Students and community members will have the opportunity to connect with more than two dozen community service organizations on campus during Kellogg Community College’s semi-annual Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair this week.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Student Center on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.
Kate DeGraaf, service-learning manager at KCC, said the fair offers a great opportunity for KCC students, staff and community members to connect with community partners in Battle Creek and the surrounding communities.
“The Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair is a great way to meet representatives from community organizations and discover new ways to connect your passions with the needs in our community,” DeGraaf said. “Those who attend can become more aware of the variety of services and resources available in our community and of the many ways they can become involved.”
Each fall and spring semester at KCC, the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair offers students and others interested in community service and service-learning the opportunity to visit tables and displays set up by participating organizations serving in the Battle Creek area. Representatives from each organization are on hand to answer questions and provide information, and in many cases attendees have an opportunity to sign up for specific service or volunteer opportunities during the fair.
The nearly 30 community organizations participating in this semester’s fair include:
- American Red Cross
- Battle Creek VA Medical Center
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Bronson Battle Creek Volunteers
- Calhoun Community High School
- Calhoun County Medical Care Facility/Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center
- Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
- Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan
- Companion Cats
- Family Enrichment Center
- Family Promise of Branch County
- Food Bank of South Central Michigan
- Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
- Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland
- Grace Hospice
- Haven of Rest Ministries
- Heartland Hospice
- Kingman Museum
- Leila Arboretum
- New Level Sports Ministries
- NorthPointe Woods
- Operation Christmas Child
- SAFE Place Shelter
- Second’s New Vision and Outreach Ministries
- Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County – Bronson Healthcare
- Southwest Michigan Community Development Corporation
- United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region
Many KCC students pursuing an associate degree at KCC are required to have a service-learning endorsement on their transcripts, and DeGraaf said the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair is a convenient way for students and organizations to connect to help students complete the projects required to earn their endorsement.
For more information about the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair or service-learning at KCC, contact Kate DeGraaf at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kellogg.edu/service-learning.
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