Boiler Out!

What is Boiler Out?

The Boiler Out Volunteer Program provides students with meaningful community service projects that reflect its three core values of Outreach, Understanding, and Teamwork. Participants do a variety of volunteer work alongside international and American students, and local community members.

If you are interested in meeting new people while at the same time helping the Greater Lafayette Community through volunteering your time and energy, then this is the right group for you! Some past events have been: Boo at the Zoo, BINGO at a local nursing home, helping at an elementary school festival, work day at Camp Tecumseh, Food Finders Food Bank, ushering at the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, socializing animals at the Almost Home Humane Society, etc.

Why should I volunteer?

  • Give back to the community
  • Help those in need
  • Improve your intercultural knowledge and effectiveness
  • Meet new friends from all over the world
  • Learn new practical skills
  • Enhance your resume


What is the commitment? 

  • Attend one orientation session to learn more about the Boiler Out program
  • Volunteer for at least one event each month during the semester in which you are part of the cohort

Volunteer events are held at various times throughout the day and week/weekend, so volunteers can choose events to fit their schedules. Volunteers are expected to commit to one event each month during the semester.


How do I apply?

The application period for the Spring 2015 cohort is now closed. Please check back at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester for information on how to apply for that semester's cohort.

Boiler Out is a competitive cohort-based program, meaning students must apply to and be accepted into the program each semester in order to participate. Interested students must submit an application form. Late applications are not accepted. Spots are limited, and the application process is very competitive.

Please Note: Students who do not submit their applications by the deadline and/or are not accepted into the cohort will not be able to sign-up for Boiler Out! events. 

Boiler Out welcomed 150 students to the Spring 2015 Cohort!


Boiler Out in the news!

Check out this video about Boiler Out, done by Fast Track student reporter, Mingian Cui:

Boiler Out was featured on this episode of 3Etv:


Boiler Out Times Newsletter

Please enjoy current and past editions of the "Boiler Out Times" newsletter, written and produced entirely by our amazingly talented Student Leaders!

Boiler Out Times, April 2015

Boiler Out Times, March 2015

Boiler Out Times, October 2014

Boiler Out Times, September 2014



Please contact the Boiler Out Coordinators at

Please join our Boiler Out! Volunteer Program Facebook group.


Upcoming Events

Only currently accepted Boiler Out cohort members may sign up for events. Boiler Out members do not need to print out event tickets (unless you want to!).

New events are typically posted once a month on a designated Tuesday at 4:30pm. Please see the schedule of postings in your Boiler Out contract. Please sign up for ONE event on that Tuesday. If there are still spaces free the Friday of that week, you may sign up for more. We want to give everyone a chance to sign up for something!

Note: When you register successfully for an event, you will be taken to a confirmation page telling you to "print this ticket." You do not need to print the ticket, but you will know that you have registered. If you are taken back to the log-in page, you have not registered successfully. This is a known browser issue. Please go to the following webpage to reset your browser settings to default: That should fix the issue. Please try signing up again after you do the reset. If you still have difficulty, you can try using another internet browser.

End of the Semester Thank You Party!!!
Kathryn, Leighton, and Jean-Luc would like to say, "Thank You" for your dedication to the Boiler Out Volunteer Program by throwing you a party! This will also be the time for you to pick up your certificate, showing the number of hours you have volunteered with Boiler Out so far.

We will be renting out the lounge and patio at Purdue Village Community Center for our party. We will have a FREE meal (BBQ) for lunch, play some games, and reflect on a great semester of volunteering. Please register for this event so that we can prepare your certificate and know how much food to make!

Transportation will not be provided, since this is very close to campus. Meet at the PVCC, 50 Nimitz Dr, West Lafayette, IN.

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Contact Name: Boiler Out! Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email:

Almost Home
Do you love animals or miss your pet back home? Boiler Out has a new volunteer opportunity -- to be a "socializer" at a local animal shelter called Almost Home. Socializers play with the kittens and puppies in an enclosed area and/or walk older adoptable dogs on leashes or give attention to an older cat. This program gives the animals who are waiting to be adopted a chance to play with caring people and move about outside their pens.

Transportation will be provided to and from the event. Meet at the parking lot outside of Schleman Hall.

**NOTE: Please do not sign up for this event if you are very allergic to or are afraid of animals. You can choose to work with dogs or cats, but you will be exposed to a lot of allergens! Also, wear clothes that are appropriate for working with excited dogs. Long sleeves may be a good idea.**

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Contact Name: Boiler Out Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email:

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