8th Annual Long Island Volunteer Fair to celebrate
“Make A Difference Day”
Saturday, October 17, 2015
features over 50 participating agencies, two community service projects to engage attendees, a blood drive, and disaster volunteer recognition
Long Island, NY – September 17, 2015 – In celebration of Make A Difference Day, the 8th annual Long Island Volunteer Fair will be held at Farmingdale State College from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, October 17, 2015. In conjunction with alumni weekend, over 50 nonprofit agencies will be staffing exhibits in Roosevelt Hall to recruit students, faculty, alumni, 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.
From the Make a Difference Day website: A USA TODAY initiative in collaboration with Points of Light and the Gannett Company and support from Newman’s Own, Make a Difference Day is over 20 years strong and is the nation’s largest day of community service. It is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions of volunteers from across the nation will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others. The stories told around Make A Difference Day show that anyone, regardless of age, location, or resources, can accomplish amazing things when they take on the problems they see in their community.
Service projects to engage attendees will include a coat and winter gear drive and assembling comfort kits for homeless veterans and domestic violence victims. A blood drive will be conducted by American Red Cross. “Beacon of Hope” awards will be conveyed to exceptional volunteers who supported Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery efforts.
There is no charge to attend the fair. Refreshments will be provided. Easiest access to Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College is off Melville Road.
For more information, contact the Long Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482,
Visit our website: www.longislandvolunteercenter.org
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.
About Farmingdale State College:
Established in 1912 as an institute for agricultural study, Farmingdale quickly developed into a college of applied science and technology. Today, Farmingdale State College is the largest college of technology within the State University of New York system with over 8,400 students enrolled.
Farmingdale State College plays a critical role not just in teaching its students, but in shaping them. At Farmingdale, you will enjoy small, personalized classes that prepare you for a successful career through the use of real-world technologies and critical thinking. Whether it’s working alongside award-winning faculty in a research laboratory or experiencing a hands-on internship, Farmingdale is a place where knowledge is a path to achievement and discovery.