Fall 2017 Youth Volunteer Fair
Volunteer and community service are often requirements for scholarships, college entrance and other goals of students. In fact, National Honor Society members are required to volunteer 10 hours per semester. However, it can be difficult or confusing for youth to know which nonprofits need volunteers and how and when to volunteer.
Meanwhile, nonprofits have a regular need for volunteers at annual events and other activities, that can be challenging to fill in small communities. Nonprofit staff is not always prepared to offer a volunteer assignment when asked spontaneously by a young person. But, with planning and the right opportunity, nonprofits and youth volunteers can find ways to benefit each other with great experiences that help the whole community.
As a service to local students and nonprofits, the Ridgway Secondary School will host a youth volunteer fair from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the cafeteria at 1200 Green Street, Ridgway.
Nonprofit representatives are invited to meet middle and high school students, share information about their missions and volunteer assignments, and get contact information for prospective volunteers. Each nonprofit will be provided with a table to set their information on, and will have a half hour to talk with middle school students followed by another half hour with high school students. (Set up begins at noon.)
If you are interested in having a representative from your nonprofit at the fair, please fill out and return the Registration Form by Sept. 26. There is a $10 fee to offset fair organization expenses, and $100 to $150 (depending on number of participants) will be donated to one nonprofit at the fair. The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce as a co-sponsor of the event will pay the fee for nonprofit chamber members.
We will be sending tip sheets for attracting and effectively using youth volunteers to all fair registrants. Please don’t hesitate to contact Youth Volunteer Fair Coordinator Tanya Ishikawa at or 303-819-7784 if you have questions. We look forward to connecting students with your great causes.