Annual Engagement Awards

The Office of Engagement presents faculty, staff, and community awards to recognize engagement excellence and promote engaged scholarship and learning. Our awards are designed to reward outstanding accomplishments that exemplify the highest levels of community engagement. Award categories and past winners are listed below.
 
  • Awarded to a full professor whose work has led to a strong record in the scholarship of engagement.

    2019

    Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, professor, college of health & human sciences

    Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP), a training and referral system aimed at improving community mental health care for military members, veterans, and their families. Created by MFRI, under Shelley’s leadership, in partnership with the Indiana National Guard and the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), SBHP addresses several problems: Deployments of over 2 million members of the U.S. military since 2001 have generated as many as 400,000 cases of mental health problems, and also advances in evidence-based treatments. Needs for care exceed the capacity of the Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs, especially for family members.   

    2018

    Timothy J. Gibb, professor, insect biology, college of education

    Gibb has a long track and successful record in the practice and scholarship of engagement.  His ability to partner and collaborate with community stakeholders as well as professional peers has led to significant and sustainable impacts, both locally and nationally.  

    2017

    Carla C. Johnson, professor of science education

    Johnson is a respected scholar and leader in the realm of K-12 STEM education. The body of her work has been global in scope and local in impact over her career trajectory. She is currently working with over 30 school corporations in the state of Indiana on the process of transforming to a STEM focus learning.

    2016

    Darcy Bullock, professor of civil engineering

    Bullock works closely with engineers at the local, state and national levels to identify critical research problems and produce solutions. His work demonstrates a successful history of real-world implementation. His community partner is the Indiana Department of Transportation.

    2015

    Bill Oakes, professor of engineering

    Oakes has made an enormous impact through his engagement efforts to the university, nationally and internationally.  He has dedicated his career to the scholarship, implementation and dissemination of community engagement.  He has been internationally recognized for his work and scholarship integrating community-engaged learning with engineering education.  Oakes is internationally recognized for his work in engagement in engineering.  He has continued to grow the  EPICS Program and its impact at Purdue, within the local community, nationally and internationally.  He has integrated engagement into his teaching, service and his research.

    2014

    Allan Gray, professor of agricultural economics

    Gray serves as director of the  Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management. He works on developing and delivering educational materials to help managers of agribusiness firms develop a strategic focus for managing their businesses, ultimately contributing to a food supply chain that provides safe and abundant food, feed and fiber that is affordable for all.

    2013

    Yuehwern Yih, professor of industrial engineering

    Yih has worked with  Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) to develop a system for distributing food to HIV patients in Kenya. Yih and some of her graduate students developed the Nutritional Information System (NIS), the first of its kind, in 2006. NIS has delivery scheduling and inventory tracking capabilities. It also tracks patient food prescriptions and connects the information with medical records so physicians and researchers can study the impact of nutrition on patient health. And it can tell donors the health outcomes and improvements resulting from their gifts. NIS provides support to more than 35,000 people. Although it was developed specifically for AMPATH, the system can be applied in other programs with similar missions.

  • Awarded to an assistant or associate professor with an outstanding record of early achievement in, and strong indication of future contribution to, the scholarship of engagement.

    2019

    Kathryn Cramer Brownell, associate professor, college of liberal arts

    Katie’s commitment to engagement in her scholarship and teaching motivated her to create an innovative and exciting partnership with the Washington Post. On June 26th, 2017, Brownell launched Made by History, a new online section of the Post, with two other historians, Brian Rosenwald (University of Pennsylvania) and Nicole Hemmer (University of Virginia). Made By History brings high-quality humanities research to inform policymaking and public discussion, and to date, has attracted more than 8 million unique viewers and 10 million page views. As a result, Made By History has become recognized as the most respected and prominent place for the public dissemination of political history in the historical profession.

