Category Archives: Boiler Blast

he Boiler Blast is an annual event organized by the Boiler Volunteer Network (BVN) at Purdue University on their main campus in West Lafayette Indiana.

Spring Blast 2018

Here is the press release from Jesse Bohlin, Boilers in Action:

Hello and Good Afternoon Friends in Greater Lafayette/ Neighbors!

I hope this email finds you well. We are emailing you as a part of Boilers in Action, a student program that trains students to coordinate meaningful community engagement. We are coordinating SpringBlast, a program you have participated in with Purdue students in the past.

SpringBlast is a day of service dedicated to serving our neighbors. Our goal is to connect Purdue students and residents in making a more united community. SpringBlast was established in order to make that possible.

As a previous participant we would like to extend the offer to participate again! This year (2018) SpringBlast will be on Saturday, April 7th. More information will be given closer to the event, with the goal that we make this process as easy and clear for you as possible. Please use the Google Survey below to sign-up, or email us directly if you prefer. You will receive a follow-up email with more information the week of March 7th.

The SpringBlast Team
bia@purdue.edu

Sent by,

Jesse Bohlin

Spring Blast 2017

(BoilerBlast has a new Name)

Here is the press release from Michaella Jones, Director of Community Partnerships, Boilers In Action:

I am excited to announce that this year’s Spring Blast Resident Registration link is officially live! Spring Blast has been previously known as Boiler Blast and Springification, but the day is all the same.

Spring Blast is a day of service dedicated to serving our neighbors. Our goal is to connect Purdue students and residents in making a more united community. Spring Blast was established in order to make that possible.

As a previous participant we would like to extend the offer to participate again! This year (2017) Spring Blast will be on Saturday, April 1st. To register, follow the link at the end of this email, fill out the form, and you will be all set!

We will be contacting you about 2 weeks before the event on April 1st with more information. Please be honest about your needs so that we can match you accordingly. If you have any questions, feel free to contact jones973@purde.edu. Thank you for your participation!

Spring Cleaning and BoilerBlast: April 9th, 2016

It’s that time of year to get your yard and house ready for spring.  This year’s BoilerBlast will be held on April 9th, 2016 from 8am – 12pm.

BoilerBlast

If you are unfamiliar with this program, it is an opportunity for residents and Purdue students to work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, parks, and around our homes.

Some example activities include:

  • Light yard work
  • Raking
  • Garage cleanout
  • Window cleaning
  • Garden care
  • Gutters (if ladders are provided)

If you would like to work with Purdue students to help you prepare for spring, please signup online.  Availability is on a first come, first serve basis so sign-up now.

We are also working with the Civic Engagement and Leadership Development group to also help clean-up our streets, sidewalks, and parks.

You can also visit the BoilerBlast 2016 web site for more information.

Boiler Blast Job Requests…

Hey New Chauncey!Boilermakers

Make sure to get your Boiler Blast job requests in as soon as possible.

What’s Boiler Blast you say?

Boiler Blast is organized each year by the  Civic Engagement & Leadership Development (CELD, formerly BVN) and gives Purdue students an opportunity to give back to the community by providing volunteer service. The students have a good time as they give neighboring areas a little TLC. It is a big win for everyone.

This year, the Boiler Blast Committee goal is  this year is 1,500 students and 200 resident participants, so they will have a lot of students ready to help you out.

What projects are eligible?

In addition to on campus projects and projects for the City, students have tackled all kinds of projects around the neighborhood including the always popular “window cleaning.” Other past projects have included:

  • Clearing large hillsides of leaves, debris, and litter,
  • Helping Scott with the Day Lilly beds in the New Chauncey Neighborhood
  • Collecting scrap concrete and debris from neighborhood ally ways
  • Building planter boxes
  • Picking up trash and garbage along the streets and alleys of New Chauncey

When is Bolier Blast?

Boiler Blast will take place on Saturday April 5th, 2014. You can expect the students to start arriving  in the neighborhood after 10:00 or so.

Submit your job request today!

To aid in the planning process, the Boiler Blast Committee has requested us to submit our job requests to them just as soon as possible. Please complete the form on their website with your request

Can I help out?

