Anaheim/OC 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."
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.
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:
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:
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://visitanaheim.org/calendar-of-events/160687/anaheim-orange-county-volunteer-fair.