    2018

    Paul Ebner, associate professor of animal science

    As part of the USAID Funded program focused on higher education development Ebner and his colleagues have worked with Herat University in Afghanistan to develop a new department of food technology.  This process involved capacity building of faculty and administration, curriculum development, and direct interaction with Afghan undergraduate students through teaching, research and extension.  This is only a small part of Dr. Ebner's many noteworthy projects.

    2017

    Stacey L. Connaughton, associate professor of brian lamb school of communication and director of  Purdue Peace Project (PPP).

    Connaughton, in leading PPP, has developed a program of engaged scholarship that makes her an outstanding candidate for this award. Through work on all of their projects, PPP has developed a social-scientific, evidence-based approach to monitoring and evaluating locally driven political violence prevention projects.

    2016

    Tamara Moore, associate professor of engineering education

    Moore is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of STEM integration in the K-12 classroom. She has made a tremendous impact on schools, teachers and students around the world through her scholarship of engagement work. Her community partner is Saint Paul Public Schools.

    2015

    Robert X. Browning, professor communication and political science

    In 1986 a group of Purdue professors gathered in the Purdue Union with C-SPAN founder and CEO Brian Lamb to discuss how C-SPAN programming could be used for teaching and research. Out of that group, Browning emerged to take the lead and create the  C-SPAN Archives on the Purdue campus.  Now almost 30 years later that archive is the world's largest indexed and readily accessible video collection of the debates of our democracy. These efforts have received national recognition through a Peabody Award in 2010 and daily use of the 210,000 hours of indexed, free, online content through the C-SPAN Video Library.

    2014

    Nicole Olynk Widmar, associate professor of agricultural economics

    Widmar's research and Purdue Extension activities are focused primarily on farm business management and production economics. She provides support to farmers as they make business decisions in an ever-changing market environment and contend with factors like environmental concerns and public perceptions of agricultural practices

    2013

    James Elicker, associate professor in human development and family studies

    Luciana de Oliveira, associate professor of curriculum and instruction

    Elicker has worked to enhance the quality of early childhood education at Purdue and throughout the state, including through his multi-year evaluation of  Paths to Quality, which establishes a metric that enables parents to assess the quality of programs as they enroll their children. He was instrumental in formulating Indiana’s early learning standards, the Foundations to Indiana Academic Standards for Children Birth to Five, and he founded and co-directed the  Infant-Toddler Specialists of Indiana, a statewide professional development network for persons working with children under age 3.

    De Oliveira focuses on issues relating to English language learners (ELL), especially in preparing teachers. She has worked with a number of communities and partners in developing ELL programs. One of the most notable is her work with the Frankfort, Ind., school system. From 2007 to 2009 she served as a professional development specialist for the Frankfort schools, which have 60 percent ELL students, fourth highest in the state. Before her arrival, less than 10 percent of the district's teachers had received services focused on ELL. While she was there, more than 60 percent did. She also worked with the Wabash Valley Education Center to provide professional development for in-service teachers across the state.

  • Awarded to a staff member who has collaborated in sustained synergistic partnerships within his or her community; embodies the scholarship of engagement, not only to strengthen Purdue University, but also community partners; continually gives back, through community service, in order to improve the lives of others.

    2018

    Tamara Ogle, regional educator, purdue extension community development

    For the past eight years Tamara has served as an educator for Purdue Extensions, and has played a leadership role in the development and implementation of two of the largest signature programs in the area of Community Development. Her work with On Local Government (OLG) and the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) has equipped leaders around the state with the skills, knowledge, and resources to make more informed decisions regarding the future of their communities.

    2017

    Roy Ballard, purdue extension educator, agriculture & natural resources, Hancock County

    Bill Bayley, director of science express, K-12 chemistry outreach

    Ballard has distinguished himself in Indiana Agriculture and has educated residents of rural Indiana through his consistent and dedicated efforts to inform citizens of his county and throughout the state about alternative agricultural opportunities and local marketing of foods to make those alternatives sustainable and impactful for the community.

    Bayley excels in all of the areas that this award recognizes including collaboration in sustained synergistic partnerships within his community to strengthen Purdue and its community partners and continually giving back through community service in order to improve the lives of others.

