Volunteer Lethbridge looking to attract new volunteers at upcoming fair at Exhibition Park

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
May 12, 2018 - 10:07am

LETHBRIDGE – Following the great support within the community during National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Lethbridge is hosting the first ever Attract Volunteer Fair at Heritage Hall at Exhibition Park.

It’s taking place on May 15, and 31 agencies have confirmed they will be attending the event. The goal is to share how individuals or groups could become involved by giving their time, talent or treasures within our community because one of the main reasons given as to why someone doesn’t volunteer is because they weren’t asked.

Residents will be able to explore and discover the vast array of volunteer opportunities by having first-hand conversations with a diverse number of agencies.

A release from Volunteer Lethbridge states the information at the fair can help you decide how to get involved in the community through volunteerism.

Individual Social Responsibility and Corporate Social Responsibility are growing, and most people believe in community development but often they just don’t know where to start.

“I dreaded completing the nine hours of volunteer requirement for my education program because I didn’t want to work for free. Once I accepted the fact that there was no way around it, I committed to volunteering to create an event budget for Volunteer Lethbridge. I researched supplies and costs and I had fun,” said a 2nd year U of L Finance Major student.

“I recognized how volunteerism was an opportunity for experiential learning, putting my classroom learnings into practice. I began to see ways to engage potential sponsors. I now wanted to stick around and help with the event. Experiencing success through this volunteer position enlightened me to value the work of non-profits and made me realize I had something to give to help. Try volunteering, it no longer is free labour to me. I helped, I learned, I experienced success.”

The Attract Volunteer Fair is for individuals, groups, and businesses. It will be held at Heritage Hall on the Lethbridge Exhibition grounds between 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and there’s no cost to enter.

Volunteer Lethbridge say there are still some tables available, and anyone interested in registering can contact Keith Nalder at 403-332-4320 or [email protected].

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