Service Fair scheduled to match organizations with volunteers

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Service Fair scheduled to match organizations with volunteers

September 29, 2010

Northwestern Oklahoma State University is sponsoring the first Woods County Service Fair Thursday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom and on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Commons Area on the Enid campus.

The Fair is designed to connect volunteers with local organizations needing extra help, said Christi Vickers, Service Learning Coordinator at the university. The fair is free and open to all Northwestern students and employees, as well as members of the community who are interested in volunteering, either individually or as a group.

Vickers noted that several of Northwestern’s faculty members currently are creating service learning courses for their students, and this fair may help in this process.

Vickers explained that volunteers will be able to speak with representatives from numerous organizations in the community and surrounding area who could utilize people with certain skill sets, talents and experiences in a number of areas.

“The organizations are here to make Woods County and the area even better than it is, and you can help,” Vickers said. “If you like what you hear and see, you will have the opportunity to sign up on the spot for a specific project or for a partnership for service learning or civic engagement.”

Vickers said that good volunteers are those who have a willingness to devote time to a cause, organization or project and exhibit qualities such as perseverance, flexibility, patience and energy.

“If you have a desire to help and give back to your community, have an interest or passion for a cause, and are willing to listen, then we need you,” Vickers said.

Vickers currently is gathering information from organizations needing help so representatives can set up a table at the Fair to visit with prospective volunteers.

“We have room for up to 30 organizations, and the spots are filling up fast,” Vickers said. However, it’s not too late to get on the list and have a spot in the fair so connections can be made with a teacher for a service project or recruit students who want to volunteer,” Vickers said.

Those wishing to volunteer who need more information can contact Vickers at (580) 327-8118 or email her at cmvickers@nwosu.edu. Any organization needing volunteer help with anything from clerical work to physical work should register with Vickers by Oct. 4. An online registration form is available at www.nwosu.edu/slfair.

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