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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQWM-wLNymk

Boiler Out was featured on this episode of 3Etv:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aVfYK6DE4M

 

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, September 2014

Boiler Out Times, October 2014

 

Questions?

Please contact the Boiler Out Coordinators at boilerout@purdue.edu

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: http://www.iss.purdue.edu/troubleshooting.cfm 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.


Big Ten Swim Meet
The Big Ten Swim meet is being held at Purdue. The Aquatic Center is in need of timers for the event. This means you would be right down on the decks with the athletes. No experience is necessary, training will be given prior to the start of the event.

Since the event is located on campus, no transportation will be provided. Please meet at the Aquatic Center and check in with Purdue Aquatics who are running this event. Detailed instructions of where to meet will be sent as the date gets closer.

**This event may be on TV! Please show your school spirit and wear Purdue clothing if you have any. Please do not wear clothing from any other universities or anything that would be considered offensive.**

**Please note, the scheduled time for this event may change depending on how long the swim meet lasts. Look for final schedule in an email closer to the event.**

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Contact Name: Boiler Out Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5771
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


Mobile Pantry Community Outreach Program
The Mobile Pantry Outreach Program directly serves clients in areas where food is needed in an effort to supplement other hunger relief agencies in that area. The Mobile Pantry truck travels around north central Indiana providing nutritious perishable and non-perishable food. The truck provides at least 5,000 lbs. of food at any given location, which is enough for 140 families to receive 30-40 lbs. of food. Each truckload usually includes a variety of products such as frozen meat, canned goods, produce, baked goods, and laundry soap.

The Mobile Pantry Program began in 2010 with just a few distributions. Immediately, we saw the critical need for the Mobile Pantry and the community quickly embraced the program. In 2011, Food Finders was one of 10 food banks in the country to receive a new Mobile Pantry truck through a grant from Kraft Foods and Feeding America. The truck has greatly expanded the possibilities for Food Finders. Currently, the truck distributes food almost daily around Food Finders’ 16-county service area. This program has especially helped areas that have little to no resources. For more information, see: http://food-finders.org/mobile-pantry-program/

Boiler Out volunteers will assist by setting up the mobile pantry and will also help individuals and families select food.

**Transportation will be provided from campus to the event and back. This is event is outdoors, so please dress according to the weather.**


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Contact Name: Boiler Out Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


Lafayette Symphony Orchestra
Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs at the Long Center for Performing Arts in downtown Lafayette. Boiler Out volunteers could work inside as ushers, ticket takers, or outside as parking lot attendants. After guests are seated, we will stay together as a group and watch the performance for free in the upper balcony. Please note that volunteers are required to attend this entire event, even after volunteering duties are finished. If you do not want to watch the show, please allow other volunteers to sign up for this event instead.

For more information about the LSO, see: http://www.lafayettesymphony.org/

***The dress code for the event is business casual/semi-formal. Men should wear a nice shirt, trousers, and nice shoes. Women should wear nice shirt and pants/skirt, or a dress, and nice shoes. No jeans or tennis shoes are allowed. If it is cold outside that night, bring a very warm coat in case you are working in the parking lot outside.***

Transportation will be provided. We will meet in the parking lot outside of Schleman Hall.

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Contact Name: Boiler Out Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


Food Finders Food Bank
Since 1981, Food Finders Food Bank has been a critical component of the welfare of Tippecanoe and 15 surrounding counties in Indiana: providing food to member agencies, advocating for the hungry, and educating the public about hunger-related issues.

Funded by United Way, foundations, grants, the USDA, corporations, sponsors, and individual donors, Food Finders Food Bank annually distributes more than 7 million pounds of food to a network of non-profit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout north central Indiana. Learn more at: http://food-finders.org/

We will be going to the local food bank and helping them to sort and repackage food, or assisting them with any other tasks necessary.
Transportation will be provided for this event. We will meet at the parking lot outside of Schleman Hall.

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Contact Name: Boiler Out Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY: OEPP
Undergraduate students ONLY can sign up for this event!

Purdue’s Oral English Proficiency Program (OEPP) needs volunteers to provide feedback to international graduate students who are preparing to become TAs (teaching assistants). You will observe the graduate students giving brief presentations and provide useful feedback. Undergraduate students of all language backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

**This event is held on campus in Krannert, so no transportation will be provided. The program is sponsored through OEPP, so no Boiler Out staff will be present.**

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will receive a confirmation paper when you attend your session. You must bring that paper back to the Boiler Out Graduate Assistant within three days after your event so that we know you attended your session!

