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!


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.

Camp Tecumseh Work Day
Camp Tecumseh is 20 miles north of Lafayette. It is a summer camp center and year-round retreat location. See for more information.

Boiler Out volunteers will be working outdoors to help the camp for its busy summer season. Volunteer duties will vary, but will all include physical labor outdoors and getting to know local community members. We will provide work gloves. Dress comfortably so that you can work. You may want to bring a water bottle.

Lunch will be provided!

Transportation will be provided to and from the event. Meet at the parking lot outside of Schleman Hall. Be on time, as the bus will not wait.

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Contact Name: Boiler Out Coordinators
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5770
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 and watch the performance for free in the upper balcony.

**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. 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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05/10/20146:00pm-10:00pmSchleman parking lotWait List

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

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 lounge87

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

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

Leadership Lafayette Volunteer Expo
Since 1982 through the Community Leadership Program, Leadership Lafayette has prepared community members to become active in volunteer service and community leadership. The mission of Leadership Lafayette is to prepare and nurture individuals from diverse segments of the Greater Lafayette area to serve as effective volunteers and facilitative leaders who will strengthen our community. Our vision is to serve as the primary catalyst for leadership development in the region.

Leadership Lafayette will be hosting the Volunteer Expo so community organizations can share with attendees how they can volunteer in their programs. They need help from Boiler Out volunteers with setup, tear-down and staffing the check in table. Be ready to jump in and help with whatever is necessary. This will also be a fantastic opportunity for you to learn about community organizations in the greater Lafayette area.

Transportation is provided to and from the event. Meet at the parking lot outside of Schleman.

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05/08/20142:45pm-6:45pmSchleman parking lot2

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