    2016

    Dorothy A. Reed, assistant dean for engagement, college of education

    Reed fosters a collaborative work environment to address issues of common concern and embraces the mission of engagement as an administrative professional staff member. Her community partner is Food Finders Food Bank.

  • Awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates an impact on students and the community both in and out of the classroom, portrays consideration of and commitment to the needs of community partners and a long-term commitment to the service-learning community.

    2019

    Jill Newton, associate professor, college of education

    Scott Downey, associate professor, college of agriculture

    When Newton was hired in the College of Education (COE) at Purdue University in 2008, she was immediately drawn to the idea of leading a study abroad program focused on service learning. She started her teaching career in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea and subsequently taught in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bulgaria, Tanzania, and Venezuela; the idea of creating a “mini Peace Corps” experience for Purdue students was appealing. She was awarded a SAIL grant to develop a four-week Maymester in Tanzania program in her first year. She began taking students the following year and has taken students every year since and service learning has been an important aspect of the program.

    Downey has developed and implemented an innovative service-learning course AGEC 431 – (Advanced Sales and Marketing) which directly benefits United Way while simultaneously meeting key learning objectives that benefit students. This partnership involves students “selling’ the opportunity for businesses in our community to contribute to United Way and its agencies to learn about United Way and the needs in our community. These efforts raise funds for the United Way and influence the thinking of students as they move into the work force.

    2018

    Jennifer Bay, associate professor, college of liberal arts

    Bay has amassed an exemplary record of service-learning teaching and research while at Purdue University.  One such example is through her collaboration with Food Finders Food Bank.  Along with her students, Bay has contributed to the region's fight against food insecurity, touching the lives of over 10,000 clients, 1,300 volunteers, and 175 member agencies at Food Finders Food Bank.

    2017

    Rod N. Williams, associate professor, college of education

    Williams initiated a project to reduce food waste through service learning. Building a sustainable and secure food production system while strengthening ecological and environmental integrity in agricultural landscapes is a daunting task, and will only become more difficult with a projected human population growth of nearly 9 billion people by 2050 (Lutz et al., 2001). Reducing food waste can not only help strengthen our food production system, it offers many environmental and economic benefits. Williams is currently working with a team of extension professionals and a M.S. student to address the consequences of food waste through The Nature of Food Waste program.

  • Awarded to a team of faculty, staff, students, and/or community stakeholders for outstanding partnership and achievement in the scholarship of engagement.

    2018

    Kathy Broniarczyk

    Christy Collette

    Dave Topp

    Janet Wagner

    Star Behavioral Health Providers. The Star Behavioral Health Providers Program (SBHP) is a training and referral system aimed at improving community mental health care for military members, veterans, and their families.  SBHP prepares civilian helping professionals to be more aware of and knowledgeable about military-connected families, psychological problems connected to military service, and evidence-based treatments for those problems.  SBHP consists of 3 tiers of training comprising a total of 5 days of training.  Tiers 1 and 2 are open to any helping professional wanting to become better prepared and tier 3 is restricted to licensed clinicians.  Training is offered in person on location throughout each participating state.  A web-based registry, open to the public, can be search for trained providers' locations, specialties, and levels of training.

    2017

    Lionel J. "Bo" Beaulieu

    Tanya Hall

    Jennifer Helfrich

    Tamara Ogle

    Heather Strohm

    Michael Wilcox

    Tyler Wright

    Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI). The Purdue Center for Regional Development and Purdue University Extension officially launched a new program in the fall of 2014 in partnership with Ball State University and Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) titled Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI). HCI is a long-term capacity-building program that is comprised of three phases: Foundation, Building Block and Capstone. Over 300 local residents have served on the local HCI teams in 14 sites and more than 8,600 surveys were completed by local residents as communities plan for their future by launching projects in the areas of leadership, economy, or place making. Communities are in various stages of planning and project execution. Sample projects initiated by HCI sites include building public spaces and a park in Corydon’s downtown arts district, strengthening and expanding the local foods system in Seymour, and expanding and connecting tourism assets through Pulaski County. Two HCI sites, the City of Corydon and Rush County were selected as Stellar Community recipients by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Stellar communities supports transformative efforts to plan, leverage existing resources, foster regional investments and stimulate long term grown in the selected sites.