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Contact Name: Boiler Out! Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


Green Tree Assisted Living-Afternoon of Games
Green Tree Assisted living is an institution with the goal to provide with a radiant place and a good environment for the care of senior citizens. The volunteers for this activity will be playing board games (like domino’s, checkers, or cards) and socializing with the residents. Transportation to and from the event will be provided by the ISS office. Meet near the parking lot outside of Schleman Hall.

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Contact Name: Boiler Out! Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


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: boilerout@purdue.edu


West Lafayette Library Book Sorting
West Lafayette Public Library is preparing for their Book Fair and needs help to sort books. Donated books will be sorted into categories and then boxed up in preparation for the Book Fair.

Since the West Lafayette Public Library is so close to campus (208 W Columbia St), transportation will NOT be provided, and no Boiler Out staff will be present. You will sign in at the Reference Desk at the library (on the left when you enter the main door to the library). From there, you will be escorted by a library staff member to the basement where you will do the sorting. Please be on time so that all the volunteers can be escorted at the same time.

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Contact Name: Boiler Out! Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


YWCA Salute to Women Coat Roam
Salute to Women is an annual banquet put on by the YWCA to honor and bring focus to empowered women who model a variety of ways to lead, add value to our community and improve the lives of others. YWCA needs volunteers to work in the coat room during the event. You will help people hang their coats, give them tickets, and return the coats at the end of the event.

This event is at Purdue Memorial Union. Since it is on campus, there will not be transportation. Please meet at PMU.

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Contact Name: Boiler Out Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


Hanna Center After School Program
The Hanna Community Center, Inc is a non-profit, multi-service agency which provides programs and services for the Hanna neighborhood and all residents of Tippecanoe County. Their mission is to advance the well being and quality of life of the Hanna community by providing quality programs, services, and community interactions for the neighborhood and the youthful and elderly citizens they serve. In pursuing that mission, they seek to celebrate the diverse cultures of Greater Lafayette while preserving Lafayette's African American culture, heritage, and history. For more information, see: http://www.hannacntr.org/

Hanna Center's After School Program is structured so children in grades K-6th can receive assistance with their educational needs while being supervised in a safe environment. The main focus of the program is to assist in completing homework and enhancing basic skills in math, reading and problem-solving through tutoring, crafts, activities and games. After School Programs are held at the center or local elementary schools.

Boiler Out volunteers will first help children with homework. Then we will assist the children in art projects, games, or other fun activities.

Transportation will be provided. Meet at Schleman parking lot.

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03/31/201502:45 PM-05:15 PMSchleman Parking Lot1

Contact Name: Boiler Out Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


Family Night with Columbian Zoo at Creasy Springs
Creasy Springs health campus is a nursing home facility in Lafayette, Indiana. Boiler Out volunteers will help with accompanying residents to the event Family Night with the Columbian Zoo, and sit/chat with the residents during the event.

*Please Note the entire event will take place at Creasy Springs, transportation will be provided to and from the event.*

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Contact Name: Boiler Out Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


Strike Out Suffering 2015
March 7th is the annual Strike Out Suffering Bowling Event organized by Almost Home Humane Society (we volunteer with this organization twice a month to socialize with their animals)! This event is their sole fundraiser to help those animals that arrive at their facility with broken bones, medical issues, and other situations get a second chance.

Boiler Out volunteers will be helping to prepare for the event (get t-shirts folded, raffle items set up, lane names set up, etc.)

**Transportation will be provided to and from the event.**


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Contact Name: Boiler Out Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


Hanna Center Senior Citizens Craft Day
The Hanna Community Center, Inc is a non-profit, multi-service agency which provides programs and services for the Hanna neighborhood and all residents of Tippecanoe County. Their mission is to advance the well being and quality of life of the Hanna community by providing quality programs, services, and community interactions for the neighborhood and the youthful and elderly citizens they serve. In pursuing that mission, they seek to celebrate the diverse cultures of Greater Lafayette while preserving Lafayette's African American culture, heritage, and history. For more information, see: http://www.hannacntr.org/

Boiler Out volunteers with assist with the Hanna Center’s Senior Citizen Craft Day. They will assist the elderly in completing their crafts and socializing with them.
**Transportation will be provided to and from the event.**


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Contact Name: Boiler Out Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
Contact Email: boilerout@purdue.edu


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