Volunteer Opportunities in Lafayette

With the holidays coming up, it’s the perfect time to give back to your community at these places in Lafayette.

With the holiday season coming up, it’s time to start thinking about giving back to others. Volunteering is a great way to have a positive affect on your local community and do something good for others. But what if you’ve just moved to a new place? It’s hard to find out about new venues where you can give to others. Fortunately, discovering new volunteer opportunities is just a click away! Below are some great places to start looking for volunteer opportunities near apartments in Lafayette, Ind.

United Way of Greater Lafayette’s Volunteer Center

Using this site (www.uwlafayettevolunteer.org/), you can search for volunteer opportunities in your area by city, ZIP code and interest. And new opportunities are being posted all the time!

Lafayette Online

The city of Lafayette maintains a website (www.lafayette-online.com/resources/volunteering) just for connecting volunteers with several local agencies in need of help.

Help the Homeless

Looking to aid a specific cause, such as the plight of our nation’s homeless? The Homeless Shelter Directory can help. Here is the link to search results for Lafayette:


Be a Big Brother or Big Sister

If you have always wanted to make a difference in the life of a child, now’s your chance. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lafayette, Inc. is always in need of child mentors. Their website (www.bbbslaf.org/) lists details about their programs and how to get involved.

Church-Based Support

If you are a person of faith eager to lend a helping hand to your new community, the Lafayette Urban Ministry (www.lafayetteurbanministry.org/) can help. Their website lists volunteer opportunities, details about their programs and ways you can donate.

These are just a few quick links to get you started. Once you get out there in your new Lafayette community, you’ll no doubt find other ways you can volunteer.

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Get Pet-Friendly in Lafayette and West Lafayette, IN

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Shamrock Dog Park is a favorite of furry critters in Lafayette, IN.

Nicknamed the “Star City,” Lafayette, IN, is the county seat of Tippecanoe County, located a mere 63 miles northwest of the capital city of Indianapolis. Just across the Wabash River lies West Lafayette, home to Purdue University.

Together, these two cities make up the greater Lafayette area, where residents can take advantage of the charms of small town living while still taking advantage of big city amenities. Both cities are surprisingly pet-friendly, so if you’ve just moved to apartments in Lafayette with your furry friend or are looking for new places to explore with Fido, here’s our list of the top pet-friendly places in Lafayette and West Lafayette.

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Where to Find Nice, Cheap Furniture in Lafayette

Located 63 miles northwest of Indianapolis, Lafayette, Ind. offers residents all the charm of a smaller town while offering access to big city entertainment and amenities. Whether you have just moved to and are apartment searching in this city known to locals as the “Star City,” or are looking for a décor overhaul in your current apartment, there are a number of stores in Lafayette where you can find quality furniture at great prices.


De’Ja’vu owners Rick Carter and Ben Rennick roam auctions across the United States in search of that perfect piece of furniture. Their store is packed full of quality, unique new and used furniture, as well as décor items and collectibles. The sales associates are knowledgeable and helpful, and the store is clean and brightly lit.

Where: 2880 Old U.S. 231 S., Lafayette, IN 47909

Star Furniture

Star Furniture sells quality furniture brands like Ashley Furniture and American Sleep for a fraction of the price. You can find anything from living room, bedroom, dining room and home office furniture to accent tables and décor pieces. They offer same-day pickup and delivery, with financing and payment options to suit any budget. And if you’re not sure how to decorate your place, an on-site interior design professional is available to answer any questions.

Where: 3812 Fortune Drive, Lafayette, IN 47905

Hot House Market

Hot House Market sells an eclectic mix of clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture and décor inspired by the latest fashion trends, kitschy 1940s and ‘50s décor and colorful bohemian fabrics from the ‘60s and ‘70s, all available at reasonable prices. In addition to a home store in Lafayette, owners Doug and Carrie Rosen sell their quirky wares in Brooklyn and Chicago.

Where: 900 Kossuth St., Lafayette, IN 47905

Lehnen Furniture Inc.

Formed in 1947 by John E. Lehnen, a former radar technician in the U.S. Navy who had ambitions to open up his own store selling radios, televisions and appliances, Lehnen Furniture has grown from a 24 by 60 foot appliance showroom to one of the largest discount furniture stores in the Lafayette area, stretching out over 30,000 square feet.

Where: 3210 Builder Drive, Lafayette, IN 47909

Kittle’s Furniture

Family owned and operated since its opening in 1932, Kittle’s Furniture has store locations across Indiana and Ohio, conveniently offering a wide variety of styles and a large selection of furniture for the living room, bedroom, dining room, den and home office, as well as mattresses.

Where: 2659 Maple Point Drive, Lafayette, IN 47905

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