    2016

    Mari-Ellyn Brock

    Pamela Brown

    Maeve Drummond

    William Oakes

    Andrew Pierce

    Tim Strueh

    Jean Trusedell

    Charese Williams

    Carla Zoltowski

    EPICS stands for Engineering Projects in Community Service-Learning. Started at Purdue University in 1995 with 40 students, the program has grown to its current size of over 500 students per semester and is consistently engaging more than 50 majors each year from across campus. 120 EPICS Learning Community students take EPICS as a substitute for first year engineering courses. More than 40 community partnerships are active with EPICS with the majority coming from the local area but some from as far away as Columbia, Ecuador, Ireland, and India. EPICS is a highly decorated program, receiving recognition by some of the highest awards in community engagement and education including the U.S. Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Campus Award, The National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering Technology and Education, recognition by the NSF’s Corporate Foundation Alliance as an Exemplar Program and twice winner of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Chester Carlson Award.

    2015

    Corinne E.N. Alexander, associate professor, agricultural economics

    Dieudonné Baributsa, research assistant professor, entomology

    Carole L. Braund, program administrator, international programs in agriculture

    Natalie J. Carroll, professor, youth development and agricultural education

    Heather Fabries, managing director, international programs in agriculture

    Joan Fulton, professor, agricultural economics

    William Horan, extension educator

    Katy G. Ibrahim, retiree, college of agriculture

    James Lowenberg-DeBoer, professor of agricultural economics

    Lisa Mauer, professor of food science

    Amanda Mosiman, extension educator

    Larry L. Murdock, professor of entomology

    George M. Okantey, extension educator

    Maria H. Restrepo-Turner, extension educator

    Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, assistant professor of agricultural economics

    Charles P. Woloshuk, professor of botany and plant pathology

    The Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) Team is made up of faculty and staff members who, working in partnership, have excelled in engagement of the highest form: bringing the benefits of research directly to those for whom it has the most benefit—farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. The team’s work is making a difference in the lives of millions of people by helping to increase farmer income as well as improve food security.  PICS bags were developed in the late 1980s with USAID support by a team of Purdue and Cameroonian researchers led by Entomology professor Larry Murdock to reduce loss of cowpea grain to insect infestation in storage. The project initially targeted cowpeas, an African staple. The first phase of the PICS efforts, starting in 2007, focused on helping farmers in West and Central Africa understand the use of hermetic storage for cowpea and on developing a supply chain to manufacture and sell PICS bags.  Grain can be stored in PICS bags until needed, for years if necessary. 

    2014

    Darcy Bullock, professor of civil engineering and JTRP director

    Deborah Horton, JTRP managing director

    Teresa Morris, JTRP communication specialist

    Christopher Day, JTRP senior research scientist

    Howell Li, JTRP senior software engineer

    Alexander Hainen, graduate student

    Stephen Remias, graduate student

    Michelle Mekker, graduate student

    Steven Lavrenz, graduate student

    Bullock and his Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) team were recognized for developing performance measures for improving traffic performance based on real-time data they collected, as well as creating annual reports on travel characteristics using crowd-source data from mobile phones and vehicle telematics. Their nomination also cited their work on the Indianapolis South-Split project, Purdue football traffic management, and the help they provided the State of Indiana in recovering a greater portion of the cost of damage to state property during auto accidents. James Sturdevant, director of traffic management for the Indiana Department of Transportation, was among those providing letters of support.

