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:

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

Boiler Out was featured on this episode of 3Etv:

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

   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!

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.


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


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


Cool School Program
Volunteers will be actively involved in playing with children, helping out with their homework, and spending quality time with them. In a specific time slot designed to provide guidance in different subjects, you will spend your time with K-4th grade students and assist them in their development.

Please remember that there are strict rules when working with children to not take photographs, have physical contact that could be deemed inappropriate, or go off alone with a child. When in doubt about what is appropriate or not, just ask!

**We will go to different schools on different days, so please note in the location which school you will be traveling to. Transportation will be provided to and from this event. Meet at Schleman Hall parking lot.**

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


International Center Fundraiser
The International Center (IC) is close by to campus to help assist International residents, and to foster cross-cultural knowledge and understanding in the Greater Lafayette Community. They do not receive funding from Purdue, West Lafayette or Indiana.

The IC will be parking cars prior to home football games at their center. Boiler Out volunteers will help direct cars on where to park in the lot.

The IC is located on North Russell Street, so transportation will NOT be provided. Please go to the IC and check in with IC staff members.

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


Boiler Tailgate Team Recycling
More than 200,000 fans attend each Purdue football home game. As you can imagine, that many people generates a lot of trash! The Boiler Tailgate Team’s mission is to encourage football fans to recycle as much as possible while they tailgate and attend the game. Boiler Out volunteers will join the team to interact with fans and hand out recycling bags at the entrances to the tailgate parking areas.

You will receive a t-shirt, lunch, and a ticket to attend the game (after you have finished your volunteer responsibilities.) Please note that you will be outside for many hours, so dress appropriately for the weather.

Since we need to report your name and t-shirt size to the Tailgate Team staff beforehand, you MUST NOT CANCEL if you sign up for this event. Several days before the game, you will receive an email from the Tailgate Team staff with more instructions. You will report to the Tailgate Team Headquarters 3 hours before kickoff to receive instructions and check-in. The check-in tent is on Hilltop Apartment property. You walk up Beering Drive and turn left onto the John Purdue Club parking lot. You will see the Tailgate Team tent from there. Please check in with the Tailgate Team coordinators.

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


Hunger Hike
The Hunger Hike 5K Run and Hunger Hike walk will benefit Food Finders Food Bank, Lafayette Urban Ministries, and St. Tom’s Haiti Mission to help expand and strengthen programs. Boiler Out volunteers will be assisting with registration, directing participants, and set-up/tear down.

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


Homecoming Tailgate
Crosswalk Commons will be hosting students for a tailgate before the homecoming game on September 27. Boiler Out volunteers will assist with serving food, set-up/tear down, and games. Volunteers will also be provided a brunch meal!

**Transportation is NOT provided, meet at Crosswalk Commons near Hilltop Apartments.**

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


Superhero Themed 5K Run/Walk
Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center is a non-profit organization that exists to offer some medical, education, and some for women and men that may be experiencing unexpected pregnancy. We offer a number of free services including pregnancy tests, STI testing, Limited Ultrasounds, prenatal and parenting classes, options education, goal setting assistance, emergency baby supplies, and peer counseling. Matrix has been in the Lafayette area for over 35 years and has seen a huge increase in clients in the last couple years.

Matrix holds an annual Superhero themed 5K Run/walk. It is a very fun and family friendly atmosphere. Volunteers will assist in a variety of tasks that could include: serving breakfast, assisting with children’s activities, and directing and cheering on participants in the race. For more info and pictures: http://www.lafayetteherorun.com/

*** If you have a superhero costume or mask, please wear it! (Batman, Superman, Poison Ivy, etc.) Transportation will be provided. Please meet at Schleman parking lot.***

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


Feast of the Hunter's Moon
The Feast of the Hunters' Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid - 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana.

Thousands of participants re-enact this event creating a feast for your senses. Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more. For more information about the event, see: http://www.tcha.mus.in.us/feast.htm

Boiler Out volunteers will help set up the weekend before Feast takes place. We will be helping with building booths, stringing fence lines, etc. Light physical labor may be involved. This will be outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear closed-toe shoes.

Volunteers will receive free tickets to attend the Feast on either October 4 or 5. It would be great to go together with your volunteer group, and you can discuss this at the set-up.

Transportation will be provided. Please meet at Schleman parking lot.

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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.

In October, Boiler Out volunteers will first help children with homework. Then we will assist the children in designing and creating a scarecrow, to be entered into a scarecrow contest at Prophetstown State Park. Art supplies will be provided.

Transportation will be provided. Meet at Schleman parking lot.

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


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: boilerout@purdue.edu