Give back to community by volunteering

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – An event next week offers a way for local residents to give back to the community.

Kitty Campbell, executive director of Leadership Lafayette, and Jennie Peterson, Class 43 representative, stopped by News 18 at Noon to discuss the upcoming event.

The Volunteer Expo, hosted by Leadership Lafayette, features non-profit organizations offering opportunities to volunteer within the community.

“We’re targeting our 1,200 alumni in the area to come back and also we’re hoping to have people in the community come out and find where they might have passions that they can give back,” said Campbell.

Peterson said it is important to get as many people as possible to attend. She said they are hoping to find about 200 volunteers through this event to really stimulate those different non-profits.

“We have 55 non-profits from the area that will be at the event. Working for a non-profit, you want to allocate as many of your resources as possible towards your cause. So, volunteers really are a life-blood for a non-profit,” said Peterson.

Campbell believes it’s wonderful to have 55 organizations involved this year, considering there are a total of 75 non-profits in our area. She said with all the different organizations involved there is something for everybody, such as health and human services, government agencies or the arts organizations.

“Seventy-five different non-profits in the area and having 55 of them is wonderful,” said Campbell. “It’s a way for people to come and see what’s possible and ways in which they can give back.”

The Volunteer Expo will be held Thursday, May 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the YWCA of Greater Lafayette, 605 N Sixth St. in Lafayette. Admission is free.

Watch the full interview with Campbell and Peterson discussing this year’s Volunteer Expo from News 18 at Noon by clicking the video link above. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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