    2013

    Sonak Pastakia, associate professor of pharmacy practice

    Ellen Schellhase, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice

    Monica Miller, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice

    Rakhi Karwa, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice

    In 2003 the Purdue University College of Pharmacy formed the Purdue Kenya Program (PKP) with the goal of developing sustainable pharmacy infrastructure and services, and providing and expanding sustainable access to high-quality health care. PKP worked with AMPATH, Moi University School of Medicine, and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to implement an all-encompassing program in clinical services, teaching, pharmacy management and research. The program also has assisted the rapidly growing population of street children in Eldoret, Kenya. Through these partnerships with local Kenyan pharmacists, PKP creates clinical pharmacy infrastructure to provide inpatient care, pharmacy-based antiretroviral medication management, conceptualized diabetes care, anticoagulation monitoring services and a research program to investigate the understudied characteristics of patients in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, PKP directs one of the only experiential training programs in clinical pharmacy in sub-Saharan Africa, developing future leaders of global health pharmacy. PKP has helped usher in a much-needed shift in the practice of pharmacy in Kenya by developing opportunities for pharmacists to engage in a patient-focused practice rather than the traditional product-focused practice. PKP’s investment in developing both the physical infrastructure and health care workforce has improved outcomes for thousands of patients. Those numbers will continue to grow as these pharmacists expand their models throughout Kenya and other developing countries.

  • Awarded to a faculty member who has contributed to K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Indiana.

    2019

    David Feikes, professor, mathmatics, Purdue University Northwest

    As a recipient of over $3,000,000 in grant funding, Feikes has mentored thousands of teachers and served tens of thousands of students to enhance mathematics, science and engineering teaching and learning throughout the state of Indiana. He has partnered with many local and state school corporations to successfully implement several grant-funded projects to enhance mathematics, science, and engineering.

    2018

    Bill Walker, research assistant professor, curriculum & instruction; assocaiate director, Indiana GEAR UP

    From 2004-2016, Walker worked as the director for Purdue Science K-12 Outreach. As director, Walker oversaw six outreach coordinators and utilized approximately $1,000,000 per year to improve science and mathematics education in Indiana. Through Science K-12 Outreach, Walker designed research-based programs to bring the latest developments in discipline-based science and mathematics education to classrooms. In 2017 Walker accepted his current position as Associate Director of Indiana GEAR UP which works with schools across the state of Indiana to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education and conduct research to better understand student STEM learning, persistence, and entry into post-secondary study and careers.

    2017

    Jill Newton, associate professor, college of education

    Newton was hired at Purdue University in 2008 to serve on the mathematics education faculty in the College of Education. Since her arrival at Purdue University, Dr. Newton has made significant contributions to K-12 STEM Education in Indiana. One reference stated, she has generously shared her passion and expertise in mathematics education with undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, and teacher educators in Indiana and across the nation. Her engagement and productivity have taken many forms as she has formed partnerships and garnered resources to promote effective mathematics teaching and learning and significant research and scholarship.

    2016

    Natalie Carroll, professor in agriculture and biological engineering and extension education

    Carroll has been involved in PK-12 engagement activities since coming to Purdue in April 1995. She has reached 6,909 youth directly, through events and workshops on the Purdue campus. Her support of the Indiana 4-H natural resource projects has impacted 428,361 youth enrolled in 10 project areas during the nearly 22 years that she has been at Purdue. Her community partner is Zach Beasley, Tippecanoe County surveyor.

    2015

    Carla Johnson, professor of science education

    Johnson's work in Indiana is focused on engaging industry, business, K-12 and higher education in innovative partnerships to advance STEM Education.  Some examples include her work with the Motorsports STEM program and the emerging Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis.  Through this work Dr. Johnson has increased the number of and types of opportunities for students and teachers to engage with STEM professionals across the state. Further, Dr. Johnson has supported colleagues on campus to co-develop and deliver creative inquiry-based, technology infused STEM programs. Her designated leadership in these, as well as the state of Indiana GEAR UP application that Governor Pence selected Purdue and Dr. Johnson to lead, clearly demonstrate her recognized contributions and efforts to move K-12 STEM education in Indiana forward in significant ways.

