Students and community members will have the opportunity to connect with nearly two dozen area organizations to explore options for volunteering at Kellogg Community College’s semi-annual Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair in February.
The event is free and open to the public and will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Student Center on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. The purpose of the semi-annual fair is to connect KCC students and the public with volunteer and service opportunities to help fulfill needs across the communities served by the College.
Kate DeGraaf, service-learning manager at KCC, said every individual has “something unique to offer,” and the wide range of services provided by organizations participating in the fair means the event will have something of interest to anyone interested in serving in their community.
“Service is a time when people come together for a common purpose, to bring positive change to their community regardless of age, gender, religious beliefs, background, ethnicity or socio-economic status,” DeGraaf said. “Our hope is that everyone who attends the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair at KCC will see that they can use their gifts and talents in unique ways to serve others.”
Community organizations participating in this semester’s fair include:
- Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity
- Battle Creek Bombers
- BattleGround Indoor Bike/Skate Park
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Boy Scouts of America
- Bronson Battle Creek
- Calhoun County Visitors Bureau
- Calhoun Medical Care Facility
- Charitable Union
- Community Inclusive Recreation
- Food Bank of South Central Michigan
- God’s Kitchen – Battle Creek
- HandsOn Battle Creek K-12 Service-Learning
- The Haven of Rest Ministries
- Heartland Hospice
- Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center
- Operation Christmas Child
- Operation Fit
- SAFE Place Shelter
- Senior Services of Southwest Michigan
- SHARE Center
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 those students and organizations to connect to help students complete their required projects.
For more information about the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair or service-learning at KCC, contact DeGraaf at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kellogg.edu/service-learning.
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