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:

www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Lafayette&state=IN

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

If you’re in need of a good groomer in Lafayette, look no further than Bark Avenue Dayspa.

Nicknamed the “Star City,” Lafayette, Ind. 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.

Restaurant – Copper Dog Café

With a name like the Copper Dog Café, it’s no surprise that this quaint and quirky establishment caters to patrons of the four-legged variety. Located in the heart of historic downtown Lafayette, the Copper Dog Café places a heavy emphasis on vegetarian cuisine, using fresh, healthy ingredients in their offerings, which range from lighter fare like soups and sandwiches to entrees like grilled polenta. And of course, patrons are welcome to bring their dogs on the patio.

Where: 660 Main St., Lafayette, IN 47901

Store – Buckles Feed Depot & Pet Supply

Buckles Feed Depot & Pet Supply offers everything that your small and medium-sized animals need to be happy and healthy. They carry many brands you won’t see at larger chain pet stores, which means you’ll find high quality, name brand food for dogs and cats, as well as bedding, leashes, shampoo/conditioner, toys, treats and even bird seed. The staff is always helpful and knowledgeable, offering friendly advice to customers who aren’t sure where to begin.

Where: 220 S. 4th St., Lafayette, IN 47901

Park – Shamrock Park Dog Park

Officially opened in 2006, Shamrock Dog Park has been a favorite of furry critters in Lafayette, attracting dogs and their two-legged owners from as far away as Illinois. The park itself is a large fenced-in, off-leash dog area where well-behaved dogs and their owners can play, exercise and socialize in a safe and fun outdoor environment. There are two fenced-in areas for large and small dogs, and plenty of benches and shady areas for owners who just want to watch the fun.

Where: 115 Sanford St., Lafayette, IN 47905

Boarding – Pooch at Play

As West Lafayette’s newest doggie day care, Pooch at Play offers a fun, safe play place for dogs to socialize while their owners are at school, work or on extended trips. Pooch at Play also offers grooming services and training classes for pups to look and be their best.

Where: 2060 U.S. 52 W., West Lafayette, IN 47906

Grooming – Bark Avenue Dayspa

Bark Avenue Dayspa was opened in 2005 by Kerri Wagner, a resident of Lafayette for 20 years who graduated from the Animal Arts Academy in Carmel, Ind. as a Certified Pet Groomer/Stylist. She’s also certified in Pet First Aid by the American Red Cross and a member of the National Association of Dog Groomers. This cute and clean pet spa offers grooming services for dogs and cats, as well as other animals like birds, rabbits, chinchillas and ferrets. Or, treat your pet to a dead mineral mud treatment, or a blueberry facial with mini face massage.

Where: 4100 Britt Farm Drive, Lafayette, IN 47905

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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

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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