Writer Alice Davis
With the aroma of popcorn, glistening candy wrappers in hands of those with smiling faces socializing with friends and collecting stickers for a free t-shirt, one could easily underestimate the importance of the volunteer fair. But though the atmosphere is light and carefree, the mission of the volunteer fair should not be undervalued. At each booth there is a representative from an organization who aims to alleviate society’s burdens. These goals cannot be achieved, however, without the help of volunteers. Every student at FSCJ has the opportunity to aid the community as long as he is willing to make the effort.
At Kent Campus’ volunteer fair, it was an eye-opening experience to see the sheer amount of organizations that were in need of aid. There were several national programs such as the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, and the Red Cross as well as more localized groups such as the Quigley House, Nemour’s, and MOSH.
What caught many students’ attention were the two friendly dogs that accompanied Florida Service Dogs. Operated completely by non-paid
employees, the organization hopes to give foster dogs to those who suffer from hearing or other disabilities. Volunteers help to promote the organization and have the opportunity to assist in the care of dogs. Perfect for those who have a passion for animals!
For people persons, the Quigley House and Nemour’s would be a perfect fit. The Quigley House hopes to offer victims of domestic abuse in Clay County shelter. Volunteers can perform a variety of tasks including answering the hot lines or teaching life skills classes. Nemour’s offers those with an affinity for children a means to interact with them.
There is also a demand for those interested in music as well. The Murray Hill Theatre seeks volunteers for merchandise sales and ticket dispersion amongst other activities. An excellent prospect for those who enjoy attending concerts.
The volunteer fair is a real eye-opener for students. Whether one is unaware of the help needed in the community or overwhelmed by the options, the volunteer fair at Kent certainly opened many eyes and will hopefully accrue excellent results for the students involved and Jacksonville alike.