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Volunteer Fair connects students, community through service


Kevin Lewis, Junior, checks out the Peace Corps table at the volunteer table on Tuseday.

Students had the chance to broaden their horizons by getting involved with non-profit organizations on and off campus at the Volunteer and Community Partnership Fair on Tuesday.

There were 81 organizations at the event, which was hosted in the Union ballroom, ranging from sustainability to cancer organizations.

Junior Kevin Lewis went to the fair for multiple reasons.

“I volunteered to help set up the fair and I came because I felt like I haven’t been volunteering enough in my college career,” Lewis said.

Other students like freshman Samantha Ruwe wanted to see what organizations were around Bowling Green.

“I came because I want to get involved,” Ruwe said.

One of the organizations at the fair was the Office of Campus Sustainability.

The office is trying to find student volunteers to help out with a project called green tailgating.

“Green tailgating is where students will go to the football stadium before the game and recycle any trash that they find,” said senior Jeff Kellermeyer. “Once people come into the game, our volunteers hand out bags so people can recycle.”

Kellermeyer and the other volunteers were at the fair to get other levels of campus involved in the organization.

“We want to engage the greater community as a whole and we want to involve all levels of campus life in sustainability,” Kellermeyer said.

Freshman Taylor Saddler went to the fair because of a class.

“I have to do community service for my social work class,” she said.

Saddler was interested in the Josina Lott Residential and Community Services organization.

The organization is a home for adults with developmental disabilities and elderly people.

“I like working with elderly people so I thought this would be the perfect fit for me,” Saddler said.

Some students, like freshman Ryan Chernick, didn’t know the fair was going on.

“I was at the Union and I saw people walking up here so I thought that I would check it out,” Chernick said.

One of the off-campus organizations is the Jaxson R. Hauser Foundation, that Chernick was interested in.

“It’s a journey that brought us [to the fair],” said Jillian Hauser, one of the people in charge of the foundation.

The organization was started in 2012 for Hauser’s grandson, Jaxson, who passed away from cancer as a baby.

“We are [at the fair] to educate people, spread awareness and offer financial help to those in need,” Hauser said.

Since the foundation is so new, they are looking for student volunteers to help with fundraisers to raise money for families in search of financial help.

“The fair helps open the doors for the community and for volunteering opportunities so I thought it would be the perfect place to find an organization,” Lewis said.

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