7th Annual Long Island Volunteer Fair to celebrate National Volunteer Week
Friday, April 17, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm
at Farmingdale State College in Roosevelt Hall
Hempstead, NY – March 20, 2015 – In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the 7th annual Long Island Volunteer Fair will be held at Farmingdale State College from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Friday, April 17, 2015. Over 65 nonprofit agencies will be staffing exhibits in Roosevelt Hall to recruit students, faculty, and community members for a wide array of volunteer activities including opportunities to work with animals, youth or seniors, to help at museums, soup kitchens, or shelters, to join an emergency preparedness group, become an advocate for special needs, or protect the environment. Organized by Farmingdale State College and the Long Island Volunteer Center, the fair provides a one-stop venue for attendees to connect to community needs, grow professional skill sets, and pursue personal goals by giving back.
National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, a program of Points of Light (POL), was established in 1974 and seeks to inspire, recognize and encourage people to find imaginative ways to engage in their communities. From the POL website: “It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.”
In addition, two presentations on emergency preparedness will be featured in The Little Theatre at Roosevelt Hall (adjacent to the exhibit arena). At 11:00 am,
New York State (made possible through www.prepare.ny.gov) is offering a training course for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. The training will be facilitated by two members of the National Guard and cover information about how individuals can be prepared and help their community during an emergency. At 1:00 pm, learn what Suffolk County is doing to reduce stormwater pollution from County highways, parks, buildings and other properties. Substances like oil, fertilizer, bacteria, and pesticides get picked up by stormwater and are carried to local bays, lakes and other waterbodies. These substances degrade water quality, which results in beach and shell-fishing closures. Individuals will learn what can be done to reduce stormwater pollution from their home and property as well. This educational and entertaining presentation will be given by a Cornell Cooperative Extension stormwater educator and is funded by the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.
Two service projects sponsored by the Long Island Volunteer Center will also be conducted as part of the fair. Emergency preparedness kits will be assembled to be donated to vulnerable populations in the Long Island community. The kits contain items such as rain ponchos, whistles, water bottles, and Ziploc bags and serve as a reminder to both the volunteers that assemble them and the recipients about the importance of being prepared for an emergency. School supplies will also be sorted into decorated shoe boxes with personalized letters to students that will be shipped to Aseema, a non-governmental organization, whose mission is to empower and educate the children residing on the streets or in slums and in inhumane conditions in Mumbai. This project is part of a semester-long initiative dedicated to “Educating the Girl-Child” that has engaged international service clubs at local schools and universities.
There is no charge to attend the fair, listen to the presentations, or to participate in the service projects. Easiest access to Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College is off Melville Road.
About the Long Island Volunteer Center:
The LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round, and its services are provided free of charge. The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.
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