I’m so glad that you asked. We will need 6-8 volunteers from the neighborhood to help coordinate the New Chauncey specific jobs. Traditionally there have been 3-4 drop off locations for the students who are going to help out on the neighborhood projects. Our neighborhood volunteers provide maps and taks specifics for these students. It takes about an hour on Saturday morning. Please contact us to volunteer 

Also, we need a pickup truck (any size will do) to collect the bags of debris the students will leave on corners in New Chauncey. This is a two person job (a driver and someone to help grab the bags and put them in the truck). This is about a 90 minute job start to finish and is done sometime in the early afternoon. Again, please let us know if you can help us out with this small task.

2010 Boiler Blast

The 2010 Boiler Blast as a great event for the City of West Lafayette, the Purdue Students who participated and the New Chauncey Neighborhood. The kick-off is held on the Memorial Mall.

The event, organized each year by the Boiler Volunteer Network (BVN), gives Purdue students an opportunity to give back to the community by providing volunteer service. The students have a good time as they give neighboring areas a little TLC. It is a big win for everyone.

Projects the students tackled this year included a large hillside of leaves, the Day Lilly beds in the New Chauncey Neighborhood, collection of scrap concrete and debris from neighborhood ally ways, and of course the favorite “window cleaning” along with dozens of other jobs and tasks requested by the City and neighbors of Purdue.

Students either walk to the job sites or hop the Purdue Bus and get dropped off nearby.

The students help the City, residents, neighborhoods, the Lilly Nature Center, and various other parks and locations.

Boiler Blast Kicks Off at Purdue

Purdue's Boiler Blast Kick-off
Students gather at Purdue’s Memorial Mall in preparation for Boiler Blast.
Window cleaning is always a favorite request of residents.
Window Washing Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Boiler Blast & NCNA Clean Sweep

When Boilers Give Back West Lafayette!

The Boiler Blast, an annual event at Purdue University, has a whopping 1,020 Boiler students give back to the community by volunteering to do odd jobs for the residents of West Lafayette. Boiler Blast 2009 T-Shirt & Sponsors2009 Boiler Blast T-Shit

The 2009 campaign sported great T-Shirts that sported the slogan “One Day A Year – Come Volunteer” and the list of event sponsors, who included, University Spirit,

Piazza Produce, WAZY 96.5, College Station, Purdue Gear.com along with many of the great student organizations on campus. New to this year’s event, thanks to the terrific organizing committee, each home that had signed up for student volunteers, was “tagged” with a bright yellow sign so the volunteers could locate their job sites. These signs were posted the night before the event and helped to smooth the days events.

After meeting at the Campus Mall, the students either walked or were shuttled to there assignment locations. In the photos below, student received maps for their assigned areas to clean up, trash bags, and gloves. Then they were off to work.

Boiler Blast 2009 - Assignments

The students came from all over campus, residents halls, fraternities, sororities, clubs and other campus organizations – all came to help out and the New Chauncey Neighborhood greatly appreciates their efforts and willingness to help out.

 

Boiler Blast 2009 - AssignmentBoiler Blast 2009 - House Tag
NCNA Leadership Team member Vicki Leavitt talks with Boiler Blast Volunteers about their assignments and provides the necessary supplies.

Throughout the morning and early afternoon, students could be seen walking the streets and alleys cleaning up the area and having a good time. The best part of the day was the joy both the Boilermaker students and the New Chauncey residents received from the volunteer spirit. It was truly another win-win put on by Purdue.

 

Boiler Blast 2009 - filling the streets with volunteers

Boiler Blast 2009 - along the way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boiler Blast 2009

 

There were other projects that the students helped out on including mulching neighborhood garden spots, cleaning windows, raking yards, planting trees, and installing a retaining wall with one of the residents.

Boiler Blast 2009 - tree planting Boiler Blast 2009 - wall building

2008 Boiler Blast & NCNA Clean Sweep

When Students Give Back West Lafayette!

Boiler Blast is an annual event at Purdue University where Purdue Students help out in New Chanunceystudents give back to the community by volunteering to do odd jobs for the residents of West Lafayette. trash bags on coners throughout NC were a common sight on April 5th

 

The New Chauncey Neighborhood residents ask the student volunteers to help with area clean up, spring yard work, window cleaning, and even some light construction work for the Unitarian Church.

 

The 2008 event was a great success for the students, Purdue, and the New Chauncey Neighborhood. Many thanks to all who organized and participated in the event!

Bags of trash at main intersections throughout New Chauncey were a common sight before noon as the NCNA Clean Sweep powered by Purdue’s Boiler Blast was in full swing.

washing screens

cleaning up the 'hood

wood reclaimation