University of Sudbury’s volunteer fair happening this week

Volunteer & Alternative Work Fair poster - Jan14,2016

By Kyle Kelley, for The Lambda

There comes a time of year when getting out of the house isn’t just fun, but is also therapeutic.

How you choose to spend your time can range from sledding on the nearest bank, attending weekly activities, to anything in-between. Or, perhaps volunteering is something you’ve always wanted to do, but never knew where to start.

If you can relate to this, then you’ll want to attend the University of Sudbury’s second annual volunteer fair, happening on Jan. 14 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The fair will include booths featuring various volunteer organizations students can get involved in. Cookies and Old Rock Cafe fair trade coffee will also be provided.

The organizations who will attend the fair span multiple disciplines with several to choose from each, such as:

VESA (Volunteer Eco Students Abroad): For students and community members interested in traveling abroad and immersing themselves in foreign volunteer work, this option would be best for you.

The Alzheimer’s Society: Anybody in the community interested in lending a hand to their fellow neighbors who are suffering from dementia may be offered in volunteering with this society.

Le Salon du Livre du Grand Sudbury will also be attending the fair, and is looking for volunteers. This organization has a few performing arts and public book readings events planned which are coming up soon.

The N’swakamok Native Friendship Centre’s objective  is to place a healthy focus on the lives of the people of First Nation and creating positive environments for them to thrive in. They welcome all volunteers.

The event will mark the second annual Volunteer and Alternative Work Fair hosted by the University of Sudbury, and will be chance for people of all ages to engage with members of the community.

Sara-Jo Pipher, the community engagement facilitator at the University, said she’s excited to be in such a pivotal role where she can bring the community of Sudbury even closer.

“The University of Sudbury is taking initiative for staff and faculty to be more involved in the larger community,” said Pipher.

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