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Service Fair offers opportunities to give back

Submitted by Melissa Ibbotson on September 23, 2010 – 12:23 amNo Comment

Photo by Jennifer Ellis — John Rice (left), a freshman undecided on his major, adds his name to Linda Stone's (right) list of students interested in volunteering for Hearts and Hooves, a therapeutic riding center. Rice said he was interested in volunteering because "I know a thing or two about horses."

A part of UALR’s mission is “to not only educate students, but also to teach them to be effective citizens…” Being an effective citizen includes giving back to one’s community, and UALR is helping students do that by hosting a service fair every year.

On Wednesday, Sept.15, students, faculty and staff were invited to stop by Ledbetter Hall in the Donaghey Student Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to meet with representatives from local non-profit organizations.

“It’s a win-win situation for the organizations and the students, faculty and staff that come,” Betsy Hart, UALR coordinator of community relations, said.

Photo by Jennifer Ellis — The Student Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 16, gave Alia Moore (left), junior psychology major, the chance to ask Melissa Wolfe (right) of Arkansas Children's Hospital about volunteer opportunities.

Hart said that many students have to do service projects for their classes, and the service fair not only provides them with a place to fulfill that need but also provides the organizations with a quick way to find volunteers.

Glenna Palmisano, the director of operations for the Arkansas Nature Conservancy, was impressed with the students that come out each year.

“There were many students who were interested in what we were doing,” she said. “I’m glad we were able to provide the opportunity.”

The service fair is held every September, and this year more than 30 organizations were involved. Some of those included the Lion World Services for the Blind, Arkansas Children’s Hospice, Women and Children First, Arkansas Foodbank Network, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Pulaski County Youth Services.

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