Non-profit organizations were out in full force trying to get students and citizens alike to volunteer for various groups, all with one goal in mind, help the community. The Community Involvement Expo took place Sept. 16 and 17 and was all about raising the awareness of community service.
Some of the groups even offered scholarships and other incentives for students who decide to volunteer some time.
Americorps was the leading organization as far as awarding money for school is concerned.
They offer three different educational awards. The first opportunity involves a commitment of 300 service hours performed in a year and will earn a $1,000.00 award, the second will earn $1,250.00 for over 450 hours of service performed in a year, and the third is 2,363.00 for 900 hours of service performed over two years.
Other agencies that attended included the Mesa Arts Academy, Mesa Police Department’s V.I.P.S. (Volunteers in Police Services), Hospice of the Valley, Sierra Club, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, City of Gilbert, International Language Program and the Tempe Police Department to name a few.
Each group has volunteer needs that are sure to fit in your schedule and personalities.
For those passionate about the enviroment will be the host to numerous environmental cleaning events throughout the year such as Rio Salado habitat restoration, which takes place Oct. 25.
What was once a dump site is now an area that supposrts a wide variety of wildlife and recreation opportunities.
Hospice of the Valley is another great organization in need of volenteers, companions to patients, to helping out at their White Dove Thrift Shoppe.
Every agency that came out had the same goal in mind, to raise awareness and get people to volunteer.