    2014

    Brenda Capobianco, associate professor of science education

    Capobianco's discovery, learning, and engagement activities have a unified focus on STEM education in the K-12 schools; as such, her work aligns well with the intent of the Foster Award to acknowledge a faculty member who has made demonstrable contributions to improving STEM teaching and learning in K-12 grade levels in Indiana schools.  A nationally and internationally recognized scholar in the field of STEM education, Professor Capobianco's work addresses teachers’ science teaching practices, increasing the representation of women and minorities in STEM fields, and the integration of engineering design as a vehicle for science learning in the classroom. 

  • In 2018, Purdue joined with the Jefferson Awards Foundation to promote the value of engagement and recognize volunteer leaders within the Purdue family who provide meaningful public service to their communities. The Jefferson Awards. Foundation is the nation's most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to powering and celebrating public service. Purdue will recognize up to six award winners each year and the top Jefferson Award winner will be selected from these awardees to represent Purdue at the annual national ceremony in Washington, DC.

    2018-2019 Jefferson Award Winner

    Michelle Ashcraft, Purdue Promise

    Purdue Promise is a program that serves Indiana 21st Century Scholars who have a total family income threshold of $50,000 or less, with the goal of graduating students on time and debt free. Michelle helped launch the program in 2009 to address the fact that Purdue’s 21st Century Scholars were graduating at significantly lower rates than their peers at Purdue. In 2013, Michelle and her team redesigned the program’s model in favor of high-touch, proactive success coaching. Coaches monitor students’ progress, help them find resources, and help them address complex issues that may affect their academic success and financial aid eligibility. The change to coaching has helped boost Purdue Promise students’ four-year graduation rate by more than 25 percentage points.

    Bill Harper, Purdue Athletes Life Success (PALS) Summer Camp

    PALS Camp is a free 4 week summer day camp offered in partnership with Purdue University and many other community businesses, which brings to campus 400 low income and underserved children (ages 8-14) from the Lafayette-West Lafayette community. This also includes bus transportation, as well as free breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Bill Harper has played a leadership role in the PALS program since it was established in 2002. It is because of Bill's passion for the program that it has not only continued, but has grown to become one of Purdue's greatest outreach to the local community. Campers participate in a variety of actives including STEM education, environmental sciences, financial literacy as well as physical activities - swimming, soccer, yoga/meditation and Jiu Jitsu, to name a few.

    Gloria Sachdev, Indiana Pharmacists Alliance

    Gloria Sachdev is currently on faculty at Purdue College of Pharmacy. She has volunteered hundreds of hours to advance healthcare in our communities. Her interest began in 2009 when it became clear to improve the care of Hoosiers and to advance the profession of pharmacy, a law needed to be expanded to permit pharmacists to partner with physicians. Gloria successfully brought together a collaborative team of 6 pharmacist colleagues, 2 state legislators, and 2 representatives from the state pharmacist association. While she had no experience in public health policy, she led drafting and strategy of getting a collaborative practice agreement bill become state law in 2011. Under her leadership, an astounding 20 pieces of legislation have become law.

    Sandy San Miguel, This is How We “Role”

    An example of Dr. San Miguel’s excellence in engagement is the This is How We “Role” program she created above and beyond her normal job responsibilities. This initiative was in cooperation with Purdue’s Evaluation Learning Research Center and College of Education. She established This is How We “Role” to inspire children to pursue scientific education and careers that will impact animal and human health and to address the needs of students who are disadvantaged due to socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity.

    Gary Steinhardt, Tippecanoe County Veterans Council

    Gary Steinhardt has been with Tippecanoe County Veterans Council since 1998. The Council coordinates joint activities of 19 veteran’s service organizations in Tippecanoe County. Gary’s most successful effort has been to start meetings with elected officials and veterans to express issues and concerns. The renovation of the memorials on Memorial Island in Columbian Park is a beautiful and lasting tribute to the sacrifice of Tippecanoe County citizens in the defense of the nation. It was set up in such a fashion to provide a place of meditation for families and a place for schoolchildren to visit. This involved hundreds of thousands of dollars in city, county and private donations.

