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 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 204 students from 21 different countries to the Fall 2014 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

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.


Thanksgiving Celebration
Take part in the 2014 Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration! On Thanksgiving Day, Boiler Out students will work at assigned stations serving roasted turkey, replenishing side dishes or clearing/re-setting tables for the free Thanksgiving holiday meal for the community at Central Presbyterian Church.

Transportation to and from the event will be provided. 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


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.

**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.**

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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


Make Homemade Greeting Cards
We will be making Christmas cards for the senior citizens living in local nursing homes. No experience or artistic skills necessary! We will provide the supplies and examples of homemade cards. This is a chance to have fun at a more relaxed, social Boiler Out event. The greeting cards will be collected and distributed at a later time.

Meet in the basement of Schleman at B038. Please note that there are two basement levels, so follow signs for the right level!

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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


Stand Down
Stand Down events take place all across the U.S. in November, and are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as health care, housing, employment, and substance use treatment.

November is Homeless Awareness Month, so it is fitting that the Military Family Research Institute has organized a Stand Down in Lafayette, Ind., to serve the needs of the area's homeless veterans.

Boiler Out volunteers may be assigned a variety of tasks, such as working at the registration table, serving food, passing out canned goods, etc.

Transportation to the event (at the Tippecanoe Country Fairgrounds) will be provided. 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


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


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


St. John’s Commodities Day /LUM Pantry
Students will help unload a semi-trailer of food supplies for the Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Pantry and will help to sort the boxes and stock shelves of the food pantry with the supplies.

This event requires lifting a lot of boxes of food that can be heavy. Please wear comfortable clothes and make sure that you are prepared to do some heavy lifting!

**Transportation will be provided to and from St. John’s Episcopal Church. 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


St. Tom's Donation Pick-Up
Meet at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center to load donated food and supplies into a van to be transported to the Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) Food Pantry. Students will unload the van at LUM and stock shelves with the supplies.

The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of 42 Christian churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette's needy children and families. For over 40 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to low-income people in the Greater Lafayette area. They take an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the poor of Indiana.

The St. John's/LUM Food Pantry is the largest volume food pantry in west central Indiana. Open four mornings a week, the pantry provides emergency food to hungry children and adults.

**Transportation provided. Meet at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, 535 State Street, across from Stewart Center. **

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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


West Lafayette Library Book Fair
The West Lafayette Public Library will be having a book sale. Boiler Out volunteers will either to set up in preparation of the sale, or help during the sale as "floaters" to help keep the books arranged and possibly as "cashiers" to sell the books. You will have the opportunity to interact with patrons at the book sale.

Since the West Lafayette Public Library is so close to campus (208 W Columbia St), transportation will NOT be provided, and Boiler Out staff will be present for every shift. You will sign in at the Reference Desk at the library (on the left when you enter the main door to the library).

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


Winter Warm Up
The Salvation Army will hold its annual Winter Warm Up in November. The Salvation Army collects donations of warm winter clothes (coats, hats, gloves, and mittens), and then distributes these items to people who cannot afford to buy them. Boiler Out volunteers will assist with a variety of tasks, including handing out cloths, folding and organizing clothes, and cleaning up. There will be a short orientation at the beginning of the event. Wear comfortable clothing, as you will be inside sorting and distributing lots of clothing! Water will be provided, but bring your own snacks if you think you might get hungry.

Note: On Friday, you will be helping with set up. On Saturday, you will be helping during the distribution.

Transportation will be provided to and from the event. Please meet at the parking lot in front of Schleman Hall.

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


Thanksgiving at Hanna Community Center
The Hanna Community Center annually provides a free, home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner to those in need in the community. This year, the meal will be served on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day.

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


Habitat for Humanity
Join us as we serve alongside Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is an organization which creates opportunities for low-income families to have a simple, decent and affordable house to call home. During the day we will help assist with a current build project, which could include a new build or a renovation. Depending on the stage of the project, we could be painting, doing yard work, moving materials, roofing, siding, or even installing doors/windows. It all depends on what is needed that week. No experience is needed, just a willingness to learn.

Dress comfortably so that you can work, and check the weather to know if you need a jacket. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes (no sandals). Also bring a water bottle that you can refill while working. Lunch will be provided!!

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


Pie Sale at Happy Hollow Elementary
Happy Hollow Elementary School is doing a fundraiser by selling pies in November. The money raised by the sale of the food goes to Happy Hollow Parent Council, much of which goes into classroom support (supplies and teacher grants) and student experiences (e.g. visiting authors). Families can buy pies for themselves, and they can buy extra pies to be donated. The pies are donated to the community. They will first give a pie to each child in the Backpack Program (provides weekend food for "food insecure" students) and if there are additional donated pies, they go to the local food bank (LUM/St. John's).

Volunteers will be separating out the pies donated towards our Backpack Program and the local Food Pantry, and helping to load the donated pies into cars for delivery.

Transportation is provided. Please 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


Preparing Christmas Dinner with Mid-Land Meals
Mid-Land Meals is a Not for Profit established in 1974. The local Lafayette facility was built in 2002 and expanded in 2010. Mid-Land Meals delivers meals to homebound persons unable to travel. Mid-Land Meals also supplies meals to 28 other sites across the state. They ship frozen meals directly to clients’ doors through Medicaid Waiver and other sources. Each meal includes and 8 ounce serving of fresh milk. Menus are regularly reviewed to meet the dietary guidelines. This includes reviewing sodium, sweets, calcium, fiber and fat. We provide Reduced Concentrated Sweets, Low Potassium and Low Sodium diet meals with a doctor’s prescription. 63% of the older Hoosiers served by Mid-Land Meals believe their health improves when they start coming to a nutrition site. For more information, see: http://www.midlandmeals.com/

Volunteers will help out in making and preparing a Christmas meal, and assisting in packing food in the boxes. Lunch will be provided (chicken and dumplings).

Transportation is 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


ISS Staff Retreat
MAINLAND CHINESE STUDENTS ONLY!

The ISS staff retreat on Thursday, November 6th will be centered around Chinese culture. From learning to pronounce names to participating in making Chinese dumplings the staff will learn about different aspects of Chinese culture. We invite those in the cohort from mainland China to help out with two activities.

1 – 9:30-12:30, assisting the staff with making Chinese dumplings. There will be a Master Chef who will coordinate the whole event. All of the necessary ingredients will be provided. Volunteers will help making the dumplings and chat with ISS staff about their culture and country. Lunch will be provided. This activity will take place at the International Center at 523 N Russell St. Transportation is not provided: please meet at the International Center.

2 - 1:15-2:30, help set up and organize a badminton and ping pong tournament at the Rec Sports Center for the ISS staff. Volunteers are welcome to stay for the Tae Kwon Do demonstration and also for tea and afternoon snacks. This activity will take place in the Boilermaker Room at the CoRec. Transportation is not provided: please meet in the Boilermaker Room.



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


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