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Posted on: September 29, 2015

Students, Community to Connect with Nonprofits at Volunteer Fair

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Anaheim/OC Volunteer Fair

When: Oct. 1, 2015
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: ARTIC transit station
Address: 2626 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim
More info:
anaheim.oc.volunteerfair@gmail.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2015) — More than 30 leading nonprofits are coming together to showcase ways to volunteer and make a difference in our community at the second annual Anaheim/Orange County Volunteer Fair.

The Oct. 1 volunteer fair, co-chaired by Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring and Council Member Kris Murray, is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees.

Among them will be 500 local students preparing for the 17th annual National Day of Service and the second annual Servathon for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, 2016.

Hosted by OneOC and sponsored by the Anaheim Union High School District, the Servathon is a fundraiser in which students from the district’s 19 junior high and high school campuses enlist sponsors for community service and to connect with their community.

The students will take advantage of the volunteer fair’s collection of worthwhile causes to make plans to give their time for community service.

“The volunteer fair is a one-stop shop to find a worthwhile cause and to give back,” Mayor Pro Tem Kring said. “It is perfect opportunity for students, families or anyone who wants to make a difference in their community.”

The work of the nonprofits at the volunteer fair has a lasting impact on the community, according to Council Member Murray.   

“As an Anaheim resident and parent, I have seen firsthand the positive results the many nonprofit organizations in Anaheim provide to children and families, helping veterans transition back into the job market, providing services to the homeless and so much more,” she said. “The volunteer fair was formed to help connect residents with organizations serving Anaheim in one dynamic setting and to help them find a program that speaks to them."

Inspiring Setting

The Anaheim/Orange County Volunteer Fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, or ARTIC, Orange County’s newest transit hub.

With more than 67,000 square feet of space, a 120-foot arching roof and a modern, futuristic design, ARTIC is an inspiring backdrop for this year’s event.

The volunteer fair is supported by the City of Anaheim, Anaheim Convention Center and ARTIC, Visit Anaheim, S.O.A.R., OneOC, the Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Union High School District.

Anaheim’s visitor industry, which hosts more than 25 million visitors to the city each year, is a major supporter of the volunteer fair as part of its effort to give back to the community.

The Anaheim Resort District, the Anaheim Convention Center and visitor-related businesses gave nearly $8 million in donations and goods services to local nonprofits in 2013 and are continuing this effort by hosting this year’s volunteer fair.

Presentations

The volunteer fair’s nonprofits will share information about their efforts and offer opportunities for attendees to volunteer. There also will be live presentations and hands-on chances to volunteer during the event. Presentations include:

  • Anaheim Fire & Rescue will feature Fire Inspector Melissa Kinsner to speak on fire prevention and safety within the local community.
  • Disney VoluntEARS will provide an opportunity to assemble military care packages for to Operation Interdependence.
  • Illumination Foundation will provide information and raise awareness of homelessness in Orange County.
  • Loara High School Thespian Troupe 7592 will promote and kick off its annual canned food drive, Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat, or TOTS-EAT.
  • Tackett Service Dogs will showcase local service dogs specializing in behavioral therapy and development, including for those with autism and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Members of the public, the Anaheim Senior Center, Anaheim-area service clubs and the spiritual community are encouraged to attend and participate in this high-energy event. There will also be a large showing of the Anaheim Resort Community volunteers encouraging others to give back.

Participating nonprofits include:

  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
  • Anaheim Community Services Volunteers/VolunTEEN program
  • Anaheim Cops 4 Kids
  • Anaheim Fire & Rescue
  • Anaheim Police Department Volunteers
  • Anaheim Union High School District
  • CANstruction
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County
  • Compassionate California
  • Cops 4 Kids
  • Council on Aging-Orange County
  • Disney VoluntEARS
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Illumination Foundation
  • MLC From the Heart
  • OneOC
  • Orange County Ronald McDonald House
  • Orange County Stand Down
  • Project Access
  • Rare
  • Science@OC
  • Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope
  • Team Kids
  • Tackett Service Dogs
  • Western Youth Services
  • Women Helping Women
  • Youth Leadership America
  • Pacific Islander Health Partnership
  • Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County
  • and more to come!

For more information contact anaheim.oc.volunteerfair@gmail.com or visit http://visitanaheim.org/calendar-of-events/160687/anaheim-orange-county-volunteer-fair.

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