    Marcy Towns, Veggie Drop - Food Finders

    In the summer of 2014 Dr. March Towns became a passionate volunteer with the West Lafayette Veggie Drop where she collects fresh fruits and vegetables from the Wednesday West Lafayette Farmer’s market. She weighs the food and records the donations, then with the help of other volunteers separates the fruits and vegetables for delivery and distribution that same evening at two section 8 housing complexes, Country Villa and Richfield. Since 2014, Marcy’s efforts have resulted in over 17,000 pounds of donated food being distributed. She’s incredibly dedicated to her community, the people with whom she has built relationships, and the Veggie Drop; without her continued dedication it would have been very difficult to sustain the project.

  • Faculty, students and staff are asked to nominate nonprofit agencies, schools or governmental units that have demonstrated excellence in creating and sustaining opportunities for engaging Purdue students in volunteerism or service-learning.

    2018

    Caregiver Companion

    Caregiver Companion is a non-profit organization in Tippecanoe County that provides non-medical supplemental volunteer support for elderly and disabled individuals who desire to remain in their home. Caregiver Companion refers to those they serve as “neighbors” emphasizing God’s love and care for elderly and frail community members and those who need a helping hand. Their goal as an agency is to help relieve the pressure that often comes with being a caregiver through the help of loving and caring volunteers in the community.

    2017

    LTHC - Lafayette Transitional Housing Center

    LTHC Homeless Services is a non-profit organization which began in 1989 to develop housing, offer supportive services, and other opportunities to foster self-sufficiency for the homeless, particularly families with children, in our community. LTHC operates the following programs: the Homeless Services Program ~ Coordinated Entry, Permanent Supportive Housing Programs, Rapid Re-Housing, and Supportive Services for Veteran Families. The goal of each program is to help individuals and families who are experiencing homeless learn the needed skills to maintain housing.

    2016

    Drug Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County

    The Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County brings together a cross-section of the community in a countywide effort to reduce youth and adult use and the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) through multiple strategies across multiple sectors.

    2015

    Wabash Center

    Wabash Center is a non-profit organization assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities or special needs to reach their fullest potential. 

    Founded in 1953, Wabash Center began when a class of 11 children began meeting as the Wabash School for the Exceptional. Parents came together to open doors of opportunity for their children who had abilities and talents to share.  As a premier organization serving those with disabilities, Wabash Center emphasizes potentials and possibilities by nurturing the abilities of individuals.  For some, it may be helping to master daily living skills to live independently. For many, it is providing an opportunity to join the workforce, making meaningful contributions to their own independence. For others, it is simply the opportunity to live in the community. Our education programs have evolved, but our mission remains the same. Today’s programs open doors to independent living, employment, and community involvement.

    2014

    Food Finders Food Bank

    Food Finders Food Bank collaborates with other organizations to provide food for those in need and to educate, advocate and address food inseruicty in North Central Indiana.

    • Equality:  We believe everyone deserves access to enough food to live a healthy life.
    • Dignity:  We believe people seeking food assistance deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity.
    • Empowerment:  We believe education empowers individuals to improve their lives.
    • Collaboration:  We believe that collaboration builds stronger communities.
    • Stewardship:  We believe in wise stewardship, financial transparency and that donor intent should be honored.

    2013

    Hanna Community Center

    Hanna Center prides itself in offering quality programming for youth, seniors, and health education. We invite you to explore what we have to offer!  

    2012

    Lafayette Crisis Center

    Lafayette Crisis Center provides crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and information and referral, 24/7.

    Everyone has the right to be listened to without judgment or criticism. You can talk and know we listen with respect and confidentiality. We believe everyone has the capacity to resolve their own problems with support.