Regional
4:39 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Las Cruces Plans Volunteer Fair March 8

  The City of Las Cruces Network Volunteer Center, in collaboration with local nonprofit organizations, is hosting the third annual Las Cruces Volunteer Fair on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Main Street.  The Volunteer Fair is free and for people of all ages who are looking to explore volunteer opportunities in the community.  More than 40 nonprofit and public agencies will have a booth there, to showcase programs and services and to recruit volunteers.

Las Cruces Mayor, Ken Miyagishima will kick-off the event with opening remarks at 9:30 a.m. followed by door prize announcements every half-hour throughout the fair.  This year, fair attendees will receive punch cards that agencies can mark after they are visited.  Once five or more marks are collected on a card, attendees can redeem them for a free Caliche’s frozen custard which will be offered on-site. An activity area will also be provided at kids to make crafts and get-well cards that will be donated to seniors at Munson Center.“We are very excited about this year’s Volunteer Fair,” stated Genevieve Kirk, Volunteer Coordinator. “Over 450 people attended last year and we are expecting even more this year. Whether you are a student looking to gain work experience or a retiree looking to fill your time through a meaningful service assignment, the Volunteer Fair is a great place to get connected to volunteer work at a diverse range of organizations in Las Cruces.”A steering committee comprised of local non-profit agencies including AARP, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern New Mexico, Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity, The Network Volunteer Center, United Way of Southwest New Mexico, along with volunteers of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) have planned this informative, family-friendly event. The goal of the Volunteer Fair is to strengthen our community by connecting people of all ages to a volunteer opportunity at the organization of their choice.For more information about the Volunteer Fair, please contact Genevieve Kirk, the Network Volunteer Coordinator at 575-528-3035 or gkirk@las-cruces.org