Boiler Out!

What is Boiler Out?

The Boiler Out! Volunteer Program provides international 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 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
  • Learn more about American culture and people
  • Meet new friends from all over the world
  • Learn new 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 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.


Food Finders Food Bank
We will be going to the local food bank and helping them to sorting and repackaging food and possibly making homemade laundry soap.

This is great organization that helps many local families from not only this county but the surrounding counties as well.

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


End of the Semester Thank You Party!!!
Kathryn, Nancy, and Yushan would like to say, "Thank You" for your dedication to the Boiler Out Volunteer Program by throwing you a party! This will also be the time for you to pick up your certificate, showing the number of hours you have volunteered with Boiler Out so far.

We will be renting out the Purdue Village Community Center lounge for our party. We will have barbecue for dinner, play some games, and reflect on a great semester of volunteering. Please register for this event so that we can prepare your certificate and know how much food to make!

Transportation will not be provided, since this is on campus. Meet at Purdue Village Community Center lounge.

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04/26/20145pm-7pmPurdue Village Community Center lounge103

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


Market Day at Happy Hollow Elementary
Happy Hollow Elementary School is doing a fundraiser through the Market Day program. In the program, people buy groceries online once a month and Happy Hollow gets a percent of the total purchased to help with school costs.

You will be helping to unpack, arrange, and distribute the groceries to community members.

**Transportation will be provided to and from Happy Hollow Elementary School. 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


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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04/29/20142:15pm-4:15pmSchleman parking lotWait List

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


Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival
Ivy Tech Dental Assisting Students are holding the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the public in support of scholarships for the Dental Assisting program. Lafayette Police and Fire Departments and Boiler Out volunteers will assist with the egg hunt, carnival games, food booths, as well as set up and tear down. You will receive a FREE t-shirt and lunch.

***This event will be outside, so please wear clothing appropriate to the weather.***

***Transportation will be provided to and from the event. Meet at Schleman parking lot.***

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04/19/20149:40am-4:20pmSchleman parking lotWait List

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


You Look Fabulous
Volunteers will go to Westminster Village retirement home to help with their “Neat Nails” program. We will have the opportunity to chat with elderly residents and paint their nails for them. The elderly residents will love getting a manicure from you! This is a great opportunity to sit and talk with an older American one-on-one.

Transportation provided to and from the event. Please meet at the Schleman parking lot.

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04/20/20141:00-3:00pmSchleman parking lotWait List

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


University Sustainability Earth Day
The Office of University Sustainability is celebrating Earth Day this year with a Service Learning Day focusing on invasive plant species and land management.

For the learning aspect of this event, we will attend a lecture about land management to learn more about our community.

Then we will have a FREE lunch. (Please email boilerout@purdue.edu after you have signed up if you need a vegetarian lunch.)

For the service aspect of this event, we will take a bus trip to the Niches Land Trust location to do the volunteer work. We will learn more about the history of the natural area. We will be pulling a weed – the invasive garlic mustard plant – to help restore the area to improve the biodiversity level.

*** Please wear clothing appropriate to working outdoors.***

***Meet in Pfendler Hall, Room 241. This event begins on campus. For the second part of the event, you will take a bus to the Niches Land Trust Location and be returned back to campus.***

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04/22/201410:00am-5:00pmPfendler Hall, Room 24115

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


University Sustainability Tree Planting
Each year Purdue celebrates its esteem of being named Tree Campus USA, with a volunteer tree planting during the week of Earth Day and Arbor Day. Once again we have been named Tree Campus USA and are excited to ask for volunteers for this event.

***We will be planting trees near Knoy Hall, so please wear clothing appropriate to working outdoors.***

This event will be on campus at Knoy Hall, so no transportation will be provided. Please meet at Knoy Hall.

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04/24/20149:50am-12:00pmKnoy Hall outdoor areaWait List

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