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.

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: 

   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 Fall 2014 cohort is now closed.

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 240 students from 25 different countries to the Spring 2014 Cohort!


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.

Cleanup day at Clegg Gardens
Clegg Gardens is a beautiful oasis of nature in Lafayette IN that has been open to the public since 1965. The property has impressive overlooks above the Wildcat Creek and a great diversity of plant species. The property is bounded on the east by a road and as a result collects trash from passing motorists. Please consider taking this opportunity to visit a beautiful property close to campus and help to keep it clean for others to enjoy.

Those joining the cleanup should wear long pants and good closed-toe shoes for working on slopes. No sandals! Light refreshments will be provided.

Transportation will be provided. Meet at Schleman parking lot.

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10/01/2014Schleman Hall parking lot8:40am - 12:20pm5

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

Make a Difference Day - De-Trash the Wabash
Sign-up deadline: September 24!

We will close registration by the deadline of September 24. If you sign up for this event, you must NOT cancel, as we need to report volunteer information to the organizers of this event.

Make a Difference Day is the national day of doing good, and Purdue celebrates this day by serving at local agencies working to impact positive change in the community.

Volunteers will be picking up trash along the Wabash River to keep it clean for the greater Lafayette community. This event will be outside, so dress appropriately for the weather and wear a jacket if necessary. Please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in, and closed-toed shoes (no sandals).

Lunch and transportation will be provided by Civic Engagement and Leadership Development. Meet in the morning at France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center (Co-Rec, Black & Gold Gym) at 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive. You will then be driven to your work location.

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10/25/20148:30am-1:30pmCo-Rec, Black & Gold GymWait List

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

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