Richland Sponsors Volunteer Connection Fair

If you’re a mature adult looking for volunteer opportunities in your community, attend the Richland College Volunteer Connection Fair. The fair is a joint effort between Richland’s nationally recognized Emeritus Program and AARP. Several organizations will be on hand to sign up volunteers.

Teresa Love, the Outreach Coordinator for Richland’s Emeritus Program, said the fair’s main purpose is to promote volunteerism for mature adults.

“This is for the person who is 50 years old or older who may be retired or their children are out of the house and they’re looking for a way to give back to the community,” she said.

This is the second year the fair has been held and the goal is for it to become an annual event. Last year’s fair boasted over 150 attendees, with 32 community agencies represented and rave reviews on evaluations.

Love said partnering with the AARP brings additional resources to the table such as a direct mail campaign to promote the event. She said it’s also a good thing for the Emeritus Program.

“This is really a win-win for us because our program received a grant, part of which includes providing training and re-training for mature adults. So we get the opportunity to recruit for that as well.”

The Volunteer Connection fair will be held from 4-7 p.m., August 12 in Richland’s El Paso Hallway and it’s free. For more information, call 214-265-4078 or log on to http://www.richlandcollege.edu/boomers/volunteer.