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Volunteer Fair showcases community service opportunities

The annual Volunteer Fair gives students an opportunity to learn about the many different campus and community organizations that provide public service.Athens, OHIO (Sept. 9, 2003) -- Ohio University students can investigate volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community at the Volunteer Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, on the West Portico of Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. Representatives from approximately 100 community organizations in Athens and Meigs counties will be on hand to let students know how they can become involved.

Volunteering can be a fulfilling part of the college experience. "The educational process at Ohio University isn't bound by four walls," said Janeece Henes, coordinator with Ohio University's Center for Community Service. "It offers an opportunity for hands-on education, a way to explore possible career choices and to become involved with an activity outside of the classroom."

As illustrated by this photo from the 2002 Volunteer Fair, Ohio University students are willing to donate their time to help others."Students bring a new perspective to volunteering. It is great to see students understand that they are not just visiting Ohio University but that they are Athens community members with something to offer," Henes said. "Volunteering for this community allows students to see first-hand what's going on outside of campus."

More than 4,000 Ohio University students volunteer in community projects each year.

Ohio University student Becky Kim, who had made volunteerism a part of her college career, said, "I have learned so much extra knowledge volunteering here in Athens. I recommend that all students get involved with an organization concerning an interest of theirs. Nothing can describe the fulfillment a person feels after giving time to help someone."

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Contact: Ohio University Center for Community Service Coordinator Janeece Henes, (740) 593-4007, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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