volunteers for the Letter Carrier’s Food Drive event on Saturday, May 8th. Volunteers are needed to help during 2 shifts either from 12-3 or 3-6.

The Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center in Delphi, Ind. is looking for volunteers who can give 4 hours 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

Westminster Village is currently seeking volunteers interested in escorting residents to and from activities at Westminster Village. Volunteers will also engage and participate in the activity with the resident. Opportunities are available daily and include a wide range of activities.

Westminster Village is also seeking volunteers to lead chair exercises for Assisted Living residents on the 1st and 4th Saturdays of each month at 10:30 am. All exercises are seated and may include lightweights and/or resistance bands. Volunteers must be outgoing individuals who enjoy working with senior adults. Criminal background check and TB skin tests are required and will be provided to all individuals willing to make a good-faith 6 month commitment to Westminster Village’s Volunteer Program.

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