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 open! Please fill out and submit the application here:  Boiler Out! Application

Applications are due at 5:00pm on January 20, 2015.

***Please note that if you get an error page when you click on the link above, try copying and pasting the link into your browser instead.***

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:

Boiler Out was featured on this episode of 3Etv:


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.

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:

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:

***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:

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:

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:

Klondike Elementary School Winter Festival
Klondike Elementary School will be having their winter festival. This is a Saturday event when the children can come in with their parent's and enjoy different games, foods and maybe even some face painting. The school is looking for volunteers to help with the games and face painting.

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

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

Polar Plunge
Polar Plunge is a fundraiser for the Indiana Special Olympics. This is a great event for a great cause! Please see this website for more information about what a "polar plunge" is:

Special Olympics of Indiana needs Boiler Out volunteers for different stations:

Directional Crew - 9:30am-12:30pm - Help people who are "taking the plunge" walk back and forth between the locker room and plunging area.

Tank Assistance - 9:30am-12:30pm - Help people who are "taking the plunge" in and out of the tank.

Food Set-Up and Servers - 10am-1pm - Help set up and serve food at the "After Splash Bash."

Food-Greet/Collect $$ - 10am-1pm - Greet people coming to the "After Splash Bash", collect tickets or money.

Tasks vary in their starting time and the length of commitment. Please take note of what task you sign up for and what time you need to arrive! Plan to arrive 15 minutes early before your shift time so that you have time to check in.

Please check in with the Polar Plunge coordinators at the registration area in Lambert Fieldhouse. (We will try to provide more specific instruction where later.) Write "Boiler Out" next to your name when you check in, and make sure you also check in with the Boiler Out coordinator also attending the event.

This event will be on campus, so transportation will not be provided.

***Wear warm clothes! You may be outside for some or all of this event, so make sure you have a coat, hat, and gloves. If you have waterproof clothing, you may want to wear that so you don't get wet from the people taking the plunge!***

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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:

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:

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
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Valentine Card-Making
St. Valentine's Day is a popular holiday in the U.S.! Come join us in making Valentine's Day cards for nursing home residents. We will provide all the supplies needed to make the cards. We will take the cards to the nursing home later in February.

**Transportation will not be provided. This event will take place in Schleman B38. This is in the basement of Schleman.**

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Contact Name: Boiler Out! Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
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Singing Valentines
Do you like to sing? Join the choir for “singing valentines” at an assisted living facility for the elderly. Learn and sing “old-fashioned” songs that will delight our listeners, and help pass out handmade Valentine cards to the residents.

There is a rehearsal on campus right before we leave to go to the assisted living facility. We will learn the songs which we will then go sing for the assisted living facility residents.

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

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02/11/20153:30pm-7:00pmSchleman parking lot15

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

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:

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.

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

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